Incarceration feat. Heather Mac Donald, Thaddeus Russell, Petey DeAbreau and J-L Cauvin

We return to NYC to tackle incarceration with vocal advocate for police Heather Mac Donald of the Manhattan Institute, libertarian and founder of Renegade University Thaddeus Russell, former criminal and comedian Petey DeAbreau, and former prosecutor and comedian JL Cauvin. What do you think? Go to our facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/UnsafeSpaceShow) to discuss this episode!

Table of Contents:

1:08 Show begins.

2:54 Toby Muresianu Standup

7:35 JL Cauvin Standup

14:10 Petey DeAbreu Standup

22:32 What causes America’s high incarceration rates?

32:35 Why don’t other countries that prohibit the same things have similar rates of incarceration?

41:39 Is a racial conspiracy to blame for incarceration, a la Michelle Alexander’s “The New Jim Crow”?

43:53 What led you to crime?

45:58 What would the effect of legalizing drugs be on poor communities?

52:28 What was the experience of a prosecutor like?

59:20 Evidentiary requirements and the constitution.

1:06:20 Stop and Frisk.

1:14:30 Growing up in the hood.

1:18:51 Audience member: It’s not an honest discussion with out addressing racism.

Russia feat. Kira Soltanovich, Sofiya Alexandra, Peter Savodnik and Benjamin Graham

Standup and discussion on the original international bad boy: Russia. With journalist Peter Savodnik (journalist and founder of Stateless Media), Benjamin Graham (USC International Relations professor) and comedians Kira Soltanovich (Showtime) and Sofiya Alexandra (Amazon’s Danger and Eggs).

2:20 Toby Muresianu Standup

6:40 Sofiya Alexandra Standup

16:00 Kira Soltanovich Standup

24:40 Panel Intros

25:47 What are people getting right and wrong about Russia?

31:05 Does Russia want to get caught in places like Uk

36:26 What is the Syria conflict about?

39:00 Do the Russians have a compromising tape of Trump?

41:55 How can people say Russia isn’t powerful?

46:18 How do you make jokes in a time of political danger?

53:02 Understanding Russian History

55:20 What is the story that the Russian government tells itself?

1:05:50 What’s behind Russia’s links to the far right?

1:11:45 Any possibility of Russian regime change?

The Next 4 Years feat. Elahi Izadi, Caleb Brown, Chelsea Shorte, Jack Hunter and Matty Litwack

As we approach Trump’s 100 day milestone, here’s a show recorded right before the inauguration with people’s predictions and outlook for the next four years. Recorded in Washington D.C., the show features comedian and Washington Post journalist Elahi Izadi, the Cato Institute’s Caleb Brown, Rare.us editor Jack Hunter, and comedians Chelsea Shorte and Matty Litwack.

3:20 Toby Muresianu Standup

7:50 Chelsea Shorte Standup

11:45 Matty Litwack Standup

15:45 Elahi Izade Standup

20:50 Panel Introductions

22:40 What do you think the biggest change will be over the next four years?

55:17 Is there too much relative comparison of politicians and partisans, as opposed to judging them on their merits?

1:08:50 Education, why can’t we agree on facts, and the media in the age of the internet.

1:27:45 How important are comedic news sources?

1:38:30 Is Trump anti-trans, and the line between opposing policies and opposing groups of people.

 

 

Sex Work feat. Manisha Shah, Kasey Koop, Thai Rivera and Sammy Obeid

We discuss decriminalization, trafficking, personal experiences with sex work and more with UCLA professor Manisha Shah, Playboy writer and stripper Kasey Koop, Thai Rivera of the Unbothered podcast and Sammy Obeid of Conan and Last Comic Standing.

Note: Resources for people who wish to leave sex work include JourneyOut.org, CastLA.org and others.

2:30 Toby Standup

6:35 Kasey Koop Standup

12:00 Sammy Obeid Standup

18:11 Thai Rivera Standup

27:40 Manisha Shah – Should prostitution be legalized?

40:20 Sex worker interactions with police

45:55 Decriminalization vs. Legalization

1:16:00 History of prostitution

1:27:05 Longevity of careers in sex work

Campus Free Speech and Silence U Part 2 Premiere feat. Rob Montz, Jenny Yang and Nathan Mosher

Is free speech is threatened on campus? We premiere mini-documentary Silence U Part 2: What Has Yale Become?  and discuss it with filmmaker Rob Montz, comedian Jenny Yang of MTV’s #BeyondTheWall, and UCLA undergrad comedian Nathan Mosher.

