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Mark Steyn

Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini

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Last week we featured America's first Number One hit record - a lovely Canadian ballad. From two decades later, here's another Number One record - not half as lovely, but pneumatically unforgettable. It hit the top exactly sixty years ago - in August 1960. One, two, three, four, stick around, we'll tell you more: She was afraid to come out of the locker She was as nervous as she could be She was afraid to come out of the locker She was afraid that somebody would see One, two, three, four, tell the people what she wore... Here's Brian Hyland with Dick Clark on "The Saturday Night Beech-Nut Show", July 16th 1960: As an itsy bitsy teenie weenie contribution to American pop culture, the above is chiefly of interest to me because of a bizarre ...

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The Mark Steyn Weekend Show

Terrors and Triumphs

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With our video poetry shoots stymied by Covid, Mark's put together an anthology of some favorite Mark Steyn Show poems of recent months, and matched them to some appropriate musical interludes. The poets and composers span the last quarter-millennium, and include the famous, the once famous, and the eternally obscure. From the Reign of Terror and the Franklin Expedition to the joys of translation and eighteenth-century London's "Extraordinary Negro", life's rich variety is all here. We hope these forty minutes of words and music is a pleasant break from the civilizational assault all around this Sunday...

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Mark's Week in Review

A Se'nnight of Steyn, August 3-9

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In case you missed it, here's how the last seven days looked to Mark.

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Shaidle at the Cinema

The "Blow Up Your School" Subgenre

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Kathy Shaidle on the macabre 'Blow Up Your School' cinematic subgenre going back all the way to 1933.

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The Mark Steyn Show

From Covid to Canceled

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Welcome to a special edition of The Mark Steyn Show, marking our fiftieth programme since we launched this series as the world lurched into lockdown for two weeks to "flatten the curve", and then staggered on to an unchurched Easter, a parade-less Memorial Day, a Canada Day with trigger warnings on the Canadian flag and a not so Glorious Fourth with Columbus, Washington and Francis Scott Key being toppled from their pedestals...

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The Bachman Beat

Machiavelli for Dessert

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Guest columnist Tal Bachman brings a story of the little guy against the corporations in this ode to a key lime pie.

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Laura's Links

Plagued by Luxury Beliefs

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The wealthy don't need your peasant thoughts, a Tik Tok exodus, and Canada's most litigated joke gets an appeal – all in this week's Laura's Links.

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The Mark Steyn Show

Manacle Mania

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Another update from the Summer of Stupid, plus your way or the Norway, Irish troubles then and now, transitioning from here to there, Campaign 2020 poll musings, Gandhi and Garvey, Hugh Hefner and Joni Mitchell, and much more...

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Steyn on Culture

A Baroness on Barrenness

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Mark remembers P D James, and a remarkably prescient novel

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Ave atque vale

Jewels and Goals

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Steyn remembers some of those lost to ChiCom-19: Elizabeth Taylor's jewelry maker, a beloved Pokémon voice, a pioneer goal scorer, Rome's hometown marathon runner, Cameroon's biggest pop star, a Romanian dissident, a Swedish trombonist, a Senegalese soccer supremo, and the man behind some of "Saturday Night Live"'s most awkward moments...

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The Mark Steyn Show

Seeds of Destruction

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Mark's update on Campaign 2020, the "respectability" of China, roaring roller babes, moats with alligators, the slough of despond, seeds and colonels, and much more

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Politics & Current Affairs

A WE Problem

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Guest columnist Andrew Lawton on the Canadian political scandal starring grifters, shell corporations, virtue signallers and a federal ethics probe – with Justin Trudeau at the center of it.

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The Mark Steyn Show

Reindeer Games

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An update on Election 2020, plus Olivia de Havilland singing, Pancho Villa surrendering, cheese and China, Regis and reindeer, Covid and contraceptives, and much more

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Steyn on Fox

The Race So Far

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Mark and Tucker with the best of Campaign 2020

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The War on Free Speech

The Costs of Mann Delay

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Michael E Mann, loser, liar, scofflaw and deadbeat

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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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A Clubman's Notes

The Farmers Come to Town

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Welcome to Part Twenty-Three of my sequel to and contemporary inversion of The Prisoner of Zenda, the latest in our series of audio adventures, Tales for Our Time. Anthony Hope's enduring classic was first published in 1894, but we've re-cast it over a century on in a London as fantastical as any town in Ruritania. In tonight's episode, on the eve of Rudy Elphberg's big speech in Manchester, the media decide that the threat from Ruritanian content farmers has suddenly intensified: The camera cut to a severe-looking blonde woman with an aquiline nose and pursed lips in the usual BBC black trouser-suit prowling what looked to be some sort of dungeon. She was labeled as 'Gabriella Waitrose, National Security Editor' and began to speak: 'For ...

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A Clubman's Notes

Chuter cum Shooter

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Part Twenty-Two of Mark's contemporary inversion of Anthony Hope's 1894 classic The Prisoner of Zenda

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A Clubman's Notes

In Residence at Cymbeline's Castle

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Part Twenty-One of The Prisoner of Windsor, Mark's contemporary inversion of a Ruritanian classic

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A Clubman's Notes

Deep Waters

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Episode Twenty of Mark's contemporary inversion of The Prisoner of Zenda

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A Clubman's Notes

A Basic Chahar-Bagh

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Part Nineteen of Mark's sequel to and contemporary inversion of Anthony Hope's Ruritanian bestseller of 1894

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A Clubman's Notes

The Tilted Teapot

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Episode Eighteen of The Prisoner of Windsor, Mark's contemporary inversion of Anthony Hope's 1894 classic of honor and duty as understood by one Englishman in a very foreign land...

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A Clubman's Notes

A New Use for a Dinner Table

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Episode Seventeen of The Prisoner of Windsor

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A Clubman's Notes

Overseers of Orientation Criteria

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Welcome to Episode Sixteen of our nightly audio adventure, The Prisoner of Windsor - my contemporary inversion of Anthony Hope's Ruritanian classic of 1894...

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A Clubman's Notes

Earl Force One

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Part Fifteen of Mark's contemporary inversion of Anthony Hope's classic The Prisoner of Zenda

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A Clubman's Notes

Marmite Soldiers in the Prison Room

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We continue our voyage through the bizarre fantastical kingdom of contemporary Britain in Mark's inversion of The Prisoner of Zenda

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A Clubman's Notes

The Elphbergs - with a Word on the Rassendylls

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For this year's summer entertainment, Mark's contemporary inversion of Anthony Hope's classic The Prisoner of Zenda: The Prisoner of Windsor...

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Steyn's Song of the Week

Me and Julio Down in Hong Kong with the Boom-Ding-a-Diggi Blues

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Paul Simon and Dana join Mark for a musical wander through Truman Capote's fantasies, the Hong Kong blues, and the glory days of Eurovision

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The Mark Steyn Weekend Show

Steyn's Sunday Poems: Summer Special

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Welcome to the first of our weekend specials this summer - an anthology of some favorite Mark Steyn Show poems of recent months...

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