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What Divides Us Podcast
46 minutes | Feb 26, 2022
Considering Theseus with Mike Olko 2/26/22
Considering TheseusOn this episode of What Divides Us, Todd talks with his former radio producer, Mike Olko, about the thought exercise called the Ship of Theseus. If a ship is gradually rebuilt, bit by bit, to where every inch of it is new, is it still the same ship? We apply the thought to brands we think we know - political brands like the Democratic Party. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ship_of_Theseus
26 minutes | Jul 3, 2021
What Divides Us - Jeffery Tucker (7/3/21)
At the end of his conversation with Todd last week recapping the COVID shutdowns, economist Jeffrey Tucker sounded an alarm of optimism. Where was Tucker, who writes for Real Clear Markets, finding this ray of hope amidst all the damage done by government overreaction and the politics of the science expressed by the Public Health Power Elite? We brought him back this week to learn more. But Jeffrey again teases our next conversation by noting that he will prep for it by rereading Adam Smith's "Theory of Moral Sentiments," because it speaks so powerfully to the moment we find ourselves in.
33 minutes | Jun 22, 2021
Jeffery Tucker on COVID Response (6/22/21)
We speak with economist Jeffrey Tucker about COVID mistakes and mishandlings. Jeffrey writes now for Real Clear Markets (formerly of AIER.org), and is the author of the book Liberty or Lockdown about the COVID response. He ends the discussion on a high note - he sees us on the precipice of great, positive, change in the wake of COVID. Thanks for listening to What Divides Us!
47 minutes | Apr 12, 2021
What Divides Us 4/12/21
On this week's exciting left right debate between liberty leaning host Todd Feinburg and supporter of relentless government plunder Av Harris, a lifelong apologist for the oppressive, anti-liberty left, the two try to identify the exact point at which their near total agreement on the devious, evil state of our politics suddenly results in a fork in the road. Alas, just as Av grabs the wheel to swerve last second to the extreme left, ignoring the fork altogether, and refuses to engage in rational conversation any longer. Instead, he starts talking like a lifelong liberal, refusing to confront his own intellectual dissonance and insisting the world would be better, despite the obvious deficiencies of our current political process, if only we expand the current $30 trillion deficit to $40! As always, we have a good time, and little is accomplished. Find more episodes at our website: https://www.audacy.com/wtic/podcasts/what-divides-us-31989
56 minutes | Apr 5, 2021
What Divide US 058 AV Harris
In this week's conversation with Av Harris, the former senior Communications Officer for the Connecticut Department of Public Health, we discuss whether certain "underserved" communities really need to be targeted and coerced into agreeing to be vaccinated for Covid - won't they, as Todd suggests, be led to that conclusion on their own by following the natural flow of events?Also, Av brings us behind the scenes of some DPH decision making processes, explains why the state epidemiologist, Dr. Matthew Cartter, was put on ice by the governor, and how the governor otherwise refused to trust the scientists, instead creating his own private and sometimes secret group of advisers to assist in decision making.Eventually, adds Av, the experienced public health professionals in the DPH were reduced to listening to Governor Lamont's press conferences to learn what course of action he had chosen for the state's Covid response.While a crisis has been famously described as a time when transformative public policy can be made that might otherwise be impossible, the Covid crisis also offers many opportunities to gain unusual perspectives on all the crap that goes into the sausage of government decision making.https://ctmirror.org/2021/03/26/ct-to-hire-71-member-campaign-team-to-push-vaccines-in-10-cities/
39 minutes | Mar 31, 2021
What Divide US 058 People in Need
Is it the job of government to be scouring the countryside like Santa Claus, with bags of gifts to give to people in need? Todd's philosophy is that government must operate as the referees of the game, making sure that it is as structurally fair as is reasonable, but not looking to solve people's problems. Longtime government employee Av Harris, a Democrat, sees government as referees perhaps, but ones who do make-up calls, blowing whistles on imaginary fouls to make-up for the bad calls they made in the past. Todd bemoans the moral hazard of making people dependent on government, of moving our system away from what it is supposed to be by teaching Americans that government's role is the bailout of individuals in need, and the obvious election rigging schemes that political parties inevitably become under such a scheme. Av sees no moral hazard, and sees individuals in need as a legitimate target for gifts that only government can bring down the chimney.
