52 episodes

If you're part of the "exhausted majority" who is fed up with outrage culture and wants to be less stressed out, listen to this. 40 minutes every few weeks. It will change your life. Outrage Overload is a show about outrage in society and politics, and lowering the temperature. In each episode we explore a different aspect of the outrage industry with leading scientists, researchers, authors, community leaders, and other experts. Topics include political polarization, outrage exhaustion, extremism, civility, incivility, healthy conflict, disinformation, information literacy, outrage fatigue, stress, media, social media, and even technology and artificial intelligence.

Outrage Overload David Beckemeyer

    • Science
    • 5.0 • 9 Ratings

If you're part of the "exhausted majority" who is fed up with outrage culture and wants to be less stressed out, listen to this. 40 minutes every few weeks. It will change your life. Outrage Overload is a show about outrage in society and politics, and lowering the temperature. In each episode we explore a different aspect of the outrage industry with leading scientists, researchers, authors, community leaders, and other experts. Topics include political polarization, outrage exhaustion, extremism, civility, incivility, healthy conflict, disinformation, information literacy, outrage fatigue, stress, media, social media, and even technology and artificial intelligence.

    BONUS - GuesSync! you don't need to know politics to play the game - Ashwin Rajadesingan

    BONUS - GuesSync! you don't need to know politics to play the game - Ashwin Rajadesingan

    How a Fun Game Reduces Political Polarization
    Discover how a fun online game called GuesSync! is reducing political polarization and fostering empathy across party lines. In this episode, host David Beckmeyer interviews Ashwin Rajadesingan, the creator of GuesSync!, about the surprising results of the game and its potential to lower the temperature in our politically divided society. Find out how the game corrects misperceptions and encourages civil discourse, and learn about the future of this innovative approach to bridging the political divide. Don't miss this fascinating conversation on Outrage Overload.
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    Follow me, David Beckemeyer, on Twitter @mrblog. Follow the show on Twitter @OutrageOverload or Instagram @OutrageOverload. We are also on Facebook /OutrageOverload.

    HOTLINE: 925-552-7885

    Got a Question, comment or just thoughts you'd like to share? Call the OO hotline and leave a message and you could be featured in an upcoming episode

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    Many thanks to my co-editor and co-director, Austin Chen.

    • 24 min
    32. We just dig our heels in and make assumptions that are often wrong - Ken Futernick

    32. We just dig our heels in and make assumptions that are often wrong - Ken Futernick

    How Real-Life Communities Are Tackling Tough Topics in Education

    In this episode, we meet Ken Futernick, the host of the podcast "Courageous Conversations About Our Schools." We discuss the importance of dialogue over debate in addressing the culture wars and divisive issues in education. Ken shares his concerns about claims of indoctrination in schools and the banning of books. He emphasizes the need for healthy conflict and listening to different perspectives to find common ground. The conversation explores the role of trust, relationships, and empathy in fostering understanding and depolarization. Through examples and personal experiences, Ken and David highlight the complexity of issues like book banning, immigration, and abortion, and how drilling down to specific policies can reveal more agreement than initially perceived.
    Support the showShow Notes:
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    Follow me, David Beckemeyer, on Twitter @mrblog. Follow the show on Twitter @OutrageOverload or Instagram @OutrageOverload. We are also on Facebook /OutrageOverload.

    HOTLINE: 925-552-7885

    Got a Question, comment or just thoughts you'd like to share? Call the OO hotline and leave a message and you could be featured in an upcoming episode

    If you would like to help the show, you can contribute here. Tell everyone you know about the show. That’s the best way to support it.

    Rate and Review the show on Podchaser: https://www.podchaser.com/OutrageOverload

    Many thanks to my co-editor and co-director, Austin Chen.

    • 26 min
    BONUS - It doesn't seem as if we're all playing by the same rules - Shannon McGregor

    BONUS - It doesn't seem as if we're all playing by the same rules - Shannon McGregor

    Is This Podcast Part of the Problem or the Solution?

    In this thought-provoking episode, host David Beckemeyer takes a deep dive into the Outrage Overload podcast, offering a self-reflective analysis of our approach to navigating the intricate landscape of American democracy. The episode serves as a meta-analysis, scrutinizing our treatment of topics such as polarization, potential pitfalls of false equivalences, potential limitations of civil dialogue, and threats to democracy arising from a radicalizing right.

    The meta-analysis encourages the audience to critically assess the podcast's handling of complex topics and participate in conversations that go beyond simplistic narratives.




    Support the showShow Notes:
    https://outrageoverload.net/

    Follow me, David Beckemeyer, on Twitter @mrblog. Follow the show on Twitter @OutrageOverload or Instagram @OutrageOverload. We are also on Facebook /OutrageOverload.

    HOTLINE: 925-552-7885

    Got a Question, comment or just thoughts you'd like to share? Call the OO hotline and leave a message and you could be featured in an upcoming episode

    If you would like to help the show, you can contribute here. Tell everyone you know about the show. That’s the best way to support it.

