SIO175: Andrew Torrez on the FGM Court Decision

Andrew Torrez, of the hit legal pod Opening Arguments, was kind enough to hop onto the ol’ SIO to break down the recent Michigan FGM law court decision. This is one of those times the law wasn’t covered very well by some media outlets. It’s great to have a genius lawyer we can trust to tell us what is actually going on! Along the way we get to learn about plenary powers, the commerce clause, and all kinds of other legal goodies!
Here’s the NYT coverage (which was more or less correct, but Andrew still gives us way more context!)

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SIO174: With Kristi Winters on Louis CK

Recently, some audio leaked of a new Louis CK standup set and…. it wasn’t good. It was so bad it led to Dennis Miller trending on Twitter. Lazy, unfunny, punching down using anti-trans punchlines that are at least a decade old. I wanted to do some solo commentary on this and so many of the thoughts I’m having and bad arguments and borderline harassment on Twitter I’ve seen over this, but then I remembered that Kristi also used to be a huge Louis CK fan and she was kind enough to join me! Kind of using each other as sounding boards, we share our thoughts and ideas and talk about the collateral damage to fans that can happen in the wake of #metoo. Maybe Louis wasn’t your thing necessarily, but I think these same ideas and principles might be helpful when/if your fave goes down in a Ronan Farrow article or something.
Later on, Kristi gives us a bit of an update on Carl and how Sam Harris and Jordan B. Peterson are shutting off their Patreon accounts in protest of Carl not being able to use the n-word however he wants (yeah, really….)
Here’s the full video of the standup.

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SIO173: Voicemail: Ethics, Robots, FGM Laws, and More!

Got a great voicemail episode for you fine folks! There were a lot of really excellent calls this month. Please keep them coming for next month! This week’s topics include: doing business with conservatives, robots taking all the jobs, FGM laws in the US, the QED mental health panel, meditation, and how I stopped being a conservative!

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SIO172: Dr. Keith Kahn-Harris on Denialism

Today I’m joined by sociologist Dr. Keith Kahn-Harris! He’s written a book called Denial: The Unspeakable Truth. The book explores many examples of denialism, from climate change to Holocaust Denial. What do these phenomena have in common? And how might we try to combat this denialism? Here’s a Long Read on it.

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SIO171: Bryce Blankenagel on Mormon Fundamentalists

Bryce Blankenagel is an expert on all things Mormon, and he brings history to life in brilliant narrative form. He joins us today to bring to our attention a somewhat frightening strain of fundamentalist Mormonism he has observed, which is making its way online in social media hashtag form. And be sure to check out Bryce’s work over on The Naked Mormonism Podcast, The Glass Box Podcast, and My Book of Mormon!

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SIO170: Panel on Neil deGrasse Tyson Allegations, Part 2

The panel with Kristi Winters and Chantelle Boduel continues! Since our recording, BuzzFeed has put out an excellent article with another accuser and also some more info on the first few. I highly recommend reading it. If you haven’t heard part 1 of our discussion, definitely listen to that first!

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SIO169: Panel on Neil deGrasse Tyson Allegations, Part 1

I’m joined by Chantelle Boduel and Kristi Winters as the nation’s favorite astrophysicist and host of the reboot of Cosmos, Neil deGrasse Tyson, has been accused of sexual harassment by (at the time of recording) 3 women (and 1 more shortly after recording, see here.) The oldest accusation is of a horrifying date rape in college, the other two involve a woman who says he touched her inappropriately and an assistant who has an alarming story of Tyson attempting to seduce her. We go over the facts, Tyson’s response, and discuss how we feel about the accusations and work our way through some deeper #metoo issues.

HuffPo article on deeper history of 1st accuser; Tyson’s statement; Patheos article

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SIO168: Tear Gas Was Used Under Obama, and More Rants

And some listener email. Some topics: climate change is going to kill us; simply being ‘not a Republican’ is more than enough; comparing Obama and Trump on the border; Avenatti the liberal version of Trump; listener not voting for Democrats because they are too cozy with Islam; and mansplaining mansplaining mansplaining!

Tear gas fact check; Trump’s border crisis

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SIO167: Studying Sexism and Video Games with Johannes Breuer

Johannes Breuer is the co-author of a study which looked into the relationship between sexist attitudes and video game playing. To be as precise as possible and not misrepresent it, here is what they found in their words: “We found that the amount of overall video game use at time 1 was not predictive of sexist attitudes/beliefs about gender roles at time 2 (i.e., 2 years later) and that (sexist) beliefs about gender roles at time 1 were equally not predictive of video game use at time 2 (for sample of German players aged 14 and older).” So that’s the bland tl;dr version, but we talk through the study, methodology, and what the implications are. We also talk a lot about what this study does NOT show, which is equally important and is easy to lose track of sometimes.

Here are the links to the book chapters where Johannes’s work is featured, and here’s a good writeup on the original study.

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SIO166: Evidence Based Mental Health Panel at QED

Really proud to have been a small part of this excellent panel at QED! The discussion centers around mental health challenges, de-stigmatization, communication, and which treatments actually work.

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