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The Shaping Opinion podcast helps you see through the spin. It reveals things you may not know, and it exposes other things some may want to keep hidden. Its focus is on how your thoughts and attitudes are influenced to create change in the culture, sometimes for better, sometimes for worse.

Host Tim O’Brien – author, senior media advisor and veteran damage control expert – empowers you with a fresh perspective. He comfortably takes you inside trending issues, stories and to the people who unravel it all through deep-dive conversations. After decades in handling high stakes and complex crisis management situations, Tim probes to uncover what’s real and what matters, and what will shape the future. Watch or listen every Monday wherever you get your podcasts.

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The Shaping Opinion podcast helps you see through the spin. It reveals things you may not know, and it exposes other things some may want to keep hidden. Its focus is on how your thoughts and attitudes are influenced to create change in the culture, sometimes for better, sometimes for worse.

Host Tim O’Brien – author, senior media advisor and veteran damage control expert – empowers you with a fresh perspective. He comfortably takes you inside trending issues, stories and to the people who unravel it all through deep-dive conversations. After decades in handling high stakes and complex crisis management situations, Tim probes to uncover what’s real and what matters, and what will shape the future. Watch or listen every Monday wherever you get your podcasts.

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    How Private Companies Target & Censor You, with JP Messina

    How Private Companies Target & Censor You, with JP Messina

    Author and university professor JP Messina talks about how private companies and others have emerged as the new censors in society. JP wrote the new book called, “Private Censorship.” In it, he describes a new kind of censorship where there are no government-sanctioned book burnings, no prosecutions, no laws or committees. In fact, the state doesn’t publicly appear to be involved at all.
    Instead, the censors are social groups, employers, media companies, social media platforms and search engines, many seemingly working in concert, deciding which speech is censored and which is not.
    But perhaps more concerning, certain government agencies may have found a way to decide (by proxy) what speech is censored and what private citizens get de-platformed.
    When he’s not writing books and for journals, JP is an assistant professor in the Department of Philosophy at Purdue. He teaches courses on political and moral philosophy, ethics, and the history of practical philosophy.
    Check out this FULL EPISODE at YouTube: https://youtu.be/5Hst9SxovG8
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    Links from Our Conversation
    Private Censorship, (Amazon)
    JP Messina (Substack page)
    Public; the Substack of Michael Shellenberger
    The Free Press; the Substack of Bari Weiss
    Racket News; the Substack of Matt Taibbi
    NRA v. Vullo (Supreme Court Case)
    Missouri v. Biden (Supreme Court Case)
     


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    • 51 min
    Why is School Choice Gaining Traction?, with Patrick Wolf

    Why is School Choice Gaining Traction?, with Patrick Wolf

    Patrick Wolf joins Tim to shed light on why school choice is exploding across the country. The list of states passing or pursuing legislation for more school choice is on the rise weekly. Patrick has long been at the forefront on the issue of school choice. He talks about the impact on the pandemic, which he says revealed a lot to parents about their kids’ public school education.

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    He is a Distinguished Professor of Education Policy. He is the 21st Century Endowed Chair, in School Choice in the Department of Education Reform, at the University of Arkansas, College of Education and Health Professions.  Before this, he taught at Columbia and at Georgetown University, and has been a Visiting Scholar at the Brookings Institution.  As principal investigator of the School Choice Demonstration Project, Patrick has led evaluations of school voucher programs in Washington, DC; Milwaukee, WI; and the state of Louisiana.

    He's conducted research and written several books on the topic.

    Check out this FULL EPISODE at YouTube: https://youtu.be/R4mdSHsKLGg

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    Find the full audio show wherever you get your podcasts: Apple — https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/shaping-opinion/id1371714253 Spotify — https://open.spotify.com/show/6yOg769bSm9hJn9zhwkunl

    For all episodes and to learn more about Shaping Opinion at: https://shapingopinion.com

    Follow the Shaping Opinion Podcast on all social platforms: Twitter/X - @Shaping Opinion, Instagram - @Shaping Opinion, on Facebook at Shaping Opinion and don’t forget to join the “Shaping Opinion Podcast Listeners” Group on Facebook.
    Links from Our Conversation:

