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Common Sense with Dan Carlin

Loud, fast-talking and deceptively funny, this politically-independent "forward-thinking pragmatist" looks at the events shaping our world through a uniquely American lens. It's smarter than you think, and faster than you expect.

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Show 307 - Revenge of the Gangrenous Finger

This show has a "chickens coming home to roost" feel to it, but maybe in a positive way. It was supposed to be about the recent British vote to leave the EU, but evolved into something larger. Surprise, surprise.


27 Jun 2016

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Show 302 - Of Courts, Cooks and Apples

Justice Scalia of the Supreme Court dies and CEO Tim Cook and Apple go toe-to-toe with the U.S. Government over privacy.


26 Feb 2016

Rank #2

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Show 303 - The Way You Play The Game Redux

It's not easy to get under Dan's normally flexible, see-things-from-multiple-angles skin, but Donald Trump's stated willingness to cross traditional American moral fault lines has done just that.


1 Apr 2016

Rank #3

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Show 306 - Disengaging the Lizard Brain

Hate is a very strong word, but increasing numbers of Americans hate their countrymen. Is this a danger to the stability of the country? If it were deemed such, what can be done about it?


5 Jun 2016

Rank #4

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Show 304 - Speed Dating For Delegates

As the U.S. Presidential campaign veers into unprecedented territory Dan sees opportunity in the unusual circumstances. "Anger is an Energy" he says. And he says it AGAIN and AGAIN.


17 Apr 2016

Rank #5

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Show 311 - Trumped

Post-2016 election analysis and discussion from a Martian political perspective.

1hr 3mins

11 Nov 2016

Rank #6

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Show 314 - Unhealthy Numbers

As the GOP attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act, Dan ponders the dichotomy between what Americans spend on health care versus what they get in return.

1hr 2mins

16 Mar 2017

Rank #7

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Show 313 - Get Me A Glass of Water

Dan is in an introspective mental place in this show...but he may just drag you in there with him.


14 Feb 2017

Rank #8

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Show 312 - Re-Connections with James Burke

Dan has another visit with the always fascinating science historian and TV host James Burke. He also catches up a bit on early Trump cabinet picks and the Dakota pipeline protests.

1hr 21mins

7 Dec 2016

Rank #9

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Show 310 - Or Else

What happens if our nation's problems become too large to realistically imagine our politicians solving? What if voting doesn't help? Dan reminds us that he's not a moderate, and that you probably aren't either.


13 Oct 2016

Rank #10