Background music in this episode was "New Berlin, New York" and "The Beekeeper" by The Westerlies from their self-titled album (iTunes, Amazon, Spotify), as well as "Longleaf Pines" by Daniel Hart from the Music from S-Town album (iTunes, Spotify), and finally "Perpetuum Mobile" from Penguin Cafe Orchestra's album Concert Program (iTunes, Amazon, Spotify).
This episode has clips of Washington Post columnist and a Pulitzer-prize winning historian Anne Applebaum on Sam Harris’ Waking Up. She describes how Trump, while self-identifying as a great “dealmaker” is utterly oblivious (and hostile to) the role of American dealmaking. That is: Leveraging “soft power” for America's gain. She details how "globalization", while often maligned, is really decades of our diplomats and leaders wheeling and dealing to successfully “Americanize” the world.
This episode features a clip from SNL's Weekend Update about racist elf Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III's perjury, and Mike Pence's routine use of a hacked private email server when sending, among other things, sensitive security-related communiqué.
This episode doesn't feature any clips. The only ones I felt compelled to play were related to the continuing onslaught of Trump horrors and I decided to spare you the suffering in what is supposed to be a joyous happy holiday episode. If I had put on a clip, it might have been from Seth Meyer's great analysis of the Carrier "deal" or The Daily Show's Jordan Klepper visitting a Tump post-campaign campaign rally.