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The Dinner Party: Early memes, uphill skiing, space mannequins




US President and Republican presidential candidate Ronald Reagan and his wife Nancy wave to supporters at an electoral meeting in November 1984, a few days before the american presidential election.
US President and Republican presidential candidate Ronald Reagan and his wife Nancy wave to supporters at an electoral meeting in November 1984, a few days before the american presidential election.
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Every week we get your weekend conversation starters with Rico Gagliano and Brendan Newnam, the hosts of the Dinner Party radio show.

On tap this week, now that we’re all done with the Harlem Shake videos, we’ll look back 25 years ago to one one of the first video memes, a re-edited VHS tape of President Ronald Reagan and his wife Nancy seemingly extolling the virtues of drug use. It was of course, a fake.

Also, the rise of a new sport, uphill skiing and the history of Ivan Ivanovitch, the first mannequin in space.