Can You Help Me give a Sh*t: Unlocking Teen Motivation in School and Life

Trey talks with Becca Block, author of Can You Help Me Give a Sh*t, in which she discusses the surprising policy implications of listening to student’s voices in public education.

Topics Trey and Becca Cover Include

  • are we asking too much of the public school system?
  • what it means to listen deeply to student voices
  • the competing policy desires of parents, teachers, and students
  • the intersection of race and gender on educational policy
  • are libertarians right when it comes to public education?

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ICJ and Israel, British Elections, Presidential Primaries, Racial Gerrymandering

Trey & Ken start the show by delving into the International Court of Justice’s Friday ruling against Israel. Trey and Ken disagree over the scope of the decision as to whether it prohibits further offensive action. Ken believes the ICJ is offering wiggle room and Trey does not.

Staying overseas, the guys talk about the surprising call for snap elections in the United Kingdom. The hosts focus on the motivations behind this decision, especially given recent poll numbers for Conservatives, the potential outcomes, and the impact it could have on British politics.

Next, attention turns to the primary elections in Georgia, Oregon, and Kentucky along with the special election in California. The focus is primarily on the presidential election. Trey believes it points to a low turnout election and Ken is more optimistic.

In Supreme Court news, Trey and Ken finish the show over the landmark ruling on racial gerrymandering. Here Ken believes that Justice Alito is overtly racist and inconsistent. Trey pushes back hard and argues that Ken fundamentally misunderstands Alito’s ruling. They dive deep into the details of the decision. They also address the recent Alito flag controversy.

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Kingdom of Rage: The Rise of Christian Extremism and the Path Back to Peace

Trey talks with author and former Assistant Secretary for Counterterrorism and Threat Prevention at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Elizabeth Neumann, in which she talks about a conservative and religious response to Christian extremism and nationalism.

Topics Trey and Elizabeth Cover Include

  • from foreign extremism to domestic extremism
  • the Christian case against extremism
  • the evolution of religion and politics
  • how left and right differ in extremist activities

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China Tariffs, Presidential Debates, Redistricting, Israel Aid

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Mike and Trey open with a discussion of the Biden administration’s recently announced tariffs on China. Trey is no fan of protectionism, but he understands Mike’s points concerning US issues with China’s trade practices. They both agree that Donald Trump’s approach to China would almost certainly be more tariff-heavy than Biden’s.

Then they turn to presidential debates, which will happen without the Commission on Presidential Debates. Trey points out how early the first of the two scheduled debates will be, which Mike attributes to Biden wanting to give debating Trump a try far enough ahead of the election that it won’t do much damage if things go off the rails.

From there they move to the Supreme Court allowing Louisiana’s congressional redistricting map to go into effect. Trey points out the difficult position Louisiana’s legislature is in, caught between the Equal Protection Clause and the Voting Rights Act. Mike is most sympathetic to the view of Justice Jackson, who felt that the Court shouldn’t have gotten involved at this point.

They close with a discussion of US aid to Israel. Mike doesn’t think it unreasonable for the US to put conditions on its support of Israel, or to withhold support entirely if aid is being used in a way we believe to be morally unacceptable. Trey points out that were neighboring countries more willing to take in Palestinians, the situation might be far less dire than it currently is.

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Mike’s other podcast is Sustainable Planet.

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Why Tulsi Gabbard Left the Democratic Party

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Mike talks with Tulsi Gabbard, a military veteran and four-term member of Congress who was Vice Chair of the Democratic National Committee. She caused a major stir when she left the party, which she’s written about in her recently released book, For Love of Country: Leave the Democrat Party Behind, which is the focus of their conversation.

Topics Mike & Tulsi Discuss Include:
– what drew Tulsi to the Democrats in the first place
– how she realized she no longer was a Democrat
– if Democratic Party elites are warmongers
– foreign policy and isolationism
– the ‘wokeism’ of contemporary Democrats
– the Democratic Party and free speech

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Israel Weapons Pause, Speaker Johnson, Trump Doc Case, Cuellar Indictment

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Jay and Justin start off discussing President Biden’s proposed pause in sending certain offensive weapons to Israel if they attack Rafah, including the impact on the conflict, potential reverberations in the international community, and the domestic political implications of conflict over Israel within the Democratic party.

