Cover Story

Policy vs. Liberty

Cover Story looks more closely at our references and history.

In our latest episode of Cover Story, we review and comment on our Individual Thoughts by Trusted Knower interview with Caleb Taylor, “Does Law + Public Policy = Liberty?”

We talk about the hard issues relating to the tension between the desire to create security and the principles that require us to uphold liberty and law.

“These questions are not simple and they deserve moral introspection” — Kevin Rollins, Trusted Knower

We discuss running for political office as a third party candidate as well as other possible “fourth” parties.

Cover Story

Cover Story: An Addendum Show

“Cover Story” is an addendum show to “Individual Thoughts by Trusted Knower”.

Episode 1 of Individual Thoughts by Trusted Knower is complete. The episode title was “Standing Up to Wrongheaded Authority.” In part one, we interviewed Jan Helfeld, ‘the Socratic Assassin’ and in part two, we interviewed Michael Strong, Socratic innovator. The overall theme is that developing the ability to think for one’s self is critical for personal happiness and to stand up to poor decision-making.

We have also created an addendum show, Cover Story, embedded above, that explores the context and meaning of the creative materials we included as references. This includes the music and short clips of TV shows and movies. Each selection has a history and context of its own, and the meaning contributes to the theme of Individual Thoughts by Trusted Knower show.

Thematic Elements

Episode 1 has a very science-fiction heavy theme. We reference shows such as The X-Files, Star Trek, Babylon 5, the movie Contact starring Jodie Foster, and The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Deadpool and Mugato from Zoolander help us properly react to bizarre comments by politicians Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid. We also make sure to properly identify ourselves by including Cheech in The Love Machine (from Up In Smoke) to the tune of “Low Rider” by WAR. The history of “Black Betty” by Ram Jam is also explored.

Featured References

Psychostick, “Obey the Beard!”

Meg Myers, NPR Tiny Desk Concert

Kate Bush, “Running Up That Hill”

T1J’s video essay about SNL’s “Black Jeopardy” skit

Ram Jam, “Black Betty”

Cheech and Chong, Up in Smoke