Best wonk podcasts we could find (Updated January 2018)
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Arms Control Wonk
Weekly
 
The nuclear weapons, arms control, disarmament and nonproliferation podcast. Companion to the popular Arms Control Wonk blog (www.armscontrolwonk.com)
 
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Turkey Wonk
Monthly+
 
A show about Turkish and regional politics.
 
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American Wonk
Monthly
 
American Wonk covers a wide range of topics, with a focus on domestic and foreign policy. Avik explores important ideas and policies with the experts who know them best--right or left--and ask challenging questions to all, in the spirit of Bill Buckley.
 
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WONKS!
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“Wonks” - The people who work behind the scenes of the campaigns- gather with reporters and other insiders for a good-natured (and usually humorous) look at candidates, campaigns and each other. WONKS! is recorded in front of a live audience and with journalists thrown into the mix it’s always filled with laughs and unexpected insight.
 
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American Wonk
Rare
 
Hosted by Avik S. Roy
 
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Turkey Wonk
Monthly+
 
Nuclear and political musings in Turkey and beyond.
 
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Wannabe Wonks
Monthly+
 
Hailey (conservative) and Andy (liberal) work each week to find out where people stand, why, and how they back it up. We research policy and breaking news in-depth and discuss in bi-partisan ways for the rest of us on Main St. No pundits, just us.
 
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Wonks
Daily+
 
A new podcast aimed at demystifying the public policy process.
 
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Wonking Out
Monthly
 
Podcast by Wonking Out
 
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Wonking Out
Monthly
 
Podcast by Wonking Out
 
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Wonk Memos
Daily+
 
A show that breaks down the big ideas shaping today’s headlines
 
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American Wonk
Rare
 
Hosted by Avik S. Roy
 
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VoterAid's Wonk and Circumstance
 
Don't go to the ballot box uninformed. The only bad opinion is an uneducated one.
 
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MR. WONK: WONKCAST
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VoterAid's Wonk and Circumstance
 
Don't go to the ballot box uninformed. The only bad opinion is an uneducated one.
 
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Breaking Board: A Podcast for Board Gaming Wonks
 
In each episode of Breaking Board, we take a close look at the strategies of a particular board game, moving from first impressions and beginner tips to detailed analysis of key game concepts.
 
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Go Wonk Yourself
Daily+
 
A couple wonks at American University talking about the wonky world of politics in their dorm. Tune in to hear our take on what's happening right down the street at the White House and around the world.
 
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American Wonk with Avik S. Roy
 
American Wonk covers a wide range of topics, with a focus on domestic and foreign policy. Avik explores important ideas and policies with the experts who know them best—right or left—and ask challenging questions to all, in the spirit of Bill Buckley.
 
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Breaking Board: A Podcast for Board Gaming Wonks
 
In each episode of Breaking Board, we take a close look at the strategies of a particular board game, moving from first impressions and beginner tips to detailed analysis of key game concepts.
 
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StoryWonk Daily
Daily
 
Write To Your Joy!
 
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Election University Podcast
Weekly+
 
The Election University Podcast offers weekly, sage advice and life-altering tips for candidates, campaign staff, political professionals and other interested hacks and wonks. Plus, some laughs.
 
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Higher Ed Happy Hour
Rare
 
In the Higher Ed Happy Hour, three well-known Washington, DC-based journalists and policy wonks -- Kevin Carey of New America, Andrew Kelly of the American Enterprise Institute, and Libby Nelson of Vox.com -- discuss the latest happenings in higher education policy, research, and popular culture. There are special guests, wonky digressions, and excursions into the shocking and absurd.
 
