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Michael Sargent

Hosted by social psychologist Michael Sargent, this podcast has become a place for conversation about policy and politics, where Sargent talks with people who nerd out on the topics, bringing extensive knowledge, including knowledge of the limits of ...Show More
Episode 44: Interim Ad Infinitum (On The Use and Abuse of Presidential Appointment Power)

30:08 | Aug 6th

ABOUT THIS EPISODE Steve Vladeck is the A. Dalton Cross Professor in Law at the University of Texas School of Law. He's also a prolific writer and CNN's Supreme Court analyst, and he's argued before the U.S. Supreme Court. He joined me to discuss the...Show More
Episode 43: Trash Talk (w/ Jeffrey M. Berry)

30:08 | Jun 24th

ABOUT THIS EPISODE Political scientist Jeffrey M. Berry and sociologist Sarah Sobieraj co-authored the book The Outrage Industry, which examines media efforts to provoke outrage in audiences (including efforts that play fast and loose with the facts)...Show More
Episode 42: Grace Under Pressure (An Abortion Provider In The South)

45:52 | May 22nd

ABOUT THIS EPISODE Lori Beard-Williams is clinic director at Little Rock Family Planning Services, the only full-service abortion provider in the state of Arkansas (my home state). She is also on the Board of Directors of the National Abortion Federa...Show More
Episode 41: Judgment Call (The Impeachment Episode)

52:52 | May 16th

ABOUT THIS EPISODE Julia Azari is a political scientist at Marquette University, as well as a frequent contributor to FiveThirtyEight. Seth Masket is a political scientist at the University of Denver, and a contributor to Vox.com's Mischiefs of Facti...Show More
Episode 40: Up That Hill (Women in Congress)

58:03 | May 6th

ABOUT THIS EPISODE As reported by the Pew Reserach Center, the current 116th Congress includes more women, and is more racially and ethnically diverse, than any previous Congress. Inspired by that shift, this episode features my conversation with pol...Show More
Episode 39: Pocket Protection (Compensating College Athletes)

54:29 | Apr 24th

ABOUT THIS EPISODE In a report by Chris Smith, Forbes lists Texas A&M University's football program as the most profitable in the 2014-2016 seasons. Its three-year average for revenue across those seasons was $148 million. Its three-year average for ...Show More
Episode 38: Just Theory (w/ John Jost & Jim Sidanius)

53:58 | Mar 28th

ABOUT THIS EPISODE Historically, many activists and organizers have struggled to enact their visions of social justice, and many do so to this very day. What role, if any, can and should social psychology play in such struggles? Do we have a role to ...Show More
Episode 37: Level Up (Advancing Foreign Policy Through Feminism)

57:12 | Mar 11th

ABOUT THIS EPISODE As world leaders set their countries' foreign policies, history might seem an obvious basis upon which to base sound policy. Other potential bases that might seem obvious include game theory and perhaps even evolutionary theory. Bu...Show More
Episode 36: Vet the Technique (w/ Jonathan Haidt & Aaron Hanlon)

57:22 | Mar 4th

ABOUT THIS EPISODE Given the ultimate purposes of colleges, universities, and academic disciplines, is viewpoint diversity (such as recruiting more conservatives into the social sciences) essential to achieving those purposes? What about free speech?...Show More
Episode 35: Fear of Falling (w/ Ashley Jardina)

39:38 | Feb 25th

ABOUT THIS EPISODE Ashley Jardina, a faculty member in political science at Duke University, is the author of White Identity Politics, which is scheduled to go on sale on Thursday, February 28. She and I recently talked about her book, which examines...Show More
Episode 34: I Am. I Am. I Am. (w/ J.R. & Vanessa Ford)

1:02:34 | Jan 8th

ABOUT THIS EPISODE My former student Vanessa Ford, and her husband JR, join me to talk about their family's story, and about the experiences of trans youth and their families. Vanessa is a board member for the National Center for Transgender Equality...Show More
Episode 33: A Christmas Tatter

40:40 | Dec 23rd, 2018

ABOUT THIS EPISODE Marine biologist and storyteller Skylar Bayer, psychologists Paul Bloom, Dan Molden, and David Pizarro, Moth storytellers and hosts Shannon Cason and Dame Wilburn, soccer coach Stewart Flaherty, and rhetoric professor Stephanie Kel...Show More
Episode 32: Movements (w/ Dan Kaufman)

38:39 | Dec 17th, 2018

ABOUT THIS EPISODE There are many robust threads of progressivism in the history of Wisconsin, running all the way back to its founding by Scandinavian and German immigrants. It also had influence on progressive policies in other governments, includi...Show More
Episode 31: Not Yet (Andersen v. Planned Parenthood)

