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Join Thomas for some critical thinking on questions of science, philosophy, skepticism and politics. These serious topics are discussed with some serious guests, but in an entertaining and engaging way! This is not your typical interview podcast; it’s a friendly dialogue, conducted thoughtfully and with plenty of humor. It's Serious Inquiries Only; but like, not boring or anything.

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Join Thomas for some critical thinking on questions of science, philosophy, skepticism and politics. These serious topics are discussed with some serious guests, but in an entertaining and engaging way! This is not your typical interview podcast; it’s a friendly dialogue, conducted thoughtfully and with plenty of humor. It's Serious Inquiries Only; but like, not boring or anything.

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Lap up this toxic tincture of white guilt...

By HoodieTree - Dec 31 2019
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If you’re a white liberal you might like this. I was drawn to it because of the review of Sam Harris’s live show. But alas, this podcast is not for me. It’s geared toward wealthy whites who feel a lot of white guilt. If you’re a white liberal you’ll probably love it. Lap up the poison, darlings.

Anti-vaxxers is made up to divide

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Whether you are getting paid to push deadly vaccines or whether you are disturbed to the point where you actually believe the lies - you are culpable for all the deadly illness vaccines are designed to cause because you’re an influencer. You gotta be a complete nincompoop to believe vaccines are “good” for anyone. You want vaccines - no one is stopping you but stop forcing your will on others!

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Lap up this toxic tincture of white guilt...

By HoodieTree - Dec 31 2019
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If you’re a white liberal you might like this. I was drawn to it because of the review of Sam Harris’s live show. But alas, this podcast is not for me. It’s geared toward wealthy whites who feel a lot of white guilt. If you’re a white liberal you’ll probably love it. Lap up the poison, darlings.

Anti-vaxxers is made up to divide

By Lucy Pasteur - Aug 05 2019
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Whether you are getting paid to push deadly vaccines or whether you are disturbed to the point where you actually believe the lies - you are culpable for all the deadly illness vaccines are designed to cause because you’re an influencer. You gotta be a complete nincompoop to believe vaccines are “good” for anyone. You want vaccines - no one is stopping you but stop forcing your will on others!
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Serious Inquiries Only

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Join Thomas for some critical thinking on questions of science, philosophy, skepticism and politics. These serious topics are discussed with some serious guests, but in an entertaining and engaging way! This is not your typical interview podcast; it’s a friendly dialogue, conducted thoughtfully and with plenty of humor. It's Serious Inquiries Only; but like, not boring or anything.

Rank #1: SIO78: More of Trump's Participation Trophies!

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Thanks to Got Science? Podcast for supporting today's show! Listen and subscribe at gotsciencepodcast.org or in iTunes! It's another deep dive into Trump's alleged accomplishments. This one covers fascinating and wide-ranging territory including immigration, the wall, regulations, coal miners, and more! I really do try to be as fair as possible. There are some things we can give Trump a bit of credit for. There are also outright lies and cons as well as idiotic misunderstandings on the part of the r/The_Donald listmaker. Links: 11. Police killings in decline, executive order meaningless. 12. Redefining the wall, Deportation problems, Trump deportations. 13. Senate passes NCAA, NCAA above cap levels. 14. Lobbying ban waivers, more on that. 15. Cartels order is nothing. 16. Trump's coal spin, Trump's not bringing back coal jobs. 17. Carrier deal pointless, jobs numbers are fake!, nothing to do with Intel factory, softbank deal. 18. NATO speech upsets team, NATO increases pre-date Trump. 19. Trump scraps good regulations. Leave Thomas a voicemail! (916) 750-4746, remember short and to the point! Support us on Patreon at:  patreon.com/seriouspod Follow us on Twitter: @seriouspod Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/seriouspod For comments, email thomas@seriouspod.com

Sep 21 2017

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Rank #2: SIO108: Sam Harris Sides with Ben Shapiro Over the FFRF

