The purpose of this podcast is to take everyday questions, conversations, and debates and attempt to provide answers by including up-to-date research along with occasional interviews from experts. This podcast is meant to bridge the gap between the world of academia and The People. When you listen to us, you'll always have new facts to bring to the conversation with friends on the hottest topics. And as always, continue to be the oppressor's worst fear.

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Black and Highly Dangerous

Episode 105: Loni Love or Loni Hatin?

For this episode, Ty and Daphne discuss life, recent news, and politics. After catching up (00:30), the hosts discuss "Oh Lawd" news (03:34), including a mass layoff over Christmas break (4:05), the increase in emergency room visits following the legalization of cannabis in Illinois (6:29), and a bizarre North Korea political crime (8:06). They then discuss recent pop culture debates about love, marriage, and cheating. Specifically, they have a conversation about Mike Tyson's comments on interracial dating (10:04), Loni Love's remarks about cheating among Black men (21:45), the data related to race and faithfulness in relationships (28:25), the factors behind racial differences in marriage rates (33:30), and how gender roles shape marriage satisfaction and divorce (41:34). Ty and Daphne then switch gears by discussing health and the best and worst diets of 2020 (49:42). Next, the hosts have a conversation about the British royal family drama (56:00) as well as Meghan Markle's self-identification and the role of race in her treatment in the British press (58:30). Ty and Daphne wrap up the episode by sharing their thoughts on millennials' limited upward mobility (1:04:30), the latest developments related to the Democratic primary (1:10:15), and tensions between the US and Iran following Trump's decision to authorize Soleimani's killing (1:15:32).

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01:24:05 1/14/2020

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Climate change was a major topic of discussion during the December 2019 Democratic debate. Given its importance to public policy and its impact on the Black community, Ty and Daphne decided to dedicate an episode to addressing questions and misconceptions about climate change and global warming. The host begin the episode by defining climate change and how it differs from global warming (3:20). They then discuss factors that have contributed to global warming over time (5:00) and the potentially dangerous effects of climate change (10:50). Ty and Daphne then have a conversation about how climate change impacts disadvantaged communities and contributes to environmental racism and injustice (22:35) as well as the potential health implications of climate related disasters (33:40). They then turn their attention to how money shapes the politics of climate policy (36:20), where various Democratic candidates stand on different solutions to climate change (40:05), and key provisions of the Green New Deal (48:45). They close by discussing what you can do to reduce your carbon footprint (53:05) as well as how those changes can save you money (1:00:40).

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01:07:36 1/7/2020
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Immigration is the subject of major debate in the United States. Given the ongoing myths surrounding the topic, Ty and Daphne decided to tackle questions, concerns, and misconceptions about immigration in the United States. The hosts begin by reflecting on the start of the new decade (00:30) and sharing their 2020 resolutions (2:05). They then dive into the topic and discuss the history of race and immigration in the United States (7:19), the role of the U.S. government in shaping the current "immigration crisis" (16:33), and the U.S immigration quota system (24:07). Ty and Daphne then turn their attention to NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement) (27:40). In addition to providing insight into NAFTA's provisions, they also discuss the policy's effectiveness (31:40), its impact on Mexico's economy (33:40), and how it affected the environment (38:20). The hosts also discuss the United States–Mexico–Canada Agreement (USMCA), its potential impact on each country involved (39:20), and Pharma provisions within the policy (48:57). The hosts close by discussing myths and misconceptions about immigration and the economy (50:18), how the broken immigration system makes it difficult for immigrants to "do it the right way" (57:35), and the relationship between immigration and crime (1:03:19).

