John Oliver raised important questions about gun control in Sunday night’s Last Week Tonight.
Oliver’s concerns were centered primarily around restrictions on gun ownership which are deterred by competing advocacy interests, particularly the NRA.
One example Oliver gave was the NRA’s treatment of Joe Manchin, a pro-gun congressman from West Virginia. After Manchin worked on a bipartisan gun control amendment, the Manchin-Toomey amendment, the NRA quickly released attack ads against the congressman. After playing the fickle ad, Oliver humorously remarked, “Yes, the NRA stabbed Manchin in the back, although, it would have been more on brand of them to shoot him in the back, and then argue that it would have never happened if his back had had a gun.”
Oliver went on to address the Dickey Amendment, a 1997 law that prohibits the Center for Disease Control from performing research on gun violence and the possible effects of gun control legislation. This means that while government funding is available for gun violence research through other federal departments (such as the Justice Department’s research arm, the National Institute of Justice), a robust study by the CDC has not been performed in 15 years.
Gun-rights advocates are quick to remind gun-control supporters that the Dickey Amendment passed in part, to verifiably faulty research produced to prove a highly partisan lean. Still, for those hoping for increased gun-control legislation, especially after the tragic anti-queer Orlando shooting, Oliver provides a typically entertaining and informative understanding of how the NRA helps maintain the status quo.
Jason is the cofounder of the iconic non-profit Invisible Children which was founded to increase awareness of the horrendous activities of the LRA in Central Africa. Jason was also the director of the iconic Kony 2012 film that took the world by storm. In this two-part interview Jason and Branden talk about what it means to create a movement, what Jason experienced during his breakdown and subsequent recovery, and Jason’s experience in the world of theater.
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Welcome to Episode IV. This week, Dan spends some time with his favorite singer/songwriter, Matthew Perryman Jones. Matthew and Dan talk about panic attacks, growing up in Atlanta, the way music is informed by pain and suffering and the way music gives freedom.
If you have spent any time watching television in the last decade you have most likely heard one of Mattew’s songs on shows like Grey’s Anatomy, Pretty Little Liars, One Tree Hill and many others. His insightful writing and voice have drawn comparisons to Leonard Cohen and Jeff Buckley, and he is on the short list of songwriters who skillfully weave the deeply philosophical and the vivid utterly human without ever losing sight of either.
To get his new album Cold Answer, (which features the three songs from him you heard on this episode), visit MPJmusic.com.
Branden sits down with writer and speaker Tyler Huckabee days after Donald Trump was elected President of the United States to talk about empathy, justice, listening, and where we go from here.
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Luca and Ilenia are the founders of Illo, a studio based in Turin, Italy. During our conversation, we discussed their self-driving video bot named Algo, how Illo was formed and how they’ve crafted a unique office culture.
This week we discuss Beyonce’s night at the CMAs, last minute election plans and how SNL might save us all.
We appreciate everyone sticking with us through this long hiatus but are planning our return even as we speak, with a bunch of new goodies and an updated format. In the meantime, here’s a brief primer on Marvel’s Sorcerer Supreme, Doctor Strange — just so you can go into the movie knowing what you’re getting yourself into.