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.

 

 

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.