Right Brain Left Brain

Sinopse

Fueled by bad beer and good cheer, Kurt, a curmudgeonly conservative, and Mike, a pestiferous leftist, debate politics and philosophy through the lens of the week's events.

Episódios

  • RBLB Summer Interlude 1

    RBLB Summer Interlude 1

    10/06/2020 Duração: 13min

    Because we can't produce our show in person, we're launching a mini-series called "Summer Interlude." Until we can get back into the studio to record our normal show, we'll be publishing regular conversations about the ongoing coronavirus and protest issues facing our nation. In this episode, we get you caught up on where we each stand as we embark on the difficult process of trying to understand one another and find common ground during dark times.

  • Has Joe Biden Killed the MeToo Movement?

    Has Joe Biden Killed the MeToo Movement?

    08/05/2020 Duração: 28min

    In this round, Kurt and Mike explore the controversy surrounding Democratic nominee Joe Biden and the credible sexual assault allegations against him. In a world where liberals have accused conservatives of moral bankruptcy for supporting Donald Trump, have the new allegations against Biden caught the Democrats' hand in the moral cookie jar? Is there a morally consistent way to believe women and still vote for an accused sex offender? Join us as Mike and Kurt pop a couple beers and debate these questions - and more - on this week's episode of Right Brain Left Brain! Full episode: https://www.patreon.com/posts/36879710

  • Has Trumps Coronavirus Response Been Adequate?

    Has Trump's Coronavirus Response Been Adequate?

    12/04/2020 Duração: 59min

    In this round, Mike and Kurt examine the Trump Administration's coronavirus response. In an ongoing crisis with variables that change daily, COVID-19 has posed a challenge that would be difficult for anyone to handle. Donald Trump has come under fire for his leadership during the pandemic response, but is that criticism fair? Is Trump really as incompetent as his toughest critics say, or is he doing an adequate job? Join us as Mike and Kurt meet at the virtual bar to debate these questions - and more - on this week's episode of Right Brain Left Brain!

  • Greetings From Midpocalypse

    Greetings From Midpocalypse

    03/04/2020 Duração: 52min

    We're back! In this round, there's no round at all. Mike and Kurt catch you up on where we've been, what we've been doing, and how we plan to irresponsibly spend our stimulus checks. Join us as we try to take this thing remote and laugh through the tears on this week's episode of Right Brain Left Brain!

  • Ban Billionaires?

    Ban Billionaires?

    28/02/2020 Duração: 59min

    In this round, Mike and Kurt debate the billion-dollar question: Should billionaires exist? Is the world's wealthiest class a bug or a feature of capitalism? What harm - or good - do billionaires really do? And what should we do about billionaires as their numbers increase? Join us as Kurt and Mike knock a couple back and debate these questions - and more - on this week's Right Brain Left Brain!

  • Is Trumps Sanctuary City Surge Justified?

    Is Trump's Sanctuary City Surge Justified?

    23/02/2020 Duração: 45min

    In this round, Mike and Kurt examine the Trump Administration's decision to send a surge of tactical immigration agents into sanctuary cities. The surge is designed to assist in apprehending immigrants who commit crimes who are also suspected of being in the United States illegally, with the intention of deportations. Is this policy just? Will it help to root out particularly bad criminals from immigrant communities, or will the presence of increased federal agents do more harm to these communities than good? Join us as Mike and Kurt debate these questions - and more - over a beer, in this week's episode of Right Brain Left Brain!

  • Bernie vs. Pete - Who Can Beat Trump?

    Bernie vs. Pete - Who Can Beat Trump?

    15/02/2020 Duração: 50min

    In this round, Mike and Kurt take a look at the ongoing Democratic primary season. With results in from two states, the early frontrunners of the party are apparent - Mayor Pete Buttigieg and Senator Bernie Sanders. What are the key differences between the candidates? And which of the two is better suited to challenge and ultimately defeat Donald Trump? Join us as Kurt and Mike drink spiced rum and debate these questions - and more - on this week's episode of Right Brain Left Brain!

  • Did Donald Trump Win The Iowa Democratic Caucus?

