Welcome to “Pardon Me", the podcast where we attempt to start a conversation about issues in modern society. These issues are complicated and there is not one catchall solution. We do not expect total improvement but what we can do is start the conversation and perhaps provide a framework for those smart and better qualified than us. In an effort to be transparent, Danny tends to be center-right in his views. Alex considers himself a moderate and has no official affiliation with any Political party.
1:07:24In this episode, Danny and Alex discuss how millennials handle (or not) their finance and what the impact the financial world has had on them. We talk about past events, such as the 2008 recession, the current climate (the economic impact of COVID today), and what that holds for the future. DISCLAIMER: At one point there is some outside noise briefly and we apologize. Unfortunately, we live in busy cities and Alex has roommates. Thank you for bearing with us.
43:16In this episode, we discuss military spending, and this episode acts as a part B to our discussion on civilian spending. We talk about broad spending trends and where they are currently as well as our own personal experiences. These episodes are short and more relaxed than our others due to the holiday schedules. We felt it was time to relax on this one. See you in 2021 where we hope to bring more interesting topics. Thank you for listening and stay tuned!!
1:10:28We discuss harmful mentalities and cultures that may contribute to social/cultural divides and negative outcomes for this episode. Danny and Alex share some personal examples in their exploration of this complicated issue. NOTE: Unfortunately, Danny and Alex reside in busy cities, and finding silence is harder than it seems. While conducting this podcast, the fire alarm went off, and we picked up the sound on our microphones towards the end. We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience.
The Benefits of Oppenheimer
1:12:44In this podcast, Danny and Alex discuss nuclear energy and reactors and weigh some pros and cons. This is episode is by no means exhaustive but covers the military applications, past incidents, and PR nightmares, an overview of the science/ideology around it, and concerns for future generations. This topic is incredibly deep ( probably the deepest we have gone yet) and after an hour, we still feel there is a lot more to say. EDIT: Danny mentions a constellation mapping system used by some missiles. The missiles that utilize this specific method is called Trident missiles. Not all types of ballistic missiles use this system. Additionally, guided missiles are guided from the ground toward a target continuously.
1:24:12In this episode, Danny and Alex discuss the ethical, cultural, psychological, and medical ramifications of giving teens/children hormonal therapy for transitioning to the opposite sex. This podcast was somewhat difficult because as we mention, there is a serious lack of research and studies on these topics due to its relatively new acceptance and the politicization of this issue. What do you think? Where does your path start?
Cost of Admission
1:11:03Today, for our first show, we will be discussing the recent issue with the Harvard admissions department and the subsequent lawsuit initiated, in 2014, by many Asian and Asian/American students. These students allege that they are systematically discriminated against. For those who do not know, Harvard is an Ivy-league school in Cambridge, MA, USA, that currently boasts a 5% acceptance rate . Harvard is also the oldest college in America and boasts alumni such as late-night host Conan O’ Brien, Former presidents: Barack Obama, George W. Bush and FDR and former vice president Al Gore to name a few. We will look at the reasons and developments on both sides, discuss our views on the matter, and attempt to develop a working framework. ADDENDUM: in the postcast, Danny says the amount of minority students adds up to 40% for the class of 2024. The correct number was 52%