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EP. 96 THE FUTURE OF ISLAM

6/15/2017
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Ali Rizvi grew up in Libya, Saudi Arabia, and Pakistan, and moved to North America when he was 24. He now writes about atheism, secularism and Islam. In the wake of the Manchester concert attack and two London terrorist attacks, Ali and Josh dig into the thorny topic of how to reform Islam without tarnishing Muslims. Can the Koran be taken less seriously? Should Western feminists stop glorifying the hijab? Can we quit it with identity politics? And what is the real, deeper damage done by...

Duration: 01:17:05


EP. 95 THE ETHICS OF EATING MEAT

6/12/2017
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Of all the things most of us do every day, one of the most morally significant is eating the flesh of other sentient creatures. Are you conflicted about it? Why? Is it only factory farming which is nasty? Or is it also a problem to eat happy animals? Which ones? Joining Josh to wrestle through the moral mayhem of meat is Paul Shapiro of the Humane Society and the founder of Compassion Over Killing. Grab a burger and settle in.

Duration: 00:46:02


EP 94. FREE SPEECH: BILL MAHER, KATHY GRIFFIN, CAMPUS PROTESTS *sigh*

6/7/2017
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It’s been a big few weeks for the forces of anti-free-speech-ism. Bill Maher should be fired for saying the N-word, apparently. Kathy Griffin already has been. A professor at a liberal college woulda been fired if he coulda been, for not seeing “racism” the same way his students do. Josh sits down with comic Mike Coscarelli and libertarian journalist Anthony Fisher to ask: How much free speech is too much free speech?

Duration: 01:11:55


EP. 93 VERY BAD ETHICS

6/5/2017
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Dig deep into your brain juice, humans, and geek out about morality and the limits of reason. It’s Part Two of Josh’s sit-down with the Very Bad Wizards: philosopher Tamler Sommers and psychologist David Pizarro. Is Reason an effective guide to moral behavior? One of the three humans on this show says yes [hint: his name rhymes with Blosh Blepps.] Peter Singer, eat your heart out, coz THIS is how you debate human morality.

Duration: 00:51:48


EP. 92 THE VERY BAD WIZARDS

6/1/2017
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Behold! The wizards speaketh! Tamler Sommers is a philosopher and David Pizarro is a psychologist who ponder human morality on their podcast, Very Bad Wizards. Josh recently endorsed them on episode 86 of this show, which shot them up the iTunes charts, and now the three are living happily ever after. Josh, Dave and Tamler sit down to get to know each other over a wide-ranging, two-part conversation about podcasting, fake news, how to trust what you know, how to disagree civilly,...

Duration: 01:19:54


EP. 91 AMERICA NEEDS A STORY

5/29/2017
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Put your history hats on, humans. It’s time for everyone's favorite charismatically-rumpled Professor of Democracy & Justice to make the case for, well… Democracy! And Justice! (It’s right there in his job title.) Everyone wants to feel part of a story that’s bigger than themselves. What's yours? Professor Harvey Kaye wants to grab you by the scruff of the neck and shake the story of American Progressive Greatness into you, dagnammit (without saying “dagnammit”, which is a word Josh is...

Duration: 01:05:11


EP. 90 HE'S NOT GOING TO BE IMPEACHED

5/25/2017
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If Josh had a penny for every time he's seen someone gushing breathlessly about "the i-word" in recent weeks, he'd have multiple pennies. And he'd be rich! But what is impeachment? How does it work? Has President Trump done anything impeachable? And if he has, would impeachment be politically wise? Would it be just? Josh taps the wits of Keith E. Whittington, a politics professor at Princeton, and Andrew Heaton, a producer and host at Reason TV, to debate how we remove elected leaders in...

Duration: 00:53:24


EP. 89 JAKE TAPPER WON’T LIKE THIS EPISODE

5/23/2017
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Kmele Foster of FreeThink Media is our guest this week. He doesn’t like Jake Tapper. Because Jake Tapper believes in objectivity. But doesn’t Kmele? Doesn’t Josh? Wait, what? Can’t journalism be objective? Josh and Kmele wrestle with the question until Josh’s mind is blown. If independent thinking is your bag, enjoy Kmele Foster of FreeThink Media on #WeThePeople LIVE.

Duration: 00:57:45


EP. 88 SAM HARRIS Part #2

5/15/2017
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Sam Harris and Josh wrestle with such mind-expanding questions as what it means to be self-aware, whether computers will ever feel, and whether consciousness might be woven into the very fabric of the universe. Plus, Josh quizzes Sam on the controversial things he wishes he’d never said (or does he?). Pour yourself a glass of the finest ayahuasca, and enjoy.

Duration: 01:07:50


EP. 87 WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENTS' DINNER

5/10/2017
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James West and Ben Dreyfus are young renegade reporters who work as Senior Editors at the non-profit investigative news magazine Mother Jones. They recently attended the White House Correspondents' Dinner which President Trump ducked. They join Josh to discuss the public's cynicism towards the press, and journalists' relationship to power. (Plus, news of the firing of James Comey, the FBI Director, breaks while we're recording.) Is "fake news" real? Is Bob Woodward a schmuck? Is the White...

