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Politics without pushing perspectives. We challenge you to reconsider your views by providing context. But we don't do the thinking for you. Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/reconsiderpodcast.

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Politics without pushing perspectives. We challenge you to reconsider your views by providing context. But we don't do the thinking for you. Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/reconsiderpodcast.

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Checked this out after watching business blaze on YouTube, it’s now one of my favorite podcasts.

By Tdrose92 - Jun 01 2020
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The guys do such a good job of presenting the fact and laying out the information in such a way that the listener can make their own conclusion on what’s happening. They also do an incredible job of keeping the episodes interesting and I find myself listening to old episodes that are still topical and they hold up extremely well. Absolutely awesome podcast.

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Great podcast that digs deep into complicated topics

iTunes Ratings

101 Ratings
Average Ratings
97
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Checked this out after watching business blaze on YouTube, it’s now one of my favorite podcasts.

By Tdrose92 - Jun 01 2020
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The guys do such a good job of presenting the fact and laying out the information in such a way that the listener can make their own conclusion on what’s happening. They also do an incredible job of keeping the episodes interesting and I find myself listening to old episodes that are still topical and they hold up extremely well. Absolutely awesome podcast.

Top Notch Podcast

By cnelson1045 - Jan 22 2020
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Great podcast that digs deep into complicated topics
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ReConsider

Latest release on Sep 18, 2020

The Best Episodes Ranked Using User Listens

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Rank #1: Toolbox Talk: Power!

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"Speak softly and carry a big stick." Or, "speak loudly and carry an even bigger stick!" There are different kinds of power and different ways to wield them... and it's not always clear what's our best kind of power to bring to bear in a given situation. In this "toolbox talk," we team up with Kelsey, who runs the Women in Diplomacy podcast, to work through the meanings of hard, soft, and smart power, and their benefits and drawbacks.

Plugs Errata:
  • When discussing Russia and Ukraine, Erik says "Haidan Revolution" and meant "Maidan Revolution"
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May 22 2016

1hr 8mins

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Rank #2: How Lebanese Protests Over a WhatsApp Tax Can Turn the World

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A few isolated Lebanese protests over a tax on WhatsApp calls have become, perhaps a national revolution, with huge consequences for the region and perhaps even American strategy. Why?


How could such a small thing have such a large potential impact? And how can we possibly spot what "small things" in the world really matter, and which big ones are more smoke than substance?


Getting this one out earlier than normal because the topic is timely!

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Nov 20 2019

1hr 5mins

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Rank #3: ReConsidering Russia Part 1: Russia Today

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(Not the news source.) Joining us is Sean Guillory of Sean's Russia Blog and Podcast, at seansrussiablog.org. He has a PhD in Russian History from UCLA. Sean helps us dive into the nitty gritty about what's actually going on with Russia today. We ask: -Who's in charge? How does Russia's leadership work? -Why is United Russia so popular? -What's the economy really look like? -How corrupt is Russia? -How do Russians feel about the world? -What's the plan in Ukraine? How's it going? -What about the Syria intervention? -Did Russia manipulate US elections? -Why is Russia picking a fight with NATO? -What common narratives about Russia just don't make sense? Enjoy!

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Mar 08 2017

1hr 20mins

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Rank #4: Is the US on the Same Path as Ancient Rome or Athens?

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In this episode we welcome Lantern Jack of Ancient Greece Declassified to help us with the burning question we keep getting: how much is the United States today like the ancient Roman Republic or, perhaps, like ancient Athens? Are we going down hard and fast? Are we bound for glory? How much are we even like these ancient civilizations? Learn about all this plus a small bonus about fast food in the ancient world!

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Apr 09 2018

59mins

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Rank #5: ReConsidering GDP

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Recently Erik saw an article in which nobel-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz says an obsession with looking at GDP has become a problem:

“The world is facing three existential crises: a climate crisis, an inequality crisis and a crisis in democracy,” he writes. “Yet the accepted ways by which we measure economic performance give absolutely no hint that we might be facing a problem.” 


“If we measure the wrong thing, we will do the wrong thing,”


Do we need to reconsider how useful GDP can be as a measure of economic health?

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Dec 11 2019

1hr 7mins

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Rank #6: ReConsidering China, Pt I

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We're having a trade war! How exciting. So China is... our friend? Enemy? FRENEMY? They... want to take over Asia? Taiwan? The US? THE WORLD? Are they a fair trading partner or a cheater? A reasonable place or a dictatorship?

There are many conceptions and misconceptions about China. Let's start taking them on.

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Aug 02 2018

47mins

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Rank #7: How to Dismantle Entrenched Bias, with David Campt

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David Campt, "The Dialogue Guy," founder of the Ally Conversation Toolkit, who you may know from The Daily Show, joins ReConsider to help us learn how to better talk to people. Straight up this is one of the best shows we've ever had.


We learned so much from David about the emotions, roadblocks, and pitfalls that get in the way of having an effective conversation in dismantling bias and changing minds; as well as an incredibly effective and compelling methodology to actually getting into the trenches with someone and making real process. This is a must listen.

