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Every episode, legal expert Andrew and comic relief Thomas will tackle a popular legal topic and give you all the tools you need to understand the issue and win every argument you have on Facebook, with your Uncle Frank, or wherever someone is wrong on the Internet. It's law. It's politics. It's fun. We don't tell you what to think, we just set up the Opening Arguments.
 
On election night, two-term president Oliver Pierce watches in disbelief from the White House as Charles Dunwalke wins a controversial electoral college victory. With only 73 days before Dunwalke’s inauguration, president Pierce makes a secret decision to act, with historic and possibly catastrophic consequences.
 
America feels divided. From the most salient questions about our national identity and place in the world, to fundamental concerns about technology, religion, the economy, and public policy, Intelligence Squared U.S. is here to help. A respite from polarized discussions, we bring together the smartest minds to debate and dissect issues in depth, restoring civility and bringing intelligence to the public square in the process.
 
Ben Franklin’s World is a podcast about early American history. It is a show for people who love history and for those who want to know more about the historical people and events that have impacted and shaped our present-day world. Each episode features a conversation with an historian who helps us shed light on important people and events in early American history.
 
Each week, Foreign Policy’s Amy Mackinnon, will recommend one podcast from around the world, interview the host, and play an excerpt. This curated show is designed to help listeners interested in the things we are—great stories, compelling interviews, and cogent analysis on international affairs—sort through the overwhelming variety of podcasts out there and find the best ones. And occasionally you’ll hear audio from our own newsroom. FP Playlist replaces our flagship podcast First Person.
 
Keeping democracy alive Democracy is not a spectator sport, it requires informed participating citizens. On Keeping Democracy Alive, we delve into dynamics that both inhibit democracy and reinvigorate it. looking into issues from: domestic economic issues to foreign, labor, trade, and education policy, NSA spying, the drug war, prison, police, and judicial issues, electoral and protest politics, middle east realities, right and left wing populism, environmental and energy issues, the wealth ...
 
W. Kamau Bell and Hari Kondabolu are comedians who take politics seriously — and longtime friends, trying to help keep each other sane. Join them as they pull the alarm on the dumpster fire that is American politics, and talk to the creators, thinkers, and leaders doing the work to defend and reinvent our democracy.
 
Pandora Wordsworth did not originally intend to go to Mount Olympus University. But when a series of unfortunate incidents make all other schools inaccessible to her, she finds herself with no other options than to go to this place she has never heard of. It is only upon arrival that she discovers MOU is the choice school for figures of mythology, legend, and lore, making her the only normal human among them. Now she must keep her secret while navigating nymphs, magic homework, and the irrit ...
 
Founded in 1973, The Heritage Foundation is a research and educational institution—a think tank—whose mission is to formulate and promote conservative public policies based on the principles of free enterprise, limited government, individual freedom, traditional American values, and a strong national defense. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
 
In this innovative series, we debunk the most common political myths plaguing young Americans, through a combination of on-the-street interviews from around Washington, D.C., featuring personal stories and expert analysis on every binge-worthy weekly episode. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
 
Reason presents a libertarian-themed debate series recorded monthly before a live audience in New York City. Moderated by former Barron’s Economics Editor Gene Epstein, the Soho Forum features Nobel prize winners, radical thinkers, and other public intellectuals facing off over the future of abortion, bitcoin, electric vehicles, government debt, illegal drugs, robotics, sex work, and other controversial topics.
 
This show explores how we can prepare the next generation for informed civic engagement, environmental stewardship, and the development of a more just and peaceful world. Host Brett Levy is a researcher of civic and environmental education and an associate professor at the University at Albany, State University of New York. Episodes feature interviews with leaders, innovators, and scholars in civic and environmental education. You’ll hear about new classroom-based and online practices that g ...
 
This is an election year unlike any other in ways that are unsettling and dangerous. Unconventional Threat brings together exclusive interviews with newsmakers about everything that can happen between now and Inauguration Day, when it's possible we may still not have chosen a President. Journalist Peter Eisner and longtime State Department official Jonathan Winer will outline all the possibilities, including: the use of the military; uncounted ballots; and one scenario where the House of Rep ...
 
The 2020s will be America’s deciding decade, full of choices that will determine our entire future. While this decade’s first year opened with chaos and anguish, there is still reason to believe we’re on the precipice of a new chapter. Who are the thinkers and doers who are catalyzing action and paving the way for enduring change? What are the big ideas worth wrestling with and placing bets on? Join Pete Buttigieg as he engages leaders who are confronting our greatest challenges and whose wo ...
 
