Reflections on the intersection of economics, history, politics, psychology and science

Mark and I were interviewed last week by Chesney Evert, who is a junior in the journalism program at Carlmont High School in Belmont, California (one of the local high schools in our regional district). She has her own podcast called Red, White, & True, which is focused on navigating the world of polarized, partisan politics. On the podcasts, she interviews guests and discusses issues such as conservatism, progressivism, feminism, wokeness, and many other political issues facing our country.

We had such a long and fun discussion that Chesney decided to break up our interview into two parts – the first part of our discussion is Episode 7 of her podcast where we talked about how we both got into politics, our goals in being public officials, and our views on privilege and how it played a role in our life (in business and otherwise).

Both Mark and I were very impressed with Chesney’s thoughtfulness and passion around these issues, and the discussion probably made us a bit more hopeful that the younger generation is looking at so many of these complicated issues with clear eyes and good critical thinking skills.

We look forward to hearing Part 2 on her podcast, where we will discuss our views on conservatism (and perhaps some people we’ve known while serving in public office) as well as advice for people who are looking to get involved in public service.

You can listen to the podcast on the ScotScoop website (the Carlmont student-run journalism website) or on Spotify. Thanks for all the great work Chesney, and thanks for inviting us on your podcast. We had a lot of fun!