Episode 21: Seth Stephens-Davidowitz

Seth Stephens-Davidowitz is a New York Times op-ed contributor, a visiting lecturer at The Wharton School, and a former Google data scientist. His work focuses on using big-data sources to uncover previously hidden behaviors and attitudes.

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Episode 20: Glenn Loury

I had wanted to talk with Glenn Loury ever since I first heard his podcast, The Glenn Show, and last week I got my chance. From listening to this interview I think you'll be able to understand why I consider him to be the finest public intellectual we have. Glenn Loury is the Merton P. Stoltz Professor of the Social Sciences and Professor of Economics at Brown University.

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Episode 19: Live Podcast with School Sucks and Brett Veinotte

Brett Veinotte is back, but this time we're in front of a live audience. This is the recording of a podcast that concluded Renegade University's first event, a weekend of history, philosophy, and personal stories. Unregistered Listeners were out in force and they asked tough questions and offered moving life stories. It all seemed like the beginning of something big.

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Episode 18: Hannah Song

Liberty in North Korea (LiNK) helps refugees escape from the country and uses their testimony to show that, far from being helpless victims, the people who remain in North Korea, especially the young "black market generation," are waging a quiet but radical revolution every day. Hannah Song, the president and CEO of LiNK, convinced me that the evidence from inside the country is clear: "the people of North Korea will win their freedom in our lifetime." 

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Episode 17: David Feige

The 800,000 registered sex offenders in the United States live under a totalitarian regime. They are legally barred from living in large portions of the country and denied access to employment, housing, and public spaces. Their movements and even their thoughts are monitored and controlled by law enforcement officers. Their names and faces are reported to the public, and vigilante groups hound them out of their homes. They are considered by nearly everyone in America to be the worst and most dangerous creatures in the world.

Because the film Untouchable calls all this into question, film distributors and the media have considered it to be untouchable as well. In this episode of Unregistered, I talk to the film's writer, director, and producer, David Feige, who decided to take on what he calls "the darkest part of the criminal justice system." David formerly worked as a public defender in New York City. He is the author of the memoir, Indefensible: One Lawyer's Journey into the Inferno of American Justice, and co-creator of the TNT legal drama Raising the Bar. He is also the co-founder and board chair of The Bronx Freedom Fund, the first charitable bail organization in New York State. Last year he won the Albert Maysles New Documentary Director Award for Untouchable at the Tribeca Film Festival.

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Episode 16: Conor Friedersdorf

If you've been missing political journalism that is skeptical of the use and abuse of power on both sides of the political aisle, then you're going to love Conor Friedersdorf. Conor is a journalist and a staff writer at The Atlantic. He is also the founding editor of The Best of Journalism, which is a curated list of news articles and investigative reports that he disseminates through a newsletter.

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Episode 15: Brett Veinotte

For this week's episode of Unregistered I invite Brett Veinotte to my home in Oregon. Brett is the host and editor of the School Sucks Project. The School Sucks Project is a weekly podcast and web community dedicated to exposing the damaging effects of government school. Brett has spent more than 10 years working in private education in various capacities. We share our personal experiences with public schooling and wonder what the alternatives may be. 

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Episode 14: Mohamad Chaghlil

Mohamad Chaghlil is a Syrian refugee currently living in the United States. He was born in Damascus and lived there until he fled to Jordan in 2012. He was granted refugee status by the United Nations and came to the U.S. in December 2016. Before fleeing the Syrian civil war he worked at his father’s business of designing and manufacturing of cabinets, shelves, and other furniture. He now lives in New Haven, Connecticut, and hopes to become a permanent resident of the United States.

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Episode 13: Debate with Heather Mac Donald

In this episode of Unregistered I debate Heather Mac Donald over the question of America's high incarceration rate. Heather is the Thomas W. Smith Fellow at the Manhattan Institute and a contributing editor to New York's City Journal. She holds a B.A. and M.A. in English and earned her J.D. from Stanford University Law School. She is also a frequent media guest on Fox News Channel, CNN, and other national television and radio programs. The debate was held at the Tribeca Screening Room and made possible by the Unsafe Space Podcast and Learn Liberty.

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Episode 12: Michael Tracey

Michael Tracey is a journalist, Twitter star, and investigative reporter for The Young Turks. He was previously a columnist for VICE, covering both the 2012 and 2016 presidential campaigns. He’s also been a contributor to New York Daily News, The Daily Beast, The American Conservative, The Nation, Rolling Stone, Current Affairs, and many other publications.

