Searching for the heart of a nation... in the throat of its people.
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Contemplating Insomnia After Reading Rudyard Kipling
Photo by Moreau.henri. Sound effects provided by Freesound Project contributors: laurent, reinsamba, ejazz215, promete, CGEffex.
Unbeknownst to the chumps at Extruding America, this has appeared on their website.
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Empty Head: The Downside
The Wallflower 360, a premium received with Gerard Armbruster's workhorse handheld audio recorder, was introduced in the Extruding America episode entitled Preparation for a Journalistically Superior Report, and was described as "a recording device so sensitive it can even record your thoughts and dreams." It promised the ability to "constantly record your entire life." It was discarded on a scrapheap but is apparently still in operation, as evidenced here. - Editor*
*Note - The possibility of a listening device with the power of the Wallflower 360 was being investigated as early as 1949 and outlined in scientific literature (see AUDITORY NATURE IN MOLECULAR STRUCTURES by Folger Edelstein, Yuma University Press 1949) and in extrapolative classical works (e.g. THE BED CHAMBER DREAMS OF TIN TIN LIU by the 13th century Chinese poet Ben Joe).
Gerard is hungry and sees something out of the corner of his eye.
Extruding America 35: Marine Park, October 30th, 2009; Report or Poem or Not?
Somewhat amazingly, Gerard Armbruster, beset by what some individuals would consider to be emotional and financial difficulties, continues to work at what some professional broadcasters might consider to be an exhausting pace.
Extruding America 34: An Open Letter to the World from Battersea, Washington
Stetson Tudd delivers an open letter to the world from Battersea, Washington.
Extruding America 33: Gerard in the New Economy
Has Extruding America returned and is it new and improved and better than ever? We're voting for "returned"!
Gerard Armbruster and Stetson Tudd are unaware that their phone call has been recorded.
Rejected Title: Disquietude Introduces Itself to Gerard Armbruster's Comfy Chair
Unbeknownst to a frustrated Gerard, his activities have been recorded.
Bonus Track: Lentil Masti Dance Mix
Zowie! Straight out of the heart of Armbruster Recording Studio Enterprises (ARSE) comes this viral dance sensation. Take that, Armbruster! - Robert "Bob" Robertson. Goodnight America! (image 2004 by Tomasz Sienicki)
Extruding America 32: The Story of a Lifetime
Marcus Aurelius was a Roman general. He was not a rhododendron.
Preparation for a Journalistically Superior Report
Unbeknownst to Gerard, his preparation for a journalistically superior report has been recorded.
Yet again, Gerard and Stetson are unaware that their phone call has been recorded. (Image: Natxo 68, flickr)
Extruding America 31: Seize the Moment and Skip It Across the Pond
Gerard Armbruster seizes the moment and Stetson Tudd skips it across the pond.
(Illustration: Alfanhui, flickr)
Extruding America 30: Self-Realization
Gerard Armbruster successfully teams up with Stetson Tudd over the speaker phone.
Extruding America 29: 1000 Nights and a Night and an Early Evening, minus everything except the Early Evening
(Rejected Subtitle: 10 Cent Scheherezade)
While this may not be an example of journalism or even editorialization, if you're listening to this on a podcatcher or computer equipped with speakers, it is affordable.
(dedicated to Paul Yamazaki.)
Extruding America 28: Filing a Report
A report is filed.
Extruding America 27: Unhinged?
Is Extruding Americas podcasting host Gerard Armbruster, former host of Happy Trailer Parks To You, Whats Wrong With That Dog? and Out Of My Way, and proud alumnus of The Dwight Bertram Correspondence School of Reporting Technique and Vocal Inflection, becoming slightly unhinged? Lets find out. (Music cue: Aao Twist Karen by the great R. D. Burman, from the film Bhoot Bungla (1965))
Extruding America 26: Old Dog, Old Dog - Subtitle: The Pit of Hell
Gerard Armbruster has a dream mildly reminiscent of an old radio show. (Music cues from Suspense, broadcast 12/05/46, probably by the great Bernard Herrmann, possibly by Alexander Semmler, Lucien Morawek, or Wilbur Hatch, also composers for the show.)
Extruding America 25: Peeling Back the Layers to get at the Truth and The 87 Club Volume Two
Gerard gets a clue and its adios Stet!
The 87 Club Volume Two Roster:
A Dark Nights Passing by Naoya Shiga
A Desire to Learn by Eric Moon
Soviet but not Russian by William M. Mandel
The Road to Wigan Pier by George Orwell
The Soil by Nagatsuka Takashi (translated and with an introduction by Ann Waswo)
Extruding America 24: Climb Aboard
Gerard continues to battle his demons. Stetson goes on a business trip.
(Illustration: Tom Sanislo, for the Washington State Dept. of Transportation)
Extruding America 23: The 87 Club
Gerard smells the smell of fear. Stetson introduces something new.
The 87 Club Roster:
The Gods Will Have Blood by Anatole France
Hitler's Army by Omer Bartov
Best Russian Short Stories edited by Thomas Setzer (The District Doctor by Ivan Turgenev)
Mountain of Fame by John E. Wills, Jr.
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
Extruding America 22: For the Birds
A confluence of events puts Gerard's multimedia multitasking mettle to the test. Stet states a truth.
Extruding America 21: Who is the Fourth W
With a glorious assist from the Dwight Bertram Correspondence School of Reporting Technique and Vocal Inflection, Gerard Armbruster quells a querulous Stetson Tudd. A magnificent display of the journalistic arts ensues.
Extruding America 20: A Brief Vacation
After a brief vacation, Stetson Tudd recalls his brief vacation. Gerard listens. (Image: El Palo Alto, circa 1910)
Extruding America 19: Independence
The last M-80 is spent. So are Gerard and Stetson.
