24. Andrew Iliadis: The Most Important Part of The Internet You Have Never Heard Of / The Semantic Web

Andrew Iliadis is an assistant professor within the department of media studies at Temple University who’s research focuses on the social implications of data science and semantic computing. 

We have a fascinating conversation on web infrastructure, the semantic web, data usage, the future of the internet, getting away from digital walled gardens, and much more. 

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19. Iyad Obeid: Decoding Infinity / How To Read a Brain

Iyad Obeid is an associate professor of electrical engineering who focuses on brain computer interfaces and decoding neural signals.

My conversation with him covers the difficulties of capturing signals from neural tissue, how one can apply machine learning and big data to EEGs, the differences between brains and computers, and what the future of brain machine interfaces might look like.

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18. Brendan O'Leary: Why Is Northern Ireland Such a Contentious Point for Brexit? / The Future of Global Governance

My guest today is political science professor Brendan O’Leary. He has been an advisor to the United Nations and European Union and has held many other distinguished positions. 

We discuss many topics ranging from why and how Northern Ireland became such a contentious point for Brexit, why Brexit has taken so long, the efficacy of referendums, his knowledge on conflicts and power sharing, the future of global politics, and much more.

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17. Daniel Cohen: Why a Green New Deal is the Only Way / The Gravity of the Climate Crisis

Daniel Cohen is a political science professor and director the Socio-Spatial Climate Collaborative (SC2).

The conversation covers topics such as the negative impact of the fossil fuel industry on climate progress, the inequality that is tethered to climate change, how dire the climate situation is, what the Green New Deal is, how society can stave off the negative impacts of climate change, and envisioning a new, healthier way of life all together.

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16. Kevin Arceneaux: How Psychology Plays Into Your Political Choices / Do Better Ways to Vote Exist?

Kevin Arceneaux is a professor of political science with interests in how and why people make the political decisions that they do. He also directs the Behavioral Foundations Lab and his research pulls from many disciplines such as psychology and biology.

We have a fascinating conversation on the psychology of voting and how biases could change our decisions. We also touch on topics such as the efficacy of impeachment, the electoral system, and different methods of voting.

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15. Richard Prisinzano: An Analysis of the Warren Campaign's Proposed Wealth Tax.

Richard Prisinzano, director of policy analysis at the Penn Wharton Budget Model (PWBM), talks to us today about the democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren’s proposed wealth tax.

We get his take on the PWBM’s analysis of the Warren wealth tax, an analysis be helped direct, along with his comments on the rebuttals to the  analysis. 

We do also touch on other related topics such as tax avoidance, the impact of taxes on GDP and many more things tax related. I have attached a link to the PWBM analysis below.

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