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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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    Ghosting, Why We Ignore Friends for Phones & What to Do About It

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 25, 2021 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

    Men Giving up on College - "I Feel Lost"

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 23, 2021 38:51

    The national composition of college students in the United States is nearly 60% women and 40% men. Justin and Lance discuss why men are saying no to college, and examine what societal, educational, and economic factors are leading to that decision. tags: tsou, justin weller, lance jackson, education, men, college, women, healthcare, teaching, nurse, society, philosophy, history, work ethic, discipline, money, earn

    Great Food and the Benefits of Family Stories

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 18, 2021 38:51

    Justin and Lance discuss how their families celebrate Thanksgiving, and what parts of the meal they are responsible for preparing. Also, they break down the importance of telling family stories and how sharing these stories can benefit your life. tags: tsou, justin weller, lance jackson, thanksgiving, meal, holidays, family, celebration, cooking, food, gathering, stories, turkey

    Republicans Have a Bid Edge for 2022 - Why?

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 16, 2021 38:51

    Historically, the opposing party is very likely to win the midterm elections - and 2022 is looking like it will be no exception. Justin and Lance discuss the Republican's advantages heading into the 2022 midterm elections and explain how gerrymandering is used by both parties. tags: tsou, justin weller, lance jackson, politics, election, voting, gerrymandering, democrat, republican

    Challenges for Kids: Lack of Trust, Location & Mental Health

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 11, 2021 38:51

    A recent survey found that 93% of college freshmen trust their parents while only 36% of them trust major media outlets. Justin and Lance discuss how children are struggling with mental health, and how rural America is disproportionately affected by mental health challenges because of desolate economic, healthcare, and labor statistics. tags: tsou, justin weller, lance jackson, rural america, jobs, mental health, healthcare, economics, children, trust, politics, college

    7 Changes to the Constitution

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 9, 2021 38:51

    The Constitution has not had a significant change in over 50 years. Justin and Lance discuss some amendments that are in the conversation of being added to the constitution. From abortion, labor unions, global policy, and digital privacy - Justin and Lance weigh in on each proposed amendment's utility. tags: justin weller, lance jackson, tsou, constitution, amendments, government, politics, america, congress, supreme court, abortion, privacy

    Natural Gas Shortage and the Oil Dilemma

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 4, 2021 38:51

    Will the gas station as we know it disappear in the next decade? Justin and Lance answer this question and discuss how the natural gas shortage will affect your life. tags: justin weller, lance jackson, green, energy, oil, natural gas, heating cooling, winter, politics, economy, electric car, solar, gas stations, charging, fueling

    Biden's Revised $1.85 Trillion Spending Plan

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 2, 2021 38:51

    Biden's revised spending plan covers healthcare, climate change, education, child care, taxes, housing, food aid, elder care, and immigration. Justin and Lance discuss how resources are being allocated in Biden's plan and how it might affect you. tags: tsou, justin weller, lance jackson, taxes, education, immigration, elder care, food aid, climate change, joe biden

    What Will Decide the 2022 Midterm Elections?

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 28, 2021 38:51

    What will decide the 2022 midterms - achievements, historical precedent, money, covid, or all the above? Justin and Lance break down how the midterms usually play out from a historical context, but also note how the 2022 midterms have seen massive voter interest and financial support. tags: tsou, justin weller, lacne jackson, politics, voting, midterms, democrat, republican, senate, house, money, election, biden

    Can You Have Freedom at Work?

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 26, 2021 38:51

    Younger generations are more interested in net freedom than they are in net worth. Justin and Lance discuss how the workplace is changing post-covid, if employers should pay for time or product, and how the 40 hour work week started. tags: tsou, justin weller, lance jackson, work, employment, productivity, week, freedom, time, goals, job, money, economy

    Will Federal Checks for Having Kids Help or Hurt?

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 21, 2021 38:51

    The recently enacted child credit tax payments have promised great benefits, but recent research from the University of Chicago suggests otherwise. Justin and Lance break down the findings of the research and propose a more effective way to help impoverished children. tags: tsou, justin weller, lance jackson, children, education, money, poverty, school, taxes, politics, government, biden, credit, program

    Holiday Shopping Delays and Inflation is Knocking

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 19, 2021 38:51

    The holidays are right around the corner but your holiday packages might not be. Justin and Lance discuss how the logistics industry is shifting to accommodate manufacturing deficits, and how the labor shortage is driving inflation. tags: tsou, justin weller, lance jackson, inflation, labor, economy, jobs, immigration, shipping, manufacturing, logistics, factory, transit, holidays

    Apple Will Scan Phone Images & Broadband Gets Big Government Push

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 14, 2021 38:51

    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

    Abolish the Debt Ceiling to Fix America's Debt Problem

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 12, 2021 38:51

    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

    Solving America's Division - Is Ranked Choice Voting the Answer?