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What in the hell is the atheism world coming to when atheist horse-person Sam Harris would agree with a religious conservative on a matter of Church-State Separation over the Freedom from Religion Foundation? I talk about the details of this strange and depressing convergence, as well as some of the other broader implications of the Eric Weinstein, Ben Shapiro, Sam Harris conversation, and Weinstein's so-called Intellectual Dark Web. Sources: Harris Podcast; FFRF View on Masterpiece Cake Case; Ben Shapiro Lying About the Case; Eric Weinstein Tinfoil Hat Tweet; Contra Video Taken Down; German Law. Leave Thomas a voicemail! (916) 750-4746, remember short and to the point! Support the show at seriouspod.com/support! Follow us on Twitter: @seriouspod Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/seriouspod For comments, email thomas@seriouspod.com

Jan 04 2018

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Rank #3: SIO214: Ok WTF is with Tulsi Gabbard?

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Jamie and I embark on a Tulsi Gabbard deep dive! We've struggled trying to figure out what her deal is, and then the Hillary Clinton story blew up, so we figured it would be a great time to do a deep dive and try to answer the question of.... WTF. Is she an asset for Russia? Is she a secret Republican? Is she a progressive? Find out what we dug up!

Here are some key sources. I read a lot for this but many sources were redundant. The main two would be Jacobin and Daily Kos.

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Oct 24 2019

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Rank #4: SIO58: Yes, Call Out Assholes (Including me, if you see it that way)

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The first portion of this show, as referenced at the end of last episode, is about Peter Boghossian finally showing himself to be a sexist asshole. I also respond to the argument I frequently see of "Stop infighting, stop calling out atheist leaders, it distracts from our movement!" I think I have a good counter to that. After that, it's some amazing and difficult voicemails! Really top notch calls. I love hearing from you guys and being challenged! Some links: African American Vernacular EnglishThe Word "Thug"The Cornrows Incident Come to the Inciting Incident 100th show! I'll be there with Andrew and many of your other podcasting faves! Leave Thomas a voicemail! (916) 750-4746, remember short and to the point! Support us on Patreon at:  patreon.com/seriouspod Follow us on Twitter: @seriouspod Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/seriouspod For comments, email thomas@seriouspod.com Direct Download

Jul 13 2017

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Rank #5: AS210: Matt Dillahunty and Blake Giunta

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Matt Dillahunty and Blake Giunta Today’s episode is part 1 of a fascinating discussion on the problem of Divine Hiddenness. Matt Dillahunty joins us, who you no doubt have heard on Atheist Experience and countless other debates. He can be found here.  On the other side is Blake Giunta, a Christian and past guest of … Continue reading AS210: Matt Dillahunty and Blake Giunta →

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Jan 28 2016

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Rank #6: SIO92: Was the DNC Rigged?

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It's another topic decide by the fine folks over at patreon.com/seriouspod! Donna Brazile made a huge stir with her article on Politico.com claiming the DNC was rigged in favor of Hillary. She actually later walked back that language, but that didn't stop an avalanche of accusations on both sides. I tried very hard to check all my biases and take a look at the evidence and see what really happened. Intercept Article; 2015 Politico Article; 2016 Politico Article; 538 on Number of Debates; Politifact on DWS Claim; 2016 Dem Primary Polls; Vox Clinton Dem Victory Timeline; WaPo Brazile Walks Back Claim; Flaw in Brazile Argument; Joint Fundraising Agreement; Stephanie Zvan Piece; 538 System Isn't Rigged Against Bernie; DNC Pledges to Change Leave Thomas a voicemail! (916) 750-4746, remember short and to the point! Support us on Patreon at:  patreon.com/seriouspod Follow us on Twitter: @seriouspod Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/seriouspod For comments, email thomas@seriouspod.com

Nov 09 2017

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Rank #7: SIO83: Dr. Kristi Winters

