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Recap, This Week ⋮ A Pointcast Podcast
Host Joshua Hyde

Trump
"The Wildcard", Part 1 of 2

Introduction to a two-part series. Discover where Trump got his tenacity and why this tenacity may disconnect him from some voters.

Episode S119/273

Recap, This Week ⋮ A Pointcast Podcast
Host Joshua Hyde with Francine Dash , R. Anthony Arnold and
Taylor Waclawik

Community
"Overworking for What?", Part 3 of 3

The "grind" culture has changed our sense of community and self care. Let's talk about it.

Episode S118/272

Recap, This Week ⋮ A Pointcast Podcast
Host Joshua Hyde with Francine Dash , R. Anthony Arnold and
Taylor Waclawik

Community
"Do What You Can", Part 2 of 3

We, as a nation, are raised to be a nation of doers. Because of that, we often find ourselves stuck in spaces where we can’t do what we want to do. So, what do you do we you can’t do — nothing? Let’s talk about it.

Episode S117/271

Recap, This Week ⋮ A Pointcast Podcast
Host Joshua Hyde with Francine Dash , R. Anthony Arnold and
Taylor Waclawik

Community
"Contentious Consumerism", Part 1 of 3

Voting with your money. When and where it makes sense. Let’s talk about it.

Episode S116/270

Smart Politix ⋮ A Pointcast Podcast
with R. Anthony Arnold Guests Frank Jameson and Brandon Clark

A Reflection on OJ Simpson, Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman (Unscripted)

Since the death of OJ Simpson, we reflect through three different generations on the murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman and things we missed in the 1990s and what we have learned since the "trial of the century".

Episode S53/269

Recap, This Week ⋮ A Pointcast Podcast
with Francine Dash , R. Anthony Arnold and Nick Homberg

AI Love and How We Care for Our Children

Carl's in love with his AI girlfriend. The Dalai Lama asks a boy to suck his tongue; and a doctor calls the Department of Child Protective Services on one of his patient's parents. How far is too far? Let's talk about it.

Episode S115/268

Cinematic Challenge ⋮ A Pointcast Podcast
with Francine Dash and R. Anthony Arnold

"The Last Repair Shop"

Director Ben Proudfoot, Kris Bowers
Produced by Ben Proudfoot, Jeremy Lambert, Josh Rosenberg, Kris Bowers
Starring Dana Atkinson, Paty Moreno, Duane Michaels, Steve Bagmanyan

This week's challenge is the watch the movie "The Last Repair Shop" a documentary on Disney and Youtube about the unexpected upside of repairing musical instruments. Find out what we both think of this film and whether or not you should give it a shot.

Episode CC4/267

Smart Politix ⋮ A Pointcast Podcast
with R. Anthony Arnold Guest Frank Jameson and Francine Dash

Taxes, What They Are and How They Work

According to a poll from the University of Chicago and the Associated Press, only 2 out of 10 Americans say they understand local property tax, one out of 4 say they understand federal income tax, and only 3 out of 10 understand sales tax. So this episode is going to be a very mini primer on taxes. One that, hopefully, gets you to think a little bit deeper about the your money and the part you give to your government.

Episode S52/266

Recap, This Week ⋮ A Pointcast Podcast
with Francine Dash , R. Anthony Arnold and Nick Homberg

Do Guns Solve Problems?

Our poll, trends and discussion focuses on how guns have affected different situations; and asks if guns are useful in resolving conflicts.

Episode S114/265

Untitled ⋮ A Pointcast Podcast
with Francine Dash and R. Anthony Arnold

"The Killer"

This week's challenge is the watch the movie "The Killer" on Netflix. Find out what we both think of this film and whether or not you should give it a shot.

Episode U3/264

Recap, This Week (Rewind) ⋮ A Pointcast Podcast
with Francine Dash , R. Anthony Arnold and Nick Homberg

The Legacy of Desantis

Recorded a year ago, this pod takes us back to Governor Ron Desantis' efforts to become president, but focuses on the long term implications of some of the laws he has signed and the impact those laws may have have on the lives of Floridians today.

Episode S113/263

Smart Politix ⋮ A Pointcast Podcast
with R. Anthony Arnold Guest Frank Jameson and Francine Dash

Big Pharma & Infinity Drugs

Pharma companies aren't known for putting patients first. Abusing the patent system to increase profits at the expense of patients. Paying doctors in the hopes of driving more sales to patients, a practice that’s alive and well with Ozempic by the way. Everything involving the opioid crisis. Which may not be all their fault, but last year 112,000 Americans died from fatal overdoses, and their greed and lack of responsibility is partly to blame. But even with all that being known, we’re still quick to trust the next “miracle drug.”

Episode S51/262

Smart Politix ⋮ A Pointcast Podcast
with R. Anthony Arnold and Francine Dash

Randolph, Rustin and the Black Socialists Movement, and Why It Still Matters Today

In this episode we’re going to expand our worldview of the civil rights era, by focusing not just on Randolph and Rustin, but in particular on the document they helped to produce a few years after the March on Washington called “A Freedom Budget for All Americans.”

Episode S50/261

Smart Politix ⋮ A Pointcast Podcast
with R. Anthony Arnold, Guest Frank Jameson and Francine Dash

Iran and War

Iran has long provided both money and arms to Hamas, without controlling their actions overtly. This allows them to claim, truthfully, that they aren’t responsible. In the same way that the U.S. claims not to be whenever a group we arm does something we don’t like.

While this may sound ridiculous, it provides just enough political cover to make a direct attack on them unacceptable domestically, and unsupported internationally.

But when a response targets some other group, Iran then casts us and our allies as illegitimate aggressors anyway, highlighting the very real carnage and death that’s happening.

And if we do nothing? Or leave, as we did in Afghanistan?

Episode S49/260

Smart Politix ⋮ A Pointcast Podcast
with R. Anthony Arnold, Guest Frank Jameson and Francine Dash

Should Parents Be Jailed for the Crimes of Their Children?

Jennifer Crumbley, was found guilty of four counts of manslaughter, for her son's crimes. In an effort to secure the maximum punishment possible, the State of Michigan tried Ethan Crumbley as an adult. A designation that would seem to suggest he already bears full responsibility for his actions. And yet, his parents both face the possibility of jail time for those same actions.

Episode S48/259

Smart Politix ⋮ A Pointcast Podcast
with R. Anthony Arnold and Francine Dash

Biden vs. Trump 2.0, How Did We Get Here...Again?

By now, you’ve no doubt seen one of the various polls showing that both the current President, Joe Biden, and the former President, Donald Trump, are lacking in the eyes of the public. So how did we get here? And who should be blamed?

Episode S47/258

Recap, This Week ⋮ A Pointcast Podcast
Host Joshua Hyde with Francine Dash, and Nick Homberg

Spring Festivals, Part 3: Presidents' Day

Why is this holiday an important one to celebrate? And why do some states celebrate some presidents and not others? Let's talk about it.

Episode R112/257

Recap, This Week ⋮ A Pointcast Podcast
Host Joshua Hyde with Francine Dash, and Nick Homberg

Spring Festivals, Part 2: The Origin of Valentine's Day

Originally a weeklong festival, Valentine's Day has its roots in the Rome.

Episode R111/256

Recap, This Week ⋮ A Pointcast Podcast
Host Joshua Hyde with Francine Dash, and Nick Homberg

Spring Festivals, Part 1: Chinese New Year

This weeklong festival has its roots in an epic battle between a grieving father and a dragon.

Episode R110/255

Smart Politix ⋮ A Pointcast Podcast
with R. Anthony Arnold and Francine Dash

The American Constitution and the Myths That Made America

We get to discuss who wrote the Constitution and the inspiration behind what's inside.

Episode S46/254

Untitled ⋮ A Pointcast Podcast
with R. Anthony Arnold and Francine Dash

"The First Grader"

Each show we challenge each other to watch movies on the big and small screens. This time, Francine challenged Anthony to watch, "The First Grader" on Netflix. Find out what we both think of this film and whether or not you should give it a shot.

Episode U2/253

Smart Politix ⋮ A Pointcast Podcast
with R. Anthony Arnold and Francine Dash

What's In a Holiday, Anyway?

Holidays bring people together around something common to them all. So what's common enough for Americans to celebrate Martin Luther King Day or National Lego Day or any other holiday, that's not religious?

Episode S45/252

Recap, This Week ⋮ A Pointcast Podcast
Host Francine Dash with R. Anthony Arnold, and Nick Homberg

The Organ Market

There are two markets running side by side, the illegal and sometimes legal organ market, where people buy eyes, livers, kidneys and even genitalia; and hospitals who are seeking to fulfill the needs of those waitlisted for organs. Is it possible to have both markets; or does one have to go? Let’s talk about it.

Episode R109/251

Smart Politix ⋮ A Pointcast Podcast
with R. Anthony Arnold and Francine Dash

The Old World Order

For the last few decades, the world seemed like a mostly stable place. The odds of conflict between major powers was low. And while there were still lingering questions, it seemed as if the answers to those questions were within our grasp. It was certainly a nice dream, wasn’t it?

Now what?

Episode S44/250

Recap, This Week ⋮ A Pointcast Podcast
Host Joshua Hyde with R. Anthony Arnold, Nick Homberg and
Taylor Waclawik

Happy New Year!

New Year’s resolutions, do you do them — yay or nay? Plus, if you’re doing resolutions, be kind to yourself. Set realistic goals. Need some suggestions on how? Let’s talk about it.

Episode R108/249

Recap, This Week ⋮ A Pointcast Podcast
Host Joshua Hyde with R. Anthony Arnold, Nick Homberg and
Taylor Waclawik.

Merry Christmas!

Connecting families far and near as families shrink and memories fade, seeking the perfect gift to capture the magic of the season or nursing a case of the winter blues, whatever your reason, Christmas has become the most celebrated time of the year. Let's talk about why.

Episode R107/248

Smart Politix ⋮ A Pointcast Podcast
with R. Anthony Arnold and Francine Dash

The Slow Death of Local News

We apologize for the audio and technical difficulties experienced on this show.

Legacy media is collapsing and local media is dying. Who will tell our local stories — the stories that matter most — if we continue to lose local newspapers?

Episode S43/247

We, the Voters... ⋮ A Pointcast Podcast
with Francine Dash and Cara Kay

Refugees of New York

Have you ever wondered what happens to the bus loads of people who are bussed to New York after crossing the border? Cara Kay talks about the impact to her community and what she and her family are doing to help.

‐ The Love Kitchen
‐ Human Rights Watch

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Untitled ⋮ A Pointcast Podcast
with R. Anthony Arnold and Francine Dash

"Killer's of the Flower Moon"

Each show we challenge each other to watch movies on the big and small screens. This time, Anthony challenged me to watch, "Killers of the Flower Moon". Find out what we both think of this film and whether or not you should give it a shot.

Episode U1/245

Recap, This Week ⋮ A Pointcast Podcast
Host Joshua Hyde with R. Anthony Arnold, Nick Homberg, Francine Dash and
Special Guest, Taylor Waclawik.

Happy Thanksgiving, Y'all!

What does Thanksgiving mean to you and how do you like to celebrate? Let's talk about it!

Episode R106/244

Recap, This Week ⋮ A Pointcast Podcast
Host Joshua Hyde with R. Anthony Arnold and
Special Guest, Taylor Waclawik.

So, We Had An Election...

Post election, how's everybody feeling? Let's talk about it!

Episode R105/243

We, the Voters... ⋮ A Pointcast Podcast
Host Francine Dash with Harv Hilowitz of the Afghan Circle of Hudson Valley

The Resettlement of Afghan Refugees

After the Taliban overthrew the Afghanistan government on August 15, 2021, hundreds of thousands of Afghans fled the country, fearing for their lives under the new regime. Since that time, at least 90,000 Afghans have resettled in the United States. An organization, Afghan Circle of the Hudson Valley, works to help them make America their new home.

Episode W71/242

Recap, This Week ⋮ A Pointcast Podcast
Host Joshua Hyde with R. Anthony Arnold and Francine Dash

Halloween Special: President Bob and the Villains

The best president America has ever known, President Bob, turns out to be an alien from another galaxy, who has been pretending to be human. He now wants the country and world to know his true identity. What would it take for you to continue to support him? Also, is your favorite horror movie villain a liberal or conservative? Let's talk about it!

Episode R104/241

Smart Politix ⋮ A Pointcast Podcast
R. Anthony Arnold, Host with Francine Dash

Vices
"Remember When Smoking Was Cool? ", Part 5 of 5

If I asked you to picture a cigarette smoker in your head, what’s the first image that you imagine? For some of you, it might be something ghastly. Something that speaks to the long-term consequences. For others, it might be of a particular brand you always associate with smoking.

Episode S42/240

Recap, This Week ⋮ A Pointcast Podcast
Host Joshua Hyde with R. Anthony Arnold and Francine Dash

The Catharsis of Video Gaming (and other stuff)

When's the last time you played a game or watched a show that changed you or made you feel better? Let's talk about!

Episode R103/239

Smart Politix ⋮ A Pointcast Podcast
R. Anthony Arnold, Host with Francine Dash

The Iron Triangle

A bureaucracy is defined as “a system of government in which most of the important decisions are made by state officials rather than by elected representatives. That’s what the “Iron Triangle” leads to.

Episode S41/238

Recap, This Week ⋮ A Pointcast Podcast
Host Joshua Hyde with R. Anthony Arnold and Francine Dash
Special Guest, Taylor Waclawik.

The McConnell Affect

After some pretty public "episodes", has McConnell come to the end of his career? If so, is it because of his age or because of his health? Let's talk about!

Episode R102/237

Smart Politix ⋮ A Pointcast Podcast
R. Anthony Arnold, Host with Francine Dash

The Country that Laughs Together...

For a growing share of Americans, their laughs are coming from a surprising source: Fox News. More specifically, Greg Gutfield!

Episode S40/236

Recap, This Week ⋮ A Pointcast Podcast
Host Joshua Hyde with R. Anthony Arnold and Francine Dash

Naked Comfort

With great power comes great responsibility. (Thanks, Spider Man.) With the rise of online influencers who can reach millions of people with their platforms do they have a responsibility to care for the public? And how does this affect politics? Let’s talk about it!

Episode R101/235

Smart Politix ⋮ A Pointcast Podcast
R. Anthony Arnold, Host with Francine Dash

The World's Proxy War in Ukraine Continues

It's no secret that the United States is fully supporting Ukraine against Russia; but does that mean that we are at war with Russia?

Episode S39/234

Recap, This Week ⋮ A Pointcast Podcast
Host Joshua Hyde with Guest Host R. Anthony Arnold, Nick Homberg and Francine Dash

Context & Nuance

False consensus or consensus bias —you believe that people believe what you believe. But, that might not be the case. Let’s talk about it!

Episode R100/233

Smart Politix ⋮ A Pointcast Podcast
R. Anthony Arnold, Host with Francine Dash

Hollywood and the Labour Movement

This strike is about more than just writers and actors. It’s also a lesson in how technology is changing the landscape of labour in unanticipated ways; and it provides a preview into the kinds of conflicts that may become more common in the future.

Episode S38/232

Recap, This Week ⋮ A Pointcast Podcast
Host Joshua Hyde
Guest Host R. Anthony Arnold, with Nick Homberg and Francine Dash

Single Party/Issue Voting

What's right and wrong with single issue/party voting and how does it affect how our democracy works?

Episode R99/231

Smart Politix ⋮ A Pointcast Podcast
R. Anthony Arnold, Host with Francine Dash

Trump 2.0

Are there any conclusions to be drawn about the state of our politics, the voters, and/or the Republican party, from Trump’s continued frontrunner status?

Episode S37/230

Recap, This Week ⋮ A Pointcast Podcast
Host Joshua Hyde
R. Anthony Arnold, with Nick Homberg and Alexander Krohannon

Virtue Signaling

What is 'virtue signaling' and what type of affect does does it have on American culture? Let's talk about it!

Episode R98/229

Smart Politix ⋮ A Pointcast Podcast
R. Anthony Arnold, Host with Francine Dash

Vices
"The Effects of Culture and Technology ", Part 4 of 5

In a post-pandemic culture full of mental awareness, yet rising depression and suicide rates, should the expansion of technology into gaming, allowing people to go to Vegas on their phones, be alarming or just another sign of progress?

Episode S36/228

Recap, This Week ⋮ A Pointcast Podcast
Host Joshua Hyde with R. Anthony Arnold, Nick Homberg and Alexander Krohannon

The Intersectionality of Politics and Religion

Does the injection of religion into American politics limit or make it harder for our politicians to come to common ground? Let's talk about it!