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 7, 2021 38:51

    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

    Rethinking the Grading System & Unvaccinated Cost Colleges

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 5, 2021 38:48

    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

    Facebook Undermined Its Own Vaccine Efforts - What's Next

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 2, 2021 38:48

    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

    The Big Decisions You Missed From the Supreme Court

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 30, 2021 38:51

    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

    3 Million More Jobs Than Workers - How Businesses React

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 28, 2021 38:51

    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

    FB Series: People Got Angrier on Facebook and Drug Cartels Flourished

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 25, 2021 38:51

    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

    Seniors Wrongfully Drugged by False Diagnoses at Nursing Homes

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 23, 2021 38:51

    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, healthcare, government, policy, politics, nursing home, geriatrics, doctor, money, drugs, medication, schizophrenia, dementia, Alzheimers, disease

    FB Series: Facebook Exempts Elites and Instagram is Toxic for Teens

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 21, 2021 38:51

    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, government, violation

    The Builders of Gas Engines Cast Aside and EVs Recalled

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 16, 2021 38:51

    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, innovation, reliability, safety

    Texas Abortion Law - What You Need to Know

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 14, 2021 38:51

    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

    The Trap of Efficiency - Let's Dig a Ditch

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 9, 2021 38:51

    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

    40 Million Americans at Risk of Losing Power and Water

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 7, 2021 38:51

    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, colorado river, water, arizona, emissions, housing, production, innovation, infastructure

    What If We Doubled Life Expectancy?

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 2, 2021 38:51

    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

    Seniors Entrapped - YouTube STILL Pushes Harmful Content

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 31, 2021 38:51

    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, money, politics, elderly, campaigns, elections, deception, misinformation

    Do Workers Need to Return to the Workplace? Some Say No

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 26, 2021 38:51

    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, salary, money, benefits, market, conference board, pandemic

    Yes to Charter Schools? Teachers Ready for Classrooms

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 24, 2021 38:51

    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, math, science, art

    Tesla Imitator, Military Splurge & Credit-Card Surge - The Economy

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 19, 2021 38:51

    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

    Afghanistan is the 51st State of America?

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 17, 2021 38:51

    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

    3 Huge Ways the World has Changed

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 12, 2021 38:51

    How are education, housing, and government changing post-pandemic? Justin and Lance break down three key areas where the world is changing and how they might affect you. tags: tsou, justin weller, lance jackson, housing, education, government, money, politics, rural, city, college, online school, big government, pandemic

    10 Big Ideas to Improve American Life

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 10, 2021 38:51

    What are cities across America trying that might improve American life? Justin and Lance breakdown 10 innovative ideas cities are trying that could be implemented on a larger scale. tags: tsou, justin weller, lance jackson, city, idea, america, quality of life, ubi, sewage, housing, education, unemployment, remote work, government, politics

    Hackers Use Your Social Media & Password Problems

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 5, 2021 38:51

    Hackers can use your posts, liked media, and internet consumption to learn everything they need to know about you. Justin and Lance discuss how to protect your online accounts with password managers, and how criminals are finding new creative ways to scam their victims. tags: tsou, justin weller, lance jackson, internet, social media, passwords, safety, hackers, encrypt, scam, email, instagram, facebook, impersonation

    Is Anyone Still Getting Vaccinated?

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 3, 2021 38:51

    Daily vaccination rates have slowed and now plateaued in the past few months. Justin and Lance discuss why some have held off on getting their shot, and why it is still important that those who are not vaccinated get their dose. tags: tsou, justin weller, lance jackson, vaccine, covid-19, pandemic, biden, trump, politics, johnson johnson, moderna, pfizer, biotechnology, mrna, science, immunology, cdc, nhs

    What's Happening With American Indians & the Supreme Court?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 29, 2021 38:51

    The United States Supreme Court says that tribal police can search non-Indians who are found on reservations - the justice's unanimous decision further affirms the sovereignty for indigenous nations. Justin and Lance discuss the importance of this ruling and how the Navajo Nation became the largest Indian tribe. tags: tsou, justin weller, lance jackson, native american, indian, indigenous, navajo, tribe, america, politics, congress, supreme court

    Getting a Grip on Climate Change

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 27, 2021 36:39

    Justin and Lance discuss how climate change is currently affecting the world, the challenges that lie ahead, and if there are any practical solutions that everyone can agree on. tags: tsou, justin weller, lance jackson, climate, environment, change, earth, global warming, emissions, water level, sea, wildlife, policy, government, policy, future

    Instagram for Kids & States Say No - How to Limit Kids Screen Time

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 22, 2021 38:51

    Facebook is trying to develop a social media platform that is designed to be a ‘safe space' for children under the age of 13. Justin and Lance discuss why some states are fighting this effort and how parenting plays a role in the age of social media. Tags: tsou, Justin Weller, lance Jackson, children, Facebook, Instagram, social media, zuckerberg, internet, parenting

    Smart Cities & the Problem With Solar Power's Land Grab

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 20, 2021 38:51

    The city of Columbus, Ohio has made some progress to become a smarter city and some environmentalists are fighting against the installation of more solar panels. From driverless cars to rooftop gardens, Justin and Lance unpack Columbus' five-year, $50 million project. tags: tsou, justin weller, lance jackson, environment, climate change, global warming, columbus, ohio, smart city, solar panels, electric cars, ohio state university, investment, future, green, politics, economy, jobs