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Today I'm very pleased to bring you an interview with Kristi Winters! Kristi was perhaps the main driver behind the awareness campaign for just how awful Sargon is. But, there is so much misinformation out there about what exactly she did that even I was surprised by the full story, despite the fact that we were in semi-regular communication. You should definitely check out her youtube channel here! Leave Thomas a voicemail! (916) 750-4746, remember short and to the point! Support us on Patreon at:  patreon.com/seriouspod Follow us on Twitter: @seriouspod Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/seriouspod For comments, email thomas@seriouspod.com

Oct 09 2017

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Rank #8: SIO68: On Many Sides in Charlottesville and the ACLU with Charone Frankel

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I've got some thoughts about Charlottesville, and then Charone Frankel of Habeas Humor to talk about whether the ACLU holds any responsibility for Nazi movements in America, since they've defended them in the past (and had a small hand in the Charlottesville case). Confederate Monuments Ward Churchill: - Some People Push Back: On the Justice of Roosting Chicken https://cryptome.org/ward-churchill.htm - ACLU brief https://www.aclu.org/legal-document/ward-churchill-v-university-colorado-et-al-amicus-brief Habeas humor: habhumor.libsyn.com Leave Thomas a voicemail! (916) 750-4746, remember short and to the point! Support us on Patreon at:  patreon.com/seriouspod Follow us on Twitter: @seriouspod Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/seriouspod For comments, email thomas@seriouspod.com

Aug 17 2017

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Rank #9: SIO106: Thinking Rationally on Cenk Uygur's Past Sexism

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... and another great round of your voicemails! A website called thewrap.com unearthed some old blog posts by Cenk Uygur in which he wrote some alarmingly sexist things. He has since apologized and emphasized that he doesn't believe those things anymore. Here is their article and here's the biased Gateway Pundit Article. How ought we to evaluate something like this in the wake of the #metoo moment? I have a lot to say about that, and about the cynical, bad-faith attempts on the right to both claim #metoo is a witch hunt, but also to use it when it pleases them. Leave Thomas a voicemail! (916) 750-4746, remember short and to the point! Support the show at seriouspod.com/support! Follow us on Twitter: @seriouspod Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/seriouspod For comments, email thomas@seriouspod.com

Dec 28 2017

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Rank #10: SIO118: Intercontinental Culture Wars, with Michael Marshall

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***For $30 off your first week of HelloFresh, visit HelloFresh.com and enter seriouspod30! Michael Marshall is the host of Be Reasonable and co-host of Skeptics with a K. He is heavily involved in the UK Skeptic movement, and has been somewhat alarmed by the state of movement atheism in the US. We talk about some of the differences and possible reasons for them. Later in the show, he takes us through a very difficult article he co-wrote about Jonathan Bryan - a child with severe brain damage who seems to be able to read and write at a precocious level... but only using facilitated communication. It's a sensitive story but one where skepticism is sorely needed. Here's the awful, racist Sargon clip I referenced. Leave Thomas a voicemail! (916) 750-4746, remember short and to the point! Support the show at seriouspod.com/support! Follow us on Twitter: @seriouspod Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/seriouspod For comments, email thomas@seriouspod.com

Feb 08 2018

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Rank #11: SIO157: Sustainable Agriculture, with Dr. Sarah Taber

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What does a parking lot layout tell you about food safety? Why are sprouts so damn unhygienic? And more seriously, who should shoulder the burden for making our food more sustainable? Dr. Sarah Taber gives us her expertise on these questions and many more! (teaser alert: she also might have a pretty controversial view on farmers markets...) Leave Thomas a voicemail! (916) 750-4746, remember short and to the point! Support the show at seriouspod.com/support! Follow us on Twitter: @seriouspod Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/seriouspod For comments, email thomas@seriouspod.com

Sep 13 2018

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Rank #12: AS230: Dr. Kevin Folta