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01:10:28 1/3/2020
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For the Christmas Day episode, Ty and Daphne discuss recent news and politics. After catching up on life (00:30), the hosts discuss "Oh Lawd" news (03:30), including a California teacher's desire to "bring back slavery" (4:00), the U.S. government listing Wakanda as a trade partner (5:30), the truth about GOP voter suppression (6:45), the recent Facebook data leak (8:30), an eight-year-old Youtube millionaire (10:50), a teen girl staging her own kidnapping (14:28), and Kim Kardashian's latest magazine cover (18:00). They then turn their attention to the latest Democratic debate (24:54). The hosts begin by discussing their overall impressions of the smaller Democratic field (25:25). Ty and Daphne then have a conversation about the latest attacks on Pete Buttigieg (26:47), Joe Biden's performance (30:05), Yang and the lack of diversity among the remaining Democratic candidates (31:27), and Bernie Sander's reluctance to discuss race (33:00). Remaining on the topic of politics, the hosts spend time discussing the impeachment (38:10) and Nancy Pelosi's rationale for not sending the articles of impeachment to the Senate (40:40). Ty and Daphne close by discussing the New York Time's investigation into smartphone tracking (44:15) as well as a recent report on the decline in college enrollment (50:25).

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01:01:06 12/24/2019
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For this episode, Ty and Daphne discuss recent news, politics, and entertainment. After catching up on life (00:30), the hosts discuss "Oh Lawd" news (3:14), including an Amazon porch pirate (3:42), in-home video system hacking (5:35), the dangers of online child grooming (9:15), and a happy ending for a wrongly-convicted man who spent five years on death row (13:45). They then turn their attention to politics and discuss the broader implications of the 2019 U.K. general election (16:20), Democratic voter purging in Wisconsin (20:30), and Tom Steyer's HBCU plan (26:10). Ty and Daphne then have a conversation about the latest news in entertainment, including Oprah Winfrey's latest documentaries about sexual misconduct in the music industry (31:45), Lizzo's twerking controversy (44:10), and TLC's Hot and Heavy (51:10). They close by having an in-depth discussion about their thoughts on and interpretations of Lena Waite's Queen and Slim (55:10).

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01:22:08 12/17/2019
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Today, Ty and Daphne celebrate the 100th episode of the Black and Highly Dangerous Podcast. The hosts begin by discussing "Oh Lawd" and political news (2:00), including George Zimmerman's lawsuit against Trayvon Martin's family (2:36), the link between chemical hair straighteners and cancer (6:15), Corey Booker's new legislation on natural hair discrimination (9:38), Corey Booker's HBCU plan (13:35), Nikki Haley's confederate flag comments (18:05), Kamala Harris' decision to leave the Democratic race (19:40), the FBI's warning about your smart TV (25:19), and the NYPD's continuing race problem (31:30). In addition to discussing the latest in news and politics, the host also spend time reflecting on BhD's mission and overall purpose (40:10), discussing their favorite episodes and most memorable guests over the past 100 episodes (47:45), sharing insight into life behind the microphone and their personal journeys with producing the podcast (1:00:25), and providing a preview of what's in store for the next 100 episodes (1:14:20).

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01:23:00 12/10/2019
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For this episode, Ty and Daphne discuss recent news, politics, and events. After catching up on life (00:30), the hosts discuss "Oh Lawd" news (3:09), including a case of delivering packages while black (3:34), an airbnb heist (6:27), faulty voting machines (8:25), and the cost of education in prison (11:15). They then turn their attention to politics and discuss ICE's fake university sting operation (14:00) and whether Pete Buttigieg is a lying MF (18:44). Ty and Daphne then have a conversation about Bill Cosby's first prison interview (24:25), black representation in the media (26:30), Bernie Sander's HBCU plan (29:34) and the burden of healthcare in the U.S. (34:45). They close by discussing the rising backlash against big tech (40:57), Billy Dee William's revelation regarding his gender self-concept (46:40), HBO's Watchmen (48:20), and Lena Waithe's Queen and Slim (51:40).

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00:59:04 12/3/2019
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For this episode, Ty and Daphne discuss recent news and politics. After catching up on life (00:30), the hosts discuss political "Oh Lawd" news (3:50), including a Louisville photographer's challenge to LGBT rights (4:25), the rise in opposition to the impeachment among independents (6:08), the RNC's latest $100K purchase (9:00), Deval Patrick's struggle campaign (11:33), and the introduction of male birth control (13:47). They then turn their attention to the latest Democratic debate (15:35). They begin by discussing Pete Buttigieg's performance as an emerging front-runner (17:15), whether women are held to a different standard in regard to political experience (18:50), and the possibility of Hillary Clinton joining the race (22:33). Next, they share their opinions about Tulsi Gabbard's motivation for joining the race (24:04), Corey Booker's strike against Biden (28:48), Joe Biden's debate performance (32:36), the dwindling Democratic field (36:50), and the possibility of Stacey Abrams for VP (43:02). Ty and Daphne close the episode by discussing the latest news and events, including Colin Kaepernick's recent NFL workout (43:58), Judge Joe Brown's controversial comments about the Harriet Tubman $20 bill (51:10), whether British actors should portray historic African American characters (54:40), and a shocking undercover investigation that revealed unequal treatment of minority homebuyers (1:02:40).

