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What is Common Sense?

Dangerously thoughtful.

Common Sense with Dan Carlin isn’t a show for everyone, and that’s what makes it so great. It’s a smart, deep, passionate, engaging, inquisitive and of course, politically Martian view of news and current events. There’s nothing else like it.

Common Sense 306 – Disengaging the Lizard Brain

Publish Date: Sat, 4 June 2016
Duration: 44:09 minutes – Size: 32.5mb

Hate is a very strong word, but increasing numbers of Americans hate their countrymen. Is this a danger to the stability of the country? If it were deemed such, what can be done about it?

 

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Common Sense 305 - A Catalyst for the Inconceivable

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Publish Date: Sat, 7 May 2016

Duration: 01:11:52 minutes – 52.4mb

Dan finds the idea of a Donald Trump presidency to be inconceivable. He also thinks a fundamental change in U.S. Foreign Policy is also inconceivable. Could one inconceivable outcome lead to another?

Show Notes

1. “Donald the Dove, Hillary the Hawk” by Maureen Dowd for The New York Times, APRIL 30, 2016
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/01/opinion/sunday/donald-the-dove-hillary-the-hawk.html

2. “The world according to Trump” by Charles Krauthammer for The New York Times, April 28, 2016
https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/the-world-according-to-trump/2016/04/28/b29f501c-0d6a-11e6-8ab8-9ad050f76d7d_story.html

3. “Donald Trump’s foreign policy: ‘America first’ ” by Jeremy Diamond and Stephen Collinson for CNN April 27, 2016
http://www.cnn.com/2016/04/27/politics/donald-trump-foreign-policy-speech/

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Common Sense 304 - Speed Dating For Delegates

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Publish Date: Sat, 16 Apr 2016

Duration: 44:24 minutes – 32.6mb

As the U.S. Presidential campaign veers into unprecedented territory Dan sees opportunity in the unusual circumstances. ‘Anger is an Energy’ he says. And he says it AGAIN and AGAIN.

Show Notes

1. “GOP official: The party chooses the nominee, not the voters” by Harper Neidig for The Hill, March 16, 2016
http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/presidential-races/273223-gop-official-the-party-chooses-the-nominee-not-the-voters/

2. “Former CO GOP Chair: Message We’re Sending Is “Your Vote Doesn’t Matter And Your Voice Doesn’t Count” By Ian Schwartz for Real Clear Politics Posted on April 11, 2016
http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2016/04/11/former_co_gop_chair_message_were_sending_is_your_vote_doesnt_matter_and_your_voice_doesnt_count.html

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Common Sense 303 - The Way You Play The Game Redux

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Publish Date: Thu, 31 Mar 2016
Duration: 47:51minutes – 35.1mb

It’s not easy to get under Dan’s normally flexible, see-things-from-multiple-angles skin, but Donald Trump’s stated willingness to cross traditional American moral fault lines has done just that.

Show Notes

1. “Donald Trump on terrorists: ‘Take out their families’ “ by Tom LoBianco for CNN, December 3, 2015 http://www.cnn.com/2015/12/02/politics/donald-trump-terrorists-families/

2. “Trump backs waterboarding and ‘a lot more’ after Brussels attacks” By Eugene Robinson for The Washington Post, January 28th, 2016 http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-election-idUSKCN0WO11J

3. Justice Louis Brandeis in Whitney v. California (1927)

4. Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes in United States v. Schwimmer (1929)

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Common Sense 302 - Of Courts, Cooks and Apples

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Publish Date: Fri, 26 Feb 2016
Duration: 56:09 minutes – 41.1mb

Justice Scalia of the Supreme Court dies and CEO Tim Cook and Apple go toe-to-toe with the U.S. Government over privacy.

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Common Sense 301 - Martian Perspectives

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Publish Date: Sat, 06 Feb 2016
Duration: 58:48 minutes – 40.9mb

In an election where political outsiders are exceeding all expectations, who better than a political outsider to break down the situation? Dan gives his Martian-style post-Iowa analysis and looks ahead to 2020.

Show Notes

1. “America 2016: We’re mad as hell and not going to take it anymore” by Lesley Clark, Anita Kumar and Maria Recio for McClatchy News Service, January 29, 2016

http://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/politics-government/election/article57273748.html

2. “What Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders have in common”  By Eugene Robinson for The Washington Post, January 28th, 2016
https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/the-rising-pull-of-the-change-candidates/2016/01/28/e95276b8-c5f1-11e5-8965-0607e0e265ce_story.html

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Common Sense 300 - Trecenti

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Publish Date: Thurs, 07 Jan 2016
Duration: 01:19 minutes – 57.4mb

Fantasies about electoral chaos, calls for political prudence and martian thoughts on an anti-federal government standoff in Oregon help stuff this episode chock full of what most of you love about this show.

