Cheeseburger in Babylon
By Cheeseburger in Babylon
Cheeseburger in BabylonMay 25, 2023
Ep. 41 - Bad Journalism: You Don't Have To Eat It w/Daniel Boguslaw
Daniel Boguslaw, investigative reporter of The Intercept, joins Isaac to complain about the state of journalism. Isaac gets real sad about Florida, but takes great pleasure in Ron DeSantis' inability to catch a break.
Ep. 40 - On Forgiveness and the Death Penalty w/Robert Schentrup
I talk with Robert Schentrup. His sister was killed at the Parkland school shooting. We talk about the death penalty and gun violence.
Sound engineer: Thomas Pryle.
Ep. 39 - Meatball Downfall and Liberal Doomsday Prepping
Has Ron DeSantis's presidential campaign ended before it even officially began? On today's episode, I'm joined by Ryan Ray to talk about all the ways in which DeSantis has stumbled and why passing policy is actually bad politics. I also implore liberals to stopping threatening to move to Canada when they don't get their way.
Check out Ryan's podcast, Tropical Depression, for more informed insight on Florida politics.
Sound engineered by Thomas Pryle.
Ep. 38 - Isaac Gets to the Bottom of this Whole 9/11 Thing w/ Dan Christensen
In light of the latest news regarding the release of military documents that reveal the CIA hid information from the FBI that could have prevented the 9/11 attacks, Dan Christensen joins the podcast to remind Isaac what serious journalism is.
Dan Christensen is the founder and editor of Florida Bulldog, a non-profit, independent publication that has broke some of the most significant news regarding the September 11th attacks and the events and characters that surround it. Please do yourself and good journalism a favor and head over the Florida Bulldog to read Dan's latest.
Thanks as always to sound engineer Thomas Pryle.
Ep. 37 - Isaac Solves the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict w/Vin Arfuso
This week we have Palestinian director Vin Arfuso on the show to talk about his new documentary, Walled Off. It's about the hotel in the West Bank with the "worst view in the world." We talk about who is really to blame for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict (it's not the Jews!) and getting shadowbanned on social media (it's real, we swear!).
Be a mensch and watch the doc.
Sound engineer: Thomas Pryle
Ep. 36 - I'm Just a Florida Bill Part 2 w/Ryan Ray
The gloves are off! Meatball Ron and the Teflon Don are finally at each other's throats. Is this a good thing for Florida? Or does that mean DeSantis is going to be our governor for a lot longer than we expected?
We finish our countdown of the nuttiest bills in the Florida legislature.
Sound engineer: Thomas Pryle
Ep. 35 - I'm Just a Florida Bill w/Ryan Ray - Part 1
Ryan Ray comes back on the show to countdown the top ten most insane bills making their way through the Florida legislature.
Trump vs. DeSantis is basically just Terminator 2.
Big ups to sound engineer Thomas Pryle for making us sound so good.
Ep. 34 - Nathan Robinson DESTROYS Isaac With Respectful Conversation
Nathan Robinson, editor and chief of Current Affairs, does a solid job convincing Isaac to stop trolling and embrace sincerity.
Nathan's new book, Responding to the Right, provides solid, rational points against popular right-wing talking points. But is it worth engaging with people who see the world so differently?
Ep. 33 - Where War Criminals Go to Retire
Isaac makes a confession.
Chris Sanders memorial.
And a list of all the war criminals and dictators who retire in comfort in the great state of Florida.
Ep. 32 - Transcending the Anti-Trans
Today we have Emily Kearns and Vivian Mae on the show to talk about the anti-trans movement in Florida. Under Ron DeSantis, anti-trans legislation has moved at warp speed. How do we slow it down?
Special thanks to sound engineer, Thomas Pryle, for making us sound good.
Ep. 31 - Planet Fitness, New College & Hitchhiking
Hello, hello! In this episode, Chris explores the ins and outs of being a member of Planet Fitness, the recent demise of New College, and tells a story about hitchhiking in college.
Ep. 30 - Examining the State of Black Lives Matter
Today we talk to Donna Davis, cofounder of Black Lives Matter Tampa about a Confederate monument that might be restored after it was felled back in 2017. We also talk about the state of the Black Lives Matter and whether it's effective any more considering all shenanigans of some of the national leaders of the organization. Also, does the "left" provide anything beyond symbolic victories that can be undone with the wave of a hand?
Ep. 29 - The Daryl Wright Podcast w/Daryl Wright
Stand-up comedian Daryl Wright returns and takes over the podcast! He teaches the boys the difference between love and hate and the origins of slurs.
