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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.)
Direct download: Extruding_America_26_Final.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 2:36pm PDT

Extruding America 25: Peeling Back the Layers to get at the Truth and The 87 Club Volume Two Gerard gets a clue and it’s adios Stet!

The 87 Club Volume Two Roster:
A Dark Night’s 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)

Direct download: Extruding_America_25C.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 4:57pm PDT

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)
Direct download: Extruding_America_24__Climb_Aboard.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 1:41pm PDT

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

Direct download: Extruding_America_23__The_87_Club.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 2:17pm PDT

Extruding America 22: For the Birds A confluence of events puts Gerard's multimedia multitasking mettle to the test.  Stet states a truth.
Direct download: Extruding_America_22__For_the_Birds.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 10:40am PDT

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.
Direct download: Extruding_America_21__Who_is_the_Fourth_W.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 3:19pm PDT

Extruding America 20: A Brief Vacation After a brief vacation, Stetson Tudd recalls his brief vacation.  Gerard listens.  (Image: El Palo Alto, circa 1910)
Direct download: Extruding_America_20C__A_Brief_Vacation.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 10:42am PDT

Extruding America 19: Independence The last M-80 is spent.  So are Gerard and Stetson.
Direct download: Extruding_America_19__Independence.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 2:00pm PDT

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)
Direct download: Extruding_America_17__The_Wallingford_Chronicles_Part_Two.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 6:18pm PDT

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 shotgun.
Direct download: Extruding_America_16Real.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 6:52pm PDT

Extruding America 15: Tabak Borek Gerard Armbruster wakes up.  Stetson Tudd goes for a walk.
Direct download: Extruding_America_15__Tabak_Borek.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 9:09am PDT

A Hell of a Town Gerard cranks up a reverie...
Direct download: A_Hell_of_a_Town.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 9:08am PDT

Extruding America 14: Technical Difficulties SNAFU begets High Art in this light-hearted romp through the morbid and the unexplained.
Direct download: Extruding_America_14__Technical_Difficulties.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 3:11pm PDT

Ragu alla napoletana Meat Sauce from Naples

Serves 6                      

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
1½ pounds beef brisket or chuck, in one piece
½ pound boneless veal shoulder, in one piece
½ pound boneless pork shoulder, in one piece
1 yellow onion, chopped
½ 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 2½ 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

Category:Battersea Confidential -- posted at: 9:28am PDT

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.
Direct download: Extruding_America_13__Gustation.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 11:34am PDT

Extruding America 12: Bifurcation "When you come to a fork in the road, take it!" - Yogi Berra
Direct download: Extruding_America_12__Bifurcation.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 3:43pm PDT

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)
Direct download: Extruding_America_11.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 2:43pm PDT

Sidebar 2 Once again, Gerard and Stetson are unaware that their phone call has been recorded.
Direct download: Extruding_America_10Sidebar.m4a
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 10:39am PDT

Extruding America 10: Imagination Gerard introduces the amazing Sound Effects 3000, and Stetson opens a can o’ worms…
Direct download: Extruding_America10__Imagination.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 11:01am PDT

Sidebar Unbeknownst to Gerard and Stetson, their phone call has been recorded.

Direct download: Sidebar.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 11:09am PDT

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.
Direct download: Extruding_America_9.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 6:03pm PDT

The List of Fifteen 1.   Alabama
2.   Arizona
3.   Arkansas
4.   Florida
5.   Georgia
6.   Illinois
7.   Louisiana
8.   Mississippi
9.   Missouri
10. Nevada
11. North Carolina
12. Oklahoma
13. South Carolina
14. Utah
15. Virginia

The above list is certified factual and true.  Click here for further information.

Category:Battersea Confidential -- posted at: 10:29am PDT

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.
Direct download: Extruding_America_8__Mayhem.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 3:57pm PDT

Extruding America 7: Betrayal and Slaughter A fuming Gerard is distracted by Stetson's literalist interpretation of the NFL's monstrous mythology.
Direct download: Extruding_America_7__Betrayal.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 3:57pm PDT

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)
Direct download: Ma_Po_Dofu_Dance_Mix.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 9:35am PDT

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. 

Direct download: Extruding_America_6__Forbidden_Fruit.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 7:54am PDT

Trotter Shots 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.

Apply liberal dash of hot sauce (see above).

Put entire piece in mouth.

Spit out any bones.  

Take a large gulp of beer (see above).  


Great on a hot day.

Category:Battersea Confidential -- posted at: 8:32pm PDT

Extruding America 5: Superstition An expedition upon the shadowy sea of Superstition flounders in even deeper, darker waters.
Direct download: Extruding_America_5.m4a
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 4:51pm PDT

Extruding America 4: Memory Gerard and Stetson explore the landscape of memory, ultimately forgetting the way back.
Direct download: Extruding_America_4.m4a
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 4:11pm PDT