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The latest from the HxA podcast features the best of Heterodox Academy's panels and conversations. Earlier episodes of the HxA podcast are part of the series "Half Hour of Heterodoxy," hosted by social psychologist and co-founder of HxA, Chris Martin. Martin talks civility, polarization, truth, ideology, and pedagogy with Jon Haidt, John McWhorter, Alice Dreger, Glenn Loury, Cristine Legare, and other fascinating guests. You can find all of our recorded panels, conversations, and interviews ...
 
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Should I use my second eyeball? When I first thought about doing a series of audio essays centered around gently nagging questions, this was one of the first questions I wrote down: Should I use my second eyeball? It wasn’t just about me wondering if I should try – as my brother Chris has long suggested – to get my brain to recognize the informatio…
 
We weren’t sure when we set out to do this episode what would happen if we tried to ask one question – “Why run?” – with two entirely different meanings: Why run physically? And why run for political office? But as it turned out, these conversations all came together as one big story about willed perseverance, tricky relationships, and pushing your…
 
How could you love a rat? That’s a question I’ve gotten from people who discover that I have spent two days weeping over a pet rat dying. I get it; I never would have thought I would have it in me to love a small rodent that has – let’s face it – been an enemy of humanity for time immemorial. But this episode isn’t just about my furry little friend…
 
As you’ll hear in this episode, Mike and I met about seven years ago when we were each out walking our sons. I was surprised to meet a man who had done what I did – subsume a hard-won professional career to primary caregiving for a child. But the more we talked, the more we realized the complex emotions we were feeling about our decisions to be ver…
 
Two of my books have been turned into audiobooks. Both of those books – Galileo’s Middle Finger and The Talk – are first-person works, which means that I’ve twice been played by professional actors. I conceived this episode as being a chance for me to find out what it’s like to play me, but it turned into something more interesting: an exploration …
 
If you’ve led a pretty raucous and complicated life, as I have – or even if you’ve led what looks like a pretty simple life – it can be hard to answer the question, “What have I done?” Are you the sum of your acts in your life, or exemplified by your life’s highs and lows? Does your life make narrative sense – and should it? Should we maybe think o…
 
On this episode, Emily Joan Elliott and Al Hargrave Jackson, who both report on East Lansing Public Schools recap the last two years of diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts as well as Covid-19 mitigation efforts in the district. The two issues have often overlapped, as the duo discuss, and Al points to what is expected next on both topics. Al a…
 
Andrew is joined by ELi's Heather Brothers on this episode of the Insider, where the duo discuss the use of force reports that the ELPD has been giving the Independent Police Oversight Commission and dig into what we can learn from them, what the Commission might make of them, and the long term goals of this level of police accountability. Listen i…
 
On this episode of the Insider, Andrew and Emily recap a discussion from the Tuesday, April 12, City Council discussion-only meeting where the five members of Council discussed potentially putting a moratorium on issuing new Special Use Permits for off-campus group housing for MSU students — namely, Greek houses. To help aid the discussion, two rep…
 
On this episode of the Insider, Andrew sits down with Emily Joan Elliott to talk about the imminent return of the Albert EL Fresco, an open-air dining, seating and recreation area in downtown East Lansing. With the EL Fresco slated to reopen on May 10, the duo cover what it will look like in year two, some of the challenges faced by the City in pul…
 
On this episode of the Insider, Andrew is in studio with ELi's founder, Alice Dreger, to talk about a number of various redevelopment projects — or potential projects — going on in East Lansing. Plus, the duo talks about a document from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) that highlights good strategies for growing downtowns. Give …
 
On this episode of the Insider, Andrew is joined by ELi's Emily Joan Elliott and Al Jackson to go back over the months-long process of hiring the two new City Attorneys. From moving on from Foster Swift to deciding to split the role in municipal advisor and prosecutor, right up to contract issues, we cover it all in this episode. Check it out!…
 
On this episode of the Insider, Andrew is joined by ELi's Emily Joan Elliott, who interviews him about the ongoing discussions in the City about what might be done with the Northern Tier. The two also assess the potential that a committee to study the planning, zoning and future land uses will be formed. Give it a listen!…
 
On this episode of the Insider, Andrew is joined by Dan Bollman, an architect and current chair of the East Lansing Planning Commission. Dan and Andrew discuss the state of housing in East Lansing and delve into some of the various ways the City could alter zoning or other laws to, potentially, make housing more affordable and accessible in East La…
 
On this episode of the Insider, Andrew is joined by ELi's founder, Alice Dreger, to talk about the latest on town-gown relations in East Lansing. The duo discuss the sophomores-on-campus housing rule that MSU is planning to enforce beginning in the fall, the growing glut of student-oriented housing, and what the future might hold in light of these,…
 
On this episode of the Insider, Andrew is joined by ELi's acting executive director, Emily Joan Elliott, to discuss the current state of Covid-19 as the omicron variant is apparently receding and things around East Lansing potentially get back to "normal." You'll also fear briefly from Ingham County Health Officer Linda Vail in this episode, talkin…
 
