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Overdoing Democracy (with Robert Talisse)

featuring Aaron Ross Powell, Trevor Burrus, and Robert Talisse on Mar 6, 2020

In this far-reaching conversation, we look at the problems of American democracy, at the sources of polarization and tribalism, and offer ways each of us could take small steps towards improving the state of our politics.

Building Tomorrow

Afro-Futurism

featuring Paul Matzko on Mar 5, 2020

The stories we tell about the future can create the future.

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How the Anti-Federalists Shaped the Constitution

by David Edwards on Mar 4, 2020

The Anti-Federalists had a strong distrust of government power. A national government with too much power was, as far as they were concerned, a pathway to government oppression. 

The Pursuit

A System Riddled with Fraud

featuring Tess Terrible and Landry Ayres on Mar 3, 2020

How can we make health care third-party free?

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Bernie Sanders, the Accidental Nominee

by Paul Matzko on Mar 2, 2020

Sanders’ frontrunner status is a symptom of the devolution of the Democratic Party. Collective action problems could produce Sanders 2020 just like they did Trump 2016.

Pop & Locke

Disney Princesses

featuring Natalie Dowzicky, Haley Victory Smith, Brittany Hunter, & Madeline Fry on Feb 26, 2020

Since “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” was released in 1937, princess characters have won the hearts of many generations of young girls. But, do these stories still resonate with today’s children?

Free Thoughts

Medicalization of Birth & Death (with Lauren K. Hall)

featuring Aaron Ross Powell, Trevor Burrus, and Lauren K. Hall on Feb 21, 2020

Lauren K. Hall joins the show today to argue that medicalization reduces competition, stifles innovation, and prevents individuals from accessing the most appropriate care during their most vulnerable moments.

The Pursuit

Holodomor: The Forgotten Ukrainian Genocide

featuring Tess Terrible on Feb 18, 2020

The Ukrainian famine, known as the Holodomor, was not a natural famine, and to this day, Russia has not recognized it as a genocide.

Free Thoughts

The Evolution of Cooperation (with Nicholas A. Christakis)

featuring Trevor Burrus, Aaron Ross Powell, and Nicholas A. Christakis on Feb 14, 2020

Nicholas Christakis joins the show today to talk about how humans are unique in that we have evolved the capacity for friendship.

Pop & Locke

Little Women

featuring Natalie Dowzicky, Haley Victory Smith, Marianne March, & Kat Murti on Feb 12, 2020

Marianne March, Kat Murti, and Haley Victory Smith join the show today to talk about the Oscar-winning film, Little Women. 

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Civil Rights Act of 1964

by Marcus Witcher on Feb 11, 2020

The Civil Rights Act of 1964 addressed injustices that African Americans had long endured, but it did not fully erase the legacy of slavery and Jim Crow.