Show Notes

1. “Got a Problem? Ask the Super” by Geraldine A. Ferraro, for The New York Times, Feb 25, 2008 – http://www.nytimes.com/2008/02/25/opinion/25ferraro.html

2. “How Obama’s power plays set the stage for Trump” by Jonathan Turley for The Washington Post, Dec 20, 2015 – https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/how-obamas-power-plays-set-the-stage-for-trump/2015/12/10/81ace982-9e85-11e5-8728-1af6af208198_story.html

3. “Trump: I will ‘unsign’ Obama executive action on gun control” by Eugene Scott and Tom LoBianco for CNN, January 3, 2016 – http://www.cnn.com/2016/01/02/politics/donald-trump-obama-guns/

4.“Chastened by immigration, Obama shows restraint on guns” by Gregory Korte for the USA TODAY, January 6, 2016 – http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2016/01/06/chastened-immigration-obama-shows-restraint-guns/78339262/

5.“ISIS Influence on Web Prompts Second Thoughts on First Amendment” by Erik Eckholm for The New York Times, Dec 27, 2015 – http://www.nytimes.com/2015/12/28/us/isis-influence-on-web-prompts-second-thoughts-on-first-amendment.html

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Common Sense 299 - The War on Bad Thoughts

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Publish Date: Wed, 09 Dec
2015 Duration: 01:00:46 minutes – 44.4mb

A mass shooting in California is tied to an American-born Muslim.Can any defense prevent homegrown terror while leaving our rights intact?

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Common Sense 298 – Innovation Acceleration and Jab Defense

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Sat, Nov 14 2015 Duration: 1:08:56 minutes – 49.6mb
What began as a show speculating about speeding up the pace of technological discoveries morphed into a conversation about effective responses to the November 13th 2015 terror attacks in Paris.

Show Notes

1. We Need an Energy Miracle” by James Bennet for The Atlantic Magazine, November 2015

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Common Sense 297 – The Show That Should Not Be

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Sun, Oct 18 2015 Duration: 53:04 minutes – 38.9mb
An audio playback glitch results in Dan not being able to work on the overdue Hardcore History show. This effort is what got completed instead. Syria, Russia and the Democratic Presidential Primary debates are discussed.

Show Notes

1. “The United States’ surprise allies in Syria” by David Ignatius for The Washington Post, Oct 15, 2015

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Common Sense 296 – Immigration Breakdown

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Thu, 24 Sep 2015 Duration: 01:04:25 minutes – 47.1mb
Dan tries to break down some of the issues and add some context to the arguments, nuances and complexities of the current immigration and refugee situation in Europe and the U.S..

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Common Sense 295 - Trumping the Playbook

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Fri, August 7th, 2015 – Duration: 55:29 minutes – 40.6mb
Dan puts on his pundit hat to analyze the first GOP televised debate. Not surprisingly, while he’s no fan of Donald Trump, he finds reasons to be glad there’s a political outsider in the race.

 

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Common Sense 294 - Backdoors to Glass Houses

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Mon, July 13th, 2015 – Duration: 44:12 minutes – 32.5mb
Experts have said that we are heading towards a future where privacy is dead. Do humans have any say in the matter? Dan talks encryption, personal security vs collective security, and dreams he has.

 

Show Notes

1. “Hacking Team breach focuses attention on merchants of spyware” by Jaikumar Vijayan for The Christian Science Monitor, July 8, 2015

2. “FBI chief warns encryption emboldens would-be Islamic State attackers” By Lindsay Dunsmuir for Reuters, July 8, 2015

3. “FBI and DOJ Target New Enemy In Crypto Wars: Apple and Googley” by Jenna McLaughlin for The Intercept, July 8, 2015

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Common Sense 293 - Sitting Down with Sam

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Fri, 26 Jun 2015 Duration: 02:14:12 minutes – 97.3mb
Dan has an in-depth discussion with author, neuroscientist, philosopher and podcaster Sam Harris about terrorism, violence, Islam, morality in foreign policy and a whole lot of other things.

 

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Common Sense 292 – Pandering for Liberty

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Fri, 05 Jun 2015 – Duration: 55:41 minutes – 41.7mb
Dan has talked in the past about funding drives to get reformers elected, but this show explores a more “if you can’t beat them, join them” approach to achieving public policy goals in a money-dominated system.

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Common Sense 291 – Past Performance & Future Results

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Sat, 16 May 2015 Duration: 1:02 minutes – 45.9mb
Recorded to the soothing background sounds of jackhammers, this show talks about the electorate’s collective memory with a bit about riots and partisan self-image thrown in for variety’s sake.

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Common Sense 288 – Re-heating the Cold War

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Fri, 20 Feb 2015 Duration: 1:03:11 minutes – 46.2mb World tensions spike as the situation in Ukraine seems capable of boiling over into a larger conflict between Russia and the West. Dan blames hubris and political short-sightedness.

