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Show 279 - If It Even Saves One

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Wed, 20 Aug 2014   -   55:39 minutes   -   40.75mb

A police shooting in Missouri sparks unrest, and the paramilitary response is making headlines. Also, Islamic radicals in Iraq threaten the lives of many locals, how should the world respond?

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Show 278 - Uyguristic Perspectives

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Wed, 09 Jul 2014   -   1:06:14 minutes   -   48.36mb

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.

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Show 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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Show 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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Show 275 - The Specter of Dissent

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Sat, 24 May 2014   -   1:18:03 minutes   -   56.87mb

The worst nightmare of the global Establishment isn't Islamic terrorism, it's critical mass levels of domestic dissent. If that's your worst worry, wouldn't you use every tool you had to forestall it? Dan thinks they are.

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Show 274 - The Wages of Fear

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Wed, 07 May 2014   -   45:08 minutes   -   33.18mb

Should police need a warrant to search the cellphones of arrested individuals? The Supreme Court is debating it and Dan is using it as a springboard to discuss the how our fear is affecting the 4th Amendment.

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Show 273 - Auctioning the Republic

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Fri, 04 Apr 2014   -   56:25 minutes   -   41.29mb

The Supreme Court says trading campaign contributions for political influence isn't a bug in the U.S. system, it's a feature. Dan weighs in on the ramifications of such a decision. Also, Cuban Twitter isn't so Cuban.

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Show 272 - Vlad and Dianne

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Sat, 22 Mar 2014   -   45:05 minutes   -   33.14mb

Russia annexes the Crimea and the intelligence community's biggest supporter, Sen. Feinstein turns against the CIA. How can Dan choose between these two stories? He doesn't. He deals with both of them in this episode.

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Show 271 - Cashing the Doomsday Cheque

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Sat, 08 Mar 2014   -   44:11 minutes   -   32.48mb

In the wake of Russia's occupation of the Crimea, Dan thinks that NATO has had an “exposure moment”.How can NATO nations be protected without triggering World War 3? Dan has some radical thoughts on the subject.

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Show 270 - Poking the Bear

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Mon, 24 Feb 2014   -   43:19 minutes   -   31.87mb

Ukraine has erupted in violence as protesters in Kiev oust the country's leader. Dan thinks U.S. efforts to clandestinely support or encourage one side of the conflict are dangerously short sighted.

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Show 269 - The Challenges of Living Dangerously

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Wed, 05 Feb 2014   -   54:45 minutes   -   40.10mb

The death of actor Phillip Seymour Hoffman has Dan contemplating how society might better handle the vagaries of human nature if we would be honest about what human beings often want.

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Show 268 - Neutral Nets & Reform Bets

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Mon, 20 Jan 2014   -   46:23 minutes   -   34.08mb

President Obama floats some reform ideas for the gathering of data by the NSA and a judge strikes a blow against Net Neutrality. Dan has a few long-winded thoughts on both these subjects.

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Show 267 - Magic Lamp Loopholes

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Tue, 31 Dec 2013   -   55:53 minutes   -   40.91mb

2013 might have been a truly pivotal year if only Dan had thought to have his attorney present when making wishes to genies. Nonetheless, he had two big wishes come true. Sort of.

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Show 266 - Vampiric Memories

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Sat, 14 Dec 2013   -   1:01:59 minutes   -   45.30mb

A show that was supposed to be about Pope Francis goes wildly off course as emotions from Dan's younger days are awakened and lead to a diatribe against the outcomes of U.S. interventions in the last century.

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Show 265 - Old School Whistle-Blowing

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Wed, 27 Nov 2013   -   57:11 minutes   -   41.84mb

William Binney was an NSA official for three decades before he turned his life upside down by becoming one of the most prominent whistle-blowers in the history of U.S. Intelligence. Dan talks to him about surveillance, spying, secrecy and Edward Snowden.

