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Has Wokeness Gone Too Far; Also, Caffeine as the World's Addiction

James Keys and Tunde Ogunlana discuss wokeness in our society, taking a look at its traditional social justice framing as well as the way it has been made a part of the so called “culture wars” (01:29). The guys also marvel at the scale of the world’s caffeine additions and consider the implications of this (35:58).

America’s Longest War Comes to an End; Also, the Regenerating Color in Gray Hair

With the U.S.’s 20-year war in Afghanistan coming to an end this summer, James Keys and Tunde Ogunlana discuss the move to withdrawal the remaining troops and the legacy of the conflict (01:37). The guys also take a look at recent research that in some circumstances, the color lost in gray hair can be regenerated by simply reducing stress (32:56).

The Effects of Climate Change Apparently Picking Up Steam; Also, the Cloning of a Long Dead Animal

Seeing the effects of climate change appearing to continue to pick up steam, James Keys and Tunde Ogunlana discuss extent to which what we are seeing is the off the charts as well as things that may be driving our societies inability to truly address to the problem (01:47). The guys also react to recent reports that scientists have cloned an endangered ferret from the genetic material of a ferret that died over 30 years ago (46:19).

Critical Race Theory and Manufactured Controversies; Also, Soft Fascination for Recharging the Brain

James Keys and Tunde Ogunlana discuss what Critical Race Theory is and how it has gone from exclusively being an academic and scholarly matter to a dominant topic in our political and media environments (01:16). The guys also take a look at recent findings on how to combat attention fatigue with soft fascination (41:30).

A Sudden Consensus on Juneteenth; Also, Antidepressants in the (Your) Water

Following years of advocacy, Juneteenth has been made a federal holiday in the U.S. and James Keys and Tunde Ogunlana take a look at the way the holiday fits into the U.S. narrative and consider how, after years of this being a disputed matter, an overwhelming consensus supporting the issue was formed in Congress (01:18). The guys also raise the alarm about recent findings on how antidepressants being found in our waterways may be affecting how animals are behaving (21:22).

Differing Perspectives on Extreme Tax Avoidance; Also, Considering a Conscious Universe

Following ProPublica’s bombshell report on the massive levels of tax avoidance that America’s highest earners are engaging in, James Keys and Tunde Ogunlana take opposite sides on whether the existence of this level of tax avoidance means that our tax system is broken and unfair (01:28). The guys also look at some recent research on whether the universe may be conscious as we understand it (42:51).

The Tulsa Race Massacre and the Need to Remember the Past

With interest in and coverage of the Tulsa Race Massacre peaking right in time for its 100th anniversary, James Keys and Tunde Ogunlana discuss what stands out about the incident, the types of factors that something like it to happen, and the why it received such little attention for so long (01:22). The guys also look at both parallels and points of distinction in our contemporary social climate (36:11).

Changing the Cost-Benefit Calculus for Fossil Fuels; Also, Polyamory and Human Societies

Seeing both market and legal pressures pushing society away from endless fossil fuel consumption, James Keys and Tunde Ogunlana discuss the recent announcement of the all-electric Ford F-150 Lightning, the placement of climate friendly members on Exxon’s board of directors, and the court order requiring Shell to reduce emissions by almost half in less than a decade (01:14). The guys also take a look at some recent studies on the prevalence of polyamorous relationships (38:30).

Finding Context in the Israeli-Hamas Conflict; Also, Eating Bugs to Save the Planet

James Keys and Tunde Ogunlana take a look at the recent hot conflict between Israel and Hamas and discuss the more humanistic view some have taken of the incident and the limitations of attempts to classify various actors in the dispute as pure hero or pure villain (01:28). The guys also react to recent discussions about the need to incorporate insects into our diets in order to keep the planet habitable (42:41).

A Major Change in Mask Guidance from the CDC; Plus, Another Animal Super Power Discovered

Following the U.S. Centers for Disease Control’s sudden and substantial change in its mask wearing guidance for fully vaccinated people, James Keys and Tunde Ogunlana consider what the actual change may mean to different parts of society (01:28). The guys also take a look at some recent findings on how sharks are able to precisely determine geolocation (42:41).

