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Common Sense with Dan Carlin

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Common Sense with Dan Carlin is an independent look at politics and current events from popular New Media personality Dan Carlin. Carlin's self-described "Martian" viewpoints infuse each episode with a political alien's take on the world around us...Show More

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Show 317 - Shades of Grey

51:06 | Oct 28th, 2017

Dan is finding is hard to operate in a Black and White, Good and Evil cultural environment where everyone is outraged all the time about everything and where Americans hate each other. Where's the Common Sense?

Show 316 - The Day of the Dove

1:00:18 | Jun 19th, 2017

Politically-related violence in the U.S. heats up as talk of "Civil War" goes mainstream. What would a "Civil War" in the U.S. even look like? Dan has some thoughts on this and ways to potentially avoid such a fate.

Show 312 - Re-Connections with James Burke

1:21:25 | Dec 7th, 2016

Dan has another visit with the always fascinating science historian and TV host James Burke. He also catches up a bit on early Trump cabinet picks and the Dakota pipeline protests.

Show 318 - For Whom the Bell Trolls

46:08 | May 26th, 2018

You never know when you might get a little common sense unexpectedly out of nowhere.This is one of those times.

Show 315 - War on a Whim?

1:01:16 | May 1st, 2017

There's a lot in this show subject-wise, but it's really supposed to be about War Powers in the USA and how events in Syria and North Korea play into the issue.

Show 314 - Unhealthy Numbers

1:02:13 | Mar 16th, 2017

As the GOP attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act, Dan ponders the dichotomy between what Americans spend on health care versus what they get in return.

Show 313 - Get Me A Glass of Water

53:24 | Feb 14th, 2017

Dan is in an introspective mental place in this show...but he may just drag you in there with him.

Show 311 - Trumped

1:03:13 | Nov 11th, 2016

Post-2016 election analysis and discussion from a Martian political perspective.

Show 310 - Or Else

44:49 | Oct 13th, 2016

What happens if our nation's problems become too large to realistically imagine our politicians solving? What if voting doesn't help? Dan reminds us that he's not a moderate, and that you probably aren't either.

Show 309 - A Bodyguard of Lies

56:36 | Sep 10th, 2016

Secrecy, hacking, information leaks, whistle-blowers, foreign-operative propaganda pushers, disinformation, election tampering and the search for any truth in cyberspace occupy Dan's thoughts in this show.

Show 308 - Return of the Podcaster

1:13:24 | Aug 14th, 2016

After a brief hiatus to finish his other podcast, Dan has a huge backlog of material to cover. The presidential race, foreign affairs and racial and cultural questions take center stage.

Show 307 - Revenge of the Gangrenous Finger

49:37 | Jun 27th, 2016

This show has a "chickens coming home to roost" feel to it, but maybe in a positive way. It was supposed to be about the recent British vote to leave the EU, but evolved into something larger. Surprise, surprise.

Show 306 - Disengaging the Lizard Brain

44:09 | Jun 5th, 2016

Hate is a very strong word, but increasing numbers of Americans hate their countrymen. Is this a danger to the stability of the country? If it were deemed such, what can be done about it?

Show 305 - A Catalyst for the Inconceivable

1:11:52 | May 7th, 2016

Dan finds the idea of a Donald Trump presidency to be inconceivable. He also thinks a fundamental change in U.S. Foreign Policy is also inconceivable. Could one inconceivable outcome lead to another?

Show 304 - Speed Dating For Delegates

44:24 | Apr 17th, 2016

As the U.S. Presidential campaign veers into unprecedented territory Dan sees opportunity in the unusual circumstances. "Anger is an Energy" he says. And he says it AGAIN and AGAIN.

Show 303 - The Way You Play The Game Redux

47:51 | Apr 1st, 2016

It's not easy to get under Dan's normally flexible, see-things-from-multiple-angles skin, but Donald Trump's stated willingness to cross traditional American moral fault lines has done just that.

Show 302 - Of Courts, Cooks and Apples

56:09 | Feb 26th, 2016

Justice Scalia of the Supreme Court dies and CEO Tim Cook and Apple go toe-to-toe with the U.S. Government over privacy.

Show 301 - Martian Perspectives

52:04 | Feb 6th, 2016

In an election where political outsiders are exceeding all expectations, who better than a political outsider to break down the situation? Dan gives his Martian-style post-Iowa analysis and looks ahead to 2020.

Show 300 - Trecenti

1:18:50 | Jan 8th, 2016

Fantasies about electoral chaos, calls for political prudence and martian thoughts on an anti-federal government standoff in Oregon help stuff this episode chock full of what most of you love about this show.

Show 299 - The War on Bad Thoughts

1:00:46 | Dec 10th, 2015

A mass shooting in California is tied to an American-born Muslim.Can any defense prevent homegrown terror while leaving our rights intact?

Show 298 - Innovation Acceleration and Jab Defense

1:08:56 | Nov 14th, 2015

What began as a show speculating about speeding up the pace of technological discoveries morphed into a conversation about effective responses to the November 13th 2015 terror attacks in Paris.

Show 297 - The Show That Should Not Be

53:04 | Oct 19th, 2015

An audio playback glitch results in Dan not being able to work on the overdue Hardcore History show. This effort is what got completed instead. Syria, Russia and the Democratic Presidential Primary debates are discussed.

Show 296 - Immigration Breakdown

1:04:25 | Sep 25th, 2015

Dan tries to break down some of the issues and add some context to the arguments, nuances and complexities of the current immigration and refugee situation in Europe and the U.S..

Show 295 - Trumping the Playbook

55:29 | Aug 8th, 2015

Dan puts on his pundit hat to analyze the first GOP televised debate. Not surprisingly, while he's no fan of Donald Trump, he finds reasons to be glad there's a political outsider in the race.

Show 294 - Backdoors to Glass Houses

44:12 | Jul 14th, 2015

Experts have said that we are heading towards a future where privacy is dead. Do humans have any say in the matter? Dan talks encryption, personal security vs collective security, and dreams he has.

Show 293 - Sitting Down with Sam

2:16:32 | Jun 27th, 2015

Dan has an in-depth discussion with author, neuroscientist, philosopher and podcaster Sam Harris about terrorism, violence, Islam, morality in foreign policy and a whole lot of other things.

Show 292 - Pandering for Liberty

55:41 | Jun 5th, 2015

Dan has talked in the past about funding drives to get reformers elected, but this show explores a more "if you can't beat them, join them" approach to achieving public policy goals in a money-dominated system.

Show 291 - Past Performance & Future Results

1:02:49 | May 17th, 2015

Recorded to the soothing background sounds of jackhammers, this show talks about the electorate's collective memory with a bit about riots and partisan self-image thrown in for variety's sake.

Show 290 - The Illusion of Control

50:00 | Mar 29th, 2015

The ideas of secrecy, democracy, special interests and international trade deals are interwoven into this episode that uses the negotiations over two upcoming international trade agreements to highlight current trends.