12:52 | Dec 10th, 2018

ABOUT THIS EPISODE Stephen Vladeck is the A. Dalton Cross Professor in Law at the University of Texas School of Law. He's also CNN's Supreme Court analyst. On the day of its announcement, he and I spoke about the Supreme Court's decision not to revie...Show More
Episode 30: Slurred Speech

1:26:50 | Nov 26th, 2018

ABOUT THIS EPISODE The utterance and writing of gendered and racial or ethnic slurs has often evoked controversy. My philosopher colleague Lauren Ashwell taken up slurs as a subject of scholarly inquiry. In this episode, we sit for a 90-minute conver...Show More
Episode 29: Mission Creep (On Carrying Implicit Bias Too Far)

31:37 | Nov 5th, 2018

ABOUT THIS EPISODE Talk of implicit bias has moved far beyond its origin in psychology. It's spread to law journals, it informs training in many workplaces (including one famous coffeeshop chain), and it's entered popular discourse. Does that ubiquit...Show More
Episode 28: Magnolia In Bloom (Mississippi Politics)

26:42 | Oct 15th, 2018

ABOUT THIS EPISODE The recent confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh's appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court--despite vocal and forceful opposition by many people--attests to the importance of being the majority party in the U.S. Senate. Democrats are curre...Show More
Episode 27: Class Action

30:02 | Sep 18th, 2018

ABOUT THIS EPISODE An ongoing controversy is whether colleges and universities should be free to consider race and ethnicity in admissions, and how the use of race relates to "merit." As indicated in a recent Gallup poll, many people think merit shou...Show More
Episode 26: A Mighty Pen, Part II (Another Discussion of the Kavanaugh Nomination)

56:00 | Sep 2nd, 2018

ABOUT THIS EPISODE Judge Brett Kavanaugh currently sits on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, but he's better known now as the more recent Supreme Court nominee by President Donald Trump, nominated to replace retired Associate Justice An...Show More
Episode 25: A Mighty Pen, Part I (Discussing the Kavanaugh Nomination)

58:28 | Aug 14th, 2018

ABOUT THIS EPISODE Judge Brett Kavanaugh currently sits on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, but he's better known now as the most recent Supreme Court nominee by President Donald Trump, nominated to replace retired Associate Justice An...Show More
Episode 24: Old Times Forgotten (Talking Southern Politics)

36:42 | Aug 10th, 2018

ABOUT THIS EPISODE Jay Barth is the M.E. and Ima Graves Peace Distinguished Professor of Politics at Hendrix College, of which he is an alum (as is the host of this podcast). Jay recently joined Tatter to talk about Arkansas politics, Southern politi...Show More
Episode 23: Policy of Truth (or, How to Tell a Good Story)

58:25 | Aug 6th, 2018

ABOUT THIS EPISODE Peter Aguero is a Moth storyteller and host, as well as creator and performer of the one-man show Daddy Issues. Tara Clancy is also a Moth storyteller and host, as well as author of the memoir The Clancys of Queens, and a panelist ...Show More
Episode 22: Moats and Bridges

30:31 | Jul 23rd, 2018

Father James Martin is a Jesuit priest and editor at large for America: The Jesuit Review. He's the author of multiple books, including Building A Bridge: How The Catholic Church And The LGBT Community Can Enter Into A Relationship Of Respect, Compas...Show More
Episode 21: Brotherly Love

31:40 | Jul 16th, 2018

On April 12, 2018, Donte Robinson and Rashon Nelson, two Black men, were waiting in a Philadelphia Starbucks for another man to join them for a business meeting. As was widely reported, they were asked to leave after not buying anything and ultimatel...Show More
Episode 20: The Humean Stain, Part 2

56:33 | Jul 9th, 2018

ABOUT THIS EPISODE Implicit bias has been studied by many social psychologists, and one particular measure, the Implicit Association Test (or IAT) has often been used in that research. It has also been used by practitioners, often for purposes of rai...Show More
Episode 19: The Humean Stain, Part 1

58:27 | Jul 2nd, 2018

On April 12, 2018, Donte Robinson and Rashon Nelson, two African-American men, were arrested for trespassing at a Philadelphia Starbucks. They were waiting for another person to join them for a meeting, when a manager called the police because they h...Show More
Episode 18: The Story Is Not Enough

27:36 | Jun 27th, 2018

Josie Duffy-Rice, an attorney with the Fair Punishment Project, spoke with me about a variety of topics related to criminal justice, including efforts at reform, the ideas of author (and new New York Times columnist) Michelle Alexander, prosecutors (...Show More
Episode 17: Unsafe Harbor (A Special Briefing)

34:41 | Jun 23rd, 2018

Sarah Sherman-Stokes is Associate Director of the Immigrants' Rights and Human Trafficking Program at Boston University Law School, and she graciously spoke with me about what's been happening along the southern border of the U.S., where prosecution ...Show More
Episode 16: The Golden Door (A Special Briefing)

