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The US Prosecution of Julian Assange

Discussing the US charges against Julian Assange, his possible extradition to the US from the UK, and the dangers of prosecuting him under The Espionage Act of 1917.

What Might Be

On The Breakdown's New Year's Eve special and final episode of the season, we discuss a wide range of serious threats facing humanity, what we need to do to overcome them, what we might accomplish if we do, and what might happen if we do not. Either way, the choice is ours.


On The Breakdown's New Year's Eve special and final episode of the season, we discuss a wide range of serious threats facing humanity, what we need to do to overcome them, what we might accomplish if we do, and what might happen if we do not. Either way, the choice is ours.

The Meaning of Life

On this episode of The Breakdown, we discuss the basic properties and principles of organic life, their commonalities, and what we can actually know about the meaning of life from this knowledge.

America - A Criticism

On this episode, we discuss what's good about America and what's not so good, why, and what we need to do to get our act together.

Fighting Climate Change

On our latest episode, we discuss the impacts of climate change that we are already feeling, how bad things could get & what we need to do to prevent a global climate catastrophe & possible human extinction. We're running out of time.

The Breakdown Party Platter!

In this second double-episode, we continue our analysis of the Biden presidency so far, including the withdrawal from Afghanistan, cracking down on anti-competitive practices, Hunter Biden's new art career, improvements to the ACA, issues at the Dept. of Justice, plus similarities in violent ideologies & more.

Extreme Variety Pak!

In this extended episode, we run the gamut in discussing topics including: Joe Biden's performance, Reality Winner's release, the overturning of Bill Cosby's conviction, the sentencing of Derek Chauvin, the global Neo-fascist threat, climate change, voting rights, the filibuster, reconciliation, and more. It's a tangent-filled extravaganza and I'm not at my most polished, but it is one hell of a show. I hope you'll check it out.

Gun Control Policies that Work

On this episode, we discuss a wide range of gun control policies and isolate the ones that have been directly proven to reduce violence, and talk about how to get these measures enacted into law. Check out The Breakdown's newest episode: "Gun Control Policies that Work".

Genetic Testing

On episode 22 of The Breakdown, I discuss my family heritage from a genetic standpoint to illustrate what we can learn from genetic testing about our recent and ancient human ancestry, as well as the potential benefits and pitfalls of genetic testing.

Conflicting American Cultures

On episode 21: "Conflicting American Cultures", we discuss the numerous cultures within America, their origins, power centers, alliances, adversaries, and more. We use the book "American Nations- A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America" by Colin Woodard as a framework for understanding the different cultural forces that have endured since long before the founding of our country.

Defeating the New Global Fascist Movement

Please check out our latest episode: "Defeating the New Global Fascist Movement", where David Scott and I discuss the threats and origins of the new global fascist movement and what we can do to protect our democracy.

Confronting Consciousness

In this episode, we discuss the meaning and origins of consciousness from multiple perspectives.

The Way Forward

On episode 3 of season 2, we discuss the way forward for Democrats after Biden is sworn in on January 20th.

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On Season 2, Episode 3, we discuss the away forward for Democrats after Joe Biden is sworn-in as the 46th President of t...

On Season 2, Episode 3, we discuss the away forward for Democrats after Joe Biden is sworn-in as the 46th President of the United States. What will Democrats need to do to accomplish their policy goals and to maintain a winning coalition, and how will they overcome the Republican Party's dangerous movement towards fascism? You can listen here:

Photo by Glyn Lowe PhotoWorks from lisbon, Portugal - Joe Biden - Jill Biden - 2013 Presidential Inauguration Day, CC BY 2.0,

Ministry in the Time of COVID-19

On this episode, I interviewed pastor Annie Rose, where we discussed how COVID-19 has impacted her church in Wenatchee, WA, the pandemic's positive effect on charitable giving, as well as lessons from her time as a prison minister. Originally aired June 12, 2020.

