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Episode 057: Negronis and “Exorcist: The Beginning”

2015-03-30 :: Prefer Not To

Does the devil really want you using the service entrance? Is Campari made of zinc ore and hooves? Find out as Kate and Josh sample the Negroni and watch “Exorcist: The Beginning.” Join us!…

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Episode 056: Americanos and “Dominion: Prequel to the Exorcist”

2015-03-11 :: Prefer Not To

The power of Christ compels you to sip the Campari-laden Americano and enjoy the first of our two-part episode on the most recent installments in the “Exorcist” franchise. Join us!…

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Episode 055: Mai Tais and “Jurassic Park III”

2015-02-06 :: Prefer Not To

From phony Polynesia to an alternate-reality Caribbean, we’ve got the islands covered. Kate, Amanda and Josh discuss “Jurassic Park III” while sipping on the oh-so-1950’s cocktail, the mai tai. Join us!…

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Episode 054: Irish Coffee and “Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines”

2015-01-12 :: Prefer Not To

We are back with a show we recorded before the holidays and the flu got in the way. Sit back, grab a snuggie and join us as we gab about that most cozy of beverages, the Irish Coffee, and that most forgettable of blockbusters, “Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines.”…

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Episode 053: Gin Rickeys and “Highlander II: The Quickening”

2014-12-16 :: Prefer Not To

We’re back, and so is the immortal-ish Scotsman Connor McCloud. Join us for a brisk gin rickey and “Highlander II: The Quickening.”…

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Episode 052: Aviations and “2010: The Year We Make Contact”

2014-11-19 :: Prefer Not To

Because we really needed a pedestrian explanation of the world-expanding mysteries of Kubrick’s masterpiece, we watched “2010: The Year We Make Contact” and savor the exotic, violet-tinged flavor of the Aviation. Join us!…

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Episode 051: Spooky Drinks and “A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge”

2014-10-29 :: Prefer Not To

Halloween means a SPOOKILY long movie title! Sit back and hear Kate’s tips for a spooky Samhain, then dive into the remarkably unscary and delightfully gay “A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge.” Revenge against whom? Probably Wes Craven, who wanted nothing to do with this thing. Join us!…

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Episode 050: Rob Roy and “Staying Alive,” or The Frank Stalin Effect

2014-10-08 :: Prefer Not To

It’s our fiftieth show! Join us as we finally get the Rob Roy right, then watch the spectacularly strange “Staying Alive,” the sequel nobody needed to “Saturday Night Fever.” Join us! Movie: “Staying Alive” Show Notes: 1. Patrick Swayze was not the baby daddy in “Dirty Dancing.” It was Max Cantor, who played Baby’s sister’s […]…

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Episode 049: Sara Benincasa, Algonquins and “Basic Instinct 2″

2014-09-19 :: Prefer Not To

Comedian and author Sara Benincasa stops by the cocktail hour to talk about her tour, her time in North Carolina, and her dog Morley Safer. Wait, really? An actual, honest-to-goodness, paid-to-do-it funnyperson? Sure, why not? Kate then teaches Josh all about the Algonquin and we watch the least sexy sequel since “Another Requiem for Another […]…

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Episode 048: Clover Club and “The Exorcist II: The Heretic,” or: Infernal Varicella

2014-09-09 :: Prefer Not To

Pazuzu, Kokumo/Oh, we’re gonna take you to the Clover Club/We’ll get there fast and then we’ll take your soul. Join Kate and Josh as they enjoy the raspberry frothiness and watch “The Exorcist II: The Heretic!” Movie: “The Exorcist II: The Heretic“ Show Notes: 1. If you want to see an Exorcist movie that follows […]…

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Episode 047: Grasshoppers and “Grease 2,” or: The Mintiest Luau of All

2014-08-31 :: Prefer Not To

Join Kate and Josh as they sample the grasshopper — a mint-chocolate booze-shake — and watch “Grease 2,” the only movie that dares to let Tab Hunter teach teenagers about reproduction. Movie: “Grease 2” Recommendations: “The Real Blonde,” “Moonlighting,” “Hotel Hell,” and this picture. Show Notes: 1. Learn more about chicory and its unholy relationship […]…

