August 16, 2020
“You’re far less likely to be shot as a black man in New York City than as a white man in Tulsa.” - Peter Moskos
In this episode, Meghan talks with Peter Moskos, a professor of law and police science at John Jay College of Criminal Justice who also happens to be a former Baltimore City police officer. They discuss the media’s role in public perceptions of policing, the various definitions of “defund the police, the impact of ubiquitous cameras and viral videos and what big city police departments get right that smaller ones tend to get wrong. Peter also talks about the death of George Floyd and shares his theory about what the other officers on the scene might have been thinking as they watched the events transpire.
Professor Peter Moskos (A.B. Princeton, PhD Harvard) is chairperson of the Department of Law, Police Science, and Criminal Justice Administration at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City. He is the director of John Jay College’s NYPD Executive Master’s Program and a former Baltimore City Police Officer.
In addition to his primary duties at John Jay College, Moskos is a faculty member in CUNY’s Doctoral Program in Sociology, has taught introductory criminal justice classes at LaGuardia Community College in Queens, and is a Senior Fellow of the Yale Urban Ethnography Project.
Moskos is the author of three books: Cop in the Hood, In Defense of Flogging, and Greek Americans. In 2011 he was recognized as one of The Atlantic Magazine’s “Brave Thinkers” of the year.
Visit his website at www.petermoskos.com
August 9, 2020
<i><b>"No one escapes. Everyone ends up in the guillotine eventually."</i></b>
In this episode of the podcast, Meghan speaks with celebrity physician Dr. Drew Pinsky, whose career in both medicine and media dates back to the 1980s, when he began co-hosting the nationally syndicated call-in radio program <i>Loveline</i>. Recorded in May on the heels of a controversy over some of Drew’s initial comments about the coronavirus pandemic, this conversation delves into Drew’s theories about how trauma is driving social media mobs, his own “traumatic reenactments” and how the whole world has been taken over by the Dunning Kruger Effect. They also talk about the inherent uncertainties of epidemiological medicine and how some of the chaotic public health messaging of the AIDS crisis mirrors what we’re experiencing today around COVID-19.
Visit Dr. Drew at www.drdrew.com
August 2, 2020
“It feels so good to feel like you’re on the right side of history."
In this episode of the podcast, Meghan talks with novelist Leigh Stein, whose wickedly satirical new novel Self Care sends up internet influencers and Goop-flavored millennial startup culture while also slyly poking fun at the commodification of social justice activism. Leigh discusses the feminism, capitalism, and “performative workaholism” that inspired her novel and talks about how she went from being “part of the woke mob” to embracing more nuanced discussions.
Leigh Stein is the author of four books, including the novel Self Care. From 2014–2017, she ran a secret Facebook group of 40,000 women writers, in her role as cofounder and executive director of Out of the Binders/BinderCon, a feminist nonprofit organization. She’s been called a “leading feminist” by the Washington Post and “poet laureate of The Bachelor” by The Cut. Self-Care has been called “highbrow brilliant” by New York Magazine’s Approval Matrix and is on numerous must-read summer book lists, including those of Cosmopolitan, Esquire, Publisher’s Weekly and Vulture.
Visit Leigh at www.leighstein.com
July 23, 2020
**Recorded July 15th**
“I do think on average men are more likely to be more disruptive than necessary and women are more likely to be less disruptive than necessary” — Dr. Heather Heying
Evolutionary biologist Dr. Heather Heying has emerged over the last few years as a free speech advocate, largely because of her connection to a now-infamous set of protests at Evergreen State College, where she and husband, evolutionary biologist Bret Weinstein, taught for fifteen years. But less is known about Heather’s own story. In a wide-ranging conversation that covers sex differences, sex discrimination, and what it was like to grow up in the 1970s and 1980s as a girl who felt “invincible,” Heather talks about doing field work in Madagascar, wanting to be a science fiction writer, and why there aren’t more women in the “Intellectual Dark Web.”
Heather Heying is a scientist, educator, and author. Currently a Visiting Fellow in the James Madison Program at Princeton, she was a professor at The Evergreen State College for 15 years, where she pushed students from their comfort zones, in part through exploring remote sites in the neotropics. She earned her PhD in Biology from the University of Michigan, receiving the university’s top honor for her dissertation, and has a B.A. in Anthropology. Her first book is Antipode (2002), written while she was studying the sex lives of poison frogs in Madagascar. With husband Bret Weinstein, she is now writing A Hunter-Gatherer’s Guide to the 21st Century, which will provide an evolutionary toolkit for living a good and honorable life as an ape in the 21st century.
Visit Heather Heying at https://heatherheying.com