The Pursuit
The Pursuit
A podcast about government action and individual liberty. Hosted by Tess Terrible, Landry Ayres, and Natalie Dowzicky. See for privacy and opt-out information.
The New American Dreamers (Pt. II)
When will the United States understand how important immigrants are to our country? It is not easy to get a green card. It is largely up the government who wins and who loses when it comes to immigrating to the U.S.This is part two of a two-part discussion about DACA. See for privacy and opt-out information.
Mar 31, 2020
19 min
The New American Dreamers
There are about 11 million undocumented immigrants residing in the United States. About 800,000 immigrants in the U.S. are current DACA-holders. There is no way for them to get a green card or to become permanent residents. This is why when President Trump announced he was ending DACA in 2017, many Dreamers feared they would be deported immediately. But, mow the United States Supreme Court is deciding their fate.This is part one of a two-part discussion about DACA. In two weeks we will release part two. See for privacy and opt-out information.
Mar 17, 2020
24 min
A System Riddled with Fraud
How can we make health care third-party free? When you go to see the doctor, they’re required to code your visit in order to get reimbursed by an insurance company or by Medicare or Medicaid, and what they put down influences what they get paid. But, Direct Primary Care doctors are trying to challenge how we envision our health care system.Does there need to be a middleman in health care? Why can't consumers pay their health care providers directly? How do we make basic primary care cheaper? See for privacy and opt-out information.
Mar 3, 2020
23 min
Holodomor: The Forgotten Ukrainian Genocide
In 1932, the Ukraine was a thriving farming nation. At the time, Joseph Stalin was trying to take back control. He was attempting to collectivize all farms, bringing all agriculture under state control. This led to a man-made mass starvation in a nation where 85% of the population was farmers.Why are a majority of people unaware of the 1932 Ukrainian famine, the Holomodor? See for privacy and opt-out information.
Feb 18, 2020
26 min
All War is Darkness
President after president, and now even a slew of presidential candidates, promise to end endless wars, yet our troops remain engaged in hotbeds like Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria. What will it take for the United States to finally bring our troops home? See for privacy and opt-out information.
Feb 4, 2020
19 min
Re-Release: It Hits Home
This episode is a re-release of Episode 3 from Season One of the Pursuit.Government, big or small, really does impact people’s lives. And more than that, it sets the tone about what people believe they can do about their own lives. And when government makes people feel as though it’s untrustworthy or the individual is unempowered, in democracy, that’s bad. In our system, it really needs to be a system of laws and not just of people exerting power.Image Credit: Institute for Justice See for privacy and opt-out information.
Dec 31, 2019
24 min
The Patient's Right
Shownotes:Over the course of the early 20th century, a series of amendments and court cases slowly expanded the FDA’s purview. But advocates of the “Right to Try” are motivating the FDA to act more efficiently and compassionately.Mentions:Landry Ayres spoke with Laura McLinn, Jessica Flanigan, and Christina Sandefur.Special thanks to Tom Oszman from TCMediaNow for providing us with video footage from October 1988’s Seize Control of the FDA protest.Image Credit: ABC News, President Trump signing “Right to Try” legislation. Transcript: See for privacy and opt-out information.
Dec 17, 2019
32 min
Mental Illness Behind Bars
Shownotes:When left untreated, individuals with severe mental illness can occasionally end up in jail for minor charges. The system is cyclical, recidivism rates are high, and law enforcement acts not only as judge and jury, but also as caretaker. The mental health crisis in this country is severe, and government only exacerbates the problem.Mentions:Throughout this episode Tess Terrible talked with; Alisa Roth, Justin Volpe, Judge Leifman, Walter Thompson, Leah Reed, and Ayesha Delany-Brumsey.Music by Cellophane Sam See for privacy and opt-out information.
Dec 3, 2019
25 min
Pressured to Plead Guilty
In 2018, just under 3% of all federal sentences were the outcome of a jury trial. An overwhelming amount were the consequence of plea deal. Does the current system of deals and agreements make us safer?Mentions:Throughout this episode Landry Ayres talked with; Clark Neily, Kevin Ring, Molly Gill, and Lucian DervanMusic by Cellophane SamImage Credit: See for privacy and opt-out information.
Nov 19, 2019
31 min
Second Chances
Prior to November 2018, felons in Florida were barred from the voting booth for life. That meant that about 10% of the voting age population in the state was disenfranchised for having a felony conviction. When someone owes a debt to society, how should we determine when it’s paid in full?Mentions:Throughout this episode Natalie Dowzicky talked with; Julie Ebenstein, Neil Volz, Lance Wissinger, and Ashley ThomasImage Credit: New York PostMusic by Cellophane Sam See for privacy and opt-out information.
Nov 5, 2019
22 min
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