Episode 17-Productivity

August 20, 2017

This week we talk about productivity and how we stay productive in our academic and professional lives! We have different approaches to staying productive, so check it out! Let us know how you stay productive and what works best for you!

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Episode 16-Wood for Sheep?

August 11, 2017

In this episode, we discuss free trade! Why do we trade with other nations? What should our goal be when crafting trade agreements? And what the heck even is a tariff? We discuss all of this, as well as how the U.S. can adapt to a changing economy in the face of manufacturing jobs leaving en masse. Enjoy!

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Episode 15-Why Millennials are the Worst

July 22, 2017

First, we kick off the show with a quick follow-up about our personalities and how we get things done!

In the rest of this episode, we tackle one of the most important questions facing society today: why are millennials destroying everything we hold dear? (just kidding). But more seriously, we talk about the stereotypes surrounding millennials and how we can change the conversation around generational divisions. We also look at how millennials differ from older generations as well as from the younger Generation Z. Enjoy!

 

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Episode 14-Raising the Minimum Wage

July 7, 2017

Hey folks! In this episode, we consider whether pushing for a $15 minimum wage is economically sustainable or if it's fool's gold. We talk about what the underlying goal behind minimum wage hikes should be, some common arguments for and against it, and how it's working in practice. We look at recently released data from Seattle's minimum wage hike (here and here) and try to make sense of the results so far. Here's a cost of living calculator to consider how wage hikes in different regions would play out differently. Let us know what you think!

 

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Episode 13-My Party Isn’t Racist, Yours Is

June 22, 2017

In our current political climate, both parties love trying to claim the moral highground any chance they get. But do these arguments hold up? Probably not, especially when taking credit or pointing fingers for things that happened long ago. We explain why in this episode!

Check out these maps to see how voting patterns have changed over time (note the drastic change in the 1960s!).

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Episode 12-And You Thought You Knew Us

June 8, 2017

In this episode, we reveal our personalities in the Myers-Briggs system and show how our types play out in real life. We also talk about some of our favorite brethren in our types (fictional and real) and wrap up by discussing the cognitive functions for each of our types. Let us know what your type is! 

Here's a reference for cognitive functions!

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Episode 11-Who Are You

June 1, 2017

In this episode, we discuss the Myers-Briggs personality test. It's a great way to learn more about yourself and we try to help you get the most out of it!

Keep an eye out for the follow up episode where we discuss our types and they play out in our daily lives!

Here's the link to take the test and here's the source to understand the cognitive functions.

Enjoy!

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Episode 10-March Madness

March 12, 2017

As you prepare to fill out your brackets and celebrate March Madness, we consider how to improve American sports in general and NCAA basketball in particular. Why is our society so obsessed with the "madness" of playoff systems rather than focusing on rewarding the best team? In this episode, we pick apart the NCAA tournament and try to find a better way to reward deserving teams.

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Episode 9-Supply, Demand, and Why Things Are Banned

February 24, 2017

Why do politicians try to ban things they don't like?  Moreover, why do so many people think that banning things is an effective way to change other people's behavior?  This week, we explain why banning things just doesn't work and why you should instead focus on reducing demand for the thing you don't like. We explore three specific political topics that relate to this supply and demand problem.  Here are some graphs to help you visualize what we mean when we're talking about reducing supply or demand for something.

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Episode 8-It’s Game Time

February 13, 2017

In this episode, we tackle one of the most pressing first world problems challenging game theory scholars today.  To do this, we break down what Game Theory is and dive into one of its more well-known manifestations, the Prisoner's Dilemma.  In case you're not familiar with Prisoner's Dilemma, here's a great example.  We hope you enjoy!

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