The Common Denominator
By Jason Yi
The world is more divided than ever and its getting harder to find common ground. In this podcast Jason Yi, a regular student, engages with others who are vastly different than himself in an attempt to find what they have in common. If you like discussions about everything and anything from politics to pizza this is the podcast for you.
Episode 6: Flat Earth Theory
With the rise of social media came the rise of conspiracy theories. One of the most popular was the flat earth theory that gained popularity in the modern day. Fueled by a vigorous online community, the flat earth theory has vaulted from an obscure belief to a pop culture mainstay. Today we invite Mark Sargent, one of the leading proponents of the flat earth theory to talk about his beliefs. With a YouTube channel with over 90,000 subscribers and nearly 20 million views he has become one of the leading figures in the flat earth community. Hopefully by the end our our discussion we can both find a Common Denominator.
July 31, 2021
Episode 5: Critical Race Theory
Critical Race Theory (CRT) has been the latest topic where Democrats and Republicans have faced off on the national stage. This episode we talk to Greg Moulthrop who is the Republican candidate for the Virginia House of Delegates in Virginia's 87th district. As an entrepreneur, economist and parent he provides his perspective on this contentious issue. Hopefully by the end we can both find a Common Denominator.
July 5, 2021
Episode 4: Regulating Big Tech
As tech companies grow in influence in both the economic and political sphere, more and more people are calling for more regulations on these companies. With reports that Amazon have paid $0 in taxes to the federal government in previous years, the debate over these big tech companies are rising up again. Saehee is a sophomore at McLean High School and has always held a strong interest in politics. She is most passionate about healthcare, immigration, and voting rights by how her family has been impacted by these issues. Though most of her work and knowledge comes from campaigns and organizing, she is eager to talk and learn more about other specific topics such as taxing big corporations. She is the Membership Director of the Virginia Young Democrats Teen Caucus and a field organizer for two local state delegate campaigns. Hopefully by the end our our discussion we can both find a Common Denominator.
March 29, 2021
Episode 3: Race in Society
2020 was an eventful year marked by conversations around race. Awareness around the systemic racism in our country today skyrocketed, however as someone who has luckily has not encountered racism in my life I wanted to learn more about this issue. Elfa and Jordin are two high school students who are the co-presidents of All Students United at Centerville High School. Today I metaphorically sit down over Zoom to have a conversation around their experiences with racism. While we both have different experiences with race, I hope we can find a Common Denominator.
January 26, 2021
Episode 2: Electoral College and Electoral Systems
With the election headlining the latter end of 2020 many concerns have been raised about the process as a whole. One major topic was the system itself with some calling for the abolishment of the electoral college and some calling for alternatives. William Gutierrez is a student and supports keeping the electoral college. Tune in to listen to our discussion, and while we might not agree on everything I hope we can find a Common Denominator. Music: Complicated by Arulo
January 7, 2021
Episode 1: Merit Lotteries for Admissions
For magnet High Schools, admissions have always been a contentious issue. With increased conversations about race, diversity in these schools are being scrutinized. Didi Elsad is a student at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology and is fighting for a merit lottery system to increase diversity at this public magnet school. Today, we have a discussion about merit lotteries despite us disagreeing and hopefully find a Common Denominator in the process. Music: Complicated by Arulo
December 19, 2020
Introducing The Common Denominator: A Podcast About Connection
Our world is more divided than ever, making tough conversations more important than ever as well. A simple student, Jason Yi, invites guests from many different backgrounds, the catch is that they are all different from him in one major way. Listen as conversations are unraveled, ideas are challenged, and connections are forged. Music: Complicated by Arulo
December 10, 2020