"The influx of religion into politics has essentially created exclusionary gangs that admire wreaking havoc over democratic representatives seeking sensible compromise."

"When politicians use religion to propogate their message, every politician assumes their position is the 'Jesus position'. The problem is we all think that we represent the 'Jesus position', as we take turns crucifying each other."

Episode R97/227

Smart Politix ⋮ A Pointcast Podcast
R. Anthony Arnold, Host

Vices
"The House Always Wins", Part 3 of 5

Vicksburg, Mississippi was, in 1835, a haven of debauchery. The allure of easy money, easy land, and riverboat gambling had turned it into a place where people came from far and wide to get rich quick. But on the fourth of July, something snapped.

Episode S35/226

Recap, This Week ⋮ A Pointcast Podcast
Host Joshua Hyde with R. Anthony Arnold, Nick Homberg and Alexander Krohannon

A Real Man

What does the phrase “real man” mean to you? Do you think this phrase is still useful or even appropriate? Let’s talk about it.

Episode R96/225

Smart Politix ⋮ A Pointcast Podcast
R. Anthony Arnold, Host

Vices
"Our Complicated Relationship with Alcohol", Part 2 of 5

Drinking isn’t good for you. That’s one of those statements that seems obvious, and yet, for decades, quite the opposite was thought to be true. If you’ve ever heard that a glass of red wine can be healthy, then you’re one of the many people who’s heard what’s known as “The French Paradox.” An idea first proposed in 1991.

But recent studies have found the science behind that idea to be not so credible, and likely a result of poorly interpreting the data.

And the recent health recommendations go way beyond that. Earlier this year the World Health Organization titled “No level of alcohol consumption is safe for our health.” None. Zip. Zero. Zilch. Not even the temperance movement was so bold as to suggest that “risks start from the first drop.”

Episode S34/224

Recap, This Week ⋮ A Pointcast Podcast
Host Joshua Hyde with R. Anthony Arnold, Nick Homberg and Alexander Krohannon

The Culture of Gaming

Is your favorite game causing you to not want to leave your house? And is the business model of gaming causing or encouraging addiction? Let’s talk about it. Also, the impact of VR in gaming and its possible connection to gun violence.

Episode R95/223

Smart Politix ⋮ A Pointcast Podcast
R. Anthony Arnold, Host

Vices
"Let's Talk Baseball", Part 1 of 5

In World War 2 soldiers were given amphetamines, the drugs we use to help treat ADHD, to help them stay alert and awake. We’re talking tens of millions of pills. And after the war, some of those soldiers not only returned home, but they went back to baseball. It’s unimaginable now, but over 500 baseball players served in the military. Players like Jackie Robinson and Ted Williams.

And when those players returned to baseball, they brought their amphetamines, or “greenies”, back with them.

Episode S33/222

Recap, This Week ⋮ A Pointcast Podcast
Host Joshua Hyde with R. Anthony Arnold, Nick Homberg and Alexander Krohannon

Spacefaring & Colonizing New Worlds

While the idea of another world war has people on edge, billionaires are exploring the stars for another place to call home. Is this all just conjecture; or is there something going on here? Let’s talk about it. Also, humans as interstellar beings; and a primer on astrobiology.

Episode R94/221

Smart Politix ⋮ A Pointcast Podcast
R. Anthony Arnold, Host

Politix & Culture
"Mass Effect: Are you an Anderson or Udina?", Part 4 of 4

Hugely popular video game that mimics many of the conflicts found in real life, filled with lessons and opportunities to solve them.

“How do you fix what was previously broken, even if you didn’t break it? This is a big theme of Mass Effect.”

Episode S32/220

Recap, This Week ⋮ A Pointcast Podcast
Host Joshua Hyde with R. Anthony Arnold, Nick Homberg and Alexander Krohannon

Remember the Big White Balloon?

Do we believe that there is a correct or responsible way to respond to alien flying crafts entering our air space? Let’s talk about it. Also, we discuss the facts of what happened day by day until the balloon was shot down and the question of the day.

Episode R93/219

Recap, This Week ⋮ A Pointcast Podcast
Host Joshua Hyde with R. Anthony Arnold, Nick Homberg and Alexander Krohannon

The Marvel Universe

This week, we discuss the real politics in the Marvel Universe. Also, this week’s poll: Which MCU character would you most like to be president; and this week’s movie trends around the world. Let’s talk about it.

Article: Fictional Universe, Real Politics ⋮ The Marvel Cinematic Universe

Episode R92/218

Smart Politix ⋮ A Pointcast Podcast
R. Anthony Arnold, Host

Politix & Culture
"Steven Universe", Part 3 of 4

Steven Universe tells the coming-of-age story of a young boy, Steven Universe who lives with the Crystal Gems—magical, mineral-based aliens — in the fictional town of Beach City. Steven, who is half-Gem, has adventures with his friends and helps the Gems protect the world from their own kind.

“I really like the mature themes of the show, and how the writers take on serious issues without being reactionary. Like redemption, the show tells us that as long as a person is willing to try that they are not beyond redemption,” Nicholas Homberg.

Episode S31/217

Recap, This Week ⋮ A Pointcast Podcast
Host Joshua Hyde with R. Anthony Arnold, Nick Homberg and Alexander Krohannon

American Prisons

The modern American criminal justice system includes a prison system that is meant to separate people who do not follow or willfully break societal rules. But where did the concept of prisons come from? Let’s talk about it. Also, we talk trends and our Friday poll.

Article: A History of Why Societies Created Prisons

Episode R91/216

Recap, This Week ⋮ A Pointcast Podcast
Host Joshua Hyde with R. Anthony Arnold, Nick Homberg and Alexander Krohannon

What’s the Matter with Men?

So, “What’s the Matter with Men?” (See article below.) We discuss the masculinity crisis in our society. Also, we discuss this week’s poll on when neglect charges should be filed against parents; and our current online trends regarding proposed new laws in the UK that want to limit the right to protest. Let’s talk about it.

Article: https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2023/01/30/whats-the-matter-with-men

Episode R90/215

Smart Politix ⋮ A Pointcast Podcast
R. Anthony Arnold, Host

Politix & Culture
"Hip Hop Music", Part 2 of 4

For many, hip hop educated as much as it entertained, filling the gap between what people thought they knew and the reality of how people were really living. Now, some believe hip hop has been co-opted, becoming another corporate product and a shell of what it used to be. But for others, there's still hope.

“Hip hop is what made me culturally aware of life outside of my world... and I have hope that it will return to being able to make that type of impact, again,” Frank Jamison, IV.

Episode S30/214

Recap, This Week ⋮ A Pointcast Podcast
Host Joshua Hyde with R. Anthony Arnold, Nick Homberg and Alexander Krohannon

Robot Landlord

iBuyers and other online real estate companies and how they are changing the landscape of buying, selling and renting residential real estate; and could we end up with AI landlords? Also, gas stoves and asthma in children, should there be a national health emergency this risk? Let’s talk about it!

Episode R89/213

Recap, This Week ⋮ A Pointcast Podcast
Host Joshua Hyde with R. Anthony Arnold, Nick Homberg and Alexander Krohannon

The Need for Accountability

People can say almost anything in the world of politics, these days, and get away with it. Let’s talk about it. Plus, our discussion on our Friday poll on whether or not Donald Trump should be allowed to run for or hold office; and the incredulous George Santos, R/NY.

‘If you pick victory over principle, corruption is what you’ll get,’ paraphrased, by Professor X (Alex Krohannon)

Episode R88/212

Smart Politix ⋮ A Pointcast Podcast
R. Anthony Arnold, Host

Politix & Culture
"'Haikyu' Manga Series", Part 1 of 4

Haikyu is a Japanese Shonen manga series about a high school volleyball team, written and illustrated by Haruichi Furudate. Our own Professor X (Alex Krohannon) talks about why this manga is one of the greatest and how it mirrors politics.

“Politics comes from culture; and culture has roots in the stories that we tell,” Professor X.

Episode S29/211

Recap, This Week ⋮ A Pointcast Podcast
Host Joshua Hyde with R. Anthony Arnold, Nick Homberg and Alexander Krohannon

One Punch Too Many

We’ve all been punched in the chest by inflation. What is inflation, what causes it and some tips on what you can do about it. Also on tap, climate change is punching through the country; and our Friday poll on disciplining your kids by embarrassing them online -- should you be doing it and does it work?

Episode R87/210

Random Science ⋮ A Pointcast Podcast
Host Francine Dash, with Professor and Director of the Environmental Resilience Institute, Indiana University, Gabriel Filippelli, Ph.D.

The Human Impact on Climate Change
"Environmental Justice and Community Action", Part 3 of 4

Dr. Gabe talks about the lead contamination in the Martindale-Brightwood neighborhood, green assets, gentrification versus environmental cleanup and why laws are needed to help lessen the impact of climate change.

“The only reason we know good and bad [as it relates to climate change] is because we’ve seen the impact of climate change, and that is extreme heat. That is flooding. It’s actually killing hundreds if not thousands of citizens in every state, every single year. That is the real cost; and governments are supposed to protect us from that and that’s via laws.”

Test your own area in and around your home and get other resources here, for free: http://www.mapmyenvironment.com.

Episode RS7/209

Recap, This Week ⋮ A Pointcast Podcast
Host Joshua Hyde with R. Anthony Arnold, Nick Homberg and Alexander Krohannon

Kamala’s Waiting Room

Biden’s Presidential wins was monumental, partially because of his running mate, Kamala Harris. But now, much of the talk about Harris’ role has died down. Let’s talk about why. Also, let’s talk Senator Kyrsten Sinema and the Friday Poll; and Professor X’s take on the trends.

Episode R86/208

Smart Politix ⋮ A Pointcast Podcast
R. Anthony Arnold, Host

History of Democracy
"The Road that Leads to Tyranny", Part 7 of 7

The road that leads to tyranny is paved with peoples desires, their outright yearning, for freedom of self and freedom to make the living they want to make for their families; and they want whoever the hell is in charge to do things that make reaching these timeless goals possible.

“Tyranny has never worked for anyone, but the tyrant.” said Arnold. “I do think the desire to try these things is part of human nature. But we don’t have to be bound by the lesser angels of our nature.”

Episode S28/207

Recap, This Week ⋮ A Pointcast Podcast
Host Joshua Hyde with R. Anthony Arnold, Nick Homberg and Alexander Krohannon

Resolving to Do Something Good

How’s that New Year’s resolution going — and what about those people who don’t believe in making a resolution, at all? Let’s talk about it! Also, prepare yourself, we’re going in on what a New Year’s resolution should be for these here United States.

“I want to find a sustainable way to lose weight,” says Josh.
“My theme is organization and I just want to be more organized and timely,” says Dr. X.
“My thing is like setting aside more times for the things I love to do, like seeing movies,” says Anthony.
“I don’t need [a New Year’s resolution], I’m perfect,” says Nick, the Homie.

But on a serious note, Recap says, the United States should resolve to end homelessness.
“Why do we care about abortion rates if people can’t feed or shelter themselves?”

Episode R85/206

Strings Attached ⋮ A Pointcast Podcast
Host Nick Homberg with Joshua Hyde and Tiffany

Manhood "Healing the Man", Part 4 of 4

Nick closes out this series challenging guests to share what they have seen and experienced along the way that has made the biggest differences in their lives or the lives of men they care about.

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Recap, This Week ⋮ A Pointcast Podcast
Host Joshua Hyde with Francine Dash and R. Anthony Arnold

How Redlining Shaped Our Communities

Have you ever wondered why the same grocery store chain looks vastly different in a working class neighborhood than in a wealthier neighborhood; or why “food deserts” even exist? Redlining determines where our grocery stores can be located; and for those who might be wondering, this type of redlining is not illegal. Our discussion reveals the continued impact of redlining and the ignoring of needs in certain communities. Also, we discuss the relevance of the British monarchy and why Megan and Harry probably should have stayed in the UK to help drive change from within.

Additional Sources
Redlining’s Legacy: Food Deserts, Insecurity, and Health
Redlining, racism and food access in US urban cores

Episode R84/204

Smart Politix ⋮ A Pointcast Podcast
Anthony Arnold, Host

History of Democracy
"Post War Fascism in Italy and the Story of Benito Mussolini, better known as 'Il Duce'", Part 6 of 7

"Early in his life, Mussolini's views sounded almost like the kinds of things you hear in many left wing circles today. He supported worker’s rights, unions, direct action protests, and was willing to stand against the imperialism that he believed was suppressing the common people around the globe. I say almost because Mussolini also possessed a darkness that would land him jail for advocating the use of violence. And it’s this belief in violence that would cause him to break with his socialist allies, and set him down a different path."

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Recap, This Week ⋮ A Pointcast Podcast
Host Joshua Hyde with Francine Dash, Alexander Krohannon, and R. Anthony Arnold

How Politics Affects Human Connections

Finding a real human connection is hard. Finding a relationship is even harder. Many people have taken this search online. But, some are struggling to find out how to parse through differences, including political differences, on a search for authenticity.

Also, the specialness of GameStop and the trends it has inspired; and the weekly poll about a stay-at-home husband, dad and gamer, who is sued by his wife because she feels he’s not paying his fair share of the family's expenses.

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Anthony Arnold, Host

History of Democracy
"An American Tyrant in Louisiana", Part 5 of 7

It’s the smart ones who pose the greatest threat. [Huey P.] Long was smart enough to work the system, charismatic enough to make people love him, and shrewd enough to get away with the bullying. And because he delivered results, the people kept electing him. He was chosen democratically, twice, and had he not died to an assassin’s bullet in 1935, there’s really no telling where his career might have taken him. Could he have one day been President? I absolutely think it’s possible.

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Random Science ⋮ A Pointcast Podcast
Host Gayle Jones, with Former Law Enforcement Officer, Larry Lee

The Human Impact on Climate Change
"The Changes We Can Make", Part 2 of 4

Larry, having grown up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin first noticed that winters and summers weren't quite the same. Later he learned about changes in the environment and how it was impacting human life. So, he started to look at ways that he could help make things better.

"I would like everyone to be on one accord. We have to be proactive."

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Strings Attached ⋮ A Pointcast Podcast
Host Nick Homberg
with Tiffany

Manhood "A Perspective on Manhood", Part 3 of 4

Tiffany (she/they) was raised in a Baptist home and attended a Catholic school. Their understanding of manhood came loaded with family traditions and religious expectations. She discusses how she came to understand manhood, the dangers of toxic masculinity and the peace she has, now, in knowing the difference.

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Host Joshua Hyde with Francine Dash, Alexander Krohannon, Sasha Estrella-Jones, and R. Anthony Arnold

Twitter Love and the Baby Makers

A review of the Twitter/Musk journey and where we are today and do sperm banks encourage people to shop for the features and abilities they want to see in their children -- and is that a bad thing?

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Anthony Arnold, Host

History of Democracy
"Was The American Revolution a War on Taxes?", Part 4 of 7

Much has been said about the Revolutionary War and its causes and all of them are pretty much true. But not much has been discussed about how colonists cheated the crown out of taxes owed; and while becoming among the wealthiest colonies used its wealth (back taxes, maybe?) to defeat the British.

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Host Joshua Hyde with Francine Dash, Alexander Krohannon, and R. Anthony Arnold

How Old is Too Old and The Hate We Give

Best age range or age limit for the country’s highest office, laws that manage how algorithms work on social media and where they lead us; and why social media keeps giving space to inflammatory speech.

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Random Science ⋮ A Pointcast Podcast
Francine Dash, Host with with Gayle Jones, Elyag Productions, Editor and Producer

The Human Impact on Climate Change
"Introduction", Part 1 of 4

Global warming and climate change are the table today — what it is and what it isn’t and how we - us humans, have contributed to it.

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Strings Attached ⋮ A Pointcast Podcast
Host Nick Homberg
with Francine Dash

Manhood "How We Condition Our Daughters to See Men", Part 2 of 4

Francine, who was raised in a military family, was raised with conflicting views of manhood. Listen in as she shares what it was like growing up and learning the differences in genders and why she now believes as she does.

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Guest Host Francine Dash, with Alexander Krohannon, Nick Homberg, R. Anthony Arnold, and Brandon Clark

A Fresh Start

Is the U.S. Presidency too hard for older people? Should the people of California sue Elon Musk over the hyperloop? How does the construct of gender and the construct of race intersect with politics. Rising violence towards transwomen; and a personal note on why some pro-lifers are pro-choice.