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Grass Roots
Weekly
 
Grass Roots is a comedy web series following the exploits of two very impolitic political hacks on the campaign trail. Unfortunately for their candidate, Miles and Harry (Aaron Hilliard and Kirby Heyborne) seem to be losing more votes than they're winning. Created by Aaron Hilliard | Yardhill Films
 
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The President Ruined My Week
Monthly+
 
Best-selling sports author and noted Trump antagonist, Molly Knight, gives listeners a humorous, informative, and cathartic space to deal with all the ways in which Donald Trump is wreaking havoc on their lives. It will feature guests ranging from celebrities, to physicians, to professional athletes, to Molly’s next door neighbors. Molly promises to provide a platform for rational human beings to laugh until they cry, and cry until they laugh, until Trump and Pence are out of the White House ...
 
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City Works
Monthly+
 
The goal of City Works is to present a casual yet sophisticated conversation with the men and women who are shaping our city. From politicians to community leaders, policy wonks and urban dwellers, City Works is a podcast designed to give those interested in local planning and politics an intimate look at the city we call home.
 
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It's The Drink Talking
Weekly
 
It’s The Drink Talking is the Premier Cru podcast for all things drink related, from Absinthe to Zinfandel. This podcast is not aimed at the booze bore, spirit snob or the wine wonk but instead provides an irreverent and inclusive, warm and welcoming weekly round-up, featuring tastings, the latest booze news and fascinating facts about the most famous and fervent advocates of alcohol. This weekly podcast is presented by the award-winning Thinking Drinkers, Ben McFarland and Tom Sandham, plus ...
 
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GDA Podcast
Weekly+
 
GDA Podcast showcases the best storytellers, thought leaders, educators, policy wonks, business experts, and motivators on the keynote speaking circuit today | GDA Podcast powered by GDA Speakers
 
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Dj Keynos UK Bass Podcasts
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A heavy mix of the dirtiest Crack House around every month! Artists included Foamo-Switch-Count&Sinden-Jaymo-Rusko-Caspa-Jack Beats-Kissy Sell Out-Calvertron-A1 Bassline-Mumdance-Andy George-Bingo Players-Hijack-Deadmau5-Afrojack-Bart B Moore-Crookers-Boy-8 Bit-Drop The Lime-Will Bailey-Stupid Fresh-Kelevra-Lee Mortimer-Dave Spoon-Cold Blank-Aniki-Bass Weazel-AC Slater-Zinc-Hatiras-Herve-Dj Dan-Bam Bam-Fake Blood-Laidback Luke-Crookers-Toddla T-Chromeo-A-trak-Armand Van Helden-Detboi-Gtronic ...
 
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Peter J Black
Monthly
 
Peter Black's Freedom to Differ: Radio, rants and reflections from Peter Black. Peter is a law lecturer, blogger, geek and political wonk, interested in the intersection between law, government and new media.
 
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McLoughlin At Work – Paul McLoughlin
 
Intelligent interviews with business authors, experts, savants, and gurus. Recommended For All Who Work. Listen-In to sound advice, not sound bites. Paul McLoughlin, aka “The Work Wonk”, talks management, leadership and employment with thought leaders, trust agents, doers and thinkers. Factual, informative, and entertaining discourse on the business issues of the day to help you with your work life.
 
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Social Frands
Daily+
 
We are a motley crew of geeks, developers, and marketing wonks that love social networks. We regularly get together over drinks and chat about what’s happening on social media. One day, we decided to record our conversations and post them to (duh) our social networks.
 
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DJ Recko - Aural Pleasures Volume 01
 
1. The Night Out - Martin Solveig (Maison & Dragen Rmx) 2. Drive By - Train (H.Schulze Rmx) 3. Oh My Goodness - Olly Murs (Almighty Club Mix) 4. Turn Up The Music - Chris Brown ft. Rihanna (Miami Life Rmx) 5. Paradise - Coldplay (Tiesto Rmx) 6. I Can Only Imagine - David Guetta ft. Chris Brown & Lil’ Wayne (Matt Nevin Extended Mix) 7. 1234 - Laidback Luke ft. Chuckie & Martin Solveig (Original Mix) 8. Molly - Cedric Gervais (Original Mix) 9. Neon - Sharam Jey & Mr. Wonk (Original Mix) 10. He ...
 
