Hosted by social psychologist Michael Sargent, this podcast has become a place for conversation about policy and politics, where Sargent talks with people who nerd out on the topics, bringing extensive knowledge, including knowledge of the limits of their knowledge. These nerds don't have the pocket protectors and social awkwardness of nerd stereotypes. They have wit, a love of fun, and most importantly, an understanding gained from the tattered pages of journals, books, and printouts of statistical analyses, or they've been tattered by experience. As host, Sargent isn't above asking dumb questions, because he knows we all learn from the answers.
If you're looking for overconfident, ill-informed (or misinformed) bloviation, this isn't the place for you. (But maybe Fox & Friends is.) If that's the opposite of what you want, then stick around.
June 15th, 2020 | 1 hr 1 min
criminal justice, police, policing, race, social science
My chat with University of Cincinnati criminal justice professor Robin Engel, who has also overseen a police department implementing police reforms after a shooting of an unarmed Black man.
June 9th, 2020 | 59 mins 16 secs
bias, black americans, police, policing, race
A conversation with a Philadelphia County detective and former Vice-President of the Greater Philadelphia Chapter of the National Black Police Association, in which we discuss the George Floyd death, policing, and race.
June 4th, 2020 | 58 mins 8 secs
choice, covid-19, happiness, psychology, well-being
A discussion of happiness, with Yale University's Laurie Santos.
May 18th, 2020 | 56 mins 53 secs
donald trump, gop, political parties, republican party, u.s. politics
A conversation with political scientists Julia Azari and Seth Masket, discussing the Republican Party in recent years.
April 15th, 2020 | 45 mins 10 secs
activism, political science, politics, slacktivism, social change
My conversation with Eitan Hersh, as we discuss "political hobbyism" (sometimes also called "slacktivism"), but also some stories of deeper political engagement.
March 20th, 2020 | 43 mins 38 secs
25th amendment, presidency, president, succession, trump
My conversation with Michigan State's Brian Kalt, as we discuss the 25th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, Section 4.
March 9th, 2020 | 1 hr 59 secs
campaign finance, campaigns, elections, money, political parties
A discussion of campaign finance, and more, with Julia Azari and Abby Wood.
February 10th, 2020 | 1 hr 3 mins
big five, narrative, personality, presidency, stories, trump
Discussing the personality and narrative of Donald Trump, with Northwestern University's Dan McAdams.
January 27th, 2020 | 57 mins 41 secs
consumer behavior, marketing, race, respectability politics, stigma
A discussion of respectability politics--particularly within Black communities--with David Crockett of the University of South Carolina
Episode 46: Measure for Measure (Wil Cunningham & Uli Schimmack Discuss the Implicit Association Test)
January 13th, 2020 | 1 hr 6 mins
iat, implicit association test, implicit bias, race, racial bias
Psychologists Wil Cunningham and Ulrich Schimmack discuss what we know about implicit bias and the Implicit Association Test, and what claims and practices are appropriate in light of that knowledge.
August 22nd, 2019 | 59 mins 7 secs
criminal justice, jeffrey epstein, mass shootings, mental illness, prisons
A conversation with law professor John Pfaff and sociologist and criminologist Mike Rocque, about the theories surrounding Jeffrey Epstein's death, prison conditions, mental health and mass shootings, one prominent presidential candidate, and more.
August 6th, 2019 | 30 mins 8 secs
acting heads, cabinet, congress, president, trump, vacancies
Under current law, U.S. presidents often have great latitude in filling senior-level vacancies, but abusing that freedom can create problems, as I discuss with UT-Austin law professor Stephen I. Vladeck.
June 24th, 2019 | 30 mins 8 secs
incivility, media, outrage, politics, rhetoric
My conversation with political scientist Jeffrey Berry, co-author of the book The Outrage Industry.
May 21st, 2019 | 45 mins 52 secs
abortion, arkansas, reproductive health, roe v. wade
My conversation with a clinic director at an Arkansas abortion provider, and also my friend.
May 16th, 2019 | 52 mins 52 secs
impeachment, political science, presidency, trump
A conversation about Trump and impeachment, with political scientists Julia Azari and Seth Masket.
May 6th, 2019 | 58 mins 3 secs
congress, intersectionality, politics, women, women of color
My conversation with political scientists Nadia Brown and Barbara Palmer, discussing women in legislatures, including women of color.