Climate Change feat. Jon Christensen, Willie Soon, Bryan Dey and Lori Weiss

We talk about climate change science and policy with panelists Dr. Willie Soon and Dr. Jon Christensen and comedians Bryan Dey and Lori Weiss.

Both panelists provided a few links and encouraged people to look into the science themselves.

Jon Christensen:

  1. The “Climate Lab” video series with Vox and the University of California: https://www.universityofcalifornia.edu/climate-lab
  2. The book “Why We Disagree About Climate Change: Understanding Controversy, Inaction and Opportunity” by Mike Hulme (Cambridge University Press, 2009): https://www.amazon.com/Disagree-about-Climate-Change-Understanding/dp/0521727324/
  3. The reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change: http://www.ipcc.ch/

Willie Soon:

  1.  http://www.co2science.org/
  2. http://climateilluminated.com/index.html
  3. https://wattsupwiththat.com/

Sexual Harassment feat. Ashley Cullins, Casey Ley, Faith Choyce and Pamela Georgette

What needs to change? Who should resign? Is there another side to the story? We talk sexual harassment and the current cultural moment with The Hollywood Reporter’s Ashley Cullins, therapist Pamela Georgette, and comedians Casey Ley and Faith Choyce!

North Korea with Joel Wit, Rorry Daniels, Benari Poulten and Sachi Ezura

We get the inside scoop on the mysterious kingdom with former diplomat and editor of 38North.org Joel S. Wit, Rorry Daniels of the National Committee on American Foreign Policy, producer of The Rundown with Robin Thede Sachi Ezura, and former senior producer of the Nightly Show Benari Poulten!

Video clips: http://bit.ly/unsafespacenorthkorea

Chapters:
2:25 Toby Muresianu Standup
5:12 Sachi Ezura Standup
8:13 Benari Poulten Standup
13:31 Panel Discussion

Unsafe Space: Capitalism at the Hollywood Improv November 6th!

We’re freely discuss the free market, and questions like:

* How much socialism is too much?

* Is capitalism unfair or are people unfair to it?

* Is paying $5 for a ticket to this show a fair trade? (Yes).

Featuring a generous supply of comedians back by popular demand:

* Helen Hong, seen on Last Call with Carson Daly and Starz’s Blunt Talk!

* Mitch Burrow, of Bob & Tom Radio and Laughs on Fox!

And two experts to keep us honest:

* Elham Saeidinezhad, Economist of the Milken Institute!

* Kevan Harris, Assistant Sociology professor at UCLA and author of “A Social Revolution: Politics and the Welfare State in Iran”!

Hosted by Toby Muresianu and guest host Sameer Suri!

Unsafe Space: Climate Change on September 25th in LA!

We’re returning to Hollywood on the back of hurricane-force winds to answer pressing questions on climate change!

Is global warming happening? Or it the political atmosphere just getting more heated?

Should we change our behavior, or just make margaritas?

Can we agree on a climate agreement?

We have a Category 5 lineup, including:

Jon Christensen of the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability and author of ‘Bending the Curve’: Can We Flat-Line Global Warming by 2050?

Dr. Willie Soon of the Harvard-Smithsonian Astrophysics Center and author of Climate Change Reconsidered II!

Lori Weiss, comedian who has worked for both E! and the EPA!

Bryan Dey, comedian who’s performed at the Laugh Factory, Comedy Store, and comedy clubs all over the country!

Tickets are just $5 with no drink minimum, so reserve now!

Unsafe Studio feat. Mike Schmidt and Johnny Mitchell!

Comedian + former convict Johnny Mitchell and comedian + former defense attorney Mike Schmidt join Toby and Lou to talk prison and criminal justice. See video on YouTube: http://bit.ly/UnsafeStudioIncarceration

Topics:

1:54 What’s prison like and does it work?
6:00 Religion in Prison
8:47 Are fewer laws the answer? Is the Prison industry driving incarceration?
10:49 Breakdown of drug offenders in federal and state prison.
12:34 Is the damage incarceration and for-profit policing are doing to society greater than crime itself?
16:29 What’s the difference between jail and prison?
17:24 The bail system
20:45 Violent vs. Nonviolent crimes in prison, and why America has higher incarceration rates than other countries.
22:30 Caning, and how to make punishment swift and certain.
25:35 What’s the practical alternative to prison?
32:35 Does keeping criminals off the streets reduce crime?
33:55 Taking away the parole system
36:04 Prison workers
42:67 Programs that reduce sentence length
50:35 Treating teens who are sexting as sex offenders.
53:25 English common law as the basis of our law.
57:40 Withholding evidence and false accusations.
1:01:45 The role of race in criminal justice

Sources:

https://www.prisonpolicy.org/reports/pie2016.html
https://fivethirtyeight.com/datalab/releasing-drug-offenders-wont-end-mass-incarceration/
https://www.ncjrs.gov/ondcppubs/publications/pdf/whos_in_prison_for_marij.pdf

Read co-host Toby Muresianu’s thoughts on the topic: https://medium.com/@tobymuresianu/afterthoughts-on-unsafe-space-incarceration-fb982beafb6d

Surveillance feat. Sammy Obeid, Bryan Vokey, James Harrigan and André Andrews

Our latest episode covers surveillance – from domestic surveillance of us to leaks about Trump – with a lively panel including standup comedian and former NSA worker Bryan Vokey, comedian and returning favorite Sammy Obeid, Navy veteran and former president of LA Vets in Tech André Andrews, and James R. Harrigan, former dean of the American University of Iraq-Sulaimani.