128: The Formula to Change Hearts and Minds

128: The Formula to Change Hearts and Minds

When it comes to shaping public policy, especially on hot button issues, it can be tricky to build consensus. Especially at the grassroots level, emotional and passionate dialogue can quickly become angry shouting back and forth. Make no mistake, anger alone isn’t sufficient to decisively shift public opinion and change minds. In this episode, Connor explains the critical lessons he’s learned in how to persuade and build consensus between highly polarized opponents.  Links mentioned: How to Change Minds: Lessons from the Prop 2 and Kavanaugh Controversies by Bryan Hyde News Improvements in the Medical Cannabis compromise Libertas Institute
December 15, 2018
127: Thanksgiving is about avoiding socialism

127: Thanksgiving is about avoiding socialism

The recent Thanksgiving holiday meant different things to different people. Some people celebrate it as a day of gratitude for abundance, others, as a day of sadness and oppression. One thing’s for certain, the simplified version we were taught as children only tells a fraction of the story of those who settled the New World. We revisit some of the popular myths and discuss the most valuable lessons learned from the way the pilgrims experience began.
November 28, 2018
126: Ben Taylor on What a World with AI Might Look Like

126: Ben Taylor on What a World with AI Might Look Like

Of all the technological advances going on around us, none have so much potential to change our world as the science of artificial intelligence (AI). Some see AI as a potential danger, e.g. “The Rise of the Machines”, while others see it as the next giant leap forward for mankind. Ben Taylor is the co-founder and Chief Data Officer of ZIFF, the world’s only unstructured database powered by AI. He joins us to discuss the implications of what a world with AI might be like.  
November 22, 2018
125: Lessons Learned from John Taylor Gatto

125: Lessons Learned from John Taylor Gatto

One of the most influential voices on education fell silent recently when John Taylor Gatto passed away. For many of us who have homeschooled or sought alternatives to public schooling, Gatto was the catalyst that caused us to begin questioning compulsory education. As a highly respected and award-winning former public school teacher, John Taylor Gatto spoke with clarity on the system in which he once taught. If you don’t know his story, it’s worth learning.
November 19, 2018
124: Paige Figi on the Little Girl Who Changed the Medicinal Cannabis Debate

124: Paige Figi on the Little Girl Who Changed the Medicinal Cannabis Debate

Nothing helps to shift public perception on an issue like putting a human face and story to how the issue affects common people. Paige Figi is the mother of Charlotte, a young girl who suffered from a severe form of epilepsy. Charlotte is one of thousands of patients who have found authentic relief in medicinal cannabis products. Paige joins us to discuss how her little girl’s illness prompted an exhaustive effort to gain access to a powerful naturally occurring plant that makes a world of difference in Charlotte’s life.  
November 14, 2018
123: Another Election Has Passed…So What?

123: Another Election Has Passed…So What?

Another midterm election cycle has played out with its attendant pageantry and fanfare. For all the attention it garnered, we’re still left asking the question: Has anything actually changed? Have the “I Voted” stickers become the new participation trophy for modern Americans? Citizenship requires that we be engaged in our governance but we’re still left wondering if all the focus on the act of voting is as essential as we make it out to be. Join us as we examine some of the things good citizens should be doing outside of the election cycle.
November 9, 2018
122: Pagona Stratoudakis on Managing the Propaganda on Your Radio

122: Pagona Stratoudakis on Managing the Propaganda on Your Radio

Most of us have heard the public service announcements on our radios from the Ad Council. The crash test dummies Vince and Larry are a good example of this. Have you ever stopped to wonder why so many of those PSAs have a very pronounced big government slant? It’s because they are being financed by the federal government. Pagona Stratoudakis from the American Media Council joins us to discuss how our tax dollars are used to propagandize us. She also shares how her organization is helping to bring a message of freedom to the airwaves. 
November 6, 2018
121: Is It Time to End Daylight Savings?

121: Is It Time to End Daylight Savings?

For some folks, the semi-annual ritual of setting the clock forward an hour in Spring or back an hour in Fall is no big deal. For the rest of us, it’s an unnecessary disruption of our sleep cycles and something that can have repercussions for days or weeks afterwards. Daylight savings is the result a legislative decree rather than an act of nature. Is it time to rescind this policy and to just let nature take its course?
November 2, 2018
120: Ben Swann on Social Media Censorship & His New Platform

120: Ben Swann on Social Media Censorship & His New Platform

If you want to see an example of what authentic investigative journalism looks like, look no further than Ben Swann. His “Reality Check” segments have been a highly popular alternative to the agenda-driven content being promoted by so many news outlets. Ben joins us to discuss the ongoing social media purge of dissenting voices and also to tell us about his new platform from which he is broadcasting.  
October 30, 2018
119: What Exactly Have We Been Up To?

119: What Exactly Have We Been Up To?

If you’re a regular listener to the Society and the State podcast, you’ve no doubt noticed that we’ve had a few gaps in posting new episodes lately. Given how much we enjoy doing this podcast, it would be more than a bit out of character for us to have grown tired or lazy about doing SATS. It turns out that some very exciting projects have been keeping Connor and Bryan burning the midnight oil these past few weeks. In this episode we’ll tell you what they are.
October 26, 2018