Ep 12 | Framing 201 with George Lakoff

THE INSPIRATION FOR "WE CAN TALK ABOUT", DR GEORGE LAKOFF HIMSELF, JOINS US TO TALK FRAMING 201. 

SHOW NOTES: 

  • Don't Think of an Elephant [book]
  • Systemic causes of natural disasters [article]
  • Meet George Lakoff [personal site] [Twitter] [Facebook
  • Lawrence Peter "Yogi" Berra at his finest [video]
  • KellyAnne Conway and alternative facts [link]
  • Cersei Lannister, matriarch of in-group care [wiki]
  • A primer on mirror neurons [link]
  • Citizens Communication Network [article]

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Daenerys image courtesy of John Scarratt. See his work at: http://www.johnscarratt.co.uk/dracarys/ 

 

Ep 11 | The Foundation of a Nurturant Society

MATT BRUENIG OF THE PEOPLE'S POLICY PROJECT JOINS US TO DISCUSS ESTABLISHING A FOUNDATION FOR LIBERAL SOCIETY. 

SHOW NOTES: 

  • How the "social safety net" got its name [link]
  • "A Foundation, Not A Safety Net" [article
  • Meet Matt Bruenig [Twitter]
  • The People's Policy Project in all its glory [site]
  • Support the People's Policy Project [Patreon]
  • The Acropolis and the Parthenon [link]
  • The Walking Dead on AMC [link

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Ep 10 | The Road to Single-Payer Healthcare

CHARLES GABA OF ACASIGNUPS.NET JOINS US TO DISCUSS PRACTICAL MEASURES TO GET AMERICA MARCHING TOWARDS AFFORDABLE, COMPREHENSIVE, UNIVERSAL HEALTHCARE. 

SHOW NOTES:

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Ep 9 | Democrats in Coal Country

THE YOUNGEST DEMOCRATIC STATE-WIDE ELECTED OFFICIAL IN WEST VIRGINIA JOINS US TO DISCUSS THE PRESENT AND FUTURE OF DEMOCRATS IN COAL COUNTRY. 

SHOW NOTES:

  • Dan Savage on Bill Maher's show urging Democrats to become an urban party [video]
  • Meet John Williams, West Virginia, House of Delegates 51st District (Monongalia County) [Facebook page]
  • Visit beautiful West Virginia [tourism page]
  • Minimum wage by state [link]
  • Jim Justice goes back to being a Republican [link]
  • The Pursuit of Happyness [trailer]

Ep 8 | Why We Need Government

A FUNDAMENTAL GUIDE TO WHY WE NEED GOVERNMENT. KEEP HANDY WHEN RESPONDING TO CLAIMS THAT LESS GOVERNMENT IS NECESSARILY BETTER.

SHOW NOTES:

  • What Norway does with its oil [link]
  • A part that stands for a whole, or a whole that stands for a part [synecdoche definition]
  • Thalidomide caused birth defects when pregnant women took it for morning sickness [link]
  • A wonkier breakdown of the market failures [link]
  • Mitt Romney makes the case for a managed bankruptcy of Detroit [link]
  • The Minority Report [trailer]
  • Every Tom Cruise run. Ever. [video]

Ep 7 (Part 2) | The Crisis of Climate Change

WE CONTINUE OUR RIVETING DISCUSSION ON "THE CRISIS OF CLIMATE CHANGE" WITH SCENARIO JOURNAL CO-EDITOR AND LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT, NICHOLAS PEVZNER. 

SCENARIO JOURNAL:

Our celebrity guest, Nicholas Pevzner is the co-editor of Scenario Journal

Scenario Journal is a digital project at the intersection of design and ecology. With each issue, the journal convenes interdisciplinary conversations around shared and contested terminology, on topics that are shaping the future of our built environment. All issues are free and available to the public, and can be found at www.scenariojournal.com.

SHOW NOTES:

  • POINT: Global warming will kill us all. [link]
  • COUNTERPOINT: Well, maybe not all of us. [link
  • COUNTER TO THE COUNTERPOINT: No, really, it might. [link]
  • The counter-intuitive science that makes The Day After Tomorrow plausible [link]
  • Debating the success of the Los Angeles turf rebate program [link]
  • Scenario Journal took on water use in their 4th edition [link]
  • Why are climate change movies about ice, not warming [link]
  • Why can't Hollywood make climate change movies [link]
  • New climate fiction proves promising [link]
  • The blog of George Marshall, Don't Even Think About [link]
  • Arnold on the need for climate change to be sexy [link]
  • How California will achieve its climate change goals [link]
  • The People's Climate March in Washington, DC: the emergence of a true climate movement, distinct from mainstream environmentalism [link]
  • The Yale Program on Climate Change Communication's paper on "Global Warming's Six Americas" [link]

Ep. 7 | The Crisis of Climate Change

CELEBRITY GUEST NICHOLAS PEVZNER OF SCENARIO JOURNAL JOINS US TO DISCUSS GLOBAL WARMING AND WHY WE SHOULD CALL IT THE "CRISIS OF CLIMATE CHANGE". 

