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Strange Country

Sometimes you need to have a glass of wine, cuppa whatever and listen to a good old weird story. Musical score Resting Place by A Cast of Thousands.

Feb 10, 2022

There she is . . . the Strange Country Podcast is back after its brief Covid hiatus to talk about a 100-year-old scholarship beauty pageant that crowns an annual queen in a country that overthrew the British government to escape a king. It was a chance for young women to show their talents wearing a swimsuit and answering questions like “Was the Jan. 6 insurrection an example of legitimate political discourse?”

Theme music: Big White Lie by A Cast of Thousands

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