Stanford Legal is hosted by Stanford law professors Pam Karlan, one of nation’s leading experts on voting and the political process, and Joe Bankman, a clinical psychologist and tax law expert. The program features engaging conversations with attorneys, legal scholars, and leading experts on the news-making topics of the day including the commercialization of marijuana, the power of prosecutors, the travel ban, and more. Legal issues can seem complex, Stanford Legal will help listeners make ...
 
Active, engaged citizens, fighting for progressive values, help make our democracy stronger. In the Moving Forward podcast, you’ll hear about the contributions these engaged citizens make to address the challenges that face us. Host Kate Sanner interviews candidates, community leaders, community activists, and elected officials on a number of civic, political and social justice topics.
 
A podcast by two friends who discuss women from history they've never heard of before. Inspired by that all too common feeling, "How did I not know about her?!?", we aim to elevate the stories of a wide range of woman, from Egyptian civil rights activists to medieval nuns to the first female (almost) astronauts. We share their stories, discuss their impact and why they've been ignored or sidelined, and often get a little mad at the patriarchy.
 
If there's one thing we knew about 2020, it's that what's supposed to happen might not. This November was no exception. In Election 101, we’re getting back to the basics of what's at stake when you cast your vote. Whether you’re a political novice or longtime expert, this podcast will bring something new and vital to your understanding of what it means to be democratically elected. Hosted by CNN's Kristen Holmes.
 
The Constitution is the document everyone's talking about, but nobody knows s*#t about. This podcast gives you the scholarly lowdown on everything that went down in hot and sweaty Philadelphia in 1787. Why do we have the electoral college? The second amendment? It's all here and It's not why you think.
 
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Our system for electing the President—the Electoral College—was carefully crafted by the Framers and has worked successfully for over 200 years, protecting and nurturing our Republic. Unfortunately, it is currently under assault from two fronts: a constitutionally questionable National Popular Vote Movement, and now Congressional Democrats pushing …
 
In this episode, we invite Hope's ex-boyfriend (AKA husband), Griffin, and our good friend Rob, to talk to us about gatekeeping as it relates to video games and gaming culture. We discuss the reasons people gatekeep, the harm it does, the implicit or explicit sexism involved, and how to recognize and fight against it.…
 
It’s a rich country full of poor people. With his teaching pencil as a symbol, from the countryside Pedro Castillo is the winner of the very tight but certified free and fair June 6th presidential election. The candidate of the The post Rural Teacher Elected President in Peru While the Right Claims Fraud. appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
... and then goes on unhinged Twitter rant full of bad law! We're here to break down just how obviously spurious his allegations are. Then, we address the tremendous amount of feedback we got on Christian Health Sharing Ministries. Some listeners tried to defend them, or at least claimed they got out ahead. Was Andrew wrong? Are they not a scam? Fi…
 
Representative Emanuel Cleaver has represented Missouri's 5th congressional district in the U.S. House of Representatives since 2005. A United Methodist pastor and former chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, Rep. Cleaver discusses the role of spirituality in public life and how he finds balance.By Congressman Jared Huffman
 
How do teacher educators prepare their students to teach controversial issues in social studies, citizenship, and history? How does this process differ across countries with polarized political climates? What is "contained risk-taking," and why do teacher educators teach this approach? Judy Pace, professor of teacher education at the University of …
 
Michael Winship writes: “Despite Joe Biden and Kamala Harris being in the White House, we remain in existential peril.” A big step toward tyranny is Senator Joe Manchin who announced he will not support an end to the filibuster which The post Manchin: Ego Rules Over Patriotism appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
The Biden Administration has proposed massive new education spending as a part of its American Families Plan. But will its prescriptions for universal preschool and "free" community college reap the academic benefits American students need? Education policy professionals won’t want to miss this 30-minute Policy Pulse discussion on why the Biden Adm…
 
Dr. Voddie Baucham, preacher, professor, and cultural apologist, says, “Antiracism offers no salvation—only perpetual penance to battle an incurable disease.” Join us and discover the disturbing worldview that underlines the philosophy of social justice and critical race theory. Dr. Baucham will bring understanding to these divisive issues while of…
 
This episode is exactly why this show exists. Two stories about Merrick Garland's DoJ came out recently that gave the strong impression that Garland was defending Trump policies and even joining forces with religious bigots against LGBTQ rights. These stories are COMPLETELY misleading. As always with complicated legal stories, the truth faces a ste…
 
Professor Anthony Saich is the Director of the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation and the Daewoo Professor of International Affairs at Harvard Kennedy School. PolicyCast is a production of Harvard Kennedy School and is hosted by Ralph Ranalli, Senior Staff Writer and Producer at the HKS Office of Communications and Public Affairs. …
 
