Call It Like I See It proves that news and social commentary does not have to be manipulative or sensationalist to be interesting, so join hosts James Keys and Tunde Ogunlana as they take a weekly look at notable news stories, opinion pieces, or products of our culture and break down what they see.
Legitimate Anger Over Biden’s Justifiable Move to Undercut Railway Unions; Also, Michelle Obama’s “Controversial” Insight on Marriage
James Keys and Tunde Ogunlana take a look at the issues surrounding, and the anger resulting from, the move by President Joe Biden, the self proclaimed “most pro union president,” to use a nearly 100 year old law to undercut railway unions in order to avert a national rail strike as the holidays approach. (01:42). The guys also react to some recent comments made by Michelle Obama about marriage, including what comes along with making one work, and consider why some seemed thrown off by some of her insight (39:09).
The High Stakes of the Protests in China; Also, Spontaneous Memories and Ruminating on the Past
James Keys and Tunde Ogunlana discuss the uncharacteristic protests going on in China, how China’s past illustrates the substantial risk of public demonstrations like this, these stakes, and how the Chinese government appears to have backed itself into a corner with its zero-covid policy (01:30). The guys also to consider how people can spontaneously remember things we would rather not remember and how this can temporarily bring back the bad feelings from those memories (34:22).
The Old Lessons Being Learned Again Through FTX’s Collapse; Also, Taylor Swift Reveals Ticketmaster’s True Nature
James Keys and Tunde Ogunlana react to the FTX collapse and consider how what led to this point may have been less about crypto and currency and more about humans and currency (01:29). The guys also to discuss this Live Nation/Ticketmaster anti-trust controversy that has apparently been brought to a head by people being upset at the failed roll out of Taylor Swift tour tickets (36:06).
The Role Economics and Culture Play in Exploiting America’s Slavery Loophole; Also, Injecting Hormones to Grow Taller Children
As more states move to remove the criminal punishment exception to the prohibition of slavery, James Keys and Tunde Ogunlana discuss how economics and culture have led to this exception being exploited over the years (01:44). The guys also take a look at the growing trend in China to use of “height boosting shots” in healthy children and consider how societies should handle voluntary and/or cosmetic procedures in children (30:35).
Real History has been Hidden, but not Everything You Find Is Real; Also, Keeping Up With Our Evolving Selves
James Keys and Tunde Ogunlana discuss the difficulty in, and importance of, distinguishing between what is real and what is not when it is known history has been hidden in the context of the antisemitic documentary promoted by Kyrie Irving, the experience of Black Americans, and human societies in general (01:59). The guys also discuss the tendency for people to perceive themself as the same person as they were in the past even though they may have changed (48:04).
The Need to Keep Antisemitism Out of Decent Society; Also, Preventing AI From Destroying Humanity
James Keys and Tunde Ogunlana discuss the recent antisemitic comments by Ye, formerly known as Kanye West, and consider whether the way mainstream society reacted was appropriate in light of his position and his status in society (01:41). The guys also take a look at recent research aimed at preventing AI from destroying humanity (42:04).
Dopest concept ever is to be equally skeptical of both the pro and the con.