Episode 30: Solar Cars, Drive-Thru Siri, & a UFO In New Mexico
Kathleen opens the show drinking a Cheap Sunglasses Kolsch beer from Fairhope Brewing Company in Southern Alabama. She then provides listeners with an update on her recent visit to Florida to visit her parents.
UPDATE ON KATHLEEN’S QUEEN’S COURT: In an update on her Queens, Kathleen introduces Chaka Khan to the court, and gives Tanya Tucker and Dolly Parton the week off since they worked overtime last week during the Texas ice storms.
A QUEST FOR RANCH: “Do you have any Ranch?!” In Kathleen’s search for the most delicious Ranch available she samples Whataburger’s Jalapeno Ranch Dressing on a saltine cracker, and then moves on to try St. Louis’s own Black Peppered Parmesan Ranch from Twisted Ranch.
“BAD GOOD FOOD”: In her quest for new and delicious not-so-nutritious junk food AND in continuing her search for the best Ranch, Kathleen samples Lester’s Fixins Ranch Dressing Soda, which she rates as putrid. She then opens a bag of Snyder’s Buttermilk Ranch Pretzels, and boasts about ALL of the food available at Buc-ee’s truck stops, which she recently visited in Georgia on her way to Florida to visit her parents.
DRIVE-THRU SIRI: Kathleen reads an article on the AI enhancements that fast food chains are implementing at a rapid pace in order to make their drive-thru smarter, with the help of technology that can do things like identify a customer and then offer them “the usual.” The new technology incorporates data points such as mobile-phone app detection, loyalty accounts and order history, and aligning the 1st item ordered with other food items that compliment that selection.
SOUTH DAKOTA AG DEVELOPMENT: As a follow up to Episode 29’s article regarding the South Dakota Attorney General hitting a man and killing him with his car last Fall, Kathleen provides an update as to new information that has been brought forth proving that AG Ravnsborg lied to police the night of the accident. He continues to resist calls to resign as he sticks to his defense.
POMPEII CHARIOT FOUND: In continuing her attachment to the resurrection of Pompeii, Kathleen reads an article announcing that excavators have discovered a large four-wheel ceremonial chariot in the ruins there. The bronze and tin chariot is almost fully intact, with wooden remains and the imprint of ropes, according to an announcement from the Archaeological Park of Pompeii.
SOLAR CARS ROLLING OUT IN 2021: In following Kathleen’s obsession with the need to moving the transportation forward, Aptera Motors, a California company whose name comes from the ancient Greek for “wingless,” is rolling out the first mass-produced solar car this year. It’s a three-wheeled, ultra-aerodynamic electric vehicle covered in 34 square feet of solar cells. Kathleen is excited to see progress in the automobile world, but is still adamant that the true car of the future is a flying car.
ANIMALS MOST LIKELY TO KILL YOU BY STATE: Kathleen continues with the segment Animals Most Likely to Kill You (By State), as reported by the Center for Disease Control. If you live in North Carolina beware of fire ants, and North Dakota is a leading state for bison attacks causing death.
MORE COOL THINGS INVENTED BY WOMEN: Kathleen continues her reporting on cool stuff invented by women, describing the invention of Kevlar by Stephanie Kwolek, and the creation of the traditional Monopoly game by Elizabeth Magie.
EL CHAPO’S WIFE ARRESTED: Kathleen diligently followed the arrest and trial of El Chapo, and was shocked to read that his 31-year-old wife, Emma Coronel Aispuro, was arrested at Dulles International Airport in Virginia as she was poised to rat out the Mexican cartel and plan a heist of her famous husband from prison. Kathleen provides her own commentary on the arrest and character of Aispuro, seeing as the former model registered the El Chapo Guzman trademark shortly after her husband’s trial so that she could market cell phone cases and clothing.
HALF MALE/HALF FEMALE CARDINAL SPOTTED: Kathleen is excited to read an article about a recent sighting by a longtime birdwatcher in Warren County, PA: a cardinal that is half male and half female.
SILENCE OF THE LAMBS SLEEPOVER: Kathleen recalls the thrill and fear that she felt when she first saw the 30-year-old movie The Silence of the Lambs, starring Anthony Hopkins and Jodie Foster. She then reads a news article announcing that the home in the movie that housed serial killer Buffalo Bill has been purchased and renovated, and will soon be open for rent to overnight guests and private functions.
WHAT TO WATCH THIS WEEK: Kathleen recommends listening to the BBC podcast “Fake Heiress” and the “Missing Richard Simmons” podcast wherever you get podcasts. She also recommends adding the Netflix documentary “Biggie: I Got A Story To Tell,” and the Netflix series “Narcos: El Chapo.”
MYSTERY OF THE WEEK: Kathleen reads the mystery of an American Airlines flight crew who spotted a UFO-like object over Northeast New Mexico on February 21st, 2021. The FBI has acknowledged the report, but will neither confirm nor deny their validation of extraterrestrial activity.