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67 minutes | 4 days ago
Session 23: What is - and isn't - Antifa?
Oh man. We just jumped right into it this week. In this episode, we spend an hour untangling what Antifa is... and well, mostly what it isn't. Is is a proper noun? A collective or plural noun? An adjective? You're just going to have to listen because it's hard to explain. As always, you can find shownotes here: https://firesidebreakdowns.podbean.com/p/e23-what-is-and-isnt-antifa/ You can leave us a review here: https://ratethispodcast.com/fireside And you can find us on most social media platforms as Fireside Breakdowns.
65 minutes | 11 days ago
Session 22 - Busting the Filibuster
What are we talking about this week, you ask? The Filibuster! I know, I know - how much more exciting can we get?! There’s an impeachment trial going on, cabinet members are being confirmed, and we decided to tackle… the filibuster. But the fact of the matter is that this is actually a really timely topic. There is much discussion as to the fate of this legislative checkmate maneuver, and there’s a chance we could see significant decisions made concerning its use. Plus, it’s one of the few times we get to talk about full grown Senators peeing in trash cans on the Senate floor. As always, our sources and script are here: https://firesidebreakdowns.podbean.com/p/e22-busting-the-filibuster-show-notes/ You can leave us a review (if your favorite platform allows) here: https://ratethispodcast.com/fireside And, you can find us on ALL the socials just by searching Fireside Breakdowns.
65 minutes | 18 days ago
Session 21 - 100 Days Later
Over the last few months we’ve taken a closer look at some of the trappings surrounding the end of a presidency - presidential transitions, presidential pardons… This week we want to chat about a concept that has come to define the beginning of an American presidency - The first 100 days. We wanted to know just where this concept comes from, and why there’s so much pressure on an administration to accomplish so much in such a short time. And then we’ll also talk some about what incoming presidents (and their administrations) are trying to accomplish, and how the processes around these policy decisions work. Then we’ll talk about what President Biden’s administration has cooked up for the beginning of this term. We’ll hit you with some good news, too, because there’s bound to be a goldmine of it in this episode.
82 minutes | 25 days ago
Session 20 - Conspiracies: Getting Radical
In our last episode, we took a high level look at conspiracy theories. We talked about what exactly makes up a conspiracy theory, who’s likely to believe them, and why. This week, things are going to get a bit heavier as we talk about the ways in which these conspiracy theories affect the people who believe them (and the people around those people), and then how this kind of thinking paves the path to radicalized thinking for many. We’ll talk about some historical examples, too. And then we’ll end by summarizing just how a conspiracy theory can put someone on the track toward authoritarianism. Oh, and we’ll try to find some good news to leave you with. As always, shownotes are available here: https://firesidebreakdowns.podbean.com/p/episode-20-getting-radical/ And you can find us (sporadically) on all the socials at Fireside Breakdowns.
75 minutes | a month ago
Session 19 - Conspiracies! Who, What, and OMG WHY?
This week we are talking about America’s National Embarrassment and the topic of the hour - conspiracy theories! So, if you’re a drinker, might we suggest something that pairs well with morbid curiosity. But to be very clear, we’re not planning to talk about specific theories. Oh no, you’re perfectly capable of going out there and falling through those rabbit holes yourselves. We want to talk about the brass tacks of this stuff - what makes a conspiracy theory, who believes them and WHY. And then in subsequent parts we’ll get into the fallout that comes from belief and participation in these theories - violence, radicalization, and authoritarianism.
79 minutes | a month ago
Session 18 - Everyone Gets a Pardon! (Pardon Me? Part 2)
In part two of our discussion about the presidential clemency power, we discuss the often controversial history of the pardon power. Which presidents issued the most pardons, which issued the fewest, and some of the most significant, and repugnant, pardons in US history. There were definitely some surprises in there for both of us. Feelings were had. We then wrap the discussion by addressing the big question on everybody's mind: Can the president pardon himself? As always, you can find supplemental info, episode promotions, and more on Facebook and Instagram (@FiresideBreakdowns). And, please, leave us a review if your platform allows! It would mean the world to us.