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Show 264 - Speak No Evil

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Tue, 12 Nov 2013   -   40:22 minutes   -   29.74mb

Banks and Big Business might not be happy with the populist rhetoric they get from far Right and Left candidates in the 2016 presidential race. Dan, of course, likes the head-on clash of ideas. Also Obamacare and NSA spying.

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Show 263 - Press Clippings

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Wed, 23 Oct 2013   -   44:12 minutes   -   32.50mb

The announcement of the creation of a new investigative news outlet involving the founder of eBay has Dan excited.He has to go back into his archives to find SOME of the many audio clips where he's dreamed of this.

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Show 262 - The Shutdown Sideshow

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Sat, 05 Oct 2013   -   43:24 minutes   -   31.93mb

While all eyes are focused on the temporary politically-motivated partial shutdown of the federal government, Dan laments that a more dangerous societal cancer is festering under the national radar.

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Show 261 - Doomed to Mediocrity

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Thu, 19 Sep 2013   -   1:09:26 minutes   -   50.67mb

Part Deux of the Syrian Red Line affair, plus a few other stories that got Dan thinking.

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Show 260 - An Army of One

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Tue, 03 Sep 2013   -   1:10:48 minutes   -   51.66mb

Can a U.S. president take his nation into war by himself? The Syrian conflict may prove to be a test case to determine if any checks still exists on the war making authority of the Executive Branch of government.

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Show 259 - Arab Spring Fever

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Tue, 20 Aug 2013   -   57:57 minutes   -   42.40mb

Egypt's version of the Arab Spring seems to be on the verge of unraveling. Dan details the unique challenges of Egyptian democracy and the stakes for The West in the struggle for Islamic representative government.

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Show 258 - Snow Storm

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Tue, 6 Aug 2013   -   1:01:54 minutes   -   45.24mb

The ripples created by Edward Snowden's leaks continue to impact the U.S. government and electorate. In a show where Dan reads a lot to you he breaks down how the controversial Snowden has already changed things for the better.

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Show 257 - Monopolizing the Democracy

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Tue, 9 Jul 2013   -   39:44 minutes   -   29.29mb

Dan's always been a vociferous opponent of the political duopoly in the U.S....now a David Brooks column about the recent Coup in Egypt has Dan drawing comparisons to what Brooks said about Egypt that Dan feels might apply to the U.S. as well.

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Show 256 - Subverting Reform

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Mon, 24 Jun 2013   -   51:30 minutes   -   37.75mb

Recent revelations have made more clear the scope of government surveillance and monitoring of foreigners and citizens. In this show, Dan takes the conversation to the next level.

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Show 255 - The Big Long Surveillance Show

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Mon, 10 Jun 2013   -   1:32:57 minutes   -   67.60mb

One of the largest leaks of classified information ever divulged about U.S. Government clandestine surveillance and monitoring efforts hits the media, confirming many things Dan has said over the years.

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Show 254 - Overdue Conversations

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Tue, 28 May 2013   -   54:29 minutes   -   39.90mb

Dan finally gets his wish granted when the President addresses key holes in the entire premise behind the War on Terror. Now what?

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Show 253 - Probing the President

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Wed, 15 May 2013   -   47:18 minutes   -   34.74mb

Dan analyzes the three main scandals currently plaguing the Obama Administration. He breaks them down individually while trying to put them in a historical context.

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Show 252 - The Emasculated Rulers

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Mon, 6 May 2013   -   47:57 minutes   -   35.20mb

The People are supposed to govern the United States. But in so many crucial areas We, The People have virtually no input or control over the direction policy takes. Can this be remedied? Dan wonders...

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Show 251 - Self-Inflicted Defensive Wounds

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Mon, 22 Apr 2013   -   41:24 minutes   -   30.48mb

A bombing at the Boston Marathon renews calls for extreme measures to combat terrorism. Can this go too far? If it does, can we ever dial the process back to saner levels?

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Show 250 - Fear the Automatons!

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Fri, 5 Apr 2013   -   45:54 minutes   -   33.73mb

For some reason, Dan is not afraid of North Koreans. There's obviously something wrong with him. But you knew that already.

