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Panel Round Two

More questions for the panel: the economic force of the undead!

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PETER SAGAL, host: Right now, panel, some more questions for you from the week's news. Brian, according to an analysis by Business Insider, what group has contributed more than six billion dollars to the economy?

BRIAN BABYLON: What industry has - or give me a light hint.

SAGAL: Brains.

BABYLON: Oh, oh, the zombies. The zombies.

SAGAL: Zombies, yes.

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BABYLON: Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah.

SAGAL: Zombies.

BABYLON: They're everywhere.

SAGAL: Every era has its icon. The 60s, for example, had that square jawed super spy. And now, in the best representation of our hopes and aspirations, is a shambling brainless monster that wants to eat you.

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SAGAL: With zombie movies, games, books and TV shows creating so much wealth, the government is doing what it can to help this new class of job creators.

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SAGAL: The president wants a stimulus program to outfit zombies with their own shotguns so they can fight back.

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SAGAL: The Republicans, of course, just want to abolish the death tax.

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BABYLON: That was funny. That would make sense for a zombie. They'd need the money.

SAGAL: I know.

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BABYLON: But zombies don't really have a food budget do they?

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TOM BODETT: Not per se.

SAGAL: Right.

BABYLON: But it takes money to go chase people.

ROXANNE ROBERTS: Wait, don't zombies eat brains? Isn't that the delicacy?

SAGAL: Traditionally.

BABYLON: But you don't go down to the Five and Dime and buy a scoop of brain.

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BABYLON: You just...

BODETT: No, but...

BABYLON: You get that guy.

BODETT: Wandering around a city aimlessly all day long.

BABYLON: That costs money.

BODETT: I mean it's going to pile up.

BABYLON: Bus pass. Yeah.

SAGAL: Yeah.

BODETT: Exactly.

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BABYLON: They don't buy clothes. Look, have you seen what a zombie wears?

SAGAL: They do dress terribly.

BABYLON: They dress horribly.

SAGAL: I will agree with you with that.

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SAGAL: Why do we like zombies so much? Why is this a zombie moment?

BABYLON: We want to be them, Peter.

SAGAL: We want to be - so it's really envy?

BABYLON: They have a carefree lifestyle, man.

SAGAL: It's true.

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BABYLON: It's oh, I don't care about anything. I just want to eat brains. We want to be them.

SAGAL: Yeah.

BABYLON: They don't have a care in the world, just brains and bummy clothes.

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