Brook Sayen

Post Truth Season Round-Up

Another season of Future Hindsight is on the books! Since the beginning of May, we’ve interviewed a slate of stellar guests about the current moment of Post-Truth in which we find ourselves. We’ve delved into staying hopeful in dire and uncertain times, pushing back against rising misinformation, and protecting democracy with knowledge and honesty. We…

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5 Easy Ways To Protect Your Privacy Online

What do your internet browser, the company you just bought shoes from, and the search engine you used to find last night’s dinner recipe all have in common? They’re all tracking every click you make on the internet, and they’re all selling that data to the highest bidder. Tech giants like Google and Facebook create…

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10 EASY STEPS TO CONNECT WITH ANYONE, ANYWHERE

This week, we talk with David Fleischer, the Director of the LA LGBT Center’s Leadership LAB. In response to California’s 2008 Prop 8 ballot initiative, which banned same sex marriage, he set out to better understand why Prop 8 passed and how to address and combat bigotry through one-on-one conversations. He and his team were…

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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…

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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,…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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 ·…

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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…

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