Thu 16 Mar 2017
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
Dan is in an introspective mental place in this show...but he may just drag you in there with him.
Wed 07 Dec 2016
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.