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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SIO238: Skye Cleary on Existentialism and Love

Today we bring you something not at all COVID (or politics) related. We recorded a wonderful interview with Skye Cleary back over a month ago, just before the pandemic changed all our lives. We thought it would be a much needed change of pace. Skye is a philosopher who teaches at Columbia University, and is the author of Existentialism and Romantic Love (Palgrave Macmillan 2015) and co-editor of How to Live a Good Life (Vintage 2020).

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SIO237: Dissecting the Primary, with Jamie

Jamie is back! We set out to discuss what happened in the primary and have a spirited debate as well. Some things I mentioned: 538, Vox, Weeds episode.

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