    Biden Targets Big Business - Will it Work? Will Republicans Agree?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 15, 2021 38:51

    President Biden signed a broad executive order that aims to promote competitive markets across the U.S. economy and limit corporate dominance. Justin and Lance discuss what industries are being targeted and have a larger conversation about America's capitalist culture. tags: tsou, justin weller, lance jackson, competition, biden, capitalism, markets, money, healthcare, airline, consumer, supply, demand, economy, monopoly, apple, google, facebook, instragram, tim cook

    Republican's Blue-Collar Agenda - The Cost of Rejecting Sundays

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 13, 2021 38:51

    Republicans and Democrats are fighting for the American blue-collar vote. Justin and Lance discuss how this population of voters is shifting and question if a day of rest on Sunday could solve multiple contentious issues. tags: tsou, politics, justin weller, lance jackson, voting, democrat, republican, biden, trump, sunday, rest, race, work, blue collar, white collar, college, education, politicians

    Robot Psychiatry - Will A.I. Machines Be Biased?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 8, 2021 38:51

    A person's recent Google search history is a better predictor of suicide than their clinician's latest notes. Justin and Lance discuss how A.I. and big data could be used for good in the healthcare industry, and how this technology could potentially be extremely harmful if not deployed safely. tags: tsou, justin weller, lance jackson, ai, technology, healthcare, doctor, medical, google, facebook, instagram, racism, suicide, psychiatry, money, corporations, safety, laws, future

    What's Next for American Politics? Acrimony

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 6, 2021 38:51


    There is little doubt that the 2020 election captured the attention of the world. Justin and Lance are joined by Jon Grinspan, Curator of Political History at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, to discuss what the gilded years of 1865 - 1915 can teach us about modern politics. tags: tsou, justin weller, lance jackson, jon grinspan, america, history, election, president, money, politics, voting, polarization, bipartisanship, violence, protest, race, division, Acrimony


    Restaurants Roar Back (Sorta) - People Can't Find Used Cars

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 1, 2021 38:51

    As post-pandemic life becomes a reality, restaurants are set to boom back - but the experience might be different. Justin and Lance discuss the shortage of used cars in America and how restaurants are changing. tags: tsou, justin weller, lance jackson, restaurants, food, cars, used cars, pre-owned, ordering, menus, digital, eatery, app, bill, waiter, waitress, jobs, economy, family, time

    Is the Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal Good for You?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 29, 2021 38:51

    President Joe Biden and a bipartisan group of senators have reached a broad infrastructure deal. The plan includes $579 billion additional dollars to what the government already spends on infrastructure. Justin and Lance discuss what is in this plan and ask if it is really bipartisan. tags: tsou, justin weller, lance jackson, politics, president biden, bipartisan, voting, republican, democrat, senator, plan, law, bill, roads, electric, internet

    4 Day Work Week? Society Shifts

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 24, 2021 38:51

    The pandemic offered a slower-paced lifestyle that many Americans enjoyed more than the everyday hustle of pre-pandemic life. Justin and Lance discuss the future of labor and the American family. tags: tsou, justin weller, lance jackson, labor, work, money, family, leisure, jobs, economy, pandemic, free time, schedule, week, time, America, politics, hours

    Gen Z Lonelier & More Reluctant Than Millennials

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 22, 2021 38:51

    Generation Z is lonelier than millennials and more reluctant to embrace the responsibilities of adulthood. From social media to parenting, Justin and Lance discuss the many roots that are causing our young people to suffer from more anxiety, depression, and lower levels of motivation. tags: justin weller, lance jackson, gen z, depression, anxiety, lonliness, motivation, technology, millennials, generations, internet, social media

    Huge Presidental Poll Miss - Ohio May Signal National Change

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 17, 2021 38:51

    The Trump and Biden presidential poll was the worst missed prediction in forty years. Justin and Lance discuss why Americans place so much emphasis on presidential polls, polarization among county lines, and the showmanship of American Politics. tags: tsou, justin weller, lance jackson, politics, america, trump, biden, republican, democrat, polls, campaign, election, workers, economy, voting, polarization

    Democrats Voting Rights Law - Good & Bad

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 15, 2021 38:51

    Democrat's sweeping voting rights law could work by getting rid of many voting restrictions. Justin and Lance discuss the implications of this law and how their integration will change voting in America. tags: tsou, justin weller, lance jackson, voting, democrat, republican, politics, election, government, money, ads, public, law

    $15 an Hour Bad for Teens - How Amazon Crushes Unions

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 8, 2021 38:51

    A $15 minimum wage may crush teen employment and older millennials are finally starting to close the wealth gap with older generations. Justin and Lance discuss the nature of the American economy and the challenges that future generations face. tags: tsou, justin weller, lance jackson, economy, politics, minimum wage, technology, government, gen z, house, ownership, money, generations

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