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You Won’t Go Anywhere (Good) Trying to Lead on Good Intentions Alone

With the Democratic Party in its current form seeming so ineffective and unable to consistently fill its role in our two party system of governance, James Keys, Tunde Ogunlana, and Rob Richardson discuss whether the Democratic Party is wasting our time with such a defective approach to politics (02:32) and whether there is anything that the party as a whole really stands for other than good intentions (16:49). The guys also consider how the party of FDR and LBJ could become so ineffective (29:39) and whether the party could be replaced if it cannot pull itself back together (43:40).

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Culture Series: Hamilton, a musical by Lin-Manuel Miranda

Alexander Hamilton has a story we can all relate to, and James Keys, Tunde Ogunlana, and special guest Rick Ellsley take a look at the hit Broadway musical, Hamilton, with music, lyrics, and book by Lin-Manuel Miranda, specifically getting into the things that stood out in Hamilton’s story and the musical production (02:43) and whether the historical story was effectively told through musical form (12:07). The birth of extreme partisanship and the role partisanship and compromise played in early stages of our government (30:11), presentation of women’s stories (46:11), and the A.Ham v. A.Burr debate (51:12) are all also discussed.

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Nothing to Fear Except Ineffective Leadership Itself

How someone responds in the face of crisis is telling, so with societies around the globe in crisis mode dealing with COVID-19, James Keys, Tunde Ogunlana and Rob Richardson take a look at the type of characteristics in a leader can make them effective in times of crisis (02:09) and discuss some positive things they have seen from leaders at various levels during this crisis (09:26). They also explore some bothersome or concerning things leaders have said and done during the current crisis (18:46) and contemplate how we as a democratic society can pick better leaders (36:44).

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You Feel COVID19 Now, Whether You Have It or Not

As COVID-19 continues its rapid spread in the U.S. and around the world, James Keys, Tunde Ogunlana, and Rob Richardson take a look at the practice of social distancing, how has been presented by many authorities as a way to make the spread of the virus more manageable (01:42), and how some have seemingly disregarded the practice (12:26). The guys also discuss some of the serious economic concerns that come with social distancing and potentially a national lockdown (24:51), what they see in the panic buying trends sweeping the nation (42:23), and what they would stock up on if there was a national lockdown (48:00).

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Surprised to be Right Where We Expected

After seeing Super Tuesday shake up the Democratic primary, James Keys and Tunde Ogunlana discuss what they see in Bernie Sanders’ sudden skid (02:01) and examine whether Bernie’s reliance on young people and traditionally disengaged voters is a faulty strategy (17:20). Also considered is the extent to which there are parallels between Bernie’s insurgency movement in the Democratic party and Trump’s insurgency movement in 2016 in the Republican party (25:27) and how well the respective party establishment’s dealt with these insurgencies (47:15).

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Demagoguery Credibility and the Coronavirus

As the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) continues to spread across the globe and begins to make its prescence felt in the United States, James Keys and Tunde Ogunlana look at the response in the United States, including how it seems that some in the leadership seem more concerned with deflecting blame than understanding and dealing with the problem (01:06) and whether the loss of credibility in the executive branch of the government makes the new gag rule on scientists look shady (20:10). We also try to make sense of how the financial markets have reacted to the continued spread of the virus (33:02).

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Real Danger Brought By Virtual Connections

Understanding that the Internet can overload you with what you want to see, and also make it impossible to avoid things you don’t want to see, James Keys and Tunde Ogunlana discuss the role the Internet research played in a tragic story of an attempted ‘freebirth’ that went wrong (01:11), the role trolling on the Internet played in the death of one of the UK’s most famous TV stars (18:54), and singer Billie Eilish’s claim that social media was ruining her life (24:32). We also consider whether black conservatives, such as Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas are unfairly excluded from Black History Month celebrations (31:05).

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Culture Series: The 48 Laws of Power, a Book by Robert Greene

As there are power dynamics in most human interactions, we explore Robert Greene’s masterpiece, 48 Laws of Power. James Keys and Tunde Ogunlana discuss how many of the individual laws seem to tie into some broader concepts, noting particular laws that seem to relate to changing minds (01:48), avoiding trouble (11:19), moving crowds (26:47), and making moves (40:13).

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Growing and Developing Our Way to Green

James Keys and Tunde Ogunlana look at how societal will and innovation has allowed driven progress in the environmental movement alongside continued growth in a way that was seemingly unimaginable 50 years ago (01:09) and consider in this light whether our current climate concerns are overblown (14:11). We also discuss what we see in the efforts of some cisgender females to keep transgender competitors out of women’s track competitions (19:01) and what the identification of another ancient human species that that modern humans apparently interacted and interbred with means in our modern society (38:44).

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Is Bloomberg a Solution to or a Result of a Flawed Primary Process?

Now that voting has begun for the Democratic Party’s Presidential Primary, James Keys, Tunde Ogunlana, and Rob Richardson discuss what we has stood out so far (01:33) and whether the primary process, which has some visible flaws, can deliver a viable candidate (11:22). We also consider whether Michael Bloomberg is making a mockery of the process by jumping in so late and spending so much (27:57) and debate whether we think the threat posed by the Trump Administration to the Constitution and the rule of law is serious enough to support any eventual Democratic nominee (41:36).

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