Finding BS and Other Semantics Analysis in the 2020 Election, with Danielle Deibler

Finding BS and Other Semantics Analysis in the 2020 Election, with Danielle Deibler

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.

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Race and Poverty and the House Ownership Gap: An Interview with Alanna McCargo

Race and Poverty and the House Ownership Gap: An Interview with Alanna McCargo

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!

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Is Trump Taking Orders From Moscow?

Is Trump Taking Orders From Moscow?

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.

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How to Dismantle Entrenched Bias, with David Campt

How to Dismantle Entrenched Bias, with David Campt

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.

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Flash Update: The Indian Airstrike in Pakistan

Flash Update: The Indian Airstrike in Pakistan

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.

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Bias and Tribalism with Chris Martin of Heterodox Academy

Bias and Tribalism with Chris Martin of Heterodox Academy

Today we link up with the venerable Chris Martin of Heterodox Academy, and host of Half Hour of Heterodoxy. We spend 45 minutes discussing heterodoxy, because we are long-winded.

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?

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(Late) Halloween Special: WE DO THE THINKING FOR YOU

(Late) Halloween Special: WE DO THE THINKING FOR YOU

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.

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