SIO248: Can Trump Steal the Election? with Andrew Torrez

Hey folks, this is one of those unintentional 2-parters! I originally intended to have Andrew on to discuss the scary (and hopefully unlikely?) ways that Trump might try to stay in power even if he lost, but before we even got to that discussion, we go through the ways that Trump and the Republicans are cheating to try to win. Is vote by mail safe? What’s the deal with poll-watchers? Those questions and more became part 1, and next episode we talk about the scary theories of how Trump could potentially try to remain president.

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SIO247: Reflections on White Fragility and How To Be An Antiracist

It’s a solo show today. I have a lot of thoughts on two books I’ve read – White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo and How To Be An Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi.
The monopoly example I used I should have credited to Kimberly Jones.

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SIO246: That Harper’s Letter, with Eli Bosnick

A lot of prominent writers, journalists, thinkers, etc, have signed an open letter about “Cancel Culture.” New dad and world’s funniest podcaster Eli Bosnick is back on the show to break it down!

Here are links we discuss: brilliant New Republic Article; James Bennet Resigns as New York Times Opinion Editor; Harper’s Editor Fired Over ‘Sh*tty Men in Media’ Story; Longtime Deadspin editor fired after controversial internal memo; Jeanine Cummins Syndrome; Pittsburgh Newspaper Bars Black Reporter From Covering Protests; UCLA Poli Sci Department Condemns Lecturer for Reading MLK’s Letter from Birmingham Jail, Showing Video About Lynching; White professor investigated for quoting James Baldwin’s use of N-word.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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!

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