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.
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.
April 24th, 2019 | 54 mins 29 secs
basketball, college, compensation, football, pay to play, sports
I talk with Eastern Michigan University professor Rick Karcher about the law (and economics) of paying college athletes.
March 28th, 2019 | 53 mins 58 secs
empiricism, justice, social justice, social psychology
A conversation with social psychologists John Jost and Jim Sidanius, in which we discuss the relevance of social psychology to the pursuit of social justice.
March 11th, 2019 | 57 mins 12 secs
feminism, foreign policy, girls, sweden, women
My conversation with Jamille Bigio, Alexandra Bro, and Rachel Vogelstein, all of the Council on Foreign Relations, as we discuss feminist foreign policy.
March 4th, 2019 | 57 mins 22 secs
academia, free speech, heterodox, trigger warnings, viewpoint diversity
In a conversation with Jonathan Haidt (NYU's Stern School of Business) and Aaron Hanlon (Colby College), we discuss the ultimate purposes of colleges, universities, and academic disciplines, as well as the ways that viewpoint diversity, trigger warnings, and free speech each help or hinder the achievement of those purposes.
February 25th, 2019 | 39 mins 38 secs
identity politics, politics, race, white consciousness, white identity
My conversation with Ashley Jardina, author of "White Identity Politics"
January 8th, 2019 | 1 hr 2 mins
gender identity, trans, trans youth, transgender
My guests, Vanessa and JR Ford, talk to me about their family's story, and about the joys and challenges facing transgender youth.
December 23rd, 2018 | 40 mins 40 secs
christmas, cinema, film, movies
Eight guests discuss their favorite Christmas movies, and what makes a Christmas movie a Christmas movie.
December 17th, 2018 | 38 mins 39 secs
organized labor, politics, scott walker, wisconsin
A conversation with Dan Kaufman, author of The Fall of Wisconsin: The Conservative Conquest of a Progressive Bastion and the Future of American Politics.
December 10th, 2018 | 12 mins 52 secs
abortion, kavanaugh, roberts, supreme court
A conversation with University of Texas law professor (and CNN Supreme Court analyst) Stephen Vladeck, about the Court's decision not to take up a case at least partly related to abortion
November 26th, 2018 | 1 hr 26 mins
gendered slurs, philosophy, racist slurs, slurs
A discussion of slurs--especially gendered slurs, as well as racial and ethnic slurs--with philosopher Lauren Ashwell