After pausing most City meetings in January and early February due to the surge of the Omicron Covid variant, the City of East Lansing's board and commissions got back to work this week and dealt with a bevy of issues. On this week's edition of the Insider, Andrew is joined by ELi reporters Heather Brothers and Al Hargrave to discuss their coverage…
 
The convergence of a young student population and downtown bars could be a recipe for problems. On this episode of the Insider, Andrew talks to Scott Rolen (Lou & Harry's) and Mike Krueger (Crunchys) about the Responsible Hospitality Council, essentially a consortium of downtown liquor license holders working together to promote what their name say…
 
On this episode of East Lansing Insider, brought to you by ELi in partnership with Impact 89FM, Andrew is joined by Dr. Alexa Warwick from Michigan State University's College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. While Dr. Warwick is not an expert in deer biology, she has worked with the City of East Lansing on gauging community tolerances for deer…
 
On this episode of East Lansing Insider, brought to you by ELi in partnership with Impact 89FM, Andrew is joined by ELi reporter Al Hargrave to discuss the ongoing search for a new City Attorney in East Lansing. From splitting up the roles of municipal advisor and prosecutor to marathon interview sessions and the winnowing down of choices, Andrew a…
 
When one thinks local business, 7-Eleven doesn't readily come to mind. This week, Andrew hopes to change that thinking with an interview with Ali Haider, who has owned and operated the downtown 7-Eleven for more than five years. Haider, who is from the area and now resides near Grand Rapids, talks about the challenges of Covid and students being go…
 
On this episode of East Lansing Insider, brought to you by ELi in partnership with Impact 89FM, Andrew interviews ELHS teacher Mark Pontoni, along with two upperclassmen: junior Elke Schrenk and senior Marie Adele Grosso. The three each join Andrew to share their experiences dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic in the halls of East Lansing High Schoo…
 
On this episode of East Lansing Insider, brought to you by ELi in partnership with Impact 89FM, Andrew and Chuck are again joined by ELi's Emily Joan Elliott — this time to delve into the current state of the Covid-19 pandemic. With the Omicron variant causing another wave and renewed concerns, the trio dive into issues facing Michigan State Univer…
 
On this episode of East Lansing Insider, brought to you by ELi in partnership with Impact 89FM, Andrew and Chuck are joined by ELi's Managing Editor Emily Joan Elliott. Together, the trio talks about some of the bigger, noteworthy topics from 2021, from the evolution of the Covid-19 pandemic to the return of in-person learning at MSU and East Lansi…
 
On this episode of East Lansing Insider, brought to you by ELi in partnership with Impact 89FM, Andrew talks to a number of folks about the Saturday accident involving a Canadian National train running through some downed power lines, leading to widespread outages of service. Andrew talks to Keith Ivkovich, who witnessed the accident firsthand, plu…
 
Andrew and Chuck are joined by Al Hargrave, a newer ELi reporter, to discuss some of her recent reporting on East Lansing's City Attorney, the American Rescue Plan Act, plus East Lansing High School students being recognized for their smarts. The trio also dive into a couple other stories — about cameras downtown and a proposed medical marijuana di…
 
On this episode of East Lansing Insider, brought to you by ELi in partnership with Impact 89FM, Andrew and Chuck are joined by ELi Publisher and Executive Director Alice Dreger to highlight and discuss the various transparency roadblocks they've encountered in East Lansing, plus what changes could fix it. Give it a listen!…
 
After multiple presentations to the public from the City about water infrastructure, Chuck Grigsby joins ELi's Andrew Graham to talk about the ongoing sanitary and storm sewer debate in the City of East Lansing. They also delve into what the future might hold in terms of solving the flooding problems the City faces. Take a listen!…
 
On this episode of East Lansing Insider, brought to you by ELi in partnership with Impact 89FM, Andrew Graham is joined by Chuck Grigsby, who will be a more regular guest/co-host on the show moving forward. Chuck serves on the East Lansing Human Rights Commission, and chaired the study committee that crafted the recommendation for East Lansing's cu…
 
On this edition of the East Lansing Insider, brought to you by East Lansing Info and Impact 89FM, policing, generally, is the topic and ELi reporters Andrew Graham, Heather Brothers and Jack Timothy Harrison dive in. First, Andrew interviews Heather about her coverage of the first meeting of the East Lansing Independent Police Oversight Commission.…
 
On this episode of the East Lansing Insider, brought to you by East Lansing Info and Impact 89FM, ELi's Andrew Graham is joined by attorney Brian Wassom, who successfully defended ELi in a recent defamation case. The duo discuss why the claims against ELi fell short of being capable of defamation and touch on how an anti-SLAPP law could've protecte…
 
On this episode of East Lansing Insider, brought to you by ELi in partnership with Impact 89FM, ELi reporter Andrew Graham is joined by ELi Founder and Executive Director Alice Dreger to talk about the 2021 race for three East Lansing City Council seats, the issues the new council will face, and how the civic landscape has changed in the city. The …
 