An Internal Threat to Our American Experiment; Also, Does GPS Make You Dumber?

Pushing her Republican colleagues to prioritize democratic principles over partisan agendas has made Liz Cheney’s position in her party increasingly tenuous, so James Keys and Tunde Ogunlana take a look at Liz Cheney’s stand and discuss the seriousness of the threat to our American experiment (02:18). The guys also consider whether some of the conveniences of technology are diminishing us as people (37:30).

Restricting Voting as a Political Strategy; Also, are UFOs too boring?

Since the 2020 election’s record voter turnout, there have been many efforts around the country to make it harder and more inconvenient to vote, so James Keys, Tunde Ogunlana, Rick Ellsley take a look at both who is pushing these efforts and why they appear to be doing so (01:35). The guys also discuss whether the recent confirmation of a UFO by the U.S. government is being underplayed (39:51).

Trying Accountability on for Size; Also, the Allure of Conspiracy Theories

The murder conviction of a former Minneapolis police officer is proof that holding police officers accountable for misconduct is possible in the U.S., so James Keys and Tunde Ogunlana consider how society has changed over the last year and how it still needs to change moving forward (01:41). The guys also weigh in on some recent analysis into the kinds of factors which make our brains tend to embrace conspiracy theory thinking (42:03).

A Broad View of the Issues at the Southern Border; Also, Seeing our Brain as a Computer

Reportedly over 100,000 migrants per month have been encountered in consecutive months at the U.S. southern border, so James Keys and Tunde Ogunlana consider the implications of this scale of activity from a historical, humanitarian, and political perspective (01:16). The guys also take a look at an essay and related research which lays out why the common the human brain as a computer analogy is misguided (37:06).

Biden’s Big Move on Infrastructure; Also, Global Trends and Future Challenges

The Biden Administration’s infrastructure proposal is quite ambitious, and James Keys and Tunde Ogunlana discuss both the timing of it and the approach being taken to improve the nation’s infrastructure and increase the nation’s potential (01:23). The guys also take a look at the US National Intelligence Council’s recent Global Trends report and the types of challenges facing the world in the near future (31:56).

COVID Vaccines Bring New Technology & Old Skepticism; Also, Parenting Styles & Correlated Outcomes

Seeing the strikingly fast development and roll out of the COVID-19 vaccines, James Keys and Tunde Ogunlana take a look at the new mRNA technology that is driving two of the vaccines and also at some of the skepticism of the vaccines amongst the public (01:13). The guys also discuss some recent research into how different parenting styles may predispose people to falling into certain traps as adults (44:36).

Election Interference Appears to be the New Normal; Also, the Fight Over Women’s Sports

Alarmed by the U.S. Intelligence Community's recently released a declassified assessment of foreign threats to the 2020 U.S. election, James Keys and Tunde Ogunlana discuss whether the significance of the escalating efforts to undermine our democracy from abroad, often with assistance from domestic actors, is being underplayed (01:30). The guys also take a look at the fight over whether transgender women should be able to compete in women’s sports (36:08).

Political Disputes Becoming Like Religious Ones; Also, Boosting Civics in Schools

It has been observed that political interactions have increased in intensity as markers of religious faith have declined, so James Keys and Tunde Ogunlana take a look at how religious and political approaches to interacting with others can differ and affect outcomes (02:00). The guys also discuss a recent push to improve civics education in schools (39:34).

The Stimulus and the Politics of Unpopularity; Also, Finding a Champion to Save Daylight

A third stimulus has been signed into law in the United States, so James Keys and Tunde Ogunlana consider what it appears to be trying to accomplish and the political strategies around its passage (01:32). The guys also take a look at daylight savings time around the U.S. and wonder who will step up to save daylight all year round (36:21).

BLM’s Organizational Successes and Challenges; Also, a Step Towards IRL Inception

With Black Lives Matter establishing itself as a potent fundraiser, and local activists beginning to question its use of funds and demand financial support, James Keys and Tunde Ogunlana discuss the organization’s growth and successes as well as some challenges it may face moving forward on its current trajectory (01:12). The guys also take a look at some research experiments where scientists were able to have two way communication with people who were sleep (36:52).