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Anthony Arnold, Host

History of Democracy
"Democracy and Socrates", Part 3 of 7

Before Donald Trump became President, George Washington was, by a mile, the wealthiest President we had ever had. Thomas Jefferson comes just after him, and James Madison is number 6. John Adams, with a 2022 net worth of 25 million, looks like a pauper when compared to the estimate of 700 million for Washington. So the founding class of this country wasn’t just comfortably well-off, they were rich.

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Random Science ⋮ A Pointcast Podcast
Francine Dash, Host with Dr. Monalisa Muchatuta, Assistant Clinical Professor and Director of International Mini-Fellowships in Emergency Medicine at SUNY Downstate Medical Center, Brooklyn, New York

Reflections on the COVID-19 Experience
"What We Still Need to Do, While Living Through a Pandemic", Part 4 of 4

Dr. Muchatuta shares her personal experiences working to decolonize emergency medicine and coping during this pandemic; and warns that the pandemic is not over.

Episode RS4/191

Strings Attached ⋮ A Pointcast Podcast
Host Nick Homberg
with Ted, Medical Student

Manhood "Starting the List", Part 1 of 4

Ted is currently a medical student, who sometimes feels that there is a list of requirements for men, like himself; and talks about how this list plays out in his own life and why completing this list, for him, matters.

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Recap, This Week ⋮ A Pointcast Podcast
Guest Host Alexander Krohannon with Nick Homberg, R. Anthony Arnold , Francine Dash and Brandon Clark

Unions and a Place to Call Home

‘Every Citizen Has A Home’, proposed legislation that proactively eliminates economic-based homelessness, the expansion of unions and the art of malicious compliance.

Episode R79/189

Smart Politix ⋮ A Pointcast Podcast
Anthony Arnold, Host

History of Democracy
"The Athenian Court System", Part 2 of 7

Instead of the small, intimate juries that we have today, ancient Athens had juries that started at 200, and could number in the thousands for exceptional cases. There were also no jury deliberations, like we have today. Instead, jurors would hear the arguments being made, occasionally expressing their approval or disapproval on the spot; and when the arguments concluded, they would immediately vote.

Episode S23/188

Random Science ⋮ A Pointcast Podcast
Francine Dash, Host with Elijah Sutton

Reflections on the COVID-19 Experience
"I Got Vaccinated But Still Have Questions", Part 3 of 4

Elijah got vaccinated, but wonders if the vaccine really helped or prolonged infections.

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Recap, This Week ⋮ A Pointcast Podcast
Guest Host Nick Homberg with Alexander Krohannon, R. Anthony Arnold , Francine Dash and Brandon Clark

Righting Wrongs

Hope seeks justice after her ex-husband kills himself and their children. Hope warned that her ex-husband said he would do this, but no one listened. The American Chemical Society says that PFAS may be making everything from mascara to rainwater dangerous; and Alex Jones, American conservative and host of InfoWars, has found himself between the hard truth and the definition of a lie.

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Guest Host R. Anthony Arnold with Alexander Krohannon, Nick Homberg, Francine Dash and Brandon Clark

Watching the Polls

A concern over a weakening democracy has our team wondering if our tolerance for political violence will lead to actual violence at the polls -- and if so, how we should respond.

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Host Joshua Hyde with Alexander Krohannon and Nick Homberg.

Saying the Quiet Part Out Loud

This week, we cover the University of Pennsylvania’s tenured law professor, Amy Wax, and her comments on race, specifically Asian immigration, the spreading and disruption of unions; and how all of this impacts us.

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Smart Politix ⋮ A Pointcast Podcast
Anthony Arnold, Host

History of Democracy "The Pros and Cons of Democracy", Part 1 of 7

One of the first human societies that we consider advanced was ancient Sumeria, in Mesopotamia. We’re talking roughly 6,000 years ago, give or take a few centuries. Democracy, in ancient Greece, didn't emerge until thousands of years later, and it didn't really catch on until a few hundred years ago. Just think about that. For millennia the experience of people choosing their own leaders wasn’t [even] a thing.

Episode S22/183

Random Science ⋮ A Pointcast Podcast
Francine Dash, Host with Darrell Grayson, Coronavirus Skeptic

Reflections on the COVID-19 Experience
"Why I Didn't Get the Vaccine and Why I Think It's a Scam", Part 2 of 4

Fired for not getting vaccinated, Mr. Grayson, a self proclaimed ‘conspiracy buff’, believes that the coronavirus was created by the U.S. government for a "cause and effect"; and questions why we had to “shut the world down” for this virus, when we didn’t have to do that for ebola. Here him out and as he shares his story.

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Recap, This Week ⋮ A Pointcast Podcast
Host Joshua Hyde with Alexander Krohannon and Nick Homberg.

Rising Costs and the Killing Fields of America

Guns are the number one killer of children in the United States. Inflation, the increase in the price of all things, is at a 40 year high; and the Federal Reserve, a private company, says rising wages are a part of the inflation problem.

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Strings Attached ⋮ A Pointcast Podcast
Host Sasha Estrella-Jones with Zaynab Tawil, Designs by Noona Co-Founder

The State of Palestine "The Struggle for Palestine through Fashion", Part 4 of 4

So many people left so much behind, and some even still have the keys to their homes. Yet 74 years later, they are still not able to go home. Tatreez, a Palestinian form of cross stitch passed down from mother to daughter, has been a way for those displaced to stay connected to their homeland and culture. Small business owner of Designs by Noona talks about the commodification of embroidery, increasing the value of their work and her heritage through fashion, as a Palestinian-Syrian American Woman.

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Strings Attached ⋮ A Pointcast Podcast
Host Sasha Estrella-Jones with Hadeel Mishal, Palestian Foodie and Vegan Cook

The State of Palestine "The Appropriation of Palestinian Culture and Food", Part 3 of 4

When one's land is stolen, it becomes difficult to continue one's food culture since the land where they would have grown their food is gone. This opens the doors for appropriation, by those who now occupy the land; for they can now claim not just the land, but the food and culture, as their own.

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Random Science ⋮ A Pointcast Podcast
Francine Dash, Host with Gayle Jones, Elyag Productions, Producer

Reflections on the COVID-19 Experience "Introduction, Why It's Important to Talk About It", Part 1 of 4

COVID-19 created a world wide pandemic, unlike anything we’ve seen in recent history.In the winter of 2019 , the COVID-19 virus was introduced to the United States; and by March 2020 it became known to the rest of the country.

Since that time, there has been a debate as to what it is, where it came from, what it would become and it’s impact on all of us. In fact that debate continues even today. In between that time many people became ill, unfortunately some of them passed away, but the good news is vaccines were created, and these vaccines offered hope, for some. But for others, they weren’t sold on the vaccine and didn’t think that they should have to get it.

We’re talking with people about their views on vaccinations, whether or not they got them and the impact that their decision has had on their lives and even careers.

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Strings Attached ⋮ A Pointcast Podcast
Host Sasha Estrella-Jones with Jamil Naser, Palestian Activist and former Organizer

The State of Palestine "America’s Role in the Occupation of Palestine", Part 2 of 4

From the State of Nevada, each citizen gives $25 through their taxes to support the Israeli regime in Palestine. Each state does the same, depending on their taxes and population. Further, some American companies donate some of its profits to help support Israel. The Boycott Divestment Sanctions or BDS Movement asks Americans to boycott companies and products that are involved in the violation of Palestinian Human Rights; Divest investments in Israeli companies and apply Sanctions that hold Israel accountable.

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Strings Attached ⋮ A Pointcast Podcast
Host Sasha Estrella-Jones with Tasnim Zahlan, MPH Candidate at the University of Washington, Guest

The State of Palestine "The History and the Impact of Occupation in Palestine", Part 1 of 4

Throughout history, Palestine has been occupied and ruled by various groups, including the Assyrians, Babylonians, Persians, Greeks, Romans, Arabs, Fatimids, Seljuk Turks, Crusaders, Egyptians and Mamelukes. The Ottoman Empire ruled the region, from about 1517 to 1917. When World War I ended in 1918, the British took control of Palestine and the League of Nations issued a British mandate for Palestine that included provisions for establishing a Jewish national homeland in Palestine, which went into effect in 1923. Despite protests from the majority of Arab inhabitants, war ensured and many Palestinians lost their homes. Listen as guest, Tasnim Zahlan, shares the impact of this loss on her history and her family.

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Smart Politix ⋮ A Pointcast Podcast
Anthony Arnold, Host

Violence and the Origins of the Modern World "Keep Calm and Vote", Part 7 of 7

Politics is not about who you like. It’s about who can get you what you want. This is the power of a democracy. This is the power of the people.

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Host Joshua Hyde with Anthony Arnold, Alexander Krohannon and Nick Homberg.

From Gun Control to Gaming and the Costs of Winning Both

The gun discussion and the state of the 5 million member NRA, and the world and cost of modern gaming i.e. Diablo Immortal, recently acquired by Microsoft.

Episode R74/174

Recap, This Week ⋮ A Pointcast Podcast
Host Joshua Hyde with Anthony Arnold, Alexander Krohannon and Nick Homberg.

Depp v. Heard v. Depp — and Awake, Not Woke v. Stay Woke — What It All Means, Now

This week's recap covers Amber Heard and Johnny Depp, and the complexities of domestic violence; and Why #StayWoke and #AwakeNotWoke may both miss the mark.

Episode R73/173

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Host Joshua Hyde with Anthony Arnold, Alexander Krohannon and Nick Homberg.

Supporting Our Transkids — and the Origins of Monkeypox

Monkey pox is first discovered in 1958, according to the CDC. Also, at what age you should allow your young child to transition to another gender -- if at all.

Episode R72/172

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Host Joshua Hyde with Anthony Arnold, Alexander Krohannon and Nick Homberg.

The Death of Stare Decisis (stâr′ē dĭ-sī′sĭs)

A legal doctrine that allows precedent to be a guiding force in judging future cases has been put aside, it seems, by the Supreme Court, in their most recent rulings. For some, the foundation of our legal system may be irreparably changed, but others argue that stare decisis has never been a guiding star. So, where do we go from here?

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Smart Politix ⋮ A Pointcast Podcast
Anthony Arnold, Host

Violence and the Origins of the Modern World "(Squandering) The Power of the Vote", Part 6 of 7

We have a lot of democracy. And the reason we have so much of it is because we're meant to be changing the people who are doing those jobs fairly often. If what the founders wanted is a system where officials serve for life, then I imagine they would have built it that way. We could, if we chose to, change every elected official in six years. Every. Single. One. If you’re unhappy with an elected official, you could throw them out. If you don’t like them, you could get rid of them. It really is that simple.

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Recap, This Week - Special ⋮ A Pointcast Podcast
Host Alexander Krohannon with Anthony Arnold, Nick Homberg and guest, Steven Knipp.

Intergalactic Law versus International Law

Thor, Love and Thunder. Was this Christian Bale’s best performance and Marvel’s best movie? Soon-to-be-Dr. Xander (6 out of 10), Anthony, the GOAT (4 out of 10), and Nick - that’s my name - Homberg (5 out of 10), along with their special guest, Steven (One Piece, forever!), take on the latest Marvel flick. Warning, there are spoilers. Also, we are not clear on our drug laws in the U.S. and people are still arrested for possession, so why are we really upset about Brittney Griner being arrested for a drug crime in Russia? Or Paul Whelan?

Episode R70/169

Recap, This Week ⋮ A Pointcast Podcast
Host Joshua Hyde with Anthony Arnold, Alexander Krohannon and Nick Homberg.

Mass Shooting Fatigue

Mass shootings happen on average 10 times a week, in the United States; and has happened at least once in all of the contiguous 48 states. Possibly the result of a loneliness culture, small town police groups struggle to remain fit and equipped enough to address root causes and ensuing violence. Are federally-funded small town SWATs the answers?

Episode R69/168

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Host Joshua Hyde with Anthony Arnold and Alexander Krohannon.

The Self-Determination of States

If the global nation-state of California decides to separate from the United States taking all of their resources with them, the same California responsible for our tech industry and the producer of most of our fruits and nuts; and our cultural center for the entertainment industry, not to mention being 1/5th of our nation’s GDP, what type of impact would it have on the rest of us?

Episode R68/167

Smart Politix ⋮ A Pointcast Podcast
Anthony Arnold, Host

Violence and the Origins of the Modern World "It's About Power", Part 5 of 7

On the surface, it would appear that these events have virtually nothing in common. What could possibly unite all these causes together? The answer is the most basic force in the world. The desire for power.

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Host Joshua Hyde with Anthony Arnold and Alexander Krohannon.

When Rules and Laws Don't Work

The Smith - Rock Exchange has Smith banned from attending the Oscars, even virtually, for 10 years. What affect will that really have? Are people being pronounced dead before they are truly and completely dead? A woman who "came back from death" wants legal protection around the process and definition of death.

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Host Joshua Hyde with Anthony Arnold, Alexander Krohannon and Nick Homberg.

The Othering of Mental Illness

If President Trump goes to jail, does he get a Secret Service detail in jail, as a former president? Some say that there are forms of mental illness dangerous enough to cause people to pursue mass killings; but is this the case everytime? Plus, politics in prime time.

Episode R66/164

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Host Joshua Hyde with Anthony Arnold and Alexander Krohannon.

The Golden Throne and the State of the BLM Movement

The Golden Throne of Warhammer 40K becomes reality during COVID; and the sell-out culture and lack of leadership in the BLM movement may have stolen the the opportunity for change.

Episode R65/163

Smart Politix ⋮ A Pointcast Podcast
Anthony Arnold, Host

Violence and the Origins of the Modern World "The Violence of the 60s and 70s", Part 4 of 7

When we recall the history of that era, we see the same thing playing out again and again. As a nation, we have buried the tremendous violence that was occuring during those years. And when we do talk about violence, we talk about groups like the Black Panthers, or the Vietnam protestors, without acknowledging the violence they were responding to. Mostly though, we just don’t talk about it all.

Episode S18/162

Recap, This Week ⋮ A Pointcast Podcast
Host Joshua Hyde with Anthony Arnold and Alexander Krohannon.

Using Marijuana and Alcohol as Voting Incentives, and Resuming Trade with a Putin State

Should marijuana or alcohol be given out as an incentive to vote, at the polls; is it fair to be fired because of a text message; and can we ever resume normal trade with Russia, as long as Vladimir Putin is in power?

Episode R64/161

Recap, This Week ⋮ A Pointcast Podcast
Host Joshua Hyde with Anthony Arnold and Alexander Krohannon.

When Murder Becomes a Hate Crime

4Chan may be the “sewer of the internet”. Matthew Shepard’s murder may have been a lynching. Laws should not reflect social values, or should they; and what constitutes a hate crime, anyway?

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Strings Attached ⋮ A Pointcast Podcast
Host Sasha Estrella-Jones with Anna Davila, Purpose Mentor, Breathwork Facilitator and Shadow Work Specialist, Guest

The Brain & Trauma ⋮ The Power of Breathwork

There is no one perfect way or road toward healing. Acknowledging, identifying, processing and managing our responses to traumas is a deeply personal experience, a lifelong journey. One healing modality that has been used for decades, but you may have never heard about, is 'breathwork'. Today we speak with certified breathwork facilitator and purpose mentor, Anna Davila, who uses breathwork to help clients confront their traumas and move towards healing. Anna will teach us about what exactly breathwork is and its benefits, as well as what inspired her to leave a 10+ year career in the medical field to do holistic wellness work.

Episode SA4/159

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Host Joshua Hyde with Anthony Arnold and Alexander Krohannon.

Is Gentrification Progress?

In communities around the country, there is an ongoing battle between individual and corporate residential home ownership. One offers immediate investment that may revitalize a neighborhood AND the ability to pay higher tax dollars. The other offers a remnant of the American Dream, a home, a family and a job to support it all. Now, with more people renting more than before, is homeownership becoming a thing of the past?

Episode R62/158

Smart Politix ⋮ A Pointcast Podcast
Anthony Arnold, Host

Violence and the Origins of the Modern World "The Women’s Suffrage Movement, the Bisbee Deportation & the American Labor Movement", Part 3 of 7

The violent fight for rights in America is as old as the country itself; and has helped to form our country and some of the rights we enjoy, today. Listen to how American women were beaten in the streets, during a protest and force-fed in jails; and how American miners were deported from Bisbee, Arizona and forbidden from returning to their homes for asking for safe conditions and fair pay.

