The Breakdown with James Sayer

The Breakdown with James Sayer Addressing important issues of the day with a focus on evidence, well-reasoned arguments, and a will

01/15/2024

On this episode, Jordan and I discuss the overwhelming scientific evidence showing that having a spiritual faith in a benevolent creator along with regular church service attendance is strongly associated with better mental and physical health and talk about the different potential reasons for why this is the case. Originally published on Buzzsprout on January 3, 2024.

01/15/2024

On this episode, Jordan and discuss the definitions or many political terminologies, how they are often misused, and the widespread misunderstanding this creates. Originally published on Buzzsprout on December 6, 2023.

01/15/2024

On this episode, Jordan and I discuss the powerfully destructive long-term emotion of hate, why humans hate, the areas of the brain involved in hatred, its effects on the human body, genocide, the recent spike in hate crimes, and how to stop hating. Originally published on Buzzsprout on September 21, 2023.

01/15/2024

On this episode, Jordan and I discuss the shockingly numerous nuclear war near misses the United States has had with Russia since the 1950s, as well as many disturbing nuclear weapons accidents (Broken Arrows) that have occurred in that time. We also discuss different options for eliminating or reducing the extreme dangers caused by possessing nuclear weapons. Originally published on Buzzsprout on August 19, 2023.

01/15/2024

On this episode, Jordan and I discuss the four different types of AI, the difference between AI and AGI, the ubiquity of AI already in our lives, their benefits, costs and potential harms, and how we should proceed with these revolutionary technological advancements. Originally published on Buzzsprout on July 27, 2023.

01/15/2024

On this episode of The Breakdown, Jordan and I discuss the Housing First approach, where people experiencing homelessness are not required to be sober, employed, or to complete a treatment program to obtain housing. We talk about the success rates of the approach, how it works, as well as many other aspects regarding the US homeless crisis, and what needs to be done to house the nearly 600,000 homeless in America today. Originally published on Buzzsprout on June 30, 2023.

01/15/2024

On this episode, Jordan Pearce and I discuss the State of Jefferson - a huge, mountainous, rural area in southern Oregon and Northern California that wishes to secede from their respective states and form the 51st state of the Union- the State of Jefferson. Originally published on Buzzsprout on June 7, 2023.

01/15/2024

On this episode, we discuss Edward Snowden and whether what he did by stealing over 1.7 million files from the NSA was justified, how much good he did by revealing the illegal NSA PRISM program, and how much potential harm he caused to US national security by divulging so many US secrets. Special guest: Jordan Pearce. Originally published on Buzzsprout on May 26, 2023.

Check out our latest episode of The Breakdown, where Jordan and I discuss the definitions or many political terminologie...
12/06/2023

Check out our latest episode of The Breakdown, where Jordan and I discuss the definitions or many political terminologies, how they are often misused, and the widespread misunderstanding this often creates.

On this episode, Jordan and discuss the definitions or many political terminologies, how they are often misused, and the widespread misunderstanding this creates. 

06/01/2022

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.

04/27/2022

Discussing Panpsychism, the concept that all matter in the universe is conscious.

01/03/2022

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.

01/01/2022

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.

10/31/2021

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.

09/22/2021

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.

09/07/2021

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.

07/14/2021

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.

05/22/2021

Check out our new trailer for the second half of Season Two of The Breakdown!

05/15/2021

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".

04/21/2021

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.

04/05/2021

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.

03/14/2021

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.

03/10/2021

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

02/04/2021

Discussing the need for principled conservatives in our fight to save our democracy
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01/18/2021

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...
01/18/2021

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: https://www.buzzsprout.com/1139666/7346257

Photo by Glyn Lowe PhotoWorks from lisbon, Portugal - Joe Biden - Jill Biden - 2013 Presidential Inauguration Day, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=82395716

01/16/2021

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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01/16/2021

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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01/15/2021

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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