Asks, "What would Fox & Friends do?"; tries to always do the opposite

About the show

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.

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  • Episode 67: Metastasis (Impeachment, w/ Frank Bowman)

    January 17th, 2021  |  39 mins 35 secs
    congress, donald trump, high crimes, impeachment, politics

    I discuss the second impeachment of Donald Trump, considering impeachment in general, as well as the particulars of the one article of impeachment endorsed by the House in January of 2021, and what might come after a Senate trial.

  • Episode 66: Conviction (Impeachment Politics, w/ Sarah Binder)

    January 12th, 2021  |  43 mins 7 secs
    congress, donald trump, high crimes, impeachment, politics

    A conversation about impeachment politics, and about Congress more generally, with Sarah Binder of The George Washington University, and also the Brookings Institution.

  • Episode 65: Gut Check (w/ Tim Spector, on food science)

    December 16th, 2020  |  45 mins 24 secs
    food, gut bacteria, microbiome, science, twins

    A conversation on food, gut bacteria, and more, with genetic epidemiologist Tim Spector.

  • Episode 64: Rogue (Conspiracy Theories, w/ Kelley-Romano & Miller)

    December 9th, 2020  |  58 mins 43 secs
    conspiracy theory, covid-19, political science, psychology, rhetoric, voting

    Stephanie Kelley-Romano and Joanne Miller talk conspiracy theories with me.

  • Episode 63: Tripwire (w/ Peter Margulies)

    November 13th, 2020  |  35 mins 52 secs
    biden, national security, presidency, transition, trump

    A discussion of the presidential transition, Trump's resistance to that transition, and the hazards presented.

  • Episode 62: Hard Knocks (w/ Seth Masket)

    November 8th, 2020  |  49 mins 11 secs
    elections, political parties, political science, politics, race, voting

    My conversation with political scientist Seth Masket about political parties, and the lessons they learn from losing (and sometimes winning).

  • Episode 61: Legitimate Authority (w/ Sara Benesh)

    October 30th, 2020  |  32 mins 42 secs
    amy coney barrett, courts, legitimacy, politics, supreme court

    A conversation with political scientist Sara Benesh, on the Amy Coney Barrett confirmation, partisan maneuvers, and the legitimacy of the courts.

  • Episode 60: Pass the Torch (w/ Jean Rhodes)

    October 6th, 2020  |  44 mins 27 secs
    developmental psychology, gender, marginalized youth, mentoring, mentorship, race, youth

    My conversation with psychologist Jean Rhodes about mentorship of young, often marginalized, young people.

  • Episode 59: Hazardous Conditions (w/ Doug McConnell)

    September 14th, 2020  |  45 mins 49 secs
    covid-19, ethics, hazard pay, pandemic, philosophy

    When colleges and universities open to in-person instruction during a pandemic, which employees, if any, should receive hazard pay? My guest and I discuss.

  • Episode 58: The Seamless Garment Goes On

    September 10th, 2020  |  41 mins 15 secs
    abortion, black lives matter, catholic, politics, pro-life, race, reproductive rights

    Another chat with Father James Martin

  • Episode 57: The Seamless Garment (Pro-Life Politics, w/ Fr. James Martin)

    August 10th, 2020  |  32 mins 24 secs
    abortion, black lives matter, catholic, politics, pro-life, race, reproductive rights

    My conversation with Father James Martin, in which we discuss what it means to be truly pro-life.

  • Episode 56: When They Hit You (w/ Omar Wasow)

    July 16th, 2020  |  1 hr 7 mins
    nonviolent, protest, racism, research, resistance, violent

    My conversation with Princeton political scientist Omar Wasow, as we discuss his paper on violent and nonviolent protest in the U.S.

  • Episode 55: Moment of Truth (w/ Robin Engel)

    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.

  • Episode 54: There's Got To Be A Better Way (w/ Lamar Stewart)

    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.

  • Episode 53: The Pursuit (w/ Laurie Santos)

    June 4th, 2020  |  58 mins 8 secs
    choice, covid-19, happiness, psychology, well-being

    A discussion of happiness, with Yale University's Laurie Santos.

  • Episode 52: Married to the Mob

    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.