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Politics minus bile plus jokes. Comedian and avowed independent Andrew Heaton interviews authors and thought leaders about policy and big thinky stuff. Then on Fridays he talks with degenerate comedian friends about funny headlines.

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Politics minus bile plus jokes. Comedian and avowed independent Andrew Heaton interviews authors and thought leaders about policy and big thinky stuff. Then on Fridays he talks with degenerate comedian friends about funny headlines.

    How Weighted Voting Could Actually Work

    How Weighted Voting Could Actually Work

    What if instead of one vote per person, you had a whole bag of votes to distribute however you liked along the ballot? What if all property was up for auction, permanently?

    Glen Weyl is the author of "Radical Markets: Uprooting Capitalism and Democracy for A Just Society." He joins the show to discuss where markets work well and where they do not, and how we could rethink society from the ground up to better utilize them.

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    • 53 min
    The Difference Between Liberals and Leftists

    The Difference Between Liberals and Leftists

    Adam Gopnik is the author of "A Thousand Points of Sanity: The Moral Adventure of Liberalism" and joins the show to discuss what constitutes the temperament and foundations of liberalism. 

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    • 1 hr 11 min
    Why You Can't Drop Student Loans through Bankruptcy

    Why You Can't Drop Student Loans through Bankruptcy

    Student loan debt is at a cool $1.7 trillion and growing. Should we forgive all the debt? Why can't we discharge it through bankruptcy? Policy deep dive episode! 

    • 24 min
    Why College is So Freakin' Expensive?

    Why College is So Freakin' Expensive?

    In 1950 you could basically go to college for free if you promised to wear a necktie. Today, you need to hostage multiple children for a four-year communications degree. Why is college tuition skyrocketing?

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    • 45 min
    Chinese Social Engineering – WSPN Roundtable

    Chinese Social Engineering – WSPN Roundtable

    The World's Smartest Podcast Network reassembles for a roundtable discussion, featuring Turner Sparks, Michael Ira Kaplan, and Andrea Jones-Rooy.

    Topics include: Chinese social engineering, red governors in blue states, private security, and space dust.

    • 51 min
    Less Nukes and More Prosperity

    Less Nukes and More Prosperity

    When we look at world metrics annually or on a ten-year basis, it turns out... everything is getting better. Literacy, poverty, the prospects of nuclear war, women's rights, children's rights, and so forth.

    Ron Bailey, co-author of "Ten Global Trends Every Smart Person Should Know: And Many Others You Will Find Interesting" joins to discuss the upswing, what's causing it, and what could derail it.

    • 54 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
16 Ratings

16 Ratings

Vitamin ,

Informative, Civil, Funny

Heaton’s the man.

desboro ,

Top of the pops

Even the foreign devil (Canadian) loves this pod! Respectful discussion, with humour makes this my fave podcast. Heck, thanks to the host I know where to go for solutions to all my rooster problems!

Ebriosa ,

Funny, easy-going politics with unrelated horse business

Andrew Heaton could host a burlap sack (or whatever the hosting equivalent of being good-looking enough to look good in a burlap sack), but he's especially entertaining talking politics, legal stuff, and current events. So far the podcast has an incredibly wide array of guests talking about both current events and seriously obscure stuff. The tone and length is absolutely perfect for a nice jog around the neighborhood, which is a weird review, but super important to me. Just listen to any one episode and you'll figure out if you like it. But you should really listen to one.

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