#WeThePeople LIVE
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In an era of thought bubbles, of talking points, of fake news and phony debate, #WeThePeople LIVE is a refreshing bar-room conversation about the biggest issues of our time. A place to reach across the conversational chasm. Pull up a stool, grab a cocktail, and help make debate healthy again. It's the discussion show for planet earth. Join the conversation: @WTP_Live.

Every chamber of the US Government is held by the party with fewer votes: the GOP. Now, Wisconsin Republicans are stripping further powers from the incoming Democratic governor. Is that "democracy"? Wisconsin Professor Harvey Kaye says "NYET!" But he knows how Democrats can wrestle power back. Put on your Che Guevara T-shirt and enjoy this enlightening one-on-one conversation with everyone's second-favorite democratic socialist, Professor Harvey Kaye. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Bettina Arndt is lighting up university campuses by giving speeches analyzing the data about campus rape. She says she's empowering young women to be bold and unafraid. Her critics say she dangerously downplays the risk posed by men. Arndt is a celebrity sex adviser who has written for the biggest newspapers, hosted a radio show, and even interviewed His Holiness The Reverend Jordan Peterson. She's either an alt-right anti-feminist fascist, or one of Australia's edgiest pro-sex feminists. You decide. ​ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

#WeThePeople LIVE returns after a hiatus with a favorite guest. Sarah Haider is the co-founder of Ex-Muslims of North America. She promotes religious dissent, women’s rights, liberalism and atheism, and she works to create local support communities for people who've left Islam.​ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

James Valentine is one of Australia's most culturally insightful broadcasters. But he's confused. What happened with Serena Williams at the US Open? Is it real news? Or a racialized, genderized Twitter brouhaha? How can you tell? To answer the deepest, and also shallowest, questions about social media -- and find out why you're paying too much for broccoli -- Josh interrogates ABC Radio Sydney's most whimsical host. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Chloé Valdary is an unlikely champion of Israel. A young black writer from New Orleans, she's been published in the Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic and the New York Times, and is a fiercely independent thinker who defies identitarian group-think. Josh expected to chat about race and identity. But the two started disagreeing about Israel... and, well... the conversation got deeeeep. Enjoy. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Australia's greatest science communicator, Dr Karl, takes your questions LIVE at Giant Dwarf Theatre -- and answers Josh's musings about gravity, mouth bacteria, and whether potatoes are the worst vegetable in the world. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Stephen Knight, aka "The Godless Spellchecker", is a British atheist podcaster who counts Ricky Gervais and Richard Dawkins among his fans. His podcast and YouTube show is among the most popular skeptic programs in the UK. Stephen and Josh discuss Islam, the burqa, white hypocrisy, child rape gangs, being locked up for contempt of court, vegetarianism, and whether Sam Harris is a gateway drug to white supremacy. Y'know. Just the usual stuff. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Can an Asian American be "racist" against whites? Much of the American Left has been arguing an emphatic "No" ever since the New York Times appointed Sarah Jeong to its editorial board, despite her Twitter history of anti-white prejudice. Should she have been hired? Should she be fired? What should prejudice and human rights mean in the 21st century to the Left? Iona Italia (@IonaItalia) is the sub-editor of Areo magazine and has some deep insights.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

The French soccer team that won the World Cup was pretty black. Too black, apparently, for racists, white supremacists and... Daily Show host Trevor Noah? A brouhaha between Trevor Noah and the French Government gives us an insight into the vast difference between how French and American liberals think about race and identity. In France, identity politics is considered toxic -- particularly by the Left. John Lichfield understands both perspectives. He's a Brit who's lived in the US and France, and worked for 20 years as the Paris correspondent for Britain's The Independent newspaper. He won the UK Press Awards Foreign Reporter of the year for his French reporting. Josh and John wrestle with identity politics on both sides of the pond. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Rachel Corbett is the Director of Podcasts for Mamamia and a panelist on the TV show The Project. In a refreshing absence of political news, she explains to Josh why he should care about the saga of the 11 boys who were trapped in a Thai cave for 17 days. (He finds such stories self-indulgent because he is a heartless monster.) AND is social media making you mad? Plus, a special bonus Q&A involving "First Date Questions" exclusively for supporters at www.patreon.com/wtp. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Kyle Kulinski is progressive talk show host whose YouTube show, Secular Talk, has more than half a million subscribers and almost half a billion video views. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