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In light of all this GMO debate, Dr. Kevin Folta was kind enough to hop on the show and educate us! Kevin is the professor and chairman of the horticultural sciences department at the University of Florida. He doesn’t like the word “advocate,” but he has been very vocal about GMOs and dispelling the misconceptions … Continue reading AS230: Dr. Kevin Folta →

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Apr 07 2016

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Rank #13: SIO18: Milo's Long Overdue Downfall

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It finally happened. Milo said something that was horrifying enough for people who 5 minutes ago talked like it's all about freedom of expression and it doesn't matter how much we disagree, to say "nah never mind, let's de-platform him." In today's episode I clear up what I view as SO much fallacious reasoning on this issue. People are actually viewing what happened to Milo as a reason that we should have been platforming him all along. To me, this is completely contradictory. Find out why in today's episode! Overtime Larry Wilmore Detailed article about the Adelaide Kramer harassment Current Affairs article Conatus News interviewed Thomas Black Bloc protesting Leave us a Voicemail: (916) 750-4746! Support us on Patreon at:  patreon.com/seriouspod Follow us on Twitter: @seriouspod Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/seriouspod For comments, email thomas@seriouspod.com Questions, Suggestions, Episode ideas? email: haeley@seriouspod.com

Feb 23 2017

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Rank #14: SIO7: An Atheist and a Christian Walk into a Bar...

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Joining me today are that atheist and that Christian, and their names are Justin Schieber and Randal Rauser. Justin and Randal have written a book containing a very fruitful and respectful dialogue between an atheist and a Christian. Today they talk about the origins of the project and then were kind enough to go over one of the many arguments contained in the book! The argument is on the hostility of the universe and whether it makes sense under theism. There's a very spirited back and forth that I encourage you to listen to! You can find the book here. If you'd like to leave a voicemail to potentially be played on the show, call (916) 750-4746! Support us on Patreon at:  patreon.com/seriouspod Follow us on Twitter: @seriouspod Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/seriouspod For comments, email thomas@seriouspod.com Questions, Suggestions, Episode ideas? Contact us: haeley@seriouspod.com Direct Download

Jan 16 2017

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Rank #15: SIO37: Josh Zepps of #WeThePeople LIVE

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Joining me today is Josh Zepps! I first came across Josh's work when Sam Harris and Hannibal Buress had a bizarre interaction on his podcast #WeThePeople LIVE (here's a SoundCloud link). I was impressed with how Josh handled it and have followed him ever since. He has interviewed people like Gad Saad and ACTUALLY challenged them on their narratives. Josh is an impressive thinker and interviewer, and we talk about his broadcasting history (which might not be what you expect!) and about where our focuses are and should be in today's political climate. It's a fascinating conversation on many fronts and I look forward to many more with Josh! Leave us a Voicemail: (916) 750-4746! Support us on Patreon at:  patreon.com/seriouspod Follow us on Twitter: @seriouspod Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/seriouspod For comments, email thomas@seriouspod.com Questions, Suggestions, Episode ideas? email: haeley@seriouspod.com

May 01 2017

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Rank #16: AS274: David Smalley of Dogma Debate and Andrew Torrez

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Listeners will know I’ve been very critical of a particular exchange David had with Andrew, so I feel absolutely obligated to give David the chance to come on the show to provide his point of view. The result is an unedited conversation between the 3 of us. Andrew and I did some commentary afterward on … Continue reading AS274: David Smalley of Dogma Debate and Andrew Torrez →

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Sep 08 2016

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Rank #17: SIO41: Talking Free Speech, with Michael Shermer