Episode S17/157

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Host Joshua Hyde with Anthony Arnold and Alexander Krohannon.

How We Treat Our Service Workers and the Lack of Covid Testing

Perhaps we should seek ways to elevate service work to other levels of work. We wouldn't dare go in on our accountant and our lawyers, the way we do with our local grocery store clerk, even though they, too, provide a service. And what about those COVID numbers? Giving in to the fact that COVID may be here to stay, testing and recording cases and deaths may impact the way the rest of us live.

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Strings Attached ⋮ A Pointcast Podcast
Host Sasha Estrella-Jones with Sandy Lulu, Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, Guest

The Brain & Trauma ⋮ The Biology of Trauma, Is it all in your head?

If you broke your arm, most people would not tell you to “just forget about it” or to “pray the pain away”. However, if you share an emotionally traumatic experience with someone you might hear those responses. Conversations about trauma and healing that only center our emotions and personal agency, miss an important factor into how we respond to emotional pain: biology. Today we are speaking with a Clinical Social Work and Therapist, Sandy, Lulu, who will walk us through our brain’s biological response to emotional trauma and how knowing your brain can help you heal.

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Host Joshua Hyde with Anthony Arnold and Alexander Krohannon.

The Second Cold War

Senator Mitt Romney said that "Russia is the greatest threat of our time". Was he right? Was it a failing of President Obama when he refused to respond to Russia after they took Crimea? Have you ever wondered how all of this conflict in Ukraine actually started? This Recap covers the annexation of Crimea, and what that really means, to the current situation and where Ukraine, if it survives, may go from here.

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Host Joshua Hyde with Anthony Arnold and Alexander Krohannon.

How the Justice System Should Handle the Root Causes of Crime

From prosecuting crimes in the Metaverse to the overuse of plea deals, the justice system is under review.

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Host Joshua Hyde with Anthony Arnold and Alexander Krohannon.

From Truckers to Starbucks, What the People Want From Unions

From alleged union busting at Starbucks to the message that the truckers protesting in Canada and the U.S. really want to send, the Recap crew share why both of these situations are not exactly as they seem — and why you should give them a second look.

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Anthony Arnold, Host

Violence and the Origins of the Modern World "The War in Ukraine", Part 2 of 7

"On a historical level, war has been with us from the start. You can go back as far as you wish in history, and you’ll find it. Humankind has a tragic tendency to find reasons for killing one another. But if war is always going to be with us, then that means every generation has an obligation to think about the questions it raises, and seek out answers."

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Host Sasha Estrella-Jones with Malcolm Brown, Guest

The Brain & Trauma ⋮ Toxic Masculinity and Trauma

Malcolm Brown was abandoned by his father. Even though he has been successful in his life, not having his father left an impact that even he didn’t realize was there, until a chance meeting with his father in a CVS when he was 12 years old.

"It’s okay to cry, its okay to be upset — and I think a lot of males don’t see that. We don’t talk about the elephant in the room. We just feed him the peanuts and let him stay there. [By the way] toxic masculinity is corny. Be yourself." Malcolm Brown.

Episode SA2/150

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Host Joshua Hydewith Anthony Arnold and Alexander Krohannon.

Black History Month Comes to an End, and the Promises Presidents Make

To have one month to acknowledge the history of the oldest people in the world seems sparse, but there was a reason for that. Also, should president's make promises the way Biden did, when he promised to nominate a Black woman to the Supreme court?

Episode R57/149

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Anthony Arnold, Host

Violence and the Origins of the Modern World "The Great Revolutions", Part 1 of 7

"You could go a lifetime without hearing anything about the Haitian Revolution. You won’t read about it in many textbooks. There aren't any Hollywood movies and shows about it. A name like Toussaint isn’t recognized like Robespierre or Jefferson. If you didn’t seek out a chance to learn anything about it, then you might not ever know it existed. And yet, no act of resistance better represents a demand for liberty and equality."

Episode S15/148

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Host Joshua Hyde with Anthony Arnold and Alexander Krohannon.

What if?

What if President Trump were still in office, and January 6th never happened? Would he be doing a better job navigating the pandemic and other issues we are currently facing; or would we be in the same place we are today? Join the Recap team as they discuss areas where President Biden has struggled and how President Trump may have performed during this historic era.

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Strings Attached ⋮ A Pointcast Podcast
Host Sasha Estrella-Jones with Bobby Deandra Walker, LCSW-IT, Guest

The Brain & Trauma ⋮ Trauma 101

In today’s show we’ll be speaking with a psychotherapist who is going to break down what exactly trauma is and how we can take baby steps towards healing.

"Clinically, [trauma] is an overwhelming, terrifying, shocking experience that people have that they are not able to integrate into their understanding of the world or of themselves; and that results in long term effects on their well being," Bobby Deandra Walker.

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Recap, This Week ⋮ A Pointcast Podcast
Host Joshua Hyde with Anthony Arnold and Alexander Krohannon.

Can Virtual Learning Work?

Anthony and Alex, both married to educators, debate the value of virtual learning, and argue the merits of how to get their voices heard by the people who make the decisions that affect their families.

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Anthony Arnold, Host with Francine Dash.

Afghanistan "How Instability in Afghanistan Works", Part 4 of 4

"For generations, this part of a world has served as a staging ground to destabilize and manage perceived allies and enemies without any regard for the people in the region."

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Host Joshua Hyde with Anthony Arnold and Alexander Krohannon.

After-Christmas Christmas Special

It's after Christmas, and the dust has settled. Now you have a very important decision to make. Do you re-gift the gifts you don't want or like? Have you ever taken a gift you received from your ex and gave it to your current partner? Find out which person on this pod did just that.

Episode R54/143

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Host Joshua Hyde with Anthony Arnold, Alexander Krohannon and Francine Dash.

Bystander Laws versus Building Community

This week, we discuss whether or not bystander laws that punish people for witnessing rape, murder or any crime and not doing anything about it should be a thing; or if by building community ties we can teach people how to care about each other and remove the need for such laws. "We have lost of sense of community."

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Anthony Arnold, Host

Afghanistan "The Future", Part 3 of 4

"Already, we’ve seen the gradual reduction in women’s rights, the return of public executions, and the reintroduction of a society based on an extremely strict theological interpretation. None of this is meant as a justification for returning to war. If you listened to episode 2 then you know I fully appreciate how horrific war can be. But, we shouldn’t pretend that whatever gains we made have a good chance of staying in place. The Taliban have a very specific view of how Afghanistan should be run, and they’re the ones in charge now."

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Guest Host Francine Dash with Anthony Arnold and Alexander Krohannon.

Christmas Recap, This Year In Review

This week, we look back at the trends, polls and news that have impacted us and we project where we might land in the coming year.

Episode R52/140

Recap, This Week ⋮ A Pointcast Podcast
Host Joshua Hyde with Anthony Arnold, Alexander Krohannon and Francine Dash.

Inflation and the Abortion Debate

This week, we talk inflation and where it came from, we discuss why "pro-life" and "pro-choice" no longer fit the abortion debate and how abortion laws might shape up around the country.

Episode R51/139

Smart Politix ⋮ A Pointcast Podcast
Anthony Arnold, Host

Afghanistan "The War", Part 2 of 4

"According to some estimates, we carried out 13,000 drone strikes in Afghanistan over 20 years. Which breaks down to exactly 650 strikes a year. That means for 20 straight years the United States, on average, struck somewhere every single day. Every day. It didn’t matter who the President was. It didn’t matter who controlled Congress. We rained death and destruction from the safety of a robot down on the people of Afghanistan with far too little regard for their well being. "

Episode S12/138

Recap, This Week ⋮ A Pointcast Podcast
Host Joshua Hydewith Anthony Arnold, Alexander Krohannon and Francine Dash.

The Rebirth of Vigilantism and It's Affect the American Justice System

This week, we cover news trends, our weekly social media poll and the effects of the law that allowed Kyle Rittenhouse to walk free.

Episode R50/137

Recap, This Week ⋮ A Pointcast Podcast
Host Joshua Hydewith Anthony Arnold, Alexander Krohannon, Sasha Estrella-Jones and Francine Dash.

Who Should be Punished? Part 2

This week, we continue our discussion on how schools should respond to kids fighting over a racially charged video that went viral.

Episode R49/136

Recap, This Week ⋮ A Pointcast Podcast
Host Joshua Hydewith Anthony Arnold, Alexander Krohannon, Sasha Estrella-Jones and Francine Dash.

Strike-tober, and Who Should be Punished? Part 1

This week we discuss the growing number of strikes across various industries all across the country and we begin our discussion on how we want our schools to respond to kids fighting over a racially charged video that went viral.

"Are we asking schools to monitor the online activity of our kids? Do we really want schools to be in that space?"

Episode R48/135

Recap, This Week ⋮ A Pointcast Podcast
Co-hosts Sasha Estrella-Jones and Joshua Hydewith Anthony Arnold, Alexander Krohannon and Francine Dash.

What Gender Equity Means to Men, Part 2

This episode of Recap brings the Pointcast team together to have an honest and heated discussion around women, equity and why men need to have this discussion among themselves.

"Men are not capable of having this discussion, it’s just not possible. And there is a certain type of toxic masculinity that is directly attributed to men of color. Therefore, it can’t happen. The Texas (abortion law) is proof of this."

"False! You can’t tell me that men are not capable of having discussions that make society better and that only women or oppressed people in general are the only ones who can fight this fight."

Episode R47/134

Smart Politix ⋮ A Pointcast Podcast
Anthony Arnold, Host

Afghanistan "A Center of Influence", Part 1 of 4

"Afghanistan sits at the center of a crossroads. Boxed in from all sides by countries with their own visions. It’s a nation that has rarely been allowed to chart its own course. The geopolitical games that everyone has been playing for decades now have far more influence on the lives of the people in Afghanistan than the Afghan people themselves."

Episode S11/133

Recap, This Week ⋮ A Pointcast Podcast
Host Alexander Krohannonwith Anthony Arnold, and Francine Dash.

Birth Control & Testicle Spas, Sex Myths (and COVID)

"Men need better options and we all need better education."

Episode R46/132

We, the Voters... ⋮ A Pointcast Podcast
Host Francine Dashwith Orlando and Clara Jones, Guests

The Free in 'Freedom'

Former police officer and business owner, Orlando Jones, and his wife and business partner, Clara, talk about how life was coming up in Indianapolis, meeting, marrying and raising a family, surviving and thriving the pandemic and the rise and fall of the third reich.

"If you can convince people to dismiss their freedoms based on fears, then you can justify taking draconian measures against them. That is where we are in America."

Episode 131/131

Recap, This Week ⋮ A Pointcast Podcast
Host Joshua Hydewith Anthony Arnold, Alexander Krohannon and Francine Dash.

Taking the School Board Mask Debate to Church

"The church used to participate in settling community disputes. What do you think deacons used to do? The church provided neutral ground and a bond that called people to a common moral code and reminded them that resolution of conflict is the goal. That's what's missing. That's what we need."

Episode R45/130

Smart Politix ⋮ A Pointcast Podcast
Anthony Arnold, Host with Francine Dash, Host of "We, the Voters...", Guest

The Supreme Court and The Shadow Docket

"If you’ve been paying attention to the news, then there’s a chance you’ve heard something about this. But maybe you have questions. Hopefully I can help answer those questions by explaining what the Shadow Docket is, where it came from, and what it’s growing importance means for the courts. Because the Supreme Court’s reliance on it has some serious consequences, and our entire Constitutional order could be at stake. To be clear, the Shadow Docket isn’t a new phenomenon. Historically, the court has always made some decisions outside of the public purview."

Episode S10/129

Recap, This Week ⋮ A Pointcast Podcast
Co-hosts Sasha Estrella-Jones and Joshua Hydewith Anthony Arnold, Alexander Krohannon and Francine Dash.

What Gender Equity Means to Men, Part 1

"Men are not going to want to live in a society when like 50% of the population is denied rights. Like, I don't know if they have fully thought this through. But, if women are not doing well, then men are not going to do well either."

Episode R44/128

[PC] Pointcast Special ⋮ The Days (and Years) After 9/11 Co-hosts, Anthony Arnold, Joshua Hyde and Francine Dash

We come together to share our personal impact stories and if the trends since that time reveal that we are a better America than we were 20 years ago.

"Humans are given a number of conflicting pieces of advice when it comes to the management of our memories, and remembering 9/11 is no exception. We should remember and honor the past, they say. But we don’t say this about all parts of our history, as we’ve learned recently with the protests in schools regarding teaching an accurate account of racial history to our children. So, why do we say that when it comes to 9/11? We say that because we don’t want to forget the pain and how it changed us. We don’t want to forget the heroics and the moments that bound us all together as Americans; and most of all, we don’t want to forget the lives lost; or the loved ones they left behind. But we’re also advised to look to the future, to learn from our past. What exactly have we learned from 20 years ago and how has it made us better people?"

Episode Special 1/127

Good Money ⋮ A Pointcast Podcast
Frank Jameson, Host with Rachel and Floyd Root and Anthony Arnold, Writer and Host of "Smart Politix", Guests

The Child Tax Credit and How it's Helping Families

Anthony Arnold and Rachel and Floyd Root say that the Child Tax Credit is a help, but is not all the help that families need.

"[W]e need to start developing more programs to help adults learn how to keep their excess money instead of spending excess money and leaning on the government too much," Floyd Root.

"What families need is durability. We need enough [financial] durability so that when a pandemic hits, we can survive the rough waters," Anthony Arnold, Smart Politix Host, Contributor and Writer.

"I just think the politicians need to come into their districts and get to know their peoples’ struggles and find the best way they can help them. This child tax credit has been beneficial to everyone, but it’s not been exactly transparent," Rachel Root.

Episode G4/126

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Sasha Estrella-Jones, Guest Host with Kerry Taft, MS Physiology, Anna Neawedde (News Trends) & Francine Dash (Weekly Poll), Guests

Life After Cuomo, Landlords' Rights and the Mexican Offense

This week, we share our weekly poll feedback and the news trends, including where we go from Cuomo, supporting landlords who haven't been paid and the lawsuit the government of Mexico has launched against U.S. gunmakers in a Boston court.

"If Mexico is so concerned about guns going across the border, I know this is going to sound bad, but build your own wall," Kerry Taft

Episode R43/125

We, the Voters... ⋮ A Pointcast Podcast
Francine Dash, Host with Maureen and Ruben Ayala, Guests

What Change Requires

Maureen, a nurse, and Ruben, a teacher, share what life is like living as members of a Christian community called Bruderhof; and how their community may be able to help in the fight against homelessness.

"When we as people band together, not just in the Bruderhof community, per se, but just as people, and the idea spreads of taking care of other people being a good thing, then change can start to happen — and yes, our church should be vocal and active on this issue."

Episode 124/124

We, the Voters... ⋮ A Pointcast Podcast
Francine Dash, Host with Alexander Krohannon, Guest

Death by Narrative

Data Analyst, Alex Krohannon, describes why pandemic narratives have have cost us a common understanding and even lives.

"Let's review the facts. The former President was informed of this emerging disease months before it was promoted and did not inform the public; which is worse than [doing] nothing. Then you have people reporting on information that they don't know enough about."

Episode 123/123

Smart Politix ⋮ A Pointcast Podcast
Anthony Arnold, Host with Francine Dash, host of "We, the Voters..."

Memory Hole

The Insurrection of January 6, 2021, has fallen in between being revised as something else or even being forgotten all together; but who benefits from this memory hole and who will be forced to acknowledge it?

"Deciding what to remember, and what to forget, is one of the most important decisions a country can make. We can only remember so much of the past, and prioritizing one thing means leaving something else behind. But there is a price to pay. By ignoring the moment where our democracy failed, we’re making it much more likely that it will fail again, and we’re risking our future as a result. It doesn’t have to be this way."

Episode S9/122

We, the Voters... ⋮ A Pointcast Podcast
Francine Dash, Host with Alexis Harris, Remote Worker

Black Remote Worker Says Working at Home Removes Stress of Microagressions

Our guest shares an embarassing episode that happened on her job when she discovered that "Black hair" is not professional. She sat in a meeting of "others" discussing her hair and ultimately was alowed to wear her hair as she had previously. For this reason and others, she will only work from home.

"As much as I want to see the good in everybody, you just never know how people feel about people of color; and it makes us feel some kind of way. Working from how allows me to be myself. There’s always so many stereotypes, like the angry black woman. So you try not to talk too loud. But at home, I don't have to worry about that. I can just focus on doing a good job."

