Marriage and same-sex marriage. That’s the topic of discussion for episode 93 of Flash Past. It has been a hot-button topic in the news and on social media long enough for most of us to see the stories pass by and just shrug. Sure, there may be a few minutes of contemplation, but the argument has been going on long enough. Well, not quite long enough; let’s give it enough time for a podcast.
On February 4th, 1789, the 69 members of Congress elected George Washington as the United States’ first president. Since then, there have been a total of 43 people sworn into the office of the President of the United States. Grover Cleveland is the only president to have the honor of serving two non-consecutive terms, making him the 22nd and the 24th president. On this episode of Flash Past, Lyle and Dan talk about some of the best and worst presidents in American History.
Somewhere along the timeline of American history, what we consider news changed. Sure, there are still people in danger; there is still war. The difference is, there are also ice buckets, under inflated footballs, and Kardashians, all vying for a bit of our attention. Pick a search engine, any one; search for trending news or searches. Now, compare those results to news articles you find on MSNBC, FOX News, NPR, CNN, or Al Jazeera. What about the news that’s getting coverage on the 24-hour news networks? These are the things Dan and Lyle discuss on this episode of Flash Past.
It’s hard to imagine living without the advantages of modern medicine. There have been amazing discoveries that have allowed us to eradicate some diseases and illnesses. Even more are now conditions that can be managed, with proper medical treatment. In fact, there are actually only a few conditions that are untreatable, debilitating, and come with a high mortality rate. But, what if you had a condition from one of the last two groups? Suppose you are terminally ill; your quality of life is diminishing, and, even with medical care, you are going to die. Would you choose to end your suffering, to die with dignity?
And with great power also comes the abuse of power. It doesn’t matter if you’re talking about police officers, clergy, teachers, employers, or pretty much anyone else who has authority over others, there are some who will abuse their position. On this episode of Flash Past, Dan and Lyle discuss police brutality and citizen reactions.
On this episode of Flash Past, Dan and Lyle discuss the “Torture Report” and its impact on the American people. According to research conducted by the Pew Research Center, most Americans approve of or at least aren’t bothered by the techniques used to garner intelligence. It’s for the safety of all of America, right?