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Plans are Good - but Politicians will Play Politics
Oct 20 • 35 min
The story surrounding Ice Cube’s Contract with Black America was hijacked by politicians, so James Keys and Tunde Ogunlana take a look at the Cube’s approach to getting it on the table and the public fallout, reasons why this type of action continues to…
Voting - as a Collective Act - Provides Coherence
Oct 13 • 58 min
The lifeblood of our system of government is voting, so James Keys, Tunde Ogunlana, and friend of the program Rick Ellsley discuss why voting matters in our governmental system (01:35), what they make of the aversion many Americans have to everyone…
Culture Series: The Alchemist, a book by Paulo Coelho
Oct 6 • 56 min
Paulo Coelho’s international bestselling book, “The Alchemist,” is a timeless story about self discovery, destiny, travel and treasure, and James Keys and Tunde Ogunlana discuss their impressions of and takeaways from some of the major themes in the…
Taxpayers are also Paying Price for Police Misconduct
Sep 29 • 50 min
The financial settlements paid by cities following police misconduct are undoubtedly a red flag, so James Keys and Tunde Ogunlana discuss the implications of the $12 million settlement paid by Louisville to the family of Breonna Taylor (01:05). The guys…
Streaming Between the Lines: Capital in the Twenty-First Century
Sep 22 • 58 min
The “Capital in the Twenty-First Century” documentary provided a fasted paced and fascinating look at the evolution of capital in recent history and how this has affected so much, and James Keys and Tunde Ogunlana discuss what stood out the most (01:27),…
Throwing Stones Into Our Glass House
Sep 15 • 53 min
Our society’s recklessness and disregard seems to be making the Earth less hospitable to our society, so James Keys and Tunde Ogunlana take a look at the accelerating destruction of, and increasing threats to, our habitat (01:21) and discuss ways that…
Our Economic Downturn is Being Felt in Expected and Unexpected Ways
Sep 8 • 55 min
With the coronavirus driven economic downturn still creating so much uncertainty, James Keys and Tunde Ogunlana discuss reports that are suggesting that the worst of the economic fallout is still to come (01:04). The guys also make sense of the fact that…
Judging Actors and not Actions Corrupts Judgment
Sep 1 • 53 min
It often seems that what happens means less to many people than who it happens to, so James Keys and Tunde Ogunlana discuss how public polarization outpaced investigation with the shooting of Jacob Blake (01:44) and some of the positive and negative…
Manipulation Through Espionage and Information Warfare
Aug 25 • 58 min
Our intelligence community is sounding the alarm, so James Keys and Tunde Ogunlana react to the release of the final volume of the Senate Intel Committee’s Bipartisan Russia Report (01:08), discuss the ongoing information warfare campaign being waged…
Undermining the USPS From Within is American Self Sabotage
Aug 18 • 57 min
The push to defund the U.S. Postal Service is needlessly self-destructive, so James Keys and Tunde Ogunlana discuss their issues with the efforts to politicize the operations of the U.S. Postal Service (01:24). The guys also consider the extent to which…
Chess Moves for Control over Your Sensitive Data
Aug 11 • 45 min
Governments and large companies around the world are making high stakes, chess style moves over control of who has access to your sensitive data, and James Keys and Tunde Ogunlana discuss the President’s executive order that seeks to ban TikTok in the…
(Medical) Truth in the Eyes of the Beholder
Aug 4 • 58 min
The “truth” about the coronavirus seems to vary depending on who you talk to, so James Keys and Tunde Ogunlana react to the apparent post truth nature of medicine (02:04), discuss why conspiracy theories and fanciful explanations for things seem to have…
Culture Series: Talking to Strangers, a Book by Malcolm Gladwell
Jul 28 • 56 min
Malcolm Gladwell’s Talking to Strangers laid out several concepts that influence how we deal with people we do not know, and James Keys and Tunde Ogunlana discuss which of the concepts was most notable (02:25), which anecdotes from the book stood out…
Avoiding Chronic Stress when Stressors are All Around Us
Jul 21 • 45 min
We all encounter stressors and potential stressors all day long, so James Keys and Tunde Ogunlana take a look at what appears to be causing the most stress during the COVID-19 crisis (01:29), the nature of chronic stress and how it effects our bodies…
The Fight Against Hate Can and Should be Broad
Jul 14 • 51 min
The intersection of ideology, race, and religion is always going to be difficult to navigate, but James Keys and Tunde Ogunlana discuss the Anti-Semitic social media posts by NFL player DeSean Jackson, how he handled the resulting controversy so far, and…
Removing the Confederacy from Positions of Honor
Jul 7 • 44 min