Episode 121/121

Recap, This Week ⋮ A Pointcast Podcast
Sasha Estrella-Jones, Guest Host with Dr. Tracy Harris, Anna Neawedde (News Trends) & Francine Dash (Weekly Poll), Guests

Culture Wars, Politics and Power

This week, we share our weekly poll feedback and the news trends, including a story of a man facing up to 40 years for voting in Texas. Then the roundtable discusses Indiana AG Rokita's proposal to remove all talks about race from K-12 schools and the proposed change to the South African constitution that would allow the women of South Africa to marry more than one husband -- and why this might be a good idea.

Episode R42/120

We, the Voters... ⋮ A Pointcast Podcast
Francine Dash, Host with George Middleton, Therapist, Author and Podcaster

CRT and Racial Equality

Our guest discusses the purpose of the Critical Race Theory (CRT) and explains that CRT helps to break down our understanding of systemic racism and why racial equality can't be realized.

"CRT is not being taught in K through 12 schools. So, the uproar doesn't really make sense. CRT is taught in law schools as an attempt at explaining systemic racism and motivations behind keeping systems in place, at the cost of equality. What it doesn't say is that racial deconstruction has to take place in order to have true equality."

Episode 119/119

Smart Politix ⋮ A Pointcast Podcast
Anthony Arnold, Host with Leonard Nelson, Homicide Detective, Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department

Crime Statistics and The Wire

Crime statistics do not tell the full story of the level and intensity of crime; but affects how crime fighting is funded.

"Right now, you may be thinking, “We could just look at the crime statistics.” That’s what I thought, until I realized that those numbers, in almost every single case, aren’t particularly accurate. From crimes that simply never go reported, to crimes that are miscategorized or lost in administrative red tape, there is a lot more crime occurring than we believe."

Episode S8/118

We, the Voters... ⋮ A Pointcast Podcast
Francine Dash, Host with Leonard Nelson, IMPD Homicide Detective, Guest

Improving Police‐Community Relations

From a negative experience with a police officer to becoming one, our guest shares how and why he became a police officer, his concerns about the rising crime rate and the disconnect between lawmakers, police and the community.

"Ok, you defund the police, then there's going to be a drastic rise in the level of violence, from what I’m seeing. Want to improve things? Dialog and input is what the community can do to help improve things. Police officers are human, too, and absolutely, if they are wrong, they should be held accountable. But, don’t be so quick to judge."

Episode 117/117

We, the Voters... ⋮ A Pointcast Podcast
Francine Dash, Host with Richie Griffin, Union President, Guest

Why Unions Still Matter and Help Our Economy

Unions have had a spotty past, but as of late are enjoying the spotlight as essential workers discover their worth.

"Companies are in business to make money, and we get that, but you have to pay the people who help these companies make that money."

Episode 116/116

We, the Voters... ⋮ A Pointcast Podcast
Francine Dash, Host with Joelle Jenkins, Socio-Environmental Researcher & Scientist, Guest

Environmental Equity in Communities of Color

According to Ms. Jenkins, environmental equity starts with listening to the people as a way to better understand the needs of the people. Then do something!

"Intersectionality needs to be included in Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion initiatives (from DEI to DEI^2) to better understand those around us."

Episode 115/115

Recap, This Week ⋮ A Pointcast Podcast
Francine Dash, Guest Host with Anthony Arnold & Alex Krohannon, Guests

The Changing Republican Party, Peace in the Middle East and MOVE 1985

This week, we take a look at our weekly poll, the current news trends, including what’s happening in Israel, the changing Republican Party and whether or not the recent news regarding the MOVE bombing in 1985 will have an impact on the fragile relationship between racial equity activists and the government.

Episode R41/114

Good Money ⋮ A Pointcast Podcast
Frank Jameson, IV, Host

Our Journey to Wealth

"You always hear people saying to live within your means; but they rarely tell you how. That's why I'm doing this show, not just to share with you how to live within your means to show you how to increase your means, so you can increase your wealth."

Episode G3/113

Smart Politix ⋮ A Pointcast Podcast
Anthony Arnold, Host

Why We Intervene in Other Countries and Why It Matters

"The main objective of any foreign policy decision is to give America an edge. You may view the Paris climate accords as a way to make the world better. But the people executing foreign policy also see it as a way for America to lead, and thus burnish our reputation. No serious foreign policy thinker is going to be interested in advancing ideas that don’t serve our needs first.

At its best, military intervention can inspire. It can generate a sense of healthy pride in people. Not the irrational nationalism that can lead to a feeling of superiority, but the kind of pride that causes citizens to believe the country is capable of great things.[But] ...it’s hard to feel pride for something that nobody can explain to us."

Episode S7/112

Good Money ⋮ A Pointcast Podcast
Frank Jameson, IV, Host with Anthony Arnold, Host of 'Smart Politix', Guest

Let's Talk About SALT - the State And Local Tax Deduction - What it is and how it affects your money.

"It's a deduction, typically for wealthy individuals. You would have to be able to itemize your taxes and it was created back in the late 1800s to off-set the income tax. President Trump capped it at $10,000, Senator Romney wants to eliminate it to pay for family and child poverty programs, but Democrats want to keep it. "

Episode G2/111

We, the Voters... ⋮ A Pointcast Podcast
Francine Dash, Host with Blake Haughton, Guest

Change in Small Doses

Mr. Haughton wants community policing to include police living where they serve.

"The community that I live in taught me to just call the police and see if they can help you. If they want to keep the police as it exists now, people need to live in the community they are policing."

Episode 110/110

We, the Voters... ⋮ A Pointcast Podcast
Francine Dash, Host with Joshua Hyde, Anthony Arnold, Alex Krohannon and Sasha Estrella-Jones, Guests

What A Year of COVID Taught Us

We are definitely stepping through historical moments from a President like no other, to insurrection at the Capital and social unrest all over the country over the deaths and questionable arrests of primarily Black and Brown people at the hands of the police. From our handling of people wanting to cross our borders to cries of voter suppression and now a rise in hate crimes against Asian people. And the list goes on from there. Which if any of these issues over the last year has stood out most to each of you?

Episode 109/109

We, the Voters... ⋮ A Pointcast Podcast
J.R. Walker, Scientist, Guest

The Stimulus is Bad for our Future

According to Mr. Walker, the economy is going through a reset, but he believes that it can be very badly.

"We should have used all of that money to create jobs and have people work for it. Now we have all this debt and I'm scared. I don't know how we're going to pay for it."

Episode 108/108

Recap, This Week ⋮ A Pointcast Podcast
Joshua Hyde, Host with Anthony Arnold & Alex Krohannon, Guests

Is the Anti-Racism Campaign in Corporate America Going Too Far?

This week's review covers the Friday poll about anti-racism training in some companies; an update on COVID numbers, including the new vaccine numbers; and why it is or isn't good when White people lead the discussion about racism in corporate America.

Episode R40/107

Good Money ⋮ A Pointcast Podcast
Frank Jameson, IV, Host with Anthony Arnold, Host of 'Smart Politix', Guest

How to Save Money When You're Broke

"Money is a thing that we use to get what we need -- and sometimes, what we want. So, the goal isn’t really to get money. It’s to get the lifestyle we want to live; the security we want to have for ourselves and our families; the legacy we want to leave behind; the choices we want to be able to freely make without fear; and the impact we want to leave on the world around us. That’s ‘Good Money’. "

Episode G1/106

Smart Politix ⋮ A Pointcast Podcast
Anthony Arnold, Host

The Real Power Players in Washington

The real power brokers in Washington often do not occupy the White House. Listen in as the power structure is broken down from the dismantling of Obamacare to the fight over minimum wage.

"So if we were in a world without the filibuster, here are the four Senators I think matter most: Joe Manchin from West Virginia, Kyrsten Sinema from Arizona, Angus King from Maine and Susan Collins, also from Maine. Two Democrats, one Independent, and one Republican."

Episode S6/105

Recap This Week ⋮ A Pointcast Podcast
Joshua Hyde, Host with Anthony Arnold & Alex Krohannon, Guests

The Truth About Texas, Cloning and...COVID Registration?

This week's review covers the Friday poll about teachers returning to school; an update on COVID numbers, including if it's a good idea to carry proof that you've taken the vaccine; the cloning of extinct animals; and a discussion about how renewable energy is used in Texas.

Episode R39/104

POINTCAST ⋮ No Such Thing as 'Race' George Middleton, Musician, Author and Mental Health Professional, Guest

Race is a construct created to market ideologies, and thus have no true identity, says author of "Can You Be American and a Color, Too?" George Middleton.

"There is a difference between racial identity and cultural identity. Race is about an ideology. Culture is in reference to the community around you, shared gestures, ceremonies, and customs. All race cares about is what 'color' you are so we know where to put you in the hierarchy."

Episode 103/103

POINTCAST ⋮ The Politics of Sports Dr. Lauren Harden, Host of AM 1310's "Medically Speaking" (Indianapolis, Indiana) and Chiropractor, Guest

Dr. Harden talks about her journey from student athlete to owning her own practice, the pressures of taking care of athletes and her concerns for health insurance literacy.

"Sporting organizations press hard to force their players to play, like now, during this pandemic. Even at the collegiate level, a coach will come into the training room to put pressure on the trainer to get the athlete “ready” to play. [But that’s just part of it.] I would like to see elected officials establish programs to teach people about health insurance. This would make a huge impact on how people use insurance and receive care. I would also like to see them offer a comprehensive alternative health insurance plan."

Episode 102/102

Recap This Week ⋮ A Pointcast Podcast
Joshua Hyde, Host with Anthony Arnold & Alex Krohannon Sasha Estrella-Jones, Writer, and Francine Dash, President of Pointcast, Guests

The Other Side of Game Stop

This week"s review covers the Friday poll about a Proud Boy and FBI informant, the latest COVID trends along with a discussion about how the Game Stop trading shifted the trading field and a play-by-play of how everything went down.

Episode R38/101

Smart Politix ⋮ A Pointcast Podcast
Anthony Arnold, Host

The Power of a Promise

The events of the last two months have been unprecedented. Across the country millions of Americans are watching the news, and they’re asking two questions: How did we get here? And where do we go?

"Twenty years ago we had a pretty contentious election. Bush vs Gore was hotly contested, with the two candidates ending up separated by fewer than 600,000 votes, or .5 percent. And the fate of the election ended up coming down to the electoral votes from Florida, where the two candidates were separated by only 600 votes. Of course this was controversial because the state was governed by Jeb Bush, the brother of George Bush."

Episode S5/100

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Joshua Hyde, Host with Anthony Arnold & Alex Krohannon Francine Dash, President of Pointcast, Guest

When Normal Isn't Normal Anymore

This week's review covers the recent poll about the inauguration, latest COVID trends along with a discussion of recent events at the capitol and why this may be our new normal.

"On our Friday poll everybody said 'no' to cancelling the inauguration; but what would have to happen for people to say 'yes'?"

Episode R37/99

POINTCAST ⋮ The Depths of Disparity in Education Dr. Tracy Harris, Educator, Third Level Reiki Master, Certified Hypnotherapist and Tantra Teacher, Guest

Having taught for ten years, Dr. Harris explains how deep the disparity goes in education and why nationalizing some standards may help.

"The disparity we have in education, especially public education, is atrocious. African American kids were basically educated to clean houses for White people. That was how pre-school started. Now, schools are preparing students for low paying jobs and prison."

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POINTCAST ⋮ Redemption After Prison Shakur Vanitee, Entrepreneur, Guest

After serving time in prison, much of it in solitary confinement, Shakur recently got out and started a business selling the artwork of other inmates on t-shirts, so that they can earn money they need in jail and for legal expenses. He wants to grow so he can employ some of these artists when they are released. Because of his experience, Shakur wants elected officials to spend time on prison sentencing reforms. He believes that he and other men of color receive tougher sentences for the exact same crimes as their White counterparts.

"A lot of who I am today as a man is because of my mother. My mother instilled good principles in me. But I made the choice to go out there and do what I did. I wanted what I wanted and I didn't want to wait for it. Now, I'm trying to help where I can in the community to build up some of what I tore down."

Episode 97/97

Smart Politix ⋮ A Pointcast Podcast
Anthony Arnold, Host Francine Dash, Guest Narrator

The Help We Need ‐ Now

Pandemic relief has been slow to arrive, while many households seek alternatives to making ends meet and staying healthy, until they are able to receive the vaccine.

"In the background thousands of Americans have been dying and millions of Americans have been begging for assistance and praying that somebody somewhere will listen to their cries and take their l ives seriously. What I want is what most of us wants ‐ to be safe and secure, to be to able to look forward to the day when this is behind us ‐ and we can get back to living, again. But right now, we need help."

Episode S4/96

Recap This Week ⋮ A Pointcast Podcast
Joshua Hyde, Host with Anthony Arnold & Alex Krohannon

Mandating Change and the One Who Wins

This week's review covers fears Pastor "John" (Friday Poll) has around mandating the vaccine and what that actually means, martial law to turnover the election, the preventable death of a prison inmate, Lamar Catchings, who was ignored by health officials and recent COVID-19 numbers.

"For political reasons, we are putting people in a bind, when we are telling people to risk death; or lose your house, lose everything and then possibly die. Those are the options."

Episode R36/95

Recap, This Week | Roundtable ⋮ A Pointcast Podcast
Joshua Hyde, Host Anthony Arnold, Alex Krohannon, Francine Dash & Sasha Estrella-Jones, Roundtable Guests

Learn how to navigate difficult conversations in 2021

Turning over a new leaf for the new year may mean learning how to have difficult conversations in constructive ways. Listen in as 8 steps for conversation success are shared.

"Make sure you understand the purpose of the conversation you are having ... and know that it's okay if there is not full agreement."

Episode R35/94

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Joshua Hyde, Host with Anthony Arnold & Alex Krohannon

Mask Up!

This week's review asks why White and other non Black allies support BLM, how American COVID infections are outpacing anything else the U.S. has experienced, including 9/11; and how CRISPR may cure once incurable diseases.

Episode R34/93

Recap, This Week | Roundtable ⋮ A Pointcast Podcast
Joshua Hyde, Host Anthony Arnold, Alex Krohannon & Francine Dash, Roundtable Guests

What if

Part of an on-going series, this episode of "What If..." discusses what life might be like in America if there were no political parties, versus having more than the two prominent parties we have. Would like be better for voters? Would voting be easier? Would the electoral college change; or be done away with altogether? Would politics turn into a rich man's game; or would everyone be on equal footing? Take a listen, and you decide.

Episode R33/92

Recap This Week ⋮ A Pointcast Podcast
Joshua Hyde, Host with Anthony Arnold & Alex Krohannon

Leave Room for Jesus

This week's review looks at the Open Skies Treaty; and Analyst, Alex Krohannon, shares what its like to have COVID-19 and how his family is adjusting, this Thanksgiving.

"Lockdown isn't necessary. We don't have to do this. You listeners most of you are doing great. But, if you can convince other people to wear masks in public and a 'leave room for Jesus' in between each of you, we can beat this. We can do better."

Episode R32/91

Recap, This Week | Roundtable ⋮ A Pointcast Podcast
Joshua Hyde, Host Anthony Arnold, Alex Krohannon, Francine Dash & Sasha Estrella-Jones, Roundtable Guests

The Chosen

While the victory of the election is still being contested, it's already being made clear that voters expect to see a difference between a Biden administration and the last one.

"Biden, you have one term and I'll see if I give you my vote for another. And I hope you and Kamala don't forget about the people who put you over the top."

Episode R31/90

Recap This Week ⋮ A Pointcast Podcast
Joshua Hyde, Host with Anthony Arnold & Alex Krohannon

The election is finally over! Got Biden, now what?

"Mitch McConnell wants to get back to playing grave digger. Just saying 'no' all the time. So, there's that. COVID has taken a back seat to the election and the numbers show it — people have just stopped caring about it. So to that, I say, people, wear a mask, come on!"

Episode R30/89

Smart Politix ⋮ A Pointcast Podcast
Anthony Arnold, Host Francine Dash, Guest Narrator

My Shrinking American Dream and Why I Still Vote

"Your kids are older now, so they need more. And college isn’t too far off for them, so you’re beginning to believe that they’ll end up in the same boat as you since you haven’t been able to put anything aside to help. But it’s not just money. Your dreams have shrunk too. You really aren’t sure what exactly you’re voting for anymore, but you’re going to vote anyway. If not out of excitement, then at least out of duty."

