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The Big Life Questions Show
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?

 

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Who do you think Joe Biden should choose for VP?

 

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