Politics

3RT:21 – Cannon’s Cancel

We examine the phenomenon of “cancel culture” through a historical lens, before looking into the details of two recent examples of attempted cancellations; Lin Manuel Miranda and “Hamilton”, and Nick Cannon’s controversial comments on a recent podcast.

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3RT:20 – Y’all Giving Me Homework?! Feedback Episode!

It’s high time for another feedback episode! Listeners chime in on questions, comments, and concerns regarding how to talk with your conservative friends and families, BLM, billionaires, blaxit, and more. Lots of stats, lots of studies, lots of reports to peruse! Links mentioned in this podcast… On “Moral Licensing” Revisionist History Podcast, “The Lady Vanishes”…

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3RT:19 – Warlocks from the Ninth Lodge of Hell vs the Sons of Hemlock

A.Ron attempts to distill what he’s learned about how, when, and why people change their minds about deeply held beliefs and how you can arrive at the truth of a thing using formative experiences from his past and tortured video game metaphor.

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3RT:16 – “Walking in the Snow”

Every few months/years, cops beat or kill unarmed Americans, at far higher rates than our partners and allies in developed countries. While this is cause by itself for question and reform, the data also says that black men are at a particularly high risk. Are American cops using unnecessary violence and brutality or are there just a few bad apples making shaky calls in extreme situations? Are our police forces beholden to systemic racism or worse? If so, what do you do about it? Who watches the watchmen?

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3RT:15 – “Moving Forward” with Corey

A.Ron is joined this week by Corey from the Moving Forward Podcast to talk about Andrew Yang’s Universal Basic Income proposal from a progressive point of view. Is $1000/month UBI a good deal for the working class, or are they taking pennies on the dollar, and if so, who’s got a better idea than UBI? But first, A.Ron spends a couple minutes talking about the nationwide protests over the murder of George Floyd; why they are happening, what can make things better, and how you can help the victims of police brutality be heard.

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3RT:13 – Don’t Blame Me, I Voted Owl

Forever voting for the lesser of two evils sucks. So why not vote third party? A.Ron uses an animal kingdom framework developed in a video by CGP Grey to explain why third parties struggle to get off the ground in America, and discusses strategies of how we can change the system to allow us to vote for a candidate that actually represents us and allow third parties the chance to flourish.

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3RT:10 – Be the Picard You Want to See in the World

A.Ron has a conversation with activist/filmmaker/author Ron Dawson, who stakes forth the claim of being his black doppleganger! Ron created a fantastic video using the classic Star Trek: The Next Generation episode “Darmok” to explain the concept of privilege. Ron invites us all to unleash our inner Picard to fight against modern injustices and inequality.

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3RT:9 – A Lot’s Happening Right Now

Two weeks ago Bernie was in the lead, and everybody was wondering if this corona thing was going to be a big deal. Now the coronavirus is here, Biden has bested Bernie in several important contests, Sanders is almost certainly eliminated as a viable candidate, and our store shelves have been swept clean of toilet paper and hand soap. What the hell happened? A.Ron tries to help people understand the lay of this new world we’re living in, and why we shouldn’t under any circumstances give up or give in.

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3RT:7 – IowAHMYGOD!

The Iowa Democratic Caucus was an embarrassing mess, so let’s talk about it. The caucus process is already weird and complicated, and this year added a poorly conceived app and other irregularities that lead to a lot of heated rhetoric and conspiracy theories. Then a listener asks what you should do when you feel like giving up on politics?

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3RT:6 – The Unbearable Whiteness of Being

This week on 3RT, we’ll be talking about Whiteness. More and more we hear that whites are in trouble in America. They’re facing economically anxiety, they’re depressed, they’re suicidal, they’re resentful. But we’re also told that nearly everything we value in society; democracy, art, science, and philosophy has been largely shaped by white culture. But what does it mean to be white? What is white culture? Does white culture need to be protected and preserved?

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