Month: July 2018

Moving Back to The Politics Guys

Some experiments are great successes while others are learning experiences (if you’re lucky). What I’ve learned from Politics Plus is that running two podcasts, having a day job, and trying to write a book all at the same time is impossible – at least for me. I’ve also learned that while some people liked the idea of a separate interview podcast, a lot more people wanted me to keep the interviews as part of The Politics Guys so that they wouldn’t have to subscribe to yet another podcast. (Which, as someone who subscribes to a whole bunch of podcasts, I completely get.)

While this is it for Politics Plus, I’ll still be interviewing authors and leading thinkers on American politics, economics, history, and culture over at The Politics Guys. My interviews will be interspersed with listener question & comment episodes on the Wednesday edition of The Politics Guys.

Thanks for all your support – I’ll see you over at The Politics Guys!

Behind the Scenes in the Obama (and Trump) White House with Beck Dorey-Stein

I talk to Beck Dorey-Stein, who worked as a White House stenographer from 2012 – 2017. She’s written about her experiences in the just released book, From the Corner of the Oval.

Beck and I talk about:

  • what White House stenographers do (before I read Beck’s book, I didn’t even realize that was still a job)
  • how being in the White House changed how Beck felt about politics
  • if the White House is anything like the TV show The West Wing
  • the insane hours and workloads of White House staffers
  • what happens behind the scenes during crises
  • ‘living the dream’ in the Obama administration
  • her view of President Obama
  • what it was like to come to work the day after Donald Trump was elected
  • what it was like working in the Trump administration
  • and lots more

Neuroscientist Tali Sharot on Political Influence, Persuasion, and Donald Trump

Mike talks to Tali Sharot, director of the Affective Brain Lab and an Associate Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience in the department of Experimental Psychology at University College London. Dr. Sharot’s research integrates neuroscience, behavioral economics, and psychology to study how emotion influences people’s beliefs, decisions and social interactions. She’s the author of The Optimism Bias and, most recently, The Influential Mind: What the Brain Reveals About Our Power to Change Others.

Mike and Dr. Sharot discuss:

  • how some information is like sex and plum pie
  • why Donald Trump was so much more influential than his Republican presidential rivals
  • how our attempts to persuade others can actually boomerang on us, leaving them less persuaded than they were to start with
  • how to go from getting someone to agree with you to getting them to act
  • when crowds are wise and when they’re not
  • and lots more

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