Capitalism feat. Mitch Burrow, Helen Hong, Kevan Harris, Elham Saeidinezhad and Sameer Suri

Is capitalism the future, past its prime, or what? Our live episode on it features stand-up from favorites Helen Hong and Mitch Burrow, insight from experts Elham Saeidinezhad of the Milken Institute and Kevan Harris, UCLA sociology professor and author of “A Social Revolution: Politics and the Welfare State in Iran,” plus comedy and hosting by Toby Muresianu and Sameer Suri!

Gentrification feat. Joe Dosch, Chris Estrada, Paul Ong, Mott Smith and Faith Choyce

Comedians Joe Dosch and Chris Estrada join Paul Ong, Urban Planning professor at UCLA, and Mott Smith, founder of Civic Enterprise Development for stand-up and discussion on gentrification at the Hollywood Improv Comedy Club! Hosted by Toby Muresianu and Faith Choyce.

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 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.

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.