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Common Sense with Dan Carlin
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Loud, fast-talking and deceptively funny, this politically-independent "forward-thinking pragmatist" looks at the events shaping our world through a uniquely American lens. It's smarter than you think, and faster than you expect.
feed audio Show 318 - For Whom the Bell Trolls
Fri, 25 May 2018 17:53:26 PST
You never know when you might get a little common sense unexpectedly out of nowhere.This is one of those times.
audio Show 317 - Shades of Grey
Fri, 27 Oct 2017 17:26:44 PST
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?
audio Show 316 - The Day of the Dove
Sun, 18 Jun 2017 23:30:53 PST
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.
audio Show 315 - War on a Whim?
Sun, 30 Apr 2017 19:40:26 PST
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.
audio Show 314 - Unhealthy Numbers
Wed, 15 Mar 2017 20:40:02 PST
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.
audio Show 313 - Get Me A Glass of Water
Tue, 14 Feb 2017 08:08:08 PST
Dan is in an introspective mental place in this show...but he may just drag you in there with him.
audio Show 312 - Re-Connections with James Burke
Wed, 7 Dec 2016 15:20:44 PST
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.
audio Show 311 - Trumped
Thu, 10 Nov 2016 23:30:53 PST
Post-2016 election analysis and discussion from a Martian political perspective.
audio Show 310 - Or Else
Thu, 13 Oct 2016 12:50:26 PST
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.
audio Show 309 - A Bodyguard of Lies
Fri, 9 Sep 2016 16:10:44 PST
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.
audio Show 308 - Return of the Podcaster
Sun, 14 Aug 2016 15:20:35 PST
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.
audio Show 307 - Revenge of the Gangrenous Finger
Sun, 26 Jun 2016 21:05:17 PST
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.
audio Show 306 - Disengaging the Lizard Brain
Sat, 04 Jun 2016 22:22:26 PST
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?
audio Show 305 - A Catalyst for the Inconceivable
Sat, 07 May 2016 11:51:08 PST
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?
audio Show 304 - Speed Dating For Delegates
Sat, 16 Apr 2016 17:53:08 PST
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.
audio Show 303 - The Way You Play The Game Redux
Thu, 31 Mar 2016 21:50:26 PST
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.
audio Show 302 - Of Courts, Cooks and Apples
Fri, 26 Feb 2016 13:04:26 PST
Justice Scalia of the Supreme Court dies and CEO Tim Cook and Apple go toe-to-toe with the U.S. Government over privacy.
audio Show 301 - Martian Perspectives
Sat, 06 Feb 2016 14:30:08 PST
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.
audio Show 300 - Trecenti
Thu, 07 Jan 2016 16:01:53 PST
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.