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Craig, Paula and Dave explore all things cool as kitschy from mid-century America, 1940s to the early 1970s. We talk about art, culture, architecture, entertainment, food, drink, you name it. Subscribe now and give us a great review! Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/the-mid-modcast/support
 
Fascinating guests. Fun conversations. Frequent rants. A podcast with Ray Keating - author of BEHIND ENEMY LINES, FREE TRADE ROCKS!, and the PASTOR STEPHEN GRANT thrillers and mysteries - discussing a wide range of issues. What does PRESS CLUB C stand for? Politics, Religion (Christianity), Economics, Sports, Stories (books, authors and writing), Culture (entertainment), Life, Understanding, Business & Entrepreneurship, and Conservative. Ray Keating is an economist, columnist (for example, a ...
 
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BOND LOOK-ALIKES MID MODCAST #19 Over the years there have been many imitators, some intentionally humorous and some unintentionally humorous, but no one has successfully copied James Bond! The Mid Modcasters, Craig, Paula, and Dave are joined by Spy Thriller Author, Ray Keating as they look into Bond spoofs and look-alikes that arose in the 1960s.…
 
Exotica Music is so Mid Century that you could just scream! The Mid Modcasters, Paula, Dave, and Craig are joined by Mark "Digitiki" Riddle, star and host of "The Quiet Village" Podcast. Mark is amazingly knowledgeable about all facets of Exotica artists and music. This episode is NOT to be missed, you may laugh, you may cry, but you will fall in l…
 
The James Bond Edition - in Memory of Sir Sean Connery Modcast - Mid-Modcast The Mid Modcasters, Craig, Dave, and Paula are joined by Spy Novelist, Ray Keating as they have a rollicking good time celebrating all things James Bond. There is little that screams Mid Century more than the spy who sparked our imaginations in such marvelous ways. Who is …
 
Every era had its music, the mid 20th century had several kinds from Jazz to crooners to rock. It was one of the most musically prolific times in history. Join Craig, Paula and Dave as they take a musical journey back to post WWII America and play the tunes of their lives from Brubeck to Bacharach and of course Alpert and the Tijuana Brass. Tell us…
 
The Mid-Modcasters - Paula, Dave, and Craig re-live the Halloweens of their youth. The tastes of the candies, the sounds of the Haunted Mansion, and the sights of the TV specials, we have it all! Join us and live your favorite Halloweens all over again as we take a Tip Top Terrific and Splendidly Prolific Waltz Down Memory Lane! TTTSPWDML - We're n…
 
Mark Hooper of the famed "Hooper Lounge" joins the Mid-Modcasters as they look into the early days of tiki, rum, and cocktails. This is a highly potent episode as the Mid-Modcasters talk about the early days of TIki and the people who invented it including Don the Beachcomber and Trader Vic. Find us on Facebook, Twitter, and elsewhere and tell us a…
 
Ray Keating sorts through the ugly politics on both sides of the political aisle when it comes to the Amy Coney Barrett nomination to the Supreme Court. While acknowledging that she likely would be a fine addition to the Court, Keating also addresses the issue that ultimately frustrates those of us who desire a Court that is not activist but instea…
 
The Mid-Modcasters Paula, Dave, and Craig have a great discussion about television and movies made in more recent years that are set in the midcentury. We talk about the colors, the sights, and the sounds of yesteryear that are captured today! Find us on Facebook, Twitter, and elsewhere and tell us what movies and TV shows that you have enjoyed set…
 
FIRST - Welcome to Allen Marsh as the "Voice of the Mid-Modcast!" We are grateful for his voice-over skills - you should hire him for your podcast too! In this riveting episode of The Mid-Modcast, the Mid-Modcasters, Paula, Dave, and Craig explore recreation in Mid-Century America. From death-defying backyard Javelin Darts to the Hula Hoop, familie…
 
Ray Keating looks at the Big 4 controversies in baseball today – more teams in the playoffs, starting a runner on second during extra innings, seven-inning doubleheaders, and the universal designated hitter. Keating argues that if you love baseball – real baseball – then you should be in favor of one of these ideas, and vehemently opposed to the ot…
 
