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Mark Steyn

Yes! We Have No Bananas

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Okay, enough with the end of the world as we know it. Time for something jollier. A week or two back I was listening to New England radio colossus Howie Carr, who has an assistant at his Florida redoubt who helps him out with photocopying and whatnot. The rest of the time the young slip of a lad works at a Publix supermarket. I'm not sure which is the day job and which is what he really wants to do, but nevertheless Howie had him on air to talk about the great toilet-paper stampedes. And in the course of the conversation he mentioned that there was also a run on bananas. I don't know whether that's just in the Sunshine State or more broadly, and don't ask me why: Presumably bananas, like everything else, are all made in China now. And, as ...

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Mark's Week in Review

A Se'nnight of Steyn, March 30-April 5

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In case you missed it, here's how the last seven socially distant self-isolated sheltered-in-place days looked to Mark

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Shaidle at the Cinema

The Kids Are Alright

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Fed up with seeing the WHO on television and not The Who, Kathy Shaidle takes a look at a classic rock documentary

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Ave atque vale

Bucky Stopped Here!

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Mark remembers the smiling seven-string guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli

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The Mark Steyn Show

Pandemics, Panderers, Poems and Policemen

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An audio Coronacopia embracing British double-acts, South African Aids experts, Swedish contrarians, Canadian politburo panderers, plus a poem for Holy Week

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The War on Free Speech

The Two Most Non-Essential Professions on the Planet

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A desperate move by Michael E Mann

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The Mark Steyn Show

Creatures Round the Black Lagoon

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A Coronacopia of news and comment, plus British bobbies, Japanese comedians, Congolese strongmen, and, in lieu of this year's Covid-canceled Eurovision Song Contest, a look back to its glory days...

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Laura's Links

Making China Pay

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More of the Murderous Barbarian Chinese Communist Wuhan Coronavirus plus #MeToo's Biden-shaped blind spot, in this week's Laura's Links

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Politics & Current Affairs

The Preparedness of the 24/7 Surveillance State

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When seconds count, the police are minutes away. When days count, the government is weeks away...

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The Mark Steyn Show

Comedy Cops

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A Coronacopia of news and comment, plus advice on your private parts from a bigshot imam and an elegaic jukebox from Sweden to Pakistan...

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The Mark Steyn Show

Crocs and Punks but No Staples

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Mark presents another Coronacopia of news and comment, plus the all-time biggest Cameroonian hit and the all-time flop Ceaușescu hit job...

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Topical Take

The False-Front Superpower

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The west's China syndrome

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The Mark Steyn Show

Testing Times

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Welcome to the first self-isolated socially distant quarantined curfewed sheltered-in-place edition of The Mark Steyn Show

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Politics & Current Affairs

Pitching the Wuhan

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A Coronaland cornucopia from Mama Yang to Joe "Bird" Biden

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Politics & Current Affairs

The New Spanish Inquisition

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As a new week begins, some Chinese virus notes - from the celebrity stricken and hockey hotties to Pelosi's porkapalooza and Madrid macho men

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Clubland Q&A

Skyping It In

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Mark answers questions from Steyn Club members around the planet in a special Coronaland Q&A

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Politics & Current Affairs

After the Balls

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Is there nothing this virus can't do? From the Deerfield Testicle Festival to the Holy Roman Empire, who's been stricken - and who's next.

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Politics & Current Affairs

Michael E Mann, Loser and Liar ...and Scofflaw and Deadbeat?

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After losing big time in court, will the self-proclaimed Nobel Laureate have to take out a mortgage on his hockey stick?

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The War on Free Speech

Michael E Mann, Loser

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Dr Tim Ball prevails against a fake-o litigant who failed to prosecute his case

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Mann vs Steyn

Football and Hockey

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The Corner post that launched a lawsuit...

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Katz & Blaze TV vs Steyn

Katz & Blaze TV vs Steyn: A Cut-Out'n'Keep Guide

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Cary Katz's four floppo Steyn suits (and counting)

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Katz & Blaze TV vs Steyn

Steyn Wins ...Again

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Litigious losers Cary Katz and Blaze/CRTV strike out yet again

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A Clubman's Notes

The Bane and Mischief of the Whole

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Welcome to Episode Sixteen of our nightly audio adventure, A Journal of the Plague Year - written by Daniel Defoe, and a very pertinent work in its view of a great city infected by disease and forced into seventeenth-century social distancing. Josh Passell, a First Weekend Founding Member of The Mark Steyn Club from Massachusetts, writes: I confess I was skeptical in the earlier chapters that Journal was a novel at all, but rather a, well, journal. But so compelling are some of the characters we meet, and so moving the vignettes of misery in which they find themselves, that we, or I at any rate, can't help but be drawn in. And our narrator! From dry observer to our trusted Virgil through the Hell of Contagion. Thank you, Josh. In tonight's ...

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A Clubman's Notes

Wherry Bury

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In Part Fifteen of A Journal of the Plague Year, the waterman gives his newfound friend the lie of the River Thames - where thousands are escaping the contagion by hiding out on ships...

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A Clubman's Notes

Coach Class

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We continue our voyage through the Great Plague of London...

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A Clubman's Notes

Pilloried but Popular

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Here's the 13th episode of Daniel Defoe's vivid and journalistic Journal of the Plague Year

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A Clubman's Notes

Parodically Pilloried

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Part Twelve of Daniel Defoe's forensic account of the Great Plague

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A Clubman's Notes

Pitch, Brimstone or Gunpowder

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Part Eleven of Steyn's reading of A Journal of the Plague Year. If the social distancing is getting you down, well, not much has changed in 350 years...

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A Clubman's Notes

When the Pest House Is Full...

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Part Ten of Daniel Defoe's vivid and enduring Journal of the Plague Year

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A Clubman's Notes

Impudent Mocks and Jeers

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Part Nine of Daniel Defoe's very popular contribution to Tales for Our Time - A Journal of the Plague Year from an earlier age of contagion: 1665...

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A Clubman's Notes

Sallies and Retreat

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Part Eight of a classic chronicle of the Great Plague of London

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A Clubman's Notes

Sheltering in Place, 1665 Style

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It's time for Part Seven of my serialization of A Journal of the Plague Year by Daniel Defoe - the chronicle of a great city in a time of contagion...

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A Clubman's Notes

Loose Persons and Idle Assemblies

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Part Six of A Journal of the Plague Year, written by Daniel Defoe between his two great novels Robinson Crusoe and Moll Flanders...

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A Clubman's Notes

Quacks and Mountebanks

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Part Five of my serialization of A Journal of the Plague Year, Daniel Defoe's classic portrait of an earlier age of contagion, the Great Plague of London in 1665...

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A Clubman's Notes

Keeping Up Your Trade

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Part Four of our Corona-curfew caper of A Journal of the Plague Year

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A Clubman's Notes

Sure, no NBA, no NHL ...but no Bear-Baiting?

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Welcome to the thirty-fifth audio adventure in our popular series Tales for Our Time, and this tale couldn't be timelier...

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Steyn's Song of the Week

Avalon - with Carol Welsman and Russell Malone

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A live-performance video edition (the last before the Coronavirus lockdown) featuring two of our favorite guests - singer/pianist Carol Welsman and guitarist Russell Malone, together with the Steyn Show band

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The Mark Steyn Weekend Show

The Faint Half-Blush That Dies Along Her Throat

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ImageWelcome to another entry in our Mark Steyn Club anthology of video poetry - Mark reads a disturbing poem by Robert Browning, My Last Duchess...

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