The State of Us

The State of Us

Go beyond mainstream cable news and party lines, with a Millennial and a Boomer, as they work to push past the noise and bring attention to all the issues that matter. Justin T. Weller and Lance Jackson examine the topics that are often overlooked by most major media outlets, but are critical for Americans to be educated about. There’s a world beyond the noise and it begins with Justin & Lance on The State of Us.

Episodes

October 14, 2021 38 min
Apple plans to develop software that will detect images of child pornography stored on iPhones. Justin and Lance discuss if this software will infringe on your privacy and ask if a stable internet connection is a utility in American society.

tags: tsou, justin weller, lance jackson, internet, privacy, data, apple, technology, safety, software, government, utility
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The debt ceiling was designed to reduce the nation's debt, but it has not worked that way in the past. Justin and Lance discuss how the political parties have interacted with the debt ceiling and the history of the debt ceiling.

tags: tsou, justin weller, lance jackson, politics, debt ceiling, national debt, republican, democrat, spending, inflation, revenue, money, economy, taxes, wealth, america
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How can we solve America's division - is ranked-choice voting the answer? Justin and Lance discuss how ranked-choice voting works, and how it could change the American political system.

tags: tsou, justin weller, lance jackson, voting, ranked-choice, politics, democrat, republican, bipartisan, representation, election, poll, president, governor, mayor, race
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How are schools rethinking grade levels for students and the amount of time they spend in class? Justin and Lance discuss how education should shift towards application-level understanding and how unvaccinated college students are costing schools millions of dollars.

tags: justin weller, lance jackson, education, school, learning, teaching, teacher, vaccine, money, loans, taxes, technology
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For more than a month, Facebook researchers warned that comments on vaccine-related posts were filled with anti-vaccine rhetoric. On the third installment of the Facebook series, Justin and Lance discuss the role of social media in society and how it should be handled in the future.

tags: tsou, justin weller, lance Jackson, facebook, instagram, social media, monopoly, utility
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The court has been significantly transformed with a slight conservative majority. Justin and Lance track the major Supreme Court decisions from this term with new justice Amy Coney Barrett and analyze how the American people feel about the court's decisions.

tags: tsou, justin weller, lance jackson, amy coney barrett, judge, justice, supreme court, law, politics, republican, democrat
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The United States has more job openings now than at any other point in history. With employers struggling to fill empty positions, they are forced to be creative. Justin and Lance discuss why there is a labor shortage and what employers are trying to acquire new talent.

tags: tsou, justin weller, lance jackson, work, labor, economics, wages, job, politics, employer, money, career, hire, demand, supply, united states
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Company researchers at Facebook wrote, "misinformation, toxicity, and violent content are inordinately prevalent among reshares on the platform." Justin and Lance break down how Facebook has been used for organized crime and ethnic cleansing in the second part of the Facebook series.

tags: tsou, justin weller, lance jackson, facebook, instagram, crime, cartel, reshare, toxic, social media, zuckerberg
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Since 2012, schizophrenia diagnosis in nursing homes have soared 70% resulting in 1 of 9 nursing home residents being diagnosed with the condition. However, only about 1 of every 150 individuals are diagnosed with the disease in the general public. Justin and Lance break down why this soar in diagnosis is happening, and how the nursing home system is taking poor care of the elderly.

tags: tsou, justin weller, lance jackson, elderly...
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Facebook gives special privileges to millions of users who make the company more money. Also, 40% of teens reported that they feel less attractive after using Facebook. Justin and Lance discuss how social media is harming youth and society with no consequences. Together, they expose the hypocrisy of Facebook.

tags: tsou, justin weller, lance jackson, facebook, instagram, social media, youth, mental health, zuckerberg, capitialism,...
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For more than a century, automakers continuously honed in on their ability to make the best combustion engine. However, some of the world's biggest automakers are now ditching combustion engines in order to produce electric motors. Justin and Lance discuss the future of EVs, and some challenges we still have to conquer.

tags: tsou, justin weller, lance jackson, electric vehicles, car, tesla, gm, ford, chevy, battery, charging, ...
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September 14, 2021 38 min
The Texas Heartbeat Act is banning most abortions in the state after 6 weeks of pregnancy with no exceptions to rape or incest. Justin and Lance question if this law is constituational, and when human life really begins.

tags: tsou, justin weller, lance jackson, abortion, texas, government, politics, voting, democrat, republican, womens rights, pro choice, pro life, contraception, pregnancy
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September 9, 2021 38 min
Will getting more done in a day make you happier? Justin and Lance discuss breaking the productivity cycle and finding what really matters in life.

tags: tsou, justin weller, lance jackson, productivity, efficiency, work, labor, lifestyle, money, job, school, education, tasks, reminders, list
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For many years, experts have predicted that unless the steady over usage of the Colorado River was brought to a halt, it could no longer support the 40 million people that depend on it. That prediction is quickly coming to fruition. Justin and Lance break down all the factors that could be contributing to the depletion of the Colorado River.

tags: tsou, justin weller, lance jackson, climate change, global warming, science, west, co...
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September 2, 2021 38 min
The human species was able to double its own life expectancy in under 100 years - could we do it again? Justin and Lance discuss the history of preventative medicine and what a future with humans regularly living to be 100+ years might look like.

tags: tsou, justin weller, lance jackson, age, old, medicine, antibiotics, elderly, healthcare, economics, disparities, history, aging, immortality, science, policy, activism
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YouTube is still promoting false and sexualized videos - more than 70% of flagged videos in a study were recommended for the viewer to watch next. Also, deceptive campaign fundraising has tricked elderly people into making long time payments. Justin and Lance question how powerful algorithms should be, and how we can better protect our seniors online.

tags: tsou, justin weller, lance jackson, internet, youtube, google, algorithms, ...
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With employers fighting to fill positions in their organizations, potential employees have more power than they have had in a long time. Justin and Lance are joined by Robin Erickson, Principle Researcher at The Conference Board, to discuss employment trends and how employers are navigating the current labor market.

tags: tsou, justin weller, lance jackson, Robin Erickson, economy, labor, jobs, employment, company, hire, hiring, sa...
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The COVID-19 pandemic has forced us to think about education differently. Justin and Lance discuss the options available for education like public schools, charter schools, private schools, and online options. They also ask if the future of education is a combined individual approach.

tags: tsou, justin weller, lance jackson, education, school, private, public, charter, online, kids, teacher, government, taxes, money, parenting, ma...
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With no surprise, Americans spend a lot of money on credit cards - but something is changing about how they are spending. Justin and Lance discuss back to school shopping, military spending, and electric car start-up Lucid.

tags: tsou, justin weller, lance jackson, electric car, money, economy, school, college, university, military, spending, war, budget, government, politics, credit card, finance, interest, payments
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The United States of America is set to end its 20-year attempt at nation-building in Afghanistan. Justin and Lance break down the history of this American endeavor and question how the U.S. should handle its exit.

tags: tsou, justin weller, lance Jackson, Afghanistan, middle east, Taliban, nation-building, America, biden, politics, money, soldiers, immigration, war, peace
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