We have seen efforts to remove Confederate items from places of honor pick up in recent times, and James Keys and Tunde Ogunlana discuss the armed protest of a Confederate monument in Georgia on July 4th (01:24), including whether the images of armed…
Mask Aversion and the Lizard Brain
Jun 30 • 49 min
The wearing of masks has surprisingly become a hot button issue, arousing a surprising level of passion in some circles, so James Keys, Tunde Ogunlana, and Rick Ellsley discuss what may be driving some people’s aversion to masks as well as the emotion and…
Streaming Between the Lines: Bombshell
Jun 23 • 59 min
“Bombshell” was in large part about of the women who exposed the culture of sexual harassment at Fox News, but it also showed an approach to making news media profitable, and James Keys and Tunde Ogunlana discuss the sexualizing of aspects of news…
It’s a Fight to Make Voting More Accessible
Jun 16 • 50 min
The right to vote has been in large part secured, but the fight against efforts to make it inaccessible is ongoing, so James Keys and Tunde Ogunlana take a look at the issues Georgia primary and how the practice of voter suppression often plays out…
With Lots of People, There’s a Lot of Power
Jun 9 • 59 min
Americans coming together in such large numbers is a reassertion of the ultimate power of the people, so James Keys, Tunde Ogunlana, and Carlton Washington discuss what change is being sought, and what change should be sought, by the people (01:34), the…
No More Compromises on Equality
Jun 2 • 59 min
The murder of George Floyd has been a flashpoint for civil unrest around the U.S., and James Keys and Tunde Ogunlana take a look at the actual murder and how people will be given opportunities to perceive it however they would like (01:19), the protests…
At the Crossroads of Economic Recession and Recovery
May 26 • 49 min
Our current economic situation seems dire, so James Keys and Tunde Ogunlana take a look at what experts are saying is in store for our economy, including whether we are in position to have a quick recovery (01:42) or experience an extended depression…
Law and Order v Power and Privilege
May 19 • 58 min
No one man should have all that power, so James Keys, Tunde Ogunlana, and Carlton Washington take a look at the use of power and privilege to undermine the rule of law, particularly taking a look at the murder of Ahmaud Arbery and the failure to arrest…
Culture Series: Part 2 of Confessions of an Economic Hit Man
May 12 • 49 min
Continuing their look at Confessions of an Economic Hit Man, James Keys and Tunde Ogunlana discuss how the described corporatocracy system and economic hit man activity undeniably did provide some benefits to Americans (02:22). The guys also consider…
Streaming Between the Lines: The Irishman
May 5 • 59 min
Martin Scorsese’s “The Irishman” told a story that involved some of the most monumental political and social events in the 20th century, and James Keys and Tunde Ogunlana discuss what stood out from a economic and a human standpoint in the movie (1:17),…
Culture Series: Confessions of an Economic Hit Man - Pt 1
Apr 28 • 55 min
Confessions of an Economic Hit Man is unquestionably an eye opening book, and James Keys and Tunde Ogunlana discuss what about the described corporatocracy system and economic hit man activity stood out to them (0:58) and how learning about the way things…
Jobs Are Being Lost While Press Conferences Are Being Won
Apr 21 • 58 min
As our society continues to try to weather the fallout from COVID-19, James Keys, Tunde Ogunlana, and Rob Richardson discuss the unprecedented nature of the ongoing job losses and what a recovery for working people would look like (2:02) and why the…
The Mysterious Human Experience - Sleep And Willpower
Apr 14 • 52 min
There are many things about the human experience that the more we learn about, the less we understand, so James Keys and Tunde Ogunlana discuss how sleep is generally understood (1:29), how various factors can influence the ability to get good sleep…
The Census Counts Us Equally and Categorizes Us Arbitrarily
Apr 7 • 50 min
Having recently completed their forms from the U.S. 2020 Census, James Keys and Tunde Ogunlana take a look at the census and why participation is vital for having your interests addressed by our government (02:00). The guys also discuss how the handling…
You Won’t Go Anywhere (Good) Trying to Lead on Good Intentions Alone
Mar 31 • 53 min
With the Democratic Party in its current form seeming so ineffective and unable to consistently fill its role in our two party system of governance, James Keys, Tunde Ogunlana, and Rob Richardson discuss whether the Democratic Party is wasting our time…
Culture Series: Hamilton, a musical by Lin-Manuel Miranda
Mar 24 • 60 min
Alexander Hamilton has a story we can all relate to, and James Keys, Tunde Ogunlana, and special guest Rick Ellsley take a look at the hit Broadway musical, Hamilton, with music, lyrics, and book by Lin-Manuel Miranda, specifically getting into the things…
Nothing to Fear Except Ineffective Leadership Itself
