Common Sense with Dan Carlin
By Dan Carlin
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Common Sense with Dan Carlin is an independent look at politics and current events from popular New Media personality Dan Carlin. Carlin's self-described "Martian" viewpoints infuse each episode with a political alien's take on the world around us and the problems it faces. It's a smart, unique (and admittedly U.S.-centric) program that doesn't dumb down the information or analysis for the slowest person in the room. Carlin's rapid-fire staccato voice has been compared to William Shatner after too many espressos. That, plus his penchant for making everyone in the audience mad at him eventually, makes for a witch's brew of a podcast that is not for everyone. But for those craving a deeper intellectual analysis, a less partisan approach and unpredictable outside-the-box revelations, Common Sense with Dan Carlin is a feast for the mind.
||CleanShow 314 - Unhealthy Numbers||As the GOP attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act, Dan ponders the dichotomy between what Americans spend on health care versus what they get in return.||3/15/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanShow 313 - Get Me A Glass of Water||Dan is in an introspective mental place in this show...but he may just drag you in there with him.||2/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanShow 312 - Re-Connections with James Burke||Dan has another visit with the always fascinating science historian and TV host James Burke. He also catches up a bit on early Trump cabinet picks and the Dakota pipeline protests.||12/7/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanShow 311 - Trumped||Post-2016 election analysis and discussion from a Martian political perspective.||11/10/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanShow 310 - Or Else||What happens if our nation's problems become too large to realistically imagine our politicians solving? What if voting doesn't help? Dan reminds us that he's not a moderate, and that you probably aren't either.||10/13/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanShow 309 - A Bodyguard of Lies||Secrecy, hacking, information leaks, whistle-blowers, foreign-operative propaganda pushers, disinformation, election tampering and the search for any truth in cyberspace occupy Dan's thoughts in this show.||9/9/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanShow 308 - Return of the Podcaster||After a brief hiatus to finish his other podcast, Dan has a huge backlog of material to cover. The presidential race, foreign affairs and racial and cultural questions take center stage.||8/14/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanShow 307 - Revenge of the Gangrenous Finger||This show has a "chickens coming home to roost" feel to it, but maybe in a positive way. It was supposed to be about the recent British vote to leave the EU, but evolved into something larger. Surprise, surprise.||6/26/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanShow 306 - Disengaging the Lizard Brain||Hate is a very strong word, but increasing numbers of Americans hate their countrymen. Is this a danger to the stability of the country? If it were deemed such, what can be done about it?||6/4/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanShow 305 - A Catalyst for the Inconceivable||Dan finds the idea of a Donald Trump presidency to be inconceivable. He also thinks a fundamental change in U.S. Foreign Policy is also inconceivable. Could one inconceivable outcome lead to another?||5/7/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanShow 304 - Speed Dating For Delegates||As the U.S. Presidential campaign veers into unprecedented territory Dan sees opportunity in the unusual circumstances. "Anger is an Energy" he says. And he says it AGAIN and AGAIN.||4/16/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanShow 303 - The Way You Play The Game Redux||It's not easy to get under Dan's normally flexible, see-things-from-multiple-angles skin, but Donald Trump's stated willingness to cross traditional American moral fault lines has done just that.||3/31/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanShow 302 - Of Courts, Cooks and Apples||Justice Scalia of the Supreme Court dies and CEO Tim Cook and Apple go toe-to-toe with the U.S. Government over privacy.||2/26/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanShow 301 - Martian Perspectives||In an election where political outsiders are exceeding all expectations, who better than a political outsider to break down the situation? Dan gives his Martian-style post-Iowa analysis and looks ahead to 2020.||2/6/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanShow 300 - Trecenti||Fantasies about electoral chaos, calls for political prudence and martian thoughts on an anti-federal government standoff in Oregon help stuff this episode chock full of what most of you love about this show.||1/7/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanShow 299 - The War on Bad Thoughts||A mass shooting in California is tied to an American-born Muslim.Can any defense prevent homegrown terror while leaving our rights intact?||12/9/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanShow 298 - Innovation Acceleration and Jab Defense||What began as a show speculating about speeding up the pace of technological discoveries morphed into a conversation about effective responses to the November 13th 2015 terror attacks in Paris.||11/14/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanShow 297 - The Show That Should Not Be||An audio playback glitch results in Dan not being able to work on the overdue Hardcore History show. This effort is what got completed instead. Syria, Russia and the Democratic Presidential Primary debates are discussed.||10/18/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanShow 296 - Immigration Breakdown||Dan tries to break down some of the issues and add some context to the arguments, nuances and complexities of the current immigration and refugee situation in Europe and the U.S..||9/24/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanShow 295 - Trumping the Playbook||Dan puts on his pundit hat to analyze the first GOP televised debate. Not surprisingly, while he's no fan of Donald Trump, he finds reasons to be glad there's a political outsider in the race.||8/7/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanShow 294 - Backdoors to Glass Houses||Experts have said that we are heading towards a future where privacy is dead. Do humans have any say in the matter? Dan talks encryption, personal security vs collective security, and dreams he has.||7/13/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanShow 293 - Sitting Down with Sam||Dan has an in-depth discussion with author, neuroscientist, philosopher and podcaster Sam Harris about terrorism, violence, Islam, morality in foreign policy and a whole lot of other things.||6/26/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanShow 292 - Pandering for Liberty||Dan has talked in the past about funding drives to get reformers elected, but this show explores a more "if you can't beat them, join them" approach to achieving public policy goals in a money-dominated system.||6/5/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanShow 291 - Past Performance & Future Results||Recorded to the soothing background sounds of jackhammers, this show talks about the electorate's collective memory with a bit about riots and partisan self-image thrown in for variety's sake.||5/16/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanShow 290 - The Illusion of Control||The ideas of secrecy, democracy, special interests and international trade deals are interwoven into this episode that uses the negotiations over two upcoming international trade agreements to highlight current trends.||3/28/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
Grab yer coat and get yer hat, son!
Dan's the real deal. While the political flacks point accusing fingers at each other across The Great Divide, Dan's finger is pointing right at the heart of what everyone should be thinking about when it comes to things political. Be ye a crusty conservative, a lefty liberal, or a muddled moderate, you'll find Dan's brand of, well, COMMON SENSE to be irresistable. Strap in, the ride can get bumpy at times, but the destination is worth it!
He provides a novel take on many issues. He provides a lot of energy in his show and paces it well. He doesn't follow any partisan line, which is unique among any political opinion. Like him or don't like him that's your choice, but this one is a must listen!
This show is disturbing
I look forward to Dan's show and have even listened to one or two of them twice (Buchanan on Empire in particular). Even if you don't agree with what he says, the fact that he consistently reveals to us that the two major parties consistently lie to us and don't even try to cover it up has to disturb you. Dan reminds us that Democracy and Freedom require hard work, they require diligence, they require compromise, and they require our vigilence. The fact is, the very purpose of government is not to give us freedom, but to take freedom away (like the freedom to kill, steal, etc). But if we aren't paying attention (which 95% of Americans are not, most of the time), then the government will take away more and more freedoms until we find ourselves far afield of the free democracy that we all want so much. Dan's show helps call our attention back to these basic concepts of democracy and freedom and will always disturb you, but in a way that you are likely to be grateful for. Keep them coming, Dan.