Is the US on the Same Path as Ancient Rome or Athens?

Is the US on the Same Path as Ancient Rome or Athens?

In this episode we welcome Lantern Jack of Ancient Greece Declassified to help us with the burning question we keep getting: how much is the United States today like the ancient Roman Republic or, perhaps, like ancient Athens? Are we going down hard and fast? Are we bound for glory? How much are we even like these ancient civilizations? Learn about all this plus a small bonus about fast food in the ancient world!

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Fundamentals of Monetary Policy with Dr. Marron

Fundamentals of Monetary Policy with Dr. Marron

In this episode, Dr. Donald Marron of the Urban Institute joins us to help bring a big chunk of economic expertise to the discussion we've been having about economics and particularly monetary policy this year. We even manage to get him to crack a few jokes with us about topics from butter to Bitcoin.

Dr. Marron served on the President's Council of Economic Advisers and was Director of the Congressional Budget Office. As you can guess from all this experience, he's particularly great at explaining economics to smart people who aren't economists. We had a ton of fun and know you will, too.

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Refugees and Rise of Anti-Immigrantism in Europe

Refugees and Rise of Anti-Immigrantism in Europe

"Multiculturalism leads to parallel societies and therefore remains a ‘life lie,’ [or ‘sham’]... “ -- Angela Merkel, 2015

Just after enacting the "open door" migrant policy, Angela Merkel and all of Europe faced a political backlash, including rising nationalism and anti-immigrant sentiment. Europe took in a fairly small number of Middle Eastern refugees. Why has it been so painful?

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After Vegas: Reducing Gun Violence in America

After Vegas: Reducing Gun Violence in America

After the largest mass civilian shooting in history, can we come together as a nation to reduce violence? Yes, but it requires good problem solving skills. 

In this episode we dive into understanding why Vegas was so deadly and how that was allowed to happen. We also look into the broader data on gun violence in America and elsewhere in order to understand what may be the biggest factors in America's death/violence rate.

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Why Fracking is Changing Everything About Geopolitics

Why Fracking is Changing Everything About Geopolitics

You've heard of the Fracking Revolution. You may also know that your fuel bill is a little lower than it was in the 2000s.

But man oh man, the picture is much bigger than that. The Middle East, Europe, Russia, and the foreign policy of the United States may be substantially different--for decades to come--than they would have been without the Revolution.

So yeah. Big deal.

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Toolbox Talk: Understanding International Affairs with Realism

Toolbox Talk: Understanding International Affairs with Realism

Why do certain countries go to war, where others don't? How do the domestic policies and the personalities of leaders get involved? 

In this episode you'll learn the most widely-used lens for understanding the causes behind international affairs: realism. In one hour you'll be able to view the international order with greater structure than ever before.

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Crises in Venezuela and North Korea

Crises in Venezuela and North Korea

Is Venezuela's government going to fall? Is North Korea going to fire nukes? Is the US going to fire nukes? Are Maduro and Kim just madmen? Is Trump? 

Two brutal leftist dictatorial regimes, both hate the US, both entering crises and both facing substantial constraints about how they can try to navigate them. And the US, attempting to deal with the North Korean crisis, has its own constraints as well. In this episode you'll understand the forces that are pushing Venezuela into a domestic crisis and North Korea into conflict with the US. You'll learn what options are available to everyone and why they're limited. And you'll learn a little more about how to analyze the global stage beyond the rhetoric.

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Toolbox Talk: The Modern Stoic

Toolbox Talk: The Modern Stoic

Politics gets emotional. However the emotional part of our brain was designed not for rational thought, but for knee-jerk survival mechanisms. How can we train our brain to think more clearly about politics in our daily lives?

In this episode, Erik and Xander talk Stoicism, a philosophy and thought strategy that has been used for thousands of years by everyone from salves to emperors to get a grip on the turbulent world around them. You'll learn why Stoicism is so powerful, and you can apply it in your life and conversations today.

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ReConsidering Russia Pt 4: The Putin Trump Relationship

ReConsidering Russia Pt 4: The Putin Trump Relationship

AKA, "The Bromance of the Bad Hombres"

In this episode we interview Prof. Stephen Sestanovich, a Colombia professor, think tank big wig, and prolific writer. Formerly ambassador-at-large and special advisor to Madeleine Albright. 

Prof. Stestanovich puts the Putin-Trump relationship in context by warming us up with understanding the evolving US/Russia Presidential relationship since the end of the Cold War. Strap in for this info-packed episode!

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