Episode 36

Hunter’s Laptop, Amazon Union, Biden’s Economy, Louis C.K.

Ravi, Cory, and Rikki begin by introducing the newest members of the Lost Debate team: the Desi Crime Podcast. The hosts then start the show with a slew of overdue media mea culpas over Hunter Biden’s laptop, Amazon getting its first union, Biden’s job numbers vs. his polling numbers, and Louis C.K.’s controversial Grammy win. Ravi wraps up with a listener email on our coverage of Adderall.


Ravi welcomes a new member to the Lost Debate network: The Desi Crime Podcast. (00:27)

Rikki gives us a refresher on Hunter Biden’s laptop, what he’s accused of, and the left-leaning media’s failure to cover it adequately at the time, only now coming around to the authenticity of bombshell reports from October 2020. Cory and Ravi argue those failures reaffirm the public’s waning trust in mainstream media outlets. (01:59)

Cory brings us through the historic union win for Amazon workers in Staten Island while Ravi draws parallels between that vote and the unionization push we’re seeing among Starbucks employees. Rikki gets into how these corporations have sought to quell union efforts in the past and argues recent setbacks could make them more aggressive in the years to come. (12:17)

Ravi, Cory, and Rikki examine a few possible explanations as to why although the Biden administration has stabilized employment numbers, this fact doesn’t reflect in the approval ratings. Ravi also highlights an interesting trend in labor participation rates and the reason behind it. (21:31)

Ravi, Cory, and Rikki look at a few possible explanations for why Biden’s poll numbers don’t reflect his job numbers. Ravi then highlights how America’s labor force participation rate has been sliding for decades now, well before COVID disruptions. 

Ravi, Cory, and Rikki use Louis C.K’s recent Grammy win – and a few other choice celebrities – to shine a light on the public’s hypocrisy when it picks and chooses who’s canceled and who isn’t. Rikki also refutes the idea that C.K’s win disproves cancel culture writ large. (29:04)

Ravi wraps up with a listener email regarding our Adderall coverage and ADHD. (37:37)

Inside Hunter Biden’s multimillion-dollar deals with a Chinese energy company (The Washington Post, 03/30)
Smoking-gun email reveals how Hunter Biden introduced Ukrainian businessman to VP dad (New York Post, 10/14/2020)
The Hunter Biden story is an opportunity for a reckoning (The Washington Post, 04/04)
Secret Service paying over $30K per month for Malibu mansion to protect Hunter Biden (ABC News, 04/04)
Hunter Biden’s alleged laptop: An explainer (The Washington Post, 10/14/2020)
What We Know and Don’t About Hunter Biden and a Laptop (The New York Times, 10/22/2021)
Hunter Biden addresses laptop reports, ongoing federal investigation into his taxes (CBS Mornings YouTube, 04/05/2021)
Smoking-gun email reveals how Hunter Biden introduced Ukrainian businessman to VP dad (New York Post, 10/14/2020)
Here’s how The Post analyzed Hunter Biden’s laptop (The Washington Post, 03/30)
Twitter, Facebook censor Post over Hunter Biden exposé (New York Post, 10/14/2020)
Mainstream media ignores, downplays New York Post bombshell on Hunter Biden (Fox News, 10/15/2020)
Allegation on Biden Prompts Pushback From Social Media Companies (The Washington Post, 10/26/2020)
Spies who lie: 51 ‘intelligence’ experts refuse to apologize for discrediting true Hunter Biden story (New York Post, 03/18)
NYT deletes ‘unsubstantiated’ claim about Post’s Hunter Biden report (New York Post, 09/14/2021)
NYT Unsubstantiated Claim Tweet (The New York Times Twitter, 09/13/2021)
Bill Maher: ‘Left-wing Media Buried’ Hunter Biden Laptop Report (YouTube, 04/02)
Media disgraceful in trying to suppress Post’s Hunter Biden reporting (New York Post, 12/10/2020)
Hunter Biden Paid Tax Bill, but Broad Federal Investigation Continues (The New York Times, 03/16)
Amazon Workers on Staten Island Vote to Unionize in Landmark Win for Labor (The New York Times, 04/01)
Amazon workers on Staten Island vote for company’s first unionized warehouse in U.S. (CNBC, 04/01)
Amazon workers on Staten Island form company’s first union in stunning upset (Politico, 04/01)
50 Years Of Shrinking Union Membership, In One Map (NPR, 02/23/2015)
Statement from Amazon on Staten Island union vote (Amazon, 04/01)
Amazon Workers on Staten Island Vote to Unionize in Landmark Win for Labor (The New York Times, 04/01)
Twitter Thread Between AOC and Krystal Ball (Twitter, 03/31)
Jim Cramer Unionization Vid (Twitter, 04/01)
Why Biden’s jobs boom isn’t translating (Politico, 04/01)
Tracking America’s recovery (CNN Business, 04/01)
Democrats need to move past ‘failure to launch’ on the economy (Fortune, 03/28)
Red States Lead Economically, Despite Biden (Newsweek, 04/04)
Biden, Coronavirus, and the Economy: A Guide (GSG, GBAO, 03/11)
All Employees, Total Nonfarm (FRED Economic Data, 04/01)
Higher inflation is not going to break you (The Seattle Times, 03/26)
Why Are Workers Staying Out of the U.S. Labor Force? (Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, 02/02)
Labor Force Participation Rate Mystery: Why Have So Many Americans Stopped Working? (Investor’s Bussiness Daily, 02/14/2020)
Labor Force Participation Rate (FRED Economic Data, 04/01)
Louis C.K. Is Accused by 5 Women of Sexual Misconduct (The New York Times, 11/09/2017)
Louis C.K.’s Grammy win sparks backlash amid Will Smith slap at Oscars: ‘So much for cancel culture’ (Fox News, 04/04)
Louis C.K.’s Newest Fans Deserve Louis C.K.’s Newest Special (Slate, 04/06/2020)
Louis C.K. Wins Grammy for Best Comedy Album, Proving Once Again That ‘Cancel Culture’ Is a Myth (04/03)