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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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    • 4.8 • 734 Ratings

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 War Shapes Us

    How War Shapes Us

    Margaret MacMillan is a war historian, and the author of “War: How It Shaped Us.” She joins the show to discuss the nature of war, its history, what precipitates conflict, and how to avert it.

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    • 56 min
    Matt Ridley and Alina Chan on the Origin of Covid

    Matt Ridley and Alina Chan on the Origin of Covid

    Matt Ridley is a science writer and member of the House of Lords, and Alina Chan is a scientist and molecular biologist. They are the authors of the new book “Viral: The Search for the Origin of Covid-19.” They join the show to discuss the genesis of the pandemic, Chinese obfuscation, and how transparency is needed to forestall future plagues.

    • 52 min
    Andrew Yang Goes AWOL

    Andrew Yang Goes AWOL

    Andrew Yang just left the Democratic Party to form the Forward Party. He joins to discuss electoral reform, and his book “Forward: Notes on the Future of Our Democracy.”

    Justin Amash interview: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/justin-amash-wants-to-unclog-congress/id1439837349?i=1000514178120

    Katherine Gehl interview: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/how-to-spook-the-politics-industry/id1439837349?i=1000511386408

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    • 57 min
    What Makes a Joke Offensive

    What Makes a Joke Offensive

    Dave Chappelle's new Netflix special "The Closer" unleashed a cultural firestorm over transgender comments. Is it offensive? What makes a joke offensive? Comedian Jeff Maurer joins to discuss.

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    • 1 hr 11 min
    John McWhorter on Victimhood and Woke Racism

    John McWhorter on Victimhood and Woke Racism

    John McWhorter joins the show to discuss the mindset of victimhood, and Wokeness as a new religion. His new book is “Woke Racism: How a New Religion Has Betrayed Black America”

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    • 52 min
    The Reproductive Life of Good and Bad Policies

    The Reproductive Life of Good and Bad Policies

    Dr. Chuck Shipan is the author of “Why Bad Policies Spread (and Good Ones Don't)”. He is joined by Dr. Andrea Jones-Rooy, a comedian and political scientist, to discuss the forces and circumstances which lead to good and bad policy proliferation from state to state.

    • 48 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
734 Ratings

734 Ratings

LetsthinkharderShan824 ,

What makes a joke offensive

Hi Andrew! I have been listening to your podcast off and on. This episode is really good and interesting. Often, I disagree with you. But, I continue to listen. Because you might have one of the most thoughtful and intelligent shows of all, on the air. I really appreciate your interesting guests and your take. I am a very progressive gen x mom. I like feeling challenged and you are very challenging. The first time I heard you was on fake the nation. I looked you up, and listened. I haven’t been disappointed. Do I think you are hilarious? Not always. But you do make me laugh and smile. Most of all, you inspire me to think and look at the world with a larger lens. All about it. I think you are fantastic.
And I can’t imagine a more interesting dynamic than you dating AOC. (Just an idea. Remember an episode of you talking about difficulty dating.)
Unashamedly would follow that scenario!
Thanks for your podcast.

trembulaland ,

Always a good listen!

This podcast is always a good listen; I think we all need to challenge our world views more often, be a little less certain.

Today’s episode was one such.

RanMan71 ,

Common Sense Is Alive!

Brilliantly explaining things that people over-complicate, such as the power of government, all with a solid dose of history and common sense. #MustListenFeed

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