The Rundown - Monday, April 24, 2017: Ralph Peters discusses the French election; Colorado budget; Crazy ways to die; VP Pence meets Ross' favorite animal

On a visit to the wonderful Taronga Zoo this weekend, Vice President Mike Pence got to meet one of my favorite animals, an echidna. (It's the one that looks like a large hedgehog.)


Although right-wing zealot Marine Le Pen came in a close second in the first round of the French election, she's going to get destroyed in the runoff two weeks from now. At 6:06 AM we'll talk with Lt. Col (ret) Ralph Peters about the French election this weekend.

I can do without Le Pen who might be a bit less of a French neo-Nazi than her father and makes some slightly pro-Israel noises but still says Jews in France should stop wearing yarmulkes as some sort of solidarity in a fight against Islam. 

It is interesting that no "mainstream" candidate is in the final runoff, which is not to say that the nearly inevitable winner, Emmanuel Macron, is an extremist. Indeed, he's such a muddle of leftist and pro-business views that he's really quite confusing.


Colorado's budget seems always short of the money the politicians say we need even though it's increased dramatically in recent years. At 6:36, we'll talk with State Sen Kent Lambert, the chairman of the Joint Budget Committee about the "hospital provider fee", funding for roads and transportation, and how we got into this mess.


What would happen if you took a swim outside a deep-sea submarine wearing only a swimsuit? What if the window next to your seat in an airplane blew out? At 7:06, we'll talk with Cody Cassidy, co-author of "And Then You're Dead: What Really Happens If You Get Swallowed by a Whale, Are Shot from a Cannon, or Go Barreling over Niagara.: 

Is there a way to die that particularly scares you? E-mail me at and let me know what it is and why!

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