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Right Brain Left Brain is a fun, smart debate podcast about politics, philosophy and current events

Right Brain Left Brain is a fun, smart debate podcast about politics, philosophy and current events
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Right Brain Left Brain is a fun, smart debate podcast about politics, philosophy and current events






Do Voter ID Laws Do More Harm Than Good?

In this round, Mike and Kurt take on the issue of Voter ID Laws. Several states have adopted requirements to show photo ID before voting, and the trend doesn't show signs of slowing. Supporters say Voter ID Laws help prevent fraud at the polls, while critics say the laws exclude too many eligible voters. All things considered, do voter ID laws do more harm than good? Kurt and Mike drink far too much rum and wine and duke it out over this question and more on this week's episode of Right...


Shadow Resistance in the White House - The First Domino or the Last Straw?

In this round, Kurt and Mike discuss an anonymous Sept. 5 New York Times op-ed column which claims that throughout the Trump administration, officials work to undermine and control the president. But is the letter authentic? If so, is it accurate? Does it represent the views of a single person, or is there a greater mutiny afoot in the Oval Office? Is this op-ed the first of many public subversions to come from anonymous GOP elites? Or is it a fiction, created by a Trump-hater, or worse - a...


Nike Bets on Kaepernick - What's the Real Controversy?

In this round, Mike and Kurt thought they'd discuss the question, "Did Nike make the right decision to make Colin Kaepernick the face of their 30th Anniversary?" But things don't always go as planned, and the conversation quickly turned to deeper questions about the meaning of the flag, intentions, and the value of communication - especially when you don't see eye to eye. Mike and Kurt mix cheap grape-drink with 18 year old scotch, and the rest is history.


Is Faith-based Discrimination OK?

Is Faith-based Discrimination OK? by Mike Epley and Kurt Wagner


The Russia Saga - Episode 1: The Unindicted Co-conspirator

In this special round, Mike and Kurt begin an episodic series chronicling the major developments in the Special Counsel's Investigation of Russian invlovement in the 2016 election. After months of waiting, the world sees the first, and certainly not the last, legal hammers drop as both the Paul Manafort and Michael Cohen trials reach end points, one with a verdict and one with a plea. What are the implications of these developments for the Russia Probe? What comes next? Will Trump face...


Medicare For All - Should the US Nationalize Health Insurance?

In this round, Mike and Kurt discuss the state of healthcare in the nation and imagine the merits - and pitfalls - of adopting single-payer healthcare in the States. Would Medicare For All break the bank? Would health outcomes improve enough to outweigh the cost? Mike and Kurt drink enough whiskey to kill a moose while they debate these questions and more on this week's Right Brain Left Brain!


California Moves to Ban Plastic Straws - Should the US Follow?

In this round, Kurt and Mike debate the variety of recent plastic straw bans sweeping the west coast. Are the bans necessary? Are they effective? Do the disadvantages outweigh the benefits? Can paper straws ever not be terrible? Didn't think anyone could talk about straws for a solid hour? Don't @ us. Listen as Mike and Kurt mix tequila and Irish cream and descend into madness.


What Does Sacha Baron Cohen's "Who Is America" Reveal About the United States?

In this round, Kurt and Mike mix tequila and irish cream and discuss Sacha Baron Cohen's controversial new Showtime series, Who Is America. Cohen disguises himself as several new characters in order to fool various people into doing and saying...unexpected things. But what does the series reveal? Cohen uses deception to coax performances out of his unwitting targets; Is this tactic unfair and biased, or does it reveal a deeper - even darker - portrait of the people of the United States? We...


Space Force! What?? Why??

In this round, Mike and Kurt discuss Trump's new Space Force initiative! What the hell is a space force? Is it needed? Will the US finally have Space Cadets? Set your phasers to kill, this episode is out of this world!


Does the North Korea Nuclear Deal Stand a Chance?

