The Politics Lab

The Politics Lab

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102 Episodes

Politics isn’t always black and white. Dr. Bill Muck and Dr. Phil Barker, professors of political science and longtime friends, talk through the week’s news and discuss how political science might help make sense of things. In The Politics Lab, we put politics under the microscope.

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102 Episodes

On this week’s 4th of July themed episode, Bill and Phil discuss the country’s mixed feelings about celebrating the 4th of July this year, how the country might go about fixing what ails it, how all of this fits within the broader debate about the rise and decline of great powers, and then close with a round of “Who Had the Better Political Insult?”

On this week’s episode, Bill and Phil try to process the Supreme Court’s overturning of Roe V. Wade and stunning new revelations from the January 6th Committee hearings.

On this week’s episode, Bill and Phil discuss the latest from the January 6th Committee hearings, results from this week’s French legislative elections, the Republican platform in Texas, and whether the Supreme Court should listen to public opinion.

On this week’s episode, Bill and Phil break down the January 6th Committee hearings, Chinese military aircraft harassingAustralian and Canadian jets in Pacific waters, and the potential for bipartisan gun legislation.

This week, Bill and Phil discuss the state of the war in Ukraine, whether Trump has lost influence over the 2022 midterms, and the debate over student loan debt forgiveness.

On this week’s episode, Bill and Phil discuss the Buffalo shooting, Biden’s statement on the defense of Taiwan, the recent antics of Clarence and Ginni Thomas, and play a round of ‘What’s More Stupid?’

This week, Bill and Phil discuss the implications of overturning Roe v. Wade, what lessons to draw from the latest election in the Philippines, and whether the United States will be able to stay out of the Russia/Ukraine war.

On this week’s episode, Bill and Phil reflect on news that the Supreme Court is poised to overturn Roe v. Wade, compare the nuclear threat in Ukraine to the Cuban Missile Crisis, and break down the New York Times’ look at the impact of Tucker Carlson.

This week, Bill and Phil discuss the conflict in Ukraine and whether its likely to spread beyond Ukraine’s borders, what to make of news that Kevin McCarthy was secretly supportive of removing Trump from office after January 6th, and whether the 14th amendment might keep Marjorie Taylor Greene from being on the ballot in 2022.

This week, Bill and Phil reflect on recent developments in Ukraine, stunning new findings on the state of the U.S. democracy, and the global debate over free speech, and then they play a round of “What’s More Stupid?”

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