Prof. Chris Balding, Professor at Fullbright University Vietnam, joins us to help us break into the factors driving US-China competition, and helps us understand some of the fundamentals behind what's likely to come over the next few years.Read More
ReConsider, by Xander and Erik, is a twice per month podcast in which we take on, in-depth, one pressing political issue facing western Democracies with a fresh, researched, and challenging perspective. We help listeners see the full context behind the issue and make up their own minds.
Repeat-guest Michael Mazarr of RAND, has recently published a bunch of very intriguing work that challenges how Xander and Erik think about foreign policy and war. We decided to grill him to see what we could learn!Read More
In Wedged, we talk about BS and bias in media coverage of elections. We've always wondered: Can we measure it?
Turns out, someone can. Danielle Deibler is the CEO/founder of Marvelous.ai: she's where AI and politics meet. In this episode, Danielle walks us through how we can measure BS, bias, and other sentiment in media coverage, with the 2020 election as a case study. We learned a ton and you will, too.Read More
We had the pleasure of hosting Alanna McCargo, VP of Housing and Finance Policy at the Urban Institute to help us answer a listener question about wealth inequality, and Xander came across an incredible article with an important question: how does real estate impact the ongoing wealth gap between white Americans and Americans of color? And what drives the ongoing housing gap?
The answer is…. pretty darn complicated. Thanks as always to the Urban Institute for the really enlightening conversation and great questions. Alanna is awesome; this is definitely worth a listen!Read More
18 years have passed, and Kabul and its US allies have failed to destroy the Taliban. Finally, it seems like serious peace talks are beginning, but war remains and any peace would likely include Talibani power in Afghanistan. This is a moment for the US to reflect on its true goals.Read More
It's often taken as given that Trump is acting on Moscow's behalf in his foreign policy. In this episode we ask: what foreign policy would be in Russia's interest? And is Trump following that foreign policy, or a different one?
We explore such topics as Trump’s foreign policy in the Middle East, with NATO, in Ukraine, and even in trade. We’ll see how he does.Read More
With the Democratic 2020 Primary heating up (already), serious proposals about more free stuff in America have come to the front of the national conversation. What would free college look like? What about free healthcare? What would the impact be? We take an ever-so-shallow look at all of these to help you navigate through a few of the proposals.Read More
What have been the long term consequences of US and allied drug policy? In this episode we look at both domestic demand (The “War on Drugs” and foreign supply (The “Drug War”) efforts, and the results that have come from them.
This is all in a response to questions from listener Russell Waldman; keep them coming, everyone!Read More
Many single-payer (nationally funded) healthcare systems pay a lot less for drugs, services, and equipment than US insurers do. They have a monopsony and therefore a lot of buying power--makes sense, right? Erik recently has a revelation that calls this logic into question... though without any clear answers.Read More
One of our beloved Patrons asked us: "what are the long-term consequences of the Iraq War?" Great question--we couldn't resist taking a crack at it.
In this episode we hear about the balance of the middle east changed, for Iraq, Iran, Saudi Arabia, ISIS, and global powers.Read More
David Campt, "The Dialogue Guy," founder of the Ally Conversation Toolkit, who you may know from The Daily Show, joins ReConsider to help us learn better how to talk to people we disagree with. Straight up this is one of the best shows we've ever had.
We learned so much from David about the emotions, roadblocks, and pitfalls that get in the way of having an effective conversation in dismantling bias and changing minds; as well as an incredibly effective and compelling methodology to actually getting into the trenches with someone and making real process. This is a must listen.Read More
India has just launched a military operation—an airstrike—for the first time in decades. And they’re both nuclear powers. We rarely get to stay on top of very current events, but this is such a significant incident—and something so easy to spin and sensationalize—that we wanted to get ahead of it. So get the full scoop of what happened, and the ramifications, right now from Xander.Read More
In response to a listener question about who is and isn’t part of the “tribes” in American politics, Erik does an episode himself on political polarization, pulling directly from his Sound Education talk on political polarization.
Take a look at our YouTube channel for the full slide show with sound!Read More
We ask tough questions such as:
-Is it even possible to not do the thinking for you?
-How do we discuss tribalism without evoking false equivalence?
-What does heterodoxy even mean in a bi-polar political society?Read More
You might feel pretty strongly about trade and immigration policy--either very happy or very cranky with the way things are currently being done. But you might be surprised to learn that your tribe might have felt very differently about it just a few years ago.Read More
Xander and Erik are crazy-busy, and we're very sorry about that. In lieu of this fortnight's episode, here is our Halloween Special from Agoraphobia 2018: "WE DO THE THINKING FOR YOU." Yes it's silly, but it's of course meant to get us thinking about how we frame the behavior of our tribe and our enemy tribe in ways that makes it impossible to be introspective.
“Congressman Erik: just say no.”
Erik’s on the warpath over that darned image we got for the listener Q&A, so Xander and Erik are going to talk about how the US government actually spends its money. Prepare to be surprised!Read More