 

Show Notes:

1. “Russia Boosts Arms, Training for Leftist Latin Militaries” by Bill Gertz for the Associate Press, Feb 20th, 2015.

2. “Ukraine crisis: House of Lords criticizes EU and Britain for ‘sleepwalking into crisis’ as Moscow and NATO remain on diplomatic collision course” By Kim Sengupta for The (UK) Independent, Feb 19th, 2015

3. “Russian tensions could escalate into all-out war, says NATO general” by Ben Farmer for The (UK) Telegraph, Feb 20th, 2015.

4. “UK and EU ‘badly misread’ Russia” by BBC, February, 20, 2015

 

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Common Sense 286 – Dissin' & Dueling

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Tue, 13 Jan 2015 Duration: 59:54 minutes – 43.8mb
Terrorists kill employees of a French magazine for perceived offenses against Islam. The attack highlights a clash of cultures over the limits of Free Expression. Dan examines the motivations and responses involved.

Show Notes:

1. “With Power of Social Media Growing, Police Now Monitoring And Criminalizing Online Speech” by Glenn Greenwald for The Intercept, January, 6, 2015

2. “The Beginning Of An Islamic Reformation?” IBD Editorial (hence no writer byline), January 5, 2015

3. “Use of torture feeds Islamic State’s narrative” by Ajit Maan for the Eugene Register-Guard, January 8, 2015

 

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Common Sense 285 – Torturing our Values

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Sat, 13 Dec 2014 – 1:13:16 minutes – 53.6mb
Was torture an effective tool in the War on Terror? As legislators in Washington debate the point, Dan stands up for timeless American values. Also: New deadly police encounters spawn more Ferguson-style protests.

 

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Common Sense 284 – Topic Overload

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Tue, 18 Nov 2014 – 55:31 minutes – 40.6mb
Too many things are going on for Dan to keep up. Midterm elections, Mexican violence, survivalist snipers and Taylor Swift’s compensation for artists campaign overload this episode.

 

Show Notes:

1. “Police: Frein saw corporal’s slaying as political ‘assassination’” by Ben Finley for The Philadelphia Inquirer, November 13, 2014

1. “’Enough, I’m tired’ comment rallies Mexico protest” by Maria Verza for the Associated Press, November 2014

 

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Common Sense 282 - Kickstarting the Revolution

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Mon, 13 Oct 2014 – 1:17:32 minutes – 56.5mb Maybe it’s the cold medicine, but Dan is in one of his Unify the Electorate moods. He ties a lot into it too. The Internet, Romans, Greeks, Cocaine, corruption and an unvarnished view of reality all play a part. But the cold medicine’s there too.

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Common Sense 281 - Controlling the Past

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Tue, 23 Sep 2014 – 52:04 minutes – 45mb George Orwell famously wrote that “he who controls the past controls the future”. In this show Dan deals with the question of political and ideological culture wars on the teaching of history in K-12 education.

Show Notes:

1.“Denver-area students walk out to protest history education plan they view as censorship” by Matthew Staver for The New York Times (and Associated Press). September 23,
2.Edutopia Article Link
3.Edutopia Audio Link
4.Organization of American Historians http://www.oah.org/

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Common Sense 280 - In Search of Context

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Mon, 08 Sep 2014 – 1:02:14 minutes – 48mb As usual, no rainbows or unicorns in this episode. Instead it’s a very harsh search for context that motivates Dan to discuss issues he’s already discussed recently. But what’s more important than ISIS and Ukraine?

Show Notes:

1. “Media Should Be Challenging Arguments for War, Not Baying for Blood” Dan Froomkin for The Intercept, September 5, 2014.

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Common Sense 278 - Uyguristic Perspectives

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Wed, 09 Jul 2014 – 1:06:14 minutes – 48mb Dan Talks to Cenk Uygur of The Young Turks, gets his view on current events, discusses his Wolf-Pac reform idea and probes his thoughts on the future of media.

 

Show Notes:

1. The Young Turks Network 2. Wolf Pac

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Common Sense 277 - Riding Chaos to Stasis

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Tue, 24 Jun 2014 – 1:05:59 minutes – 48.19mb The Middle East seems to be imploding. Dan thinks this is likely all part of a natural process of redrawing artificial borders and re-balancing power relationships. But that doesn’t mean it’s going to be fun to live through.

 

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Common Sense 276 - Past Transgressions

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Sun, 08 Jun 2014 – 1:14:54 minutes – 54.61mb Imagine celebrities from the 1960s and 1970s who were involved in sexual conduct with minors in their heyday being called to account for it today. It’s currently happening in Great Britain. Dan has some thoughts.

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1. “British Stars of Yesteryear Are Ensnared in Sexual Offenses Inquiry” by Sarah Lyall for The New York Times, May 1, 2013. 2. “Teaching History Outside the Box” by Dan Carlin for Edutopia, June 3, 2014.

 

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Common Sense 275 - The Specter of Dissent

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