Remembering Korla Pandit and revealing his secrets. Korla Pandit, the amazing musician who played entrancing exotic music as he silently stared into the television camera with his mesmerizing gaze was not what you were led to believe. Korla had a secret and if it was found out, he would have lost his career and quite possibly his family. Even after…
 
After the U.S. Open at Winged Foot and before we hit The Masters in November, Ray Keating takes a look at the state of golf. His conclusion: Keating is bullish on golf! You can support Ray Keating’s work on the PRESS CLUB C Podcast, as well as his columns at Keating Files and his Free Enterprise in Three Minutes Podcast. Contribute right here! Get …
 
The Mid-Modcasters Dave, Paula, and Craig dive into the Space Age with the Space Race, Space Age Bachelor Pad Music, and Googie architecture. Architecture. There are twists and turns; in the end, America wins the Space Race in the short term, but the international effort to expand our knowledge and exploration of space continues. Also - Congratulat…
 
Ray has an illuminating discussion with Dr. Gene Edward Veith Jr. – a brilliant guy who has written assorted books, including Post-Christian: A Guide to Contemporary Thought and Culture, which is the focus of their talk. Like Veith’s book, the two cover a lot of ground. But Ray likes the fact that Veith is a Christian who argues for engaging the wo…
 
Mid Century Conveniences That We Want! MMC # 10 Living in the 21st century brings with it technological advances that were supposed to make our lives easier and give us more free time, but we seem to have become servants of phones, TVs, the internet, and so much more. The free time that we once had before being so “connected” seems to have faded aw…
 
Ray seems a little surprised that he will be celebrating his 30th anniversary of working in a home office in 2021. His experience of working remotely, however, means that he can serve up some tips for those who are working at home due to the pandemic. Love Ray Keating’s Pastor Stephen Grant Thrillers and Mysteries? It’s the Perfect Time to Join the…
 
Ray welcomes Lou Mongello – entrepreneurship and Disney expert – to talk about age and entrepreneurship. Too young? Too old? Is there a “just right” age for entrepreneurship? Lou serves up answers and tips, and he plays a special edition of “Tell Us Your Favorites.” Check out how Lou Mongello helps entrepreneurs and more at LouMongello.com. Tune in…
 
Episode 9: It’s Back to School in the 50s, 60s & 70s!: Your MidModcaster crew reminisces about Sears, Toughskins jeans, Crayola Crayons, 50s & 60s fashion trends, School Lunch, and Other Punishments as well as older school technology. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/appSupport this pod…
 
Ray takes the listener on a sobering (depressing?) journey through the economy – where we were pre-pandemic (no, it wasn’t the greatest economy of all time), the breathtaking decline due to the pandemic and shutdown, and some concerns as we look ahead. Ray apologizes for being a downer, but he does have faith in American entrepreneurs – if American…
 
Prime Time in the 60s: Episode 8: We continue our exploration of mid-century televised goodness in this episode of the MidModcast - this time, the colorful (literally) 60s. We’ll explore space, beautiful witches and genies (Jeannies?), expand our minds in the Twilight Zone and meet the ideal man or woman on a game show about dating. Tune in for all…
 
Episode 7 - Prime Time in the 50s: In its infancy, television consisted of just three big networks! In this episode, join Paula, Craig and Dave as we explore a bit of the history of television and the popular shows that appeared on ABC’s, NBC’s and CBS’s schedules in the 50s - a mix of westerns (lots of westerns!), family dramas and comedies, a bit…
 
Listen to Ray’s conversation with a leading voice in our nation’s debate over trade. Bryan Riley is the Director of NTU’s Free Trade Initiative. He subscribes to sound economics when it comes to trade. That is, he is a rare, welcome voice of reason in a national discussion on trade that too often careens into nonsense. Oh, and is Cheap Trick the gr…
 
Ray Keating explains why electric cars annoy the economist in him. Can you say “government subsidies and mandates”? Ray argues for private-sector innovation, and for ending government handouts for electric cars, for wind power and for solar power. Let entrepreneurs, businesses, workers and consumers call the shots, and if electric cars then make se…
 
