All Episodes

Propaganda and its Incredible Effect on Perceptions of Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine; Also, the Debate over Breakfast

The conflict between Russia and Ukraine involves not just kinetic action but also efforts to influence people’s perceptions of what is happening and why, so James Keys and Tunde Ogunlana take a look at how powerful media persuasion and propaganda can be a

More Info

Companies are Paying for Fueling the Opioid Crisis, but Solutions Remain Elusive; Also, the Lost Libido

Johnson & Johnson, and several other companies, recently agreed to pay billions to settle claims over their role in fueling the opioid crisis, so James Keys and Tunde Ogunlana consider what the settlements say about the ongoing crisis and what other f

More Info

The Crisis in Ukraine is a Test of Both Your Will and Your Principles; Also, Appreciating the Tuskegee Airmen

The crisis in Ukraine has appeared to be on the brink of boiling over for a while, so James Keys and Tunde Ogunlana discuss the nature of the dispute and how it fits in to the larger geopolitical picture (1:25). The guys also take a look at some of the e

More Info

The 1619 Project and the Benefit of Adding More Perspective to Our National Narrative

The 1619 Project looks at the history of the United States from perspectives that have often been missing, and James Keys and Tunde Ogunlana discuss how this approach can help Americans better understand and deal with the complexities of our modern societ

More Info

The Supreme Court, the NFL, and Struggle America Still Has with Things Involving Race; Also, Why Muscles Disappear As We Age

James Keys and Tunde Ogunlana discuss how Biden’s Supreme Court nominee pledge and Brian Flores’ lawsuit against the NFL illustrate in different ways on the struggle that America’s largest institutions, and really American society in general, continue to

More Info

What Comes Next Following 2021’s Strong Economic Performance; Also, What’s Happening in Planetary Systems Far, Far Away

With 2021 going down as the best year in decades as far as GDP growth in the U.S., James Keys and Tunde Ogunlana consider the extent to which such a performance is surprising and the extent to which we should fear what comes next (01:19). The guys also d

More Info

The Case of the Disappearing American Conservative; Also, Implanting Microchips in Human Brains

James Keys and Tunde Ogunlana discuss the origin of conservative philosophical tradition and its value in managing large societies, diving into a recent piece by the conservative political and cultural commentator David Brooks which questions whether the

More Info

The Push to Get Spotify to Rein in Joe Rogan; Also, How to Control Stress

Even in a global pandemic, fighting misinformation in an open society will always be an uphill battle, so James Keys and Tunde Ogunlana take a look at the effort by hundreds of doctors, professors, scientists and health care to pressure Spotify into addre

More Info

Dealing with the Pandemic Has People on Edge; Also, How You Can Buy Happiness

Reports of overly aggressive or abusive behavior in response to relatively minor slights appear to be increasing, so James Keys and Tunde Ogunlana consider the extent to which the Covid-19 pandemic, along with other societal factors, have contributed to t

More Info

Revisiting the January 6th Insurrection at the U.S. Capitol With a Year’s Worth of Perspective

The January 6th Insurrection at the U.S. Capitol was not just a historic incident but also the culmination of several trends in politics and media, so now with a year’s worth of perspective, James Keys and Tunde Ogunlana discuss some of the key factors th

More Info

China’s Moral Ranking System is Both Foreign and Familiar; Also, Concerns of TMI on Medical Risks

The idea that a government would rank its citizens based on their moral conduct is probably jarring to most Americans, so James Keys and Tunde Ogunlana discuss how China’s social credit system appears to be a very foreign concept in some ways while also b

More Info

Netflix’s “Behind the Curve” and the Belief in a Flat Earth

The belief that the Earth is flat persists in the 21st century, so James Keys and Tunde Ogunlana take a look at Behind the Curve, the 2018 documentary by Daniel J. Clark on Netflix and discuss what stands out about those who believe it, how the scientific

More Info