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Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Can Comedy Change the World?

In the wide variety of tools capable of changing hearts and minds, humor is one of the most powerful.

In today’s strange climate of political correctness, free speech exists in a weird place. Safe spaces, First Amendment zones, the attitude of victimization, and accusations that “your fave is problematic” abound. And yet, important things, challenging things, dangerous things still need to be said and are being said. One critical “loophole” for dodging the would-be censors to get these ideas out into the world is comedy. Comedians live in a peculiar kind of in-between that allows for a certain audacity in messaging that doesn’t quite exist for, say, politicians or activists. Special guest Lou Perez from We The Internet joins James and Antony to talk about messaging, humor, and more on this week’s episode of Words and Numbers.

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Quick Hits

More registered voters than citizens


UK bans straws



Foolishness of the Week

New Yorker complains about Chik-fil-A


Topic of the Week: Free Speech with Lou Perez


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  • James R. Harrigan is a Senior Editor at the American Institute for Economic Research. He is also co-host of the Words & Numbers podcast.

  • Dr. Antony Davies is an Associate professor of Economics at Duquesne University, and co-host of the podcast, Words & Numbers.