Category Archives: Podcast

1/30 Casual Friday: Cliff Schecter & Isabel Gillies

Cliff Schecter is sad that Mitt Romney isn’t running for President. Why Mitt didn’t run. Why Mitt Romney is such a asshole. Jonathan Chait’s whiney “PC Police” article for New York Magazine. “New Republic: Democrats and why we needed the … Continue reading

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1/29 Barry Schwartz: the Paradox of Choice

Swarthmore College, Psychology Professor Barry Schwartz the author of The Paradox of Choice: Why More Is Less, explains why more choice is not always the best thing. The jam study? Finding the policy sweet spot. The policy implications of “Nudges”. Choices and Libertarian … Continue reading

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1/28 Ed Pilkington: FBI Uses Entrapment to Target Environmentalists

Guardian journalist Ed Pilkington explains the shocking role of entrapment in the FBI targeting of environmental activists. The case of Eric McDavid and how he was entrapped by FBI informant. The bizarre story of “Anna” the FBI counter intelligent agent … Continue reading

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1/27 Erwin Chemerinsky: The Case Against the Supreme Court

Erwin Chemerinsky the dean of the University of California–Irvine School of Law and author of the new book The Case Against the Supreme Court, explains why the Court has historically sided with the wealthy and powerful and why we reform is … Continue reading

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1/26 The Left Wins Big in Greece, Sarah Palin Got More Insane? & Israeli PM Insults Obama

Greece’s left wing Syriza Party wins big and vows to reverse austerity and restore democracy. The lunatics meet up at the Iowa Freedom Summit and Sarah Palin gives an “amazing” speech. On the Fun Half: Republican Congressman repeats all of … Continue reading

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1/23 Casual Friday: Cliff Schecter & David Cross In Studio

Cliff Schecter explains why we should not honor King Abadullah. Cliff wants to know where the President Obama of the SOTU address was the last five years? Where President Obama undercut his own message. The Republicans are committing to fighting … Continue reading

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1/22 Johann Hari: Chasing The Scream: the Story of the Drug War You Never Heard Before

Journalist Johann Hari, explains the motivation for his new book Chasing The Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs. Why were drugs banned to begin with and what really creates drug addiction. Harry J. Anslinger the most important … Continue reading

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1/21 Bernie Sanders, Adam Green & Charles Pierce: the Progressive Response to the SOTU

Vermont Senator and progressive champion Bernie Sanders explains what President Obama got right at the State of the Union and why we are in record levels of inequality. The proposals that would help solve the poverty crisis and Why TPP … Continue reading

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1/20 Ray Raphael: Founding Myths: Stories That Hide Our Patriotic Past

Historian Ray Raphael, author of Founding Myths: Stories That Hide Our Patriotic Past,explains the distinction between history and heritage. Revolutionary activity in colonial Massachusetts. The problem with historical myths. How history records rebellions and why it matters. Why the Founders didn’t want … Continue reading

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1/19 Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Happy Martin Luther Jr! Day. Today’s show is a compilation of clips including excerpts from “The Frank McGee Sunday Report: Martin Luther King Profile,” NBC News, May 7, 1967, followed by a brief excerpt from a speech at Cleveland, Ohio, … Continue reading

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