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Common Sense with Dan Carlin
Loud, fast-talking and deceptively funny, this politically-independent "forward-thinking pragmatist" looks at the events shaping our world through a uniquely American lens. It's smarter than you think, and faster than you expect.
Recent Episodes for Common Sense with Dan Carli...
DATE: Wed, 29 Sep 2010
SIZE: 39.4 MB
Show 185 - False Advertising
The only way Americans can change federal government policy is by voting for new political candidates. But what if those candidates ignore the positions they ran on once elected? Also: the implementation Gordian knot.
DATE: Tue, 14 Sep 2010
SIZE: 40.5 MB
Show 184 - Grading Evil on a Curve
Is the treatment of women in some traditional societies "evil"? Dan looks at the issue of "honor killings" and tries to determine what the world community's response should be. Also: Fareed Zakaria wakes up.
DATE: Thu, 02 Sep 2010
SIZE: 39.2 MB
Show 183 - I Spy (on you)
Dan has a case of "Hardcore History Hangover", but still manages to to get out a show about your dwindling rights to privacy and what happens when political Hyperbole becomes the Truth.
DATE: Tue, 17 Aug 2010
SIZE: 43.4 MB
Show 182 - Flirting with the Berserk Line
How can you tell if the government has gone insane? Dan has strong opinions on where the line-in-the-sand between crazy and sane should be drawn. Also: Expert dictatorship or ignorant democracy?
DATE: Wed, 04 Aug 2010
SIZE: 35.3 MB
Show 181 - The Instrument of Destruction
A listener wants Dan to predict the future, which leads to him adopting an almost Vonnegut-esqe "so it goes" resignation to the inevitable. Also incoherent rambling and random musings on the jobs front.
DATE: Mon, 19 Jul 2010
SIZE: 37.2 MB
Show 180 - The Inflexible Mind
Does partisan ideology inhibit the ability to learn from political mistakes? This episode deals with some of the recurring core issues of the show, including secrecy, corruption and partisanship.
DATE: Tue, 06 Jul 2010
SIZE: 42.3 MB
Show 179 - GenX Journalism
Dan has nothing but praise for the likes of Glenn Greenwald and Matt Taibbi as they assault the stale complacence of the traditional media outlets. Also: The latest Supreme Court ruling on guns.
DATE: Tue, 22 Jun 2010
SIZE: 39.5 MB
Show 178 - Indecent Disclosure
Despite weird voodoo that tried to prevent this episode from being released, Dan comes out in support of whistleblowers who leak secrets and full financial disclosure in politics. Surprising, eh?
DATE: Thu, 03 Jun 2010
SIZE: 40.6 MB
Show 177 - Waterlogged Thoughts
Everything discussed in this show is likely to get a lot of people angry. From Israeli naval raids to U.N. control of U.S. foreign policy, Dan probably won't be able to avoid making you mad. Sorry.
DATE: Sat, 22 May 2010
SIZE: 44.6 MB
Show 176 - The Reform Mirage
Why do potential solutions that might actually help reform the U.S. political system seem so far-fetched? Dan tries to deal with the subject in a realistic way. Also, a riffin' on the News segment.
DATE: Wed, 05 May 2010
SIZE: 43.0 MB
Show 175 - Blue Pills & Green Bills
Dan is in a mood to rant and it definitely comes out in this show. Illegal immigration,Wall Street reform,terrorism and U.S. foreign policy are touched upon. It's loud, ugly and repetitive.
DATE: Fri, 16 Apr 2010
SIZE: 46.1 MB
Show 174 - A Cold Slap in the Face
A group that leaks secret information releases video of a U.S. helicopter strike that kills a news crew. Dan talks about several angles of that story. Also: Presidential assassination powers and other things.
DATE: Thu, 01 Apr 2010
SIZE: 36.5 MB
Show 173 - Firefighting with Gasoline
We almost called this episode "The Big Conspiracy Show". Dan discusses the recent arrests of members of an anti-government group charged with "seditious conspiracy". Also: Jesse Ventura.
DATE: Wed, 17 Mar 2010
SIZE: 40.0 MB
Show 172 - The Great Texas History Flap
A controversy over history textbooks in Texas has Dan wondering who should be in charge of deciding what kids should learn about the past. Also: The need for government secrecy reform.
DATE: Sat, 27 Feb 2010
SIZE: 39.0 MB
Show 171 - The Leadership Triangle
Dan details what he's looking for in a political candidate. He also bemoans the loss of intellectual conservatism, pleads for us to get our fiscal house in order and asks what size military we need to defend ourselves.
DATE: Sat, 13 Feb 2010
SIZE: 37.6 MB
Show 170 - To Dum Two Vowt
Would the U.S. be in better shape if American voters were more politically savvy? Dan looks at a few ideas designed to raise the I.Q. of the electorate. Also: Anonymous saviors on white horses.
DATE: Wed, 27 Jan 2010
SIZE: 42.5 MB
Show 169 - Money Talks
A Supreme Court decision involving campaign finance has Dan thinking about ways to level the Free Speech playing field. He also interviews Jackie Salit of independenttvoting.org and the Neo-Independent Magazine.
DATE: Thu, 14 Jan 2010
SIZE: 35.1 MB
Show 168 - On the Road to Nigeria
Is the USA becoming a "Banana Republic"? If the American political system is too beholden to special interests what can The People do about it? Dan gets mad that he's not doing more to help.
DATE: Thu, 31 Dec 2009
SIZE: 50.8 MB
Show 167 - The Big Clip Show
This extra-long, year-ending edition of the show contains clips from past episodes on a variety of topics. From Iran to Obama, torture to energy this show has a little of a lot.
DATE: Fri, 18 Dec 2009
SIZE: 37.4 MB
Show 166 - Droning on about Pakistan
Should the U.S. expand unmanned military drone attacks into Pakistan's cities as part of the War on Terror? Dan discusses the ramifications of that while also discussing marijuana and climate change.
Recent Comments for Common Sense with Dan Carli...
It was good but I think it has matured and improved further over time.
Submitted By: fpalmay@... (on 9-2013)
Actually I love both Hardcore History and Common Sense. Dan Carlin is the history teacher I wish Id had growing up. But thank goodness I found his podcasts because Im amazed at what Im learning and how much I didnt know! Hes definitely made an impact on my thinking and I wish everyone who loves to send emails that support their political viewpoint would listen to Dan Carlin. Most of them, including me until recently, dont have a clue.
Submitted By: ahwatman@... (on 8-2013)