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I'm very pleased to be speaking to Michael Shermer this week, someone who has been more on the free speech war side of things, and someone who has said previously that liberals won't dialogue with him. Well, to his credit, he eventually noticed my Twitter chirpings at him and was willing to have a long form conversation about our disagreements. I think there's a lot of room for optimism at the result, so check it out! Links discussed: Overblown Piece on WaPo Advocating Censorship; Study on Racism and Trump Voting; George Mason Study on Dissonance and Party Affiliation; 538 Article on Perceived Discrimination; Support us on Patreon at:  patreon.com/seriouspod Follow us on Twitter: @seriouspod Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/seriouspod For comments, email thomas@seriouspod.com Questions, Suggestions, Episode ideas? email: haeley@seriouspod.com

May 15 2017

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Rank #18: SIO132: Ezra Klein Out-Sam-Harrises Sam Harris

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Today's episode is full of drama. So naturally, I have to talk about why there is drama and what I am trying to do in all this. One key question is: which issues do atheists tend to say "eh, agree to disagree" vs. "this disqualifies someone?" There are some patterns there to examine. Then, don't miss the later half where I discuss the Harris-Klein issue. I think there's an extremely fascinating insight to come out of that. And it's something that I don't think many people are picking up on. Klein-Harris email exchange; NYT article on the study; Excellent 2nd Klein piece; those Seth Andrews deems friends.  Leave Thomas a voicemail! (916) 750-4746, remember short and to the point! Support the show at seriouspod.com/support! Follow us on Twitter: @seriouspod Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/seriouspod For comments, email thomas@seriouspod.com Direct Download

Mar 29 2018

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Rank #19: SIO88: Trump's Participation Trophies, Part 3

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It's part 3, which may or may not be the final part! Once again, here is the original list of accomplishments. We've got some doozies today! 20. Pentagon Report 21. The NASA Bill 22. NY Times on the Rule; NPR on Obama's Rule 23. Polling on Obamacare 24. Bombing ISIS 25. Trump's Fake Philanthropy; AP on Inaugural Fund 26. Republicans Hate Veterans 27. No link needed yet 28. Pointless Education EO Leave Thomas a voicemail! (916) 750-4746, remember short and to the point! Support us on Patreon at:  patreon.com/seriouspod Follow us on Twitter: @seriouspod Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/seriouspod For comments, email thomas@seriouspod.com  

Oct 26 2017

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Rank #20: SIO102: Moral Philosophy with Aaron Rabi

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Congratulations to Doug Jones and thank you so much to black voters of Alabama for turning out and getting us 1 vote closer to taking back the Senate!!!! First up today I've got an update on the Patreon situation. They backed down, but I'm still going forward with a membership option on my website. I explain in more depth, and then I've got a fantastic conversation with Aaron Rabi of Embrace the Void! Due to a great response to the idea of me taking on the anti-natalism topic again, I endeavor to do so and I brought an actual philosopher along for the ride! Leave Thomas a voicemail! (916) 750-4746, remember short and to the point! Support us on Patreon at:  patreon.com/seriouspod Follow us on Twitter: @seriouspod Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/seriouspod For comments, email thomas@seriouspod.com

Dec 14 2017

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SIO224: Dem Debate 7 Or Something

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Jamie and I watched the debate and we have lots of thoughts! Including on some of the pre-debate topics, like the Warren-Sanders stuff, Booker dropping out, and more.

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Jan 15 2020

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SIO223: Iran and Ricky Gervais

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Jamie and I are back at it to talk about the big events in the news! Some are bigger and more life threatening than others...

Here's the article I referenced.

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Jan 09 2020

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SIO222: What Happened in the UK Election? with Dr. Kristi Winters

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Recently, Boris Johnson's party won a significant majority in what seems to be the final nail in the Brexit Coffin. Many a liberal around the world are shocked and saddened by this, and many a columnist in the US has a hot take on what this portends for US politics. Here to give us more info than we can feasibly fit into 60 minutes is Dr. Kristi Winters, who has been studying British political elections for around 10 years.

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Jan 01 2020

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SIO221: Debate Reaction Episode!

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It was a much more productive debate, given that there were only 5 candidates plus some billionaire who bought a ticket to be onstage. Jamie and I talk through some of the arguments and issues!