00:00 Episode Intro

01:00 Stage Intro

02:45 Toby Muresianu Standup

07:48 Jenny Yang Standup

14:25 Nathan Mosher Standup

20:54 Panel Discussion

21:54 Is free speech threatened at colleges?

23:55 Role of class in protests

40:00 Why is free speech an important issue even if campus blowups are relatively rare?

42:00 Speakers getting shouted down costs universities money

45:10 Right-wing students also in echo chambers?

46:45 Audience member: Class isn’t the complete explanation for feeling alienated

52:42 Are safe spaces necessary?

54:44 Was it unreasonable to expect discourse in the Silliman courtyard?

56:10 Is Yale’s notion of “home” actually an old concept?

Unsafe Studio: Environmentalism & Strip Mining Uteruses feat. Trey Lord

A special Unsafe Studio recorded with Trey Lord of the Bionic Planet podcast at Songbyrd in Washington DC.

Topic guide:

12:00: Ayahuasca

15:00: Private property in the developing world

18:30: What’s the best fuel for the developing world?

26:15: Black Lives Matter and the White Baby Defense

28:00: Obama writing check to Green Climate fund?

32:00: Argentina still angry about Falklands

36:00: Warby Parker for Dummies

40:57: Old white men: yay or nay?

44:45: Strip mining copper from uteruses

45:30: Can Trump pull out of Paris accords?

49:25: Vibram Five Finger Shoes: The Hidden Story

51:09: Can Trump pull out of Paris accords? (Part II)

Nationalism vs. Globalism with Roy Germano, James Myers, David Marcus and Courtney Fearrington

We visit New York City with NYU professor and director of “The Other Side of Immigration” Roy Germano, Trump-supporting comedian James Myers, The Federalist senior contributor Dave Marcus, and comedian and former US Marine Courtney Fearrington.

Unsafe Studio feat. Jeremy McLellan and Eric Lampaert

Comedians Jeremy McLellan of South Carolina and Eric Lampaert of France and England join Lou and Toby to discuss Trump’s cabinet, immigration, and how age of consent laws apply to jockeys.

Some highlights:

02:18 Tweeting comedy in multiple languages.

12:57: Trump’s National Security Advisor Mike Flynn and Islam

26:50: Age of Consent.

32:53: Guns from a European perspective.

47:03: Developing pre-emptive insurgency tactics.

51:00: Dakota Access Pipeline and Guns.

1:02:50: Comparing experiences immigrating to the UK and US.

1:07:28: Becoming an American vs. becoming a European.

1:19:00: Brexit forcing expats to return.

 

Post-Election Spectacular feat. Helen Hong, Thai Rivera, John L. Ray and Caroline Heldman

We discuss what’s next after the election, why it happened and why they voted the way they did in often-heated, often-hilarious discussion with comedians Helen Hong (Inside Amy Schumer), Thai Rivera (Fusion’s Roast of America), Caroline Heldman (Occidental College Politics professor) and John L. Ray (Former DNC analyst).

The Media feat. Christina Bellantoni, Tamer Kattan, Chriss Street, Georgia Kernell and Julianne Simitz

We return to Los Angeles to cover the industry that covers everybody: The Media. This was a funny and insightful show, as well as a contentious one – particularly around the topic of covering white supremacist movements. You can read some of the articles referenced on white nationalists, Trump and David Duke, and the fight between the KKK and counterprotestors here.

Guests on this show were:
Georgia Kernell – UCLA Professor who researches political communication, party strategy and voter behavior!

Christina Bellantoni – Assistant Managing Editor/Politics at the LA Times (subscribe to her newsletter at latimes.com/essentialpoliticsemail)!
Tamer Kattan – winner of the World Series of Comedy and finalist in MoveOn.org’s “Laughter Trumps Hate” competition!
Julianne Simitz – Producer of “Bad News Live” in Hollywood and veteran political worker!
Chriss Street – writer whose work has appeared in Breitbart, Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post, Drudge Report, New York Times and many more!

Hope you enjoy it.