Rational Security: The 'Wickedly Talented Adele Dazeem' Edition

By Jen Patja Howell
Thursday, March 16, 2023, 12:01 PM

This week, Alan, Quinta, and Scott were joined for a special episode by the most glamorous of RatSec co-hosts emeritus, Shane Harris, to hand out some Academy Awards for events in national security over the past year.

The nominees include:

For “Best Make-Up” (i.e., what was the year’s most memorable apology?):

For “Best Score” (i.e., who came away as the year’s most unexpected winner?):

For “Best Supporting Actor” (non-state actor, that is) (i.e., which non-governmental figure had the most oversized role on the national security stage this year?):

For “Best Actor” (i.e., which world leader left their mark on the world stage this past year?): 

For object lessons, Alan recommended the Twitter account @hamcarless for those who want to see some of the potential of AI image generation (or just see the Founding Fathers with face tattoos). Quinta passed along a note of pride in her hometown institution of Princeton University, which is officially the first Ivy League institution to have a student arrested for participating in the Jan. 6 insurrection. Scott dug into his record collection again and—at the recommendation of the Sound Opinion guys—urged listeners to check out the huge back catalogue of Yo La Tengo cover songs for some real gems (as well as their new album). And, staying on theme, Shane endorsed Michael Schulman's book "Oscar Wars," which gives a thorough history of the contest around the real Academy Awards.