Episode S3/88

Recap, This Week | Roundtable ⋮ A Pointcast Podcast
Joshua Hyde, Host Anthony Arnold, Alex Krohannon, Francine Dash & Sasha Estrella-Jones, Roundtable Guests

Is Politics Taking Over Your Life?

Does politics touch every aspect of your life; and are our two major parties acting like leaders or gang members?

"It's like the crips and the bloods are running the country and we are feeling it."

Episode R29/87

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Joshua Hyde, Host with Anthony Arnold & Alex Krohannon

Who Get's First?

Who should get the COVID vaccine first, who’s really dying from COVID and is it a good idea for Sean 'Diddy' Combs to start a "Black Political Party"?

"It's not a good idea to form a political party solely based on race."

Episode R28/86

POINTCAST ⋮ Politicking the App Wen-kuni Ceant, Entrepreneur, Miami, Florida, Guest

We talk to one of the co-founders of the voter application, Politicking. This app can be downloaded for free and allows users to learn more about all of the people running for office, right now. You can even find out if the people who are on your ballot support the issues that matter most to you. Before we go into more of what this application is and does we learn more about the issues that are important to Wen-kuni.

"Our lives are on the ballot, this November. We have to start paying attention; [and with that], I think local elections are just as important as the presidential election."

Episode 85/85

Recap, This Week | Roundtable ⋮ A Pointcast Podcast
Joshua Hyde, Host Anthony Arnold, Alex Krohannon, Francine Dash & Sasha Estrella-Jones, Roundtable Guests

Creating a Better America

How would you fix America; or do you think it's just fine the way that it is? Guests discuss headline topics and propose solutions, if one can be found, for large scale political and social issues facing us today.

Episode R27/84

Recap This Week ⋮ A Pointcast Podcast
Joshua Hyde, Host with Anthony Arnold & Alex Krohannon

COVID and the Campaign, Amazon's Covid Infected Employees and the Legend of Bras Coupe and the American Slave Patrol.

"Look at all the people who have been confirmed to have contracted COVID -- and people who even go past the White House ‐‐ the President of Notre Dame, for instance. But with all of this, the White House's [safety] protocol still has not changed. I was really surprised by that."

Episode R26/83

Smart Politix ⋮ A Pointcast Podcast
Anthony Arnold, Host

How to create a shadow government and how a two term president can become President of the United States for life.

"If you can’t imagine voting for the other side, then it means that your side is free to do whatever they wish. It means that the door to corruption, abuse, and yes, even tyranny, is cracked open because you don’t really have a choice — and without a choice, anything can happen."

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Recap, This Week | Roundtable ⋮ A Pointcast Podcast
Joshua Hyde, Host Anthony Arnold & Alex Krohannon, Roundtable Guests

What if President Trump is actually the best thing that has happened to America?

"President Trump is one of the best things that has happened to modern America. I think he’s set a new standard for leadership. There are a lot more people who will care about how a president conducts himself inside and out of office, from now on."

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POINTCAST ⋮ Why Voting Third Party is an Option For Me Sasha Estrella-Jones, Brooklyn, New York, Guest

Individual conversations with voters about the issues that matter most to them and what they want elected officials to do about it.

"Not voting for Trump, but I will say, third party options are open for me. People have a lot of different feelings about people who vote third party. I hear you. But my thing is that the Democratic Party has gotten way too comfortable in just believing that just because we are people of color we have to vote for you you. Joe Biden, if you’re listening, what have you done for me lately?"

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Recap, This Week | Roundtable ⋮ A Pointcast Podcast
Joshua Hyde, Host Anthony Arnold & Alex Krohannon, Roundtable Guests

What if the 9/11 terrorists were not successful in their efforts to crash planes into the Pentagon or the Twin Towers, would we still be where we are today?

"It might have taken longer, but because or our 'oil lust', Rumsfeld and Cheney would have figured out a way to get us into the middle east, if for no other reason, than to finish the work [Senior President Bush] began."

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Smart Politix ⋮ A Pointcast Podcast
Anthony Arnold, Host Francine Dash, Guest Narrator

This premiere episode tells the story of a person in rural America dealing with the challenges of finding healthcare and also voting for someone who supports the things they believe in.

"Of all the gaps between urban and rural America, the gap in basic understanding may be the largest. People who live in rural America believe that those in the cities don’t understand them. And those of us in cities believe rural Americans don’t understand us."

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Recap, This Week | Roundtable ⋮ A Pointcast Podcast
Joshua Hyde, Host Anthony Arnold & Alex Krohannon, Roundtable Guests

This roundtable discusses voter suppression, options to stop it and how pervasive it is throughout the country.

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Recap This Week ⋮ A Pointcast Podcast
Joshua Hyde, Host with Anthony Arnold & Alex Krohannon

Recap this week's political news with Josh Hyde (Host), Anthony Arnold (Writer) and Alexander Krohannon, Trends Analyst.

Picking off post offices to limit voting, identifying new hate symbols and living amidst a backdrop of death.

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POINTCAST ⋮ Why I Don't Vote Erica Helm, Bible Teacher, Atlanta, Georgia, Guest

After an uncomfortable experience being pulled over by a police officer, Erica also shares a solution for reducing negative police interaction with the public.

"I’ve never been one to vote. Even though, I know it’s a privilege and I grew up in a family where my mother and my father and everyone around me voted, I just never took the stance to ever go and vote. And partly that is because I see a judicial system that is mostly not fair. And so I don’t want to be responsible for voting someone into an office who may not do justice to the American people or even myself."

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Recap This Week ⋮ A Pointcast Podcast
Joshua Hyde, Host with Anthony Arnold & Alex Krohannon

Recap this week's political news with Josh Hyde (Host), Anthony Arnold (Writer) and Alexander Krohannon, Trends Analyst.

Should Biden pick a Black woman to be his running mate; or should he just pick someone based on their ability to get things done? Mixed responses from the team yield interesting results. This along with other political news.

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POINTCAST ⋮ The Sacrifice Rhuperdia Clay, Special Education Teacher, Guest

A Teacher Diagnosed with Cancer Speaks on Re-opening Schools

"I was diagnosed early in the year with cancer and I was juggling wanting to remain in the classroom with my students, but take care of myself. I did make the choice this year, and it was a difficult choice, to take a position outside of the classroom — in the event I have to continue doctors appointments and things like that. [So,] I know people in my own life who have become complacent and say that its worth the risk or maybe 'I’ll be like this celebrity and be asymptomatic'. So, my fear is, how many of these people are going to send their children to school and say 'you keep them safe in a way we didn't'?"

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Recap This Week ⋮ A Pointcast Podcast
Joshua Hyde, Host with Anthony Arnold & Alex Krohannon

Recap this week's political news with Josh Hyde (Host), Anthony Arnold (Writer) and Alexander Krohannon, Trends Analyst.

The lingering influence of slavery, the federal response to protesters in Portland Oregon and the real definition of fascism.

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Recap, This Week | Roundtable ⋮ A Pointcast Podcast
Joshua Hyde, Host Anthony Arnold & Alex Krohannon, Roundtable Guests

This roundtable focuses on systemic change via the"Change America Plan"and insight on why learning how to challenge views without needing to change them helps to lead to change.

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POINTCAST ⋮ Faith, Connection and Cooperation Cara Kay, Drama Instructor, Guest

Dramatic Arts Instructor, wife and mother, this Statin Island voter shares concerns about Americans growing more apart from each other.

"So we live with people but we don’t necessarily know them. You know, it’s very easy to share space with people and just live your own life -— and not really be in connection. The lockdown forces you to take notice of these people you’ve been sharing space with. Our society allows us — has allowed us — to exist with one another without knowing one another, without listening to one another, without needing to listen and connect with one another."

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Recap This Week ⋮ A Pointcast Podcast
Joshua Hyde, Host with Anthony Arnold & Alex Krohannon

Recap this week's political news with Josh Hyde (Host), Anthony Arnold (Writer) and Alexander Krohannon, Trends Analyst.

Bridging the gap of understanding over the confederate flag, why facts generally don't change minds and how the U.S. is becoming the leader of a global pandemic.

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POINTCAST ⋮ It's About Leadership Brandon Ley, Entrepreneur, Guest

Filmmaker shares thoughts on the economy and other issues close to his heart.

"They say that the stock market is a graphical representation of rich peoples' feelings. But for the 40 million people who've lost their jobs, who need to put food on the table or get insulin for their kids, there is no representation. I want a union, a government that stands for us, that represents us -- not one that just stands for the wealthiest among us."

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Recap This Week ⋮ A Pointcast Podcast
Joshua Hyde, Host with Anthony Arnold & Alex Krohannon

Recap this week's political news with Josh Hyde (Host), Anthony Arnold (Writer) and Alexander Krohannon, Trends Analyst.

Panelists discuss faith in a peaceful future; performative justice versus the Kaepernick movement; what police reform should look like and if protestors will be able to hang in there long enough to see lasting changes.

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Recap, This Week | Roundtable ⋮ A Pointcast Podcast
Joshua Hyde, Host Anthony Arnold & Alex Krohannon, Roundtable Guests

Talk about the pros and cons of protestors bringing guns to protests as a means to change how they are received and if it helps to further their message.

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POINTCAST ⋮ A Voice from the Frontlines of America Kimberly Powell, RN/JD, Guest

Sharing stories from the front line and why some disparities exist, longtime medical professional shares what it's really like and having to watch people suffer through this pandemic without their families.

"The majority of legal issues that I have seen so far from people considering litigation is over the absence of healthcare. Some people of color have been turned away trying to obtain care and by the time they tried to come back, they were too far gone and some died. I have personally seen large numbers of people of all colors turned away because in the beginning we didn't have enough tests and couldn't test everyone. We told them to stay home and to come back if their symptoms got worse. However, I do believe that there is a history of disparity of care based on the believability of black patients. We as a people are not taken seriously about our own care nor are we seen as knowledgeable. This has even happened to me and my family."

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POINTCAST ⋮ Watching Death Anthony Arnold, Guest

Responses to police action shootings of Black Americans and how Black America is coping.

"As time goes by, we sort of erase the past from our heads. Each time this happens, the narrative treats every killing as if its a fresh incident, when it's not. What it really is is an unbroken chain of continuous, senseless killings. They shouldn't be treated as individual incidents. They should be treated as an indictment of this society that is okay marking people of color for death."

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Recap, This Week | Roundtable ⋮ A Pointcast Podcast
Joshua Hyde, Host Anthony Arnold & Alex Krohannon, Roundtable Guests

This month, Josh, Alex and Anthony cover everything from marrying outside of your political party, rating the quality of the shutdown and the national response and why they think some in national leadership are pushing for the country to re-open faster.

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POINTCAST ⋮ Ending Child Marriage and Sexual Abuse in the United States Genevieve Meyer, Non-Profit Director, Guest

Resiliency Foundation Executive Director and founder shares teh progress her foundation is making at stopping sex trafficking.

"The Resiliency Foundation was founded on the belief that no matter what curve balls life throws your way, even if its very significant trauma, you can still go on to have a meaningful life. The way that that came through was looking at child marriage. I was a victim of child marriage. That was something that I overcame. There's a lot of secondary things that go with that like getting an education, figuring out healthy relationships, my own parenting with my own children. I thought I was the only person that this happened to. But the more I shared my story, I found that there were others who had this experience. Then I found out that there were organizations out there trying to change the laws, so this wouldn't happen to others. So, while [the Resiliency Foundation] works with individuals to get their lives on track and trains other groups that provide services to those individuals, we do a lot of work around promoting legislation that change child marriage laws."

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POINTCAST ⋮ Can Americans Afford to Put Safety First? Francine Dash, President of Pointcast, Guest

Being an essential work limits your ability to be safe and not working may not be an option for some.

"I think we'd like to think we can afford, morally, to put safety first, [regarding staying home to reduce the spread of COVID-19]. But I think the reality of the way Americans are used to living makes it difficult. COVID-19 has shown us where the cracks are and why so many Americans may not be able to afford to be safe. So, there is some real work that needs to take place. Moving forward, we also need to think about a national strategy when addressing pandemics. Providing a safety net that is automatically deployed along with a healthcare strategy for essential industries and workers while providing support for the states and their homeless residents, workers, farmers and small businesses is something our lawmakers should consider." Francine Dash

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Joshua Hyde, Host Anthony Arnold, Guest

Two Americas, the Challenges of the Working Poor

"It's really bizarre, though, that we are now dependent on 19 year old kids working at Target to be a pillar of our economy by going to work in a viral zone. But they are! They really are essential. But later, essential workers should think about unionizing and demand more, like paid leave, pay raises -- pay people like they are essential. People have fallen under the illusion that they are working themselves up a ladder, but then find out [during times like this] that there is no ladder." Anthony Arnold

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Recap, This Week | Roundtable ⋮ A Pointcast Podcast
Joshua Hyde, Host Anthony Arnold & Alex Krohannon, Roundtable Guests

Recap this week's political news with Josh Hyde, Anthony Arnold and Alexander Krohannon.

"There's nothing they could have done to stop the fall out. Even if they had handled the pandemic better, we would still be feeling this. They're going to be largely responsible for the recovery, though." Anthony Arnold

"A pandemic is like a natural event. That being said, what you do before a pandemic arises, you are responsible for." Alex Krohannon

"I just want to know what does toilet paper have to do with this?" Josh Hyde

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POINTCAST ⋮ What You Have to Know about COVID-19 Dr. Joshua Scantland, Alexis Morgan, MSW, LSW & Kimberly Powell, RN, JD and Military Veteran, Guest

Our medical panel breaks down exactly what covid-19 is and answers your questions from social media.

"The coronavirus, in and of itself, has been around for years. What makes covid-19, a strain of the virus so novel, is what it does to the human body," Joshua Scantland.

"Getting people to take this seriously is so difficult because the families of victims are not able to be there and see with their own eyes what this does to the human body." Kimberly Powell.

"We have definitely seen an uptick in patients on the mental health side of the hospital and we are working to address that along with the continuity of care." Alexis Morgan.

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Recap, This Week | Roundtable ⋮ A Pointcast Podcast
Joshua Hyde, Host Anthony Arnold, Guest

The American Primary System

"If I were to change the system, I would shorten the process which should in turn should reduce the cost; and I think it would help voters be less exhausted by the process." Anthony Arnold

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Recap, This Week | Roundtable ⋮ A Pointcast Podcast
Joshua Hyde, Host Anthony Arnold & Alex Krohannon, Roundtable Guests

Recap this week's political news with Josh Hyde, Anthony Arnold and Alexander Krohannon.

"At the end of the day you have to be present. You have to vote." Josh Hyde.

"I have to believe that Bernie can still win this, even though he's really struggling. But literally, non of the polling matters if young people show up to vote," Alex Krohannon

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"I think Biden's going to pull it out," Anthony Arnold

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Recap, This Week | Roundtable ⋮ A Pointcast Podcast
Joshua Hyde, Host Anthony Arnold & Alex Krohannon, Roundtable Guests

Recap this week's political news with Josh Hyde, Anthony Arnold and Alexander Krohannon.

"Originally, my horse was on Warren. But Biden has kind of come out of nowhere," Josh Hyde.

"South Carolina was a foregone conclusion for Biden, but Bernie was close. I'm a Sanders supporter, if that's not apparent," Alex Krohannon

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"Biden only came out of nowhere if we were ignoring predictable results. Polls consistently ignore the black vote," Anthony Arnold

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Joshua Hyde, Host Bethany Johnson, College Student, Guest

Responding to COVID-19

"Responses from governments have been slow and confusing. So, the fear of not knowing much about this virus has probably become just as great as the impact of the virus itself. Additionally, some people are blaming Asians. France even put up a headline of 'yellow fever' on one of their magazines. They apologized for it, but its just an example of people not focusing on the actual problem. Racializing or politicizing COVID-19 does nothing to stop the virus; and that's what our focus should be on ‐‐ stopping this virus. We also have to recognize that not everyone can stay home from work. We are going to have to engage people on some level. But let's try to be responsible by washing our hands, phones and even light switches; and limiting contact with others if we feel ill."

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POINTCAST ⋮ Just the Facts, Please! Frank Jameson IV, Guest

The misinformation campaign raging in politics causes this voter to verify all information shared by the president.

"I've always had people with different views around me. I enjoy it because it opens up my perspective. But now, I'm seeing people share and respond to things that aren't true. That's why I started fact-checking on social media. This 'feelings over facts movement' is creating this tribalism that allows feelings to be more important than facts; and is poisoning us and our ability to have civil discourse as Americans. This may be our downfall.'