65 minutes | a month ago
Session 17 - Pardon Me? Part 1
We begin the episode with some whisk(e)y, some reflection, and some expletives as we discuss the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on January 6. Then, we discuss the ins and outs of Presidential Pardons - well, clemency, to be exact. We talk about where the power comes from, and how the Department of Justice process works. Oh, and we threw in some trivia just for fun. Because, who doesn't love trivia?! Find cool supplemental info, episode promo, and more on Facebook and Instagram (@FiresideBreakdowns). And, leave us a review if your platform allows! It would mean the world to us. Shownotes: https://firesidebreakdowns.podbean.com/p/shownotes-episode-17-pardon-me-part1/ PC: David Hume Kennerly via Wikimedia Commons
53 minutes | 2 months ago
Session 16 - State of the Pod
A laid back episode in which we muse on the past 6 months and look ahead to what we'd like the podcast to look like in 2021. No show notes for this one, folks. Just our thoughts and feelings. PC: Matt Botsford on Unsplash
65 minutes | 2 months ago
#FirstWorldProblems - Breaking Down Country Classifications
In this holiday season session, we’re breaking down a listener requested topic. JW Lindsey asked, “Can y'all do an episode on what exactly is considered a first, second and third world country (I actually think that's now considered an offensive term) and whether or not America could still be considered a first world country any more? And/or what the new technical terms are?” So, that’s exactly what we’re going to do in this episode! We’ll look at where those terms came from in the first place, and what characteristics defined each group. Then we’ll talk about the problems with those classifications, and what terminology is considered more appropriate for the times we’re living in now. And, of course, we’ll end with some good news. As usual, you can find us on Facebook and Instagram @FiresideBreakdowns. And all our resources are on the shownotes page for this episode. Image Credit: Danique on Unsplash
59 minutes | 2 months ago
Session 14 - Representation Matters pt. 3
Sometimes, we get representation wrong. But we need to acknowledge our mistakes to learn from them, right? So, stereotypes, over-representation in negative contexts, and tokenism are the topics of conversation as we wrap up our discussion on why #representationmatters. Like what you hear? Find us on Facebook and Instagram, @firesidebreakdowns. And, if your favorite podcast platform allows, leave us a review! And, as usual, all our notes and sources are available on our Podbean site.
82 minutes | 2 months ago
Session 13 - Representation Matters pt. 2
#RepresentationMatters, part 2. The discussion on representation continues with a look at major areas in which we should be looking for representation, and what the research says about under-represented groups in those areas. There are a lot of numbers, but in those numbers lies a wealth of opportunity. This episode covers: LGTBQ+ and Minority Representation in the media LGTBQ+, Female, and Minority representation in the workplace Minority and Disability representation in the classroom Representation in our authority figures Images of Wealth And, as usual, some good news! - Leave us a review, or check out past episodes at: https://linktr.ee/FiresideBreakdowns - Find us on Facebook or Instagram, @FiresideBreakdowns - Or, shoot us an email! FiresideBreakdowns@gmail.com
60 minutes | 3 months ago
Session 12: Representation Matters pt. 1
Fun things happening around here this week! We're moving to a weekly episode, which means we can bring you more great content! This week, we're talking about why Representation matters, and how important it is for us to see ourselves (our race, our gender identity, our core identities) reflected in the world around us. Though there are a lot of different groups we could discuss, we're choosing to focus on: Representation of/for women Representation of/for people of color Representation of/for those with LGBTQ identities Representation of/for those living with disabilities You can listen to the PBS NewsHour Clip referenced in the podcast here: Why on-screen representation matters, according to these teens | PBS NewsHour Image credit: Gayatri Malhotra on Unsplash So, grab a drink and get comfy! Welcome to our fireside!
91 minutes | 3 months ago
Session 11 - Presidential Transitions
This week we’re taking on the timely topic of Presidential Transitions. With all the talk of task forces and transition budgets, we wondered what exactly happens in the 2 months between the election and inauguration day. Why is it taking so long for the General Services Administration to release the transition budget? Have there ever been messy presidential transitions before? Turns out, there’s a lot happening there. So, grab a drink and get ready to learn some stuff!
104 minutes | 4 months ago
Session 10 - WTH Is Happening?
