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Words & Numbers touches on issues of Economics, Political Science, Current Events and Policy. Each Wednesday we'll be sharing a new Words & Numbers podcast featuring Antony Davies Ph.D and James Harrigan Ph.D talking about the economics and political science of current events.

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Words & Numbers touches on issues of Economics, Political Science, Current Events and Policy. Each Wednesday we'll be sharing a new Words & Numbers podcast featuring Antony Davies Ph.D and James Harrigan Ph.D talking about the economics and political science of current events.

    Episode 293: Article I, Section 8, Pt.1

    Episode 293: Article I, Section 8, Pt.1

    Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution lists the things the Federal government is permitted to do. Somewhere in our history, citizens have come to regard the Constitution as a document that outlines what the government is not allowed to do. That’s exactly the opposite of what the Founders intended.



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    https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2022/08/29/nasa-dart-crash-dart-asteroid-how-to-see/7926449001/
     
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    Episode 292: When Are We Adults?

    Episode 292: When Are We Adults?

    The “age of majority” is the age at which a person is considered, legally, an adult. Not only does the age of majority vary by state and over time, it also varies by activity. Someone who is considered an adult for the purpose of voting, may not be for the purpose of drinking. As only adults can exercise their freedoms fully, the question of what constitutes an adult goes to the heart of what it is to be a free person.
     
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    Episode 291: An Interview with Ant and James

    Episode 291: An Interview with Ant and James

    This episode is an excerpt of an interview we gave with Dr. Anwar Dunbar for his YouTube channel, Big Discussions.


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    Carson Collins’ Award-Winning Video on the Minimum Wage 
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    https://www.sltrib.com/news/nation-world/2022/09/05/prevent-martian-plague-nasa-will/
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    Episode 290: Loan Forgiveness and Lying to Pollsters

    Episode 290: Loan Forgiveness and Lying to Pollsters

    We discuss two topics in-depth this week: student loan forgiveness and lying to pollsters. There’s an interesting technique for distinguishing between what voters say they believe and what they actually believe, and there’s a recent poll that uses this technique in asking people about their attitudes toward controversial topics.
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    Episode 289: Woke-ism and Movies

    Episode 289: Woke-ism and Movies

    Today’s woke-ism evolved from political correctness of the 1990s. While people have embraced many lessons about inclusion and empathy from the era of political correctness, people appear to be rejecting the woke-ism that tries to insinuate itself into popular culture. Post-covid movies provide a good example. Elite critics are applauding, and audiences are largely rejecting movies that use entertainment to teach woke-ism. Meanwhile, audiences are handing their dollars to movie makers (woke or otherwise) who entertain.




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    https://deadline.com/2022/08/cnn-firings-brian-stelter-chris-licht-john-malone-warner-bros-discovery-1235096292/
    https://www.thewrap.com/don-lemon-jim-acosta-expected-to-stay-cnn-neutral-direction-exclusive/
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    Episode 288: What's a Recession?

    Episode 288: What's a Recession?

    Maybe we’re in a recession, but maybe we’re not. This week, we talk about what a recession is and what it means, practically, for people.
     
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    https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/liz-cheney-s-political-life-is-likely-ending-and-just-beginning/ar-AA10FNr7
    https://theweek.com/liz-cheney/1015866/inside-the-liz-cheney-presidential-run-speculation
    https://finance.yahoo.com/news/spaghetti-sauce-under-threat-water-124539175.html
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