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An interview with the uninterviewed on today's most divisive current events. Trust in American media is at an all-time low. This can’t continue if we want to maintain the social fabric of our country. To combat this, each week I interview someone who traditional media won't. Guests share their story without interruptions, provide commentary, and answer the questions that often aren't asked. They’re also challenged to address opposing views and criticism, even when uncomfortable.

An interview with the uninterviewed on today's most divisive current events. Trust in American media is at an all-time low. This can’t continue if we want to maintain the social fabric of our country. To combat this, each week I interview someone who traditional media won't. Guests share their story without interruptions, provide commentary, and answer the questions that often aren't asked. They’re also challenged to address opposing views and criticism, even when uncomfortable.

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United States

Description:

An interview with the uninterviewed on today's most divisive current events. Trust in American media is at an all-time low. This can’t continue if we want to maintain the social fabric of our country. To combat this, each week I interview someone who traditional media won't. Guests share their story without interruptions, provide commentary, and answer the questions that often aren't asked. They’re also challenged to address opposing views and criticism, even when uncomfortable.

Language:

English


Episodes

#09 - An Online Vigilante Group Hacking Russia

4/11/2022
What retaliation should Russia face for their Ukraine invasion? One online hacking collective is taking matters into their own hands. My guest today is Userware, a member of the Ghost Security (GhostSec) hacking collective fighting against Russia. In this interview with Userware we discuss GhostSec’s background, motivations, and more. Whether you agree or disagree with today’s guest, I invite you to join us with an open mind as we work to heal the division on Russian retaliation...

Duration:00:12:49

#08 - The Head of the Ukraine Center for Civil Liberties on the Russian Invasion

3/15/2022
How should foreign nations respond to the Russian invasion of Ukraine? It’s March 2022 and Americans are divided. My guest today is Oleksandra Matviichuk, a human rights lawyer and civil society leader living in Kyiv, Ukraine. She serves as head of the Ukraine Center for Civil Liberties. Last year, Oleksandra was nominated by Ukraine for the United Nations Committee against Torture. In this episode we discuss current civilian life and military preparations in Kyiv, the ongoing debate over...

Duration:00:22:30

#07 - A Trucker Participating in the People's Convoy

3/7/2022
Is the People’s Convoy justified? It’s March 2022 and Americans are divided. My guest today is Taylor Barker, an American trucker currently participating in the People’s Convoy. In this episode we discuss the convoy’s goals, public reception while traveling across the country, if it’s a partisan movement, media reactions, and more. Whether you agree or disagree with today’s guest, I invite you to join us with an open mind as we work to heal the division on the People’s Convoy. The People’s...

Duration:00:17:13

#06 - The Former USA Olympian Speaking Out Against the International Olympic Committee

2/21/2022
Have the Olympic Games been corrupted? It’s February 2022, the Beijing Olympics just concluded, and Americans are divided. My guest today is Noah Hoffman, a former two-time Winter Olympian with Team USA who recently made headlines for speaking out against the Beijing Olympics and International Olympic Committee (IOC). Noah has recently helped launch Global Athlete, an Olympic athlete movement dedicated to addressing the balance of power between athletes and Olympic administrators. In this...

Duration:00:40:18

#05 - A Transgender Man on Transgender Rights Today

2/6/2022
What are transgender rights in America today? It’s February 2022, and Americans are divided. My guest today is Alex Petrovnia, a binary transgender man. He’s the founder of the Trans Formations Project, a nonprofit dedicated to tracking and educating transgender legislation in the United States. In this episode we discuss if transgender athletes have an unfair advantage, if there’s only two genders, controversy from Dave Chappelle’s comedy special, age limits for transitioning, and more....

Duration:00:30:44

#04 - The Team Exposing Financial Conflicts of Interest in Congress

1/31/2022
Should Congressional stock trading be banned? It’s January 2022, and Americans are divided. My guest today is Dave Levinthal, the deputy Washington Bureau chief for Insider. His team published the "Conflicted Congress" reporting project, helping to reveal financial conflicts of interest and hypocrisy among the US House and Senate. More than 9000 financial-disclosure reports were reviewed to inform Americans of the many moments when lawmakers' personal finances clash with their public duties....

Duration:00:49:14

#03 - A Critical Race Theory (CRT) Professor on CRT Concerns in American Education

1/26/2022
Is critical race theory being taught in American schools? It’s January 2022, and Americans are divided. My guest today is Jennifer Ho. The daughter of a refugee father from China and an immigrant mother from Jamaica, whose parents themselves were immigrants from Hong Kong, Professor Ho is the director of the Center for Humanities & the Arts and Professor of Ethnic Studies at the University of Colorado Boulder. She teaches courses on Critical Race Theory and Asian American culture. In this...

Duration:00:40:49

#02 - An Afghan Refugee on the Taliban Takeover of Afghanistan

1/16/2022
Did the United States make the right decision to withdraw troops from Afghanistan last August? It’s January 2022, and Americans are divided. My guest today is Hussain Rezai, a native Afghani who evacuated the country in the aftermath of the Taliban takeover of Kabul in August 2021. In July 2017, his fiancee, Najiba Bahar, was killed in a Taliban suicide bombing in the same city of Kabul. Najiba had returned to Afghanistan after acquiring a Masters Degree in Computer Science abroad. Her hope...

Duration:00:30:00

#01 - An Unhoused Member on the American Unhoused Crisis

1/9/2022
How should we treat the unhoused population in our country? It’s January 2022, and Americans are divided. My guest today is Theo Henderson, who lives in Los Angeles, California and is a member of the unhoused community. Born in Chicago, Theo earned a scholarship to a local private college and received his undergraduate degree in education. During the 2008 recession, he was working as a schoolteacher in South Los Angeles until his own financial crisis hit: He lost his job, and health issues...

Duration:00:50:59

#00 - Heal our Division Trailer

1/9/2022
America is deeply divided, largely driven by our declining distrust in government, institutions, and media outlets. This decline of American media isn’t hard to see. Turn on the tv, and you’ll often struggle to distinguish what qualifies as journalism vs entertainment. Provocative commentary has taken precedence over asking questions and collecting facts. News anchors posing as neutral moderators often make themselves the star of the show. They’re only willing to interview guests who reflect...

Duration:00:03:18

Beyond Your Political Bubble w/ Tania Israel

4/14/2021
How can Americans go beyond their bubble and connect across the political divide? It’s April 2021, and Americans are divided. My guest today is Tania Israel, a Professor in the Department of Counseling, Clinical, and School Psychology at the University of California, Santa Barbara. In August 2020, Tania released her book Beyond Your Bubble, a practical, politically neutral book that offers concrete skills for holding meaningful conversations that cut across today's intense political divide,...

Duration:00:32:37

Dark Money Donations: Swaying our Elections?

3/10/2021
How does dark money influence US politics? It’s March 2021, and Americans are divided. My guest today is Karl Evers-Hillstrom, a money-in-politics reporter for OpenSecrets.org, an organization describing themselves as the most comprehensive, nonpartisan money-in-politics resource around. Karl has been part of the team since October 2018 with a specific focus in the area of dark money. In this episode we discuss how dark swayed our 2020 elections, why the amount of dark money donations is...

Duration:00:21:25

COVID Vaccines: Should Public Trust Them?

3/2/2021
Should the public trust COVID-19 vaccines? It’s March 2021, and Americans are divided. The voice you just heard is Dr. Nishant Joshi, an Accident and Emergency doctor. Both him and his wife, also a doctor, have made British national headlines stating that, for healthcare workers, “everyone is scared to speak up publicly” and highlighting the government’s “chaotic” guidelines for healthcare workers on the front line of the crisis. He’s since become an outspoken advocate for trusting and...

Duration:00:42:06

Gamestop Squeeze: Hedge Funds at Fault?

2/24/2021
Were hedge funds at fault for the Gamestop short squeeze? It’s February 2021, and Americans are divided. My guest today is Joel Block, a 25 year veteran of the venture capital, private equity, and hedge fund worlds who addresses audiences from Silicon Valley venture firms to Wall Street bankers on matters of capital formation. In 2012, Joel formed the Bullseye Capital Fund, a real estate hedge fund. In this episode we discuss the role of hedge funds, the sincerity of the Robinhood CEO’s...

Duration:00:35:41

Climate Change: Caused by Political Division?

2/10/2021
How is political division directly contributing to the climate change crisis? It’s February 2021, and Americans are divided. My guest today is Bill Shireman, a social entrepreneur, environmental policy innovator, and rare San Francisco Republican. He brings together people from all sides of the political spectrum. His latest book is ‘In This Together: How Republicans, Democrats, Capitalists, and Activists are Uniting to Tackle Climate Change and More’. In this episode we discuss how...

Duration:00:35:26

School Districts: Reopen for In-Person Learning?

2/3/2021
Should school districts be opened across America for in-person learning? It’s February 2021, and Americans are divided. My guest today is Stephanie Edmonds. She’s a public school teacher in New York City and co-founder of the #Teachers4OpenSchools movement, which advocates for safe in-person learning for all students and teachers. Not everyone feels the same; teachers from school districts across the nation are protesting returns back to the classroom. In this episode we discuss whether...

Duration:00:34:24

Political Hatred: Treatment with Dr. René Levy (Pt. 2)

1/27/2021
How do we treat the symptoms of America’s political hatred today? It’s January 2021, and Americans are divided. My recurring guest today is Dr. René Levy, the primary influence for me launching this podcast. He’s received the highest award given by the American Epilepsy Society in recognition of contributions to the field. After the 2016 election, Dr. Levy applied his knowledge towards writing ‘Mending America’s Political Divide: What Science Tells Us About Solving The Political Hatred...

Duration:00:32:05

Masks: Help Prevent COVID-19?

1/20/2021
Are masks effective in preventing the spread of COVID-19? It’s January 2021, and Americans are divided. My first guest today is Rod Eccles, the outspoken host of the conservative radio talkshow “The Rod Eccles Show”. It’s become a favorite for military members around the world. My second guest is Panagis Galatsatos, a critical care medicine physician for Johns Hopkins Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland. He also serves as the Co-Chair of Health Equity and Co-Director of Medicine for the Greater...

Duration:01:06:14

Political Hatred: Diagnosis with Dr. René Levy (Pt. 1)

1/13/2021
How do we diagnose America’s political hatred today? It’s January 2021, and Americans are divided. My guest today is Dr. René Levy, the primary influence for me launching this podcast. Not a psychologist or political scientist, Dr. Levy serves as the Professor Emeritus at the University of Washington in Seattle where he served as chair of the Department of Pharmaceutics for 26 years. His interest in neuroscience results from his work in the field of epilepsy, where he’s received the highest...

Duration:00:33:46

5G Networks: Dangerous to Human Health?

1/7/2021
Are 5G networks dangerous to human health? It’s January 2021, and some Americans are divided. My first guest today is Patrick, a former science teacher and resident in Northern Sweden who argues that 5G is indeed dangerous. Of the opposing view is my second guest, David Robert Grimes. David is a physicist, cancer researcher, and science writer for outlets including the Guardian, the Irish Times, and the BBC. He was joint winner of the 2014 Nature & Sense About Science Maddox Prize for...

Duration:00:49:33