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The Portland Protests

On this episode, we focused on the anti-racism and anti-police brutality protests in Portland, Oregon. We also talk about some of the good the Black Lives Matter movement and protests have already brought about, but also look at how the excesses of a relatively small group of radicals and criminals can set back their cause, plus a lot more. Originally aired August 28, 2018.

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The Anti-Maskers

On our first episode, we discussed the people who refuse to wear masks to prevent the spread of COVID-19: the Anti-Maskers. Originally aired June 4, 2020.

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The George Floyd Protests

On this episode, we discussed the intense nationwide protests following the killing of George Floyd by Minnepolis police officers and their implications. Originally aired June 7, 2020.

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The Social Contract

On this episode, we discussed the Social Contract - what it is and how it impacts our everyday lives. Originally aired June 15, 2020.

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Defund the Police?

For this podcast, we discussed the concept of defunding the police as a strategy towards comprehensive police reform and community reinvestment, and the potential implications of this approach. Originally aired June 22, 2020.

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The Art and Science of Persuasion

On this episode, we talked about the art and science of persuasion - what persuasion is and how to use it. We also discuss manipulation - how to avoid being a manipulator and how to avoid being manipulated. Originally aired June 30, 2020.

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Early Lessons from COVID-19

In this episode, we looked at the different lessons we can already take away from our response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Extraterrestrial Life and Alien Visitors

On this episode, we analyzed recent extraterrestrial stories in the news like the Pentagon's declassification of UFO videos, the existience of a new UFO-hunting government agency, claims we are in possession of alien technology, and more.

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The JK Rowling Controversies

In this episode, we discuss the recent JK Rowling controversies regarding some of her comments that many see as transphobic. We also go into some detail about what it means to be transgender and the numerous issues this historically reviled minority has to face on a daily basis.

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The 2020 Elections: Can the Democrats Win?

On this episode, we discussed Joe Biden and the Democrats' chances of winning the election, and if so, how to overcome all the obstacles that Republicans placed in their way.

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2020 Election Takeaways

On this episode, we discuss the results of the 2020 elections and their implications.

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Reopening the Schools

In this episode, we discussed reopening the schools. Whether they should be reopened, and if so, how we should do it.

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Season 1 Finale and Holiday Special

Episode 14: the final episode of the first season. We discuss a mix of different topics for thsi holiday special.

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America on the Brink

A protest, turned riot, turned terrorist attack/attempted coup at our Capitol. White supremacists prepping for revolt, tens of millions in the GOP sympathizing with traitors. Our nation's existence is in jeopardy.

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Certifying the US Presidential Electors

On the first episode of season 2, we discuss the certification of electors for the US Presidential election by Congress as well as the electoral count protests to be held by Trump supporters on January 6th, 2021.


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The 2020 Elections

In episode eleven, we talk about Joe Biden's and the Democrats' chances for winning in the 2020 elections, as well as go into detail about a wide range of obstacles that stand between them and victory, and a whole lot more. You can listen here:

Photo by David Lienemann - (Transferred from en.wikipedia to Commons by Goldorak.), Public Domain,
The JK Rowling Controversies

On episode 10, we discuss the recent set of JK Rowling controversies centered around various comments she has made related to transgender issues. We also do a deep dive into transgender issues and the need for transgender rights protections, plus much more. Our most challenging and eye-opening episode yet. Check it out here:

Photo by John Mathew Smith & from Laurel Maryland, USA - J K Rowling, CC BY-SA 2.0,
The Portland Protests

In episode nine, we focus on the anti-racism and anti-police brutality protests in Portland, Oregon. We talk about some of the good these protests have already accomplished, and we also look at when some peaceful protests devolve into violence and rioting, and how that is harmful and unfair to businesses and citizens and can be counterproductive to the larger social justice movement. The link to the podcast is here:,_2020.jpg#/media/File:Portland_Protests_June_2,_2020.jpg
On episode seven of The Breakdown, we looked at many of the early lessons that we could already take away from what we have learned from COVID-19 so far, as well as different countries' and states' responses to the pandemic so far. You can listen to the episode here:

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