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Making Sense of the US Strike on an Iranian Leader

In this episode, James Keys and Tunde Ogunlana look at the U.S. strike which took out Iranian General Soleimani and discuss whether the decision to act right now made any sense (00:48), whether U.S. leadership is entitled to the benefit of the doubt as to

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December 2019 Roundup, Part 2 (Christianity Today v Trump)

In part two of our December 2019 roundup, James Keys and Tunde Ogunlana discuss whether it was a big deal for Christianity Today's to call for the removal of President Trump (0:52), how that has exposed an apparent rift between Christians as an interest g

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December 2019 Roundup, Part 1 (Modesty Swimwear, Iran, Eddie Murphy)

In part one of our December 2019 roundup, James Keys and Tunde Ogunlana discuss the lack of controversy surrounding Nike's release of a modesty swimwear line (1:32), the implications of Iran beginning joint naval drills with America's biggest rivals on th

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Most Notable Occurrences and Trends in the 2010s

What was the science story of the 2010 decade (1:20)? What entertainment story defined the 2010 decade (10:09)? What was the biggest international news story in the 2010 decade (16:50)? What about the most notable trend in domestic news (27:44)? What w

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Culture Series: Outliers, a Book by Malcom Gladwell

Are mastery, and opportunity to obtain mastery, overlooked in understanding what makes successful people successful (1:56)? Exceptional analytical intelligence does not itself make an outlier, part 1 (9:16). Exceptional analytical intelligence does not i

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Tribalism Through Political and Ideological Labels

Do people generally use ideological labels to describe their belief system or their club (0:49)? Is this phenomenon getting worse, or do things like social media just show what’s already there (16:25)? Is the United States particularly vulnerable to tri

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Making Sense of the Streaming Wars

What makes streaming different and what does it mean to me (0:47)? What is in it for the media companies (9:40)? What makes a streaming service worth it (15:41)? Is streaming an example of technology making things better for all stakeholders (24:39)?

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Do Bernie’s Policies and His Movement Transcend Identity?

Are identity politics dead or can they still serve a purpose (0:38)? Is there an obligation to support politicians that look like us, or can beliefs transcend identity (10:43)? Are Bernie’s policies viable (14:49)? Could his movement get him elected and

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Can Bernie Sanders Save Black Lives?

Can Bernie Sanders tell you how not to get shot by the police (0:41)? Would you rather be offered honest advice or empathy, and would rather agitate the system or take control of it (3:23)? Is there room for compromise and understanding in the fight for

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Culture Series: The New Golden Age, a Book by Ravi Batra

Can all humans be classified into one of four classes (1:00)? Can the law of social cycles explain what is going on and anticipate what is coming next (11:46)? What do you make of the final year syndrome (25:11)? Is deceiving and being deceived about t

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Why Do Americans Seem to Hate Each Other and Love Fake News?

What about our politics makes Americans hate each other (0:57)? Regardless of the reason, the extreme political polarization is serving the interests of our rivals (24:15). Fake news is driven by demand, but the ability to effectively deliver the supply

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China Buys LeBron’s Silence?

Even in the face of controversy, LeBron James has never backed down when standing against injustice. Does his unwillingness to discuss the issues in Hong Kong signal a change in approach? Or does the size of the Chinese market, or its distance from the U.

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