In this round, Mike and Kurt debate Trump's new nuclear deal with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un. Details of the deal are vague, but conservative talking heads are optimistic; Liberals are skeptical at best. Mike and Kurt think it's as good a reason as any to drink Tequila and compare head-of-state haircuts. Will the newest nuclear deal bring peace to the Korean Peninsula? We debate, you decide!


The Revolving White House Door - Why Don't Trump's Appointees Last?

In this round of Right Brain Left Brain, Mike and Kurt discuss the clown car that is the Trump administration. With so many of Trump's appointees coming and going, it's hard to make sense of what's really happening in the upper echelons of the executive branch - but that won't stop Kurt and Mike from getting a little too drunk and trying to remember all of their names! Why do so many seem destined for either indictment, firing-by-tweet, or resignation? We debate, you decide!


The California Governor Race - Who Should You Vote for on June 5th?

In this special round, Mike and Kurt debate the top candidates in the California Governor race. Learn everything you need to know about the California Governor's election, and then some! Who's more handsome, Gavin Newsom or Justin Trudeau? We debate, you decide! Don’t forget to vote on Tuesday, June 5th!


The NFL Bans Taking a Knee - Good or Bad?

In this round, Mike and Kurt tackle the controversy surrounding professional athletes protesting the national anthem. Beginning with former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, an increasing number of NFL players have adopted the protest of taking a knee during the national anthem. Many fans have reacted poorly, so the league officially banned the act in late May. Is this good for the NFL? Is it good for the country? We debate, you decide!


The Iran Nuclear Deal - Is Trump's Pullout Justified?

In this round, Mike and Kurt debate Donald Trump's pullout from the Iran Nuclear Deal. Was the pullout justified? Is the backlash worth it? Will it make the world safer? We debate, you decide!


SF Series: For Better or Worse? Scooter Mayhem in San Francisco!

In this, the first round of Right Brain Left Brain's SF Series, it's scooters, scooters everywhere. Sidewalks in San Francisco have a scooter problem the likes of which hasn't been seen since the Enterprise was overrun with tribbles. After racing down the sidewalks of Market street, Mike and Kurt debate the value of powered rental scooters in SF. Sidewalk-thieving scourge or last-mile savior? You decide.


Who Should Be Allowed to Use the Women's Restroom?

In this round, Kurt and Mike debate transgenderism in the context of the ongoing controversy surrounding the use of gendered public restrooms. Content warning: Despite joking when possible and trying to keep the conversation positive, Mike and Kurt seriously and openly discuss violence, including self-harm and sexual violence in this episode. Please listen with appropriate caution.


Should the Chappaquiddick Incident Define Ted Kennedy?

In this round, Kurt and Mike discuss Ted Kennedy and the film Chappaquiddick. US Senate powerhouse and JFK's little brother - TK has been dead for nearly a decade, but a controversial new film has brought the darkest days of his past into sharp relief. After serving nearly 50 years in congress, did Ted Kennedy do enough to escape the shadow of the mysterious 1969 accident that left a young girl dead?


The Philadelphia Starbucks Arrest - Racism or Misunderstanding?

In this round, Mike and Kurt debate the recent arrest of two black men at a Philadelphia Starbucks after they didn't make a purchase before sitting down to wait for a friend. Mike plays the race card. Kurt didn't even know they were playing cards.


The Pocahontas Controversy - Who's the Biggest Loser, Trump or Warren?

In this round, Mike and Kurt reimagine the biggest loser concept while discussing the "Pocahontas" controversy. Elizabeth Warren claimed native american heritage. Trump dabbled in some light name calling. We laughed. We cried. We did that gross laughing-crying thing we're all too familiar with these days. Most importantly - we drank. Who's the biggest loser in this week's battle between Mike's and Kurt's livers? Certainly not you, dear listeners. Content warning - Kurt jokes about "the...


Is the GOP Right to Condemn Louis Farrakhan?

In this round, Mike and Kurt discuss the recent House of Representatives bill condemning Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan. What's more insane, Farrakhan's bombastic anti-semitic tirades or the notion that the Republican Party opposes racism? Listen as Kurt and Mike race to the bottom. What's at the bottom? Tune in to find out.