George Takei's Oh Myyy Pod!Jun 24, 2020
How Trump Administration Policies Are Impacting Asylum Seekers During the Coronavirus Pandemic
George Takei spoke with Denise Bell of Amnesty International about how Donald Trump is weaponizing COVID-19 to make it even harder for asylum seekers and refugees seeking refuge in the U.S.
Deepfakes and Cheapfakes, Oh Myyy
You've seen deep fakes used in movies and fun viral videos. But what happens when the technology is used for nefarious purposes? George and Todd sit down with Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky and P.W. Singer, a strategist at New America, to discuss the future of this new form of disinformation.
Deleting the “Alt-Right”
George and Todd explore the rise of far-right hate groups online and how some are using online tools to expose and combat them.
Conspiracy Theories and their Believers
George and Todd explore the roots of fringe conspiracy theories and how they spread like wildfire online.
Far Right Mis-information
George and Todd explore how Fox News and right-wing media feed its supporters with a constant diet of disinformation to create an alternate reality full of "alternative facts."
The Threat Is Domestic
George and Todd deep dive into the ways that online tools are being exploited and weaponized here in the United States, to change our hearts and minds and impact our elections. Interviews with Brittany Kaiser, former business development director for Cambridge Analytica and Judd Legum, founder of the political newsletter "Popular Information."
George Takei and Todd Beeton discuss Russia’s use of technology to interfere in the 2016 United States presidential election. Interviews with Timothy Snyder, author of The Road to Unfreedom, and Andrea Chalupa, host of the podcast Gaslit Nation.
Bonus: Interview with George and Brad Takei
George and his husband Brad sit down for an interview with Jay Kuo, head of Team Takei.
To Shame or Not to Shame
George and Todd dig into the online public shaming phenomenon and explore its pros and cons -- when is online shaming appropriate and when does it go too far?
Interviews with Sue Scheff, best-selling author of Shame Nation about her experience getting shamed and how she fought back; Activist and digital strategist Shireen Mitchell about the value of online shaming in the social justice space; and neuroscientist Dr. Molly Crockett about why we so often seek to express moral outrage through online public shame.
When Bystanders Refuse To Stand By
George and Todd explore the viral videos in which witnesses to racial injustice refused to remain passive observers and stepped in to call out and expose the injustice.
“I was guilty of speaking Spanish”
Is it becoming dangerous to speak Spanish in America? Journalist Jose Fermoso says it is. Todd sits down with Jose, as well as Hector Torres, who went viral in 2017 after he posted video of a white man accosting him in an airport for speaking Spanish with his Puerto Rican mother on the phone.
We speak with Robin DiAngelo, best-selling author of White Fragility, about why white people often react defensively and even confrontationally when challenged on their assumptions about race and when faced with racial discomfort.
Napping While Black
We explore the “BBQ Becky” phenomenon in which people of color have the police called on them for doing everyday ordinary things in public spaces. Interviews with Dennis Parker, an expert in the field of racial justice, and Lolade Siyonbola, who, as a Yale graduate student, had the campus police called on her for napping in her dormitory common room.
Introducing George Takei's Oh Myyy Pod
Join hosts George Takei and Todd Beeton as they explore the racially charged viral videos that have taken the internet by storm. Beckys, Bigots and Bros, Oh Myyy.