The Biden Administration argues the American Families Plan is critical to help families get back to work after Covid-19 by providing massive new federal spending on childcare and paid family leave. But politicians' preferred policies in these areas can't match the diversity of family priorities. Family policy professionals won’t want to miss this 3…
 
Juneteenth is a state holiday that commemorates June 19, 1865, the day slavery ended in Texas. Over the last decade, a push to make Juneteenth a national holiday to commemorate the end of slavery in the United States has gained momentum. What do we know about Juneteenth and its origins? Annette Gordon-Reed, an award-winning historian at Harvard Uni…
 
Andrew stumbled across a Marketwatch article that recommended a Christian Health Sharing company to save money on health insurance. Due to this being a complete scam, Andrew was sent on a Liam Neeson-esque crusade. Let's just say he has a certain set of skills involving documents and research and deep-diving... Listen and find out why this is a sca…
 
On this week's episode: Dallas will host the political suicide squad ... Andrew's unrequited crush on Liz Warren continues ... And we talk about Andrew's colleague as a member of the bar Sidney Powell. To support our show on Patreon, go here: https://www.patreon.com/skepticrat To hear more from Evil Giraffes on Mars, go here: https://www.facebook.c…
 
Mike and Sarah have big feelings about an enduring debate. Digressions include “Carrie,” party planning etiquette and Whole Foods cafeterias. Sarah’s sound quality changes midway through because she moves from a McDonald’s parking lot to a Hardee’s parking lot. Special thanks to Meredith Clark and Allissa Richardson for helping us with the history …
 
This episode was meant to be two parts, but the editing didn't seem to work out, so its coming at you as a supersized podcast. First we discuss Gwyneth Paltrow, the origin of Goop, and its meteoric rise. Then we take the second half to talk about the very problematic Netflix show that came out of it. Its a wild ride, and our driver is a privileged …
 
Women in the military know they are more likely to be attacked by men of their own company than by an enemy. It’s been a long tradition that reports of sexual abuse are crushed. Commanders protecting their own reputation takes The post Sexual Assault in the Military: Foxes Guarding the Henhouse appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
Is Bitcoin here to stay? Cryptocurrencies hold the promise of revolutionizing global finance by placing control in the hands of users, not nations, and making financial exchanges more transparent, efficient, and democratic. But given the yet-another-round of boom and bust cycles seen recently, questions remain: Could cypto ever be considered a safe…
 
First story on today's show is the Chauvin motion for downward departure. The Judge said up to 30 years, Chauvin countered with "...how about a firm talking-to?" Andrew breaks down the (mostly terrible) arguments. Then, we talk about a conservative cancel culture story – a Stanford Law student put up an obviously satirical and hilarious flier roast…
 
The radical Islamist organization Hamas fired more than 4000 rockets at Israeli communities in just ten days in May, terrorizing millions of Israeli citizens—Jewish, Muslim, and Christian alike. As Israel seeks defend her citizens from the onslaught, “progressive” groups and politicians have displayed an inexplicable hostility towards our ally, wit…
 
The success of COVID vaccine development highlights the importance of private sector innovation. Yet, President Biden and Congress are launching a policy attack that could prevent future medical innovation. These short-sighted efforts to “curb prescription drug costs” focus on expanding federal authority over pharmaceutical access, imposing governm…
 
When, why, and how did the Supreme Court get the final say in the law of the land? The question of the Court's role, and whether its decisions should reign above all the other branches of government, has been hotly debated for centuries. And that's resulted in a Supreme Court more powerful than anything the Founding Fathers could have imagined poss…
 
This week we feature Global Reboot, a new podcast from Foreign Policy in partnership with Doha Forum. Global Reboot explores how to rebuild a world upended by disruptive international events. FP’s editor in chief Ravi Agrawal engages with world leaders and policy experts to identify solutions to our greatest challenges. Host Amy Mackinnon speaks wi…
 
Is it the revenge of the “deplorables?” We’ve seen how a culture of resentment affected Germany in the early 30s, and it has brought us dangerous Trumpism today. On this show, professor of history emeritus Walter Moss looks at the The post The Power of Resentment and The Threat to Democracy appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
As many of you know by now, Steven’s brother (and friend of the show), John, passed away on Monday, May 24. Just two days before his birthday. In his honor, the guys have re-released an episode he contributed on “The Lazy Geeks: 2011 Comic-Con Special, Part 1”. He was a close friend to Adam, aside from Steven’s big brother. If you would like to don…
 
Today we have special guest Nick Fish, president of American Atheists! He recently attended a meeting with the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives. Is this administration doing a better job representing the millions of non-believers in the country? Find out! In the first segment, we discuss Mahanoy Area School District v. B.…
 
In this episode, we discuss the early use of cannabis in the US and the overt racism that led to its prohibition. Its a pretty wild ride, and Harry Anslinger is at wheel. Join us for a dive into the origins of the United States' embarrassing and anti-factual stance on cannabis.
 
