Ducenti - Common Sense 200
Description: Common Sense 200 prompts some introspection on Dan’s part and some thoughts about the era in which we live. In addition, there’s an “In Related News” segment for the first time in a while and a “Dan Carlin Flashback”
1. “Court: No right to resist illegal entry into home” by Dan Carden for The Times (nwi.com), May 13, 2011.
2. “Regulator to join Comcast after OK of NBC deal” by Joelle Tessler, for The Washington Post, May 12, 2011.
3. “About 1 in 7 in U.S. Receive Food Stamps” by The Wall Street Journal, May 3, 2011
The Secrecy Feedback Loop - Common Sense 201
Description: What happens when the laws become classified secrets? In a show where Dan quotes other sources endlessly, that’s just one of the aspects of a Senator’s warning that he examines. Also: Exercises for a supple mind.
1. “The Secret Sharer” by Jane Mayer for The New Yorker, May 23, 2011.
2. Text of Senate floor speech by Oregon Senator Ron Wyden, May 25, 2011
3.”The Patriot Act and bipartisanship” by Glenn Greenwald for Salon magazine, May 23, 2011
4. CNN’s Anderson Cooper interviews Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, May 20, 2011
5. Text of Senator Russ Feingold’s speech taken from Declan McCullagh’s June 2, 2011 piece on CNET.com entitled “Patriot Act renewed despite warnings of ‘secret; law”.
A Bowlful of Politics - Common Sense 202
Description: Presidential war powers, Afghan troop re-deployments and marijuana all take center stage in a show that highlights the effect the upcoming 2012 presidential election is exerting on the U.S. political system.
1. “Lawmakers to introduce bill to legalize marijuana” by Luis Robayo for AFP, June 22, 2011
2. “Republican candidates jostle over who is toughest” by Philip Elliott for The Associated Press, June 18, 2011
3. “Pundit Under Protest” by David Brooks for The New York Times, June 13, 2011
Upgrading the Electorate - Common Sense 203
Description: Dan deals with an “elephant in the living room” issue in U.S. politics when he confronts the issue of uninformed voters. Can voters be improved? The Supreme Court and the debt ceiling also are discussed.
1.”Tensions Escalate as Stakes Grow in Fiscal Clash” by Carl Hulse for The New York Times, July 13, 2011.
2. “Justices Strike Down Arizona Campaign Finance Law” by Adam Liptak for The New York Times, June 27, 2011.
3. Rick Shenkman Blog “The Voters Choose…but on the basis of what?”
Looking for a Left Hook - Common Sense 204
Description: Should President Obama be challenged by another Democrat in the 2012 primaries? Dan thinks so. He also discusses the need for better paying jobs for Americans and why they will be so hard to come by.
1.”Obama Doesn’t Want a Progressive Deficit Deal” by Matt Taibbi for Rolling Stone Magazine, July 11, 2011.
2. “Debt ceiling bill’s super committee has lobbyists preparing” by Anna Palmer for Politico.com, August 2, 2011.
The Social Engineers of Albion - Common Sense 205
Description: How successful can a widespread government effort aimed at changing human nature or human behavior be? Fallout from the recent riots in the U.K. has Dan wondering. Also: presidential handicapping and police videotaping
1. “David Cameron on riots: broken society is top of my political agenda” by Allegra Stratton for The (U.K.) Guardian, August 15, 2011
2. “Growing Number of Prosecutions for Videotaping the Police” by Ray Sanchez for ABC News, July 19, 2010
3. “Criminally charging videographer who captured alleged police beating of Melvin Jones III during traffic stop would set dangerous precedent, activists say” by George Graham for the Springfield Republican, August 11, 2011
4. “Violence, videotapes and police” by Leonard Pitts Jr. for The Miami Herald, August 3, 2011.
5. “Massachussetts takes up the anti-liberty torch” by David Sirota for Salon Magazine, August 8, 2011
SaviorCorp LLC - Common Sense 206
Description: More than 100 corporate CEOs signs pledges to withhold money from politicians until the mess in Washington is cleaned up. Dan muses on motives and possibilities. Also: The right to live dangerously.
1. “AOL chief signs ‘no donations’ pledge” by Jennifer Epstein for Politico.com, August 25, 2011.
2. “Starbucks CEO hosts town hall on politics” by Sarah Skidmore for the Associated Press, September 2, 2011.
3. Bob Packwood quote taken from: “EDITORIAL: A different era in Congress” from The Eugene Register-Guard, August 20, 2011
4. “GUEST VIEWPOINT: Can fans sit back in face of evidence of football’s risks?” by John Hurst for The Eugene Register-Guard, August 17, 2011.
5. “GUEST VIEWPOINT: Exercise pays health dividends — it should cut premiums” by Tom Giessen and Glenn Keiper for The Eugene Register-Guard, September 4, 2011.
Stirring The Pot - Common Sense 207
Description: Bringing people together is on Dan’s mind today as he looks at Truth, protests, Pan-National anger and the theoretical idea of a Goldman-Sachs-like entity outing itself as the global overlord.
1. “Tony Bennett Changes His Tune on 9/11 Remarks” by Brian Canova for ABC News (The Note), September 21, 2011.