    Rate and Review the show on Podchaser: https://www.podchaser.com/OutrageOverload

    Many thanks to my co-editor and co-director, Austin Chen.

    • 24 min
    31. In a democracy you get exactly the government you deserve - Kevin Smith

    31. In a democracy you get exactly the government you deserve - Kevin Smith

    How to be the adult in the room, no matter your age.
    In this episode, we hear from Dr. Kevin Smith, a political science professor, about the challenges of political division and the erosion of democratic norms. Dr. Smith emphasizes the importance of gracefully accepting defeat in a democracy and the responsibility of individuals to promote civility and critical thinking. He discusses the role of media consumption, education, and individual agency in combating polarization and rebuilding a healthier democracy. The conversation highlights the need for good dialogue, compromise, and the recognition of shared values in order to navigate the challenges of a polarized climate.
    Support the showShow Notes:
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    Follow me, David Beckemeyer, on Twitter @mrblog. Follow the show on Twitter @OutrageOverload or Instagram @OutrageOverload. We are also on Facebook /OutrageOverload.

    HOTLINE: 925-552-7885

    Got a Question, comment or just thoughts you'd like to share? Call the OO hotline and leave a message and you could be featured in an upcoming episode

    If you would like to help the show, you can contribute here. Tell everyone you know about the show. That’s the best way to support it.

    Rate and Review the show on Podchaser: https://www.podchaser.com/OutrageOverload

    Many thanks to my co-editor and co-director, Austin Chen.

    • 30 min
    30. The History of Outrage TV - Robert Thompson

    30. The History of Outrage TV - Robert Thompson

    Selling Fury: How Television Turned Outrage into a Commodity

    In this episode, we heard from Professor Robert Thompson about the history of television and its impact on our society. They discuss the evolution of news media, from the golden age of TV to the rise of trash TV and reality shows. They also explore the current state of news commentary and the role it plays in fueling outrage and division. Professor Thompson provides insights into the incentives that drive media companies and the challenges of finding common ground in a fragmented media landscape.
    Support the showShow Notes:
    https://outrageoverload.net/

    Follow me, David Beckemeyer, on Twitter @mrblog. Follow the show on Twitter @OutrageOverload or Instagram @OutrageOverload. We are also on Facebook /OutrageOverload.

    HOTLINE: 925-552-7885

    Got a Question, comment or just thoughts you'd like to share? Call the OO hotline and leave a message and you could be featured in an upcoming episode

    If you would like to help the show, you can contribute here. Tell everyone you know about the show. That’s the best way to support it.

    Rate and Review the show on Podchaser: https://www.podchaser.com/OutrageOverload

    Many thanks to my co-editor and co-director, Austin Chen.

    • 45 min
    MLK Day Special - Hajar Yazdiha

    MLK Day Special - Hajar Yazdiha

    How distorted memories of the Civil Rights Movement fuel today's divisions

    In this bonus episode for MLK Day, host David Beckmeyer interviews Hajar Yazdiha, an assistant professor of sociology and author of "The Struggle for the People's King." They discuss the hidden narratives and complexities of the civil rights movement, the misperceptions surrounding Martin Luther King Jr., and how the memory of the movement has been distorted to fuel outrage and political agendas. They also explore the role of race in American society, the importance of critical and spiritual education, and the need for a deeper understanding of our shared humanity.
    Support the showShow Notes:
    https://outrageoverload.net/

    Follow me, David Beckemeyer, on Twitter @mrblog. Follow the show on Twitter @OutrageOverload or Instagram @OutrageOverload. We are also on Facebook /OutrageOverload.

    HOTLINE: 925-552-7885

    Got a Question, comment or just thoughts you'd like to share? Call the OO hotline and leave a message and you could be featured in an upcoming episode

    If you would like to help the show, you can contribute here. Tell everyone you know about the show. That’s the best way to support it.

    Rate and Review the show on Podchaser: https://www.podchaser.com/OutrageOverload

    Many thanks to my co-editor and co-director, Austin Chen.

    • 23 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
9 Ratings

9 Ratings

Meekamoo ,

A+

This podcast is awesome! The guests are thought-provoking and knowledgeable within their field. They are also very fair and balanced: for most, you can’t even tell which way they lean on the political spectrum, which is really refreshing. This opens the door for great conversations without the red or blue bias filter. There’s not much room for improvement; I can’t think of a single thing that would make this podcast any better! It really is an A+!

Aleksey Tsalolikhin ,

Rational and informative

A workable way to rise above the fray and get a good overview of what’s happening in the country — I found the midterm elections episode with political scientist Sean Evans quite useful as a US citizen to get a clear shed more nuanced picture of the political balance in the country today. Thanks for the high quality enlightening podcast! Keep it going, please.

PCR NC ,

Great trailer!

This a great trailer!! I just subscribed and can't wait until your first episode drops.

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