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Munsaga
Monthly+
 
Munsaga is about your core self, your real feelings and beliefs. It's possible to be a gamer, a nerd, a political wonk, and a person with or without faith all at the same time, and this hits all those points. Most episode topics are chosen by polls voted on by the viewers.
 
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Mr. Know it all Show
Weekly
 
Everybody is a Mr. Know it All. No one person can know everything, but many have knowledge that goes beyond your experiences or training. Your hosts, Chuck and Matt are a rare exception. They have been there, done that. With vast knowledge and experience, Matt, with more hands-on training, and Chuck, the classically trained technologist, have the solutions to many of life’s problems, just ask them! Topics may range from Pop culture, to Pop rivets, Cars, Family, warfare to welfare, world even ...
 
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SchoolED
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Join host Patrick Pijls for weekly interviews with entrepreneurs, nonprofit executives, academics, and policy wonks who are re-imagining how to prepare children for life. The program adopts a holistic approach to understanding the role of schooling and education in a changing world. Patrick is a graduate of Northwestern University with a B.A. in economics and history. He is an alum of Teach For America and a U.S. Fulbright Scholar. Follow SchoolED on Facebook; E-mail: patrick.pijls.us@gmail. ...
 
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Overwatch
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The Foreign Intrigue Podcast is the product of an effort to expand the analytical content of Foreign Intrigue writers into commentary. At its nexus, ‘Overwatch’ has as its mission the highlighting of the more opinion-based internet offerings. This feature will present commentary from Fi writers in podcast format, applauding and criticizing the articles of policy wonks, commentators, and bloggers.As in military terminology, ‘Overwatch‘ will observe for activity and provide fire support to att ...
 
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Taking a look at upcoming CA laws and our wildest wishes for a new year.
 
Rich, Reihan, Charlie, and Michael Brendan Dougherty discuss Trump's immigration meeting, Michael Wolff's suggestion that Trump is insane, and the prospect of President Oprah. Editors' picks: • Rich: Baseball's True Colors • Charlie: About That Golden Globes Fiasco • Michael: Cutting Off Pakistan • Reihan: Wonks Made Celebrity Presidents Possib ...…
 
Rich, Reihan, Charlie, and Michael Brendan Dougherty discuss Trump's immigration meeting, Michael Wolff's suggestion that Trump is insane, and the prospect of President Oprah. Editors' picks: • Rich: Baseball's True Colors • Charlie: About That Golden Globes Fiasco • Michael: Cutting Off Pakistan • Reihan: Wonks Made Celebrity Presidents Possib ...…
 
Join us as we discuss our Hate-Watch of 2017's The Mummy. Please note, this was recorded at home over the holidays, so there is some background noise we don't generally have in our episodes.Intro music: Crossing the Chasm Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 Licensehttp://creativecommons.org/license ...…
 
Join us as we discuss our Hate-Watch of 2017's The Mummy. Please note, this was recorded at home over the holidays, so there is some background noise we don't generally have in our episodes.Intro music: Crossing the Chasm Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 Licensehttp://creativecommons.org/license ...…
 
12.26.17 In Episode 53, “Meet Derek Sandison, Policy Wonk,” grab a seat during the 2017 Tri State Grain Growers Convention, to learn more about the challenges facing Pacific Northwest wheat farmers from the director of the Washington State Department of Agriculture. Sandison dives deep as he addresses an array of issues including dam breaching, ...…
 
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Wonking Out
 
Join us we cover Mixed Nuts, a Christmas movie starring Steve Martin, Madeline Kahn, Rita Wilson, and (in our humble opinions) Liev Schreiber. We also go off on tangents about real vs. artificial trees and possible recasting for Adam Sandler's character, Louie.Merry Christmas, y'all!!
 
