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.
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.
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
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
August 10th, 2018 | 36 mins 42 secs
arkansas, arkansas politics, national politics, southern politics
A conversation ranging from Arkansas politics to national politics, with Hendrix College politics professor Jay Barth.
August 6th, 2018 | 58 mins 25 secs
melanie green, moth, peter aguero, psychology, storytelling, tara clancy
A discussion of live, true, first-person storytelling (e.g., on The Moth), and how to do it well, featuring Moth GrandSLAM champion tellers Peter Aguero and Tara Clancy, as well as researcher Melanie Green.
July 23rd, 2018 | 30 mins 31 secs
catholic church, james martin, jesuit, lgbt, lgbtq
My conversation with Father James Martin, SJ, editor at large for America: The Jesuit Review. Most of our discussion addressed his advocacy for the Catholic church engaging LGBT people with respect, compassion, and sensitivity.
July 16th, 2018 | 31 mins 40 secs
christianity, philadelphia, police, race
A conversation with G. Lamar Stewart, Vice-President of the National Black Police Association, Greater Philadelphia Chapter, touching on implicit bias, faith, community-police interactions, and more, including (of course) the infamous Starbucks arrest from this past April.
July 9th, 2018 | 56 mins 33 secs
bias training, iat, implicit association test, implicit bias, race, racism, social cognition, social psychology, social science
The second part of a conversation about implicit racial bias, and about one well-known implicit measure, the Implicit Association Test.
July 2nd, 2018 | 58 mins 27 secs
iat, implicit association test, implicit bias, race, racism, social cognition, social psychology, social science
A conversation about implicit racial bias, and about one well-known implicit measure, the Implicit Association Test.
June 27th, 2018 | 27 mins 36 secs
criminal justice, criminal justice reform, prosecutors, punishment
My conversation with Josie Duffy-Rice, an attorney with the Fair Punishment Project.
June 23rd, 2018 | 34 mins 41 secs
asylum, families, immigration, sarah huckabee sanders, trump, unaccompanied minors
A conversation with Sarah Sherman-Stokes, Associate Director of the Immigrants' Rights and Human Trafficking Program at Boston University Law School. We talk about what's happening on the ground at the southern border of the U.S., and what people who want to help asylum-seekers can do.
June 19th, 2018 | 20 mins 46 secs
asylum, families, immigration, nielsen, sarah huckabee sanders, trump, unaccompanied minors
A conversation about immigration on the southwest U.S. border, and relevant House legislation, with Sarah Pierce, Policy Analyst for the U.S. Immigration Policy Program at the Migration Policy Institute
June 18th, 2018 | 35 mins 35 secs
inequality, social justice, stories, storytelling
A conversation about stories, especially the ones we tell about people struggling against injustice, and what good (and harm) those stories might do.
June 7th, 2018 | 27 mins 34 secs
elections, maine, political science, ranked choice, ranked-choice, voting
Once upon a time, I was an enthusiastic supporter of ranked-choice voting. But after reading a bit more, and after this conversation with two political scientists, I'm not so sure anymore.
June 5th, 2018 | 54 mins 26 secs
beer, craft beer, diversity, ethnicity, gender, inclusion, race
A conversation with J. Nikol Jackson-Beckham (the newly appointed Diversity Ambassador of the Brewer's Association) and Carla Jean Lauter (Maine-based beer writer, also known as "The Beer Babe"). We discuss diversity and inclusion in the craft beer industry.
June 1st, 2018 | 51 mins 15 secs
grammar, language, linguistics, mitch hedberg, psychology, science, verb tense, writing
My conversation with my friend Conor Quinn, my favorite linguist in the whole world, as we talk about the ways that scientists use language, as well as language communities indigenous to the U.S., and a bit about the overlap between those two topics.