The Economic and Social Implications of Raising the Minimum Wage & Aggressive Manhood

The fight over raising the federal minimum wage in the U.S. looks to be heating up, so James Keys and Tunde Ogunlana consider the extent to which most of the economic and the social questions being debated have already been answered (01:56). The guys also take a look at recent research on what makes men more likely to respond aggressively to threats to their masculinity (as opposed to physical threats) (42:13).

Leadership in Times of Rolling Blackouts & a Look at Prince Hall

The crisis in Texas involving an overwhelmed power grid and millions being left in the cold presented a challenge and an opportunity for the state’s leadership, so James Keys and Tunde Ogunlana discuss the approach that has been taken and what is need for our society to better handle matters like these (01:23). The guys also take a look at Prince Hall, founder of Prince Hall Freemasonry and a fascinating but an underappreciated figure from the time of our nation’s founding (42:54).

Streaming Between the Lines - Reconstruction: America After the Civil War

Henry Louis Gates Jr.’s “Reconstruction: America After the Civil War” documentary series, which originally aired in 2019 on PBS, provides a deep dive into an immensely impactful yet often overlooked time in American history, and James Keys, Tunde Ogunlana, and Rick Ellsley discuss their biggest takeaways from the series and how what happened during this time period still influences much of contemporary American culture, politics, and economics.

Facebook Bans “False Claims” About Vaccines & Managing Procrastination as an Emotion

Facebook’s decision to ban vaccine misinformation during the COVID-19 pandemic appears to be a major departure from its normal handling of misinformation, so James Keys and Rob Richardson discuss their reaction to this effort, the good and bad could come from it, the extent to which this kind of simple approach can work for our society’s complex problems (01:06). The guys also take a look at some recent research into how and why people procrastinate and discuss how they try to minimize procrastination in their own lives (30:21).

Culture Series: The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck, a book by Mark Manson

Mark Manson’s 2016 bestselling book “The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck,” challenges many common beliefs on how to find happiness and fulfillment and lays out what it describes as a “counterintuitive approach,” so James Keys and Tunde Ogunlana discuss their impressions of the book and their thoughts on some of the major principles it articulates. NOTE: this podcast contains spoilers.

A Stimulus Inflated Stock Market & Trading Privacy for Security

It appears that significant amounts of government stimulus dollars are being used not for necessities but to play in the stock market, so James Keys and Tunde Ogunlana discuss how this happened and how big of a problem it is (01:13). The guys discuss the tradeoffs between security or convenience and privacy in light of a report about an employee for a national security company who used security cameras in customer’s homes to view unsuspecting people’s sex lives (39:41).

Work in the Information Age & Rituals as a Connection to Our Humanity

Society appears to have left the Industrial Age in the dust, so James Keys and Tunde Ogunlana discuss what that means for the concept of “work” and what people should be contributing to, and expecting from, society (02:24). The guys also take a look at some recent research into where rituals come from and what purpose they serve in our societies (41:05).

The Radicalized and Restless & a Solution to Plastic Waste

Radicalization in America is manifesting itself in dangerous ways, so James Keys and Tunde Ogunlana consider how big of a threat it poses to civil society as well as who, and what, can potentially settle things down (01:31). The guys also discuss the recent identification of an enzyme that may make it practically and commercially feasible to reuse plastic waste (44:40).

Land of the Overprivileged, Home of the Entitled & the Milky Way’s Frontiersmen

Seeing the recent chatter about how 2020 revealed America as perhaps the most overprivileged society of all time, James Keys and Tunde Ogunlana analyze the nature of the overprivileged and entitled mindset that pervades a significant chunk of Americans (01:44). The guys also dive into some recent stories about where life on Earth likely fits in relative to the rest of the galaxy (37:34).

Streaming Between the Lines: The Social Dilemma

“The Social Dilemma” docu-drama both explains and illustrates how social media exploits weaknesses in our humanity, and James Keys and Tunde Ogunlana discuss their biggest takeaways from the film and the challenges that it details (01:14). The guys also consider what having a non-destructive social media environment would require (27:20) and take a look at where the film may have changed or confirmed their existing perceptions (37:17).