Ep. 28 - Don't Furry About It w/Lolleep
Recently, there has been mass hysteria about furry culture. Hoaxes about demanding children in furry costumes that disrupt classroom instruction have spread on the internet. It's a ridiculous fear that hearkens back to the Satanic Panic of the 1980s. In this episode, Isaac and Chris sit down with furry and scaley, Lolleep, to discuss the nuances and realities of SWF furry culture.
Ep. 27 - New Clown College w/Ryan Ray
No one is safe from Gov. DeSantis' culture war. New College of Florida, a tiny liberal arts school with less than 1000 students, is the target of a right wing take over. The plan is to turn the college into Christian conservative institution that teaches "American values" and removes the "woke virus" from the public school.
Is there hope for New College?
Intro music by Tommy Disfigured
Ep. 26 - Navel Gazing Into 2023
Chris and Isaac discuss their personal differences, their favorite episodes of the past year and what they expect out of 2023.
Be a mensch and let us know what you think of the podcast. What you like. What you hate. Who you'd like us to interview.
Ep. 25 - Narcan't Believe It's Not a Fentanyl Overdose w/Zach Siegel
For whatever reason, there's an epidemic sweeping this nation that only seems to affect police officers. The slightest contact with fentanyl causes our boys (and girls) in blue to overdose and then make cable news appearances. Recent bodycam footage of a Florida police officer requiring three doses of Narcan in order to be resuscitated made national news, but medical consensus says that the drug just doesn't work like that. On this episode we talk to journalist Zach Siegel about how fentanyl finds its way into other drugs, why Mexican cartels aren't trying to trick our children into buying fent-laced candy and the mass psychogenic illness of police overdoses.
Follow Zach @ZachWritesStuff and read his work over at tanag.substack.com.
Ep. 24 - Jimmy Buffett Bday Bash w/Emily Kearns
Jimmy Buffett and Jesus Christ were born on the same day. On today's episode, we talk about our namesake with resident Jimmy Buffett expert a daughter of a parrothead, Emily Kearns. Can Isaac find room in his cold heart to embrace the unbridled and relaxed joy of Jimmy? Find out now.
Special thanks to Tom Pryle for editing this episode.
Ep. 23 - Jagging Off Ron DeSantis
We have a chat with a Judge Advocate General about the recent revelations of Gov. Ron DeSantis's history of torture at Guantanamo Bay.
Ep. 22 - Carrie Green
Chris and Isaac talk with Carrie Green (Chris' Grandma). We discuss life, her love of wrestling, and how to make turtle soup. She also roasts Issac and Chris.
Ep. 21 - The Gabby Petito Story w/ Anonymous Guest #1
In today's episode, Isaac, Manny the Intern, and Chris speak with an anonymous guest to discuss Lifetime's The Gabby Petito Story. It's a sidewinder of an episode that discusses the Lifetime film, the Petito Case, the nature of abusive relationships, and of course Ron DeSantis.
Ep. 20 - Epstein Thanksgiving Extravaganza! w/ Whitney Webb
Ep. 19 - FTX & Sam Bankman-Fried: The Nerd Who Stole Your Lunch Money
FTX signed a 19-year, $135 million contract with the Miami Heat to sponsor their arena. Now the crypto exchange is bankrupt. Who could have possibly seen this coming? Folks, it looks like the free-money spigot has been turned off. Crypto experts Bobby Reardon and Manny Rangel join us to explain just what the hell is going on the crypto world and why people are so upset that nerds have weird sex lives.
Ep. 18 - Florida Election Post-Mortem: Red Scare or Democrat Seppuku w/ Kartik Krishnaiyer & Ryan Ray
Kartik Krishnaiyer and Ryan Ray join us to discuss the absolute ANNIHILATION of the Democratic Party of Florida in the recent midterm elections. While the rest of liberal America celebrates conservative disappointment in the election results, Florida has just entered a new era of blood-red Republican control. Why are Florida Democrats so bad at politics? What does the future of Florida look like? Who will win when DeSantis inevitably faces off against Trump? All that and Isaac makes a case for adopting the Japanese honor-killing ritual of seppuku for politicians who lose by more than 15 points.
Ep. 17 - Florida Serial Killers w/Nadia Aryfullina
The Cheeseburger Babylonians sit down with Nadia Aryfullina and discuss the rise of serial killers in popular media. Aryfullina works with violent criminals--from arsonists to child murderers--as they transition back into society. If any serial killers listen to the podcast, please leave us a review, then turn yourself in. Thanks!
Ep. 16 - *EMERGENCY JEWISH PODCAST* w/Josh Edelman
In this episode, we discuss the latest spate of antisemitism percolating in the news with Jewish comedian, and Boca Raton native, Josh Edelman. Finally, Chris knows what it feels like to be a minority.
Follow Josh at @theedelmeister on Instagram and Twitter.
