1:31 – The great Dobbs debate
29:17 – Weekly Listener Question: It seems to me that ostensibly “public health” or “public good” policies at their core often betray a deep condescension on the part of the “people in charge.” In the case of cigarettes, Sullum says that the ban suggests that “consumers are no match for Big Tobacco’s persuasive wiles,” and similarly, it seems like a lot of the mis/disinformation discourse imagines the American public as empty vessels, just waiting to be filled with Russian propaganda, vaccine misinformation, claims of election fraud, or whatever the topic of the moment is, and assumes that people just simply aren’t smart enough or capable to determine what’s true from what isn’t. Katherine touched on the importance of media literacy this week, and all of you have touched on it in different ways in other episodes, but I’d be interested in hearing more about how you see the role that personal responsibility should have in figuring out the quality of information.
46:27 Media recommendations for the week.
This week’s links:
“Josh Blackman: Sam Alito, Roe v. Wade, and Libertarians,” by Nick Gillespie
“A Taxonomy To Measure Supreme Court Leaks,” by Josh Blackman
“Marco Rubio Wants To Fight Abortion and Trans Battles in the Tax Code,” by Joe Lancaster
Send your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to include your social media handle and the correct pronunciation of your name.
- We all want to make sure our family is protected in a medical emergency. What many of us don’t realize is that health insurance won’t always cover the full amount of an emergency medical flight. Even with comprehensive coverage, you could get hit with high deductibles and co-pays. That’s why an AirMedCare Network membership is so important. As a member, if an emergency arises, you won’t see a bill for air medical transport when flown by an AMCN provider. Best of all, a membership covers your entire household for as little as $85 a year. AMCN providers are called upon to transport more than 100,000 patients a year. This is coverage no family should be without. Now, as a listener of our show, you’ll get up to a $50 Visa or Amazon gift card with a new membership. Simply visit AirMedCareNetwork.com/reason and use offer code REASON.
- Do you feel like you’re living in a media bubble? Like it’s harder than ever to find views that challenge your own? That’s where The Lost Debate steps in. It’s a podcast and YouTube show for political eclectics who crave exposure to a diversity of beliefs and perspectives. The Lost Debate covers the latest news, ideas, and trends without the bias and manipulation from mainstream and alternative media. It’s hosted by Ravi Gupta, a former staffer for Barack Obama and school principal who fought Republicans at the ballot box and then fought alongside them for charter schools; Cory Bradford, a progressive political organizer turned TikTok star who used to host a Fox News radio show; and Rikki Schlott, a Gen Z New York Post columnist and libertarian fighting to protect free speech. They come from across the political aisle and from different generations but come together for debates that sound less like crossfire and more like discussions between real people. Join the conversation. Check out The Lost Debate today! New episodes drop Tuesdays and Thursdays. Find The Lost Debate on YouTube, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you get your shows!
Audio production by Robin Shore
Assistant production by Hunt Beaty
Music: “Angeline,” by The Brothers Steve