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Episode 20: Brett Kavanaugh, Yale and Activism

9/24/2018
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Jake and Jordan sit down to discuss Jake's activism on the Hill in protest of Brett Kavanaugh and how Yale students—like Jake—are responsible to stand up and speak out against the elite and powerful in this country.

Duration:00:46:22

Episode 19: Money and "Corporate Free Speech"

9/3/2018
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Jake sits down with Professor Jim Sleeper, lecturer in Political Science at Yale University, to discuss the harms of corporate speech, the shortcomings of civil libertarians in protecting the “marketplace of ideas,” Citizens United, capitalism’s propensity to destroy civic culture, and other topics. Read Professor Sleeper’s writing on the subject here (https://www.salon.com/2018/08/03/free-speech-on-a-slippery-slope-why-are-civil-liberties-advocates-joining-forces-with-the-right/) and here...

Duration:00:51:32

Episode 51: Progressive Activism, Alabama Senate Race & the Tax Bill feat. Ben Wikler

12/12/2017
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Ben Wikler, MoveOn.org's Washington Director, joins us to talk about the blue wave of progressive activism across the country, how we can defeat the GOP tax bill and what the Alabama Senate race means for the future.

Duration:00:47:28

Episode 50: The Tax Scam, Trump's Diet and Congressional Creeps

12/7/2017
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We discuss the GOP Tax Scam, Trump's slurred speech and what Twitter suspects caused it (his diet?!), and the Congressional Creepers (a great name for an intramural kickball team).

Duration:00:51:22

Episode 49: We're back, baby

11/21/2017
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After an extended hiatus to catch our breath, Jake and Jordan are back with the content you crave.

Duration:00:48:40

Episode 47: Politics, Discourse and Being Extremely Online

9/27/2017
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We talk to beloved Twitter poster Krang T. Nelson (@krangtnelson) about how politics and Twitter intersect, what it's like to be extremely online and other very important things. This is part one of a two-part series. The second half of our conversation will be available to Patreon subscribers. Go to Patreon.com/ThinkTwice to subscribe.

Duration:01:05:28

Episode 45: St. Louis, Police Brutality and Accountability

9/19/2017
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Sam, Jake and Jordan discuss the fallout after a judge found former St. Louis Police Officer Jason Stockley not guilty of killing Anthony Smith in 2011. Stockley was captured on film shooting Smith, who was unarmed, five times then planting a weapon on him to frame him. We discuss the implications for this case and how people can get involved on the local level to demand police accountability.

Duration:00:48:30

Episode 43: Monkey Selfie, PETA and Animal Rights

9/12/2017
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Jared Goodman, Director of Animal Law at People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), joins Jordan to discuss its legal battle over ownership of the viral "monkey selfie," what role this case plays in PETA's larger effort for animal liberation, and how they balance their campaigns and strategies with public pushback. [Note: This was recorded before PETA and the photographer settled. Read more here http://www.cnn.com/2017/09/12/asia/monkey-selfie-settlement/index.html]

Duration:00:31:20

Episode 41: Kamala Harris, Sherrod Brown and Single Payer

9/5/2017
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We talk about the differing views on single payer/universal healthcare from Senators Kamala Harris & Sherrod Brown, and that that means for the Democrats going forward. Also, we talk about Peter Daou's new site, Verrit. Jake has strong feelings here.

Duration:01:02:55

Episode 40: Confederate Statues, White Supremacy and Black Liberation

8/29/2017
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Sam Sinyangwe, @SamSwey on Twitter, joins us to talk about the campaign to remove Confederate statues and his crowdfunding effort to construct and erect statues commemorating black liberation in their place. You can contribute to his effort HERE: https://www.gofundme.com/monuments-to-black-liberation

Duration:00:39:43

Episode 38: Voter Suppression, Civil Rights and the Law

8/24/2017
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Kristen Clarke, president & executive director of the national Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (Lawyers’ Committee), joins Jordan to discuss voter suppression, purging of voter rolls, Trump's "voter fraud" commission and other attacks from the Sessions DOJ. Note: This episode was recorded before a federal judge rejected Texas' voter ID law. The Lawyers Committee was a plaintiff in the case. Read more:...