We've heard there's big money in politics. Here's a brief tale about some really big money being passed around. Republican Dave Kochel and Democrat Jeff Link discuss the mega-thousand dollar checks and who wrote them!
 
On this week's episode: The Senate unveils the tax plan equivalent of welshing on a hooker … Roy Moore will start his very own senate across the street from theirs and his will be way better … And the Republican Party is trying to steal our orgasms. To support our show on Patreon, go here: https://www.patreon.com/skepticrat To hear more from Ev ...…
 
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Wonking Out
 
Join us we each discuss our top 5 favorite cinnamon roll characters in TV/movies! Music: Acoustic Breeze - Bensound.com
 
In this episode, I’ll be discussing my thoughts and, dare I say it, feelings on chapters seven through twelve of Jane Austen’s Persuasion with special guest Rachel, one of my cohosts from The Detective, The Doctor, and The Woman and Wonking Out. Be sure to share this episode on all the social things and comment below with questions, comments, a ...…
 
At our most recent WONKS! where the topic was Money & Politics, a local lobbyist talks of expectations that they (the lobbyists) donate to legislators’ campaigns. Our panel of Republican and Democrat insiders looks at whether whether there’s a better way to fund campaigns.
 
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Go Wonk Yourself
 
What do we do now? by Lucas Anderton and Eddie Mikkelson
 
12-09-2017(Photo: )http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contacthttp://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedulesTwitter: @BatchelorShow @HarrySiegel discovers "Why Not Me?: The Inside Story of the Making and Unmaking of the Franken Presidency" Paperback – February 8, 2000 “Let me say here and now that I regret very deeply the harm that I’ve done both to people I ...…
 
Former party chiefs and campaign managers who spearheaded efforts for Barack Obama, Jeb Bush, Al Gore, Mitt Romney and more talk money! Who has it, who spends it and how they get it! As usual, Republicans, Democrats and journalists get together for fun and secrets... and everyone is still talking to each other when it’s over! Sue Dvorsky, Dave ...…
 
A Canadian reviews the month’s North Korea news with a special guest. For November, Andrea talks to John Hemmings, the Director of the Asia Studies Centre at the Henry Jackson Society. They dig into major stories about North Korean defectors and the Kim Jong Nam assassination, and consider the stunning views from Cathay Pacific flights. Links o ...…
 
Marijuana Today Daily Headlines Monday, December 4, 2017 | Curated by host Shea Gunther // Medical marijuana has arrived in Maryland, and the customers are lined up for it (Washington Post) // Medical marijuana took a bite out of alcohol sales. Recreational pot could take an even bigger one. (Washington Post) // Army issuing more […]…
 
For $30 off your first week of HelloFresh, visit http://bit.ly/2qQRi8G and enter skepticrat30. On this week's episode: We mourn a tremendous cut to our taxes ... We'll give the three famous guys who never sexually assaulted anybody a high five ... And Mike Flynn rolls over like he was about to get a happy ending. To support our show on Patreon, ...…
 
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Master Race Debaiters
 
Gavin and B-Black review Joyner Lucas video "I'm not racist" They also break down #PWS and talk more Kayne West. ----more---- Show notes: Pew Research centre - Social & Demographic Trends - Living Arrangements and Father Involvement Huffington Post - Black Fatherhood statistics Washington Post - The biggest beneficiaries of goverment safety net ...…
 
Join the Three Sassy Reginas as we talk about our experience of [re]watching Interview With The Vampire, starring Tom Cruise & Brad Pitt. Music: Trail of Tears from http://www.purple-planet.com
 
Republican #TaxScam is delayed, but not dead. We are on the brink of significant changes to American society, folks. If the GOP gets this, they also get legal status for fetuses and allow churches to become arms of conservative politicians. Rubio admits that once #TaxScam is passed Republicans are coming for Social Security, Medicaid, and Medic ...…
 