20:46 | Jun 19th, 2018

On June 18, 2018, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders and Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen held a briefing largely focused on the Trump administration's treatment of families seeking asylum at the southwestern border of ...Show More
Episode 15: Where True Stories Lie

35:35 | Jun 18th, 2018

This is a conversation with four people who all know stories well, and who were willing to think with me about how stories can work for and against those fighting injustice. Jonathan Adler is a psychologist at the Olin College of Engineering, who has...Show More
Episode 14: Spoiled

27:34 | Jun 7th, 2018

In elections with three or more candidates, spoiler effects are thought to occur when one candidate, one with supporters who are ideologically similar to those of another candidate, garners enough support that a third, ideologically dissimilar or eve...Show More
Episode 13: Open, Bar None

54:26 | Jun 5th, 2018

According to the Brewers Association, in 1994, there were 537 brewpubs, microbreweries, and regional craft brewers in the U.S. In 2017, that number had risen to 6,266. Coast to coast, there's been an explosion in craft brewing, with brewers producing...Show More
Episode 12: Strait and Narrow

51:15 | Jun 1st, 2018

Writing is important in many areas, and the sciences are no exception. Publications such as Nature offer guidance on such issues as when to use past tense and when to use present tense. In these contexts, grammar is more than something for the Gramma...Show More
Episode 11: Magic Carpet Ride

26:09 | May 16th, 2018

Lucas St. Clair is famous (or, for some, infamous) for leading the successful effort to persuade former U.S. President Barack Obama to designate 87,500 acres in northern Maine as the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument. Now, St. Clair is runn...Show More
Episode 10: I-95 Northernmost

28:35 | May 14th, 2018

Maine political writer Al Diamon (The Daily Bulldog and The Forecaster) and political scientist Amy Fried (University of Maine and The Bangor Daily News) discuss Maine's Second Congressional District, the district's pivot from Democratic presidential...Show More
Episode 9: Just Another Word

49:36 | May 4th, 2018

As in previous years and decades, the freedom of exchange of ideas and freedom of inquiry on college campuses are subjects of debate. In this episode, Sargent talks with legal and literary theorist Stanley Fish (author of, among other things, "There'...Show More
Episode 8: A Thinking Debater's Guide to the AR-15

49:28 | Mar 28th, 2018

The AR-15 style rifle is famous or infamous, depending on whom you ask. Celebrated by some as "America's Rifle," it is also notorious for its use in multiple mass shootings. For any of us inclined to engage in debates about access to the AR-15, espec...Show More
Episode 7: Rising Tide

28:40 | Feb 26th, 2018

Seth Masket is Professor of Political Science at the University of Denver, and Director of DU's Center on American Politics. He contributes to Vox's Mischiefs of Faction, and has contributed to The Monkey Cage, FiveThirtyEight, Politico, and The New ...Show More
Episode 6: 2012

33:09 | Feb 20th, 2018

Social critic Cornel West has called President Barack Obama a neoliberal (among other things), and he's not meant it as a compliment. West appears to have been frustrated that Obama was not a forceful advocate of left-wing populism. These criticisms ...Show More
Episode 5: Nonstandard

38:33 | Dec 20th, 2017

According to Fordham University law professor John Pfaff, the U.S. has experienced substantial growth in incarceration rates over the past several decades, and now has a higher incarceration rate than all other industrialized countries, and virtually...Show More
Episode 4: Multifunctional

28:12 | Nov 19th, 2017

Hannah Harleen lives in South Portland, Maine, and is a former radio personality and burlesque performer. She performed as Vera Velvet in the Voulez-Vous Burlesque company of Portland. We talk about burlesque, commercial stripping, pears, a vice-prin...Show More
Episode 3: Sugar, Pt. 2

28:19 | Nov 5th, 2017

Heidi Sawyer leads the Lewiston Rocks Facebook group and website. She agreed to sit for a lengthy conversation, and these excerpts constitute Part 1 of what I'm posting. She was too interesting for just one episode.Special Guest: Heidi Sawyer.
Episode 2: Sugar, Pt. 1

36:50 | Oct 23rd, 2017

Heidi Sawyer leads the Lewiston Rocks Facebook group and website. She agreed to sit for a lengthy conversation, and these excerpts constitute Part 1 of what I'm posting. She was too interesting for just one episode.Special Guest: Heidi Sawyer.
Episode 1: Doughboy

40:11 | Oct 8th, 2017

Thomas "Bummah" Gurney is a local musician in the community I now call home. He is famous locally (or, in some quarters, infamous) for such songs as "Dirty Lew" (https://youtu.be/6YTkxr3j2HQ) and "Infested" (https://youtu.be/N_H37tgk4Vo). I had so mu...Show More