You Don't Have to Yell

podcast electoral reform

Boats, Helicopters, and Geeks with Clipboards | How Elections run in America | YDHTY, EPisode 40

Genya Coulter, Social Media Program Manager for the US Vote Foundation (twitter @ElectionBabe), describes a good election as "one where you don't end up on the 6 o'clock news." This is probably the reason why many of us live under the assumption that elections in the United States either consist of...
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podcast national debt politics

YDHTY, EPISODE 37: The Stimulus and the National Debt

In June 2019, Republican's passed Donald Trump's signature tax bill, which was widely panned by critics for adding $1 trillion to the federal deficit over 10 years. Last month, in the ultimate "hold my beer" moment, Congress passed a $2 trillion stimulus bill to offset the near nationwide economic...
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podcast history

YDHTY, Episode 36: The Black Death - Applying Lessons from the 1300s to Today's Economy

Something I’ve harped on in recent episodes of YDHTY is how the current outbreak of COVID-19 is a byproduct of decades of globalization. In the less integrated, less dynamic global economy of 30-40 years ago, what happened in Wuhan stayed in Wuhan. This isn’t the first time this has happened,...
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history taxes

The Two Santa Claus Theory: How America Marketed, then Unmarketed the Income Tax

In an effort to marshall support around the expansion of the federal income tax in 1942, the US government enlisted the help of Donald Duck. The US had just entered into World War 2 and was oddly bound to the primitive notion that the government should have some way to pay for this vast increase in...
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YDHTY, Episode 35: Molly Michelmore on Taxes and what Donald Duck Does for a Living

Heading into April, You Don't Have to Yell's editorial calendar was set to tackle the issue of taxes - a topic that seemed timely earlier this year. Then the city of Wuhan got everyone so sick that tax day was moved to July - the very month our Founding Fathers declared independence from England in...
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YDHTY, EPisode 34: In Which We Confront a Changed World, Which May or May Not Have Toilet Paper

The intention for the final March episode of You Don’t Have to Yell was to sit down with my good friend and regular guest, Data Monkey Mike, and cap off a month of learning what should be done to improve the quality of public education in America. In an almost laughable twist of irony, said...
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podcast politics education

What Makes a Good Public School? It's Not Rocket Science

Americans view public schools in the same way they view members of Congress - they tend to love theirs and hate everyone else's Pete Bylsma, a lifelong educator who’s worked with organizations such as the Gates Foundation and the Superintendent for the State of Washington to define what makes a...
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podcast politics education

What's the Rate of Return on Investment in Education? Better than Anything You'd Spend it on.

Ronald Reagan once said the most terrifying words in the English language were, “I’m from the government, and I’m here to help.” For its part, the government does a fair bit to live up to that quote. From a $400 billion plane that can’t fly to a bridge to nowhere to a border wall designed to stop...
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podcast history education

Education during reconstruction: a broken promise and a path forward, YDHTY- Episode 31

When I was about 10, my brother fell and broke his arm during a trust building exercise at summer camp. At this time, it should be noted he has trust issues to this day.  Adding insult to both physical and psychological injury, the physician attending to him in the emergency room had to go...
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podcast black history month education

racial segregation in the north: The struggle in admitting there's a problem.

When I was four years old, my family moved out of the city of Boston proper and into the neighboring suburb of Dedham. There were a number of reasons for the move, but the Boston Busing Crisis - the wave of violence and protests that followed the court ordered integration of Boston’s public schools...
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