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Episode 046: Shandy and the Infinite Footbridge

2014-08-22 :: Prefer Not To

You should put lemonade in your beer. No, seriously. Go do it now — while we wait. Meanwhile, enjoy the nadir of the 1970’s disaster genre, “When Time Ran Out,” starring Paul Newman, William Holden, Veronica Hamel, Jacqueline Bisset and noted cock-fighting enthusiasts Pat Morita and Alex Karras. Join us!…

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Episode 045: French 75, Convoys and Africanized Blees

2014-08-11 :: Prefer Not To

We’re back! In this episode recorded before the flu laid Kate and Josh low for a bit, we sample the champagne and gin quaintness of the artillery-like French 75, before watching one of Michael Caine’s most embarrassing moments, “The Swarm.” Join us!…

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Episode 044: Godfathers, Crankypants and Mitzi

2014-07-16 :: Prefer Not To

A movie finally broke Josh. Congratulations, “Beyond the Poseidon Adventure.” Not even the sweet-tart bonhomie of the amaretto-laden Godfather can save him from the tedium of watching 10 people jump over a hole. Join us!…

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Episode 043: Boilermakers, Alternative Physics and Emmanuelle

2014-07-11 :: Prefer Not To

The boilermaker is like “Chopsticks” but for cocktails – easy enough for anyone to pretend they know what they’re doing. And if you’ve ever wanted to see a movie where Emmanuelle tells Charo she can’t play with her chihuahua, wait no longer, because “The Concorde … Airport ’79” is our movie this week. Join us.…

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Episode 042: Cosmopolitans, Secret Sauces and The Eye of Sauron

2014-07-01 :: Prefer Not To

The Cosmopolitan looks like what would happen if a fellow cut humself shaving while drinking a delicious martini. Its sweet-tart sensibility leads Kate and Josh to a discussion of “8mm,” the 1999 Nicolas Cage and Joel Schumacher movie that feels like an SVU episode in a world with no Internet to blame. Join us!…

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Episode 041: Screwdrivers, Ghost Cars and Belle Starr

2014-06-18 :: Prefer Not To

It’s so simple: Orange juice and vodka! But for many of us, it was our first taste of a real-live adult cocktail. Join Kate and Josh as they sip this simplest of drinks before moving on to a discussion of the 1977 haunted vehicle thriller “The Car,” starring a hirsute James Brolin.…

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Episode 040: Fuzzy Navels, Anniversaries and Mind-Altering Protozoa

2014-06-12 :: Prefer Not To

It’s our first anniversary show, and to celebrate, Kate mixes up a batch of the sickly sweet Fuzzy Navel. Bette Davis vamps her way through a movie that has as much indifference toward her as she apparently does toward it. Plus, Josh and Kate debut a new ratings system. Join us! Movie: “Burnt Offerings” Show […]…

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Episode 039: Wine Spritzers, Shandy Inspectors and Job Fairs

2014-06-05 :: Prefer Not To

A vivacious and brisk wine spritzer whisks Kate and Josh into a discussion of one of the worst movies they’ve done for the show, “Stephen King’s Sleepwalkers.” Plus, a passive aggressive career adviser has his say. Join us!…

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Episode 038: Mojitos, the Colon Option and Gravel Rain

2014-05-28 :: Prefer Not To

Minty-sweet rum goodness guides Kate, Josh and Laura through the wackiness that is “Airport ’77,” a star-studded turkey that surprisingly features almost no airport but which does feature a leather-bound Pong table. Yes, really. Join us! Movie: “Airport ’77” Recommendations: “The Tale of the Dueling Neurosurgeons,” “FTL: Faster Than Light,” and Chikara. Show Notes: 1. […]…

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Episode 037: The Bronx, Philatephilia and the Magic Valley

2014-05-22 :: Prefer Not To

Like the pillow pet, the Bronx is two things at once. It’s one of the five boroughs, and it’s a delicious gin drink. Join us as we sleuth out this almost-martini’s citrusy goodness before indulging in a bit of Nicholson-and-Spader mayhem. Bottoms up! Movie: “Wolf” Recommendations: “Last Week Tonight” and “The Mummy” Show Notes: 1. […]…

