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#788 Harassment in place of police work (Racism)

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Today we look at the structural oppression of 'Stop & Frisk', not to mention how counterproductive it is to alienate people in their own neighborhoods. Plus, thoughts on the absence of poverty in the discussion of black crime and a special discussion of the definition of racism.

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#787 Good news, bad news for paranoia sufferers (NSA Spying)

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Turns out that the people paranoid that the government was spying on them might not be as crazy as previously thought, to the detriment of all.

 

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#786 Following the money, the gas and a table (Climate)

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We take a look at lessons that can be learned from science, following the money, extreme weather, and the international travel of fracked gas and wooden tables.

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#785 Time's Person of the Year (The Pope)

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I bravely resist the urge to reference episode 4 of Star Wars as we discuss A New Pope and his radical thinking about how not being a total dick is more Christ-like than, say, Michael Douglas' character in the movie Wall Street.

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#784 Christmas in black and white (War on Christmas)

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You didn't think the War on Christmas™ could get any more exciting but then someone decided to bring race into the mix and the whole thing blew sky high. We'll report back as casualty numbers are confirmed.

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