Rank #1: Ep. 21 | BIAS! | Guest: Dr. Andrea Jones-Rooy
Dr. Andrea Jones-Rooy returns to discuss bias, cognitive traps, and the difference between tokenism and intellectual diversity. Plus, on Animal News, Heaton does a deep dive on the story of endangered Hawaiian monk seals getting eels stuck in their nostrils.
Dec 11 2018
Rank #2: 15 Why Republicans and Democrats Think Differently - Featuring: Dr. Matt Grossmann
Republicans and Democrats don't just have different goals and platforms, they literally think and organize differently. Dr. Matt Grossmann joins Heaton to discuss his book, "Asymmetric Politics: Ideological Republicans and Group Interest Democrats."
Oct 16 2019
Rank #3: Ep. 3 | Ghosts and Creepy Dolls on Paranormal News | Guest: Brian Brushwood
The most interesting thing about the midterms wasn't Red Team vs. Blue Team, it was state propositions. "Modern Rogue" founder and touring magician Brian Brushwood joins Heaton to talk about gerrymandering, legal weed, minimum wage, and how to properly eat a light bulb. PLUS: ghosts and creepy dolls on Paranormal News.
Nov 14 2018
Rank #4: 16 Hillary Clinton and Tulsi Gabbard Slapfight - Featuring: Justin Robert Young
Shots fired! Hillary Clinton is accusing Tulsi Gabbard of being a Russian asset. Tulsi Gabbard says Hillary Clinton is a corrupt warmonger. How exactly does this factor into foreign policy? Justin Robert Young joins Heaton for a tactical analysis of the 2020 campaign, and Heaton explains what the hell "unilateral vs multilateral muscular liberalism" means.
Oct 24 2019
Rank #5: Ep. 4 | Amazon Should Build Its Own City | Guest: Jim Swift
Amazon finally picks two overwhelmingly unsurprising locations for its HQ, and Heaton talks to The Weekly Standard's Jim Swift about the perils of corporate cronyism. Plus:, "Naughty Parts from Around the World": a segment devoted entirely to scandals and sex.
Nov 15 2018
Rank #6: Ep 89 | Adam Smith & The Wealth of Nations | Guest: P.J. O’Rourke
Adam Smith got the party started, alternately lambasting feudalists and mercantilists and paving the way for a more free and prosperous world. Legendary humorist and author of “On The Wealth of Nations” P.J. O’Rourke joins Heaton to discuss the plucky Scotsman’s contributions to society.
Mar 28 2019
Rank #7: Ep 142 | The Final Episode
Heaton comes on the show one last time to conclude 'Something's Off with Andrew Heaton'.
Jun 12 2019
Rank #8: Ep 94 | The Politics of Dune: Alienating the Audience | Guest: Ben Brockschmidt
Heaton goes on a melange-fueled sci-fi plunge in this special installment of “Alienating the Audience” about the politics and economics of Frank Herbert’s “Dune.” He’s joined by fellow nerd and possible mentat Benjamin Brockschmidt to discuss feudalism in space, the future of humanity, technology, and the nature of power.
Apr 04 2019
Rank #9: Ep. 5 l The Three Languages of Politics | Guest: Arnold Kling
In today's podcast we take a deep breath and skip the headlines and segments to do an actual, honest-to-god interview with a thoughtful adult. Arnold Kling is the author of "The Three Languages of Politics: Talking Across Political Divides." He's an expert on how people think and the filters conservatives, progressives, and libertarians interprets things through.
Nov 16 2018
Rank #10: Ep 99 | A British Slum Doctor Tackles Poverty | Guest: Theodore Dalrymple
Poverty and low standards of living are often thought to be the outcome of those at the financial and social top standing on the backs of everyone else. But what are some other possibilities? Theodore Dalrymple, author of "Life at the Bottom: The Worldview that Makes the Underclass," comes on the program to talk to Andrew about the influence of a generational welfare state and its impoverishment of stable, family-based values.
Apr 11 2019
Rank #11: Ep 107 | Conservatives on Climate Change | Guest: Stu Burguiere
Stu Burguiere joins Heaton to weigh in on climate change as a conservative — how alarmed we should be and what good and bad policies look like.
Apr 23 2019
Rank #12: Ep. 14 |The Politics of Star Trek | Guest: Tim Sandefur
Heaton gives a primer on how to swear like a Scotsman after Scottish News. Then the Goldwater Institute's Tim Sandefur joins to discuss the political philosophies of Star Trek, and how Picard measures up to Captain Kirk.
Nov 30 2018
Rank #13: Ep 59 | Tales from a Sex Cult | Guest: Bridget Phetasy
Bridget Phetasy is a former Playboy Advisor, and presently a writer and standup comedian. Also, she was in a sex cult. Heaton talks to her about dating advice, but mostly, about what it’s like to be in a sex cult, and if he should visit one on his next vacation.
Feb 14 2019
Rank #14: Ep. 54 | Is "South Park" Postmodern? | Guest: Nick Gillespie
What is Postmodernism and why do so many people loathe it? Reason’s Nick Gillespie joins Heaton to explain what postmodernism is, where it’s useful and when it’s asinine, and the many instances where postmodernism has spread through American culture.
Feb 07 2019
Rank #15: 01 Should We Add Another Thousand Congressmen?
It's the first episode of the new series! Host Andrew Heaton is joined by podcast warlords Brian Brushwood and Justin Robert Young, to discuss:
- Should the Trump administration continue the trend of relocating federal agencies to the states?
- Congressmen have *way* more constituents than they used to. Should we create more congressmen? What about *thousands* of more congressmen?
- Democratic Party Draft Picks: who would make the strongest combo, and who would you like to see on a ticket regardless?
Jul 11 2019
Rank #16: Ep. 40 | The Politics of Star Wars | Guest: Stephen Kent
Stephen Kent, host of the "Beltway Banthas" podcast, joins Heaton to discuss droid slavery, imperial apologists, and the galaxy's fascist dark age. Plus: how to expose children to the proper film sequence to avoid emotional trauma.
Jan 18 2019
Rank #17: Ep. 30 | A Very Snuffy’s Christmas
The show’s principle sponsor funds an entire holiday special, in exchange for allowing its waitstaff to write the entire script.
Dec 25 2018
Rank #18: Ep 86 | The Mueller Probing | Guest: Justin Robert Young
After two years, the Russian collusion investigation has come up empty, so it looks like Robert Mueller won’t be frog-marching Donald Trump out of the White House. Political commentator Justin Robert Young joins Heaton to sort things out.
Mar 25 2019
Rank #19: Ep. 6 | The Mathematical Case Against Democracy | Guest: Dr. Andrea Jones-Rooy
Heaton brings on comedian and verified smart person Andrea Jones-Rooy to discuss the soft, problematic underbelly of democracy: math. Plus: News from Canada, including a butter heist and a mythical Thunderbird.
Nov 19 2018
Rank #20: Ep 75 | Who Has the Biggest Moose? | Guest: Kevin Seefried
Why we should rename Mt. Everest, what hipsters are and aren’t, when cemeteries become yoga studios, and the best legislation to come out of Utah—all this on another installment of Friday Release Valve.
Mar 09 2019