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An interdisciplinary team of millennials discuss politics and pop culture, all without taking themselves too seriously! From psychology to history to political philosophy to movie reviews, tune in every Tuesday for a snarky overview of what's going on in the world!

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An interdisciplinary team of millennials discuss politics and pop culture, all without taking themselves too seriously! From psychology to history to political philosophy to movie reviews, tune in every Tuesday for a snarky overview of what's going on in the world!

    Beyond Brutality, Part 5: Criminal Justice Reform in the Election

    Beyond Brutality, Part 5: Criminal Justice Reform in the Election

    One of the more-ignored occurrences of our previous election day was the vast number of criminal justice reform referendums that passed. Aaron and Austin review several state questions, propositions, and other efforts aimed at reform, evaluating their practicality, effectiveness, and overall usefulness for the cause. Opinions are also given about gin, Cheetos, and Autocorrect.

    Time Magazine’s overview of how Criminal Justice Reform did on Election Day: https://time.com/5907794/2020-election-criminal-justice/

    The ACLU’s post-mortem of the election’s criminal-justice-reform-related outcomes: https://www.aclu.org/news/smart-justice/criminal-justice-reform-takes-another-big-messy-step-forward-in-2020-elections/

    An explanation for why Aaron said the word “Drugs!” the way he did that also serves as an important explanation of millennial culture: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=05CXzjS8HX4

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    Rigamarole in the Great War

    Rigamarole in the Great War

    In honor of Armistice/Veteran’s Day this week, Aaron and Jason discuss the political antecedents to the oft-ignored (in American contexts) First World War. The hosts discuss how the century before the war influenced the war’s start, how the war became about Britain and Germany even though neither had anything to do with the events that sparked the conflict, and what lessons we can learn from WWI in the modern day.



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    It's Not a Problem if You're Good At It

    It's Not a Problem if You're Good At It

    The various and sundry hosts of the podcast come together on election day to discuss the least political topic they know, and the only one that helps them keep it together: alcohol. From college mistakes to myths about tequila to discussions of cheap beer, everything BUT the election is discussed.

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    Incompetence and Malfeasance: Breonna Taylor Case Update

    Incompetence and Malfeasance: Breonna Taylor Case Update

    Aaron and Austin start by answering some questions about their previous “Beyond Brutality” episodes before moving into an updated discussion of the murder of Breonna Taylor. Aaron discusses the case as an example of almost everything that can go wrong with the justice system going wrong, while Austin focuses on the specific prosecutorial misconduct, as well as the issue of grand juries, explaining why the grand jurors’ publicly speaking out in this case is incredibly important, and how AG Cameron has fundamentally harmed the Criminal Justice system with his actions so that declassifying the grand jury is really the only available fix.

    Articles reviewing the Grand Jurors’ statements, as well as Judge O’Connell’s statements:

    https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/judge-rules-breonna-taylor-grand-juror-can-speak-publicly-about-proceedings/ar-BB1adU7G

    https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/breonna-taylor-case-kentucky-governor-calls-on-ag-to-release-everything-from-grand-jury/ar-BB1ajdpV

    https://thehill.com/homenews/state-watch/522370-another-grand-juror-in-breonna-taylor-case-rebukes-the-proceedings

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    Originalism and Chivalry

    Originalism and Chivalry

    While not giving their opinions on Justice Barrett specifically, Austin and Aaron tackle the topic of Originalism, Justice Barrett’s judicial philosophy, around which a number of critiques of her have centered. Austin gets actually outraged for the first time when addressing numerous critiques of originalism, while Aaron talks about the importance of taking statements and beliefs and theories in context.

    NOTE: Aaron’s microphone broke literally ten minutes before recording. He’ll have a new microphone soon!

    The Washington Post on Originalism: https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2020/10/17/originalism-diverse-america-how-does-amy-coney-barretts-judicial-philosophy-square-with-who-was-left-out-constitution/

    Jamelle Bouie for the NYT on Originalism and the “Reinvention” of the Constitution in 1865: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/10/16/opinion/amy-coney-barrett-originalism.html

    Dahlia Lithwick for MSN on Originalism: https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/opinion/the-heartlessness-of-amy-coney-barrett-s-judicial-philosophy/ar-BB1a1t1s


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    Problems with the 1776 Project

    Problems with the 1776 Project

    In the wake of Indigenous Peoples’ day, as well as Donald Trump’s call for “patriotic” education, his Columbus day proclamation against those who seek to “destroy our history” by pointing out that Columbus was a terrible, terrible person, and his executive orders regarding the 1619 project, Aaron and Jason discuss philosophy of history. Jason brings up his belief that pedagogy should teach students how to think, not what to think, while Aaron brings up the problem of constructivism and how, since our perception is inherently subjective, our interpretations of history will be as well. Jason and Aaron also discuss their mutual teaching philosophies for their subjects of history and psychology.

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Customer Reviews

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20 Ratings

20 Ratings

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Multidisciplinary approach

I don’t always agree with every conclusion presented, but these folks always get me thinking. The variously perspectives and participants bring fresh ideas and insights.

Bookkeeping Artist ,

A unique & educational take on the world around us

I appreciate that this is a political podcast, but none of the hosts are politicians.

Instead, they are economists, psychologists, historians, entertainers, and teachers trying to show the human and historical patterns that influence current events. It's refreshing to put humanity back into the loud, and often angry debates that rage today.

The hosts are fun and I enjoy that we rotate perspectives each week. It's also cool to hear from other young people explaining, engaging, and rising up through world.

This show had a really unique perspective and I've learned a lot.

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Honor Culture & Trade War

Anyone who can tie together honor culture with the roots of the current trade war gets 5 stars from me. Look forward to your next podcast!

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