44 minutes | Mar 23, 2021
What Divide US 057 Big Vs Small
In this week's What Divides Us, Todd argues that the U.S. system is at it's core a liberty based system, and that a liberty based system requires small government, with a devotion to protecting the people's protections from government rather than a government that is growing and determined to take more power in the relationship by undermining those protections.Av Harris argues the other side, that small government was all well and good once upon a time, but that wonderful big government programs from the FDR era and the LBJ era were essential developments, representing an evolution of our system to something better.We hope you enjoy.
32 minutes | Mar 8, 2021
WHAT DIVIDES US 056 - Nursing Home Deaths
As the Communications Director for the Connecticut Department of Health when Covid set in a year ago, Av Harris was on the front lines of absorbing policy directives from Washington and seeing how Governor Ned Lamont made decisions. We discuss how the state's policy response developed, as Connecticut, like New York, saw a disastrous number of deaths in nursing homes and other senior care facilities while the governor followed the directive from Washington that protecting hospitals was the imperative, not protecting the elderly - on this week's What Divides Us.WDU is hosted by radio talk host Todd feinburg from WTIC News Talk 1080 in Hartford, CT.
36 minutes | Feb 26, 2021
What Divides Us 055 - Av Harris
How does Ned Lamont make his decisions? With an eye toward good media coverage and winning favor with special interest groups. That according to Av Harris, who ran the communications team for Lamont's Department of Public Health from the start of the administration until last month. Harris says the joke around the executive branch in Connecticut is that the governor's guiding principle is WWCD - What Would Cuomo Do? Why? Harris says by making joint policy with a group of states that included New York, Lamont would get more invitations from the national TV news media based in New York City. Harris explains that the administration is driven by a governor who frequently made Covid policy not in line with science, but in keeping with running "an administration that .... concentrates on ‘What kind of headlines can I get? What’s the spin? What’s the story?’ That tends to drive policy.” We welcome Av Harris back to this week's What Divides Us for an insider's perspective about how politicians make decisions in American politics today. Even when it comes to a pandemic.
51 minutes | Feb 21, 2021
What Divide Us 054- AV Harris
Our topic of discussion this week is a reaction to the following sentence, pulled from a news story on Covid vaccine policy, some form of which is being reiterated in many news stories, and political messaging, nationwide:"A disproportionate share of Covid vaccine has gone to wealthier and whiter residents."How did this question suddenly be the one that is asked? Why is it the job of government to be guilt-ridden over the proportions of certain demographic groups who might be more or less inclined to partake of an offering? Does this focus make for good public policy or just good politics for Democrats?We discuss these and other questions with Av Harris, a long-time Democratic government official in the state of Connecticut on this week's What Divides Us.
43 minutes | Feb 15, 2021
What Divide Us 053- AV HARRIS
Av Harris, a longtime government spokesman for Democrats in Connecticut state and local government, thinks Donald Trump should have been removed from office. Host Todd Feinburg sees our political system in general, whether on the federal or state level, as a farce in which slick posers pretend to be caring about the general welfare when really they're grifters, transferring power and money to the special interest groups responsible for their reelections at the expense of representative government. Specifically, Todd sees public sector unions - and their partnership with Democrats that rigs our politics - as a crisis that represents a much more immediate threat to the nation's survival than Donald Trump ever could. Av likes the representation that Ed Unions provide teachers as a great benefit, while Todd sees the boycott of in school education during the Covid shutdowns as an inexcusable tragedy. https://apnews.com/article/joe-biden-us-news-coronavirus-pandemic-jen-psaki-6de489a8be366b836067a6acd8528912 https://thehill.com/opinion/education/538002-america-is-learning-the-devastating-power-of-teacher-unions
42 minutes | Feb 8, 2021
What Divide 052: AV Harris
Av Harris has spent his career as a spokesman for state and local government in Connecticut. Most recently, he ran communications for the Department of Public Health under Governor Ned Lamont. We discuss public policy and how it looks from Av's perspective on this week's What Divides Us.
