podcast politics afghanistan extremism

What Makes a Political Extremist? | Quassim Cassam | YDHTY, s2E10

In the first episode of this series on the US withdrawal from Afghanistan a question came up that went to the root of both the events leading up to the 9/11 attacks and instances of domestic extremism in the US today: Why do comfortable people seek purpose in political violence? While the attacks...
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Vietnam, Afghanistan, and the Politics of War | Ken Hughes | YDHTY, S2E9

Well before President Biden's decision to follow through on former President Trump's commitment to withdraw US troops from Afghanistan, comparisons had been drawn between our efforts in the region and America's second-longest war, Vietnam. The similarities are easy to see. Both lasted roughly...
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The Withdrawal From Afghanistan: A Soldier's Perspective | YDHTY, S2E8

The withdrawal of US forces from Afghanistan last month has spurred discussions around the purpose of a war many Americans had hadn't talked out since it began 20 years ago. Since August of this year, cable news has dedicated more time to covering the region than in the prior 5 years combined. ...
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Critical Race Theory - What the Polls SAy | Arjun Moorthy | The Factual | YDHTY, S2E7

In the debate over the teaching of critical race theory in America's public schools, the loudest voices are often the ones disrupting school board meetings and promoting weak theories it's part of a neo-Marxist effort to upend American society. Like many involved in this debate, these voices tend...
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Misunderstanding History: What Both Sides Get Wrong About Critical Race Theory | YDHTY, S2E6

The debate around critical race theory in America's public schools seemingly centers around one question: Which version of American history should our children learn? To Amna Khalid, Associate Professor of History at Carleton College, the answer is simple: All of them. In this episode of YDHTY, we...
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What is Critical Race Theory and Why Are We Fighting About It? | Jean Beaman

As schools in the United States reopen, much of the conversation has been centered around mask and vaccine mandates, or a lack thereof. A quieter, yet no less passionate, issue being discussed is the teaching of critical race theory - a subject that has prompted laws in 28 states to be proposed...
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How Angst Over Big Tech and Monetary Policy are Intertwined | Arjun Moorthy of The Factual

The last three episodes of YDHTY have focused entirely on exploring the issue of tech regulation and tech censorship (you can find them here). These conversations revealed the following: Both conservatives and liberals are concerned about the role big tech plays in America's political dialogue,...
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Tech Censorship (Part 3 of 4) | I Don't Think the The Law Means What You THink It Means | Denise Howell

Social media is a wonderful mechanism for fostering misunderstanding between people. This effect is no less true than in the conversation over First Amendment rights and Section 230 - both of which have been invoked in the debate over the role tech companies play in what Americans post and consume...
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Tech Censorship, Part 2 of 4 | How the Threat of Regulation Stifles Speech | Ben Studebaker

In a decade that is no stranger to political 180s, the stance America's left and right have taken on the subject of internet censorship fits right in. The Republicans, the party that supported a ban on flag burning and derided professional athletes for kneeling during the national anthem, has taken...
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Tech Censorship, Part 1 of 4: Will Regulation Make Big Tech More Powerful?

One of the areas where America's left and right can find common ground is in their hatred of big tech. One of the ironies is that they often use the same companies they're railing against as a platform to complain about them. The spread of disinformation during the 2016 and 2020 elections, around...
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