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Civil Discord - Episode 89

August 5th, 2021

In this episode of Civil Discord, Jaffee shares some sociologically informed observations on camping and depressed rural communities based on his recent travels through the southland. In the second half of the episode, Jaffee and Phillips discuss the loss by Nina Turner for the Congressional seat in Ohio, the extended moratorium on evictions, and the bipartisan infrastructure bill making its way through Congress. The episode ends with the regular “Not The Onion” segment on vaccination behavior.


Civil Discord - Episode 88

July 28th, 2021

In this episode of Civil Discord, Phillips has the opportunity to share his experiences traveling to Las Vegas and southern Utah and wrapping it in socio-political context. This includes reference to climate change, police practices, and rental car nightmares. There is also the bout with Covid-like symptoms on his return. The episode ends with some discussion of the implications of the latest Delta-variant-charged spike in cases.


Civil Discord - “On The Road”

July 9th, 2021

In this special “on the road” edition of Civil Discord, Jaffee reports on two significant political developments as he travels through Alabama and Mississippi. The first is the ongoing strike, now exceeding 100 days, by the United Mine Workers in Brookwood, Alabama against the Warrior Met corporation. The second segment takes us to Jackson Mississippi, home of the Jackson Women’s Health Organization (JWHO, aka “the Pink House”) which is at the center of the upcoming case to be heard on abortion by the Supreme Court. Jaffee interviews one of the co-organizers, Derenda Hancock, of the Pink House Defenders, a volunteer organization of escorts for women seeking the services of the JWHO in the face of anti-abortion protesters outside the facility.  

Civil Discord - Episode 86

June 29th, 2021

In this episode of Civil Discord, Jaffee and Phillips focus on crime and criminal justice issues. More specifically, in the first half, Phillips discusses the sharps rise in violence crime across the US and some potential explanations. In the second half, he turns to the decriminalization of drug use and possession in Oregon and the implications of this policy for policing and carceral trends.


Civil Discord-Episode 85

June 24th, 2021

In this episode of Civil Discord, Phillips (sans Jaffee) is joined by regular guest Daniel Cronrath, professor of political science at Florida State College at Jacksonville. They begin by discussing the aftermath of the Orange Crush festival, an event for largely African American college students hosted by Jacksonville. This segues into a conversation about the shameful state of race relations in the city. They next turn to a push by Catholic bishops in the United States to deny communion to pro-choice politicians—including the President of the United States. Next, they examine the new Florida “ideological diversity” law that was passed to address the presumed problem of “liberal indoctrination” in university classrooms. Both Phillips and Cronrath affirm the importance of ideological diversity, but not in the manner the law presumes. They close by speculating about the prospects of a progressive infrastructure bill.

Civil Discord - Episode84

June 15th, 2021

In this episode of Civil Discord, Jaffee and Phillips do a deep dive into the Critical Race Theory controversy. The first episode discusses the rule passed by the Florida Board of Education and the motivations and implications. In the second half, the conversation turns to the actual meaning of Critical Race Theory,  the basic tenets, and some of the legitimate criticisms. The episode ends with another "This Is Not The Onion" segment focusing on the Amazon pacification strategy known as AmaZEN!


Civil Discord - Episode 83

June 8th, 2021

In this episode of Civil Discord, Jaffee and Phillips begin with an update on the Israeli-Palestinian situation. The conversation then turns to Biden’s effort to pass an infrastructure bill,  the unsolicited capitulation by Biden, and the role of the ever-destructive Joe Manchin. After a musical break featuring Gil Scott-Heron’s classic, “Whitey on the Moon”, in honor of Jeff Bezos, the second half is devoted to a discussion of an industrial policy bill for which there is bipartisan support, largely on the basis of anti-China cold war sentiment, and then Phillips shares some thoughts on the Fauci email revelations. The episode ends with the Jaffee sharing a “Not The Onion” piece on your “friendscape”.

Civil Discord - Episode 82

June 2nd, 2021

In this episode of Civil Discord, Jaffee (sans Phillips) is joined by very special guest Ranna Abduljawad, a Palestinian activist and Executive Vice President of the Arab American Community Center of Jacksonville, FL. Abduljawad discusses the source of the Palestinian struggle and the widespread misconceptions about the Israeli occupation and Palestinian resistance including the day-to-day living conditions for Palestinians, the recent confrontation between the Israeli military and the Palestinian resistance, role of Hamas, US foreign policy toward Israel, and future prospects for the Palestinian movement.[NOTE: audio difficulties in the first half of the episode are resolved in the second half].  


Civil Discord - Episode 81

May 25th, 2021

In this episode, Jaffee and Phillips begin with a consideration of the Biden legislative proposals and the current state of the infrastructure bill (American Jobs Plan). In the second half, attention turns to the return of the Wuhan China lab-leak hypothesis as the source of Covid-19, and the plausibility of this explanation.  The episode ends with a brief discussion of the implications of the Republican Party divisions in Arizona over voter fraud in Maricopa county.



Civil Discord - Episode 80

May 19th, 2021

In this episode of Civil Discord, Jaffee and Phillips spend the first half of the episode discussing the Israeli-Palestinian situation. The second half is devoted to the presumed labor shortage impacting businesses seeking to recruit workers, and the factors that might be contributing to why some people have decided to sit out of the labor market at this time.

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