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The Political Orphanage

Mar 28, 2020

At the request of Patreon listeners, I'm releasing this bonus episode to the main feed--go to if you want a weekly bonus episode like this on top of the main show!

This week I explain why the government calculates a monetary price of what an individual American's life is worth, and why...

Mar 25, 2020

Should people wielding the levers of power be pragmatists who get things done, or idealists with firm convictions and boundaries? Which political opinions attract the most elitists? Jeremy Kareken and Tom Brennan join the program for an astonishingly fun episode given how long we've all been in quarantine.

Season 2, Ep 41

Mar 20, 2020

In which Heaton speaks with: Tom Snuffhauser, local business owner, about the impact of the Corona Virus on the consumer economy; U.S. Horse Surgeon General Richard Snodgrass, about health precautions you can implement on behalf of your horse; Brian Sack and Jack Helmuth, hosts of the "Questionable Material" podcast,...

Mar 18, 2020

Brian Brushwood and Justin Robert Young join Heaton to discuss attempts to abolish the Electoral College. What are the upshots and downsides to a national popular vote? What measures could improve the existing system without scrapping it? Plus, of course, Heaton rants about Ranked Choice Voting. 

Season 2, Episode 39

Mar 11, 2020

Why do socially liberal comedians clean up in late night television, while social conservatives dominate talk radio? Dannagal Goldthwaite Young is the author of "Irony and Outrage: The Polarized Landscape of Rage, Fear, and Laughter in the United States." She joins Heaton to discuss how liberals and...