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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.

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    • Jun 30, 2022 LATEST EPISODE
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    The End of Roe v Wade and What it Means

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 30, 2022 38:51

    The decision to overturn Roe v Wade has given each state the opportunity to approach abortion differently. Justin and Lance break down the possible repercussions of the decision and discuss the history of states' rights in America. tags: tsou, justin weller, lance jackson, abortion, life, choice, female, reproductive rights, woman, baby, trimester, conception, states, roe, wade, supreme court, freedom, unites states, politics

    9 Ways You Can Deal With and Benefit From Inflation

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 28, 2022 38:51

    What is your personal inflation rate and what are some things you can do to reduce it? Justin and Lance break down 9 things you can do to come out on top of this inflationary period. tags: tsou, justin weller, lance jackson, inflation, united states, gas, oil, groceries, spending, money, economics, finance, home, family, car, money

    The Bipartisan Gun Bill - Will it Matter?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 23, 2022 38:51

    The bipartisan safer communities act will enhance background checks, allow states to implement "red flag laws," and more. Justin and Lance discuss what the new bill proposes and question its efficacy. tags: tsou, justin weller, lance jackson, guns, 2nd amendment, freedom, safety, danger, violence, mass, murder, background check, regulation

    Drone Delivery & Electric Planes are Arriving

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 21, 2022 38:51

    What do the future of aviation and package delivery have in common? Justin and Lance break down some of the most exciting advances in electric-powered aviation and touch on how it will impact your life. tags: justin weller, lance jackson, tsou, planes, drones, aviation, delivery, amazon, air force, pilot, flying, logistics, economy, environment, air, efficiency

    Phones vs Friends, Ghosting: Why We Choose Phones

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 16, 2022 38:51

    Is ghosting someone a reasonable solution to avoid difficult situations? Justin and Lance discuss why we shouldn't avoid hard conversations and why some people look at their phones during a conversation. tags: justin weller, lance jackson, technology, family, conversation, friends, ghosting, texting

    What Americans Think About Critical Race Theory

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 14, 2022 38:51

    How we teach history to our children will shape how they make decisions in the future. Justin and Lance discuss how schools should approach teaching the good and bad things about our nation's history.tags: tsou, justin weller, lance jackson, race, theory, school, education, politics, democrat, republican, truth, debate, racism, America, united states, school, children

    Ukraine and Russia 100 Days In

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 9, 2022 38:51

    The war in Ukraine is still happening, and Russia has managed to gain control of 1/5 of Ukraine in 100 days. Justin and Lance discuss how international politics will determine the future of this conflict and how Russia would react to defeat. tags: tsou, justin weller, lance jackson, war, Russia, ukraine, zalenskyy, putin, politics, united states, money, voting, land, country

    Kid's TikTok Brains Drain & Tests Improve In-person

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 7, 2022 38:51

    Has social media enabled children to live in a candy store? Justin and Lance discuss how TikTok and similar social media platforms are hijacking children's reward and motivation neural networks, making them less likely to endure challenges. tags: tsou, justin weller, lance jackson, tiktok, social media, youtube, attention, motivation, reward, life, addiction, dopamine

    Is There a Solution to School Shootings

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 2, 2022 38:51

    Is there anything we can do to put an end to school shootings for good? Justin and Lance discuss the truth about preventing school shootings and the severe consequences that inaction on the issue will cause. tags: tsou, justin weller, lance jackson, texas, shooting, school, safety, education, teachers, students, kids, children, politics, guns, rights, voting

    Baby Boomers Look for Urban Living

    Play Episode Listen Later May 31, 2022 38:51

    As more baby boomers are preparing to retire, housing developers predict that senior living will take off. Justin and Lance discuss this housing trend and how it will affect what young people have access to. tags: tsou, justin weller, lance jackson, housing, boomer, millennial, payment, renting, moving, market, money, family

