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Join Thomas for some critical thinking on questions of science, philosophy, skepticism and politics. These serious topics are discussed with some serious guests, but in an entertaining and engaging way! This is not your typical interview podcast; it’s a friendly dialogue, conducted thoughtfully and with plenty of humor. It's Serious Inquiries Only; but like, not boring or anything.

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    • 4.6, 737 Ratings

Join Thomas for some critical thinking on questions of science, philosophy, skepticism and politics. These serious topics are discussed with some serious guests, but in an entertaining and engaging way! This is not your typical interview podcast; it’s a friendly dialogue, conducted thoughtfully and with plenty of humor. It's Serious Inquiries Only; but like, not boring or anything.

    SIO245: Brandon J. McKoy on #defundthepolice

    SIO245: Brandon J. McKoy on #defundthepolice

    We're joined this week by Brandon J. McKoy! He's the president of the New Jersey Policy Perspective, a think-tank whose focus is policy change to advance economic justice and prosperity. We discuss what #defundthepolice means to different advocacy groups, what it might look like in practice, and what other potential policy might lead to better policing in this country.

    • 1 hr
    SIO244: On Publishing Fascist Op-Eds, with Bryan W. Van Norden

    SIO244: On Publishing Fascist Op-Eds, with Bryan W. Van Norden

    The New York Times recently published an Op-Ed by Tom Cotton advocating a severe crackdown on the protests. The piece sparked a giant backlash and even a bit of a civil war within the Times. The Opinion editor officially stepped down. Joining us today is Professor Bryan Van Norden, who has written about why not all opinions deserve to be heard. Much of the justification people use tends to derive from Mill's On Liberty, but does that essay really justify platforming fascism?


    Links: Bryan's Op-Ed, Bryan's lecture on political discourse, Mill's essay, Marcuse's essay, exposure to false claims increases likelihood to believe them.

    • 1 hr 4 min
    SIO243: Alix Jules

    SIO243: Alix Jules

    It has been far, far too long since we've heard from Alix Jules on this show. I can't think of a more perfect guest to help us better understand the mayhem happening around the country right now.

    • 1 hr 3 min
    SIO242: Jane Roe's Deathbed Confession

    SIO242: Jane Roe's Deathbed Confession

    Jamie and I are on to discuss the pandemic, the attacks on abortion rights coming from the right, and Jane Roe's deathbed conversion.


    Jamie's links: http://yellowhammerfund.org, http://bwhi.org, http://prochoice.org, http://lilithfund.org, http://prochoicetexas.org, http://teafund.org, http://westfund.org

    • 56 min
    SIO241: A Parasitic Review

    SIO241: A Parasitic Review

    I recently watched Parasite and was so blown away by it that I wanted to do a review/discussion of the film, and fortunately, Jamie was game! I loved it and there is so much to analyze and enjoy, so we hope you enjoy it along with us. We recommend you watch it first!

    • 1 hr
    SIO240: Listener Questions, Continued!

    SIO240: Listener Questions, Continued!

    We've got questions on politics, philosophy, and more! As always, they lead to a spirited debate.

    • 49 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
737 Ratings

737 Ratings

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Great podcast

Great, intelligent, fulfilling, entertaining

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Amazing show

Thomas is an intelligent, empathetic human who excels at the brand of quasi-journalism the show focuses on. Jaimie has not been on as long, but has brought even more amazing perspectives and ideas.

JAldenwalt ,

One of the. Best.

There are a lot of podcasts out there, but few with a voice that I can listen to for this many years. I don't always agree with Thomas, but always feel that his views are well researched and thoughtfully presented.
I started listening while living in the Middle East to drown out the blaring calls to prayer. Now I listen for the interviews and insight. Thomas has steadily improved as an interviewer but kept the casual and accessible style we loved when he was getting drunk and playing with his cat instead of reading his bible.

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