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Show 249 - When Opportunism Knocks

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Sun, 17 Mar 2013   -   43:19 minutes   -   31.86mb

Dan wonders if politicians have to believe in the causes they're championing for the public to benefit. If the GOP cynically embraces Rand Paul's constitutional ideas to win elections, can it lead to better things?

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Show 248 - Secret Leakage

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Sat, 2 Mar 2013   -   58:46 minutes   -   42.99mb

PFC Bradley Manning goes on trial for turning over U.S. Government secrets to Wikileaks for public release. Dan thinks he bears more resemblance to Daniel Ellsberg than to Ethel and Julius Rosenberg.

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Show 247 - Constitutional Checkmate

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Wed, 13 Feb 2013   -   59:28 minutes   -   43.50mb

What happens to a chess player who only thinks one move ahead? Dan argues that's how the U.S. is fighting The War on Terror. In this episode he touches upon drones, constitutional protections and short-term thinking.

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Show 246 - Pie-In-the-Sky Cynicism

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Wed, 30 Jan 2013   -   54:52 minutes   -   40.18mb

In a classic example of an off-the-wall "Dan Carlin topic", Dan examines whether voters are qualified enough to play their role in a democratic system (and what can be done to help them do it better).

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Show 245 - A Seat at the Table

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Thu, 17 Jan 2013   -   47:52 minutes   -   35.14mb

The Common Sense episode released in June 2012 entitled "Put Up or Shut Up" finally pays some dividends. Dan's hope to prompt positive change is answered from an unexpected quarter.

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Show 244 - Gunning for Violence

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Fri, 28 Dec 2012   -   48:45 minutes   -   35.78mb

In the wake of another mass shooting, Dan looks at ways to alter a society that glorifies gun violence. He ties together culture, mental health and powerful lobbying groups in a fashion sure to upset everyone.

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Show 243 - High Confrontation

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Mon, 10 Dec 2012   -   34:09 minutes   -   25.26mb

As more U.S. states vote to loosen restrictions on marijuana use, Dan hopes the rebellion against federal drug policy at the state level forces the government to begin to explain their reasoning behind decision-making.

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Show 242 - Commeth the Repo Man II

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Thu, 29 Nov 2012   -   58:14 minutes   -   42.61mb

Nothing wakes people up to the reality of their financial situation more than the repo man showing up to take their car. Dan wonders if the U.S. would benefit from something similar happening to it.

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Show 241 - Post-Election Potpourri

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Sat, 17 Nov 2012   -   57:42 minutes   -   42.23mb

On a wide-ranging episode Dan breaks down the election results, the David Petraeus scandal, and the recent situation in Gaza.

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Show 240 - Losing to Win

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Mon, 29 Oct 2012   -   42:23 minutes   -   31.19mb

Dan discusses the counter-intuitive potential upsides for both Democrats and Republicans of a presidential election loss. Could the long-term goals of voters be advanced by a short term reverse?

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Show 239 - No Truth, No Consequences

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Wed, 17 Oct 2012   -   34:43 minutes   -   25.67mb

Dan breaks down the recent presidential debate and points out what almost all observers already know: that it is all style over substance. He then explains why the next debate will be the same.

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Show 238 - The Enlightenment Virus

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Mon, 1 Oct 2012   -   57:44 minutes   -   41.61mb

The ideas of the "Age of Enlightenment" are some of The West's proudest achievements. But what if other societies see them more akin to a virus than a boon? Can human values be internationalized? Should they?

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Show 237 - Corruption 401

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Tue, 18 Sep 2012   -   46:43 minutes   -   33.68mb

Dan's audience already knows about the corruption problem in the U.S. political system. In this episode he takes the discussion to the next educational level with Harvard law professor Lawrence Lessig.

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Show 236 - Trapped by the Inflexible Mind

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Thu, 6 Sep 2012   -   57:38 minutes   -   41.53mb

Jobs are the main subject of both the Democratic and Republican National Conventions, but Dan explains why both parties refuse to discuss the real reason good jobs are in such scarce supply.

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