The Plot to Steal the Presidency (and How to Stop It) - Politicology

Mar 14, 2022

Matt Bennett, cofounder and executive vice president for public affairs at Third Way, and Jess Marsden, who oversees Protect Democracy’s election work, join Ron Steslow to discuss Third Way’s recent presentation about the plot to steal the presidency in 2024 and what we need to do to stop it.

How To Avoid High Conflict - The Good Fight

May 22, 2021

Investigative journalist Amanda Ripley believes good conflict can help solve deep political divides. But when it escalates beyond the point of no return, it becomes “high conflict”: a fight less about the issue at hand and more about owning the other side. In her new book, she chronicles how dangerous high conflict is to individuals and societies — and offers suggestions for how to dig yourself out of it.

In this week’s conversation, Yascha Mounk and Amanda Ripley discuss the ways in which high conflict deepens political polarization, how to create a better education system, and how to overcome seemingly intractable conflicts.

Good Healthcare Matters: Lessons for the Pandemic

Feb 17, 2021

Big picture discussion with Dr. Don Berwick about improving healthcare generally and as it relates to Covid - In the bubble

Becoming Moral Rebels With Dr. Catherine Sanderson - Politicology

Mar 10, 2021

Dr. Catherine Sanderson, Poler Family Professor, Chair of Psychology at Amherst College and the author of Why We Act: Turning Bystanders Into Moral Rebels joins host Ron Steslow to analyze why Trump was able to exert control on the Republican party, how to recognize leaders who will stand up for what’s right—and what we can do to become moral rebels.

Why fascism in Post-Trump America isn't going away - Vox Conversations

Feb 08, 2021

A conversation with Yale's Jason Stanley about the latent pathologies in American politics.

The Anatomy of Autocracy - Timothy Snyder - Throughline

Jan 25, 2021

When a mob of pro-Trump supporters violently stormed the U.S. Capitol on January 6, they also incited a defining moment in United States history. Now what? Historian Timothy Snyder talks to us about how we got here and what an insurrection could mean for the future of America.

Interview with Jim Clyburn - 70 over 70 - Pineapple Studio

July 12, 2021

A very sweet interview with Jim Clyburn, full of wisdom. He touches on one of our recent topics: "Defund the Police," and the importance of messaging.

The Bulwark Podcast

Charles Sykes and Tim Miller, two Never-Trumper Republicans, part of the "pro-democracy coalition." Rational and important for Democrats to hear if aspiring to win America's moderate vote.

Cult-like Behavior in Extreme Trump Followers With Steven Hassan and Patrick O'Reilly - Commonwealth Club

Mar 30, 2021

In a recent article on The Daily Beast, Dr. Steven Hassan refers to the cult leaders’ “playbook” and lists some of the mind-control strategies employed by former President Donald Trump: These include his grandiose claims, his practice of sowing confusion, his demand for absolute loyalty, his tendency to lie and create alternative "facts" and realities, his shunning and belittling of critics and ex-believers, and his cultivating an "us versus them" mindset. Of all these tactics, the "us versus them" mindset is probably one of the most effective. He says that from the moment you are recruited into a cult, you are made to feel special, part of an "inside" group in opposition to unenlightened, unbelieving, dangerous "outsiders."

The U.S. Is Just Different — So Let’s Stop Pretending We’re Not - Freakonomics Radio

July 14, 2021

We often look to other countries for smart policies on education, healthcare, infrastructure, etc. But can a smart policy be simply transplanted into a country as culturally unusual (and as supremely WEIRD) as America?

How to Save a Planet - Gimlet - all episodes

May 24, 2021

Does climate change freak you out? Want to know what we, collectively, can do about it? Us too. How to Save a Planet is a podcast that asks the big questions: what do we need to do to solve the climate crisis, and how do we get it done? Join us, journalist Alex Blumberg and scientist and policy nerd Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson, as we scour the Earth for solutions, talk to people who are making a difference, ask hard questions, crack dumb jokes and — episode by episode — figure out how to build the future we want.

The Great Suppression With Tharon Johnson - Politicology

Apr 07, 2021

Tharon Johnson, a Democratic political strategist who has worked for Congressman John Lewis and President Barack Obama joins Ron Steslow to examine what’s in Georgia’s new anti-democracy law and understand the dastardly motives and false pretenses being used by Republicans across the country to push similar voter suppression legislation.

When the Profit Motive Kills With Anand Giridharadas - Capital isn't

Feb 25, 2021

The consulting firm McKinsey has agreed to pay nearly $600 million for its role in advising Purdue on how to push opioids sales, even at the cost of human lives. The details of their work are gruesome and should demand self-reflection among all those who work in big business. Has the profit motive gone out of control, and do business schools have a role to play in creating this culture?

Tom Nichols on Cat Ladies, Fascists, and Cori Bush - The Bulwark

Aug 5, 2021

One of the best "Republican" podcasts. Interview with Tom Nichols (Atlantic writer and former Republican.) Especially notable is the section about Cori Bush and "Defund the police."

A warning for America (with Dr. Fiona Hill) - Cafe - Stay Tuned with Preet

Oct 28, 2021

Preet interviews Dr. Fiona Hill about her new book, There Is Nothing for You Here: Finding Opportunity in the Twenty-First Century. A foreign policy expert at the Brookings Institution, Hill served as the Trump administration’s top Russia advisor from 2017 to 2019. She gained national attention for her testimony before the House Intelligence Committee in Trump’s first impeachment.