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Estate Sale: the selling out of American democracy
38 minutes | Aug 31, 2021
We need a vaccine for dumb f*ckery
Brad and Laurie are looking for a cure to the dumb fuckery that remains Republican lawmakers and their voters. The GOP continues to fight mask mandates and COVID vaccines all while pretending it was against pulling out of Afghanistan despite being big fans when Trump and the Taliban negotiated the exit last year.
31 minutes | Jun 24, 2021
Brad and Laurie are not fans of the GOP's Southern Baptist Convention
White evangelicals, dominated by Southern Baptists, are a primary demographic within the Republican party. And an unhealthy majority of Southern Baptists are Republican. Brad and Laurie discuss just why both continue to be detrimental to racial justice, gender equality, truth, democracy, faith...pretty much anything good.
37 minutes | Jun 19, 2021
Being Black in America, part 2: 'I've always known about racism'
More than 150 years ago, on June 19, 1865, the last group of enslaved people in Texas learned of their freedom due to the Emancipation Proclamation issued two-and-a-half years earlier. That date has always been celebrated by Black Americans, but only recently has white America really become aware of its true significance. And that schism between white and Black Americans in the understanding of Black history as it impacts American history is at the heart of today's discussion.
30 minutes | Apr 5, 2021
Just bullsh*t in a binder
It has been months since Laurie and Brad hosted a show together, so enjoy this somewhat disjointed but highly entertaining podcast catching you up on the latest cheers and jeers from Washington.And don't worry, "Being Black in America, part 2" will be posted next week!
41 minutes | Mar 22, 2021
Being Black in America, part 1: You call this progress?
In this first of a multi-part series, Laurie talks with two former students about what it is really like to grow up Black in today's America. While the Black Lives Matter movement gained momentum and support last year beyond communities of color, the enthusiasm for justice has already waned. And it's not helping Black Americans feel confident in true change.
36 minutes | Feb 27, 2021
Is that hope we feel? Yes.
Laurie sits down with David Quick, a former journalist-turned-candidate-turned-climate-activist, to talk about everything from Trump's Capitol Insurrection to President Biden's climate agenda (thanks to Bernie and fellow progressives) to voting rights to supporting journalism to having hope for the future. It's a wonderfully organic conversation that will leave you optimistic about change ahead.
21 minutes | Feb 18, 2021
The worst U.S. president in American history
In honor of Presidents Day, we recite 250 reasons why Donald J. Trump is undoubtedly the worst U.S. president this country has ever seen, beginning with the teeny tiny fact that he encouraged the insurrection of his own government.
61 minutes | Jan 28, 2021
An historian and a philosopher walk into a bar. Just kidding. The philosopher drops some logic.
Brad back solo, this time talking philosophy, logic and critical race theory with Scott Coley. Scott has a master's in theology from Notre Dame, a PhD in philosophy from Purdue University, and teaches ethics, political philosophy and epistemology at Mount St. Mary’s University. This was a wide ranging conversation on concepts of justice, politics, objective truth, and critical race theory in the context of the conservative church. Along the way, we get some introduction to concepts in philosophy and logic. We recorded this in late December, and I have been mulling over Scott’s analysis ever since. After the Estate Sale end, be sure to listen to me try to test my logic knowledge with Scott. He was very generous and probably gave me a pass fail.
34 minutes | Jan 22, 2021
That's 'President Biden' and 'Former President Trump' to you
President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris have taken the oath, and now America can get back to being a democracy while Trump goes to jail (we hope).Brad and Laurie note that the contrast between the old and new Administrations could not be more stark.
50 minutes | Jan 15, 2021
Are we doomed? Perhaps. Brad sits down with fellow historian Lance Janda to discuss our fate
Hi. Welcome to Estate Sale. Brad here, trying to process last week’s insurrection, or what some people are calling a “self coup.” Whatever the name, it continues to take a toll on all of us as we await the Biden administration and some semblance of sanity. To make some sense of what happened, I decided to talk to another historian friend. Dr. Lance Janda is the chair of the Social Science department at Cameron University, and someone I met on my first day as a Phd Student at the university of Oklahoma. In this episode, we attempt to place last week’s riots in some kind of historical context and take a stab at the major forces at work.
