Episode | March 7th, 2021 | Season 1 | 58 mins 44 secs
Stephen Dause interviews Angel Eduardo, musician and freelance writer. They discuss his essays on the Harper's Letter and on starmanning (a complement to steelmanning) and why Angel doesn't often find the 280 character limit on Twitter to be a problem for communicating about complex topics. As with each guest, Angel answers the question about when he heard an argument that he disagreed with and thought, "you might have a point."
Episode | February 14th, 2021 | Season 1 | 40 mins 55 secs
Stephen Dause interviews Joe Luppino-Esposito, deputy legal policy director at the Pacific Legal Foundation. They discuss the First Step Act and what more work could be done in criminal justice reform at the federal level, the work that the Pacific Legal Foundation has done to combat executive overreach during the pandemic, and some of the needless regulation that has gone by the wayside thanks to COVID-19.
Episode | February 7th, 2021 | Season 1 | 59 mins 45 secs
Stephen interviews Jamie Weinstein, independent journalist and host of the Jamie Weinstein show. They discuss Weinstein's take on the first and second impeachments, whether Joe Biden is a "moderate Democrat," the extent to which Weinstein agrees with Ta-Nehisi Coates on different forms of systemic racism, and more.
Episode | January 31st, 2021 | Season 1 | 44 mins 54 secs
In this episode, Stephen interviews Brittany Talissa King, freelance journalist and former leader of the BLM chapter in Columbus, IN. They discuss, among other things: her commitment to being an independent thinker and why she resists labels, even ones such as "heterodox"; how to be passionate in your argumentation without ignoring the merits of someone else's argument; her experience leading BLM Columbus and the policy changes that they advocated for; and the relationship between her faith and her journalism and advocacy.
Episode | January 24th, 2021 | Season 1 | 37 mins 49 secs
Stephen interviews Joshua Schwartz, engineering professor at Trinity University. They discuss his favorite class to teach, "What You Know That Just Ain't So," which covers everything from conspiracy theories to ideological belief systems. They then talk about Schwartz's article on the pace of innovation and why, according to his definition of it, is dead. The interview concludes with a discussion on meritocracy and the extent to which meritocracy is good as an ideal and whether, in today's economy, having free riders is okay.
Episode | January 17th, 2021 | Season 1 | 57 mins 22 secs
Stephen Dause interviews Aaron Rabinowitz, a philosophy instructor, education PhD student, and the host of not one, but two podcasts. Aaron reflects on how he's feeling after the storming of the Capitol, the concept of equity vs. fairness, and systemic racism, among other things. They discuss how it can be difficult to agree on terms and the use of language as a power play. They even discuss whether 2 + 2 = 4.
Episode | January 10th, 2021 | Season 1 | 1 hr 18 mins
In this episode, Stephen Dause interviews the hosts of the Two Psychologists, Four Beers podcasts, Michael Inzlicht and Yoel Inbar. They discuss their own podcast, the intent behind it, and the reception they've gotten from academics and the public at large. In the second segment, Stephen talks with Michael and Yoel about the social construct theory of emotion, the role that emotion and intuition plays in how we respond to political events, the extent to which the IAT is a valid and reliable psychological measure, and more.
Episode | December 9th, 2020 | Season 1 | 41 mins 7 secs
Stephen Dause interviews Matt Lewis, columnist for the Daily Beast and CNN political commentator. They discuss the importance of sticking to your principles, Matt's disappointment with Marco Rubio, Larry Hogan's chances of becoming the Republican nominee in 2024, and other topics. To close, Matt gives his answer to the question of a time when he recognized that his critics might have a point.
Episode | December 5th, 2020 | Season 1 | 46 mins 52 secs
Stephen Dause interviews Bill Scher, and they discuss how his liberalism has changed somewhat over the years (but why he does not identify as a moderate or a centrist), the pros and cons of the "Defund the Police" slogan, some ways that the Senate might find a way to compromise in the days ahead, and more.
Episode | November 22nd, 2020 | 24 mins 34 secs
journalism, media, politics
An interview with Maxim Lott, journalist and executive producer for Stossel TV
Episode | November 14th, 2020 | 30 mins 12 secs
Jonathan Stern and Carter Duncan are interviewed by the host, Stephen Dause, about their reasons for founding Pairagraph, how it works, and the importance of written debate generally.