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      Sun 30 Apr 2017

      Show 315 - War on a Whim? 1h 1m play

      There's a lot in this show subject-wise, but it's really supposed to be about War Powers in the USA and how events in Syria and North Korea play into the issue.

      Thu 16 Mar 2017

      Show 314 - Unhealthy Numbers 1h 2m play

      As the GOP attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act, Dan ponders the dichotomy between what Americans spend on health care versus what they get in return.

      Tue 14 Feb 2017

      Show 313 - Get Me A Glass of Water 53m play

      Dan is in an introspective mental place in this show...but he may just drag you in there with him.

      Wed 07 Dec 2016

      Show 312 - Re-Connections with James Burke 1h 21m play

      Dan has another visit with the always fascinating science historian and TV host James Burke. He also catches up a bit on early Trump cabinet picks and the Dakota pipeline protests.

      Fri 11 Nov 2016

      Show 311 - Trumped 1h 3m play

      Post-2016 election analysis and discussion from a Martian political perspective.

      Thu 13 Oct 2016

      Show 310 - Or Else 44m play

      What happens if our nation's problems become too large to realistically imagine our politicians solving? What if voting doesn't help? Dan reminds us that he's not a moderate, and that you probably are... 2 more words

      Sat 10 Sep 2016

      Show 309 - A Bodyguard of Lies 56m play

      Secrecy, hacking, information leaks, whistle-blowers, foreign-operative propaganda pushers, disinformation, election tampering and the search for any truth in cyberspace occupy Dan's thoughts in this ... 1 more words

      Sun 14 Aug 2016

      Show 308 - Return of the Podcaster 1h 13m play

      After a brief hiatus to finish his other podcast, Dan has a huge backlog of material to cover. The presidential race, foreign affairs and racial and cultural questions take center stage.

      Mon 27 Jun 2016

      Show 307 - Revenge of the Gangrenous Finger 49m play

      This show has a "chickens coming home to roost" feel to it, but maybe in a positive way. It was supposed to be about the recent British vote to leave the EU, but evolved into something larger. Surpris... 2 more words

      Sun 05 Jun 2016

      Show 306 - Disengaging the Lizard Brain 44m play

      Hate is a very strong word, but increasing numbers of Americans hate their countrymen. Is this a danger to the stability of the country? If it were deemed such, what can be done about it?

      Sat 07 May 2016

      Show 305 - A Catalyst for the Inconceivable 1h 11m play

      Dan finds the idea of a Donald Trump presidency to be inconceivable. He also thinks a fundamental change in U.S. Foreign Policy is also inconceivable. Could one inconceivable outcome lead to another?

      Sun 17 Apr 2016

      Show 304 - Speed Dating For Delegates 44m play

      As the U.S. Presidential campaign veers into unprecedented territory Dan sees opportunity in the unusual circumstances. "Anger is an Energy" he says. And he says it AGAIN and AGAIN.

      Fri 01 Apr 2016

      Show 303 - The Way You Play The Game Redux 47m play

      It's not easy to get under Dan's normally flexible, see-things-from-multiple-angles skin, but Donald Trump's stated willingness to cross traditional American moral fault lines has done just that.

      Fri 26 Feb 2016

      Show 302 - Of Courts, Cooks and Apples 56m play

      Justice Scalia of the Supreme Court dies and CEO Tim Cook and Apple go toe-to-toe with the U.S. Government over privacy.

      Sat 06 Feb 2016

      Show 301 - Martian Perspectives 52m play

      In an election where political outsiders are exceeding all expectations, who better than a political outsider to break down the situation? Dan gives his Martian-style post-Iowa analysis and looks ahea... 3 more words

      Fri 08 Jan 2016

      Show 300 - Trecenti 1h 18m play

      Fantasies about electoral chaos, calls for political prudence and martian thoughts on an anti-federal government standoff in Oregon help stuff this episode chock full of what most of you love about th... 2 more words

      Thu 10 Dec 2015

      Show 299 - The War on Bad Thoughts 1h play

      A mass shooting in California is tied to an American-born Muslim.Can any defense prevent homegrown terror while leaving our rights intact?

      Sat 14 Nov 2015

      Show 298 - Innovation Acceleration and Jab Defense 1h 8m play

      What began as a show speculating about speeding up the pace of technological discoveries morphed into a conversation about effective responses to the November 13th 2015 terror attacks in Paris.

      Mon 19 Oct 2015

      Show 297 - The Show That Should Not Be 53m play

      An audio playback glitch results in Dan not being able to work on the overdue Hardcore History show. This effort is what got completed instead. Syria, Russia and the Democratic Presidential Primary de... 3 more words

      Fri 25 Sep 2015

      Show 296 - Immigration Breakdown 1h 4m play

      Dan tries to break down some of the issues and add some context to the arguments, nuances and complexities of the current immigration and refugee situation in Europe and the U.S..

      Sat 08 Aug 2015

      Show 295 - Trumping the Playbook 55m play

      Dan puts on his pundit hat to analyze the first GOP televised debate. Not surprisingly, while he's no fan of Donald Trump, he finds reasons to be glad there's a political outsider in the race.

      Tue 14 Jul 2015

      Show 294 - Backdoors to Glass Houses 44m play

      Experts have said that we are heading towards a future where privacy is dead. Do humans have any say in the matter? Dan talks encryption, personal security vs collective security, and dreams he has.

      Sat 27 Jun 2015

      Show 293 - Sitting Down with Sam 2h 16m play

      Dan has an in-depth discussion with author, neuroscientist, philosopher and podcaster Sam Harris about terrorism, violence, Islam, morality in foreign policy and a whole lot of other things.

      Fri 05 Jun 2015

      Show 292 - Pandering for Liberty 55m play

      Dan has talked in the past about funding drives to get reformers elected, but this show explores a more "if you can't beat them, join them" approach to achieving public policy goals in a money-dominat... 2 more words

      Sun 17 May 2015

      Show 291 - Past Performance & Future Results 1h 2m play

      Recorded to the soothing background sounds of jackhammers, this show talks about the electorate's collective memory with a bit about riots and partisan self-image thrown in for variety's sake.

      Sun 29 Mar 2015

      Show 290 - The Illusion of Control 50m play

      The ideas of secrecy, democracy, special interests and international trade deals are interwoven into this episode that uses the negotiations over two upcoming international trade agreements to highlig... 3 more words