SCENARIO JOURNAL:

Our celebrity guest, Nicholas Pevzner is the co-editor of Scenario Journal

Scenario Journal is a digital project at the intersection of design and ecology. With each issue, the journal convenes interdisciplinary conversations around shared and contested terminology, on topics that are shaping the future of our built environment. All issues are free and available to the public, and can be found at www.scenariojournal.com.

UPDATE: Part 2 of the episode is now available.

 

SHOW NOTES:

  • POINT: Global warming will kill us all. [link]
  • COUNTERPOINT: Well, maybe not all of us. [link
  • COUNTER TO THE COUNTERPOINT: No, really, it might. [link]
  • The counter-intuitive science that makes The Day After Tomorrow plausible [link]
  • Debating the success of the Los Angeles turf rebate program [link]
  • Scenario Journal took on water use in their 4th edition [link]
  • Why are climate change movies about ice, not warming [link]
  • Why can't Hollywood make climate change movies [link]
  • New climate fiction proves promising [link]
  • The blog of George Marshall, Don't Even Think About [link]
  • Arnold on the need for climate change to be sexy [link]
  • How California will achieve its climate change goals [link]
  • The People's Climate March in Washington, DC: the emergence of a true climate movement, distinct from mainstream environmentalism [link]
  • The Yale Program on Climate Change Communication's paper on "Global Warming's Six Americas" [link]

Ep. 6 | The Gettysburg Address Is A Movie

WE BREAK DOWN THE NARRATIVE ARC OF THE GETTYSBURG ADDRESS--AND DISCOVER IT HAS PERFECT MOVIE STRUCTURE. 

SHOW NOTES: 

  • The best podcast for screenwriting ever made [episode links]
  • How theories of human evolution use narrative with the first human as hero [PDF]
  • Furiosa's cinematic and beautiful Dark Night of the Soul [video]
  • Lincoln's Second Inaugural address [link]
  • The text of the Gettysburg Address [link]
  • Is the Trump presidency a farce or tragedy? [link]
  • The Mr Smith Goes to Washington Filibuster [video]
  • The "On Fire" comic of the dog on fire saying "this is fine" [comic]

 

THE NARRATIVE STRUCTURE OF THE GETTYSBURG ADDRESS:

  • SETUP
    • Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.
  • INCITING INCIDENT
    • Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure.
  • EMBARK ON JOURNEY (BREAK INTO SECOND ACT)
    • We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live.
  • MIDPOINT
    • It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.
  • BAD GUYS CLOSE IN
    • But in a larger sense, we can not dedicate -- we can not consecrate -- we can not hallow -- this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract.
  • DARK NIGHT OF THE SOUL
    • The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here
  • FINAL PUSH
    • It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced.
  • CLIMAX
    • It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us -- that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion -- that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain -- that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom --
  • DENOUEMENT
    • And that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.

The Gettysburg Address is a movie called “America”, written and directed by Abraham Lincoln.

Ep. 5 | The Class of Jobs

IN OUR SECOND JOBS EPISODE, WE DEFINE CLASS AND THEN EXPLORE THE BATTLE LINES THAT HAVE BEEN DRAWN AROUND IT IN CONTEMPORARY AMERICAN POLITICS. 

SHOW NOTES: 

  • Gordon Gecko quotes from "Wall Street" [link]
  • Sarah Kliff at Vox on why Obamacare enrollees voted for Trump [link]
  • The Costo Charcuterie platter [link]
  • Trump talks like he's from Queens [tweetstorm

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    BONUS EP (#1): Trans Inclusion in the US Military

    DR LAURA ERICKSON-SCHROTH RETURNS TO THE POD TO RESPOND TO TRUMP'S TRANSGENDER MILITARY BAN.

    Show notes: 

    • Trump announces ban on transgender people serving in the military [link]
    • Joe Biden's response was perfect [tweet]
    • The military spends five times more on Viagra as it would on transgender medical care [link]
    • Former World Chess Champion Garry Kasparov responds to Trump's tweet [tweet]