#WeThePeople_Live

#WeThePeople_Live

United States

Podcast by Josh Zepps

Episodes

EP. 89 JAKE TAPPER WON’T LIKE THIS EPISODE  

Kmele Foster of FreeThink Media is our guest this week. He doesn’t like Jake Tapper. Because Jake Tapper believes in objectivity. But doesn’t Kmele? Doesn’t Josh? Wait, what? Can’t journalism be objective? Josh and Kmele wrestle with the question until Josh’s mind is blown. If independent thinking is your bag, enjoy Kmele Foster of FreeThink Media on #WeThePeople LIVE.   

EP. 88 SAM HARRIS Part #2  

Sam Harris and Josh wrestle with such mind-expanding questions as what it means to be self-aware, whether computers will ever feel, and whether consciousness might be woven into the very fabric of the universe. Plus, Josh quizzes Sam on the controversial things he wishes he’d never said (or does he?). Pour yourself a glass of the finest ayahuasca, and enjoy.

EP. 87 WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENTS' DINNER  

James West and Ben Dreyfus are young renegade reporters who work as Senior Editors at the non-profit investigative news magazine Mother Jones. They recently attended the White House Correspondents' Dinner which President Trump ducked. They join Josh to discuss the public's cynicism towards the press, and journalists' relationship to power. (Plus, news of the firing of James Comey, the FBI Director, breaks while we're recording.) Is "fake news" real? Is Bob Woodward a schmuck? Is the White House Correspondents' Dinner more than a vapid, back-slapping schmooze-fest? Yes, maybe and no.

EP. 86 SAM HARRIS Part #1  

Free speech. Campus protests. Black Lives Matter. Snowflakes. Sam Harris is one of America’s most insightful and controversial public intellectuals. He sits down with Josh to discuss his life, his creativity, and his podcast. What is the impact of distractedness on our minds in this hectic world? How does Sam write? How does he find his muse? What does he regret? It's all here in Josh's laid-back one-on-one interview with one of #WeThePeople's favorite guests.

EP. 85 LIVE FROM NEW YORK Part #2: Race, Feminism and Trump  

At a live Brooklyn lollapalooza, three commanding comics join Josh to discuss being black,female and/or just weird in the first 100 days of Trump's America. Join Corinne Fisher, Myq Kaplan and Chris Hamilton as they make debate healthy again. Weee!!!!

EP. 84 LIVE FROM NEW YORK: 100 Days of Drumpf!  

#WeThePeople LIVE has been picked up by Slate's Panoply network and we're celebrating with a return to our roots: Bantering live in a Brooklyn bar. 
Slate Political Gabfest host David Plotz joins Mike Pesca of Slate's daily podcast, The Gist, and FreeThink's Kmele Foster. They drink gin. They argue with Josh. And they celebrate the first 100 days of our glorious new president. It’s a panel! It's a party! It's a podstravaganza! CONGRATULATIONS, AMERICA.

EP. 83 W.T.F. IS UP IN EUROPE?  

Three big stories are coming out of EuropaLand this week, and Josh wants to figure out what they mean for you. First, the UK just announced a surprise early election; second, France goes to the polls next week in an election that could blow up the E.U. and see a victory for the Far Right; and third, Turkish voters just handed their president quasi-dictatorial powers. Slate’s June Thomas and FreeThink’s Kmele Foster help Josh unpack the deeper significance of these seismic shifts across the pond. Switch on your book-learnin’ noggins, humans, and enjoy.

EP. 82 UNITED AIRLINES #BUMPGATE  

The world has gone gaga over a viral video of an innocent passenger being dragged violently off a plane. Why? Why are we so transfixed? Why are airlines so crappy, and cops so aggressive? Why are corporations so cynical, and why do we stand by? Josh convenes a special #WeThePeople Flying-In-America Summit with a trio of sassy travel experts to debate #Bumpgate, state violence, corporate BS, and what this means for us all.

EP. 81 WAR WITH SYRIA? YAY! (with Eli Lake)  

President Trump has fired missiles into Syria after its dictator, President Assad, gassed civilians. The alt-Right is furious. The Left is, too. Who better to burst the anti-Trump bubble than a smart hawk like Eli Lake? He and Josh break down the most important foreign policy question of our time: What The F*# To Do About Syria?

EP. 80 FRANK RICH : DEFENDING THE BUBBLE  

Should Democrats give a damn about hillbillies? They seem to feel they should. Since Trump, there’s been much hand-wringing about how to escape the liberal bubble and understand the white rural working poor. “Quit it”, says Frank Rich, the editor-at-large for New York magazine and executive producer of Veep on HBO. He was the titan of the New York Times opinion pages for two decades, and he’s as thoughtful and provocative as ever. Make debate healthy again? Maybe. Or maybe not with rednecks.

