Welcome to the VE Day 75th anniversary edition of the sheltered-in-place non-essential Mark Steyn Show, with a few thoughts on how we got from there to here, plus the latest developments in United States vs Flynn, a poem for Mother's Day, Corona and consumption, and a punk-ska-rap-Latin-Europop finale.
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As for that third-birthday Clubland Q&A Mark mentioned, he'll be taking your questions from around the planet tomorrow Saturday at 3pm North American Eastern Time.
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