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Dec 20 2019

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SIO220: Trump Impeached!

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The most corrupt president in history has been impeached, and Jamie and I are here with the rapid response!

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Dec 19 2019

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SIO219: Are You In the Right Headspace for a Podcast?

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Jamie and I talk about Kamala Harris dropping out, a powerful #metoo account, and then the latest meme about asking people if they're in the headspace to receive harmful information.

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Dec 05 2019

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SIO218: Joe Biden Punches Violence in the Face

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...and other tales from the nth Democratic Debate. We've got the breakdown and some various and sundry rants and opinions!

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Nov 22 2019

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SIO217: Ok, Boomer

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It's time for a listener question episode! First we start with a discussion on the "Ok Boomer" meme, and social media more generally. Then we've got questions about Warren's debate answers, abortion being safe legal and rare, Tulsi Gabbard, and more!

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Nov 14 2019

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SIO216: The NYT Polling Panic

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Recent polling done by the New York Times has many liberals very worried about the 2020 election. Despite being so unpopular, Trump is polling well against the major Democratic rivals in 6 key states that the NYT polled. Jamie and I discuss the polling and why we should or should not be freaked out, and the implications this has on running more to the center or to the left.

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Nov 07 2019

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SIO215: The Case of Rep. Katie Hill

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Representative Katie Hill's story contains the intersection of so many issues - revenge porn, sexism, double standards, consent, #metoo, sexual and relationship ethics, and more. Jamie and I give the breakdown and give our opinions on whether or not she should have resigned.

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Nov 01 2019

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SIO214: Ok WTF is with Tulsi Gabbard?

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Jamie and I embark on a Tulsi Gabbard deep dive! We've struggled trying to figure out what her deal is, and then the Hillary Clinton story blew up, so we figured it would be a great time to do a deep dive and try to answer the question of.... WTF. Is she an asset for Russia? Is she a secret Republican? Is she a progressive? Find out what we dug up!

Here are some key sources. I read a lot for this but many sources were redundant. The main two would be Jacobin and Daily Kos.

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Oct 24 2019

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SIO213: Democratic Debate No. 43

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Jamie and I watched the latest Democratic Primary Debate so that you don't have to. Unless you want to. We've got opinions! Come listen and let us know what you think!

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Oct 17 2019

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SIO212: A Joker Review

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Jamie and I watched Joker, so you don't have to! Unless you still want to, that's fine. The movie has generated a lot of buzz and think pieces, with people worried that it would inspire white terrorism. On the other end, though, some people think it is an absolutely brilliant movie. So where do we come down? Listen and find out!

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Oct 10 2019

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SIO211: Listener Questions, with Jamie!

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It's a great time to stay on top of some listener mail! But first, a new segment, "Feminist Yells at News!" Jamie talks about Brett Kavanaugh's latest victim complex, and Hillary Clinton opening up in recent interviews. After that, it's listener questions! Topics include: supporting local news organizations vs. national news organizations; comedians feeling like they can't do comedy because of the PC left; is it useful to have conservatives like Ross Douthat in the NYT opinion section; are we strawmanning the Yang UBI arguments?

After that, we've got an excellent bonus 30 minutes for patrons! We talk about needing meaning in life, Jamie answers criticism on her Biden comments, and then we talk about which are our favorite musicals! (and not so favorite...)

Oct 03 2019

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SIO210: The Case of David Silverman

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Former President of American Atheists, David Silverman, has been on an attempted comeback tour. He has done some interviews, including with noted sexual harasser of British PMs, Carl Benjamin. It's one thing if Silverman wanted to try to seek forgiveness and start over, but he seems to be completely re-writing history and is also adopting MRA talking points in the process. Jamie and I are here to set the record straight as to what he was accused of, and argue that his victim-narrative is quite bogus.

Sources: American Atheists Statement; BuzzFeed Article; WaPo Article.