    The School Choice Journey: School vouchers and the empowerment of urban families -  https://www.amazon.com/School-Choice-Journey-Empowerment-Education-ebook/dp/B00NC4R2PC/ref=sr_1_3?crid=V8YLH6HF42KP&dib=eyJ2IjoiMSJ9.iThj9m-00wFy3kVNwYRhl0D0a8JbE3NW37S4XgKBZ9282Et9TGRuMFwTFmnBxDUOzrJ_QxkSg0m9HT_pfjHwJ5__iasBX8YusToQEBkH5gk.1sqNy9r2NnYjV5XWCDtBVtY3BQGW3UqKWNcOBv0i7l0&dib_tag=se&keywords=Patrick+Wolf+School+Choice&qid=1716403008&s=books&sprefix=patrick+wolf+school+choice%2Cstripbooks%2C116&sr=1-3
    The Public Purposes of Private Education: a Civic-Outcomes Meta-Analysis - https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10648-024-09874-1
    School Choice in the States 2024 – EdChoice - https://www.edchoice.org/engage/school-choice-in-the-states-april-2024/
    Denisha Allen, American Federation for Children - https://www.federationforchildren.org/staff/denisha-allen/

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    • 37 min
    Why School Choice is Gaining Traction

    Why School Choice is Gaining Traction

    Patrick Wolf joins Tim to shed light on why school choice is exploding across the country. The list of states passing or pursuing legislation for more school choice is on the rise weekly. Patrick has long been at the forefront on the issue of school choice.
    He talks about the impact on the pandemic, which he says revealed a lot to parents about their kids’ public school education. He is a Distinguished Professor of Education Policy. He is the 21st Century Endowed Chair, in School Choice in the Department of Education Reform, at the University of Arkansas, College of Education and Health Professions. Before this, he taught at Columbia and at Georgetown University, and has been a Visiting Scholar at the Brookings Institution.
    As principal investigator of the School Choice Demonstration Project, Patrick has led evaluations of school voucher programs in Washington, DC; Milwaukee, WI; and the state of Louisiana. He has conducted research and written several books on the topic.
    If you’re not already, please make sure to subscribe to the Shaping Opinion podcast wherever you get your podcasts, now including YouTube and Rumble!



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    • 37 min
    Bursting the Overpopulation Myth

    Bursting the Overpopulation Myth

    Marian Tupy joins Tim to burst the myth that the world is overpopulated. Through his work, he has demonstrated that as the world’s population has grown, humankind has actually become more abundant. Marian is the founder and editor of HumanProgress.org, and a senior fellow at the Center for Global Liberty and Prosperity at the Cato Institute. He is the coauthor of: The Simon Abundance Index, Ten Global Trends Every Smart Person Should Know: And Many Others You Will Find Interesting, and Superabundance: The Story of Population Growth, Innovation, and Human Flourishing on an Infinitely Bountiful Planet.
    #overpopulation #demographics #economy #economics



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    • 49 min
    Why Isn't ESG Living Up to the Hype?

    Why Isn't ESG Living Up to the Hype?

    Author and university professor Sanjai Bhagat joins Tim to talk about his research findings on ESG investing and what he calls “an inconvenient truth” about it. According to Sanjai, ESG investing is simply not living up to the hype, and he knows why. If your retirement finds are invested in ESG funds, or if your financial advisor wants you to invest in ESG funds, you need to listen to Sanjai. Sanjai Bhagat is Provost Professor of Finance at the University of Colorado, and he’s the author of the book, “Financial Crisis, Corporate Governance, and Bank Capital.” But what caught my attention was something he wrote for the Harvard Business Review. In March of 2022, he wrote an article entitled, “An Inconvenient Truth About ESG Investing.”
    #ESG #ESGinvesting #Investing #stockmarket #WallStreet #CSR #DEI



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    • 1 hr 3 min
    What's Going On with Vatican Art?

    What's Going On with Vatican Art?

    Catholic artist Eric Armusik joins Tim to talk about the current trend at the Vatican to embrace ugly art at the expense of so much beauty it could showcase. Eric paints classical figurative art. His work is reminiscent of the old masters. His works are inspired by grand and vivid murals that he first saw in Gothic cathedrals as a child. But what caught my attention was a social media post from Eric that highlighted something we all may have noticed but may not have thought much about, which is how the Vatican seems to have gotten away from this sort of beauty and realism in its own art.
    #art #thevatican #vatican #Catholic #CatholicChurch



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    • 42 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
76 Ratings

76 Ratings

BroNouveauPod ,

Excellent, Researched and Well Produced

The intention and preparation Tim puts into this program shines through. His guests are experts in their fields, are excited to speak with him, and he guides the conversations skillfully.

Beccaaz746 ,

Very good

Detailed, professional, fun and informative of a wide variety of topics.

Listened to many episodes and only found one that I had a problem with (Marilyn Monroe - implying that her problems were mostly due to misogyny (and noting that women still don’t have a voice). Her problems were probably mostly due to her own mother being emotionally abusive to her.

Ya Jagoff ,

Love the podcast!

Always interesting... and fun! Thx! John from YaJagoff Podcast!

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