Do we have a “free press” in the United States? Jaye makes the case that even though the news media are not owned by the government, elite monopolistic ownership of media outlets and lack of federal regulations lead to outcomes not much different than state-run news media. What does the lack of free press mean for our democracy?

Also – we debut a new segment called “Editorial by Jaye.” In the first “editorial,” Jaye gives her reaction to the Alfie Evans case. While the case is extremely tragic – is it also an example of nationalized health care gone horribly wrong?

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In the concluding episode of a two-part series, Jaye continues her discussion on the decline of the United States within the framework of her hometown, Detroit, Michigan. She discusses the conditions in Detroit prior to the 1967 Detroit riots that led to the riots and the decline of the city, including workplace discrimination, housing segregation, the destruction of tight-knit black communities by urban renewal, racial strife between white and black Detroiters, and tensions between police and the community. As Detroit is making its comeback, what lessons can Americans learn from Detroit that will help the US survive its “fifth quarter?”

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Jaye sits down with Michaela and John – The Political Otters – to discuss and debate the abortion issue. Hear about the issue, primarily from a philosophical perspective, from different sides, and hear it talked about in a respectful and gracious manner.

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Be sure to listen to the episode and the Otters Talking Politics podcast! Otters Talking Politics is a weekly, libertarian-leaning political podcast. No matter where you stand on the political spectrum, Michaela and John’s perspective is thoughtful and there’s a lot we can learn from them.

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Author Allison K. Garcia – subject of our Episode 14 interview – is hosting the Readers and Dreamers Facebook party this Saturday, March 24th. She will be talking about her book Vivir el Dream. Vivir el Dream is a novel about an undocumented college student and her mother struggling to achieve the American dream. Linda Palacios, the main character, is a DREAMer, someone who might qualify for DACA.

The Readers and Dreamers party will include discussion and support of DACA, the sharing of stories and favorite Latino literature.  There will also be lots of fun and – yes – prizes!

On the day of the “Readers & Dreamers” party, there will be several prizes available, including:

  • Signed paperback copies of Vivir el Dream
  • Free e-book copies
  • $5 gift cards to Amazon and Starbucks
  • Two grand prizes of a $25 Barnes and Noble gift card and a $25 Amazon gift card

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In this episode, Jaye contemplates her academic background and personal experiences in American evangelicalism when examining the recent focus by the mainstream media on white evangelicals. Over 80 percent of white evangelical voters supported Donald Trump in 2016, and many American evangelical leaders continue to defend Trump’s rhetoric and actions, which sharply run against the very Bible evangelical doctrine states is the inerrant word of God. Are white evangelical believers being persecuted or led astray? And – is American evangelicalism redeemable?

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In this episode, Jaye discusses the recent school shooting in Parkland, Florida. What are the problems contributing to these school shootings, and what can be done to decrease the instances of these tragedies in the future? Jaye takes on the arguments made on both the extreme pro-gun and anti-gun sides – as Americans on all sides of the Second Amendment / gun control are needed to cooperatively craft lasting, working solutions that will save the lives of children and preserve our democracy.

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