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