41 minutes | Jan 8, 2021
The one where we talk about a $^%&#*! coup attempt
In the first episode of "WTF just happened?" Brad and Laurie react to the insurrection on the U.S. Capitol earlier this week by a mob of Trump-supporting white nationalists.Now five people are dead and Capitol cybersecurity has been breached all because the president of the United States didn't want to admit he had lost a fair election so he chose to spread lies rather than truth - and the GOP enabled him.Bang up job, Republicans, bang up job!
42 minutes | Dec 24, 2020
Our holiday wishes (including exile for Trump)
The holiday season is meant to be one of joy and peace, and that could be harder than usual to find this year. But Brad and Laurie are committed to noting the positives of 2020 - namely covid vaccines and, of course, a White House without Trump. YAY!Oh, and Merry Christmas :)
50 minutes | Dec 15, 2020
White Too Long: a conversation with author Robert P. Jones
Brad sat down to interview PRRI founder Robert P. Jones, who this year published White Too Long: The Legacy of White Supremacy in American Christianity. We have had this interview on the books since August, but talking to him after the election turned out to be even better as we were able to discuss polls and how we understand the white church in the political landscape. I hope you will pick up the book, but in the meantime, enjoy this conversation.
26 minutes | Dec 11, 2020
Just more bullsh*ttery from Team Trump
While COVID-19 continues to rage throughout the U.S. - thanks largely to superspreader holiday parties at the White House and covid-positive Rudy Guiliani's court briefings -Trump and the GOP have spent their days attempting a coup.Meanwhile, President-elect Joe Biden and his team are getting to work naming highly qualified individuals preparing to tackle the nation's biggest problems on Day One.
37 minutes | Nov 25, 2020
Still Crazy (after all these days), but Brad and Laurie find positives. Happy Thanksgiving!
For our Thanksgiving special, Laurie and Brad chatted more about Trump's crazy "legal team," discussed how crazy you have to be to get on Tucker Carlson's right side, and had some thoughts about the future of politics--as well as carved out some time to highlight those things and people for which we are thankful. But we also took time to talk about how many people suffer from food insecurity, and we seriously hope that everyone listening will check out ways to help their local food banks as well as those in the hardest hit parts of the country. South Carolina, Texas (especially Houston) and much of the deep south have people lined up for hours to get help from their local food bank. Please help.
42 minutes | Nov 20, 2020
Rudy, Rudy, Rudy. America's Mayor, or America's batsh*t crazy uncle?
Laurie and Brad have a rambling conversation about all things Rudy G, Lindsay Graham, and the continued downward spiral of the Republican party.
31 minutes | Nov 10, 2020
The Trump Experiment is done. Halle-freakin-lujah!
Americans repudiate authoritarianism and put Joe Biden and Kamala Harris in the White House ... can we get an "Amen"?Amen.It was a tense few days as 2020 Election results took longer to reveal what we hoped would be the case - that Americans would choose decency, sanity, democracy over chaos, hate and fear.There's going to be a lot of work ahead to undo the damage of Trump, but for a few beautiful moments, Brad and Laurie are celebrating the victory.
37 minutes | Nov 1, 2020
Vote. Vote. Vote. For the love of all that is holy, VOTE!!!!
In our last podcast before this election, Laurie and Brad talk about the last few days of the campaign, but then pivot to talking about positive reasons for voting Biden. We aren't just anti-Trump, though that is clearly true. We are also Ridin' With Biden!!!!Vote, people. Vote
52 minutes | Oct 24, 2020
Talkin' bout a revolution
Laurie and Brad talk to friend and fellow activist Colleen Thomas about a range of issues - from the racial reckoning facing this country to the work following the election of bringing liberals and conservatives together (or not) to how progressives have to keep pushing for American ideals of equality and freedom, exercising our right to vote and fighting against the tyranny Donald Trump has brought to the surface within the GOP and our democracy.It's a lot.
41 minutes | Oct 19, 2020
Protest songs, and other musings: A conversation with Peter Mulvey
Hi, Brad here. In addition to co-hosting Estate Sale with Laurie, I also produce a music podcast called Music at Three Pines: The Podcast, where I interview musicians about their craft. Most of those interviewed come from the folk tradition, which as you know, has deep political roots through Rhiannon Giddens, Bob Dylan, and Woody Guthrie. One example, is singer/songwriter Peter Mulvey, who has always been a strong social activist through his music. We talk about the pandemic, the state of the campaign, and along the way, introduce you to some of Peter's music. Hope you enjoy the conversation, and also hope you will visit Peter's webpage for more information on his music and activism.
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