It's an uncharacteristically short Out d'Coup today. AND it's a Monday? What's up with that? We talk a bit about the Paradise Papers. Koch brothers throw in $500 million in bid to purchase Time, Inc. Sinclair Media basically writes the regulations to build a right-wing media network to challenge Fox - from the RIGHT. Republican Tax Plan amounts ...…
 
It's an uncharacteristically short Out d'Coup today. AND it's a Monday? What's up with that? We talk a bit about the Paradise Papers. Koch brothers throw in $500 million in bid to purchase Time, Inc. Sinclair Media basically writes the regulations to build a right-wing media network to challenge Fox - from the RIGHT. Republican Tax Plan amounts ...…
 
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Serious Inquiries Only
 
A House vote on the new Republican Tax Bill is happening as early as today, so I reluctantly have decided to take a peek into Paul Ryan's deepest fantasies. I cover some of the low-lights, and then talk about putting the Bill and income inequality into historical context. Do we really need a tax cut right now? Paul Ryan Explains Himself; Bigges ...…
 
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Wonking Out
 
Join us as we discuss Stephen Sommers' 1994 production: The Mummy!Music: "Sardonicus" & "Trail Of Tears" http://www.purple-planet.com
 
Some current news and our reactions to the GOP Deficit Explosion Plan.
 
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Balancing Chaos
 
In this episode, we talk about election results, being politically active, and where we stand on health care and gun reform. Links mentioned: The question every parent should be asking before a playdate It was a Florida law that prevented doctors from asking about guns in the home. Here's a Washington Post article that explains it: Have a check ...…
 
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Balancing Chaos
 
In this episode, we talk about election results, being politically active, and where we stand on health care and gun reform. Links mentioned: The question every parent should be asking before a playdate It was a Florida law that prevented doctors from asking about guns in the home. Here's a Washington Post article that explains it: Have a check ...…
 
In our first live episode, Democrat and Republican campaign and party executives sit down (together!) with journalists to tell humorous and revealing "war stories." Panelists Emily Parcell, Anne Roth, Matt Paul, Matt Strawn, David Yepsen and O. Kay Henderson join hosts Dennis Goldford and Kevin Cooney live at the Noce Jazz Cabaret in Des Moines ...…
 
In this “sample” episode, the theme is food and drink on the road. Dennis Goldford and Kevin Cooney talk to Matt Paul, Iowa State Director for the 2016 Hillary Clinton Campaign; Matt Strawn, former Iowa GOP Chairman; Anne Roth former finance director for the Charles Grassley Campaign and Radio Iowa’s Kay Henderson.…
 
Marijuana Today Daily Headlines Tuesday, October 31, 2017 | Curated by host Shea Gunther // Constellation’s purchase of Canopy stake is ‘transformative’, portends further investments (Marijuana Business Daily) // With 9 weeks to go, California’s cities not positioned to start recreational marijuana sales (Cannabist (AP)) // Merkel May Agree To ...…
 
(Qoobo) Follow RimcastES At the beginning of this episode, Stat Boy's whereabouts were unknown. Did the boys file a missing persons report by the end of the show? You'll have to listen to find out!!! (That's called a tease, little industry jargon for you.) Stat Boy is missing (3:00); Robot cat tails/the perils of cleaning up after your dog (5:4 ...…
 
This week, we'll get our wonk on with Austin Frakt. He's a man of many affiliations -- health care economist at the Department of Veterans Affairs, and an associate professor at Boston University and visting scholar at Harvard. Austin tells us about "all-payer" rate-setting, and how it could provide another option for progressive health care re ...…
 
ICAN won the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize for its work on "for its work to draw attention to the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of any use of nuclear weapons and for its ground-breaking efforts to achieve a treaty-based prohibition of such weapons." Jeffrey and Aaron discuss the prize, the treaty to ban nuclear weapons, and efforts to promote ...…
 
