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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.

Nov 30, 2017

Imagine spilling blazing hot coffee on yourself, getting such terrible third-degree burns the doctors think you'll die and then being called a money-grubbing dummy. That's what happened to Stella Liebeck. She became the villain and McDonald's the victim. Not cool...literally. Strange Country cohosts Beth and Kelly decide good must prevail against evil even if it requires a whole new category of damages called "penitive damages."

Theme music: Resting Place by A Cast of Thousands

Don't forget to give credit where credit is due:

Drum, Kevin. “The Truth About Stella Liebeck.” Mother Jones, 25 June 2017,

“Liebeck v. McDonald's.” The American Museum of Tort Law,

Saladoff, Susan, director. Hot Coffee. Amazon Video, coffee documentary.

Silver-Greenberg, Jessica, and Robert Gebeloff. “Arbitration Everywhere, Stacking the Deck of Justice.” The New York Times,

Stout, Hillary. “Not Just a Hot Cup Anymore.” The New York Times,

Sweet, Ken. “Big banks score win with scrapping of consumer class-Action lawsuit rule.” The Chicago Tribune, 26 Oct. 2017,