Tatter

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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Episodes

  • Episode 40: Up That Hill (Women in Congress)

    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.

  • Episode 39: Pocket Protection (Compensating College Athletes)

    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.

  • Episode 38: Just Theory (w/ John Jost & Jim Sidanius)

    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.

  • Episode 37: Level Up (Advancing Foreign Policy Through Feminism)

    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.

  • Episode 36: Vet the Technique (w/ Jonathan Haidt & Aaron Hanlon)

    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.

  • Episode 35: Fear of Falling (w/ Ashley Jardina)

    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"

  • Episode 34: I Am. I Am. I Am. (w/ J.R. & Vanessa Ford)

    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.

  • Episode 33: A Christmas Tatter

    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.

  • Episode 32: Movements (w/ Dan Kaufman)

    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.

  • Episode 31: Not Yet (Andersen v. Planned Parenthood)

    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

  • Episode 30: Slurred Speech

    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

  • Episode 29: Mission Creep (On Carrying Implicit Bias Too Far)

    November 5th, 2018  |  31 mins 37 secs
    history, iat, implicit bias, psychology, racial justice

    A conversation about implicit bias, and potential overextension and overapplication of it, with Jonathan Kahn, author of Race on the Brain.

  • Episode 28: Magnolia In Bloom (Mississippi Politics)

    October 15th, 2018  |  26 mins 42 secs
    democrats, mississippi, politics, republicans, senate, supreme court

    A chat with Geoff Pender, political editor of the Clarion-Ledger, based in Jackson, Mississippi; we discuss the upcoming U.S. Senate special election, as well as what might come from Mississippi and land before the U.S. Supreme Court.

  • Episode 27: Class Action

    September 18th, 2018  |  30 mins 2 secs
    affirmative action, college admissions, harvard, merit, university admissions

    My conversation with Julie J. Park, of the University of Maryland, as we discuss college and university admissions, merit, affirmative action, and their relationships to Asian-Americans and other groups.

  • Episode 26: A Mighty Pen, Part II (Another Discussion of the Kavanaugh Nomination)

    September 2nd, 2018  |  56 mins
    abortion, brett kavanaugh, diversity, labor law, scotus, supreme court, trump

    A conversation with legal experts Jonathan Adler and Brianne Gorod, as we discuss the record and thinking of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh

  • Episode 25: A Mighty Pen, Part I (Discussing the Kavanaugh Nomination)

    August 14th, 2018  |  58 mins 28 secs
    abortion, brett kavanaugh, environmental law, guantanamo, national security, scotus, supreme court, trump

    A conversation with law professors Peter Margulies and Stephen Vladeck, as we discuss the record and thinking of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh