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14: Online Dating
This has been our most highly anticipated episode. In it, Morgan talks about his excursions on Tinder and Eddie shares his recent experience on Bumble and Hinge. A quick note -- Eddie used both of these apps purely for research purposes and did not AT ALL intend to actually get in a relationship, therefore any rejections sustained during this experience substantiated the intent of the research. We discuss the following articles in the episode: The Economist: Meet Market - How the internet...
13: USWNT Wages
In this episode, Morgan and Eddie tackle the tenuous situation the US Women's National Soccer Team finds themselves in. Players earn less than their USMNT counterparts. Much less. We go into the reasons why this is and how this problem should be addressed and we try not to ramble too much. We reference the following articles in this episode: The Atlantic - The U.S. National Women’s Soccer Team Makes a Really Good Case for Equal Pay NBC Sports - Equal pay for women's World Cup players?...
12: Debrief - New Cold War?
In this episode, Morgan and Eddie discuss whether the U.S. is currently engaged in a cold war with China and the ramifications of the heightening tension. But don't worry, it's not too much like a lecture, it's more of two cool, hip young researchers shootin' the shit about some geopolitical potentialities. The articles we discuss in the episode are the following: The Guardian - Could the US-China trade row become a global cold war? Foreign Policy - A New Cold War Has Begun The Atlantic...
11: They Got Eddie
So, let's just say co-host Eddie Matthews got taken for a ride.....the unfortunate kind. This is the story of how Eddie got scammed for $1,500. He tells the whole story to Morgan on this episode. It's worth a listen. Here's the link to the YouTube video that discusses Daniel Kahneman's research: System 1 & System 2: Why Do We Make Irrational Decisions
10: Debrief - African Democracies
The West African country of Benin just experienced a violent election. Is this part of a larger reaction against democracy in Africa? Morgan speaks from his expertise in this area and Eddie tries his best to keep up. We discuss the following articles in this conversation: BBC - How Benin's democratic crown has slipped BBC - Is Africa going backwards on democracy?
9: Huey Lewis & the Fake News
Is there bias in media? Of course. Is that a problem? Morgan and Eddie discuss this and other matters. They recommend media outlets you should (generally) trust and review the following articles that provide insight on tackling this problem of bias in media: Business Insider: These are the most and least biased news outlets in the US, according to Americans Columbia Journalism Review: We can probably measure media bias. But do we want to? Also, Eddie manages not to curse in this episode,...
8: Debrief - Mitch McConnell
Morgan and Eddie discuss our old friend, Mitch McConnell. The Senate Majority Leader. The Republican mastermind. The filibuster extraordinaire. Does he care about anything other than having power? We relitigate his recent legislative efforts to find out.
7: Universal Basic Income
Morgan and Eddie tackle Universal Basic Income (UBI). Is it a Conservative idea? Or did a bunch of Libtards think this up? Should we adopt it nationally and give you free money every month? Was Andrew Yang a serial entrepreneur or a cereal entrepreneur? Jump into the cool economic waters of UBI with us..... Some sources we reference: What Would Happen If We Just Gave People Money? - FiveThirtyEight Universal Basic Income: A Thoroughly Wrongheaded Idea - Forbes What is VAT and how does it...
6: Debrief - Sand
In this episode, Morgan and Eddie discuss the vanishing supply of ..... sand (of all things). We know. It's a strange concern. But, turns out, it's rarer than we think. We discuss the development of sand mafias, concrete consumption, and why this is a pressing issue. Two helpful articles to our research that we reference are the following: Is the world running out of sand? - Neil Tweedie Deadly and Destructive: Kenya Cartels Fan Sand Wars
5: 2020 Primary
Morgan and Eddie made a list of their top 5 Democratic candidates for the 2020 primary election. Did your favorite make the list? Are you just planning to vote on the candidate with the best Brooklyn accent? Listen in and let your questions saturate the soundscape with us...
4: Celebrity & Society
In this episode Morgan and Eddie discuss the influence of celebrity in various elements of society, and how that can lead to celebrity politicians. We also discuss whether Tom Hanks or Denzel Washington would make a better president. So if that's not reason enough to listen...
3: Debrief - Venezuela
In this Rational-ish Debrief, Morgan and Eddie discuss the historical background and current inflection point of Venezuela. Analysis draws upon Morgan's expertise and also relies on Vox's excellent, concise summary of the topic here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S1gUR8wM5vA.
2: Social Media
Morgan and Eddie dive deep into the icy, cool waters of social media debate.
1: Mission Statement
A couple young researchers throw their hats into the ring of podcast thinkers with their unassailable wit and devastatingly funny humor in the inaugural episode of Rational-ish.