Fireworks, grilling, and spending time with friends. That’s what you do on Canada Day, which happens to be the day we’re releasing this episode. Oh, and Independence Day is this week, too, and all the Americans do that same stuff. Except bigger. And more explosive. Because that’s how we do it here in America. Thinking about this got us all kinds of patriotic in the studio, and you get to enjoy the benefits. Listen in as we discuss:
- Which country has a better national anthem?
- Nicknames for America and Canada
- Dave reveals his midlife crisis by eating avocado toast
- How Canada became a sort-of semi-independent country
- How Canadians learn about America
- America’s dubious history with dealing with issues
- Books that help us learn about the histories of both nations
- The problem The West Wing and comedic timing
A few of the books mentioned on this episode:
- The Invasion of Canada and Flames Across the Border by Pierre Burton (parts one and two of Burton’s The War of 1812)
- The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson
- Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly
- Canadian History for Dummies by Will Ferguson
- The Soul of America by Jon Meachum
- I Never Had It Made by Jackie Robinson
- The Last Hero by Howard Bryant
- American History Vol. 1: 1492-1877 and Vol. 2: 1877-Present by Thomas S. Kidd
- Undaunted Courage by Stephen Ambrose
- John Quincy Adams by Harlow Giles Unger
- American Lion by Jon Meachum
- The Power Broker by Robert Caro
- The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin
- I Am America (And So Can You!) by Stephen Colbert
- America: The Book by Jon Stewart
Bonus content: Will Ferrell’s “Get Off the Shed” sketch.
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