Ep. 15 - Elon Musk: Lip Syncing to Carnegie Hall w/ Bobby Reardon
On the cusp of buying Twitter, we have on resident money expert, Bobby Reardon, who tries to make a case to Isaac that Elon Musk isn't a total idiot. We also talk about whether cryptocurrencies are dead and why Florida tends to attract the scammers of the world.
Ep. 14 - Block the Vote w/ Neil Volz
Neil Volz, deputy director of the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition, stops by to talk about the recent outrageous arrests of Florida voters by DeSantis's "Office of Election Crimes and Securities." Will these tactics scare people away from the polls come November? Why is it OK to take away the right to vote of any citizen?
Ep. 13 - Hurricane DeSantis w/ Kartik Krishnaiyer & Ryan Ray
What effect will Hurricane Ian have on the upcoming November midterm elections? Florida politicos Kartik Krishnaiyer and Ryan Ray give us a historical lesson on hurricane politics and how DeSantis fumbled the disaster, but appears to have come out ahead. Where is Charlie Crist? Has the Democratic Party of Florida let a crisis go to waste?
Make sure to check out The Florida Squeeze for all things Florida history and politics.
REUPLOAD Ep. 12 - Dirty Water w/ Justin Bloom
*Forgive the technical difficulties this morning
We interview Justin Bloom, founder of Suncoast Waterkeeper, about Florida's imperiled water post-Hurricane Ian. Chris rats out his neighbor for insurance fraud.
Ep. 11 - Florida's Musical Stockholm Syndrome w/ Steev Saguaro
Is Florida's contribution to the world of music a net negative? Does the music from our state suck beyond repair? Or do we actually make some pretty solid tunes? We have Steev Saguaro on the pod to educate us all the sounds coming out of Florida. Steev also hopelessly tries to teach Isaac how to love Miami's favorite bald guy, Pitbull.
Make sure to check out Steev's music, memorycare, over at Soundcloud.
Ep. 10, Part II - The Dark Heart of Florida w/ Daniel Hopsicker
The boys continue their conversation with independent investigative journalist, Daniel Hopsicker.
Be sure to check out Daniel's work over at www.madcowprod.com
Ep. 10, Part I - The Dark Heart of Florida w/ Daniel Hopsicker
We sit down with investigative journalist Daniel Hopsicker to talk about his life and discuss his time in Venice, Florida just after the September 11th attacks. He tells us about Mohamed Atta, strip clubs and heroin busts and why you should suspicious of anyone who has a private jet.
Ep. 9 - 9/11: Christmas Time for Conspiracy Theorists w/PNAC
This week, to celebrate Isaac's favorite holiday, we talk conspiracies and why Florida has so many of them. We are joined by Ben and Erik of the Podcast For a New American Century. Their podcast forensically analyzes the events leading up to and resulting from September 11. Make sure to check them out @PNACpod on Twitter.
Ep. 8 - Make Comedy Funny Again w/Daryl Wright
Today, we have stand-up comedian Daryl Wright. Wright has been featured on UFC on Fox, the Joe Rogan Experience, and hosted the Wright Turn Podcast. At its peak, it was the number #1 NASCAR podcast in the country.
Daryl talks about his first time performing, his take on stand-up comedy, what's wrong with Florida, and spends plenty of time to roasting us. This pod is a fun one!
Ep. 6 - Florida Doomicrats w/ Ryan Ray
We talk to Florida politico, Ryan Ray about the upcoming primaries, why the Florida Democrats can't get their shit together, Crist v DeSantis and then we somehow manage to end on a hopeful note about the future of Florida politics.
Florida primaries are on August 23rd.
Vote no on Amendment 2!!!!
Ep. 5 Part II - Dolphin Sex w/ Malcolm Brenner
Brace yourself. Part II is somehow even more crazy than Part I. Malcolm gives us the scoop on the secretive zoophilia community and the tragic end of his relationship with Dolly.
Ep. 5, Part I - Dolphin Sex w/ Malcolm Brenner
Ooo boy, we got a doozy for you this episode. We interview Malcolm Brenner, a man famous for having sex with a dolphin. He wrote a book about it called Wet Goddess. It's got 4/5 stars on Amazon. In the book and on the podcast, he makes the case that it was the dolphin who seduced him. We ask that you listen to this podcast with an open mind, but not around your pets.
Ep. 4 - Surviving the Apocalypse w/ Steven Claytor
Chris and Isaac talk to Steven Claytor of North Florida Survival about how to survive the apocalypse in Florida and what it might look like.
Ep. 3 - Martin Hyde
Chris and Isaac chat with Martin Hyde, Republican congressional candidate for the 16th district of Florida.
Ep. 1 - Dick Colligan
Chris and Isaac sit down with Tampa-based actor and standup comedian Dick Colligan to discuss Scientology.