EP.79 ANDY KINDLER VS TWITTER  

It's been a controversial week for comedy legend Andy Kindler. The Letterman alum kicked a hornet's nest by tweeting that Sam Harris is an anti-Muslim bigot... on what turned out to be the eve of a jihadist attack on Westminster. Harris pushed back. A Twitter shit-storm ensued. #WeThePeople LIVE is the only show that has featured both Harris and Kindler as recent guests, so we sought a détente. Josh spoke with Sam via email, and sat down with Andy to discuss the disagreement, Islam, bigotry, and the ugliness of trolling. Who's right? Who's wrong? You decide! Our thanks to Harris and Kindler for their time. Make debate healthy again, humans.

EP 78. LOUIS THEROUX  

Louis Theroux is one of the most important figures on British TV. His BBC documentaries have won him two BAFTAs, an Emmy nomination and superstar status across the pond (and Down Under). Louis started out as a correspondent on Michael Moore’s NBC show "TV Nation" and then got his own show examining weird aspects of humankind. His latest foray is “My Scientology Movie”, a documentary feature film. Louis sat down with Josh to discuss religion, politics, creativity and what we mean when we say we “believe” something. (It's, like, heavy, dude. In a nice British way.)

EP 78. LOUIS THEROUX  

Louis Theroux is one of the most important figures on British TV. His BBC documentaries have won him two BAFTAs, an Emmy nomination and superstar status across the pond (and Down Under). Louis started out as a correspondent on Michael Moore’s NBC show "TV Nation" and then got his own show examining weird aspects of humankind. His latest foray is “My Scientology Movie”, a documentary feature film. Louis sat down with Josh to discuss religion, politics, creativity and what we mean when we say we “believe” something. (It's, like, heavy, dude. In a nice British way.)

EP.77 Eiynah, Pakistani Sex Blogger  

Amid all the chatter about Muslim bans, refugees and anti-discrimination, it can be tricky to know how to tread on the topic of Islam. Join Josh and Eiynah, the renowned ex-Muslim pro-sex feminist, as they dig into the thorny issues of Trumpism, Islamism and Ben Affleckism. Enjoy.

EP. 76 DON'T CALL IT A STATE OF THE UNION  

What does a sharp New York gal from a Trump-voting Wisconsin county think about the President's first speech to Congress? And about Syrians? And about identity politics? And about end-of-life health care for greedy baby boomers? Why, Josh digs into it all in this Not-a-State-of-the-Union post mortem with the Daily Beast's Erin Gloria Ryan, host of the Girl Friday podcast. Lap it up, humans!

EP. 75 TRUMP & AUSTRALIA  

Who cares about Australia? Well, Trump does, a bit. And Josh does, a lot. And so does Aussie journalist and all-round clever funny guy James West, of Mother Jones magazine in New York. Together, they explain Australia's refugee policy, the kerfuffle between Trump and the Aussie P.M., and they solve America's immigration problem. You're welcome, humans.

EP. 74 DECONSTRUCTING MILO  

A Trump supporter, an anti-Trumper walk into a bar to discuss Milo Yiannopoulos, masculinity and the backlash from the Left… and get derailed into discussing immigration, assimilation, bigotry, neoliberalism and whether The West Is The Best. How will it go? Can we bridge the conversational chasm? Tune in to find out on this all-new episode… of #WethePeople LIVE!

EP. 73 MYQ KAPLAN THE PHILOSOPHER COMIC KING  

Free will! Marxism! Moral philosophy! Cruelty to animals! Cruelty to Nazis! Sam Harris! Peter Singer! This week, Josh takes a break from politics in a wide-ranging, thought-provoking dialog with the wisest comedian we know, Myq Kaplan. The two of them ponder veganism, ayahuasca, factory farms, refugees, and the inexplicable narcissism of the Orange President (okay, of course they don’t avoid politics 100%.) Myq’s new comedy album, No Kidding, drops on February 17th. Buckle up, humans, for this non-stop ride to brainy-town.

EP. 72 IS TRUMP STAGING A COUP?  

Probably not. Who knows? Maybe Medium.com does. Several articles have gone viral on Facebook with titles like "“Trial balloon for a coup." Might the chaos of Trump's first two weeks be a deception? Whom should we believe, dear listener? Why, Josh! He gets down with the writer of one of Medium's most viral articles, "The Immigration Ban is a Headfake, and We’re Falling For It" -- the successful Silicon Valley entrepreneur and CEO, Jake Fuentes. Democracy! Fake news! World affairs! Steve Bannon! It's all sexy. It's all here. Enjoy.

BONUS: IMMIGRATION RANT  

Josh has a lot to say. About 13 minutes worth of thoughts.

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