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Steven Spierer, 2/8/20

Speakers shouted down. Students and professors afraid to speak honestly. Rates of anxiety, depression and suicide are rising on university campuses as well as nationally. Steve talks with Greg Lukianoff, co-author of The Coddling of the American Mind: How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas are Setting Up a Generation for Failure.


Steven Spierer, 2/1/20

No civilized person wants hate speech. Most people want free speech. Some think the best way to stop hate speech is to censor hate speech. Steve interviews Constitutional Law Professor Nadine Strossen, author of HATE: Why We Should Resist It with Free Speech, Not Censorship. [...]


Steven Spierer, 1/18/20

Today Steve talks about impeachment, but it’s not exactly what you think. Steve interviews Brenda Wineapple, author of The Impeachers: The Trial of Andrew Johnson and The Dream of a Just Nation. [...]


Steven Spierer, 1/11/20

We can expect to live longer, healthier lives than our ancestors but that requires more than money. Steve talks with Daniel Goldie, co-author of The Investment Answer: Learn to Manage Your Money & Protect Your Financial Future. Also, anxiety about technology is universal. Steve talks about that phenomenon and offers a perspective on how to [...]


Steven Spierer, 1/4/20

Some adolescents safely, capably and independently enter the adult world while others do not. Turns out that everyone from wolves to humpback whales are also wild as teenagers. Steve talks with Barbara Natterson-Horowitz, Co-Author of Wildhood: The Epic Journey from Adolescence to Adulthood in Humans and Other Animals.

Steven Spierer, 12/21/19

Steve talks with child development & behavior specialist and all around Parent, Betsy Brown Braun, author of Just Tell Me What To Say and of You’re Not The Boss of Me and host of


Steven Spierer, 11/23/19

We are subjected every day to an overwhelming information dump from television, from the internet and from what’s left of newspapers. What has emerged is a cottage industry of people deciding fact and fiction. Some in that industry work to convince us that stop means go and that red is somehow green. As a [...]


Steven Spierer, 11/16/19

Steve interviews five time US Congressman, Professor of Law and Economics, Chair of the California Common Sense Party and former Supreme Court Attorney/Law Clerk Tom Campbell about his direct experiences as a Congressman during the Clinton impeachment.

Steven Spierer, 10/26/19

Lots of people hate business, and in particular big business, pointing out that Walmart and Amazon destroy small businesses and sometimes entire communities. Facebook’s systems turn some people into addicts while putting our personal data at risk. Giant service providers no longer provide good service as they grow. Only 42% of millennials support [...]


Steven Spierer, 10/5/19

“Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge” is the first new “Land” to debut at Disneyland since Mickey’s Toontown opened in 1993. Steve talks about all things Disney Parks with David Koenig, author of The 55ers: The Pioneers Who Settled Disneyland. [...]


Steven Spierer, 9/14/19

There is real power in understanding our bad feelings. Negative emotions are useful in certain situations, yet can become overwhelming. Low moods prevent us from wasting effort in pursuit of unreachable goals, but they often escalate into pathological depression. Understanding bad feelings by understanding individuals as individuals can reveal new paths for relieving human [...]


Steven Spierer, 8/24/19

Even for his supporters the daily choices made by Donald Trump are hard to understand. For non-supporters he is even more confusing and confounding. There is at least one journalist who has followed Donald Trump for decades and who understands what he is actually doing better than most. Steve welcomes back Gwenda Blair, author [...]


Steven Spierer, 8/17/19

Among the first things we need to help people rise is knocking down the obstacles government puts in front of advancement which reinforce persistent poverty and inequality and prevent entrepreneurship from flourishing, particularly among those who haven’t had previous success. Steve talks with John H. Cox, the 2018 Republican candidate for Governor of California. [...]


Steven Spierer, 8/10/19

Free Speech is under attack at colleges and universities, with critics challenging the value of open inquiry and freewheeling intellectual debate. Too often speakers are shouted down, professors are threatened and classes are disrupted. Steve interviews Keith Whittington, author of Speak Freely: Why Universities Must Defend Free Speech [...]


Steven Spierer, 8/3/19

Data is fundamental to our modern world. We rely on numbers to allocate resources in economic development, employment, health care, education and public policy. But because most data fails to take gender into account, treating men as the default and women as atypical, bias and discrimination are baked into our systems. Steve talks [...]


Steven Spierer, 7/27/19

Steve talks with child development & behavior specialist and all around Parent, Betsy Brown Braun, author of Just Tell Me What To Say and of You’re Not The Boss of Me and host of [...]


Steven Spierer, 6/22/19

Very few people would like to again experience the anxiety or the financial losses that arose from the 2008 financial crisis. But it has happened before and it will happen again. Steve talks with Richard Vague, author of A Brief History of Doom: 200 Years of Financial Crisis. [...]


Marc Germain, 6/19/19

The one with the cop shooting. With Steven Spierer


Steven Spierer, 6/15/19

Investing money can be both profitable and dangerous. Every year millions of people across the country make successful investments with and through honest and capable people. Other people invest with others who either cheat, lie and steal or who are incompetent and unnecessarily lose their hard-earned money. Steve talks with attorney Bob Uhl, Director of [...]


Steven Spierer, 6/1/19

A college education can be a great asset. Yet, many young adults report that their transition from the classroom to the boardroom is confusing, frustrating and frightening. There is no specific recipe for how to balance the conflicting challenges of adult life when leaving the artificial light of academic study. But there are strategies [...]