The American Age

Season 5

Episodes

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217 - With the country’s long history of injustices, is it naive to have faith in US institutions? Is there reason to believe that democracies yield better results for the people who live in them. The hosts explore these and other aspects of institutional faith and skepticism.

Tuesday Jul 19, 2022

215 - The hosts discuss the politics of race and privilege in elite discourse. How much should race and gender be weighted when discussing social issues?

Tuesday Jul 05, 2022

214 - Steven rejoins the podcast, and the hosts discuss the “vs” mood in US politics. Roe vs Wade vs SCOTUS vs women vs the Bible vs left vs right vs trans-rights vs white men vs...

Monday Jun 20, 2022

213 - Seph and Travis discuss underdogs and “evil” empires in sports and celebrity. Steven is off this week.

Monday Jun 06, 2022

212 - The hosts discuss the thinkers who shape their own thinking, both positively and negatively. In sports it’s common to have productive rivalries, and the same is true in the realm of thought.

Monday May 23, 2022

211 - The hosts continue their conversation about abortion and discuss the politics of “principles,” before they move on to Jordan Peterson, and the notion of “objective” beauty standards.

Monday May 09, 2022

210 - The hosts discuss the speculation that Roe v Wade might be overturned. What does “My Body, My Choice” mean in an era of vaccine mandates? What makes government regulation of our bodies permissible in some instances but not others?

Monday Apr 25, 2022

209 - The hosts discuss the media’s representations of recent parental rights and transgender sports bills. How much is moral panic? How fair is the coverage? The hosts look at the actual legislation as well as the stories about the legislation.

Monday Apr 11, 2022

208 - The hosts discuss the implications of Smith smacking Rock. Is this a further breakdown in our collective civic space, a breakdown amongst elites, or just some a random human event? War and the history of “grooming” are also up for discussion.

Monday Mar 28, 2022

207 - The hosts discuss Jussie Smollett and the various responses to his case. If Smollett is the boundary case, a caricature of how a person can manipulate social forces for personal gain, what other examples exist in 21st century America? Is this a cautionary tale of our culture's preoccupation with race, or a byproduct of meaningful progress?

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