Extruding America 18: The Wallingford Chronicles Part Three: Apotheosis
The odyssey that began with the ringing of a phone ends with the harsh scream of a Sea-Tac bound airliner.
Extruding America 17: The Wallingford Chronicles Part Two
The semi-historic meeting of friends Gerard Armbruster and Stetson Tudd proceeds as smoothly as one would imagine. The gigantitude of the immensity of Gerard's personal journey becomes self-evident, to Gerard at least. (Photo: Carmen Dean)
Extruding America 16: The Wallingford Chronicles Part One
Terrific news! People and events collude to engender the greatest
transformative odyssey of Gerard Armbruster's life. Stetson Tudd rides
Extruding America 15: Tabak Borek
Gerard Armbruster wakes up. Stetson Tudd goes for a walk.
A Hell of a Town
Gerard cranks up a reverie...
Extruding America 14: Technical Difficulties
SNAFU begets High Art in this light-hearted romp through the morbid and the unexplained.
Ragu alla napoletana
Meat Sauce from Naples
While the ragu from Bologna has meat and barely any tomato, this version from Naples is tomato sauce flavored with only a little meat. Most Neapolitans cook the meat in the sauce, remove it, and serve it after the pasta. But if you want the meat in the sauce, you can start with chopped meat, or you can chop the meat after it has been cooked and return it to the sauce as many Italian Americans do. Neapolitans usually serve this sauce over ziti, but you can also use rigatoni or fusilli.
1/3 cup olive oil
1 pounds beef brisket or chuck, in one piece
pound boneless veal shoulder, in one piece
pound boneless pork shoulder, in one piece
1 yellow onion, chopped
cup dry red wine
2 cans (28 ounces each) plum tomatoes with juice, chopped or pulsed in a food processor (Stetson note: San Marzano tomatoes)
Pinch of chile pepper flakes (optional)
Meat stock, if needed
Freshly ground black pepper
1 pound dried ziti, cooked
Grated pecorino cheese
In a large Dutch oven or deep skillet, heat the olive oil over high heat. Add all the meats and sprinkle with salt. When the meats have given up their juices, after about 15 minutes, add the onion and stir well. Reduce the heat to medium and cook, stirring occasionally, until the meats are browned and the onion is golden. This might take as long as 15 minutes.
Add the wine and cook until it is absorbed into the meats, about 10 minutes. Add the tomatoes and the chile pepper flakes (if using) and stir well. Cover partially and simmer, stirring often, for 2 hours. Check from time to time to see if more liquid is needed, adding stock or water if necessary to prevent scorching. At this point, the sauce should be thick and the juices should coat a spoon.
Using a slotted spoon, remove the meat and reserve for another dish, or chop it and return it to the sauce. Season the sauce to taste with salt and pepper. Toss the sauce with the pasta and serve. Pass the cheese at the table.
WINE: Stay local with an Aglianico from Campania. Look for Taurasi from Mastroberardino or Feudi San Gregorio.
From Italian Slow and Savory by Joyce Goldstein
Extruding America 13: Gustation
A proud graduate of Dwight Bertram's Correspondence School of Reporting Technique and Vocal Inflection recaptures lost glory with sledgehammer-like precision.
Extruding America 12: Bifurcation
"When you come to a fork in the road, take it!" - Yogi Berra
Extruding America 11: Pop Quiz
Gerard's investigation into the formation of thought is interrupted by a pop quiz, per doctor's orders. (Image: Flag of Sardinia)
Once again, Gerard and Stetson are unaware that their phone call has been recorded.
Extruding America 10: Imagination
Gerard introduces the amazing Sound Effects 3000, and Stetson opens a can o worms
Unbeknownst to Gerard and Stetson, their phone call has been recorded.
Extruding America 9: Shirley's List
The oaken doors of the Armbruster Recording Studios are thrown open in a pageant of atonement and celebration of a life well lived.
The List of Fifteen
11. North Carolina
13. South Carolina
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Extruding America 8: Mayhem
Gerard conducts an audio tour of the abandoned medieval-themed restaurant The Dark Ages, now the Armbruster Recording Studios, and Stetson concludes his thoughts on Slaughter and Mayhem introduced in the previous episode.
Extruding America 7: Betrayal and Slaughter
A fuming Gerard is distracted by Stetson's literalist interpretation of the NFL's monstrous mythology.
Bonus Track: Ma Po Dance Fu (Robert "Bob" Robertson Mix)
Zowie! Straight out of Hollywood and the heart of Armbruster Recording Studio Enterprises (ARSE) comes this wigged-out sample-crazy underground basement sensation! The Master of Knobs, Robert "Bob" Robertson takes the Ma Po Dofu craze of Episode 2 and turns it into a dance floor riot! (Sampling copyright violation litigation pending)
Extruding America 6: Forbidden Fruit
Gerard delves into the darker side of the human appetite for the taboo crop, and a new longform format accidentally evolves when hard-hitting journalism collides with movie gossip and a bedtime story.
From the Logjam Saloon, as served by Lenny Schopenhauer (1939-1999)
(bar snack loved by the Chapman boys; not necessarily for everyone)
3 bite-size pieces of pickled pig's feet (Hormel or Faraon)
Hot sauce (Tabasco, Trappey's, Crystal, Cholula, Tapatio, El Pato, etc.)
One large glass of ice cold lager (Budweiser, Miller, Rainier, Pabst Blue Ribbon, etc.)
Napkins, towel, or Wetnaps
Fill 6 oz. glass or other small container with 3 bite-size pieces of pickled pig's feet. If you have to cut them be careful; there may be bones.