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In this episode of the Officially Denied Podcast, a friend comes on to talk about his run-in with the Manchester branch of the Church of Scientology. We also discuss why young people should get into politics.Officially Denied
 
This episode features an interview with writer and political pundit Forsetti's Justice. We discuss the need to defend the Enlightenment idea of the Social Contract, as well as political strategy in 2017 and beyond.
 
The first of two episodes about the politics of the early phase of the 2016 presidential primaries. Part one covers the top Republican candidates, starting with the ascendance of Donald Trump. His overt nativism is reminiscent of the pre-Civil War Know Nothing Movement. As the former Governor of Florida, the importance of Jeb Bush's ability to win …
 
To commemorate the recent release of the new J. R. R. Tolkien book, The Story of Kullervo, Raymond will take a brief look into the history of Tolkien's life and writings. He highlights The History of Middle Earth, a 12-book series that collects and analyzes material relating to Tolkien's work. The series shows the development over time of his conce…
 
As Raymond continues his look at the Southern Baptist Convention, he is joined by Russell Miles a.k.a. Brother Russell. Starting with a discussing the influence of tactics used by the Religious Right in the 1980's on the increasingly vitriolic attacks on social issues. They then examine the basic theological tenets of the Southern Baptist Conventio…
 
In this episode, Raymond explores the Southern Baptist Convention and the political, cultural, and demographic influence of the largest Protestant denomination in the United States. Of interest in the 2015 Annual Church Profile, is the largest decline in membership ever recorded in the history of the Church. Next he discusses the Conservative Resur…
 
In this episode, Raymond is joined again by John Dolan a.k.a. Gary Brecher a.k.a. The War Nerd to discuss modern Russian foreign policy and the conflict in Syria. Starting with the collapse of the Soviet Union, without any hostilities, and Vladimir Putin's rise to power. They discuss the increasingly aggressive foreign policy of the Russian Federat…
 
Raymond is joined by John Dolan a.k.a. Gary Brecher a.k.a. The War Nerd for the last of three episodes about the origins and legacies of the American Civil War. The nasty business of war is juxtaposed with the magnificence of artful warfare. Followed by an interesting compare and contrast of Sherman's March to the Sea with Nathanael Greene's Race t…
 
In the last episode, Raymond discussed the major political events of the 19th Century, ending with the Compromise of 1850. Continuing on, he begins with the Kansas-Nebraska Act, which became the most important event leading to the American Civil War. With the resulting destruction of the Whig Party, an immediate backlash causes the formation of the…
 
With all of the recent controversy surrounding the Confederate flag, Raymond explores the causes of the American Civil War. Starting in the early part of the 19th Century with the Louisiana Purchase, the ban on the importation of slaves, and the War of 1812. Moving forward to the Missouri Compromise of 1820 and the shifting balance of power in the …
 
Raymond is joined by Matt Baume of Marriage News Watch to discuss the recent Supreme Court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide. They begin with the emergence of the gay rights movement in the 1960s and move forward decade by decade. Touching on many of the major events and key figures that have helped push marriage equality to the forefr…
 
In this episode, Raymond discusses the Supreme Court decision in the King vs. Burwell case that upheld government subsidies. A brief history of the Affordable Care Act, a.k.a. Obamacare, is followed by a review the basic provisions of the law. He then talks about what has happened since the implementation of the ACA and explains how it is funded. F…
 
Raymond explores the connections between a 21st Century mass shooting and a 19th century slave rebellion that both took place in the same church in Charleston, SC. He probes into the possible motives which may have been the catalysts for Dylann Storm Roof to open fire on the congregation at the historic Emanuel AME Church on June 17, 2015. Raymond …
 
In this episode, Raymond continues the discussion with Rob Walch, of Liberated Syndication (Libsyn). The focus shifts from the history of podcasting to the influence of podcasts in the realm of politics. Rob talks about his involvement with Senator John Edwards' podcast following the 2004 presidential election. They analyze the many benefits and pi…
 
Raymond speaks with Podcasting Guru, Rob Walch, of the podcast hosting giant, Liberated Syndication (Libsyn)The discussion begins with the early days of podcasting when it was very difficult to discover and subscribe to the relatively few podcasts that were available in 2004. They then recap how podcasting has evolved and been influenced by major t…
 
The second episode of a two-part series, Raymond continues the conversation with Pate McMichael, author of Klandestine: How a Klan Lawyer and a Checkbook Journalist Helped James Earl Ray Cover Up His Crime. Picking up from Episode 5, they discuss the curious connections, movements, and activities of James Earl Ray surrounding the assassination of M…
 
In the first episode of a two-part series, Raymond speaks with Pate McMichael, author of Klandestine: How a Klan Lawyer and a Checkbook Journalist Helped James Earl Ray Cover Up His Crime. They discuss the unlikely partnership of Arthur J. Hanes, the lawyer for the United Klans of America, and William Bradford Huie, a sensationalist journalist, who…
 
In this episode, Raymond talks about the upcoming worldwide revolution in the generation of power. He covers the recent announcement by Elon Musk regarding Tesla Energy's new Powerwall home battery system. If you are considering installing residential solar power, he explains the calculations needed to determine the amount of electrical power your …
 
Raymond is joined again by Alex Green. In this episode, they discuss the impact of technology on American isolationism and the culturally incoherent global viewpoint increasingly held by most Americans. Starting with the fundamental lack of understanding about Russia with regard to Putin’s actions in the Ukrainian Crisis. They then parallel JFK’s c…
 
We're joined by Alex Green from the Kennedy School at Harvard University to discuss lasting legacies of the Cuban Missile Crisis. It is astonishing how fast the United States and Russia hurdled towards war and the ways the military did not understand what was happeneing. Raymond and Alex compare the similarities and differences in the perceptions o…
 
In the first episode of the series, Raymond talks about the origins of the Cuban Missile Crisis, and delves into the conflicts within U.S. leadership over how the country was going to respond. President Kennedy is considering the possible consequences, including nuclear war and actions taken by the Soviet Union in Berlin. Using JFK's presidential t…
 
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