How should we react to a government we despise? Is it moral for a restaurant to boot out a Trump administration official? Is it hypocritical for Republicans to call for "civility"? Is it fruitful for the Left to stage acts of civil defiance? How much should you seek to "understand" your political foes, and how much is that a naïve instinct that'll only get your ass kicked?      Scott Stephens is an expert in theology, philosophy, ethics and politics. He grew up in a religious family in the US. Now he's a specialist commentator on religion and ethics for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. You need to hear his take. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

You probably eat chicken, right? You might even be eating some right now. But how did they go from scrawny fowl, scratching around in the wild, to the industrial commodity that they are now? Maryn McKenna is an American author and journalist whose work has been featured in the New York Times magazine, the Atlantic, NPR, Scientific American, The Guardian and more. Her most recent book is Big Chicken: The Incredible Story of How Antibiotics Created Modern Agriculture and Changed the Way the World Eats. Maryn and Josh sat down to talk about the “invention” of the chicken, the emergence of Super Bugs, and why a viral pandemic will kill us all. Happy Days! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

What's better than a Royal Wedding, you ask? How about an all-new LIVE episode taped during the Royal Wedding with three of Australia’s most famous, thoughtful and funny media personalities. Live from Sydney, it's a show about viral meme-tornadoes (here's looking at you Laurel & Yanny), gender quotas, FOMO, and the American Boy Scouts. Osher Gunsberg is the host of The Bachelor and Australian Idol, Merrick Watts is an Aussie stand-up comedy & radio legend, and Peter Van Onselen is a former host of Sky News and contributing editor for The Australian newspaper. Don a bridal gown and a floral hat, and enjoy.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Are Muslims Arabs? Is criticism of Islam a form of racism? And what is the deal with the meteoric rise of Jordan Peterson and "the Intellectual Dark Web"? As a non-Muslim, the Arab commentator Lalo Dagach is a champion of minority rights in the Arab world. And a Hispanic living in South America, he complicates our stereotypes about Latinos, Arabs, and atheists. A razor sharp thinker and unapologetic firebrand, Lalo and Josh sit down to solve the world's problems... one misguided stereotype at a time.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

How many parallel universes do we live in? What exactly are subatomic particles? And why have we been colliding them beneath the border of Switzerland and France? Kevin Peter Hickerson is a nuclear physicist and the host of the comedy podcast 'Surely You're Joking', where science and comedy collide. He joins Josh to explain nuclear physics and comedy. Easy, right? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Why is this modern life so anxious? Why are we popping so much Prozac and Xanax? British journalist Johann Hari has a bombshell of a theory. You've seen him on Real Time with Bill Maher. His TED talk has been viewed nearly 10 million times. His previous book shattered myths about the war on drugs, and his new book does the same for mental health. Join Johann and Josh as they wrestle with what's alienating us from ourselves.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Michael Ian Black is famous for The State and Wet Hot American Summer. He is very funny. He is very thoughtful. He dislikes guns. He likes moose. What does that make him? Exactly: A perfect guest for this very show. Feed your gray cells and tickle your ribs, human. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

WAR!!!! No, not just airstrikes on Syria, but a live show plumbing military history, the guts of sacrifice, and why millennials are rolling the dice with civilization. It's an all-net LIVE episode with the comic's comic James Smith (as seen on Conan O'Brien), award-winning actor Rob Carlton, and military writer, columnist, journalist, broadcaster, and Chair of the Australian Republic Movement (yes, that's all the same person) Peter FitzSimons. They explain Syria, Gallipoli, the British Empire, and the power of political imagination. Oh, and in-flight WiFi. It goes deep, humans.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Josh takes a moment to talk about this thing we call race. Is it real? Or is it a social construct? Or is it both? And can you really tell if someone is Irish just by looking at them? Greg Smithsimon is a Professor of Sociology at Brooklyn College at the City University of New York, and the CUNY Graduate Center. His latest book is 'Cause ... And How It Doesn't Always Equal Effect' Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices