Podcast

3RT:36 – Hailing Frequencies Open with BJ from S. Carolina

“How do I talk with my more conservative friends and family?” is the number one question I get asked on this show. It’s also something I’ve thought a lot about, because I have a LOT of conservative friends and family! While my batting record is far from 1.000, I’ve had some successes here and there. Today I talk with a former Trump supporter and disillusioned right leaning individual from South Carolina, who has a lot of questions, like… how can I trust the democrats will do any better? Why should I care about policies for people worse off than me when I don’t feel secure myself? What if helping others makes me fear that I’ll be worse off? Let’s see if I can build some bridges and common ground and try to get us on the same page, or at least reading from the same book!

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3RT:35 – The Wrong Kind of Kindness

We’re almost to Joe Biden’s 50th day as President. In this short period of time, there have been some important victories, but there’s also been a fair share of disappointment. Do these setbacks mean electoral politics has failed yet again? Is it really as some fear, that the two parties in the US are the same? If so, how do we move politicians left? How can we be more politically effective? How can we keep our eyes on the long term prize and not give in to political despair, cynicism, and apathy? In this episode we talk about $2000 Covid-relief checks, the $15 minimum wage, problems on our southern border, and airstrikes in Syria.

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3RT:033 – Diamond Hands with Jim!

Podcast producer and host Jim Jones breaks his 3RT silence by joining me to try and separate math from myth when it comes to Game Stop. Game Stop (GSE) has been living the classic “rags to riches to rags to maybe riches to almost certain rags” story in the stock market and on social media this past week. What’s going on? Has the financial Davids finally gotten one over on the Wall Street Goliaths? Is this kind of investing sound? How does shorting stocks work? How can you make money when a company’s value falls? Is this chaos a problem, have crimes been committed, and what if anything can or should be done about it? We’ll try to provide some answers, and some context.

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OWT:29 – RevBedPro

A.Ron and Cecily are back for the first episode of 2021! Cecily talks about developing even a moment’s distraction, and A.Ron introduces us to the concept of “revenge bedtime procrastination”. After that, they discuss some feedback.

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OWT:28 – Merry Holidays

In this episode, Cecily and A.Ron trade tips for making your holidays the best ever! Some tips include: lights, cookies, music, movies, and specials!

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3RT:31 – I’m Dreaming… of a Social Wealth Fund for America

This week A.Ron talks briefly about the various messes we’re in, and encourages people to help take the Senate back in Georgia, before doing a deep dive into the history and future of social wealth funds. What is a Social Wealth Fund? How has Norway’s experience proved that government can effectively and responsibly manage such a thing? And could it possibly work here? We consider the American Solidarity Fund proposal from the People’s Policy Project to find out!

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OWT:26 – Like Neo from The Matrix

On the first anniversary of One Weird Trick: A.Ron talks about personal and collective responsibility, and Cecily talks about asking the right questions.

Then, they discuss feedback from someone with a noisy neighbor, sticking with hobbies, and an update from a friend in a religious crisis.

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3RT:29 – Election 2020 Mythbusting

Congratulations, America! We dodged the authoritarian bullet for four more years. It was a close race, perhaps closer than we were hoping for, and maybe we’ll be tempted to be disappointed in the outcome. After all, even if we take Joe Biden’s win as a repudiation of Trump, we lost ground in the House and…

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OWT:25 – Hearts of Fire, Feet of Ice

In our 25th episode of One Weird Trick, Cecily talks about disagreeing to agree, and A.Ron talks about wintertime strategies to keep you warm. Then, they discuss feedback from listeners wanting advice on dating multiple people without being “a player”, advice from a teacher on helping your child learning from home, advice for allistic folks, and getting your parents to go to therapy.

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3RT:28 – Rules Lawyers

A.Ron makes his closing arguments for why you, the listener, should make sure to go out this presidential election. Whether you’re a third party voter, someone planning to sit out a battleground state race, or someone stuck in deep blue or deep red America, A.Ron has a little something to motivate you to get out there and vote. And if the worst should come to pass, and we find ourselves in an uncertain time with no clear winner and no clear loser, how can we prepare ourselves for that moment? What can we as citizens do to make sure our voice is heard and our nation chooses democracy?

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