Posts Categorized: Podcast

Episode 13: Malcontent in the Middle

Political polarization and the hollowing out of the political center is a noticeable trend in the United States and the world over the past few years. What are the sources of the discontent towards centrism?

Episode 12: Climates Change, Minds Don’t

Despite the overwhelming evidence showing that climate change is real and caused by human activity, millions of Americans still reject this scientific consensus. Why?

Episode 11: Weed Killers

States across America are decriminalizing and legalizing marijuana – both medical and recreational – at a rapidly increasing rate. But powerful interest groups are lobbying against these efforts.

Episode 10: Thank You for Your Service

Becoming a Marine is a three month process to train young men and women to become part of the world’s most fearsome fighting force. There is no process to teach Marines how to become civilians again.

Episode 9: Dungeons and Dividends

Over 130,000 people are incarcerated in private prisons, institutions run by companies whose main goal is profit, not rehabilitation.

Episode 8: Three Contradictions of Capitalism

Are three contradictions at the heart of capitalism – exponential growth, environmental devastation, and consumerism – potentially fatal to our economic system?

Episode 7: Dark Money Goes to College

Universities, professors, and college students are frequently the target of conservative animus. It has earned that resentment because education tends to have a liberalizing effect… or at least it did before libertarian industrialists found a way to discretely pump millions of dollars into prestigious universities to counter that.

Episode 6: Courting Authoritarianism

Trump’s “Muslim ban” was met with fierce popular resistance, media critique, and judicial defeat. In this episode, we discuss Trump’s authoritarian response.

Episode 5: F is for Fascism

What is fascism? And is the United States on the fast track to becoming a fascist society? Or is this hyperbole?

Episode 4: E is for Elephant

Every year, tens to hundred of thousands of Africa’s elephants are killed to supply illegal ivory to markets throughout the world. But the elephants don’t stand alone.