    The Old American Right & Republicans Rift With Big Business

    Play Episode Listen Later May 26, 2022 38:51

    The Democratic policies surrounding school closures and masking are driving some life-long democrats to vote for the opposing party. Justin and Lance discuss Republicans' relationship with big business and the return of the old American right. tags: tsou, justin weller, lance jackson, republican, democrat, school, children, voting, citizens, America, united states, trump, coolidge

    What You Must Know About Your Food & Modern Agriculture

    Play Episode Listen Later May 24, 2022 38:51

    How much do you know about the foods you eat every day? Justin and Lance break down how your food is made and how to decode all of the labels you come across in the grocery store.tags: tsou, justin weller, lance jackson, meat, food, agriculture, cattle, sheep, chicken, farming, midwest, population, eating, grocery store

    What is Happening in the World?

    Play Episode Listen Later May 19, 2022 38:51

    What in the world is going on? Justin and Lance discuss Elon Musk's potential acquisition of Twitter, the overturn of Roe v. Wade, and the tragic Buffalo shooting. tags: tsou, justin weller, lance jackson, politics, abortion, roe, wade, musk, elon, twitter, money, power, speech, shooting, buffalo

    Democrats Delusions & Political Homelessness

    Play Episode Listen Later May 17, 2022 38:51

    Will democrats throw it all away in the 2024 Presidential Election? Justin and Lance discuss three delusions of the democratic party and how extreme members of each party have left their comparatively moderate constituents feeling politically homeless. tags: tsou, justin weller, lance jackson, politics, democrat, republican, voting, biden, election, power, people

    Putin Says United States is to Blame for Invasion of Ukraine

    Play Episode Listen Later May 12, 2022 38:51

    Will Putin's invasion stop at Ukraine or is this just one part of his plan to conquer eastern Europe? Justin and Lance question if it will require NATO forces to stop Putin's takeover. tags: tsou, justin weller, lance jackson, ukraine, Russia, putin, war, invasion, country, Europe, nato, zalenskyy, troops, America, united states, biden

    Should Baseball Be Saved?

    Play Episode Listen Later May 10, 2022 38:51

    "America's pastime" is struggling to keep the attention of younger, more diverse audiences. Justin and Lance discuss how baseball could reach new audiences and question if the government needs to step in to save the sport. tags: tsou, justin weller, lance jackson, baseball, America, sport, athlete, money, advertisement, pitcher, diamond, diversity, youth

    How the Supreme Courts Abortion Decision Effects America

    Play Episode Listen Later May 5, 2022 38:51

    Under what circumstances, if any, should abortion be legal? Justin and Lance cover the leaked majority opinion that suggests a possible overturn of Roe v. Wade. tags: tsou, justin weller, lance jackson, abortion, rights, reproductive, supreme court, opinion, America, politics, women, children, baby, life, choice

    Good & Bad News on the Climate According to U.N.

    Play Episode Listen Later May 3, 2022 38:51

    What can you do to reduce your carbon footprint? Justin and Lance discuss what is being done to mitigate the climate crisis and what exciting results we could see before the end of the decade. tags: tsou, justin weller, lance jackson, climate, environment, carbon, footprint, economy, house, dryer, car, appliances, food

    The Unknowns of Politics in 2022

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 28, 2022 38:51

    While things may not look good for the democrats in 2022, all the variables in play make any prediction risky. Justin and Lance break down what factors will be important for the democrats and the republicans in the 2022 midterm elections. tags: tsou, justin weller, lance jackson, election, voting, America, democracy, freedom, power, senate, house of representatives, trump, biden, president, midterm

    The Future of Work in the Metaverse and Post-60 Careers

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 26, 2022 38:51

    New virtual reality technology is rapidly changing how we approach work while simultaneously people over the age of 65 are the fastest-growing population in the workforce. Justin and Lance discuss how these two seemingly opposing situations are occurring and how the workplace is changing. tags: tsou, podcast, justin weller, lance jackson, work, technology, 65, retirement, metaverse, facebook, virtual reality, money, job, career, salary, employment, purpose

