EPISODES

America has faced four major drug epidemics, and many argue we're in another epidemic today. Today I spoke with Dr. Beau Kilmer about his research surrounding the problems, and possible solutions to our drug issues. Bio: Beau Kilmer (he/him) is the McCauley Chair in Drug Policy Innovation, director of the RAND Drug Policy Research Center, and a...
What is the draft process like for new Major League Baseball stars? What is life like for these athletes? How do they train? How are they coached? And why are finances such a problem for many players? Today I spoke with former MLB pitcher, and 9th pick in the 2009 MLB draft about his experiences. Bio: Drafted 9th overall in...
The U.S. Navy SEAL's are the elite Special Operations forces of the US Navy. The SEAL teams are one of the most respected commando forces in the world - they are often cited as the most elite, flexible and highly trained Naval Commando force. Today I spoke with Brandon Webb about what training and experience is like as a member of this elite team. ...
What is addiction? A paper released in 2019 says, 21 million Americans suffer from addiction and that's just one country. While not the only cause, addiction is a large contributor to the 350,000 people who die every year due to overdoses, and this stat doesn't include the number one drug related killer in the world; tobacco. How does addiction...
Like the never-ending war on terror, the drugs war is a multi-billion-dollar industry that wont go down without a fight.The war on drugs has been official American policy since the 1970s, with the UK, Europe, and much of the world following suit. It is at best a failed policy. Its direct results have included mass incarceration in the US,...
For decades, New York Times best-selling author John Allen Paulos has enlightened readers by showing how to make sense of the numbers and probabilities behind real-world events, political calculations, and everyday personal decisions. Who's Counting? features dozens of his insightful essays-original writings on contemporary issues like the COVID-19...
Facebook tried to disrupt the world - and the world says "no." Facebook launched Libra in June 2019. Libra would be an international currency and payment system. It would flow instantly around the world by phone. It could even "bank the unbanked." But Libra would also make Facebook too big to control- and lead the way for Facebook's Silicon Valley...
This episode is one of the first podcasts I ever recorded, and also one of my favorites that I am re-uploading. Lyle May called in from death row to answer questions about his experiences and what his researched has told him about our prison systems. Also a part of the interview, Tessie Castillo published her book Crimson Letters: Voices From...