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Episode 11: Ask Me Anything

In this first "Ask Me Anything" episode I answer questions from Unregistered Listeners, mostly taken from The Unregistered Underground Facebook group. The topics range from Postmodernism and Freud vs. Foucault all the way to video games. You can become a member of The Unregistered Underground Facebook group and join the conversation by becoming a supporting listener of the show at UnregisteredListeners.com.

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Episode 10: Conner Habib

Conner Habib has performed in nearly 200 gay adult films. But he also founded a punk rock record label, studied organismic and evolutionary biology and creative writing in graduate school, taught college English courses, worked as a sex workers' rights activist, and published essays in dozens of print and online publications, including The StrangerVice, Salon, and Slate. He recently launched the web series Against Everyone with Conner Habibfeaturing lectures and conversations about sex, the occult, and philosophy.

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Episode 9: Rebecca Schiff

Reviewers have called it “stellar,” “riveting,” “magic,” and “freaking good.” I agree. Rebecca Schiff’s The Bed Moved is the best thing I’ve read in a long time. In this conversation she inspired me to reveal things about myself, and our relationship, that I never thought I would. Rebecca’s stories have appeared in n+1, Electric Literature, The American Reader, Fence, and Guernica

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Episode 8: Michael A. Wood Jr.

Michael A. Wood Jr. is a former Police Sergeant for the Baltimore Police Department. He was also a Sergeant in the United States Marine Corps. He was injured in the line of duty and then became an author. He wrote Promotional Handbook Guide for Police / Law Enforcement and also the fiction novel Eliot. He is the founder of Veterans Stand and serves as the Executive Director.

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Episode 7: Anna Arrowsmith

Anna Arrowsmith (aka Anna Span) is a pornographer and a professor of gender and sexuality studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She began directing pornographic films after graduating from Central St Martin’s School of Art with a B.A. Honors in Fine Art (Film & Video) in 1998. She was the 2007/8 and 2008/9 Best Director at the UK Adult Film & TV Awards and was named Indie Porn Pioneer at the Toronto International Porn Festival in 2007. In 2010 Anna was the Liberal Democrat candidate to represent Gravesham in the House of Commons. She later earned a PhD in Gender Studies from the University of Sussex. She runs WeConsent.org, a site that promotes the rights of sex workers. Her recent book, Rethinking Misogyny: Men's Perceptions of Female Power in Dating Relationships, challenges common feminist assumptions about men’s and women’s sexual power.

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Episode 6: Gavin McInnes

Gavin McInnes is a media personality, actor, comedian, and the author of The Death of Cool: From Teenage Rebellion to the Hangover of Adulthood. He’s also the host of The Gavin McInnes Show on Compound Media. He was one of the co-founders in 1994 of Vice Media (which he departed in 2008).

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Archived Episode 5: Daniele Bolelli

Daniele Bolelli is a university professor, the creator of the enormously popular History on Fire podcast, and the author of several books on philosophy and religion. He’s also a former professional mixed martial arts cage-fighter. Daniele dislikes the culture of academia as much as it dislikes him. He's an academic outlaw, but as you'll see, sometimes outlaws win.

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Archived Episode 4: Jonathan Carp

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I've always thought of him as a renegade genius. After serving as a U.S. Army combat medic in Baghdad, Jonathan Carp studied ancient history and political philosophy while working as a nurse and raising a family in Tacoma, Washington. Several years ago I asked him to write the stories of the people he knew who died in Iraq. Those stories broke my heart when I read them then, and they had the same effect when we re-visited them during our interview. Jonathan challenges me, intellectually and emotionally, as much as anyone I know.

Read Jonathan's stories here: Jonathan Carp, A Combat Medic in Iraq

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Archived Episode 3: Kmele Foster

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Recently I've been re-thinking some of my core ideas about race, a subject I've been studying and writing about for more than 30 years. This is largely because of conversations I've been having with Kmele Foster. He is the former co-host of The Independents, the co-founder and lead producer of FreeThink Media, the host of my second-favorite podcast, The Fifth Column, and one of the most original and important public intellectuals you will hear.

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Archived Episode 2: Maggie McNeill

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I talk to Maggie McNeill, a sex worker and author, who for many good reasons calls herself a whore. Maggie's blog, The Honest Courtesan, and her Twitter account have become hubs of the emergent sex-workers' rights movement. She is a living renegade and one of the fiercest thinkers I know.

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The Unregistered theme music was produced by Clint Partie. Check out his new album, Partie Down, featuring some of the top rappers from the Pacific Northwest.

The Unregistered cover art was created by Flatland studio.

Our audio engineer is Gabriel Montgomery.