Joker and Mental Health W/ Dr. Travis Langley

 Years ago I asked Dr. Travis Langley, author of Batman and Psychology: A Dark and Stormy Knight, if it was problematic for Batman to go around beating his mentally ill rogues gallery to a bloody pulp. I followed up with him to see what his thoughts were in light of the recent film, Joker.

"Assholes: A Theory" With Author Dr. Aaron James

Assholes come in all shapes and sizes. Whether it's at work, school, home. media or government, asshole behavior abounds. Aaron James, professor of philosophy at the University of California Irvine, helps us sift through asshole types as we discuss his 2012 book Assholes: A Theory.

Body Positivity w/ Punk Rock Burlesque's "Squeaky Springs"

Denver's Punk Rock Burlesque carries out the punk ethos of acceptance for misfits. The troupe's founder, "Squeaky Springs," talks to me about how body positivity is so important to the group by celebrating all body types and backgrounds. She also lets me in on her background in the sex industry. 

"Angry White Men" With Author Dr. Michael Kimmel

 Many white men feel they've (ironically) found their place among the marginalized and victimized. This is based on the premise that historically, to be a straight, white male grants many privileges that are slowly slipping as minorities gain any clout. Sociologist and gender studies expert Michael 

Lowest Common Den Soc: Ch. 1 "Meltdown" w/ Dr. John Arden

 A lack of critical thought, an influx of on-demand entertainment and people who identify with a president who speaks at a fourth-grade level. Dr. John Arden breaks down chapter one of his 2003 book as we compare it to today with regards to the "lowest common denominator." 

Climate Change: How to Frame the Issue w/ Dr. Scott Denning

 Lifestyle changes won't do the trick. Nor will we be at the point of no return by 2030. Atmospheric scientist Dr. Scott Denning humbles me when it comes to incorrect framing by the media about climate change. But, there's still the issue that so many people still deny the realities of climate chang

When is it ever acceptable to use the "n-word"?

 Recently Marlon Anderson was fired from his job at the Boys and Girls Club(and later rehired) after reprimanding a student who called him an n-word...by telling him not to call him an n-word. Does this zero-tolerance policy on racial slurs cross the line of common sense? When, if ever, can we use t

Conversation With a Stripper

 There are a lot of stigmas placed on people who work in taboo professions, and perhaps they aren't given enough opportunity to speak about their work in a fair, mature way. We talked about what led her to this career, her background and what she has planned for her future. 

Guns and Toxic Masculinity With Dr. Jennifer Carlson

Professor Carlson’s work examines gun politics, policing and public law enforcement, the politics of race and gender, and violence. Her book on the politics of gun carry, Citizen-Protectors: The Everyday Politics of Guns in an Age of Decline, draws on in-depth interviews and participant observation at firearms classes, activist events, shooting ranges, and online gun forums. The book examines the growing popularity of gun carry among American men. 

Guns and Toxic Masculinity With Dr. Prabha Unnithan

Do we take guns away? Do we blanket everyone with "mental illness"? Virtually always perpetrated by men, how do we get to the core of preventing mass shootings? Criminology expert Professor Prabha Unnithan shares his insights based off of years of research into criminal behavior. 

Conspiracy theories are big business, and like every form of media, has a target audience. We discuss the new rise in popularity of conspiracy theories, and what kind of audience they attract 

 In the wake of Bernie Sanders declaring his intent to run for president, as well as Trump's statement during the State of the Union: "We are alarmed by the new calls to adopt socialism in our country”, we take a look at the merits of democratic social and capitalism, as well as their flaws 

 I've never been able to wrap my brain around people who let their week be affected by the performance of their team. Whether your team is worth a damn or not has zero impact on the quality of your community. So, why so much emotional investment?? 

Men who have a problem with the size of their dicks+firearms. Are these a good combination? We discuss toxic masculinity, what makes a man, guns and hunting. 

No child ought to be denied a five-star education. So, should taxes be increased to fund public education, or is the system so beyond repair that it needs to be revamped entirely? 

 "And I say, really, we're not supposed to use that word. You know what I am? I'm a nationalist, OK? I'm a nationalist." Recently, Trump declared himself a nationalist. Chance and Nick argue that nationalism is little more than blind loyalty, and Eli makes his case that the definition has been distorted. 

 A year since Trump went on a Twitter rampage against all those who would take a knee during the National Anthem, Kaepernick has made controversy once again as Nike’s new spokesperson. We revisit the controversy, and debate the hypocrisies we each see on the issue. 

From experience, I can tell you that businesses don't do themselves any favors in the long-term by stiffing their employees on benefits and wages (It's called "morale"). Conversely, when we hear about a raising the minimum wage, we immediately assume it's a good thing, but there are many variables to look over. Does cashiering or working fast food warrant a "livable wage"? 

 What's holding up FM radio from going the way of the dodo? How many times can you listen to "More Than a Feeling" or Five Finger Death Punch try to pass itself off as "hard rock"?  We question folks on the street on whether they still see the use in FM, or if streaming is their go-to.

I took a lot of heat for a blog I wrote criticizing Social D's Mike Ness for punching a fan. Mostly with the justification that "it's always OK to punch 'Nazis'" It's a dangerous thing to demonize someone so harshly simply for disagreeing...as actual Nazis did.