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S01 E07: Education Reform

This episode, the topic is “Education Reform” and we explore the question, “How do we make our education system more equitable to empower citizens in the 21st Century?” Our guests are Nate Bowling, a former Air Force reservist and the 2016 Washington State Teacher of the Year. Nate is also the host of the Nerd Farmer podcast and the Co-founder of Teachers United, teacher led education-policy advocacy organization that seeks to insert and elevate the voices of impactful educators in the...


S01 E06: National Security

In honor of Veterans' Day, this week's topic is “National Security” and we explore the question, “How far should the U.S. go to advance its ‘national security interest’?” Our first guest was Steven Dean, who served as an enlisted Marine and then a Marine officer for eight years, eventually leaving the service as a Captain. He went on to serve another 25 years in the FBI, transitioned to the private sector, and recently retired. Our second guest was Jason Smith who also recently retired,...


S01 E05: Income Inequality In America

Our guests for this episode are Jon Hopkins, a former Army infantry officer who has since blazed a path across corporate America at McKinsey & Uber, and is now the Executive Director of a local nonprofit called Commute Seattle whose mission is to help Seattle commuters, residents, and visitors live more and drive less. And our second guest is Adam Stopka, a member of the ever-shrinking group of native Washingtonians in the Seattle area, and a former Navy Hospital Corpsman who currently...


S01 E03: Free Speech and Political Correctness

Our guests this week are Lindsay Church, a former Navy cryptologist and longtime veterans’ advocate and Max Wilson, a current public policy graduate student and former Army medic. Our topic this week is “Freedom of Speech and Political Correctness” and we explore the question, “How far should free speech go?”


S01 E01: Racial Equity in America

This week's guests are Ignacio Cabezudo, a former Army communications specialist and Iraq war veteran, and current sociology student at the University of Washington; and Monique Brown, a 26-year Army vet who now works as a veterans outreach specialist. This episode's topic is “Race” and we explore the question, “How far can discourse go towards achieving racial equity in America?” Caution: experiences may vary... Music used with permission from Stubborn Son.


S01 E00: Introducing Speak Freely

The Speak Freely podcast is a brand-new, veteran-led show that seeks to broadcast blunt politics and policy discussions between military veterans, regardless of their political persuasion. The show is hosted by two Army veterans--Andrew Peppler and Joy Turner--who are public administration students out of the University of Washington in Seattle. This week's guests are Jake Tozier, a former Army helicopter pilot and the program director at Bunker Labs Seattle; Chris Yeakel, a student at...


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