Politics & the Teenage Mind
Season 1, Ep. 15
New York Times bestseller Dr. Lisa Damour lends her expertise in child and adolescent psychology to discuss how current events impact the teenage mind. Join us as Lisa shares her wisdom about how to engage our teens on politics, immigration, race, #metoo — and yes, pornography.
The Trauma of Syria
Season 1, Ep. 14
Veteran war correspondent Anne Barnard — Murrow Fellow at the Council on Foreign Affairs and NY Times Beirut Bureau Chief from 2012-2018 — discusses the complex trauma of Syria's ongoing civil war, its impact on politics in Europe and the US, and the inability of the UN and other international institutions to deal with such a profound magnitude of human suffering.Anne gives us a unique eye into the traumatic impact on journalists covering "forever wars."
Anger & Racial Politics
Season 1, Ep. 13
University of Maryland professor Antoine Banks joins us to talk about how anger — specifically white anger — impacts everything from opinions on Obamacare to how black candidates are perceived and talked about. We also discuss how race and anger— on both side of the aisle — will impact the 2020 election.
The End of Truth?
Season 1, Ep. 12
What is truth in the post-modern world, where facts are in the eye of the beholder and ppartisans turn to their own tribes for reporting that reaffirms their polarized world views? Scotty McLennan, an ordained minister, lawyer, professor, and former Dean of Religious Life at Stanford University, joins us for a conversation about the quest for objective truth and journalistic ethics amidst a sea of media fragmentation and moral relativism.
The Perilous Path to Asylum
Season 1, Ep. 11
What does our Statue of Liberty stand for when we reject so many asylum seekers fleeing torture, war and persecution? We explore this vital topic with human rights psychologist Dr. Hawthorne “Hawk" Smith, Director of the Bellevue/NYU Program for Survivors of Torture (survivorsoftorture.org / @_PSOT).
Trump On the Couch
Season 1, Ep. 10
Is Donald Trump mentally and emotionally unfit to execute the duties of President? Join us for a conversation about narcissism, misogyny, deception, racism, and more with Dr. Justin (“Justy”) Frank, a former clinical professor of psychiatry at GWU Medical Center with more than 40 years of experience in psychoanalysis. Justy is the best-selling author ofTrump on the Couch, Inside the Mind of the President, among other works.
Democracy & the Decline of Reason
Season 1, Ep. 9
Do facts matter when experts are dismissed as partisan propagandists or out-of-touch elitists? Political economist William Davies, author ofNervous States, joins us to discuss Trump, Brexit and the triumph of emotion over reason in modern politics.© Copyright Original Music "Royal Flush Gang" by Composer Joel Goodman; Published by Oovra Music