190. National Flag Rankings featuring Ted Kaye & Mike Pesca

The podcast is an audio medium, so what better thing to rank than 195 flags that you need to look at to judge. Nevertheless, that’s what Keev and Alex are doing today, ranking the national flags of every UN member nation. (If you want to follow along, all the flags can be seen here.)

To get this flag party started, Keev and Alex welcome Ted Kaye from the North American Vexillological Association, the world’s foremost¬†vexillologist and the author of Good Flag, Bad Flag.

Then¬†Mike Pesca, host of Slate’s The Gist¬†and author of the new book Upon Further Review: The Greatest What-Ifs in Sports History, comes on (1:20:00) to determine who wins the 32 Fans Flag-Off, and to discuss some sports what-ifs (1:50:00).

As a consolation gift to the loser of the Flag-Off, this week’s outro is the national anthem of the country with the loser’s #1 flag (and for national anthem completists, you’ll hear the instrumental version followed by the lyrical version).