    Did Donald Trump Win The Iowa Democratic Caucus?

    08/02/2020 Duração: 05min

    In this Patreon round, Mike and Kurt dive into the controversy surrounding the 2020 Iowa caucus. With Mayor Pete and Bernie Sanders both claiming Iowa victory, who's the real winner? Does the dubious outcome of the caucus foreshadow a presidential contest fraught with failures for the Dems? Or is the delay in Iowa results just a minor blip on an otherwise fair and reasonable primary election? Join us as Mike and Kurt drink mai tais and debate these questions - and more - on the February Patreon-only episode of Right Brain Left Brain!

  • Homeless Camps and Oil Lamps - Was The Ninth Circuit Homeless Ruling Just?

    Homeless Camps and Oil Lamps - Was The Ninth Circuit Homeless Ruling Just?

    31/01/2020 Duração: 46min

    In this round, Mike and Kurt take a deep dive into a recent Federal court ruling regarding the rights of the homeless. The US Supreme Court has declined to take up a controversial Idaho case in which it was ruled unconstitutional to prohibit homeless people from sleeping in public spaces. Are this district ruling, and the Supreme Court decision to let it stand, just? Who does this ruling most impact? Will it foster a change to the way we address homelessness, or does it create more problems than it solves? Join us as Mike and Kurt debate these questions - and more - on this week's episode of Right Brain Left Brain!

  • Was The Iran Assassination Justified?

    Was The Iran Assassination Justified?

    10/01/2020 Duração: 47min

    In this round, Mike and Kurt dive into the US military killing of Iranian General Qasem Soleimani in Iraq. Was Donald Trump justified in killing the man? What gives him the authority to do so? Was it the right thing to do, or will it lead to more bloodshed - perhaps even all-out war? Join us as Kurt and Mike mix rum and tequila and debate these questions - and more - on this week's episode of Right Brain Left Brain!

  • January Patreon Exclusive - Are 2nd Amendment Sanctuaries Legitimate?

    January Patreon Exclusive - Are 2nd Amendment Sanctuaries Legitimate?

    03/01/2020 Duração: 03min

    In this Patreon-only round, Mike and Kurt debate the ongoing controversy around so-called "2nd Amendment Sanctuaries." Are these places, where folks boldly claim that they will not enforce certain gun-control laws, bastions of self-determination? Or are they lawless regions, devoid of concern for the common good? Or something else entirely...? Join us as Kurt and Mike knock back tequila shots and debate these questions - and more - on this week's episode of Right Brain Left Brain! Listen to the full episode at: https://www.patreon.com/posts/32823794

  • At Long Last, Impeachment! But Is It Really Time to Say Goodbye??

    At Long Last, Impeachment! But Is It Really Time to Say Goodbye??

    20/12/2019 Duração: 50min

    In this round, Mike and Kurt debate the Articles of Impeachment that have been passed in the US House of Representatives. Now that the inquiry phase is complete, do the Democrats have the goods? Is conviction in the Senate likely, or even possible? Senate trial outcome notwithstanding, does the case against Trump warrant removal from office? Join us as Mike and Kurt drink 100-proof rye and debate these questions - and more - on this episode of Right Brain Left Brain!

  • Are Trumps SNAP Cuts Appropriate?

    Are Trump's SNAP Cuts Appropriate?

    15/12/2019 Duração: 47min

    In this round, Mike and Kurt examine the Trump Administration's recent rule change to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, otherwise known as S.N.A.P., or Food Stamps. With Trump's new eligibility rules, fewer folks are expected to receive SNAP benefits moving forward. Yet many support the move, arguing that SNAP is too generous, wasting taxpayer money on those who shouldn't qualify. Is this new rule reasonable, or is Trump the Grinch they say he is? Join us as Mike and Kurt debate these questions - and more - on this week's Right Brain Left Brain!

  • 2020 Democrats - Going For Woke?