    Why We Keep Forgetting Stuff & Vinyl Spins Back

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 21, 2022 38:51

    People of all ages are becoming more forgetful. Justin and Lance discuss what may be the cause of our memory issues, and how to improve our cognitive ability. Finally, Justin connects these topics to music and shares his personal vinyl collection. tags: tsou, justin weller, lance jackson, music, memory, forget, health, physical, walking, partner, cognition, brain, psychology, neuroscience

    Do Children Develop Too Fast? Tame Screen Time

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 19, 2022 38:51

    Parents are excited to recognize their child's next milestone, but what happens when we allow children to grow up too fast? Justin and Lance discuss how social media and technology are impacting young people and how we can all limit our time devoted to our devices. tags: tsou, justin weller, lance jackson, technology, social media, screen time, children, kids, school, discipline, meaning, iPhone, iPad, phone, smartphone

    The Danger of the Power Grid

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 14, 2022 38:51

    The technology to improve our power grid is available, but are you willing to pick up the bill? Justin and Lance discuss the age of the power grid, the cost of revamping it, and how much our society relies on electricity. Tags: tsou, justin weller, lance jackson, power grid, money, electricity, lines, taxes, infrastructure, life, old, society, economy, politics

    Is the Economy Good? Americans Don't Believe It

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 12, 2022 38:51

    Americans are more pessimistic than ever about the state of the economy. Justin and Lance question whether the economy is truly concerning, or if the current state of the economy is just a natural fluctuation. tags: tsou, justin weller, lance jackson, economy, America, inflation, supply, demand, capitalism, money, buying, selling, market, stocks

    Russia's Invasion of Ukraine Impacts North Korea and Iran

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 7, 2022 38:51

    Iran and North Korea are increasing nuclear tensions. How is this related to Russia's invasion of Ukraine? Justin and Lance discuss the possible secondary effects of the United States' passive involvement in Ukraine and touch on the nuclear developments being made in North Korea and Iran.

    Gender in Sports and What to do About It

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 5, 2022 38:51

    Who should athletes compete against? Justin and Lance chime in on this nearly century-old issue that has been recently revived by transgender swimmer Lia Thomas.tags: tsou, justin weller, lance jackson, transgender, woman, man, athlete, swimming, basketball, competition, lia thomas, football, soccer

    What Could Peace in Ukraine Look Like and Would it be Good?

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 31, 2022 38:51

    There are talks of President Valenskyy and Putin getting together to discuss possible routes to peace. Justin and Lance discuss what it will take for Russia to pull out of Ukraine, and question what Russia's next moves might be after a failure in Ukraine. tags: tsou, justin weller, lance jackson, Russia, ukraine, war, America, united states, biden, zalenskyy, putin, peace, money, oil, gas, economy, soldiers, power

    Voters and Our Powers are Being Erased

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 29, 2022 38:51

    Republicans and Democrats alike are abusing their power by stripping voters of their voice through gerrymandering. Justin and Lance discuss how politicians are getting away with this, and what we can do to put an end to it. tags: tsou, justin weller, lance jackson, gerrymandering, ohio, new york, texas, power, politician, money, abuse, system, voting, district, house of representatives, congress

    US to Regard Russia as a Secondary Threat Despite Ukraine

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 24, 2022 38:51

    A Pentagon official stated that they regard China as the only nation in the world that can systematically challenge the United States for the rest of this century. Justin and Lance discuss how nuclear weapons change world power dynamics. tags: tsou, justin weller, lance jackson, war, ukraine, Russia, china, united states, politics, economy, nuclear warhead, putin, biden, iran

    Stop Aging, Young and Old Find New Living Arrangements

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 22, 2022 38:51

    The human species managed to double its own life span in 200 years - could it happen again? Justin and Lance discuss cutting-edge research being done in the field of aging, and how communities can adapt to the aging population. tags: tsou, justin weller, lance jackson, aging, geriatric, science, research, DNA, community, housing, generations

    Ukraine Pleads for Biden and the US to Lead

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 17, 2022 38:51

    President Zelenskyy of Ukraine has called upon President Biden to step up in the fight against Russia. Justin and Lance discuss the responsibility that the United States has to protect democracy around the world, and they predict the consequences of prolonging the Ukrainian conflict. tags: tsou, justin weller, lance jackson, ukraine, Russia, united states, nato, war, money, economy, planes, putin, zelenskyy, battle

    Faith in the Future of Money - What Should You Be Paid?

