Episode 17: The hosts also debate whether teens should be able to get vaccinated without their parents’ consent and discuss a study that shows many have lost confidence in big institutions.
Episode 16: Richard Kyte and Scott Rada discuss how technology has shaped the past 25 years of our lives and what we can learn when we look to the future.
Episode 15: The hosts discuss a widely shared meme on social media titled "7 Rules of Life." Is this list useful, and does the advice offer a path to living an ethical life.
Episode 14: In addition, Richard Kyte and Scott Rada talk discuss whether vaccines are be used where the need is the greatest, and they try to determine whether the internet has made us meaner.
Episode 13: Also discussed is the role luck plays in our lives, and why some people rely more on superstitions and the supernatural instead of logic and science.
Opinion: Why can’t those who own guns and know the most about them take responsibility for ensuring they're used safely and without malicious intent?
Episode 11: Scott Rada and Richard Kyte talk about how their different life experiences frame how they each look at firearm safety. Later, they discuss a recent poll that shows most Americans no longer belong to a church.
Episode 9: From COVID-19 to the threat of natural disasters, we examine how people can cope with these and other risks — some real and some overblown — and why people react the way they do.
Opinion: Courage is the middle path between recklessness and hesitancy. It is the willingness to take responsibility coupled with the knowledge of how to do it appropriately.
Opinion: I have never met a kind person I disliked, even if I disagreed with their politics or we had no interests in common.
Episode 7: Other topics include whether news stories about relatively minor crimes should stay online forever, and which tactics work best when dealing with unreasonable people.
Episode 6: We ask a physician whether challenge trials — intentionally exposing people to the virus — would have sped up vaccine development and ultimately saved lives.
Opinion: For decades we have told our youth to “stay true to yourself” and “stick up for what you believe,” as if there were some virtue in stubborn persistence alone.
Episode 5: We also discuss whether the Republican Party would be in a stronger place today had Hillary Clinton defeated Donald Trump in 2016.
Episode 2: In addition, Scott Rada and Richard Kyte talk about whether people are expressing relief now that the presidential election is over and if vaccines will be the next big political fight.
"They aren’t trying to change the world or even change your mind. They are just quietly doing their job as they always have, often without praise or recognition, but with a steady disposition toward kindness and duty."
Topics discussed include confirmation bias, the role social media plays in how we consume information and the important questions we need to ask each other to hopefully get at the truth.