Duration:00:35:32

Episode 37 TEASER: Afghanistan, War and Paul Ryan

8/23/2017
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For the FULL episode, subscribe to our Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/thinktwice. For only $5 a month, you'll gain access to at least one premium episode a week. -- On Monday, Trump announced he's sending more troops to Afghanistan to elongate our already longest war. We discuss the culture of perpetual warfare in America and what is means for people around the world. Later in the show, we break down Paul Ryan's CNN "town hall" and his tepid response to Trump's inadequate response to...

Duration:00:03:51

Episode 36: Sheetcaking, Trump and Ben Sasse

8/21/2017
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Brynna Quillin, Director of Outreach at The Opposition and @BrynnaQuillin on Twitter, joins us to break down Tina Fey's "Sheetcaking" skit and be critique the worst takes of the week in another installment of "They Should Have Thought Twice." Also, we draw a winner in our Starbucks gift card giveaway!

Duration:00:51:10

Episode 35: Kaepernick, Race and Sports

8/18/2017
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Travon Free, stand-up comic and writer for "Full Frontal with Samantha Bee" joins us to discuss the NFL's blacklisting of quarterback Colin Kaepernick due to his social justice/Black Lives Matter activism.

Duration:00:36:06

Episode 34: Charlottesville, Trump and the Alt-Left

8/15/2017
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Reporter Paul Blest joins us to talk about Charlottesville, Trump defending Nazis and how he blamed the Alt-Left, as well as Paul's new piece in The Outline on the division on the left. You can read Paul's piece HERE: https://theoutline.com/post/2092/the-dnc-keeps-snubbing-the-left Also, Jake's computer was acting wonky at the beginning so he dropped out to address it. That's why he's quiet at the beginning. He wanted us to go on without him like true comrade.

Duration:00:42:05

Episode 32: Putin, Charlottesville and Donuts

8/13/2017
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Jake is IN the Washington, DC metro area for our first IN PERSON episode. No better way to break our investigation into Putin's latest tactic. It's called racism, maybe you've heard of it. But really, we talk about the great Democratic donut debate and the horrible alt-right actions and terrorist attack in Charlottesville.

Duration:00:31:28

Episode 31: What the DSA Stands For

8/10/2017
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Katy, @Kid_Mao on Twitter, is back with a recap of the sold out Democratic Socialists of America convention. She regales us with a thrilling rundown of the action, informs us of DSA's newly-adopted proposals and how 25,000+ member strong DSA got to this point.

Duration:00:38:20

Episode 30: Scarborough, Tapper and Harris

8/7/2017
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Fresh off a weekend of good beer and finally seeing each other in three years, Jake and Jordan rehash Joe Scarborough's pro-war/anti-video game tweets, Jake Tapper's weird Lego Trump tweet, and the hashtag Resistance protecting Kamala Harris from any/all criticism.

Duration:00:49:19

Episode 29: Democratic Socialism, Capitalism and Shifting Left

8/3/2017
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Katy, an organizer with the Democratic Socialists of America, joins us to talk about what DSA actually represents, who belongs in its big tent, why we should be concerned about capitalism, and why DSA has seen such a huge boost in support. Katy is @kid_mao on Twitter.

Duration:00:38:00

Episode 28: Policing the Black Man feat. Prof. Angela Davis

8/1/2017
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Professor Angela Davis of American University's Washington College of Law joins us to discuss her new book, "Policing the Black Man." In this insightful conversation, Prof. Davis provides an overview of how black men in America are disadvantaged and disenfranchised at every step of the "criminal justice" process. You can purchase a copy of her book HERE: http://amzn.to/2vpacKF

Duration:00:43:34