Mar 19 • 52 min
How someone responds in the face of crisis is telling, so with societies around the globe in crisis mode dealing with COVID-19, James Keys, Tunde Ogunlana and Rob Richardson take a look at the type of characteristics in a leader can make them effective in…
You Feel COVID19 Now, Whether You Have It or Not
Mar 17 • 52 min
As COVID-19 continues its rapid spread in the U.S. and around the world, James Keys, Tunde Ogunlana, and Rob Richardson take a look at the practice of social distancing, how has been presented by many authorities as a way to make the spread of the virus…
Surprised to be Right Where We Expected
Mar 10 • 55 min
After seeing Super Tuesday shake up the Democratic primary, James Keys and Tunde Ogunlana discuss what they see in Bernie Sanders’ sudden skid (02:01) and examine whether Bernie’s reliance on young people and traditionally disengaged voters is a faulty…
Demagoguery Credibility and the Coronavirus
Mar 3 • 52 min
As the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) continues to spread across the globe and begins to make its prescence felt in the United States, James Keys and Tunde Ogunlana look at the response in the United States, including how it seems that some in the…
Real Danger Brought By Virtual Connections
Feb 27 • 43 min
Understanding that the Internet can overload you with what you want to see, and also make it impossible to avoid things you don’t want to see, James Keys and Tunde Ogunlana discuss the role the Internet research played in a tragic story of an attempted…
Culture Series: The 48 Laws of Power, a Book by Robert Greene
Feb 25 • 53 min
As there are power dynamics in most human interactions, we explore Robert Greene’s masterpiece, 48 Laws of Power. James Keys and Tunde Ogunlana discuss how many of the individual laws seem to tie into some broader concepts, noting particular laws that…
Growing and Developing Our Way to Green
Feb 20 • 54 min
James Keys and Tunde Ogunlana look at how societal will and innovation has allowed driven progress in the environmental movement alongside continued growth in a way that was seemingly unimaginable 50 years ago (01:09) and consider in this light whether…
Is Bloomberg a Solution to or a Result of a Flawed Primary Process?
Feb 18 • 60 min
Now that voting has begun for the Democratic Party’s Presidential Primary, James Keys, Tunde Ogunlana, and Rob Richardson discuss what we has stood out so far (01:33) and whether the primary process, which has some visible flaws, can deliver a viable…
Tipping the Scales Toward Sustainability
Feb 13 • 43 min
With Georgetown University’s decision divest from fossil fuel investments, James Keys and Tunde Ogunlana discuss what we see with the massive amounts of carbon that is and has been released from the burning of fossil fuels (:48) and wonder whether it’s…
From the New Deal to the Raw Deal
Feb 11 • 46 min
James Keys and Tunde Ogunlana discuss what we see generally with the cost of living squeeze being felt by many American families (0:55), looking first at some of the factors which may be influencing the excessive rise in housing costs (7:22). We also…
2019 Coronavirus and Primal Fear Reflected In the Market
Feb 4 • 63 min
James Keys and Tunde Ogunlana take a look at how societal events can reveal the extent that human psychology influences short term stock market activity (00:52) and how people’s subjective thoughts about leaders can also have substantial effect on the…
Maybe This Is What LeBron Was Worried About
Jan 30 • 49 min
James Keys and Tunde Ogunlana look at the jailing of a University of Minnesota student from China for political tweets (00:53), how this may be the type of thing LeBron James was worried about during the NBA and China controversy (04:02), and wonder if…
Impeachment is a Self Defense Mechanism For Our System
Jan 28 • 51 min
James Keys and Tunde Ogunlana get into how impeachment works generally as a mechanism of our republic and why we have it (01:27), what we think about the actual charges that have been brought (12:08) and whether removal from office is warranted (27:00).…
Old Fashioned Fights and New Age Problems
Jan 23 • 61 min
James Keys and Tunde Ogunlana discuss the “old fashioned” fight over student loan forgiveness between the Secretary of Education and the House or Representatives (01:26) and the potential cancelling of the Worldwide Threat Assessment for a problematic…
Culture Series: Dr. King’s Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community
Jan 20 • 61 min
James Keys and Tunde Ogunlana discuss Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s fourth book, Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community (00:57), including our reactions to concepts he discussed such as racism being a dominant ideology in America and the backlash…
Megxit, Microplastics, Location Tracking, and Thug References in the NBA
Jan 16 • 57 min