In light of the recent Israel-Hamas war, an old debate is gaining new relevance. The nature of the current conflict has again unleashed a wave of antisemitic threats and violence in the U.S., with synagogues and Jewish-owned business having been vandalized and attacked. But as society surveys the damage, it also asks whether the condemnation of Isr…
 
I know I say this a lot but... this episode is action packed! So much good stuff to discuss that we had to squeeze in the Trump grand jury news into the announcements slot. Andrew breaks down what it means and what to expect. Then, a listener who actually worked on the NRA case wrote in to give us the final word on Sea Girt. But in our main segment…
 
When Roe v Wade was decided in 1973, many thought the matter was settled. Nearly 50 years later, the new Supreme Court agreed to hear a case that could overturn that landmark decision. On this show abortion law historian professor The post Supreme Court Case Threatens Roe, But It’s Not Over appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
The Biden Administration’s first budget contains some inexplicable choices to cut national defense purchasing power while simultaneously proposing historic increases in spending on education. While national defense is one of the few constitutionally enumerated tasks for the federal government and all signs point to a need for increased funding to a…
 
Following a military coup in February that unlawfully detained the elected leaders of Burma’s civilian government, a coalition of ousted lawmakers, ethnic leaders, and anti-coup activists formed the National Unity Government (NUG). The NUG is the legitimate Government of Burma, formed in line with the people’s mandate per the General Elections of 2…
 
In our last Foreign Policy Playlist episode in May, we feature Vice News’ Chapo: Kingpin on Trial. It’s a miniseries that explores the impact of Sinaloa cartel leader Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán by sharing the stories of people who were caught up in the drug war between the United States and Mexico. Episode seven of Chapo follows the violence that fo…
 
Strong families and hard work are the foundation of strong society, and the basis for healthy child development, meaningful relationships, and economic well-being. Unfortunately, President Biden’s American Families Plan expands government infrastructure without addressing the real problems families face. Under this plan, politicians in Washington, …
 
Social media sites shape the way many people view reality, but the corporations behind them are increasingly working to silence dissenting points of view. Big Tech companies are moderating, labeling, and removing conservative content and accounts with growing abandon, and the problem goes beyond Facebook and Twitter. Members of Congress have held n…
 
Since the release of our new episodes last week, a whole lot has changed. My big brother died suddenly of a brain tumor. Here are my thoughts about the last week and the future of the show. For now. Donate to Our GoFundMe: John’s GoFundMe Page Wanna Donate: Donations will allow us to remain ad-free and editorially independent. Donate to our PayPal …
 
The world sees the “flare up” but not the ongoing banal policies that are at cause. The State of Israel is copying the successful “settling” of the American west, so what options for resistance are open to Palestinians being evicted, The post People Refusing to be Erased appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
The Mississippi Gulf Coast was the home of many different peoples, cultures, and empires during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. According to some historians, the Gulf Coast region may have been the most diverse region in early North America. Matthew Powell, a historian of slavery and southern history and the Executive Director of the La P…
 
Today Andrew breaks down Fox's motion to dismiss the Dominion lawsuit. Dominion has mountains of evidence of defamation. Fox... disagREES. Find out how their defense holds up! We also talk about the surprisingly high number of delightful emails we got about Seagirt from Australians. And finally an Andrew was slightly wrong about some Asbestos bankr…
 
On this week's episode: New Jersey is top 8 in something and Eli is legally obligated to talk about it ... Georgia is in the bottom 8 of that same thing, because of fucking course it is ... And even if you have chiseled abs and stunning features, it doesn't mean that you too can't not die in a freak gasoline fight accident. To support our show on P…
 
What explains the worship of guns in America? It’s long been a mystery to many. Historian Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz says guns have always been central to the insistent belief that God gave America to white Christian males. America’s first industry was The post America’s Altar of Guns Explained appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
The fate of Taiwan is uncertain. As a revanchist China builds up forces near the island, the Biden administration is warning Beijing against an invasion, bolstering its defense with the sale of military hardware. Beijing sees Taiwan as lost territory, which needs to be “reunified” with the mainland. The United States is now faced with a geopolitica…
 
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