Common Sense with Dan Carlin

Loud, fast-talking and deceptively funny, this politically-independent "forward-thinking pragmatist" looks at the events shaping our world through a uniquely American lens. It's smarter than you think, and faster than you expect.


  • Show 318 - For Whom the Bell Trolls

    May 26 2018

    You never know when you might get a little common sense unexpectedly out of nowhere.This is one of those times.

  • Show 317 - Shades of Grey

    Oct 28 2017

    Dan is finding is hard to operate in a Black and White, Good and Evil cultural environment where everyone is outraged all the time about everything and where Americans hate each other. Where's the Common Sense?

  • Show 316 - The Day of the Dove

    Jun 19 2017

    Politically-related violence in the U.S. heats up as talk of "Civil War" goes mainstream. What would a "Civil War" in the U.S. even look like? Dan has some thoughts on this and ways to potentially avoid such a fate.

  • Show 315 - War on a Whim?

    May 01 2017

    There's a lot in this show subject-wise, but it's really supposed to be about War Powers in the USA and how events in Syria and North Korea play into the issue.

  • Show 314 - Unhealthy Numbers

    Mar 16 2017

    As the GOP attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act, Dan ponders the dichotomy between what Americans spend on health care versus what they get in return.

  • Show 313 - Get Me A Glass of Water

    Feb 14 2017

    Dan is in an introspective mental place in this show...but he may just drag you in there with him.

  • Show 312 - Re-Connections with James Burke

    Dec 07 2016

    Dan has another visit with the always fascinating science historian and TV host James Burke. He also catches up a bit on early Trump cabinet picks and the Dakota pipeline protests.

  • Show 311 - Trumped

    Nov 11 2016

    Post-2016 election analysis and discussion from a Martian political perspective.

  • Show 310 - Or Else

    Oct 13 2016

    What happens if our nation's problems become too large to realistically imagine our politicians solving? What if voting doesn't help? Dan reminds us that he's not a moderate, and that you probably aren't either.

  • Show 309 - A Bodyguard of Lies

    Sep 10 2016

    Secrecy, hacking, information leaks, whistle-blowers, foreign-operative propaganda pushers, disinformation, election tampering and the search for any truth in cyberspace occupy Dan's thoughts in this show.

  • Show 308 - Return of the Podcaster

    Aug 14 2016

    After a brief hiatus to finish his other podcast, Dan has a huge backlog of material to cover. The presidential race, foreign affairs and racial and cultural questions take center stage.

  • Show 307 - Revenge of the Gangrenous Finger

    Jun 27 2016

    This show has a "chickens coming home to roost" feel to it, but maybe in a positive way. It was supposed to be about the recent British vote to leave the EU, but evolved into something larger. Surprise, surprise.

  • Show 306 - Disengaging the Lizard Brain

    Jun 05 2016

    Hate is a very strong word, but increasing numbers of Americans hate their countrymen. Is this a danger to the stability of the country? If it were deemed such, what can be done about it?

  • Show 305 - A Catalyst for the Inconceivable

    May 07 2016

    Dan finds the idea of a Donald Trump presidency to be inconceivable. He also thinks a fundamental change in U.S. Foreign Policy is also inconceivable. Could one inconceivable outcome lead to another?

  • Show 304 - Speed Dating For Delegates

    Apr 17 2016

    As the U.S. Presidential campaign veers into unprecedented territory Dan sees opportunity in the unusual circumstances. "Anger is an Energy" he says. And he says it AGAIN and AGAIN.

  • Show 303 - The Way You Play The Game Redux

    Apr 01 2016

    It's not easy to get under Dan's normally flexible, see-things-from-multiple-angles skin, but Donald Trump's stated willingness to cross traditional American moral fault lines has done just that.

  • Show 302 - Of Courts, Cooks and Apples

    Feb 26 2016

    Justice Scalia of the Supreme Court dies and CEO Tim Cook and Apple go toe-to-toe with the U.S. Government over privacy.

  • Show 301 - Martian Perspectives

    Feb 06 2016

    In an election where political outsiders are exceeding all expectations, who better than a political outsider to break down the situation? Dan gives his Martian-style post-Iowa analysis and looks ahead to 2020.

  • Show 300 - Trecenti

    Jan 08 2016

    Fantasies about electoral chaos, calls for political prudence and martian thoughts on an anti-federal government standoff in Oregon help stuff this episode chock full of what most of you love about this show.