Do You Want To Get in the Back Seat? Episode 5 In this episode, Paula, Dave and Craig load up the old Station Wagon and go on a trip down Memory Lane and end up at the drive-in movie theater. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll fall asleep in the back seat while wearing your pajamas. Q: Wanna get in the back seat? A: No, I'll just stay up here with yo…
 
Craig Donofrio is a cool guy who happens to be a pastor, author, radio personality, podcaster, Mid-Century Modern fanatic, and Tikiphile. Oh, yeah, he also dabbled in rock ‘n’ roll and politics. Ray forgives Craig for the politics stuff. Join their discussion that celebrates nostalgia and the new podcast Craig cohosts called The Mid-Modcast Podcast…
 
CEOs of top technology companies were recently hauled before Congress, albeit remotely. The purpose? Well, for all of the importance attributed to this hearing, in the end, it was just another excuse for political posturing and grandstanding. Go figure. Tune in to Ray Keating’s Free Enterprise in Three Minutes Podcast. Below is the summer reading l…
 
Episode 5: Family Vacations: In this episode, Paula, Craig, and Dave take you on a trip down Route 66 in the family station wagon. We’ll discuss the history of the Mother Road, reminisce about the pre-minivan vehicle of choice for Mid Century family vacations, our favorite memories of vacationing during our childhoods, and look! Up ahead! It’s a St…
 
After a recent visit to the campus of the University of Notre Dame, Ray started reflecting on why certain places hold meaning for individuals. So, Ray rambles on in this episode about a sense of place, why we might feel it (perhaps, at first glance, inexplicably), and his top 10 spots that give him a sense of place. Below is the summer reading list…
 
Episode 4: Disneyland: come along with us as we explore the creation and opening of Walt Disney’s Disneyland in 1955. We include a brief overview of Walt’s career, we revisit the well-known problem-plagued opening day and talk about the Mouseketeer Circus, one of the first failed Disneyland attractions. Find us on Facebook and Twitter. Facebook: ht…
 
Ray Keating argues that the new name for the Washington Redskins should be the Washington Americans. He highlights two major league sports teams that previously carried the name, or something very close, and sums up why going to Washington Americans should be a no-brainer. Read Keating’s column in renaming the Redskins the Washington Americans. Bel…
 
Episode 3 The Mid-Modcasters Welcomes Charles Phoenix: The Ambassador of Americana joins us for this episode. Charles Phoenix is a popular author, TV personality, Mid-Century icon, and YouTube sensation! Join us as he talks to us about his career and what he’s got in store for the future.ENTER THE MID-MODCAST SLOGAN CONTEST - WIN ONE OF CHARLES PHO…
 
In this episode, Craig, Paula and Dave explore life in the suburbs in the post-WW2 era. Americans are moving out of crowded cities into suburban homes with all of the modern conveniences. Sparkling chrome-adorned cars and appliances were the norm for the times, in an array of dazzling colors. It was a time of entertaining: cookouts, home bars and M…
 
The Mid-Modcast – The Pilot. Meet Craig, Paula, and Dave, who are dedicated Mid-Mod-o-philes, tiki freaks and fans of yesteryear. In this pilot episode, the Mid-Modcasters discuss what Mid Century Modern is and why they love it. There’s history, designers. Architecture and all sorts of fun kitsch from what we remember as more innocent times when ch…
 
Ray interviews Dr. Samuel Gregg, author of Reason, Faith, and the Struggle for Western Civilization and research director at the Acton Institute. Gregg’s book is a vital read for anyone concerned about Western Civilization, and looking to understand the relationship between faith and reason. Fortunately, Dr. Gregg shares some of his insights with R…
 
Ray loves summer reading and summer writing. In this episode, he talks about writing his novels, and the three goals or objectives that govern what he tries to accomplish in his thrillers and mysteries. Below is the summer reading list with links to the Kindle editions (on sale!) and paperbacks at Amazon. All signed books are at www.raykeatingonlin…
 
The Mid-Modcast, coming in July! The Mid-Modcast is a celebration of all things Mid 20th Century Modern. Dave, Paula, and Craig discuss all things post World War II that made it a magical era in America and around the world. We will talk about culture, arts, architecture, cars, music, food, entertainment, home life, subcultures like Tiki Culture an…
 