James Keys and Tunde Ogunlana discuss our reaction to the revelation that micro plastics are accumulating in our bodies (00:56) and that our cell phones are being used to track our locations whether we know it or not (14:48). We also weigh in on the…
Does Record Growth in the Markets Mean the System Is Working
Jan 14 • 52 min
In this episode, James Keys and Tunde Ogunlana look at economic performance in the U.S. from multiple angles, including what we see in the incredible growth of the stock market over the last twenty years (01:25), why the workers are not feeling much of…
Simmering Tensions in a Christian Sect, a Planet on Fire, and Fasting Apps
Jan 9 • 57 min
In this episode, James Keys and Tunde Ogunlana discuss what we see in the proposed split of the United Methodist Church and the inevitable tensions between religious beliefs, religious doctrine, and personal and group sensibilities (00:45), what we make…
Making Sense of the US Strike on an Iranian Leader
Jan 7 • 39 min
In this episode, James Keys and Tunde Ogunlana look at the U.S. strike which took out Iranian General Soleimani and discuss whether the decision to act right now made any sense (00:48), whether U.S. leadership is entitled to the benefit of the doubt as to…
December 2019 Roundup, Part 2 (Christianity Today v Trump)
Jan 2 • 31 min
In part two of our December 2019 roundup, James Keys and Tunde Ogunlana discuss whether it was a big deal for Christianity Today’s to call for the removal of President Trump (0:52), how that has exposed an apparent rift between Christians as an interest…
December 2019 Roundup, Part 1 (Modesty Swimwear, Iran, Eddie Murphy)
Dec 31, 2019 • 39 min
In part one of our December 2019 roundup, James Keys and Tunde Ogunlana discuss the lack of controversy surrounding Nike’s release of a modesty swimwear line (1:32), the implications of Iran beginning joint naval drills with America’s biggest rivals on…
Most Notable Occurrences and Trends in the 2010s
Dec 26, 2019 • 68 min
What was the science story of the 2010 decade (1:20)? What entertainment story defined the 2010 decade (10:09)? What was the biggest international news story in the 2010 decade (16:50)? What about the most notable trend in domestic news (27:44)? What will…
Culture Series: Outliers, a Book by Malcom Gladwell
Dec 19, 2019 • 60 min
Are mastery, and opportunity to obtain mastery, overlooked in understanding what makes successful people successful (1:56)? Exceptional analytical intelligence does not itself make an outlier, part 1 (9:16). Exceptional analytical intelligence does not…
Tribalism Through Political and Ideological Labels
Dec 12, 2019 • 56 min
Do people generally use ideological labels to describe their belief system or their club (0:49)? Is this phenomenon getting worse, or do things like social media just show what’s already there (16:25)? Is the United States particularly vulnerable to…
Making Sense of the Streaming Wars
Dec 5, 2019 • 52 min
What makes streaming different and what does it mean to me (0:47)? What is in it for the media companies (9:40)? What makes a streaming service worth it (15:41)? Is streaming an example of technology making things better for all stakeholders (24:39)? Are…
Do Bernie’s Policies and His Movement Transcend Identity?
Nov 22, 2019 • 36 min
Are identity politics dead or can they still serve a purpose (0:38)? Is there an obligation to support politicians that look like us, or can beliefs transcend identity (10:43)? Are Bernie’s policies viable (14:49)? Could his movement get him elected and…
Can Bernie Sanders Save Black Lives?
Nov 22, 2019 • 32 min
Can Bernie Sanders tell you how not to get shot by the police (0:41)? Would you rather be offered honest advice or empathy, and would rather agitate the system or take control of it (3:23)? Is there room for compromise and understanding in the fight for…
Culture Series: The New Golden Age, a Book by Ravi Batra
Nov 15, 2019 • 59 min
Can all humans be classified into one of four classes (1:00)? Can the law of social cycles explain what is going on and anticipate what is coming next (11:46)? What do you make of the final year syndrome (25:11)? Is deceiving and being deceived about…
Why Do Americans Seem to Hate Each Other and Love Fake News?
Nov 8, 2019 • 58 min
What about our politics makes Americans hate each other (0:57)? Regardless of the reason, the extreme political polarization is serving the interests of our rivals (24:15). Fake news is driven by demand, but the ability to effectively deliver the supply…
China Buys LeBron’s Silence?
Oct 24, 2019 • 50 min
Even in the face of controversy, LeBron James has never backed down when standing against injustice. Does his unwillingness to discuss the issues in Hong Kong signal a change in approach? Or does the size of the Chinese market, or its distance from the…
Our American Experiment Threatened
Oct 17, 2019 • 62 min
The continued existence of America, as a nation of laws and not men, is being threatened. James Keys, Tunde Ogunlana, and Rob Richardson discuss how patriots must call out these threats and work together to answer them. We must keep America America!…