Episode 27: What is DACA and why it Matters

October 18, 2017

Today's episode is the audio of Juhem's talk at the American Humanist Association (Washington, DC) on October 12, 2017. Links: Key facts about unauthorized immigrants enrolled in DACA (Pew Research Center) The Dream Act, DACA, and Other Policies Designed to Protect Dreamers (American Immigration Council) Public Support for Basic Policies of DACA Program Edges Up (PRRI)

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Episodio 22(2): Demócratas, valores familiares y Charlottesville

September 13, 2017

En nuestro segundo episodio Juhem y Luciano discuten varios temas. El primer segmento se enfoca en la estrategia de los líderes del partido Demócrata para ganar las elecciones del 2018. El segundo segmento trata de apropiación del término "valores familiares" para el uso de la población no religiosa. El programa cierra con una discusión de los eventos en Charlottesville el mes pasado.

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Episode 21: Charlottesville

September 6, 2017

Luciano and Juhem recap the tragic events in Charlottesville, Virginia last month. They argue about what to do with Confederate monuments and disagree about what's the best way of contextualizing those artifacts. They also discuss President Trump's response. The show closes with observations about weaponizing vehicles and the GOP enablers of this practice. Links: After Charlottesville Rally Ends in Violence, Alt-Right Vows to Return (Sarah Posner, Rolling Stone) Update: US President Trump’s Response to Charlottesville Events (Human Rights Watch) Legislation, Cars, And Protesters: How Laws Can Be Affected By Tragedy (Luciano GonzalezSin/God) Be Not Constrained: James Croft on Humanists’ Responsibility to Fight Oppression (Point of Inquiry)

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Episode 20: Secular Family Values

September 2, 2017

In this belated episode Luciano and Juhem discuss ways of appropriating the term "family values" from the Christian Right. They explain what they mean by family values and why they think these are issues that progressive secularists can lead on.

 

Links:

Modern Family Values Could And Should Define Future Democrats (Luciano Gonzalez Sin/God)

Democrats Need To Stop Considering Backing Anti-Choice Politicians (Luciano Gonzalez Sin/God)

Representing Secular Family Values (Juhem Navarro-Rivera The LatiNone)

Anti-abortion Democrats fading from the scene (Reid Wilson The Hill)

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Episode 19: Deal or No Deal?

August 23, 2017

In this episode Juhem and Luciano discuss the Democrat's reboot, also known as "A Better Deal." They focus on three articles with different takes on the future of the Democratic Party.

Links:

Everything That’s Wrong with the Democratic ‘Reboot’ in One Lousy Op-Ed (Ian Haney López, Moyers & Company)

The Democratic Party Is in Worse Shape Than You Thought (Thomas B. Edsall, New York Times)

Democrats Are Trying to Win the 2018 Midterms in All the Wrong Ways (Steve Phillips, The Nation)

America Has a Long and Storied Socialist Tradition. DSA Is Reviving It (John Nichols, The Nation)

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Episodio 18(1): La experiencia de Benito Juárez

August 16, 2017

En este primer episodio de "La experiencia de Benito Juárez" los coanfitriones Luciano Gonzalez y el Dr. Juhem Navarro-Rivera hablan de sus metas para esta versión en español de su podcast The Benito Juárez Experience. También hablan sobre los temas discutidos en la versión en inglés del podcast.

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Episode 17: TBJE 2.0

August 9, 2017

This week Luciano and Juhem reflect on the first 16 weeks of the show. They discuss their favorite moments and argue about what can be improved. They also announce some changes in format.

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Episode 16: Trinity Lutheran

August 2, 2017

This week Luciano and Juhem discuss the recently decided SCOTUS case Trinity Lutheran v. Comer. We debate the merits of the case, discuss the nuanced differences in opinion between justices, and wonder what's next in church-state jurisprudence with Utica College political science professor Daniel Tagliarina.

Links

Trinity Lutheran v. Comer

A Major Church-State Ruling That Shouldn't Have Happened (Garrett Epstein, The Atlantic)

Written by Professor Tagliarina

Free Exercise on the Playground

How Roberts Blurs Church and State in Trinity Lutheran Case

Various Interpretations of First Amendment in Trinity Lutheran Case

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Episode 15: America Last

July 26, 2017

This week Luciano discusses how the world view’s America in the Trump era looking at a recent Pew Global poll conducted around the G20 meeting where Trump ranks last among the 4 main leaders of the G20 (China, Germany, Russia) in terms of confidence. Juhem analyzes some of the global public opinion while also finding time to discuss global First Ladies.

Related Links

U.S. Image Suffers as Publics Around World Question Trump’s Leadership (Pew Global Attitudes & Trends)

Tracking U.S. favorability and confidence in the U.S. president, 2002 to 2017 (Interactive Chart by Pew Global)

First Lady Incidents

Poland (Vanity Fair)

Japan (The Hill)

USA (Boston Globe)

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Episode 13: The Curse of the Democrats

July 12, 2017

Luciano and Juhem discuss the recent special elections to replace GOP congress persons who have joined Donald Trump's cabinet. While Democrats have come close to winning, given the partisan leaning of those districts, they have yet to light a cigar. Our co-hosts debate how important these "special elections" are, and whether the Democrats need a leadership change.

Related Links

Where Can Democrats Win? By Nate Silver in FiveThirtyEight

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