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The Homely Gangsters
An irreverent, non-partisan podcast on current events. Sort of like news, but without the activism, hysteria or fear-mongering.
Nov 24, 2019
Putin and Trump, Bromance for the Ages
How, exactly, are these two benefiting from each other?
Nov 10, 2019
Japan and Korea Hate Each Other
The only two rich democracies in East Asia, both of which are threatened by China's expansion, would much rather undermine each other than cooperate. Why?
Oct 28, 2019
The president of Brazil wants you to know that it's wonderful when the Amazon burns and that wanting to put the fires out is imperialism. Absurdity aside, why?
Aug 22, 2019
Immigrants Rock, and That's the Problem
Immigrants are good for the economy, slightly good for unemployment rates, they commit way fewer crimes and their kids are better students and more upwardly mobile than similar SES natives. And this is all a problem. You see, most people would rather have social status than a slightly more efficient economy or a safer neighborhood and those immigrants, they're bad for your social status.
Aug 8, 2019
The Abortion Debate Has Nothing to Do With Pro-Choice and Pro-Life
Like a lot of things people are passionate about, the stuff we say about abortion and the stuff we seem to mean are very different.
Jun 16, 2019
Believe in Science, Bastards!
This isn't the first time in history we've had celebrity scientists. It's not the first time these celebrities have used their expertise to tell us how we should live, what values we should have, and how we ought to interpret the world. That history is surprisingly dark. Are we heading down the same dark path now?
Jun 2, 2019
The Horoscope is About Zodiac Your World
In the most serious episode to date, we tackle the Eastern and Western zodiac/horoscope. Also, if you don't share our zodiac signs, you suck.
May 19, 2019
Are men just women with dangly bits? Why is there more pressure on women to make families and more pressure on men to succeed in their careers? Can we blame it all on the white man? Is it the work of the Illuminati? Also, seahorse daddies and exploding private parts! Would the world explode if we talked about gender politics without foaming at the mouth? Download and find out!
May 5, 2019
You can have our microphones when you pry them from our cold, dead hands. What, exactly is the deal with gun politics? Why are people so scared? Why aren't people more scared? What are the legitimate reasons for wanting a handgun, a hunting rifle or an AK?
Apr 5, 2019
Immigrants Are Coming!
The brave Homely Gangsters dive into the immigration debate and find that, basically, it's b.s. on both sides. What, really, are the pro-immigrant and anti-immigrant people after? Why do the rich and professional classes, in every society from Han Dynasty China to Brexit England, lean pro-immigrant? Why do the poor and laboring classes, in every society from the Roman Republic to the Rust Belt, stand up against the newcomers?
Mar 21, 2019
The Paris Agreement
As the greenest podcast in the history of podcasting, the Earth-Mothers Mia and Jen team up with primitive survivalists Ben and Jamal to talk global warming, Trump vs. the UN and the largely ignored conflict between fighting climate change and helping poor people in industrializing countries.
Mar 7, 2019
Victim Blaming, Victim Culture and Hannah Arendt
Listen as your four intrepid podcasters take a journey with political philosopher Hannah Arendt to explore some unexpected aspects of victimization. For example, what happens when people latch onto their victimization? What are the benefits of "achieving" victimization? How do hero and villain narratives distort reality?
Feb 21, 2019
MeToo? YouToo? WhoToo? Jamal, Jen and Ben focus their penetrating intellects and genius level analytic skills upon the #MeToo movement. Where did this movement come from, historically and culturally? What are the assumptions behind the activism? Is it okay that Hollywood actresses more or less immediately displaced Tarana Burke (who)? What does it mean for us now?
Feb 7, 2019
"Universal" Human Rights
Ain't nothing politicians, professors, activists and sweater vest enthusiasts like better than to tell us about our universal human rights? Are they blowing smoke?