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Poverty, the Housing Crisis and Lobster on Food Stamps w/ Matthew DesmondPulitzer Prize winning sociologist, professor at Princeton University and author of the book Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City, Matthew Desmond joins Adam this week to discuss the physical effects poverty has on the people living in it, the lack of a national conversation about the housing crisis, and how the "American Dream" story is hurting us.
Factually! - Poverty, the Housing Crisis and Lobster on Food Stamps w/ Matthew Desmond
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We’ve been working furiously on this and banking episodes for months, so I’m beyond happy the day has finally arrived that I can talk about it publicly: my new podcast “Factually!” launches next week on the Earwolf network!
Every episode, my research team and I reveal a fascinating new piece of information that will make you think about the world in a brand new way. Then, I sit down with scientists, journalist, and Pulitzer Prize winners to go deep and share the revelatory new perspectives they’ve gained from a lifetime of research and study. If you’re a curious person who never stops asking questions, this show is for you.
The first episode drops May 29th, and features my interview with UCLA law professor Adam Winkler on the surprising history of the Second Amendment. Don’t miss out, subscribe now! Here’s a short list of all the places you can get it:
There are a lot of podcasts in the world, and they all need guests. I am happy to fill that unmet need! Behold, the fruits of my labors:
On Dunktown I talked about the NBA, a sports league I have started fervently following but still know next to nothing about; since the hosts are in the same boat (in fact, that’s the theme of the podcast!), it made for a fun conversation that’s refreshingly different from any sports talk you’ve heard before. Doesn’t hurt that Anastasia and Agata are incredibly funny as well!
On Ariana Lenarsky’s tarot podcast What’s Your Deal, Ariana gave me the most positive tarot reading ever and we talked about how my skepticism about the supernatural interacts with my enjoyment of tarot and astrology as an artistic pursuit.
On Dan Pashman’s the Sporkful, Dan and I talked food — my favorite recipes, my eating habits, and more — and discussed whether or not it’s better to live with our illusions or have them dispelled. (I think you can guess what my take was.) But more importantly — food!
Load ’em up for your next road trip / subway ride / DMV visit / buried-alive-mishap and have a listen!
A few months back I was a guest on Dan Harmon’s podcast, Harmontown. Not only am I a fan of the podcast and of Dan’s shows Community and Rick & Morty; Dan’s approach to comedy and story was a huge influence on me as a young writer, so it was really something to appear on the show with him to discuss Adam Ruins Everything as well as – let’s say, deeper subjects. It was a really special night; take a listen.
I don’t think I’ve ever laughed harder on a podcast than I did on this episode of the Rad DudeCast. This show is such a delight to do; Anthony, Greg, and Brendan are three incredibly funny goons and their show is just pure uncut audio comedy. Take a listen.
CC: I want to talk about your intended audience, because in that show you did at the 2018 XOXO Festival, you ended by talking about the people you do this for, and you said: “People who are open-minded and love to learn, people who prefer hard truths to comforting fictions, people who are empathetic and don’t want to see others suffer.”
Why do you prefer to preach to the choir, when your point seems to be to change people’s minds about things they hold as resolute truths?
AC: Oh I do, I do, that is the purpose of the show. But it begins by redefining what the choir is or was. The sermon is for people who need the lesson. That’s what the lesson is for. The audience is open to having their minds being changed; that’s why they’re sitting there. Now I hope that is everyone, because I believe that is the default way for humans to be: open-minded.
This week I had the pleasure of being a guest on the Joe Rogan Experience. On that episode, Joe brought up the question of trans children, and whether it is ethical to provide them with puberty blockers. Joe feels strongly that it is not. In my discussions with trans researchers and friends, I’ve come to understand that there are quite a lot of misconceptions about this issue, and that it’s an important one to get right. For that reason, I did my best to represent that perspective. However, since I was not aware we’d be discussing this topic before it came up, I did not have the relevant research close at hand, as I freely admitted on air. In this post, I’d like to provide it.
The Writer’s Guild of America is currently holding a vote on whether or not to institute a Code of Conduct for agencies that represent Guild members. I’m voting yes. In this post, I’m going to explain why and rebut some common arguments I’ve heard against the Guild’s initiative.