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NASummaries

Hosted at callclooney.org

Book-length summaries of No Agenda podcast (also known as The Best Podcast in the Universe), and formatting tools for them.

Origin of the Project

I began listening to No Agenda toward the beginning of 2013 on the recommendation of a now-man-overboard coworker. This was in the days of the FBI Six-Week Cycle, out-of-control TSA shenanigans, and Constitution-hating Democrat gun-grabbers crawling out of the woodwork in the aftermath of Sandy Hook.

I was inspired in 2014, at the mention of -- on Show 518, I believe -- summaries of the very earliest shows by KD "Bubba" Martin, to consider doing my own series of transcripts as a way of exploring the history of No Agenda. An early pilot project convinced that such task would be insurmountable via solo effort, after three hours of work on Show 10. So I decided to shoot for a bronze medal instead.

This project aims to be a resource that primarily answers the question: "When did John and Adam play that great clip about [insert topic here]?"

Suggestions and corrections will of course be welcomed. I often fail to get the timestamp for the opening one-liner, so anyone who can cough one of those up will be heartily congratulated.

Licensing

I hereby place the source code in the public domain.

Philosophy

I play by a few loose rules, and am not particularly dogmatic about enforcing them. They are:

  1. The one I am fairly strict on is to keep my voice out of the text. If I can't resist a humorous comment, or correction, it will be in parentheses.
  • This has the odd side-effect that these are not really "summaries", because I feel it's up to the reader to listen to Adam & John and draw conclusions based on what they're saying. I'm not really here to give you the punch line, I'm here to tickle your memory. Corollary: this is not a substitute for The Real Thing.
  1. I try to keep one timestamp per broad topic, but when there is a long-running discussion, or a clip of significance, I may give that a second timestamp.
  2. Anything I quote Adam or John on, gets the ACC: or JCD: prefixes, respectively.
  3. I try to separate related but distinct sections with a semicolon, within a timestamp section.
  4. Compilation shows will tend to show only macroscopic structure.
  5. I try to keep these to exactly one page in general, with exceptions for oddball outliers, extremely information- and/or comedy-dense material (2016 election mayhem, for example) and the oldest shows.

Schedule

As of Spring 2017 I am working from Show 1 to Show 424 in parallel with current material, so the schedule will be even dodgier than alluded to below.

Also, I now have a laptop I intend to use for keeping up when on vacation. I kind of enjoyed the pen-and-paper routine -- it has been kind of a tradition -- but the new laptop should make things a lot more efficient and I will not have the January summary pileup to upload as in previous years

I try to finish the Thursday show over the weekend and get it online Monday. Typically the Sunday show goes up Wednesday. (I do my first listen of new shows for enjoyment and to get the structure in mind, so I almost never start summarizing new shows the first time round.) I frequently deviate from this schedule, however.

When I am on vacation (May, September, Thanksgiving, Christmas) I do pen-and paper summaries, so it may seem that I have fallen behind. Not so! I just don't have devices available that make that kind of keyboard entry straightforward.

Will This Work Ever be Available in Hardcopy?

I intend to self-publish this eventually, after the early shows are finished and I have a straight run of Shows 1-1300 (and beyond).

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