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01:16:18 11/26/2019
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Since the unexpected outcome of the 2016 election, there has been substantial scholarly and public debate about the factors shaping the support for and rise of Trump. Today, we discuss the sociology behind voting behavior and the role of race in politics by interviewing Dr. Ryan Jerome LeCount, an Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Sociology at Hamline University. We begin the interview by learning more about Dr. LeCount (27:20) and his interest in studying race and politics (30:10). We then turn to his research and discuss the distinction between racism and racial resentment (36:52), the role of social-psychology and personality in the rise of racial resentment over the past 30 years (45:15), and how racial attitudes shape support for or opposition to public policy (52:00). We then have a conversation about the relationship between race, politics, and criminal justice by discussing Dr. LeCount's research exploring the racial attitudes of Black and White police officers (1:00:00). We close by discussing strategies for tackling potentially controversial conversations in our current political climate (1:10:15), the 2020 Democratic primary (1:17:45), and Dr. LeCount's upcoming research (1:24:43).

Other Topics Include:

00:30 - Catch up with Ty and Daphne

04:55 - BhD "Oh Lawd" News

25:42 - Introduction of the Topic

49:20 - Social Dominance Orientation and Politics

1:07:30 - The Police Response to His Research

1:31:44 - Ty and Daphne Reflect on the Interview

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01:42:58 11/19/2019
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Legalized recreational and medicinal cannabis use is spreading across the United States and the globe. For today's episode, we discuss the implications of cannabis legalization and ways to reduce the harm caused by prohibition by interviewing Dr. Akwasi Owusu-Bempah, an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Toronto, Mississauga. During our conversation, we discuss the racist history behind the term marijuana (30:30), cannabis legalization versus decriminalization (32:12), myths and misconceptions related to the movement to legalize cannabis (34:00), and the international/Canadian war on drugs (36:54). We then have a conversation about the motivations behind cannabis legalization in Canada (40:50), the unintended consequences of cannabis legalization (50:14), the importance of centering equity in the movement to legalize cannabis (56:10), and the future of legalization across the globe (57:53). We close by having a conversation about Dr. Owusu-Bempah's research on Black men's experiences with police in Toronto (1:01:15), the response to police misconduct/brutality in Canada compared to the US (1:09:37), and how the election of Donald Trump has shaped conversations about criminal justice (1:11:24).

Other Topics Include:

00:30 - Catch up with Ty and Daphne

03:20 - BhD "Oh Lawd" News

25:00 - Introduction of the Topic

28:15 - Learn more about Dr. Akwasi Owusu-Bempah

1:16:25 - Ty and Daphne Reflect on the Interview

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01:24:46 11/5/2019
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For this week's episode, we continue our conversation on politics but shift the discussion away from the national landscape by focusing on minority representation in state politics. Specifically, we interview Dr. Christopher J. Clark, an Associate Professor of Political Science at The University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, about his book Gaining Voice: The Causes and Consequences of Black Representation in the American States. During our conversation, we discuss the importance of state legislative politics (29:30), the factors that shape black representation in politics (32:00), and the link between descriptive representation and policy outcomes (37:00). We then have a discussion about how partisanship impacts effective policy representation (39:12), backlash against Black policy interests (44:30), and the importance of leadership power in politics (47:46). We close by having a conversation about black political empowerment and public opinion on electoral reform (51:57), gerrymandering (58:55), and state vs. national congressional politics (1:03:00).

Other Topics Include:

00:30 - Catch up with Ty and Daphne

2:49 - BhD "Oh Lawd" News

22:10 - Introduction of the Topic

25:00 - Learn more about Dr. Clark

1:10:50 - Ty and Daphne Reflect on the Interview

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01:21:13 10/22/2019

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