Purchasing Truth

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Truth in Politics. Is it even possible to discuss truth in a safe way in a polarized United States? It is hard to imagine a safe conversation with your friends, co-workers, and family discussing the nation’s biggest issues. What it would be like to listen to and watch political discussions without the current reactivity, meltdown, or withdrawal?  By listening in on the Purchasing Truth podcast with host Bill Stierle and moderator Tom, you will experience a discussion on why the restoration of the conversation about truth with perspective leads to a productive conversation in a partisan nation.  This podcast will address the use of language by our leaders and in the news that has been dividing us, distracting us, splitting us, and keeping us from the unity we desire.

Episode Blogs

PT 124 | Woodward Recordings
  Bob Woodward’s latest book on President Donald Trump called Rage has left so many stunned and shocked with its many revelations. Following excerpts of recordings of some of his interviews with Trump as a pre-release to the book, Bill Stierle and Tom jump on board to talk about the reporting on the Trump presidency as they face the global pandemic that has claimed thousands of lives. They discuss the ways the tapes reveal the emotional
PT 123 | The Freedom Café
  When the need for choice runs into the need for safety, which one will you choose? On today’s podcast, Bill Stierle and Tom look into a recent post published on Reddit called “Freedom to not wear a mask” credited to Kathony Jerauld of Amador City. In the short passage tinged with a hint of sarcasm, the author welcomes everybody to a place called The Freedom Café, emphasizing everybody’s (both customers and employees) capacity to
PT 122 | Power Of Published Messages
  We can’t believe anything is true just because it’s on the internet. Unfortunately, many people believe things they see on the internet and take them as facts, especially when it’s in alignment with their beliefs. On today’s podcast, Bill Stierle and Tom look into the power of published messages and how people perceive them as truth. Using a commercial for a state farm insurance as an illustration, they emphasize how we should all be
PT 121 | Message Editing
  With the election looming on the horizon, it is no surprise that there are numerous messages flying back and forth. It’s shocking how truth is being purchased on an hourly basis all day long through false messages, false narratives, doctored videos, and quotes taken far out of context. On today’s show, Bill Stierle and Tom talk about message editing and how truth is being purchased through this method. What happens when that message is
PT 120 | Citizen Engagement
  The recent incident of the 17-year old from Illinois who killed a number of people in Kenosha, Washington, has left many shocked. Bill Stierle and Tom take up this current event that presents some pressing issues we’re facing in this country and talk about truth in relation to citizen engagement. When should citizens engage? How much is too much engagement? Where do you draw the line? Bill and Tom try to answer these questions
PT 119 | Kenosha Shooting
  In the US, everybody can exercise free speech. People get to say what they want to say, but where do we draw the line? On today’s podcast, Bill Stierle and Tom take a look at Fox News host Tucker Carlson’s statement about the recent Kenosha, Wisconsin shooting that stunned a lot of people both on the left and the right. Carlson appeared to have justified taking up arms in Kenosha. Throwing more fuel to
PT 118 | October Surprise
  As we near October, people have become even more sensitive when it comes to the truth. In the coming elections, where is the October surprise going to be? How will the truth, or the purchasing of it rather, affect it? In this episode, Bill Stierle and Tom get right down to it. They talk about each of Joe Biden’s and Donald Trump’s camps, how they frame their messages, counteract them, and prepare for that
PT 117 | Death Of Curiosity
  Claiming something is true could potentially lead to the death of curiosity. For some people, it can be easy to jump from hearing a claim—especially from someone of power—to believing it as the truth without taking the time to check. In this episode, Bill Stierle and Tom talk about truth and curiosity and how they go hand in hand, particularly now in the world of politics and social media. Contrastingly, being curious is what