57 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.

    36. It's not as if there's only certain types of people that are affected by this – Åsa Wikforss

    36. It's not as if there's only certain types of people that are affected by this – Åsa Wikforss

    Why We Resist Facts & How to Fight Back!
    In this episode, we explore the concept of knowledge resistance with Dr. Åsa Wikforss. We discuss the complex factors that contribute to knowledge resistance, including confirmation bias and motivated reasoning. The conversation highlights the importance of trust in reliable sources of knowledge and the need for a well-functioning information landscape. Dr. Wikforss emphasizes the social dimension of knowledge and the role of institutions in fostering trust and promoting critical thinking. They also touch on the challenges posed by the current information environment and the potential solutions, including deliberative polling and citizen assemblies.
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    Many thanks to my co-editor and co-director, Austin Chen.

    • 37 min
    35. We're not giving the wrong answer, but we're asking the wrong question - Hyrum Lewis

    35. We're not giving the wrong answer, but we're asking the wrong question - Hyrum Lewis

    Why we need to abandon the Left-Right political spectrum paradigm
    In this episode of Outrage Overload, we explorer the concept of left versus right thinking with guest Hiram Lewis. They discuss the flaws in the left versus right paradigm and how it hinders productive political discourse. Lewis argues that these labels do not represent consistent philosophies but rather a broken paradigm based on social conformity. He suggests that focusing on individual issues and abandoning the political spectrum would lead to more rational and civil political discussions.



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    • 29 min
    34. It has to be person to person for it to mean anything - Luke Nathan Phillips

    34. It has to be person to person for it to mean anything - Luke Nathan Phillips

    How Braver Angels is Lowering the Temperature in Political Conversations
    In this episode, David interviews Luke Nathan Phillips, the Publius Fellow for Public Discourse at Braver Angels. They discuss the mission of Braver Angels and how the organization is working to bridge the political and cultural divide in America. Luke shares the origins of Braver Angels and how it has grown into a national organization dedicated to helping Americans find value in each other without necessarily agreeing on political issues. They explore the importance of depolarization work and how it can foster understanding and trust among individuals with diverse political beliefs. Luke also highlights the role of emotions and social practices in depolarization work, emphasizing the need for genuine dialogue and respectful engagement.
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    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.

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

    • 23 min
    BONUS - They're not evil. They just think differently than you - Tami Pyfer

    BONUS - They're not evil. They just think differently than you - Tami Pyfer

    Success Stories: Why You Need the Dignity Index in Your Toolbox
    Tami Pyfer, Chief of Staff and Project Director for UNITE, returns to discuss the progress of the Dignity Index, a scale that rates speech for dignity or contempt. The goal is to encourage healthy debate and problem-solving by treating others with dignity. The index is being used to score political speech, with the hope of holding us accountable for our language. The focus is on finding higher ground and creative solutions.

    Listen in to uncover success stories, equip yourself with actionable strategies you can implement in your own conversations, online interactions, and civic engagement, and understand how you can contribute to building a more civil and productive political landscape.
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    • 30 min
    33. There's been a lot of pushback against this - Alia Braley

    33. There's been a lot of pushback against this - Alia Braley

    Why even those who value democracy might contribute to its decline
    Americans across the political spectrum express concerns about the health of democracy. In this episode of the Outrage Overload Podcast, host David Beckmeyer delves into the paradox of democratic erosion with researcher Alia Braley. They discuss the perception that political opponents are ready to subvert democratic norms and how this perception fuels democratic backsliding. The episode explores the potential for reversing negative trends by bridging the perception gap and promoting costly signals of good faith. Discover how understanding political psychology can contribute to lowering the temperature and strengthening democracy.
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    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.

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

    • 34 min
    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.
    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.

    • 24 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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