39 minutes | Jan 25, 2021
What Divides Us 051: Talking Politics Past and Present with Michael Olko (01/25/21)
On this week's podcast, we have a free wheeling conversation between the new and the old. The new is 20-something Producer Mike, who joins the conversation on his last day after four years working with Todd. At the start of working with old guy Todd, 37 years his senior, Mike was a liberal leaning sports radio producer with little interest in politics. Now, he's got his own ideas, and a savvy interest in politicsThey discuss the state of things a few days after the Biden inauguration.
29 minutes | Jan 18, 2021
What Divides Us 050: Michael Liebowitz Talks Political Hypocrisy (01/18/21)
Michael Liebowitz is back on What Divides Us to catch us up on his perspective on current events. Liebo is a 23 year veteran of the Connecticut Department of Corrections and the co-author, with his former cellmate Brent McCall, of Down the Rabbit Hole: How the Culture of Corrections Encourages Crime. He will be eligible for parole in about 3 years.
41 minutes | Jan 11, 2021
What Divides Us 049: "Catastrophe Is All Around Us" with Jeffrey Tucker (01/11/21)
Which is the bigger problem - the Covid epidemic or the government response to it. We explore that question with Jeffrey Tucker, whose latest column is entitled "Catastrophe Is All Around Us" - as well as events at the Capitol in Washington DC last week - in this week's What Divides Us. Tucker is the Editorial Director of American Institute for Economic Research.
43 minutes | Dec 21, 2020
What Divides Us 048: A Hodgepodge of Philosophical Exploration with Producer Mike (12/21/20)
What is the meaning of life? Does it even matter? Not to most people, not most of the time, anyway. But it is these light and fun topics that form our starting point as we explore panpsychism and move into belief in God and how thinking is changed by language and how exactly do we carry knowledge and understanding forward with us so that we become stronger, as humans, as we evolve. No politics this week, just philosophical questions, on What Divides Us.
35 minutes | Dec 7, 2020
What Divides Us 047: The Student Loan Disaster with Alan Collinge (12/07/20)
Why are 'For the People' Democrats like Elizabeth Warren trying to get Americans out from under the crushing debt created by student loans, the Great Society social program born of compassion and empathy? Because, says Alan Collinge, our guest on this episode of What Divides Us, student loans, now controlled by the federal government rather than private lenders, are too big to be paid off and too insidious to abide. Collinge, from https://studentloanjustice.org/, advocates for an end to the program and a wiping out of the debt altogether. One of his arguments might surprise you - he says the principals already been paid off because the program earns the federal government $50 billion a year.
32 minutes | Nov 16, 2020
What Divides Us 046: State Employee Benefits with John Moorlach (11/16/20)
California Senator John Moorlach has been vocal and clear in arguing that voters need to rein in a benefit system for state workers there that is bankrupting the state. This is common in other states, of course, like Connecticut and Illinois, and Moorlach addresses us all - plus, he addresses what can be done to fix the mess on this week's What Divides Us.
27 minutes | Nov 9, 2020
What Divides Us 045: Michael Liebowitz (11/09/20)
We talk with Michael Liebowitz, a passionate supporter of the liberty form of government that was at the core of America's founding principles, who has also been a prisoner in the Connecticut Department of Corrections for the past 23 years. Michael has his problem with the debate between left and right and how it might be handled differently so that we can move back toward the values of liberty and away from the growing tide carrying us toward bigger government all the time. Thanks for listening to this week's episode of What Divides Us. Comments, questions, or suggestions? Email the host: firstname.lastname@example.org Email the producer: email@example.com
34 minutes | Oct 26, 2020
What Divides Us 044: In-Depth on COVID with Jim Watkins (10/26/20)
Radio executive Jim Watkins usually works quietly behind the scenes, but when the Covid virus hit, he launched a short daily podcast to keep you up on the data called Corona Virus Update. We discuss what's true and false about Covid, and what political leaders may be getting wrong, on this week's What Divides Us. You can find Jim's podcast on your favorite platform, or from his website, CandidlySpeaking.Net.
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