Outrage Bonus – America on the Knife’s Edge

Can We Forge a New Path?

Aired May 15, 2024

Welcome to “America on the Knife’s Edge,” where we embark on a journey through the intricate landscape of contemporary American politics. We uncover the story of the American electorate, with partisans on both sides playing leading roles in the quest for electoral victory and political dominance.

Weaving together in-depth research, insightful expert interviews, and compelling real-world examples, this special documentary-style episode delivers a thought-provoking exploration of the forces threatening – or bolstering – American democracy. From the influence of swing voters to the debates surrounding the Electoral College system, each aspect is carefully examined to provide a clearer picture of the key considerations and challenges.

Through a captivating narrative, we uncover the intricate dance between competing ideologies, the looming specter of authoritarianism, and the urgent need for unity in a nation on the brink. As we navigate through the complexities of modern governance, we invite you to join the conversation, explore the possibilities, and dare to imagine a brighter future for America.

Live Q&A Session

We are thrilled to announce the resounding success of our recent live Q&A event for the “America on the Knife’s Edge” episode! The event was marked by an incredible turnout and lively discussion, featuring expert insights on the role of swing voters, the impact of political polarization, and the future of American democracy. Your enthusiastic participation and thought-provoking questions made the conversation rich and engaging.

Thank you to everyone who joined us and contributed to this memorable event. Your support and involvement are truly appreciated as we continue to explore and understand the complexities of contemporary American politics. Stay tuned for more exciting episodes and events!


I’d like to express my sincere gratitude to everyone who contributed to this episode. A big thanks to political scientists Kevin Smith and Sean Evans, as well as Andreas Schedler, Thomas Zeitzoff, and thanks to Eli FInkel. Also my co-director Austin Chen, documentary filmmaker Alex Shebanow, and my wife Lisa who offered invaluable feedback and guidance. Finally many thanks to Zachary Elwood of Starts with Us.

Your collective support made this episode possible.



Kevin Smith (University of Nebraska-Lincoln)

Sean Evans (Union University)

Zachary Elwood (Defusing American Anger)

Andreas Schedler (Central European University)

Thomas Zeitzoff (American University)

Starts with Us

Inspired by Eli Finkel talk “The The Cavalry Is Not Coming”

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