2. “Trader Alessio Rastani To BBC: ‘Governments Don’t Rule The World, Goldman Sachs Rules The World’ ”
3. “As Scorn for Vote Grows, Protests Surge Around Globe” by Nicholas Kulish for The New York Times, September 27, 2011.
The Fruits of Disillusionment - Common Sense 208
Description: Dan unveils a new streamlined show format while tackling an issue he dealt with in the last episode…the Occupy Wall Street protests.
A Show in Pieces - Common Sense 209
Description: What happens when Dan meanders too far down an intellectual tangent to find his way back to the point? You get “A show in pieces”
Second Guessing the Navigator - Common Sense 210
Description: Who is setting the national agenda and how do we feel about their choices? Dan discusses everything from the conflict between liberty and democracy to the ability of governments to solve social problems.
Tyranny of the Unwise - Common Sense 211
Description: Is it possible that a political system based on voting and elections has less of a chance of producing wise leadership than a monarchy or dictatorship? Dan tries to look at this heretical idea with an open mind.
The Very Velvet Fist - Common Sense 212
Description: What if pepper spray or other modern crowd control tools had been available during the Civil Rights era? Dan looks at the challenges the protest tactic of civil disobedience faces in a 21st Century world.
The Defazio Dialogues - Common Sense 213
Description: Dan gets a return visit from U.S. Congressman Peter Defazio (D-Oregon) and questions him about corruption in government, the Bill of Rights, and the power of regular Americans to influence government policy.
The Bitter Harvest of Fear - Common Sense 214
Description: What happens to “The Land of the Free” when it is no longer “The Home of the Brave”? You get the evisceration of constitutional protections in the name of fighting terrorism. Dan wonders why everyone is surprised.
Disappointing the Listenership - Common Sense 215
Description: “If he hasn’t made you mad yet…he will” has been a tag line used by Dan forever. Last show he again lived up to his reputation. In today’s show, he deals with the fallout and answers his critics.
Interrogating the Elephant - Common Sense 216
Description: You can always tell when Dan is angry. His voice begins to boom into the microphone and he starts talking at machine gun speed. He’s a bit angry in this episode. It’s not your fault though. The Media has upset him.
1. “Meet The Press” January 1 ,2012 edition
2. White House Press Release: Statement by the President on H.R. 1540
3. “Are We Alone In The Universe?” by Charles Krauthammer for The Washington Post, December 29, 2011
The Big Ketchup Show - Common Sense 217
Description: Dan tries to catch up on a ton of topics all at once. Subjects include: SOPA, Iraq, mistreatment of enemy dead by U.S. soldiers, Obama, Supreme Court decisions on GPS devices and Republican Party primaries.
Up Your Class - Common Sense 218
Description: The issue of economic class is one the U.S. political system mostly ignores. Dan blames this on what might be termed “Mythological Cataracts” that blind many Americans to issues that might be class-related.
Security Uber Alles - Common Sense 219
Description: Can a population ever have enough protection in the modern, violent 21st century world? Dan discusses the War on Terror and contends that its akin to an Enabling Act that legitimizes any level of security.
Earthquakes, Rainbows and Unicorns - Common Sense 220
Description: Does U.S. superpower status translate into better lives for average Americans? Dan compares global hegemony to Sauron’s Ring and hopes economic realities create opportunities to ditch it.
Esperanto for Dummies - Common Sense 221
Description: What if the high-minded reform and peace sentiments that often follow major violent conflicts didn’t wear off over time? Dan wishes for a mood-altering substance that would replicate the attitudes of 1919 and 1946.
Amplifying The Insanity - Common Sense 222
Description: Dan comes up for air long enough from the Hardcore History dungeon to denounce both the President and the Press. He then goes on to denounce the GOP candidates. There’s a lot of denouncing going on in this show.
Undermined by Openness - Common Sense 223
Description: Can the centuries-old structure of the modern Nation-State deal with the challenges of 21st Century global communication and inter-connectivity? What if it can’t? And why is Dan trying to be Anderson Cooper?
1. ”China clamps down on Internet in wake of coup talk” by The Los Angeles Time staff, April 1, 2012.
2. “Internet activity ‘to be monitored’ under new laws” by the staff of The Telegraph, April 1, 2012.
3. “Sarkozy: Jail those who browse terror websites” by Raphael Satter for the Associated Press, March 22, 2012.(this is the AP story as it appeared in the Kuwait Times)
4. “Europe faces jihadist threat” by Paisley Dodds and David Rising for the Associated Press, March 23, 2012.
As We've Told You Before... - Common Sense 224
Description: This rambling episode covers a ton of ground…from Bees to Bostram…from Friedman to the American Spring. Dan’s favorite phrase in this show seems to be: "As we’ve told you before". So be prepared for redundancy.
1. “We’re Underestimating the Risk of Human Extinction” by Ross Andersen, for The Atlantic Magazine, March 6, 2012.
2. “Down with Everything” by Thomas Friedman for The New York Times, April 21, 2012.3. “Existential Risks: Analyzing Human Extinction Scenarios and Related Hazards” by Nick Bostrom
4. “Are you living in a computer simulation?” by Nick Bostrom
5. “Pesticide, EPA faulted in bee die-off” by Josephine Marcotty for the (Minneapolis) Star Tribune April 5, 2012.
6. “Grave threat of pesticides to bees’ billion-pound bonanza is now clear” by Damian Carrington for the (UK) Telegraph (blog)