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Episode 036: Sangria, Hell and Foot Sweat

2014-05-16 :: Prefer Not To

Sorry so late! The summery fruitiness of the Spanish sangria guides Kate and Josh into a discussion of Clint Eastwood’s “High Plains Drifter,” young adult fantasy fiction and rare heart defects. Join us! Movie: “High Plains Drifter” Recommendations: “Ghost Ship” and “Review” Show Notes: 1. For those of you unfamiliar with Warren Zevon’s greatness, click […]…

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Episode 035: Pink Gin, State Funerals and the Nolte Gambit

2014-05-07 :: Prefer Not To

Sure, it sounds like an 18th century venereal disease. But the Pink Gin is pretty tasty! Join Kate and Josh as they sip this surprisingly martini-esque concoction and then watch a dimly remembered horror romp from the 1990’s. Join us! Movie: “The People Under the Stairs” Show Notes: 1. Further history of the pink gin. […]…

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Episode 034: Mint Juleps, Ground Hums and Jackson Spectrum Disorder

2014-05-03 :: Prefer Not To

Derby day means bourbon, mint, sugar and Belushi to Kate and Josh. After mixing up the official drink of the Kentucky Derby, the guys go on to diagnose Lindsay Lohan’s father and the deep, dark conspiracy afoot in Belle Fourche, S.D. Join us! Movies: “Red Heat” and “Oscar” Recommendations: “The Rape of Europa” and “Pennies […]…

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Episode 033: Tequila Sunrises, a Digital Surprise and a Devil Baby

2014-04-24 :: Prefer Not To

After a bracing visit to the doctor for a checkup, Josh joins Kate and Laura for some Tequila Sunrises. The movies this week were not good, but at least one of them had a very honest poster, and the other had the world’s creepiest muppet. Join us! Movies: “To the Devil a Daughter” and “Dirty […]…

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Episode 032: Pimm’s Cup, King Henley and Insulin Insufficiency

2014-04-16 :: Prefer Not To

Kate and Josh sip some perfidious Albion with the cucumber-and-fruit deliciousness of the very English Pimm’s cup. Plus: Are tiny drummers terrifying? What’s type E diabetes? And what on earth does spring do to Biloxi, Miss.? Join us for cocktails and chat, won’t you? Movies: “The Conversation” and “Major League” Recommendations: “The Octonauts,” “Captain America: […]…

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Episode 031: Mary Pickford, Guttengangers and Embalming

2014-04-09 :: Prefer Not To

Mary Pickford: she’s a silent-screen sweetheart, a creepy recluse and a tasty rum drink rolled into one! Kate and Josh talk Hollywood history and then watch a forgotten Disney live-action movie and a “Police Academy” sequel. How did Rene Auberjonois go from Altman movies to this crap? Can Kanye’s seed desiccate the deceased? Find out! […]…

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Episode 030: Planter’s Punch, Monocles and Peruvian Rodents

2014-03-30 :: Prefer Not To

Fruit meets booze in the olde timey sauciness of the Planter’s Punch, and Kate and Josh meet them both head-on. Plus, nanny cars and electric hipsters. Join us! Movies: “Witness” and “Mission to Mars” Recommendations: www.jasonedwardsdotcom.com and “House of Cards” Show Notes: 1. Oops. Fun was published in London, not New York City.2. Kate once […]…

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Episode 029: Zombies, Jesus and Dracula, Again

2014-03-13 :: Prefer Not To

It’s a trip back to mid-century Polynesian kitsch as Kate and Josh sample the ever-so-rummy Zombie. Join us! Movies: “Lean on Me” and “The Passion of the Christ” Recommendations: “Dracula” and “Marwencol”…

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Episode 028: Bloody Mary, Bloody Shipwrecks and Bloody Italians

2014-03-10 :: Prefer Not To

Spend a Bloody Mary morning in the studio as Josh and Kate sip some tomato juice and vodka while talking “Titanic” and “The Lego Movie.” Join us! Movies: “Titanic” and “The Lego Movie” Recommendations: “The Borgias” and “How We Die.” Check out Sherwin Nuland’s obituary here. Show Notes: 1. Mary Pickford and cat. They’re both […]…