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Oct 01 2019

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SIO209: More Listener Questions!

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I'm here with an old fashioned solo-pod, since there are so many more good listener questions to answer! Topics are: more non-binary folks respond to ContraPoints, racism, cancel culture, the real dark web, bubbles, and atheists still associating with certain problematic atheists. Hope you enjoy the bonus episode!

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Sep 20 2019

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SIO208: Kavanaugh, Weinstein, and Listener Qs with Jamie

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Jamie and I start off with a bit of a '#metoo in the news' update. There were new allegations against Kavanaugh that were revealed in a truly bizarre way by the New York Times, and there was also a devastation episode of the NYT Daily Podcast that talked about Gloria Allred and her daughter Lisa Bloom, and the work Lisa did to defend Harvey Weinstein and discredit his accusers. After that, we've got some voicemail and email on Yang and UBI. Finally, we discuss an email about white guilt and dealing with relative privilege in our society.

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Sep 19 2019

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SIO207: Post-Debate Special!

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Jamie is here to talk Democratic Debate, and we've got a fun one for you! We've got lots of opinions on the nature of the debate itself, the highlights the low-lights, which candidates shined and which were Joe Biden. Plus, and EXTRA segment for patrons! Hop onto patreon and get a bonus 25 minutes!

Sep 13 2019

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SIO206: ContraPoints and Cancel Culture

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What could turn a left-tube favorite into the IDW's poster child overnight? Just ask ContraPoints. Well actually you can't, because she deleted her Twitter after a run-in with some folks who have accused her of saying things that are offensive to non-binary people. To get more info, Tris Mamone has a good explainer here that I would recommend. I'd also recommend this video by another non-binary YouTuber, and this video by trans YouTuber Kat Blaque. So Jamie and I are here, not to adjudicate the trans questions involved but to talk about so-called "cancel culture." Was ContraPoints canceled? What does that mean exactly? Is it true that the left is a circle firing squad cancel machine? How ought we deal with tough criticism online? And since Jamie is a smart philosopher person, what insights does philosophy offer us on these questions? I think this was a really valuable discussion that will help put a lot of these issues into the proper perspective.

If you are a smart philosopher person like Jamie, here is some reading she recommends:

Rachel McKinnon: Allies Behaving Badly; Talia Mae Bettcher: Trapped in the Wrong Theory; Robin Dembroff: Beyond the Binary; Katie Dotson: Tracking Epistemic Violence.

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Sep 12 2019

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SIO205: What Camus Can Still Teach Us

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It's time for a philosophy lesson with Jamie! She's here to teach us about one of her faves, Albert Camus. We touch on absurdism, existentialism, nihilism, and more. Camus lived and wrote during the time of literal Nazis, so his work has a lot to tell us about our current time of arguably literal Nazis. Content note: there's a brief discussion of hypothetical suicide. Here's the essay that Jamie recommends reading if you want to get a taste of Camus's writing.

After that, patrons get a bonus segment about a statement Elizabeth Warren made that people are saying is victim blaming Hillary for Trump's bad behavior. Make sure you're a patron so you can hear it!

Aug 29 2019

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Lap up this toxic tincture of white guilt...

By HoodieTree - Dec 31 2019
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If you’re a white liberal you might like this. I was drawn to it because of the review of Sam Harris’s live show. But alas, this podcast is not for me. It’s geared toward wealthy whites who feel a lot of white guilt. If you’re a white liberal you’ll probably love it. Lap up the poison, darlings.

Anti-vaxxers is made up to divide

By Lucy Pasteur - Aug 05 2019
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Whether you are getting paid to push deadly vaccines or whether you are disturbed to the point where you actually believe the lies - you are culpable for all the deadly illness vaccines are designed to cause because you’re an influencer. You gotta be a complete nincompoop to believe vaccines are “good” for anyone. You want vaccines - no one is stopping you but stop forcing your will on others!