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Episode 75: What’s the Best Case For a Biden Presidency?
Episode 74: Can People Handle the Truth In Times of Crisis?

Episode 74: Can People Handle the Truth In Times of Crisis?

September 14, 2020

Show Notes

We cover Bob Woodward's new book, Trump's decision to talk to him, and what real leadership looks like in a crisis.

0.45 Winston Churchill

2.30 The Woodward Book

4.00 Trump's "Concept of Leadership"

7.15 Lying when you know you're lying

12.00 Leading during a crisis

16.00 Why did Trump agree to talk to Woodward?

18.15 The Brutal Truth

Episode 73: How Many Trump Insiders Will Turn On Him Before The Election?

Episode 73: How Many Trump Insiders Will Turn On Him Before The Election?

September 7, 2020

Show Notes

Here we continue our psychiatric analysis of the president who lacks a soul. More importantly, we assess how much ground - if any- Trump might lose by attacking dead soldiers

0.50 The Atlantic article boy Jeffrey Goldberg

5.40 Anonymous sources

8.00 Freebie movie recommendation

10.00 World War I

11.00 Trump's reaction to damaging stories 

12.30 The "he just seems like an asshole" defense

14.20 The Vietnam Draft

18.15 Will Trump lose any votes over this?

Episode 72: Will Violent Social Unrest Increase the Chances That Donald Trump Is Reelected?

Episode 72: Will Violent Social Unrest Increase the Chances That Donald Trump Is Reelected?

August 31, 2020

Show Notes

Trump seems to believe that social unrest and urban violence is helping his chances of getting re-elected. He seems to be running as an outsider, despite the fact that he is an incumbent President - and crime was at a 50-year low when he took office. Can he pull it off?

0.40 1968 and 2020

3.55 How can Biden get on offense?

7.20 Systemic racism in America

9.35 Armed white guys "helping out" on the streets

15.55 The Democrat's hand-wringing

20.45 Has Trump made racism more socially acceptable?

 

 

Episode 71: What Can We Expect From the Republican National Convention?

Episode 71: What Can We Expect From the Republican National Convention?

August 26, 2020

Show Notes 

Here we talk about the Republican National Convention and what we can expect - if we can actually call what Trump is about to do a convention. And we re-cap the DNC from last week.

1.00 What we can predict the Republicans will say

2.30 The Speaker Agenda for the RNC

3.45 The "New" Republican Party Platform

7.25 The "Cultural Icons" speaking at the RNC

10.15 Over to the Democratic National Convention

12.00 Biden's Life Story as a window into the American Story

Episode 70: Will DonaldTrump Succeed In Stealing the 2020 Election?

Episode 70: Will DonaldTrump Succeed In Stealing the 2020 Election?

August 17, 2020

Will our corrupt and immoral but incompetent president actually pull off stealing the 2020 presidential election and permanently destroying U.S. democracy? The answer may not shock you, but it should outrage anyone who believes in justice, fair elections and true democracy.

0.30 Coin flip

2.50 Helpfully announcing the crime in advance

4.50 The Blue Shift is real (as Trump well knows)

5.50 Can the press do anything useful?

10.45 Could Trump's voter suppression strategy backfire?

14.00 Florida

 

Episode 69: Is the Two-Party System Hurting or Helping Americans?

Episode 69: Is the Two-Party System Hurting or Helping Americans?

August 10, 2020

Show Notes

Here we tackle the stagnation of the American political parties and what might enable third parties to get more traction.

0.40 The stagnation of the two-party system

5.30 the role of the Republicans 

6.30 The history of the two-party system in the US

9.45 Mechanisms that help entrench the two parties

10.45 Voting systems - Winner-Take-All versus Proportional Representation

17.00 The Media & Political Polarization

19.00 Potential catalysts for the emergence of third parties in the US

25.45 The Wisdom of the People, Or Not

Episode 68: Who Should Joe Biden Pick As His Running Mate? (And Who Will He Choose?)

Episode 68: Who Should Joe Biden Pick As His Running Mate? (And Who Will He Choose?)

August 3, 2020

Show Notes

Given Joe Biden's age and position in the polls, this might be the most important vice presidential selection in recent memory. Here, Chris and Doug talk about who Biden should choose and why - and who our cohosts think he will pick. 

 

0.40 Doug's decision criteria

2.00 The Washington Post VP quiz

13.30 The four women who pass the first-level screen

19.30 Who Doug and Chris each prefer as VP

22.50 Strong women gender bias

25.45 Will Trump dump Pence?

 

Link

Who do you think Joe Biden should choose for VP?

 

Episode 67: Will Donald Trump Sending Federal Troops to American Cities Lead to Death?

Episode 67: Will Donald Trump Sending Federal Troops to American Cities Lead to Death?

July 27, 2020

Show Notes

Donald Trump is sending law and order forces into American cities to "combat violence", evidently as a political strategy to improve his chances of re-election. Where is this leading, what are the consequences for America, and will his political strategy work?

 

0.30 Chris' assessment of the situation

5.10 Trump's political strategy of emphasizing urban violence

9.55 Trump as a law and order President

12.10 "Solving" imaginary problems

15.00 Sidebar on AOC

16.15 Election Polls

Episode 66: How Can the Government Help People Find Good Jobs?

Episode 66: How Can the Government Help People Find Good Jobs?

July 20, 2020

Show Notes

With more than 14 million people in the United States currently unemployed, Chris and Doug  discuss what the government could actually do to create more good jobs.

 

0.40 How to think about the Government's Role in the Economy

1.30 Income inequality

6.25 Mission based investments

12.30 The link between health insurance and employment

15.30 Government deficits and The Deficit Myth

18.00 The Problem with Trickle-Down Economics

 

Links

The Deficit Myth by Stephanie Kelton

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