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Episode 027: Palomas, Sex Wizards, and Handlebar Chest-staches

2014-02-28 :: Prefer Not To

Palomas are wonderful. Tequila! That is all you need to know. After a history of this mysteriously delicious draught, Kate and Josh move on to talk about how Gene Hackman once was like the Gorton’s Fisherman, how Robin Williams was a creepy stalker, and how Frank Langella got laid six ways from Sunday. Join us, […]…

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Episode 026: Whiskey Sour, Scheherezade and Laughing Gas

2014-02-19 :: Prefer Not To

It’s sweet! It’s tart! It’s like a Smartie made of whiskey and it’s our companion for the next hour. In movies, we grin and bear it through yet another Robin Williams movie and, surprise, find a movie neither Josh nor Kate has seen that we both end up liking. Also, a dentist urges you not […]…

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Episode 025: White Ladies, Avatars and Falling Legends

2014-01-28 :: Prefer Not To

The creamy tartness of the White Lady leads into a post-holiday roundup and discussion of “Avatar” and “Legends of the Fall.” Papa Troll faces competition at work, and Latin Christmas Carols bedevil Josh. Plus, a letter to another editor about living in the Taj Mahal. Join us! Movies: “Avatar” and “Legends of the Fall” Recommendations: […]…

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Episode 024: Wassails, Superman and Pelicans

2014-01-16 :: Prefer Not To

We’re back from our holiday adventures! Kate went to Ireland, and Josh went to Ikea! We complete our trifecta of winter libations with a salute to the Wassail and mulled wines. Join us! Screen Time: “Superman the Movie” and “The Pelican Brief” Recommendations: “Frozen” and “The Limey”…

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Episode 023: Eggnog, Spotted Dog and a Vampire Slog

2013-12-26 :: Prefer Not To

It’s creamy! It’s boozy! And there’s some kind of brown dust floating on it! It’s eggnog, and we’re drinking it. Josh explains why he should never be a father, and Kate agrees. Kate explains why “Twilight” is more insidious than Josh ever imagined. And Papa Troll’s kids learn a lesson about respect. Join us! Screen […]…

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Episode 022: Hot Toddy, Replimats and Second-Class Angels

2013-12-23 :: Prefer Not To

It is not cold outside, but Kate and Josh get downright chilly as they argue over Josh’s apparently irrational dislike of “Star Trek,” a show dear to Kate. Fortunately, they’ve got hot mugs of whiskey and honey to warm them back up. Enjoy! Screen Time: “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial” and “Star Trek: First Contact” Recommendations: “Mystery […]…

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Episode 021: Champagne Cocktails, Hypnomancy and Terence Stamp

2013-12-12 :: Prefer Not To

We’re gonna have us a champagne jam! Kate and Josh enjoy the marriage of the finest sparkling wine in the world with brandy and sugar. A letter to the editor from a real person! Plus, Papa Troll, fascism and yet more discussion of L.L. Cool J. Oh, and we unmask Michael Caine’s horrible racist agenda. […]…

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Episode 020: Manhattan Redux, Rotten Tomatoes and Man-Sized Ice Cream

2013-11-18 :: Prefer Not To

For our twentieth show, we revisit the drink we botched in Episode 1: the Manhattan! Meanwhile, we posit that ice cream marketers are up to something big. Very, very big. Impressively huge, really. Then Josh goes full Andy Rooney to complain about these kids today and their movie-ranking websites. Join us! Screen Time: “Vampires” and […]…

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Episode 019: Gin and Tonic, Goldie and Shorty, Morrissey and Marr

2013-11-12 :: Prefer Not To

This week, we sample the zesty and malaria-busting power of perfidious Albion’s signature quaff, the gin and tonic, then swoon over Goldie Hawn and vow vengeance on dream Morrissey. Join us! Screen Time: “Private Benjamin” and “Get Shorty” Recommendations: “Hello, Ladies” and “Enlightened” Show Notes: 1. Read up on the Gin and Tonic’s flirtation with […]…