Ray Keating interviews Father Robert Sirico, co-founder of the Acton Institute, and a leading voice for traditional morality, Christianity, and free markets. The work of Father Sirico and Acton, including Acton University, arguably is more critical now than ever since the institute was founded in 1990. Join Ray and Father Sirico for an illuminating…
 
It’s time for a quick baseball rant. While laying out the positives and negatives of the announced return of baseball, Ray winds up ranting about, as is normal, the DH, but goes on to note that there’s something even worse included in the upcoming, shortened 2020 baseball season. Worse than the DH? Absolutely. Please take a look at all of Keating’s…
 
If you think economics is boring or uninteresting, then you really need to listen to economist Peter Boettke in this fascinating conversation with Ray Keating. Boettke has written a wonderful book – The Four Pillars of Economic Understanding – (among others) and has dedicated his career to teaching and getting people jazzed about economics. This is…
 
Ray goes on a rant defending the pharmaceutical industry against “stupid” attacks by politicians seeking to impose price controls. Ray argues that if you want new and improved medicines, vaccines, etc., then don’t buy into what politicians are selling when it comes to attacks on drug companies. Also, Keating notes why “Big Pharma” is a political ph…
 
Ray works through some controversial issues in this episode. He wonders why people don’t get it on immigration, notes some deeply distressing tidbits from John Bolton’s forthcoming book, and makes clear that we better see baseball soon. Miss baseball? Read Ray Keating Murderer’s Row: A Pastor Stephen Grant Novel. Paperbacks and Kindle edition at Am…
 
As an economist and political commentator, Ray Keating has long been sick and tired of labor unions – especially government unions – and the ills they generate. Perhaps now lots of other people are as well. Problems in baseball, and more serious troubles regarding education and policing can be tracked to, in part, the actions of labor unions. Keati…
 
Al Hintz, amateur Civil War historian extraordinaire and all-around history buff, joins Ray to discuss the History Channel’s “Grant” documentary, and other aspects of and views on the life and times of Ulysses S. Grant. Tune in to Al and Ray having an enjoyable conversation about the man who led the Union Army during the Civil War, went on to lead …
 
If you’re thinking about diving into the entrepreneurial waters, you need to listen to the conversation Ray has with Chris Ullman. Based on his own experience as an entrepreneur and his expertise in advising business executives, Chris offers great insights on a wide array of topics central to becoming and working as an entrepreneur. And by the way,…
 
Ray Keating looks at problems with government violating basic freedoms – ranging from the grave and extreme example of the Chinese communist totalitarian regime to a populist attack on free speech at home. Indeed, Keating is explicit is noting that President Trump’s executive order targeted at social media and other online companies has nothing to …
 
Ray Keating goes full nerd in this episode, mainly focusing on how online streaming services are fulfilling many of his nerd dreams pertaining to DC comics and movies – the Snyder Justice League cut! – Marvel comics, movies and shows, Star Wars, Star Trek, film stuff, and yes, Chuck. Join Ray, and embrace your inner nerd. Business and career lesson…
 
Ray Keating finds himself having to remind people that socialism doesn’t work; that the lesson for conservatives is not to back away from Reagan; and that just because you agree with some points made in a column doesn’t mean that it necessarily was a well-written column. Order Ray Keating’s new book Behind Enemy Lines: Conservative Communiques from…
 
Make no mistake, the deep thinking in this episode is being done by Pastor Bryan Wolfmueller, while Ray is kind of along for the ride and enjoying every second. Pastor Wolfmueller talks about Christianity (especially Lutheranism), the use of the Internet as a tool for the Church, Christian joy, martyrdom, American Christianity, his books and YouTub…
 
Need some positive stuff right now? Ray did, so he turned to Lou Mongello for an interview about entrepreneurship, opportunity and more, including Disney! Lou and Ray talk about assorted aspects of becoming and being an entrepreneur in tough times and beyond. It’s a positive chat largely focused on opportunity. For good measure, Lou and Ray have a …
 
Ray Keating has the good fortune to interview Chris Lucas, and they talk about several interesting topics, including the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on The Walt Disney Company, including Chris’s outlook on the theme parks, movies, Disney+, ESPN and more. Chris offers a reasoned, well-informed assessment of how Disney is handling matters and is li…
 
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