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 15, 2022 38:51

    The percentage of millennials that prefer to be paid in hard cash has been consistently dropping since 2016. Justin and Lance discuss the future of money, how we put faith in money, and how to leverage a larger salary in job interviews. tags: tsou, justin weller, lance jackson, money, economy, bitcoin, blockchain, salary, crypto currency, shopping, job, interview

    Putin's Endgame Should Scare the World

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 10, 2022 38:51

    Putin has no clear way out of Ukraine - and this should alarm the whole world. Justin and Lance discuss what an embarrassed, disassembled Russia might look like, and touch on the actions that the United States has taken against Russia. tags: tsou, justin weller, lance jackson, Russia, war, ukraine, money, economy, air block, plane, putin, Zelenskyy, biden, sanctions, nuke

    Religious Affiliation Declines & US Capitol Attack Divides

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 8, 2022 38:51

    Religious affiliation has dropped more during the pandemic than in previous years. Justin and Lance discuss how this has changed our political conversations and question what started the secularization of America. tags: tsou, justin weller, lance jackson, religion, Christian, power, politics, republican, trump, capitol, riot, election, voting, rights, free speech

    7 Takeaways From Biden's State of the Union

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 3, 2022 38:51

    What has President Biden accomplished and what are his plans for the future? From Ukraine and Russia to COVID-19 and inflation, Justin and Lance break down the seven key takeaways from Biden's State of the Union Address. Tags: tsou, podcast, justin weller, lance jackson, biden, state of the union address, putin, ukraine, war, covid, inflation, sanction, democrat, republican

    Congress is Ignoring Student Debt - Why?

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 1, 2022 38:51

    Should a student be allowed to take on $400,000 of student loan debt for a degree that leads to a $75,000 salary? Justin and Lance address the underlying causes of the student loan crisis in America and propose some real changes congress could make to solve this issue. tags: tsou, justin weller, lance jackson, student loan, education, money, school, college, university, degree, study, career, salary, planning, finance

    Did Russia Invade Ukraine?

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 24, 2022 38:51

    President Vladimir Putin has ordered troops into two breakaway regions of Ukraine. Justin and Lance cut through the noise of the mainstream media and answer the following questions: has Russia invaded Ukraine and what will happen if we allow Russia to continue its conquest. tags: tsou, justin weller, lance jackson, Russia, ukraine, invade, war, missile, united states of America, biden, putin, freedom

    The New American Pickup Truck: All Electric?

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 22, 2022 38:51

    Classic automobile manufacturers are now facing new competition in the EV space. GM, Ford, and new EV startup, Rivian, have all released their renditions of a fully electric pickup truck into the market. Justin and Lance discuss the pros and cons of each and share which one might be right for you. Tags: tsou, podcast, justin, weller, lance jackson, truck, electric, ford, chevy, gm, rivian, economy, tesla, car, money, price

    Get Your Dream Job - Relationships Thrive in Tough Times

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 17, 2022 38:51

    How can you best leverage your skills in the strong labor market to get your dream job? Justin and Lance outline some tips on how to gain dream employment and finish the show with anecdotes on how to sustain a fruitful relationship. tags: tsou, justin weller, lance jackson, jobs, economy, hiring, employment, relationships, professional, development, work, ethic, money, romance

    Book Bans Spread, Transparency & Teachers Quitting

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 15, 2022 38:51

    What books should kids have access to and how transparent should schools be with parents? Justin and Lance discuss why school teachers are leaving their positions at unprecedented highs, and point out flaws in how we teach children. tags: tsou, justin weller, lance jackson, education, teaching, jobs, business, money, books, ban, lgbtq, race, sexuality, florida, reading

