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Welcome to the J.R. Hoeft Show!

J.R. has been podcasting since 2006, mainly interviewing political figures, but this show aims to broaden the horizon a bit and talk about those things that affect us all.

We might lament that “politics is in everything…I can’t escape!” but whether we’re talking about challenging the non-profit status of the church, kneeling at a football game, celebrities donating millions to a political party, how history plays a role in today’s events, or governments spending money to attract businesses to their communities, and countless other examples – politics pretty much does permeate everything and we ought to have the discussion in a civil and, hopefully, enjoyable, manner.

And what does politics mean, anyway? I like how Merriam-Webster defines it:

5 a: the total complex of relations between people living in society

So that’s what I’m going to try to do. And I am going to try to do it by talking to the experts.

Let’s get underway!

About

J.R. Hoeft is a retired Navy officer who spent time in the nuclear, surface warfare, and public affairs communities.

He led the government’s first foray into using social media for crisis communication during the Deepwater Horizon incident of 2009. He also has served as the chief public information officer for the United Nations military component in Haiti.

He lives in Chesapeake, Virginia.

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Episode 1. Dave Levitan, author, “Not a Scientist”

Author Dave Levitan joins J.R. to talk about his book, “Not a Scientist: How Politicians Mistake, Misrepresent, and Utterly Mangle Science.” Levitan talks about his inspiration for the book and goes into detail about what these rhetorical devices are that politicians use to muddy the waters. This is not a “bash the Republicans” podcast, but they do show up a lot!

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