The Model Minority Myth is a pervasive stereotype of Asian Americans in the United States. The stereotype continues to have a harmful effect on both individuals and Asian American communities as a whole. Asian American communities have long struggled to receive federal assistance based on individual community needs. So, how can the U.S. governm ...…
 
Exactly one-hundred years ago, on October 6, civil-rights activist, worship leader, and philanthropist Fannie Lou Hamer was born. This episode celebrates the life of Fannie Lou, the “woman who sings the hymns,” whose life and music continue inspiring activists and worshipers alike in the 21st Century. In the second half of the episode, we shine ...…
 
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Breaking Board: A Podcast for Board Gaming Wonks
 
In this episode, Dave & Ben take a little break from their usual game dissections to look at some video games which have adapted board game mechanics to great effect, including Concrete Jungle, Thea: The Awakening, Predynastic Egypt and Duelyst. Back to the strategy discussions next episode!
 
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Wonking Out
 
In this episode, we discuss the actors and actresses that give us #adultfeelings. Music: Memories - Bensound.com
 
Donald Trump told the United Nations that the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (aka the Iran nuclear deal aka the Vienna Plan aka der Weinerplan) between Iran and the so-called E3/U-3 "Is an embarrassment to the United States, and I don't think you've heard the last of it -- believe me." Aaron and Jeffrey talk about the prospects for Trump to ...…
 
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Resident by Hernan Cattaneo
 
Totem Pole - Wonk I / Modd - Tryusolee / Roger Martinez - Chinguarime (Andrea Cassino Remix) / Forerunners - Watercolor / Anthony Georges Patrice - Divine destiny / BLANCAh - Talus / Federico Monachesi - This is not happening / Dale Middleton - One for man / Alfa State & Hamed Ansari - Still Around / Paul Deep - Sad but True (Nishan Lee Remix) ...…
 
A weekday piece with a bunch of news round-up and wildly flung opinions. All of the links for episodes will now we on our Twitter and Facebook threaded into each episode post.
 
Enjoy our mini ep where we talk about which fried potatoes are best, the importance of proper biscuits & gravy, and a cute dog that flunked out of Police Academy. Links are as follows:https://twitter.com/Other_Girl/status/873893602568667136https://www.buzzfeed.com/bradesposito/pupper-too-sociable?utm_term=.csqGBNxDN#.boNeWrXYr…
 
Enjoy our mini ep where we talk about which fried potatoes are best, the importance of proper biscuits & gravy, and a cute dog that flunked out of Police Academy. Links are as follows:https://twitter.com/Other_Girl/status/873893602568667136https://www.buzzfeed.com/bradesposito/pupper-too-sociable?utm_term=.csqGBNxDN#.boNeWrXYr…
 
Current CA Legislation for the housing crisis is dense and full of good and bad ideas. Join us for our opinions of the top 8 proposals and other options Hailey can come up with on the spot.
 
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Breaking Board: A Podcast for Board Gaming Wonks
 
In this episode, Dave & Ben go on the march with Jamey Stegmaier's hybrid strategy game Scythe. We explore some of the key strategies in this asymmetrical economic area control game! Special thanks to Jason for his tips & tricks segment at the end of the episode! Many thanks to purple-planet.com for providing the music for this episode. You can ...…
 
Sorry the show is late this week, Gregg's laptop crashed. I'm posting this one from the road, so here's the links for this episode, without the normal "show notes" trim. How and where imagination occurs in human brainsImagination and Reality Look Different in the Brain Striking graphic reveals the construction of Confederate monuments peaked du ...…
 
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Wannabe Wonks
 
A brief catch-up after the Labor Day Holiday, a few quick rants and a reminder of more housing to come!
 
Today's FEATURE looks into an amazing phenomena that continues to confuse and confound analysts, economists and political policy wonks who can't comprehend why the growing demand for labor hasn't caused wages to increase significantly. In addition the FED is dumbfounded why the tight labor market and a strong economy doesn't increase inflation ...…
 
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