On this episode of East Lansing Insider, brought to you by ELi in partnership with Impact 89FM, ELi reporter Andrew Graham is joined by ELi Founder and Executive Director Alice Dreger to talk about the 2021 race for three East Lansing City Council seats, the issues the new council will face, and how the civic landscape has changed in the city. The …
 
On this episode of East Lansing Insider, brought to you by ELi in partnership with Impact 89FM, ELi’s Managing Editor Emily Joan Elliott sits down with Reporter Heather Brothers to discuss what happened at City Council on Oct. 19, including a discussion on a police labor contract. The two then provide a news roundup, introducing the new Ingham Coun…
 
On this episode of East Lansing Insider, brought to you by ELi in partnership with Impact 89FM, ELi’s Managing Editor talks with East Lansing Public Schools Superintendent Dori Leyko. Leyko shares the most rewarding and challenging aspects of leading the district during the pandemic. She also reflects on what the district has done in terms of equit…
 
On this episode of East Lansing Insider, brought to you by ELi in partnership with Impact 89FM, ELi’s Managing Editor Emily Joan Elliott talks with City Desk Reporter Andrew Graham about his recent reports on flooding following heavy rains in East Lansing, particularly after heavy rains on Aug. 12. The two discuss the issues that residents on Timbe…
 
On this episode of East Lansing Insider, brought to you by ELi in partnership with Impact 89FM, ELi’s Publisher and Executive Director Alice Dreger chats with Managing Editor Emily Joan Elliott about the history of the Evergreen Properties, which the Downtown Development Authority (DDA) purchased in 2009. Over the years, the DDA had hoped to sell t…
 
On this episode of East Lansing Insider, brought to you by ELi in partnership with Impact 89FM, ELi’s Alice Dreger, Emily Joan Elliott, and Andrew Graham visit some recent Ask ELi to Investigate questions that they sought answers to and helpful tidbits that they have received. The trio discusses recent flooding in East Lansing, equity and inclusion…
 
On the latest episode of ELi’s podcast, Andrew Graham is joined by Madi Zink, an East Lansing High School math teacher and the coach of all the Trojans high school aquatics teams — boys and girls. Right now, it's girls swim and dive season and the duo discusses the progress of that team, plus get into the state of the whole program and where Zink h…
 
On this week’s episode of the East Lansing Insider podcast, ELi government reporters Andrew Graham and Alice Dreger bring you the results from ELi’s survey of voters related to this November’s East Lansing City Council elections. Andrew and Alice read from and discuss what voters say are their big issues and questions for candidates. Topics include…
 
This week’s East Lansing Insider podcast focuses primarily on the flooding of East Lansing homes that occurred after the monumental rain on the night of Aug. 11-12, 2021. Many East Lansing residents ended up with raw sewage in their basements. ELi’s Andrew Graham speaks with Shaw Estates resident Dr. Rubén Martinez about his experience and Andrew a…
 
On this week’s East Lansing Insider podcast, East Lansing Council member Lisa Babcock talks with ELi’s Andrew Graham and Alice Dreger about why she has voted against the rest of the Council on some issues like the Harbor Bay Newman Lofts rentals, who she is endorsing for City Council (Ron Bacon, Dan Bollman, and no third candidate), and what she’s …
 
On this week’s edition of the East Lansing Insider podcast, three members of ELi's government reporting team talk about the latest switches on East Lansing’s City Council, the dismantling of the Albert EL Fresco downtown play space, the sudden disappearance of a law meant to protect student renters, and the consistent reappearance of Mark Meadows w…
 
ELi’s Managing Editor Emily Joan Elliott talks with Anaiis Rios-Kasoga, Laila Lloyd, and Liyu Mesay, three young Black women who recently graduated from East Lansing High School. The trio discussed their work with Black Student Union at ELHS, how the 2016 presidential election shaped their high school years, and what ELHS could do – and in some cas…
 
This is a bittersweet moment for us. Today is our final and brief episode of this podcast. We will be shifting our energy to focus solely on our new podcast, Heterodox Out Loud, where we bring the most compelling and thought-provoking pieces from our selection of over 350 Heterodox Academy blogs, along with exclusive interviews with our blog author…
 
On this episode of East Lansing Insider, brought to you by ELi in partnership with Impact 89FM, Reporter Andrew Graham is joined by East Lansing Mayor Pro Tem Jessy Gregg, who is set to become Mayor on August 11 when Aaron Stephens (the current Mayor) formally resigns. Gregg discussed the issues she thinks East Lansing faces, why she is supporting …
 
On this episode of East Lansing Insider, brought to you by ELi in partnership with Impact 89FM, ELi’s Managing Editor talks to Alex Hosey, a local civil rights activist and youth reporter for ELi. Hosey spoke about his decision to sit for the national anthem during a basketball game several years ago, his experience as a Black young man in East Lan…
 
For the past few months at Heterodox Academy, we’ve been exploring a range of perspectives on the philosophy, purpose, and effectiveness of diversity-related training in the context of higher education. In this episode, a recording of our virtual event, A Deep Dive into DEI: Research, Interventions, and Alternatives, that took place on June 9th, 20…
 
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