Illuminating the Final Days

In this episode (recorded 1/10/21), we talk about the final days of the Trump presidency and the aftermath of the attack on the US Capitol. We start by congratulating ourselves for predicting that Illuminating would probably be the 2021 Pantone color of the year, although we didn’t anticipate that it would be paired with Ultimate Gray. We go on to look back at our 2016 Trump administration forecasts; look forward at how the Biden administration will compare; speculate about the possibility of a serious crisis during the Biden administration; consider whether there will be violence before Joe Biden’s inauguration; and discuss the future of the Republican Party and Trumpism.

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This Podcast About the Election Is Disputed

In this episode (recorded 11/21/20), we talk about the US election and forecast the 2021 Pantone color of the year. We discuss what happened in the US election; what will happen in the Senate special elections in Georgia; whether polls are any good; the paranoid style in American politics; whether Joe Biden can govern a divided country; who Donald Trump will pardon (this podcast was recorded before President Trump pardoned Michael Flynn); how American democracy performed in the election; and what the 2021 Pantone color of the year will be (Scott and Robert predict the 2021 color will be Illuminating or possibly Marigold, although Atief bets it won’t be either color).

UPDATE 12/9/20: The Pantone 2021 Color of the Year is Ultimate Gray and Illuminating together.

The Vox interview of David Shor is here. The most recent Pantone color trend reports are here. The Metaculus Pantone color of the year forecast question is here. Our podcast on the 2020 Pantone color of the year is here.

The intro music is a clip from Scandal’s “Goodbye to You”. You can find NonProphets on BlubrryiTunes, Spotify, Stitcher and Google Play. As always, if you have questions, ideas for future episodes, or would like to suggest a possible black swan event, you can use our contact page or e-mail us at (nonprophetspod [at] gmail.com). If you enjoy this podcast, please rate us and recommend us to your friends.

The Election

In this episode (recorded 10/24/20), we talk about the political advertising we’ve been seeing; the likelihood that Joe Biden wins the vote; the role of QAnon in US politics; the chance that there will be post-election violence; and the possible effect of the pandemic on election results. We close by giving our predictions for the number of electoral votes Biden will win (Atief 323, Scott 348, Robert 354).

The poem at the end of the podcast is “Keeping our Small Boat Afloat” by Robert Bly. Don’t give up hope that the door of mercy may still be open.

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Old Is New Again

In this episode (recorded 9/27/20), we go over the breaking news from the New York Times from Trumps tax returns; debate the probability that there will be substantial violence related to the November election; and consider whether the nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court means that Roe v. Wade will be overturned or that we will return to the Lochner Era. Milton Mayer’s They Thought They Were Free is here.

The intro music is a clip from Jae Millz’ “Bring It Back”. You can find NonProphets on BlubrryiTunes, Spotify, Stitcher and Google Play. As always, if you have questions, ideas for future episodes, or would like to suggest a possible black swan event, you can use our contact page or e-mail us at (nonprophetspod [at] gmail.com). If you enjoy this podcast, please rate us and recommend us to your friends.

Third Time’s the Plague

In this episode (recorded 3/22/20), we discuss the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. We talk about the Good Judgment/Open Philanthropy dashboard of COVID-19 forecasts; the situations in Missouri, Romania, and Hawaii; travel restrictions and stay-at-home-orders; whether red states will be impacted to a greater degree than blue states; and which of us will be the first to contract the coronavirus.

The Johns Hopkins COVID-19 map is here. The Good Judgment dashboard with superforecaster forecasts for the number of COVID-19 cases and deaths is here. Metaculus’ infectious disease prediction markets are here.

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The Chips Are Down

In this episode (recorded 3/14/20), we discuss the COVID-19 pandemic from the perspectives of Scott in Romania, Robert in Hawaii, and Atief in Missouri. We end by asking, first, how many monkeys is this? and, second, why wasn’t Jared Kushner put in charge of the response sooner?

Note that during the week it took for us to get this podcast up, everything in the world changed completely. The Johns Hopkins COVID-19 map is here. The Good Judgment dashboard with superforecaster forecasts for the number of COVID-19 cases and deaths is here. Metaculus’ infectious disease prediction markets are here. The intro music is a clip from “When the Chips Are Down” from the original Broadway cast recording of “Hadestown”.

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American Democracy Under Siege (Mike Signer Interview)

In this episode (recorded 2/21/20), we interview former Charlottesville mayor Michael Signer about his new book, Cry Havoc: Charlottesville and American Democracy Under Siege. We talk to Mike about why he thinks American democracy is under siege; what makes President Trump a demagogue; whether the Electoral College can protect us from demagogues; how the national political climate affected events in Charlottesville; the importance of respecting people we disagree with in politics; whether constitutionalism can prevail against demagoguery; and why Mike endorsed Pete Buttigieg for president.

Mike is also the author of two other books: Becoming Madison: The Extraordinary Origins of the Least Likely Founding Father and Demagogue: The Fight to Save Democracy from Its Worst Enemies. Mike’s 2015 op-ed calling Donald Trump a demagogue is here. Mike’s call in Vox to block Donald Trump in the Electoral College is here.

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Zelensky MemCon

In this episode (recorded 11/1/19), we share inside information about how MemCons (memoranda of conversations) are produced in the Situation Room from a source who has been involved in their production. We describe how MemCons are produced; explain how unusual it is to move a MemCon to the NICE (NSC Intelligence Collaboration Enviroment) computer system, which is normally used for only the most highly classified files; discuss Lt. Col. Vindman and Ambassador Taylor’s House testimony; and talk about the reaction to the killing of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

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A Letter to Erdogan

In this episode (recorded 10/19/19), we talk about President Trump’s decision to withdraw US troops from Syria; what Tulsi Gabbard is up to; and what the US presidency might look like when Trump is gone.

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DTMFA

In this episode (recorded 9/28/19), we discuss possible outcomes of the House impeachment inquiry. We talk about why an impeachment might make sense now; whether we have reached peak whataboutism; the potential outcomes of an impeachment inquiry; the chance that Trump is impeached by the House; the role of public opinion; whether Mitch McConnell could prevent a trial from taking place in the Senate; and the chance that Donald Trump is convicted in the Senate.

If you would like to make a prediction for Pantone’s color of the year, include it when you rate us on  iTunesStitcher or leave it in the comments below. You can find Pantone’s New York Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2020 colors here. Read an article on the Pantone’s color of the year here. Pantone’s 2019 color of the year was living coral.

DTMFA stands for “Donald Trump malfeasance allegations.” The opening clip is from the Honey Drippers’ 1973 single “Impeach the President”. You can find NonProphets on BlubrryiTunesStitcher and Google Play. As always, if you have questions, ideas for future episodes, or would like to suggest a possible black swan event, you can use our contact page or e-mail us at (nonprophetspod [at] gmail.com). If you enjoy this podcast, please rate us and recommend us to your friends.