    Who Should Get to Vote? Becoming a Citizen

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 10, 2022 38:51

    What should be required to gain American citizenship? Justin and Lance discuss how voting rights in America have changed throughout history, and suggest new ways to attain an involved, informed populous. tags: tsou, justin weller, lance jackson, voting, citizenship, rights, immigration, election, service, family

    China & Russia Try to Push America Aside

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 8, 2022 38:51

    China and Russia continue to see how much they can get away with without American intervention. Justin and Lance discuss how China is supporting Russia's military endeavors in Ukraine, and if establishing economic sanctions is the best way to end this partnership. tags: tsou, justin weller, lance jackson, russia, china, united states, money, economy, military

    After Denouncing Dark Money Democrats Won With It in 2020

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 3, 2022 38:51

    In 2020 the democrats beat the republicans at their own game. Justin and Lance discuss how the parties collect dark money, how it affects American citizens, and what American politics would look like if all political campaigns received the same funding. tags: tsou, justin weller, lance jackson, politics, government, funding, parties, republican, democrat, voting, people, million, billion, election, campaign

    The Republic of America, United?

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 1, 2022 38:51

    Do we truly have a united country or a collection of completely sovereign states? Justin and Lance are joined by Alan Taylor, Professor of History at the University of Virginia, to discuss his new book, "American Republics: A Continental History of the United States."Tags: tsou, justin weller, lance jackson, alan taylor, book, america, history, professor, author, states, government, politics, constitution, declaration of independence, country

    Unite a Divided America With National Service and Debt

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 27, 2022 38:51

    It is going to take a lot of work to unite America. Justin and Lance discuss the benefits of requiring the youth to serve their communities after high school and how this relates to solving the student loan debt crisis. tags: tsou, justin weller, lance jackson, education, service, youth, military, debt, economics, empathy

    More States? Congress Should Have Fewer Elections

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 25, 2022 38:51

    What issues could having more states resolve? Justin and Lance discuss the history of adding states and how having a fewer number of senate and house elections could encourage policymakers to come to solutions. tags: tsou, justin weller, lance jackson, politics, election, states, government, republican, democrat, voting, rights, history

    COVID in Rural America - The Untold Reality

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 20, 2022 38:51

    The pandemic has unfolded differently than many healthcare experts predicted as covid negative patients are suffering the most in the overwhelmed healthcare system. Justin and Lance discuss how rural healthcare facilities are struggling with providing for all patients while dealing with the recent COVID-19 surge. tags: tsou, justin weller, lance jackson, covid, pandemic, healthcare, emergency room, urbana, ohio, rural, doctor, nurse, burnout, vaccine, surgery

    The Battle for Election Posts - Dems vs GOP

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 18, 2022 38:51

    Republicans are filling up local government offices and democrats are neglecting middle America - what's next? Justin and Lance discuss how the democrats managed to win the White House while losing Ohio & Florida. tags: tsou, justin weller, lance jackson, politics, republican, democrat, GOP, voting, president, election, local, rural, biden, trump, clinton

    Billion Beef Industry - Who is Losing?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 13, 2022 38:51

    Beef prices are reaching record highs, but ranchers are not cashing in on this 66 billion dollar industry. Justin and Lance discuss why many ranchers are struggling to sell their products for profit, and touch on the history of monopolies in the United States. tags: tsou, justin weller, lance jackson, beef, farmers, business, economy, monopoly, ranch, cattle, auction, butcher, bankrupt

    China's Children are Tough - What About American Children?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 11, 2022 38:51

    "In China, my son had to study hard. In America, he has to bring a healthy snack to school." Justin and Lance discuss how American schools are hurting our children by not teaching them the skills of toughness and perseverance.

    Clean Energy Needs What Indians Have

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 6, 2022 38:51

    How much are we willing to take from others to solve a problem we created? Justin and Lance discuss a Native American tribe that is waiting for the government to grant them permission to use land they own.

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