When does a political donation become a bribe?
Listen now
Kimberly Adams is still filling in for us from Washington, D.C., just in time for a big but surprisingly nuanced question about campaign finance reform. One listener wants to know about political action committees, dark money and the philosophical framework ostensibly making sure those contributions are on the right side of the law. Plus, more of your questions about career changes, gas prices and “The Expanse.” Here’s everything we talked about today (if you can’t open these links on your podcast app, check out the episode page on makemesmart.org): “Welcome to the summer of quitting. Why many of us are saying goodbye to our jobs” from the Los Angeles Times “Crude oil hits highest price in nearly 3 years; pump prices jump on the week” from AAA “The American obsession with the price of gasoline” from The Oregonian “Outside Influence” from Issue One (PDF) And our episode from last year on dark money “The Expanse” Join us on YouTube Fridays at 3:30 p.m. Pacific time/6:30 p.m. Eastern for our live happy hour episode! Subscribe to our channel and sign up for notifications so you don’t miss it.
More Episodes
Was WeWork a tech company? A trillion-dollar business? A way of life? With the benefit of hindsight it’s easy to say, emphatically, “No.” But looking back at the lofty goals and investor enthusiasm that propelled the We Co. to a $47 billion valuation, we’re left wondering if the people involved...
Published 07/27/21
There are limits to personal freedom and responsibility — it runs out when you put others at risk. You can’t drive drunk, for example. But are people who aren’t vaccinated for COVID-19 as brazen as a drunk driver? Or are they victims, scammed by bad information? Sociology professor Brooke...
Published 07/27/21
We started out this episode talking about the folks who are still unvaccinated for COVID-19, but quickly turned to the way the NFL switched from carrot to stick in response to the delta variant. That’s just one of a few big stories we have to talk about on this oddly sports-centric show. We’ll...
Published 07/24/21