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Politics in America is transforming. We’re embarking on a new series to deepen our understanding of who we are, how we got here, and how we rebuild without repeating the mistakes of the past. Ron Steslow hosts academics, behavioral economists, social psychologists, politicos, philosophers, anthropologists, journalists, poets, and storytellers—and more—to discuss America’s political present and future and dive into the deeper problems we face as a nation. Email us questions or comments: podcast@politicology.com.

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Politics in America is transforming. We’re embarking on a new series to deepen our understanding of who we are, how we got here, and how we rebuild without repeating the mistakes of the past. Ron Steslow hosts academics, behavioral economists, social psychologists, politicos, philosophers, anthropologists, journalists, poets, and storytellers—and more—to discuss America’s political present and future and dive into the deeper problems we face as a nation. Email us questions or comments: podcast@politicology.com.

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    “Window Shopping” — The Weekly Roundup

    “Window Shopping” — The Weekly Roundup

    Susan Del Percio (MSNBC political analyst and crisis communications expert) and Frank Sadler (Chief of Staff to Carly Fiorina) join host Ron Steslow to unpack some of the most important stories of the week and how they’re shaping the political landscape:

    (01:44) Republicans window shopping for a Trump alternative  

    (18:36) Why divided government is more productive than you’d think

    (34:40) The federal government failing to follow conflict of interest laws and the shifting dynamics in congress on the issue

    [Politicology+ Subscribers Only] The World Cup, the Iranian Soccer team’s protest, and the challenges when businesses work with oppressive regimes

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    • 1 hr 9 min
    [+] “Expose This Stuff Broadly” [Members Only]

    [+] “Expose This Stuff Broadly” [Members Only]

    Susan Del Percio, Frank Sadler, and Ron Steslow discuss the World Cup, the Iranian Soccer team’s protest, and the challenges when businesses work with oppressive regimes

    TAPPED: Giving Thanks with Molly McKew

    TAPPED: Giving Thanks with Molly McKew

    Ron Steslow calls Molly McKew (lead writer at GreatPower.us) to talk about her recent trip to Ukraine to deliver the winter gear that Politicology listeners helped acquire for members of the Ukrainian AFU Stratcom team.

    Read Molly’s latest newsletter: http://bit.ly/3VoNjyV

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    • 43 min
    The Power of Silence — Part 2

    The Power of Silence — Part 2

    We live in a loud world that’s getting louder.

    We encounter noise all around us—from the chatter of polite conversations, to street noise in a big city, to the constant intrusion of the dings of notifications.

    But what is all of this noise doing to us, and what does it mean to find quiet in the midst of it?

     In fact, what is silence, anyway?

    How can it affect our minds, our bodies, and our relationships?

    Harvard and Oxford trained policymaker Justin Zorn and NASA consultant Leigh Marz join host Ron Steslow to discuss their new book, Golden: The Power of Silence in a World of Noise


    (02:38) What we can all learn from how the Amish evaluate new technology

    (07:25) The attention economy and why it’s not working for us

    (13:44) Understanding “ma” and how we can use it to resolve conflict

    (22:14) Using quality over quantity to measure productivity

    (26:26) Ways to incorporate silence in your everyday life

    (35:35) Silence and expanded states of consciousness using psychedelics 


    You should read Golden: The Power of Silence in a World of Noise : http://bit.ly/3UIGJU2

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    • 58 min
    “Welcome the Hotel Mar-a-Lago”— The Weekly Roundup

    “Welcome the Hotel Mar-a-Lago”— The Weekly Roundup

    Mike Madrid (Lincoln Project cofounder) and Lucy Caldwell (Walsh 2020 Campaign Manager) join host Ron Steslow to unpack some of the most important stories of the week and how they’re shaping the political landscape:

    (02:10) Retired Florida man makes an announcement 

    (19:38) Republican infighting over who will lead the party in congress

    (35:20) The Russian War in Ukraine and Anne Applebaum’s piece about why the Russian Empire must die

    [Politicology+ Subscribers Only] Sam Bankman-Fried, Elizabeth Holmes, Elon Musk, and America’s Guru Problem

    Politicology+ is our private, ad-free version of this podcast, with subscriber-only episodes, strategy, and analysis. To join us there, visit politicology.com/plus or subscribe in Apple Podcasts.

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    • 1 hr 22 min
    [+] America’s “Guru Problem” [Members Only]

    [+] America’s “Guru Problem” [Members Only]

    Mike Madrid, Lucy Caldwell and Ron Steslow discuss Sam Bankman-Fried, Elizabeth Holmes, Elon Musk and America’s guru problem

    Read “America, Can We Talk About Our Guru Problem?”: http://bit.ly/3tGYVBo
    Read “Sam Bankman-Fried tries to explain himself”: http://bit.ly/3TNiNNR

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