Ep. 12: Timothy Buck, Co-Founder of Read A Bill

Timothy Buck, Co-Founder of Read A Bill, tells us more about his project. We discuss the story behind Read A Bill, the importance of accessibility and objectivity, and what exactly the Apple Plug is… … More Ep. 12: Timothy Buck, Co-Founder of Read A Bill

Ep. 11: Privacy and Police Body Cameras Part Two

In the second part of the Privacy and Police Body Camera series, I review the actual text of California Assembly Bill 748 (AB 748). With sublime ice cream analogies, we manage to break a complicated piece of legislation into manageable bites. During the last segment I review Baby Driver, a new action movie starting Ansel Elgort, Jamie Foxx, and Kevin Spacey. … More Ep. 11: Privacy and Police Body Cameras Part Two

Ep. 10: Privacy and Police Body Cameras Part One

In the first part of the Police Body Camera Episode, we analyze the impacts of instituting body cameras in local police forces. Body worn cameras increase accountability and decrease costs for departments. However, they bring about serious concerns about privacy. The discussion stems from the proposal of California Assembly Bill 748, introduced by Phil Ting (D-San Francisco). AB 748 would require all police agencies to create policies regarding the release of body cam footage to the public. Of course, I wouldn’t forget the ice cream analogies. … More Ep. 10: Privacy and Police Body Cameras Part One

Ep. 9: The Campus Free Speech Act Part Two

In today’s episode we review the second part of the Campus Free Speech Act proposed by the Goldwater Institute. This second installation deals with sections two through five of the bill, which serve important roles in promoting free expression on college campuses. Using only the best ice cream analogies, we break down the importance of free thought and expression, and how that importance expands beyond college campuses and into our everyday lives. Thus, we must be open to new perspectives and ideas in order to refine our own.
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Ep. 8: A doctor’s perspective on school start times

Mariah Baughn, MD, and I discuss the Start School Later Bill from the perspective of a pathologist and parent. We talk about the fact that high schools aren’t doing enough to help teens get enough sleep. Mariah tells about her personal experience with start times. For example, her son is entering high school this coming year. Unfortunately, very few of the available schools have start times after 8:30. We also discuss how parents, students, and anyone interested can get involved with the Start School Later organization. … More Ep. 8: A doctor’s perspective on school start times

Ep. 7: Giving Teens the Chance to Dream with Irena Keller of Start School Later

In today’s episode I talk with Dr. Irena Keller, who has a PhD in Change, Development, and Plasticity from University of California, Berkeley.  She is the leader of Start School Later’s California Chapter and an active supporter of California Senator Anthony Portantino’s Start School Later Bill. We discuss the science of sleep, the benefits of later start times, and the progress of the bill in the California Legislature. … More Ep. 7: Giving Teens the Chance to Dream with Irena Keller of Start School Later

Ep. 6: The Campus Free Speech Act Part 1

In the sixth episode of Bills with Luke Scorziell we review Section One of the Campus Free Speech Act, a piece of mock legislation published by the Goldwater Institute. Today’s episode marks the introduction of the High School Culture segment with an analysis of Jim and Pam’s relationship on The Office. … More Ep. 6: The Campus Free Speech Act Part 1

Ep. 5: The Start School Later Bill Interview

Today’s episode includes an exclusive 25 minute interview with my former Advanced Placement World History and current Advanced Placement United States History teacher Eric Newcombe (Graduated from Northern Arizona University Magna Cum Laude with University Honors). Throughout the episode we discuss the implications of Anthony Portantino’s Start School Later Bill (SB 328 in the California Senate) but also why it is needed from the perspective of both a student and a teacher.

For background, the Start School Later Bill would require all middle and high schools to begin school no earlier than 8:30 AM. It would allow schools up to July 1, 2020 to change their schedules accordingly. … More Ep. 5: The Start School Later Bill Interview

Ep. 4: Should the US temporarily defund the United Nations?

In under fifteen minutes we discuss the implications of defunding the United Nations under the proposed United Nations Review and Accounting Act (HR 264). This discussion ranges from a cost-benefit analysis of the UN to an analysis of current events in US and international politics. … More Ep. 4: Should the US temporarily defund the United Nations?

Ep. 3: Should James Mattis be confirmed as Secretary of Defense?

In this episode we discuss the current debate on the house and senate floor of whether or not there should be an exception to the United States Code to allow recently retired General James Mattis into the Secretary of Defense position. On top of reviewing arguments on both sides of the isle, we will discuss James Mattis’ qualifications for the job. … More Ep. 3: Should James Mattis be confirmed as Secretary of Defense?