58. The threat of Christian nationalism
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2w ago
Christian nationalism speaks to a declaration of war against the enemies of God, but it is far removed from both Christianity and patriotism, and it’s sweeping the nation. We talk with Rev. Tim Ahrens about a divisive ideology that advocates a single acceptable point of view and hatred of anyone who is different and speaks of Jesus but fails to follow his example. Listen to our conversation about a movement that is both frightening and a threat to the nation ..read more
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57. How can I possibly make a difference?
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2w ago
After a career in health care and raising a family in Georgia, Connie Cheren decided to take up the challenge of providing health care services in Kenya, but she had no clue how to get started. So, she just said yes to the idea and then figured things out. Now, thousands of Kenyans benefit from safe water programs, mobility carts, computer schools and medical clinics. What’s at the heart of Connie’s approach? Listening. Listening to the people and together developing with them programs that improve lives. Listen to our conversation with Connie about Partners for Care ..read more
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56. Legislators disregard science when it comes to trans kids
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2w ago
Ohio lawmakers want to prohibit gender affirming care for children who are trans. Never mind what physicians, social workers and teachers might have to say about the needs of  trans kids, lawmakers think they know better. Instead of focusing on the care trans kids needs, lawmakers fixate on problems that don’t exist. Our guest, Melissa McLaren, has a teenage child, Connor, who was born a boy but has identified as a girl from age 3 or so. Melissa explains the challenges that come when a child identifies with a gender that doesn’t match the child’s sex assigned at birth and the depression a ..read more
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55. Teachers can carry firearms, but teaching about the racial divide might be off limits
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by Jack D’Aurora and John Gonzales
2w ago
Ohio lawmakers recently passed legislation that allows teachers to carry firearms in the classroom with just 24 hours of training. Teachers, educators and law enforcement testified against the bill. Still, HB 99 passed. Why do our lawmakers think teachers should serve double duty as security guards—with minimal training? Ohio lawmakers have also proposed in HB 616 that teachers be prohibited from teaching “divisive or inherently racists concepts.” That sounds like a good idea, except the bill defines divisive or racist topics to include critical race theory and the 1619 Project. But these are ..read more
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54. What's up with election deniers and QAnon believers?
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by Jack D’Aurora and John Gonzales
2w ago
The human mind is not readily disposed to accepting facts as they are, which explains election deniers and QAnon believes. Our belief systems have great power in determining how we assess reality, and phenomena such as cognitive dissonance, confirmation bias and consensual validation determine what facts we accept and what facts we might disregard or manipulate. The mind is always in the process of framing, that is, giving meaning to the events before us so that they fit in with our belief system. All these things make possible for people to steadfastly believe in QAnon, a stolen presidential ..read more
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53. The supreme court and its textualist approach to abortion and guns
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by Jack D’Aurora and John Gonzales
2w ago
In the Dobbs case, the U.S. Supreme Court found there is no constitutional right to abortion and that the issue of abortion is better left with the states, but state legislatures have gerrymandered their voting maps so that the power in party controls the vote. But that’s just one problem. Another is that the “textualist” approach favored by many of the justices on the court is dependent on an historical survey to determine what rights Americans have traditionally enjoyed, and the court has been selective about the history it relies on. In addition, our guest, constitutional law professor Mark ..read more
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52. No country for great statesmen
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by Jack D’Aurora and John Gonzales
2w ago
Remember the movie, “No country for old men?” America is becoming, “no country for statesmen.” John Glenn is one of the last great American heroes—combat veteran, astronaut, senator, statesman and a gentleman in every respect. Regrettably, the days when he served in the senate—when the paradigm was that country came before political party—are long gone. Political party demands now dominate, a problem exacerbated by Constitutional provisions enacted over 200 years ago to appease the southern states. Listen to our conversation with Dale Butland, who served as Glenn’s chief of staff in the senate ..read more
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51. More guns, more violence
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by Jack D’Aurora and John Gonzales
2w ago
The NRA tells us the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun. How’s that working for us? Americans own more than 300,000,000 firearms, and we suffer over 40,000 gun homicides and suicides annually. Does the Second Amendment provide unbridled gun rights? Can limits be imposed without running afoul of the Second Amendment? Why doesn’t the background check system cover private sales? Why are legislatures putting the obligation of school safety on teachers? Does the ownership of more guns nationwide in and of itself lead to more gun violence? Listen to what Jack & G ..read more
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50. The new political strategy—voter suppression
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by Jack D’Aurora and John Gonzales
2w ago
Why is voting in America difficult, and what’s behind the recent efforts by Republican controlled state legislatures to make it even more difficult? Barriers to voting and the common perception that voting results in little change create frustration and cause many to feel disenfranchised. Listen to our conversation with Jocelyn Armstrong, a Columbus lawyer who works to promote diversity and inclusion and produces the podcast “Inscribing Inclusion ..read more
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49. The problem with police investigative stops—police abuse or citizen non-compliance?
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by Jack D’Aurora and John Gonzales
2w ago
What does the law say about a police officer’s obligations when stopping and questioning someone for possible criminal conduct? What does a police officer have to consider before making the stop? Does racial bias enter the equation? Are citizens required to comply? How is it that sometimes these stops end with violence, sometimes a shooting? Listen to our conversation with Robert Meader, a former career police officer and commander of the Police Academy for the city of Columbus, Ohio ..read more
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