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Joshua Hyde, Host Anthony Arnold, Guest

Why Saudi Arabia Hacked Jeff Bezos

"What if I'm wrong? What if they are right? Asking myself these questions helps me to see things from other people's perspective. This is what foreign interference does not want Americans to do. What people need to realize is what we saw in our last election with Russian interference was just a warm up, where people were trying to see where the cracks are and what areas they can they exploit, with the goal of confusion -- to make Americans distrust each other and believe that nothing is true at all."

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POINTCAST ⋮ Should Politicians Stump in Churches? Arwilda Allen, Real Estate Developer, Guest

Real estate developer talks about grassroots politics in her hometown of Jeffersonville, Indiana and how the Black vote was compromised.

"Churches do not pay taxes on the money that they raise in the church. So basically what that means [to me] is church and state should be separate. I'm not in favor of [politics in the church]. I think that churches should teach congregations about politics, not about being a republican or democrat, but about politics itself. But this whole thing about politicians in the church is about money and power, so I don't think it will end."

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Recap, This Week | Roundtable ⋮ A Pointcast Podcast
Joshua Hyde, Host Anthony Arnold, Francine Dash & Alex Krohannon, Roundtable Guests

Recap, This Week | Roundtable discusses this week's political news with Josh Hyde, Anthony Arnold, Francine Dash and Alexander Krohannon.

"Do you agree with how President Trump responded to his acquittal?" Josh Hyde

"Trump doesn't really know exactly how divisive impeachment was and the need to heal the rift that was caused."Anthony Arnold

"Impeachment is a serious undertaking. For someone to think that something I did was that wrong is a reason to pause." Frank Jameson IV

"Trump is responding the way us everyday people would respond if we felt attacked. The issue though is Trump is not everyday people. He's the PODUS. He has the power to help heal our country." Francine Dash

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Joshua Hyde, Host Anthony Arnold, Guest

How the NRA Defeated Washington

"Each identity that the NRA absorbs gives them more power. That’s how they move from local politics to national politics. Because in addition to granting them power, these identities also grant them protection. Attacking the NRA is much more difficult when that also means tackling the police, as an example. Or when it means telling an individual supporter, who may have multiple identities tied to the NRA, that this organization which means so much to them is bad."

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Joshua Hyde, Host Anthony Arnold, Francine Dash & Alex Krohannon, Roundtable Guests

Our round table comes together to discuss how to move black history from a separate function to a whole and integrated part of American history.

"My biggest issue is that there is so much not talked to about in the context of just this one month," Josh Hyde.

"A part of truly teaching black history is being prepared to destroy the American narrative as we know it," Anthony Arnold.

"I don't think the truth of black history will destroy the narrative but it will change it," Alex Krohannan.

"We need to trust the truth and embrace our history as it is instead of trying to bend it to appease our fears," Francine Dash.

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Joshua Hyde, Host Anthony Arnold & Alex Krohannon, Roundtable Guests

Recap, This Week | Roundtable discusses this week's political news with Josh Hyde, Anthony Arnold and Alexander Krohannon.

"Some people think we are on the verge of starting World War 3," Josh Hyde.

"Well that seems highly unlikely. Maybe Persian Gulf 2. Persian Gulf 3. The Crusades, chapter nine, perhaps," Alex Krohannan.

"We're just going to have the same thing we've had half of my life. More people going over to fight an endless war and nobody coming home," Anthony Arnold.

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POINTCAST ⋮ Why Unions Still Matter Richie Griffin, Union President, Guest

Union president talks about fears about being stopped by police and why unions are more important now more than ever.

"People are scared but don't realize that even in a 'Right to Work' state, like Indiana, you still have rights. If you don't have a union contract, an employer can do what they want. They can change your hours and even what you do for the company. What unions do is educate people about their rights. We also negotiate work contracts with the companies that secures what you do and what you are paid. We have fought for and helped to get a lot of people's jobs back. We have a lawyer on retainer to help with injury claims and any legal questions we have -- and we negotiate contracts with employers that reduce the fears of people losing their jobs and securing higher pay, with a pension."

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POINTCAST ⋮ A Reckoning With Our Country's Past, Part 4 of 4 Richard Arnold, Anthony Arnold and Sean Haefeli, Guests

The Arnold Family Discuss what has to happen now and what will happen if we don&apost find moral clarity in our politics.

"The thing for me that's the most astounding is how much the Republican party has become an incubator for a lot of bad ideas, from gun control to healthcare," Sean Haefeli.

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POINTCAST ⋮ Why Healthcare Reform May Not Work Anthony Arnold, Guest

Questions around what it will actually take to have government-managed nationalized healthcare.

"Turning over a substantial portion of the economy to the government is a lot to ask. Private sector jobs will be lost, healthcare providers will face additional workload, and a transition that large, no matter how well managed, will have its rough spots. The disastrous Obamacare rollout comes to mind, for instance. Even a popular government might think twice before taking a task like that. But asking the public to trust a largely unpopular government with that much responsibility? It’s easy to see why many voters might say ‘no’, and why many politicians may not want the headache."

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POINTCAST ⋮ A Lesson in Civil Discourse Joshua Hyde, Guest Host Alex Krohannon, PhD Student, Guest

Recent political strife and the divisiveness that many feel may be due to a lack of civil discourse. Learn how to have healthy political discussions.

"In debate, you have two opposing viewpoints and you try to win people to your side. You try to get people to agree with what you are saying. It is inherently adversarial. Discourse is a discussion. I want to understand what you think, why you think -- and maybe this changes my mind; or maybe it doesn't."

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POINTCAST ⋮ A Reckoning With Our Country's Past, Part 3 of 4 Richard Arnold, Anthony Arnold and Sean Haefeli, Guests

The Arnold Family Discuss what has to happen now and what will happen if we don&apost find moral clarity in our politics.

"Trump is the end result of a progressive move to take our party from the center to where it is today. Democrats are going to run head long into what they're seeing with a rejection of their progressive movement and a struggle with the center," Anthony Arnold.

"We have to have a reckoning in this country with our past. But, when you get only 44% of the voters to turn out, you kind of get the government you deserve. I am not one of those to put all of this at the foot of racism. Trump carried counties that Barack carried twice. It's something else and it's just mystifying," Dick Arnold.

"Germany is a really good example of this reckoning with our past. Because of everything that happened with the holocaust, Germans are very aware of their past. So there has been this constant reckoning with its past," Sean Haefeli.

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Joshua Hyde, Host Anthony Arnold & Alex Krohannon, Roundtable Guests

Recap, This Week | Roundtable discusses this week's political news with Josh Hyde, Anthony Arnold and Alexander Krohannon.

"Our oldest has autism so we have quite a bit of interaction with heath care providers. We've gone around, and around, and around. It's like robbing Peter to pay Paul, jumping from wait list to wait-list," regarding healthcare, Anthony Arnold.

"I'm a passivist. So, no, I don't own guns...but I agree with people having the right to own them," regarding gun ownership, Alex Krohannon.

"One of the most recent things I learned about is that there is a new resistant strain of HIV, which I didn't think was possible," host, Joshua Hyde.

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POINTCAST ⋮ What the Arnolds Want, Part 2 of 4 Richard Arnold, Anthony Arnold and Sean Haefeli, Guests

The Arnold Family Discuss the US's Role in the World and the Descent of the Republican Party.

"I think the Republican immigration plan is to make life as miserable as possible for anyone who wants to come here. They just want to sound rhetorically tough and ultimately just kick the can down the road," Anthony Arnold.

"The Republican party has descended into a non-fact based party. The rate at which [the president] lies is staggering," Sean Haefeli.

"We've been in Afghanistan since 2001 -- so that's 18 years. The poor people there -- it's true, if we were to leave, the Taliban would probably take back control. But what are you going to do? We can't stay forever. But what Trump did in Syria is so arbitrary and that is wrong and I think that it's going to come back and have a lot of ill effects for us," Richard Arnold.

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POINTCAST ⋮ Father and Sons Discuss Family Political Views, Part 1 of 4 Richard Arnold, Anthony Arnold and Sean Haefeli, Guests

Dick Arnold talks with sons about Growing up White in the 1950s, Marrying their mother, an African American woman, and the Politics of it All

"I was born in Martinsville, Indiana. It was a great place to grow up. We didn't have a lot of money, but their was a lot of love in the family. My father was a democrat but Mom went either way. Now, I was aware of the reputation that Martinsville had and their were certainly some hooligans in town that give rise to that reputation, but most of the folks in the town didn't know any black people. But my mom -- who didn't know any black people either, had a strong sense of right and wrong. I think I got that from her."

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Joshua Hyde, Host Anthony Arnold & Alex Krohannon, Roundtable Guests

Recap, This Week | Roundtable discusses this week's political news with Josh Hyde, Anthony Arnold and Alexander Krohannon.

"I don't have a fear of losing my right to bear arms, but we do have to find some sort of space where we can make a true impact on reducing gun violence. We have to change our minds about how we see guns versus the preservation of human life. Again, I don't want the right to bear arms to go away, but I don't want to continue as we are with a rising death rate due to people choosing a gun to solve a problem. Sometimes, we can unknowingly create a context for bad things to happen. I think that we have done that with guns. Now, it's time we take responsibility for this."

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POINTCAST ⋮ A Fix for the Opioid Crisis Joshua Scantland, Medical Resident, Guest

Medical doctor in residency shares his personal story and family's struggle with opioid addiction and how he found his path out of the cycle.

"It's impacted my childhood. I've had multiple family members affected by addiction to opioids -- lost a step mother to addiction and some friends. Now, as a physician I'm seeing it with my patients. Ultimately, that's what drives my concern with this. 'The opioid crisis' is a product of political corruption (opioids are just a classification of drugs. It’s the policies around those drugs and their uses that have come from political corruption). I want 'nontransparent and unethical campaign' contributions out of politics. That's why I support Bernie Sanders because he wants to get money out of politics."

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POINTCAST ⋮ Reparations for Slavery Alexis Morgan, Mental Health Specialist, Guest

Mental health practitioner talks about the still existing harm that slavery is causing on our country, families and race relations; and we will not begin to heal until we embrace that truth.

"The effects of slavery are still present and hurting our country. Reparations, and I hope that it is more than just money, can be the beginning of healing, because it acknowledges a great wrong that has been done. There's never been a resolution to what has happened to black people in America. But I don't think this current administration has to capacity to understand how far-reaching this issue is; but likewise, I don't think the black community is really excited about reparations, either -- and I don't know why."

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POINTCAST ⋮ What Impeachment Means to Voters Joshua Hyde, Gayle Jones and Francine Dash, Guests

Our Pointcast roundtable comes together to discuss the double standard that appears to exist for Donald Trump and why are Republicans so quiet when it comes to condemning inconsistencies in policies.

"Where are the Congressmen and women and Senators who 10 years ago would have balked at any president taking funds from homeland security or the military to re-decorate the southern border? Really? Why are politicians so quiet when their party is in charge? It is not honorable to support anyone who lies to voters. The voters should be the priority, but apparently, we're not. This is why we are where we are today. This is the real problem."

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POINTCAST ⋮ Finding Common Ground as Americans Alison Culpepper, Military Veteran, Guest

This encore presentation talks about the struggle to have difficult but necessary conversations, where we find common ground, that strengthen our democracy.

"With a struggle that is common to us all, it generates a fear in people when government doesn't work. Until we come together and coalesce as communities, we are not going to be able to stop this malfunction of government."

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POINTCAST ⋮ How You Can Help Stop Sex Trafficking, Part 2 of 2 KD Roache and Jonathan Young, Guests

A survivor and a supporter and counselor of trafficking victims come together to talk about how we can help formerly abused children heal and lead productive and healthy lives; but warn against continuing to ignore this issue.

"We offer a safe place for people to get a fresh start in life and we offer counseling that helps people who want to help to talk to those they suspect may be victims, without causing them further harm,"Jonathan Young.

"People need to understand what sex trafficking really is, so they will better be able to identify it," KD Roache.

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POINTCAST ⋮ Sex Trafficking and Why It Continues to Grow, Part 1 of 2 KD Roache and Jonathan Young, Guests

A survivor and a supporter and counselor of trafficking victims come together to talk about how we can help formerly abused children heal and lead productive and healthy lives; but warn against continuing to ignore this issue.

"I think one reason it's [growing] is because most cases are not reported, especially in families. But when they are reported, what I have learned is just to try to listen to children when they are ready to talk -- but don't push them. You want to watch what you're saying and make sure you're not using language that is blaming the child," Jonathan Young.

"I told a lot of people, but no one believed me. I was groomed at an early age, and didn't even realize it. I was abused for about 8 years until I was 16 years old. It's very difficult to get prosecutions because [prosecutors] are looking for testimony primarily from the victims... and this can be very unsafe for victims who may be connected to their perpetrators; and just victimizes people all over again," KD Roache.

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POINTCAST ⋮ Why President Trump Has My Vote Woody Cumbie, Pastor, Guest

Florida native and Hamilton County resident (Indiana), this pastor shares his background, some of the issues in his community and how the Trump agenda is the right agenda for America.

ABORTION "I am a Trump supporter and more importantly a Republican supporter of life. Some people call that a one issue voter and I guess that's true, if that's the one issue. Unfortunately, the democratic party has views now that are way, way extreme, including aborting at the time of birth. For me, there's no compromise."

GUN CONTROL "I'm a second amendment supporter. I one hundred percent support background checks. But when my information goes into [a broken] system, that doesn't always provide accurate information, it's not going to work. We need to fix the system we already have."

HEALTHCARE "There are a huge number of people who are under-insured in Hamilton county and some are struggling with the opioid epidemic. We talk about this in my church; and there are challenges everywhere even in the schools."

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POINTCAST ⋮ How I Became a Child Bride, Part 2 of 2 Genevieve Meyer, Non-Profit Director, Guest

Trafficked as a child, this voter continues her story of how she escaped human trafficking and a childhood of sexual abuse.

"She called the police and had him arrested; but I think she did this to put pressure on him to take me off her hands. He makes bail, but shortly after that my mother starts victim blaming, like I was a predatory magnet. So my mom says 'you're ruining his life' because he had kids very close in age to me. Then she starts shopping for a state that would marry me off to him. When she found Mississippi would do it, she signed power of attorney and guardianship of me over to my abuser."

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POINTCAST ⋮ How I Became a Child Bride, Part 1 of 2 Genevieve Meyer, Non-Profit Director, Guest

Trafficked as a child, this voter talks about how she escaped human trafficking and how her own mother was involved in her becoming a child bride.

"I told my mom and she blamed me. I felt like I was in trouble; and I was in a constant state of utter confusion. I wished I was dead. But, you get use to your own crazy and it becomes a part of survival to stay where you are, because of all of the fear; and my family kind of normalized it, too. I want legislators to take this seriously, change the laws that allow these loopholes to exist that made it possible for what happened to me to take place. Parent's rights are often seen as a higher priority over children's safety. That has to change."

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POINTCAST ⋮ Where I Stand Olivia Stapleton, Guest

Everyday woman, shares her family&aposs struggle with mental illness, its long-term impact and what needs to be done about it.

Community "IUPUI [Indiana University at Indianapolis] is a million dollor university and it's right across the bridge from one of the poorest communities in the city. There's no parks. There's no large community centers. It's not safe to walk around; but it's right next to a university that's thriving. And you have kids from Haughville; probably wondering if they can go there someday. Why does this disparity exist?"

Mental Wellness "My brother didn't really get through high school -- got into drugs and just had a failure to launch. It wasn't until later that we found out that he is schizophrenic-bipolar. What I want to see is a more sensitivity from the criminal justice side and more mental healthcare support. I'd also like to see more job training and support for people like my brother."

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POINTCAST ⋮ What Women Voters Want Karla Jay, JC Day and Amanda Lamb, Guests

Three women share their concerns about the current political environment, what their lives are like and the issues that keep them up at night.

Immigration "People don't walk two thousand miles to break into someone's house. They're desperately seeking safety and better opportunities," Karla Jay

Millenial Debt "A lot of us are incredibly in debt and it's really not fair for the upper-class people to get all of these tax cuts when we're down here suffering," #juststopit, JC Day

Human Trafficking "We're missing the entire reason for all of these things occurring and that's the demand," Amanda Lamb

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We,the Voters... ⋮ Partisan Politics Poisons the Well Anthony Arnold, Guest

From a biracial household, this voter discusses the differences he has learned from his parents and their experiences voting, as well as his own.