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Mar 03 2019

1hr 8mins

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Rank #8: Brexit!

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David Cameron doesn't want the UK to leave the EU, but he set up the referendum for Brits to vote on it. Why the heck would he do that? How likely is Brexit to happen? Who wants it and who's against it? What are the stay/leave arguments? What will be the implications for the UK, Europe, the US, and the globe as a whole if the UK leaves or stays? This is hugely complex and hugely important, and the vote is coming up soon: June 23. So time to get yourself some context. 

Bonus: Kelsey's Podcast, "Women in Diplomacy." Go check it out. She gets some amazing interviews and we've learned a ton. And she interviews us, as well!

Reasonable Summary of In & Out Arguments

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European Institutions: Cheat Sheet

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May 06 2016

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Rank #9: A Butterfly Flaps its Wings in Saudi Arabia...

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…and hurricanes pop up throughout the Middle East.

How does a tiny US deployment in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia affect the geopolitical outlook of nations throughout the Middle East and the world?

The world’s a complicated place, and small moves can have ramifications for many years to come. Today, we look at the possible ramifications of a US deployment of troops to Saudi Arabia could play out.

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Oct 10 2019

46mins

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Rank #10: [Listener Question]: Long-Term Geopolitical Consequences of the Iraq War

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One of our beloved Patrons asked us: "what are the long-term consequences of the Iraq War?" Great question--we couldn't resist taking a crack at it.


In this episode we hear about the balance of the middle east changed, for Iraq, Iran, Saudi Arabia, ISIS, and global powers.

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Mar 17 2019

47mins

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Rank #11: The Very Big Deal FARC Peace Deal

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A 55-year-old civil war may be about to come to an end. The government of Colombia and FARC have hammered out a big, complicated, icky peace deal, and it's going to referendum on October 2nd. The consequences for Colombia, the geopolitics of the Western Hemisphere, and other civil conflicts could be huge. It's something you should know about, and we'll give you the context to be up to speed.

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Sep 28 2016

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Rank #12: Breaking Down Government Spending

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“Congressman Erik: just say no.”

Erik’s on the warpath over that darned image we got for the listener Q&A, so Xander and Erik are going to talk about how the US government actually spends its money. Prepare to be surprised!

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Dec 09 2018

44mins

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Rank #13: Polling and Direct Democracy, WTF

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Why are referendums ending up so different from how polls suggest? From Brexit to the FARC peace deal, there have been some shockers in referendums: the polls have very much gone one way, and the results another. So what the heck is going on? In this episode, Xander and Erik talk about how polling works, how it might be going so wrong, and what oddities are going on with direct democracy versus the representative stuff we're used to.

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Oct 19 2016

39mins

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Rank #14: Crises in Venezuela and North Korea

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Is Venezuela's government going to fall? Is North Korea going to fire nukes? Is the US going to fire nukes? Are Maduro and Kim just madmen? Is Trump? Two dictatorial regimes, both of which hate the US, both entering crises and both facing substantial constraints about how they can try to navigate them. And the US, attempting to deal with the North Korean crisis, has its own constraints as well. In this episode you'll understand the forces that are pushing Venezuela into a domestic crisis and North Korea into conflict with the US. You'll learn what options are available to everyone and why they're limited. And you'll learn a little more about how to analyze the global stage beyond the rhetoric.

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Aug 11 2017

1hr 21mins

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Rank #15: Free Speech in America

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Free speech protests have popped up in campuses across the United States over the past few years, and everyone is getting their word about it in, even President Obama. You may or may not yet feel strongly about this. No matter where you stand, now's the time to get yourself some context. What is "harm," and what kinds of speech should still be protected even if they are harmful? Time to ReConsider.

 

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Jun 06 2016

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Rank #16: The 2018 Global Economic Look - Part 1

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So much has gone down over the last year that we needed some proper professional econ help to sort it out. So we called Jake Meyer to come back to join us--luckily for us, he did!

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Oct 14 2018

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Rank #17: How Bad's the National Debt?

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In this episode we answer some listener questions about the national debt! Namely:

-How big is it?

-How much does China/etc own and what does that mean?

-But seriously guys are we in trouble here?


Learn all of this and more on today's episode!

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Jun 18 2018

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Rank #18: Why Does the US Have a Two-Party System?

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Ever wonder why the United States has a system with two parties and not more? Find out why the US system is the way it is, and why other countries are different.

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Nov 25 2017

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Rank #19: The Stephanie Experiment

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What if you decided to immerse yourself in the opposite political narrative to what you know? That's just what Stephanie did. She lives surrounded by liberal news media and friends, and she decided to spend a few months reading and listening only to Fox News, to understand what's missing from her own narrative. The results are awesome.

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Sep 19 2016

37mins

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Rank #20: Shakespeare's Propaganda

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English King Richard III was a bad bad dude, right? If you're a fan of Shakespeare, you know this is true. But what if there's more to the story? We subbed in for the English Renaissance History podcast a ways back and asked that question. Today we take a look at a guy that's gotten no love of history.

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Nov 21 2016

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