Next, they turn their attention to Marjorie Taylor Green’s failed attempt to oust Speaker Mike Johnson. Why did the Democrats stick by him, what does this say about the state of the Republican party, and what institutional factors got us here in the first place?

Following that, they discussed the delay in former President Trump’s documents case, after Judge Cannon postponed the start of the trial indefinitely pending hearings on a number of motions. Was this the right call? What does it mean for the upcoming election?

They close with a discussion of Representative Henry Cuellar’s indictment on bribery and money laundering charges from his dealings with Azerbaijan and Mexico. Is there an Azerbaijan caucus in Congress? What does the case against Cuellar look like? What does this hold for control of the House in November?

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Abraham Lincoln and Our Ancient Faith

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Mike talks with Allen Guelzo, the Thomas W. Smith Distinguished Research Scholar in the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton University. Professor Guelzo is a three-time winner of the Lincoln Prize, awarded annually for the finest scholarly work in English on Abraham Lincoln, the American Civil War soldier, or a subject relating to their era. They discuss his latest book, Our Ancient Faith: Lincoln, Democracy, and the American Experiment.

Topics Discussed Include:
– why Lincoln had such faith in democracy
– if Lincoln saw Blacks as truly equal
– Lincoln’s constitutionally questionable actions
– what current-day politicians could learn from Lincoln
– Lincoln’s cosmic optimism

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Campus Protestors, Antisemitism Awareness, Marujuana Rescheduling

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Mike & May open with a discussion of the escalating pro-Palestine protests on college campuses. May things other schools can learn from Florida’s handling of protests at state institutions. Mike wonders if ‘outside agitators’ are necessarily a bad thing, and if we should be glad that so many people are in a position to protest what they view as significant injustice.

Next is a look at the Antisemitism Awareness Act, which passed the House with strong bipartisan support. May thinks it’s largely fine, whereas Mike believes it’s too restrictive of legitimate expression.

They close with the proposed rescheduling of marijuana by the Biden administration. Mike thinks it’s long overdue and should lead to more and better research on the effects of marijuana. May believes it won’t do all that much, and is another example of the Biden administration of attempting to energize the youth vote ahead of the 2024 elections.

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Can Capitalism Save The Planet?

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Kimberly Weir, Professor Emeritus of Political Science at Northern Kentucky University and co-host of Sustainable Planet talks with Akshat Rathi, award-winning senior reporter for Bloomberg News and the host of Zero, a climate-solutions podcast for Bloomberg Green and author of Climate Capitalism: Winning the Race to Zero Emissions and Solving the Crisis of Our Age.

Topics Kimberly & Akshat discuss include:

  • How a misinformed campaign marketing slogan about ‘clean coal’ led Akshat into the year-long pursuit of uncovering the truth about climate technology
  • Why economists feel the way to address climate change is to put a price on carbon
  • How to achieve negative carbon emissions since zero emissions alone isn’t enough
  • Why, when it comes to electric cars, you’ve never heard of Wan Gang, though Elon Musk is a household name
  • Why the very industries that created lithium-ion batteries, solar cells, and carbon capture and storage are so resistant to employing that technology
  • How private capital from billionaires like Bill Gates and anyone with a 401K plan is a key part of pursuing climate technology
  • That climate justice is both ethically the right path but also reaps global economic benefits
  • The need to shift from ‘shareholder’ to ‘stakeholder’ if we’re going to meet the less-ambitious Paris Conference climate change goals

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Listen to Part 2 of the interview on Sustainable Planet.

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Ukraine Aid, TikTok Ban, Campus Protests

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After some brief comments on the ongoing criminal trial of Donald Trump, Mike and Jay discuss the Ukraine aid package, considering how it got to the floor, what it says about the Republican Party, and the arguments against extending more aid to Ukraine.

Next, they turn to the recently passed TikTok ban, which would require parent company ByteDance to either sell the company to an approved buyer within a year or no longer be able to do business in the United States. Both Mike and Jay are skeptical of the constitutional arguments against the ban and think there are solid national security reasons for the legislation.

They close with a look at the growing pro-Palestine demonstrations on college campuses across the country. Mike is more sympathetic to the protestors’ viewpoint than Jay is, but they both support reasonable time, place, and manner restrictions on students’ (and non-student protestors) exercise of speech.

Check out Mike’s other podcast, Sustainable Planet as well as TPG’s fellow Democracy Network show, The Bully Pulpit.

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