"From the DEMOCRATS side, there is a reluctance to talk about morals and values, despite the fact that the most effective movements have been faith based both here and in other countries. REPUBLICANS have warped [American] values to the point where they are basically unrecognizable; and the current situation we have ourselves in is an extension of what they have been doing pretty extensively for decades -- from Barry Goldwater, Richard Nixon and the southern strategy -- Ronald Regan and 'welfare queens' -- George Bush and Willie Horton up to the current administration race baiting. They've been running that game for decades and have just started to say it out loud."

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We,the Voters... ⋮ Public Forum, Part 2 of 2 Mike Fitzgerald and Joshua Hyde, Guests

Two of our past guests with different political views come together to discuss their differences, in this part 2 of 2 podcasts.

"My demographic, black men, are targeted. A lot of it comes through the policies and systems that have led to where we are now. I think that reforming the criminal justice system starts with ending some of these slavery based systems put in place to oppress black people," Joshua Hyde.

"We need to go back to the beginning. We need to go back to education and make sure that every person has a good education in this country so that people can learn productive, legal ways to make a living. We have to get to where we see everyone as equal and worthy of a good education," Mike Fitzgerald.

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We,the Voters... ⋮ Public Forum, Part 1 of 2 Mike Fitzgerald and Joshua Hyde, Guests

Two of our past guests with different political views come together to discuss their differences, in this part 1 of 2 podcasts.

"I'm just a young Black voter who is concerned about the future of America and our current path in regards to who we have elected and the things that are already being done," Joshua Hyde.

"As a voter, I don't think I've ever voted straight ticket. I've always split my ticket based on who I thought would do the best job as a candidate. I'm not tied to one party or another. What I'm more concerned about are the qualities and ideas of the candidates," Mike Fitzgerald.

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We,the Voters... ⋮ Suburban Mom Voter Sonya Cooke, Non-Profit Director, Guest

Director of a non-profit mentorship program for young girls, she shares the effects of the current political environment on her own life, why she believes that more needs to be done to address all gaps in equality, especially for women, and equity in healthcare access needs to happen today.

"At the end of the day, you don't have to live with the effects of my choice. Everybody is not in a position to make sure that a child will have everything they need. We have to get out of this selfish frame of mind that people just have to pull themselves up by their bootstraps. Some people don't even have boots. The number one reason people file for bankruptcy is because of healthcare costs. I had a scare a week ago when I thought I was having a heart attack. I'm fine, but I got a bill for over $7000. My insurance only paid $2400. So, it's not just the insurance, but how much it covers. People are employed but they are not being paid well. You cannot live independently on what some people are making. I have 15 years of experience and a college degree and it's been hard for me. If I was single, I wouldn't be able to make it. What happened to MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN?"

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We,the Voters... ⋮ The Legacy of Racism in Politics

Arwilda Allen, Real Estate Developer, Guest

Longtime entrepreneur and real estate developer shares her story of growing up in southern Indiana and how politicians would pay off influential people in her community to encourage Blacks to vote for them.

"The OLD JIM CROW was about appeasing White fear after the Civil War and limiting opportunities to free Blacks establishing themselves in the south. This also included maligning the Black vote. BUYING BLACK VOTES by bringing money and liquor to key community members and churches was common place in the Black community, even when I was I was a child. Then we got used to just voting for a party or a politician, because they bought us. When I look back at those times, I realize that now we need to work harder to educate ourselves about candidates and HOLD ELECTED OFFICIALS ACCOUNTABLE. We also have ministers who wield great political power in our communities. They should also be held accountable. Whatever you do, vote. Not voting doesn't make sense and your silence is an automatic 'yes'. It's your responsibility to MAKE SURE YOUR VOTE MATTERS."

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We,the Voters... ⋮ America Is NOT the Only Choice Ariane Cyusa, Spoken Word Artist, Guest

Russian born, Rwandan immigrant talks about her journey to America, how the journey affected her parents and siblings and why becoming an American citizen may not be in the cards for her.

"The IMMIGRANT LIFE isn't easy. You had a life in your old country. Then you have to uproot and go to a country where you don't have a history. You have to take tests, but you can't speak English. There's so much fear and nothing is easy. You miss your county, but you have to succeed here, now. Then you have a lot of people talking about 'just do it legally' but don't understand the cost for people coming to America to escape pain and horror in their own country; and when you're running for your life in the middle of the night, you just want to get somewhere safe. I think it's because there's a certain kind of immigrant that is welcomed and a certain kind of immigrant that is not welcomed ‐ like me. If you are European ‐ if you are from the Netherlands, or Swedish or whatever, I think that it's an easier process than if you're like me ‐ or you're from another country where you are brown."

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We,the Voters... ⋮ Making the Cut Bryan Lomax, Business Owner, Guest

Small business owner and active voter talks about what how he balances his political views and how he wants elected officials to increase investments in Black owned businesses and support pro-life legislation.

"I'm a true INDEPENDENT VOTER.

From republicans, I support their ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ideas AND the ANTI-ABORTION BAN. I just feel like life starts with a heartbeat. I do support some of the things democrats propose, like EQUALITY, TAXES, AND HEALTHCARE; but certain government assistance programs do more harm than good to our community. Don't give me a hand out. Show me how to get what you have."

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We,the Voters... ⋮ The Anti-HRC Vote Radomir Jordanovich, Filmmaker, Guest

Independent filmmaker shares why he threw away his vote in 2016 in protest of Clinton being nominated by the Democrat Party for the highest office, as he was and is a supporter of Bernie Sanders.

"In 2016, I did a throw away vote, because I didn't want to vote for Clinton. I voted in the primaries for Sanders, but Sanders had the primaries stolen from him. For me, this PRIVATIZED HEALTHCARE DOESN'T MAKE SENSE. I want everyone to have NATIONALIZED HEALTHCARE. Not only would it reduce the costs, but it would help to reduce barriers to access. I've seen a lot of people who are not very healthy and I thought it would be great if people could have healthcare. I'm not a single issue voter, but this does matter. I don't like how people can get caught up in FOR PROFIT PRISONS, sometimes from being poor. I don't like how poor people are used for profit, period, but our free market system encourages it."

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We,the Voters... ⋮ The Disparity in the American Education System Rhuperdia Clay, Special Education Teacher, Guest

Special education teacher shares her concerns, not just for the children in her school and classroom, but for dangerous trends she has seen throughout her experience in the education system that puts children at risk for a life of challenges that could be prevented.

"There is a definite disproportionate rate of African American girls and boys being either under and undiagnosed; and those same children are then being suspended and expelled at higher rates. Since most children receive a diagnosis within the educational setting, these children automatically are denied the access to the care that they need, because they are not at school. So, when I go to the polls, next year, I'm going to elect people who have a connection to and compassion for the working poor and middle class."

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We,the Voters... ⋮ The Obama Factor Frank Jameson, IV, Guest

Active voter shares his thoughts on the sudden and sharp rise of the alt right, and why the Republican party is mostly silent and non critical of the divisive language and posturing that appars to be causing a rift in the Republican party and the country as a whole.

"I think that the "OBAMA FACTOR" has made some people nervous and they want to dial it back. It actually scared people that he was so well spoken and educated and saw the world differently than those against him. Even with my friends from high school, I can still talk to them, but the part about it where I struggle, is that the conversation isn't progressing, because PEOPLE ARE SO ENTRENCHED IN THEIR POLITICS. I think our politics has gotten so far away from the people and is so caught up with whoever gives them the money, that POLITICIANS HAVE FORGOTTEN THAT WE ARE AMERICANS and are't doing what is really best for Americans."

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We,the Voters... ⋮ An American Immigration Story Karla Jay, Church Worker, Guest

Immigrant and American citizen, she shares her immigration story, what it was like for her family and why she fears for others who are caught in the between the a hope for a better life and the fear of deportation.

"IMMIGRATION happens when people are seeking a better life. What I see aren't murderers and rapists. I see human beings who just want what's best for their children. I want ELECTED OFFICIALS to see these people as people and to see what the United States has done in other countries that cause people to have to leave their homes. For example, in Venezuela, the United States heavily influenced what happened there. We sold them weapons in the 1980s and caused a lot people to flee their own country. Unfortunately, both parties are not backing up voters' interests on this and other issues."

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We,the Voters... ⋮ Hate Crime Bill Kelsey Taylor, Business Owner, Guest

Entrepreneur talks about what it was like growing up in small town America, making the transition to living in a larger city; and why her life experiences along the way make her concerned for the need for a Hate Crime Bill in the state of Indiana.

"I was raised in Marion, Indiana since the age of 2. I don't know if you know much about the history of Marion Indiana. If you look at your history books and there's a hanging on a town square ‐ that's Marion, Indiana. A young girl made a claim that some men whistled at her. The story was completely made up and men lost their lives. We always knew this in Marion Indiana -- that this is what they do to young black men. So, for so many things to be taken out of the Indiana HATE CRIME BILL and have it watered down is like hanging us on that tree all over again. It's not right."

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We,the Voters... ⋮ The Local Initiative Shelley Covington, Community Advocate, Guest

Longtime community resident talks about the importance of voting to her and her family; the need to address the lack and loss of the sense of community; and the what she wants elected officials to start doing to help improve her neighborhood.

"I've been a registered voter for years. Because of the fight for the right to vote by our forefathers, there is an obligation and responsibility to get to the poll and vote. So, I've instilled that in my children. I've been in the [UNWA] area for 30 years. My mother has been here for 50 years. Over all these years, we have become more than just a food desert. We are a community desert. I would like to see a rebuilding of the necessities that every community should have. We need people who run for office who have a passion for UNWA."

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We,the Voters... ⋮ The Antithesis of American Politics Joshua Hyde, Guest

Active voter and progressive democrat, he worries that the prescense of President Trump and his method of governing goes against the best that is America and sets a new low for leadership, causing him to call out an politician who does not stand up and against President Trump.

"The president is the antithesis of what American politics should be. He even said he grabs women by the p&%$y. That's not okay. He says and does a lot of things that cause others to think they can say and do a lot of things that we thought were dead. Now we see this rebirth of a way of thinking that divides us. It's even hard to celebrate any success that the president may have because a lot of what he does appears to mask other intentions. There should be a very clear discussion about what needs to happen in America. As a whole, I just worry that the American people only go by what any politician says instead of figuring out what really matters to them."

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We,the Voters... ⋮ College Student Speaks on Race, Violence and Debt Adam Johnson, College Student, Guest

Purdue University student acknowledges issues that he and his peers are discussed and issues that have personally affected him, with surprising in an area that his some of his peers do not support.

Racism "Is it too much to ask that racism end? I'm a realist. So, I know this may not actually happen; but I want lawmakers to take this more seriously."

Gun control "I have to admit. I like guns. I just like children and their safety more. Gun control is an easy choice if children are our priority."

College Debt "It was drilled into our heads that "if you want to succeed in life you have to go to college". Well, my generation has learned that this is not the case."

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We,the Voters... ⋮ Healthcare is a Priority Regina Hyde, Nurse, Guest

Longtime nurse shares her concerns for those seeking healthcare and encourages all Americans to get more familiar with what their insurance will actually cover and what it won't cover; so that all people can have the access to the healthcare system that they will eventually need."

"We need officials who will follow through. I want elected officials to make insurance easier for people to have, so that they can receive all of the care they need ‐ and at the highest level. People can argue whether it's a right or not. That's not really the point. The point is having access to healthcare."

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We,the Voters... ⋮ Ending Mass Shootings and the Sex Trade Jonathan Young, House Counselor, Guest

Counselor at a run-away shelter, he talks about his concerns and ideas for reducing gun violence and why addressing violent crime can have a direct and positive affect on the sex trade that exploits some of the young people he counsels.

"Ban all guns. If there were no guns, no one would get shot. If that is too strong for people, we could register individual bullets and charge like $75 a piece. If a bullet costs $75, how likely would you be to just pop off in a mass shooting? Right now, a box of hollow tip bullets costs $19 dollars. So, for pennies you could take a life. We have to make taking a life more expensive and out of reach. This could save lots of lives."

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We,the Voters... ⋮ Who We Are Pointcaster Editorial

"This is a grassroots show that makes people comfortable with sharing their personal political views Currently, we are hearing about racism, under-employment, healthcare, human trafficking, national security, increasing property taxes in gentrified communities and education; and how we are missing the mark on all of them. Right now, politics is very different than it's been in the past; and this is leaving many voters unsure if we can truly address these issues and others and truly make America great, FOR THE FIRST TIME, for everyone"

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We,the Voters... ⋮ Improving Higher Education Marva Hunt, Indiana University Administrator, Guest

Recruiter and advisor at a Indiana University - Purdue university of Indianapolis, she shares the notion that not funding public schools has caused a rise in the number of charter schools who be less able to meet the needs of the population it seeks to serve.

"The business concept of competing to be better does not apply to education. For education, it really comes down to funding ‐ funding that is now less available because of the growing number of charter schools. I don't look at party as much as I used to. In order for me to vote for someone, I think they would need to acknowledge the fact that we need to strengthen our public schools. The second thing is acknowledging that we need some intentional programing for underrepresented minorities."

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We,the Voters... ⋮ The Underemployed Are Falling in the Gaps Michael Fitzgerald, Guest

Displaced employee wants people to know that having a job is not enough. He lost his job and has had to supplement his income "The unemployment numbers don't tell the full story. There are a lot of folks who are 40 years old or older who have been downsized and now find it really hard to get back into the workforce because of AGE DISCRIMINATION. So, they have settled for under-employment, which isn't counted as unemployment; or have just given up -- which also isn't counted.

"Dealing with this myself has been so eye opening for me. I have dealt with DISCRIMINATION at the end of my career; but it makes me more aware of what women and people of color have had to deal with for their whole careers; and it feels like our politicians and leaders are trying to make matters worse. We need courageous leaders who won't sugar coat where we are and will work to unite us moving forward."

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We,the Voters... ⋮ End Human Trafficking Amanda Lamb, Social Worker, Guest

Social worker describes working with children who have or in the process of escaping sexual abuse and trafficking. Passionate about rescuing children, she describes the work that must be done within families to undo cycles of abuse.

"One of the number one issues on my heart is human trafficking, which increases in number each year in Indiana. The problem is we arrest the traffickers, and even the victims are charged, sometimes; but the 'Johns' tend to get the lightest charges. While we cannot arrest our way out of this problem, until we address the demand, this will not change. I believe that a lot of the buyers are higher profile, so the victims and the traffickers carry the load of the blame.

Sadly, a lot of the traffickers are family members of the victim. Children are groomed almost like a pet for labor trafficking by their handlers. In Indiana, the largest majority of victims and traffickers are impoverished and White; with impoverished African Americans being the second group most affected."

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We,the Voters... ⋮ Millennial Debt JC Day, College Student, Guest

College student and full time employee shares her struggle with paying for college, the burdens of loan debt and her fears of finding employment after graduation that will help to pay down her student loans.

"Millennials deal with a lot issues. We have to learn to live with debt right away, if we try to go to school and need loans. We don't often make a lot of money. It's really hard. As far as racism, people need to realize the impact of systemic racism on everyone. That's why we need leaders working toward the betterment of all people."

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We,the Voters... ⋮ Fund Small Businesses Jeff Crane, Business Owner, Guest

Franchise developer wants to see more federal funding go into encourageing veterans to develop their own businesses and shares his journey of becoming a business owner.

"I'm passionate about helping people get to where they need to be and I don't think relying on other people is the right thing; but I do think there are things the IRS could do to help new businesses to grow and thrive -- particularly businesses started by veterans."

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We,the Voters... ⋮ Open Letter from a Veteran Micheal Bryant, Business Owner, Guest

Navy veteran, business owner and Martin University (Indiana) business advisor talks about how Americans are seen around the world and the need for robust national security, investment in small companies and why more people need to own their own business.

"I love this country. It's been a blessing to me and my family; and I want to see it succeed. For that reason, national security is very important and our goal has to be focused on results... I don't think spending money on a cement wall is going to be that effective ... I would rather see that money go toward more border patrol."

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We,the Voters... ⋮ A Progressive's Agenda Ross Quick, Lab Technician, Guest

Pre-med student clarifies his stance on what type of leadership he believes the United States needs.

"I want a progressive leader in office, who cares about diversity."

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We,the Voters... ⋮ Who We Are to the World Alison Culpepper, Military Veteran, Guest

The premiere episode for Pointcast talks to this veteran and concerned community member as she shares her concerns about the United States and our relationsneighbors.

"Are we building a wall or are we building a cage?"

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