Author: ctwebb

Sarah Sanders Shunned: Should Justice Constrain Civility

TAA 0027 – C. Travis Webb, Steven Fullwood, and new contributor Meloo discuss the limits of civility. Does justice demand that we make public life uncomfortable for members of the Trump administration, or have we left too little space for principled disagreements on immigration? C.T. WEBB 00:18  [music] Good afternoon, good morning, or good evening, and welcome to The American Age podcast. Today, I’m talking to Steven Fullwood and a new podcast contributor, Meloo. Is that correct? Am I saying that correctly?  MELOO 00:29  Meloo. Yeah.  C.T. WEBB 00:29  Meloo. And what’s your last name, Meloo?  MELOO 00:32  Oh, that’s my stage name [laughter].  C.T. WEBB 00:35  Oh. Ah, all right. All right. So it’s Foxy Brown Meloo is who we’re talking to today [laughter]. So, Steven, you had suggested today’s topic, so why don’t you just kind of lead us in, and we’ll go from there.  S. FULLWOOD 00:53  So I was inspired by what had happened to Sarah Huckabee Sanders and with Kirstjen Nielsen being harassed or asked to leave restaurants. And right now, we’re talking about we need this call for civility. The White House put out a call that we need to be more civil to one another. And I was thinking about it, and I said, “Well, how to be civil in a civil society that’s not being civil to you?” or, “Where does civility function in a society when our leaders are not being examples of civility?” Because on the one...

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Toxic Masculinity

TAA 0026 – C. Travis Webb, Seph Rodney, and Steven Fullwood discuss “toxic masculinity.” What do healthy models of masculinity look like, and is it possible to be manly without being misogynist? [music]  C.T. WEBB 00:18  Good afternoon, good morning, or good evening, and welcome to the American Age Podcast. Today, I’m talking to Steven and Seph again. Steven and Seph, how are you guys?  S. FULLWOOD 00:26  Pretty good. How are you?  S. RODNEY 00:27  I’m not bad. I’m kind of tired of traveling but I’m good.  C.T. WEBB 00:32  You were just in Chicago, yes?  S. RODNEY 00:34  Yes, indeed I was. Chicago, I have to say, it’s a beautiful city. It actually reminds me a bit of Manchester in the UK in that it’s a kind of city that, whoever designed it had foresight. They did a really good job in predicting how the city might grow. The avenues are wide, the way the city is laid out makes sense. Even though Chicago has horrible traffic, just walking through the city, I felt like, “Oh, this place actually kind of works in a way that I actually feel like New York does not in certain places.” So there’s that.  C.T. WEBB 01:24  Okay. Yeah. I think it’s a beautiful city in the summer. I mean six months out of the year, it’s just not a place to be for anything less than emperor penguins and polar bears.  S. FULLWOOD 01:42  I remember going to Chicago...

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Space Force! Necessity or Inanity

TAA 0025 – C. Travis Webb, Seph Rodney, and Steven Fullwood discuss Trump’s announcement of a space force. While many pundits spent the week laughing, the show considers the rough and tumble arena of international politics, and asks whether it’s crazy to consider the possibility “politics by other means” will continue unabated in space. C.T. WEBB 00:18 Good afternoon, good morning, or good evening, and welcome to the American Age podcast. We have a full house today. Steven and Seph are both with me. How you guys doing? S. FULLWOOD 00:25 Pretty good, how are you? S. RODNEY 00:27 Yeah, I can’t complain. C.T. WEBB 00:29 So, Seph was just telling me that it’s very hot in New York, humid, of course, because it’s the summer there, so– And here in Southern California, it’s not too bad. Actually, for June, it’s fantastic. It’s mid 70s. It’s usually getting hotter by now. So I feel for you guys. S. RODNEY 00:48 I’m getting used to it. C.T. WEBB 00:49 Are you? S. RODNEY 00:50 Yeah, because I don’t want air conditioning in my house this summer. I know that might be suicide, but I don’t like air conditioning. I can’t sleep well. So I’m just going to try it and see how it works out. Yeah, just fans. S. FULLWOOD 01:03 Okay, you have a fan. Okay, good. Alright [crosstalk]. C.T....

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Twenty-Something Looking at Middle-Age

TAA 0024 – C. Travis Webb and Steven Fullwood discuss what their twenty-year-old selves would think of their middle-aged selves. How do our measures of success change overtime? C.T. WEBB 00:18 Good afternoon, good morning or good evening and welcome to the American Age Podcast. Today I’m talking to Steven Fullwood. Steven how are you doing? S. FULLWOOD 00:24 I’m doing pretty good. How are you doing Travis? C.T. WEBB 00:26 Pretty good. So we chose from a few different topics today and what we landed on was something a bit more personal which I appreciated that Steven went in that direction. The question is our– so I’m 44. I’m going to be 45 in about a month and Steven how old are you? S. FULLWOOD 00:44 I’m 52. C.T. WEBB 00:46 Okay. So Steven is 52. So a bit older than I am but kind of in that age bracket, right? We are firmly middle aged. There is no– when you are 33 or 32 you can kind of play some nonsense and say well [laughter] I’m not quite middle age but so we are both firmly middle aged and I mean we’ll get to this in the conversation but probably both of us have fairly unconventional paths to this podcast on Monday afternoon. But the question that I posed was how does each of our lives look to...

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Roseanne: The Weight of an Apology

C. Travis Webb, Seph Rodney, and Steven Fullwood discuss Roseanne Barr’s apology. How much credit should she get? Can we fight for a progressive political agenda and make room for forgiveness and empathy?

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