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  • Deplatfroming The Alt-Right

    Our latest guest, Alexandra Minna Stern, is an expert on the alt-right and other white supremacist offshoots currently plaguing our political and cultural landscapes. Her alarming book Proud Boys and the White Ethnostate chronicles their tactics and beliefs. Once you listen to her talk with Mila, we highly recommend buying her book for a closer...

  • The Myth of Liberal Media Bias

    This week on the podcast, Mila hosts a fascinating talk with scholar Nicole Hemmer. Nicole is the author of Messengers of the Right: Conservative Media and the Transformation of American Politics, a deep-dive on the origins and impacts of right-wing media. If you’ve ever wondered why Fox News holds the top spot on cable news,...

  • Defunding the Police

    This week on the podcast, we’re joined by Peter Loge, the founding Director of the Project on Ethics in Political Communication, associate professor, and lifelong political operative. We discuss ethical communication in politics through civility, respect, and speaking the truth. Check out this excellent interview! Future Hindsight · Political Communication Ethics: Peter Loge Speaking of...

  • The Racist Myth of Outside Agitators

    This week, we’re checking facts on the podcast. We can all agree the truth is what keeps democracy alive, but sometimes ascertaining what it is poses difficulties. To better understand our political system’s relationship with the truth, and how professional fact-checking works, we turned to Jon Z. Greenberg. He’s a Senior Correspondent at PolitiFact—one of...

  • It’s Time To End Cash Bail

    The last two weeks of protests are another demonstration of Future Hindsight’s core message: being civically engaged can change the status quo. Thanks to protests in Minneapolis, all four officers involved in the murder of George Floyd face prosecution. Thanks to demonstrations in Los Angeles, funds destined for law enforcement are now being funneled into...

  • Russia’s Chaos Doctrine

    This week we are looking at fake news from the perspective of national security. (Spoiler alert: it makes us all less safe in several ways). We spoke with Lt. Col. Travis Trammell and Stanford Professor Elisabeth Paté-Cornell about the ways it destabilizes our democracy, and how our enemies use it against us. Future Hindsight ·...

  • George Lakoff’s Truth Sandwich

    As we move deeper into our tenth season, we want to make sure we’re providing solutions, not just discussing problems. Last week, we saw how the erosion of truth leads to fascism with Lee McIntyre. This week, we talked with world-famous linguist and professor George Lakoff about how we can all preserve the truth, and...

  • From Nicotine to Post-Truth

    We kicked off our 10th season this week looking at the term “post-truth” with Lee McIntyre, a philosophy professor and author based in Boston. He gave us an eye-opening glimpse into the history of the term, what we can expect in the future, and how we can counter the harmful erosion of basic facts. His...

  • Trump’s Authoritarian Tactics During COVID-19

    For our latest episode, we had the privilege of sitting down with PEN America’s Washington Director, Thomas O. Melia. We discussed authoritarian power-grabs happening across the globe as COVID-19 rages on, and what’s going on here in the US. Check out Mila’s interview with Tom here: By now, Trump’s authoritarian tendencies are well-known. Cozying up...

  • 5 Ways to Stay (Civically) Active During COVID-19

    If you haven’t figured out that we’re all about concrete actions for a better world—you might want to go back and listen a little more closely to our interviews. You can find all of them over on our episodes page! (Hint hint.) If you’re like us, quarantine is hard because we’re supposed to stay home,...

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