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Civil Discord - Episode 62

January 13th, 2021

In this episode of Civil Discord, Jaffee and Phillips discuss the causes and consequences of the January 6th mob insurrection on the U.S. Capitol. The conversation revolves around whether it was really such a surprise, why it was predictable, the indulgent police/security response to white right-wing protesters, what the consequences should be, how larger socioeconomic and political conditions fuel Trumpism and right-wing movements, and the calls for legislation to address protest and internet speech. The episode concludes with some commentary on the two Senate races won by Democrats in Georgia.  


Civil Discord-Episode 61

January 6th, 2021

In this episode of Civil Discord, Jaffee and Phillips have Georgia on their mind and the two Senatorial races not to mention Trump’s effort to convince the Georgia Secretary of State to commit election fraud. The conversation then turns to the vaccine, the role of the pharmaceutical industry, and the less than successful vaccine rollout and distribution. In the second half they turn to the comparative state of the renewed coronavirus spikes in California and Florida and the need for robust policy response to the larger economic crisis and fallout. The episode concludes with comments on the relevance of Modern Monetary Theory for moving forward on the policy front in the years ahead.



Civil Discord - Episode 60

December 18th, 2020

In this episode of Civil Discord, Jaffee (sans Phillips) is joined by very special guest Thelma Straight.  Straight, a graduate of University of North Florida, is the author of two books: "The Stories My Foremothers Told Me" (conversations with women of color who witnessed the Civil Rights Movement in the Deep South), and "All You Could See Was the Water: Hurricane Katrina through The Eyes of Children" (conversations with children of color who witnessed Hurricane Katrina.). The conversation revolves around the content and method in her work. Straight describes how her biography has shaped her writing and area of interests, the insights gained from the oral histories of her mother and relatives of that generation growing up in the deep South during tumultuous times, how she came to interview children who had experienced the ravages of Hurricane Katrina, what it means to give people voice to tell their stories, tips and pitfalls in the process of recording the testimony of people who are sharing emotional subjects, and a more recent intergenerational project that trained young black boys in the technique of interviewing and recording the oral histories of older black men.     


Civil Discord - Episode 59

December 8th, 2020

In this episode of Civil Discord, Jaffee and Phillips welcome back as special guest Michael Binder, Professor of Political Science and Director of the Public Opinion Research Lab at the University of North Florida. In the first half of the episode the discussion revolves around the recent election results, nationally and state-wide, and the factors that impacted the inaccuracies in polling projections that predicted a larger margin of victory for Democrats. In the second half, the conversation turns to the local Jacksonville Lot-J development project, the polling of Jacksonville residents on the project, how it reflects a larger trend in what Jaffee describes as neoliberal urban development, and the implications for Mayor Lenny Curry and his administration.

Civil Discord-Episode 58

December 1st, 2020

In this episode of Civil Discord, Jaffee and Phillips discuss the perils of traveling during Covid-19, holiday familial obligations and relations, the national disgrace that is student loan debt and the proposal to cancel the debt, Biden’s advisor and cabinet selections and their connections to the financial sector and Ivy League institutions, and the assassination of the Iranian nuclear scientist.

Civil Discord-Episode 57

November 24th, 2020

In this episode of Civil Discord, Jaffee and Phillips began with an update on Trump’s challenge to the election outcome, whether Trump will face charges when he leaves office, and the latest news on a coronavirus vaccine. In the second half of the episode, the conversation turns to Biden’s advisor and cabinet picks, the relationship to identity politics, the apparent reliance on the Obama Alumni Association for key positions, and the implications for foreign policy under the Biden administration.

Civil Discord-Episode 56

November 14th, 2020

In this episode of Civil Discord, Jaffee and Phillips have their regular guest Daniel Cronrath, Professor of Political Science at Florida State College at Jacksonville, to conduct a post-mortem on the election and a deeper analysis of Democratic Party failure. Discussion includes how Trump will leave office, why was the election as close as it was, prospects for the two parties going forward and possible realignment, Democratic Party rhetoric versus policy, the marginalization of the left wing of the party, some state and local political outcomes, the surge in Hispanic voter turnout, and the possible Biden cabinets picks.   

Civil Discord-Episode 55

November 7th, 2020

In this episode of Civil Discord, Jaffee and Phillips discuss the Tuesday election results and the current state of the Trump-Biden race, while votes are still being counted. Topics include the “red mirage” and the “blue wave” phenomenon, the strategies Trump may use to retain power in the face of a defeat, why the election was as close as it was, the failure once again of the pollster projections, the Hispanic vote in Florida, some preliminary results from exit surveys, Georgia goes blue, and the picture in the Senate and the House.


Civil Discord - Episode 54

October 31st, 2020

In this special pre-election episode of Civil Discord, Jaffee and Phillips discuss what we might expect over the next few weeks as the “mother of all Presidential elections” is just 5 days away. In the first half of the episode, we discuss prospects for fascism, the nightmare election day scenario involving the “red mirage” and the “blue tide”, how a contested election might be “resolved, and their respective experiences voting or preparing to do so. After a musical interlude with Billy Bragg and Wilco doing “All You Fascists”, the second half of the episode turns to the question so many ask – “why would anyone vote for Trump?” – and the various ways to think about this in the context of social theory and political institutions. The conversation continues with some data and thoughts on the youth vote, what organizations are preparing to do if there is a Trump “coup”, and what to look for on election night.    

Civil Discord - Episode 53

October 27th, 2020

In this episode of Civil Discord, Jaffee kicks off the discussion with a report on the recent elections in Bolivia and the vindication of the party of Evo Morales, this leads to a consideration of what might happen here in the US on election day and whether the polls predicting a Biden win are plagued by the same problems as those in 2016. Jaffee then points to one positive and one negative aspect of the Biden performance in the second debate. In the second half of the episode, Phillips shares a sociological observation about pandemic behavior and how it varies by both age and ethnicity producing the concept of “rational herding”.  The discussion turns to the administration’s odd warnings about Iranian and Russian interference, the Trump 60 Minutes interview, and Pelosi’s inability to know when to step aside and turn the speakership over to the next generation.

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