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Episode 018: Kir, Cornell and Scary Hillbillies

2013-11-05 :: Prefer Not To

The sweet currant taste of the kir and kir royale take Kate and Josh into a land of brutal Jamaican druglords only Steven Seagal can foil. Plus, Kate doesn’t like Martin Scorsese. Yeah, I can’t explain it either. Then Craigslist, because apparently that’s where new religions start these days. Screen Time: “Marked for Death” and […]…

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Episode 017: Jack Rose, Denzel and Mr. Gower

2013-10-27 :: Prefer Not To

The needlessly forgotten and ripe-for-revival Jack Rose is our liquid comrade this week. Kate explains how the once beloved American spirit known as applejack fell into obscurity, and we endeavor to rescue it by drinking a fair amount of it before moving on to Denzel Washington’s movie career, the strange charm of only half of […]…

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Episode 016: Old Fashioneds, Hand Jive and the Diva Cup

2013-10-19 :: Prefer Not To

The sweet yet virile taste of the Old Fashioned is our companion this week, as Josh and Kate delve into the “Breaking Bad” finale, discuss why “Survivor” contestants refuse to learn to swim, and how the Diva Cup is a marketing sensation for which Josh deserves credit. Then Kate recommends a movie that the late […]…

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Episode 015 1/2: Margaritas and Kardashians

2013-10-10 :: Prefer Not To

It’s a lost episode from the archives! Travel with us in time back to the heady days of early September, when the government was open and Walter White was alive! In this abbreviated half show, Kate and Josh talk musicals, Kardashians and Jimmy Buffett while sipping on refreshing margaritas. Join us! Screen time: None Recommendations: […]…

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Episode 015: Malt Liquor, A Better Matrix and John Wayne

2013-10-06 :: Prefer Not To

Economy is the mother of invention! This week, Kate and Josh sample and discuss that most maligned of beverages, the malt liquor. Join us! Screen Time: “The Shootist” and “Dead Again” Recommendations: Candy corn and “Jordan, Jesse Go” Show Notes: Check out LL Cool J’s ode to self esteem here! Veteran broadcaster Bill McNeal endorses the […]…

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Episode 014: Piña Coladas, Testes and Cryptkeepers

2013-09-27 :: Prefer Not To

Damn the torpedoes, and damn Rupert Holmes! Kate and Josh set sail on a coconutty adventure into the world of the piña colada! Are balls sexy? Why didn’t James Spader ever get to be Batman? What should you do if your friend’s viscera are suddenly on the outside? Join us, won’t you? Screen Time: “The […]…

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Episode 013: Russians, Phil Collins and “The Help”

2013-09-20 :: Prefer Not To

The Russians are coming! White, black and every shade in between, the Russian drinks are on the menu. After drinks, Kate and Josh talk about what a Creedence Clearwater Revival fan looks like, whether golfers are slobs or snobs, and whether or not Phil Collins actually knows what country music sounds like. Screen Time: “The […]…

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Eddie, what time is it?

2013-09-04

It’s Twitter time for constant Josh and Kate topic Eddie Murphy. Welcome to Twitter, Eddie! https://twitter.com/eddiemurphy…

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Episode 012: Dark N’ Stormy, Skyler White and the Flux Capacitor

2013-09-02 :: Prefer Not To

Ginger beer and rum? Yes, please! Kate and Josh set sail with a new grog, but not before passing judgment on Walter White, parental texting and Judd Apatow’s place in 1980’s cinema. Join us! Screen time movies: “The Cell” and “Back to the Future”…

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Episode 011: Daiquiris, Old Spice and Supermonkeys

2013-08-22 :: Prefer Not To

The salty smell in the air can only mean one thing: A guest to the party! Join Josh, Kate and guest cocktailer OJ as they sample their favorite Cuba-themed drink since the Cuba Libre a few weeks ago. Is James Franco a supervillain? Is Robin Williams an idiot man-child? Why doesn’t advertising try harder? Join […]…

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The Internet echo chamber

2013-08-19

We’ve talked a fair bit about the groupthink of internet communities on the show. Lifehacker’s got an article up today talking about the phenomenon. Learning!…

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