This week, we're taking a break from our usual deep dive format to answer some of the questions we've been asked about the outcomes of Election2020. Recorded on Nov 5, 2020 this episode answers questions like: What happens if no one earns 270 Electoral Votes? Is there any legal reason not to count votes that arrive after election day? And, is there really evidence of fraud in the battleground states? Oh, and we rant a little too. Because that's what we do. Photo Credit: Markus Spiske on Unsplash
125 minutes | 4 months ago
Session 9: The Electoral College vs. Direct Election
Seeing as how the 2020 election is right around the corner, we thought we’d be of service to the American people by breaking down the Electoral College in this episode. This behind-the-scenes process has a long and interesting history in American elections, and elections in the past 20 years have raised some serious questions about its continued value here. In this episode, we're breaking down it's history, how it works, and some of the reasons folks do and don't love it. We'll also talk a bit about the most prominent alternative - Direct Election. Welcome to our fireside.
89 minutes | 4 months ago
Session 8 - Debate Takes and Boogaloo Bois
Are you Ready for the Big Luau? This time, we’re learning all about The Boogaloo Movement. Turns out, neither Jon or Robin knew much about The Big Igloo, so we decided to dig in and see what we could find! What we found was...interesting (thanks, Internet). Tune-in to episode 8 to learn all about the history, values and beliefs... and attempted revolutions of The Boogaloos. If you find this episode compelling, please leave a review on whatever platform you listen on. This link can walk you through the steps: www.ratethispodcast.com/fireside Every positive like and review helps new listeners find the show, and the more people that listen, the better off our country will be. If you have a question or comment, you can also find the show on Facebook by searching Fireside Breakdowns, or send an email to email@example.com. They'd love to hear from you.
83 minutes | 5 months ago
Session 7 - Affirmative Action
What exactly is Affirmative Action? Is it really all about quotas and preferential treatment? Do all companies have to have Affirmative Action Plans? Jon and Robin take on this hot topic, and examine what the research says, in their first listener-requested episode.
121 minutes | 5 months ago
Session 6 – Bad Apples and Other Arguments Against Systemic Racism
This time, Robin and Jon are capping off the series on Systemic Racism by addressing arguments against the idea that Systemic Racism is - in fact - a thing, and looking at some of the counter theories presented by those who stand in opposition. Using feedback from real-live people and research (as always) to guide the discussion, they set aside their own biases and examine the points folks make about America being a meritocracy, about Systemic Racism being a myth invented by the media, about the core of the problem being a “few bad apples” (pun intended), and about wealth being the “real” issue rather than race. This one’s a deep dive, and there are some strong feelings presented here. So, hang on to your hats. If you found this episode compelling, please leave a review on whatever platform you listen on. This link can walk you through the steps: www.ratethispodcast.com/fireside Every positive like and review helps new listeners find the show, and the more people that listen, the better off our country will be. If you have a question or comment, you can also find the show on Facebook by searching Fireside Breakdowns, or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. They'd love to hear from you. Photo Credit: Maria Teneva on Unsplash
102 minutes | 6 months ago
Session 5 - Systemic Racism pt. 4
After a whirlwind couple of weeks, Robin and Jon dive back in to the complex world of systemic racism. This session focuses on how systemic racism in healthcare developed, and how it impacts people today. It's another big episode. Fair warning: some of the information in this session is pretty rough. If you want to understand how this crucial part of every American's life is not quite set up to work for every American, this is a good place to start. If you found this episode compelling, please leave a review on whatever platform you listen on. This link can walk you through the steps: www.ratethispodcast.com/fireside Every positive like and review helps new listeners find the show, and the more people that listen, the better off our country will be. If you have a question or comment, you can also find the show on Facebook by searching Fireside Breakdowns, or send an email to email@example.com. They'd love to hear from you. Image credit: Ashkan Forouzani on Unsplash
90 minutes | 6 months ago
Session 4 -Vote By Mail
This week Robin and Jon take a break from discussing systemic racism to address an issue making headlines every day: voting by mail. This topic is incredibly important in the face of the global pandemic. There's so much information (and disinformation) floating around that it can be hard to figure out what is true and what is... colorful exaggeration. So, in order to clear the air a bit, this breakdown covers the history of mail in voting, then talks about some arguments for and against the practice. You can decide which method you prefer to get in your vote; hopefully this will allow you to make a more informed decision. As always, if you enjoy this episode, please leave a review on whatever platform you listen on. This link can walk you through the steps: www.ratethispodcast.com/fireside Every like and review helps new listeners find the show. If you have a question or comment, you can also find the show on Facebook by searching Fireside Breakdowns, or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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