    2020 Democrats - Going For Woke?

    07/11/2019 Duração: 35min

    In this round, Mike and Kurt size up the top Democratic contenders remaining in the 2020 field. With the departure of Beto O'Rourke and the first primary just a couple months away, now seems like a good time to check in on the remaining candidates. The top of the field has young moderates, old socialists, estabilshment Dems, and septuagenarian hellraisers duking it out for the top spot. As the Iowa caucus swiftly approaches, who will come out on top? What are the target demographics, and whose policy positions will capture those endorsements? How should the candidates adjust their platforms as the field narrows? Join us as Kurt and Mike consume a pint of rum and debate these questions - and more - on this week's episode of Right Brain Left Brain!

  • Live Streamers, Athletes, Politicians, Oh My! - Regarding Hong Kong, Whos the Biggest Hypocrite?

    Live Streamers, Athletes, Politicians, Oh My! - Regarding Hong Kong, Who's the Biggest Hypocrite?

    24/10/2019 Duração: 39min

    In this round, Kurt and Mike look at the ongoing fight for Hong Kong independence through the lens of American reactions. While world-wide-web-warriors tweet out their thoughts and prayers, some high-profile commentators find themselves in hot water for showing too much - or not enough - moral support for the massive Hong Kong protests. What's really going on in Hong Kong? With millions of Americans weighing in on the issue, who's the biggest hypocrite of them all? Join us as Mike and Kurt tear through a six-pack, un-pack the Hong Kong controversy, and answer these questions - and more - on this week's episode of Right Brain Left Brain!

  • Turkey Attacks Syrian Kurds - How Should The US Respond?

    Turkey Attacks Syrian Kurds - How Should The US Respond?

    18/10/2019 Duração: 38min

    In this round, Mike and Kurt discuss the recent Turkish incursion into northern Syria. After President Trump removed US troops from the region of Syria bordering Turkey, Turkish president Erdogan moved quickly to invade the region, sending troops and paying proxies to launch attacks agains Syrian Kurds - our allies in the fight against ISIS. The attacks have been roundly condemned, but questions remain: What's the US's responsibility to the Kurds? Should the US do anything in reprisal over the attacks and, if so, what? And how can we prevent something like this ever happening again? Join us as Mike and Kurt debate these questions - and more - on this week's episode of Right Brain Left Brain!

  • Does Trumps Syria Pullout Doom Our Kurdish Allies?

    Does Trump's Syria Pullout Doom Our Kurdish Allies?

    09/10/2019 Duração: 44min

    In this round, Kurt and Mike discuss Donald Trump’s sudden decision to pull all remaining US troops out of northern Syria, where they’d been embedded with allied Kurdish fighters in the war against ISIS. Many critics of this move argue that this is a major double-cross of the Kurds, who face hostility from a Turkish military that's been waiting to invade northern Syria. Does Trump’s move give Turkey the green light to massacre the Kurdish fighters who frontlined the fight against ISIS? Will Trump’s reassurances stack up in the face of Turkish aggression against a Kurdish population they’ve been at odds with for decades? Join us as Mike and Kurt debate these questions - and more - on this week’s episode of Right Brain Left Brain!

  • Ok, But How About Now? Impeachment Inquiry! Trump Ukraine Saga 2!

    Ok, But How About Now? Impeachment Inquiry! Trump Ukraine Saga 2!

    02/10/2019 Duração: 47min
  • Time For Impeachment? Now? Ok, How About Now?

    Time For Impeachment? Now? Ok, How About Now?

    25/09/2019 Duração: 44min
  • California Bans Private Prisons - Should the US Follow Suit?

    California Bans Private Prisons - Should the US Follow Suit?

    23/09/2019 Duração: 39min

    In this round, Mike and Kurt take a look at the state of prisons in the US. Since the tough-on-crime era of the 1980s, the American prison population has skyrocketed. To save money, the federal penal system began issuing contracts to private companies to house prisoners, and many states, cities, and counties have followed suit, but not without controversy. Is there a major difference between private and government-run prisons? Are the claimed problems with for-profit prisons unfixable? With a number of states shunning prison privatization, should the federal government ban them outright? Join us as Mike and Kurt drink too much whiskey and debate these questions - and more - on this week's episode of Right Brain Left Brain!

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