W. Fitzhugh Brundage joins the show to discuss the rise in demand to remove Confederate memorials in the South, the practice of historical triage, and why the monuments should be removed but not destroyed.
Benjamin Friedman returns to discuss domestic tumult's effect on foreign policy, how the U.S. can afford to start wars in the Middle East, and why the current administration shouldn't be trusted with wars.
Benjamin Friedman joins the show to discuss what President Trump's unpredictability means for our allies and adversaries, the lack of strategy in Syria, and why the president has become more of a traditional hawk.
Mark White discusses his recent study about justifying racial prejudices with the "free speech" defense, and how people tend to shape overarching principles like freedom of speech to their preexisting worldview.
Andrew Lakoff discusses how our normal sites of trust have been undermined in recent months, the need for gatekeepers of consensus, and optimism for future convergence of scientific, political, and social circumstances.
John Cook joins the show to discuss his recent study regarding misinformation about climate change, the trouble with giving equal weight to contrarian views, and the importance of educating about misleading argumentation.
David Studdert joins the show to discuss his recent study of handgun sale increases following major mass shootings, the difficulty of firearm research, and the politicization of gun ownership in the United States.
Politico Senior White House Reporter Darren Samuelsohn joins the show to discuss the raucous early days of the Trump administration, continued leaking from White House staffers, palace intrigue in the West Wing, and more.
In an attempt to backtrack controversial comments he made abou the Civil War earlier in the week, President Donald Trump was quoted Wednesday saying the American Revolution “also probably could've been avoided.”
Jason Steinberg of the International Sports and Music Project discusses taking access to sports for granted, viewing refugees in a harsh light, and the process of building a nonprofit and going all in.
Jason Steinberg, founder of the International Sports and Music Project (ISMP), joins the show to discuss how he got the organization started, how it's been received, and why sports and music serve as universal connectors.
NYC band Activity is a supergroup of sorts, with Travis Johnson, Steve Levine, Zoë Browne, and Jess Rees coming from the excellent bands Grooms, Field Mouse, and Russian Baths. This particular… | watch
Joe Virgillito chats with Prof. Gerald Friedman about COVID-19 and the case for Medicare For All. J. McVay and Jacqueline Soller discuss 2011 movie, ‘Contagion.’ Plus a preview of Scoville Unit’s upcoming BTR Live Studio session.