90 episodes

A Few Reasonable Words…A weekly podcast from three professors trying desperately to soothe the frayed nerves of the American public with the comforting balm of political science. With every episode we include a segment called "Civics for Grownups" and some "Recommended Reading." Want more information? https://afrwpodcast.wordpress.com/

A Few Reasonable Words Professors Casey Dominguez, Cory Gooding, and Timothy McCarty, University of San Diego

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A Few Reasonable Words…A weekly podcast from three professors trying desperately to soothe the frayed nerves of the American public with the comforting balm of political science. With every episode we include a segment called "Civics for Grownups" and some "Recommended Reading." Want more information? https://afrwpodcast.wordpress.com/

    Ep. 88: What to Expect on Election Night

    Ep. 88: What to Expect on Election Night

    We are back! And just in time to give you a rundown of what might be in store for us come Tuesday, and beyond. Democracy, y'all: it's a trip! 

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Ep. 87: Structural Racism & Law Enforcement

    Ep. 87: Structural Racism & Law Enforcement

    Amidst nationwide protests against police brutality & structural racism, we ask: what exactly is structural racism & how does it relate to problems in law enforcement? What does the scholarship on race & policing tell us about how to address the problems inspiring the protests?

    • 42 min
    Ep. 86: Plato vs. Democracy?

    Ep. 86: Plato vs. Democracy?

    What exactly is Plato's beef with democracy? Can it teach us anything about the problems our democracy might be facing today? And is Plato really an enemy of democracy, or is it more complicated than that? And why does Tim like Plato so much anyway?

    • 1 hr 13 min
    Ep. 85: The Iowa Kerfuffle

    Ep. 85: The Iowa Kerfuffle

    What happened in the Iowa caucus? And is it actually a big deal? Why do we nominate presidential candidates with this complicated system of caucuses and primaries? And what is the deal with Iowa & New Hampshire always getting to be first anyway?

    • 48 min
    Ep. 84: The Democratic Primaries (Live @ University of the Third Age)

    Ep. 84: The Democratic Primaries (Live @ University of the Third Age)

    SPECIAL LIVE EPISODE! How do political scientists think about primaries? How should someone who wants to think like a political scientist think about the current Democratic primary? (nb: spotty sound quality alert!)

    • 52 min
    Ep. 83: Articles of Impeachment

    Ep. 83: Articles of Impeachment

    The House is considering two Articles of Impeachment against President Trump: abuse of power and obstruction of congress. What does that mean, and how should we think about charges like this against a president? 

    • 33 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
39 Ratings

39 Ratings

HoustonBanker ,

Tim McCarty is the Man!

Always loved listening to him in class during my time at F&M and great to get to hear him again.

In college He taught political philosophy classes generally so really great to also hear his thoughts on current events.

Really glad to have discovered this in this CoRona lockdown

Ryan.nj ,

Love the show and their questionable attempts at humor!

Great content and always enjoy their jokes. Recent show on Iowa caucus is one of my favorites!

Flipperjenjen ,

Awesome Podcast!

Saw this podcast in the USD alumni magazine and had to check it out! I always loved Dr. Dominguez’s classes and this podcast is no different. Amazing content without getting politicized, love it!

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