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The Utterly Moderate podcast: Think You Know U.S. Government? (with Lonce Bailey)
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The Utterly Moderate podcast: Think You Know U.S. Government? (with Lonce Bailey)

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Play along at home and see how well you score (and if you beat the hosts!) as political scientist Lonce Bailey quizzes Utterly Moderate hosts Ali and Lawrence about their U.S. government knowledge!

You can subscribe to this podcast at Apple PodcastsGoogle Podcasts and Spotify.

Two reasonable social scientists, Dr. Alison Dagnes and Dr. Lawrence Eppard, analyze important topics by clearing away politics, opinions, and ideologies to get to the facts.



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