Duration: 01:14:57


EP. 86 SAM HARRIS Part #1

5/8/2017
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Free speech. Campus protests. Black Lives Matter. Snowflakes. Sam Harris is one of America’s most insightful and controversial public intellectuals. He sits down with Josh to discuss his life, his creativity, and his podcast. What is the impact of distractedness on our minds in this hectic world? How does Sam write? How does he find his muse? What does he regret? It's all here in Josh's laid-back one-on-one interview with one of #WeThePeople's favorite guests.

Duration: 01:07:33


EP. 85 LIVE FROM NEW YORK Part #2: Race, Feminism and Trump

5/1/2017
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At a live Brooklyn lollapalooza, three commanding comics join Josh to discuss being black,female and/or just weird in the first 100 days of Trump's America. Join Corinne Fisher, Myq Kaplan and Chris Hamilton as they make debate healthy again. Weee!!!!

Duration: 00:41:49


EP. 84 LIVE FROM NEW YORK: 100 Days of Drumpf!

4/26/2017
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#WeThePeople LIVE has been picked up by Slate's Panoply network and we're celebrating with a return to our roots: Bantering live in a Brooklyn bar. Slate Political Gabfest host David Plotz joins Mike Pesca of Slate's daily podcast, The Gist, and FreeThink's Kmele Foster. They drink gin. They argue with Josh. And they celebrate the first 100 days of our glorious new president. It’s a panel! It's a party! It's a podstravaganza! CONGRATULATIONS, AMERICA.

Duration: 00:45:55


EP.77 Eiynah, Pakistani Sex Blogger

3/7/2017
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Amid all the chatter about Muslim bans, refugees and anti-discrimination, it can be tricky to know how to tread on the topic of Islam. Join Josh and Eiynah, the renowned ex-Muslim pro-sex feminist, as they dig into the thorny issues of Trumpism, Islamism and Ben Affleckism. Enjoy.

Duration: 01:01:35


EP. 76 DON'T CALL IT A STATE OF THE UNION

3/2/2017
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What does a sharp New York gal from a Trump-voting Wisconsin county think about the President's first speech to Congress? And about Syrians? And about identity politics? And about end-of-life health care for greedy baby boomers? Why, Josh digs into it all in this Not-a-State-of-the-Union post mortem with the Daily Beast's Erin Gloria Ryan, host of the Girl Friday podcast. Lap it up, humans!

Duration: 00:56:18


EP. 75 TRUMP & AUSTRALIA

2/22/2017
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Who cares about Australia? Well, Trump does, a bit. And Josh does, a lot. And so does Aussie journalist and all-round clever funny guy James West, of Mother Jones magazine in New York. Together, they explain Australia's refugee policy, the kerfuffle between Trump and the Aussie P.M., and they solve America's immigration problem. You're welcome, humans.

Duration: 00:48:06


EP. 74 DECONSTRUCTING MILO

2/18/2017
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A Trump supporter, an anti-Trumper walk into a bar to discuss Milo Yiannopoulos, masculinity and the backlash from the Left… and get derailed into discussing immigration, assimilation, bigotry, neoliberalism and whether The West Is The Best. How will it go? Can we bridge the conversational chasm? Tune in to find out on this all-new episode… of #WethePeople LIVE!

Duration: 01:04:02


EP. 73 MYQ KAPLAN THE PHILOSOPHER COMIC KING

2/12/2017
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Free will! Marxism! Moral philosophy! Cruelty to animals! Cruelty to Nazis! Sam Harris! Peter Singer! This week, Josh takes a break from politics in a wide-ranging, thought-provoking dialog with the wisest comedian we know, Myq Kaplan. The two of them ponder veganism, ayahuasca, factory farms, refugees, and the inexplicable narcissism of the Orange President (okay, of course they don’t avoid politics 100%.) Myq’s new comedy album, No Kidding, drops on February 17th. Buckle up, humans, for...

Duration: 01:27:08


EP. 72 IS TRUMP STAGING A COUP?

2/4/2017
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Probably not. Who knows? Maybe Medium.com does. Several articles have gone viral on Facebook with titles like "“Trial balloon for a coup." Might the chaos of Trump's first two weeks be a deception? Whom should we believe, dear listener? Why, Josh! He gets down with the writer of one of Medium's most viral articles, "The Immigration Ban is a Headfake, and We’re Falling For It" -- the successful Silicon Valley entrepreneur and CEO, Jake Fuentes. Democracy! Fake news! World affairs! Steve...

Duration: 00:53:44


BONUS: IMMIGRATION RANT

1/29/2017
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Josh has a lot to say. About 13 minutes worth of thoughts.

Duration: 00:12:27

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