8 episodes of The Cost – The Human Toll of Government Policy since the first episode, which aired on February 12, 2017.
8: Chloe's Story - Big Government Impedes Self-Improvement
July 21st, 2017 | 1 hr 3 mins
Chris Spangle and Chloe Anagnos explain how government interferes with a person’s ability to improve their lives in a new installment of The Cost: The Human Toll of Government Policy. From Episode 218 of We Are Libertarians.
7: Addi’s Story – Healing Epilepsy with CBD Oil
February 18th, 2017 | 1 hr 39 secs
John and Jess Hooker join Chris Spangle for a conversation about their daughter’s epilepsy and the improvement in her symptoms since introducing her to CBD oil. Originally recorded as episode 194 of We Are Libertarians.
6: Miah’s Story – The Life of an Outcast
February 17th, 2017 | 1 hr 28 mins
What happens when society makes a person a pariah? Our podcast Creating Miah is a conversation between Chris Spangle and Miah Akston as she transitions from male to female. More than that, it is a process of self-discovery and a hard look at social norms in our society. In this episode, originally recorded for Creating Miah in Series Two, Episode Two, Miah contemplates suicide.
5: Rachel’s Story – Profit Over Lives in Our Prisons
February 16th, 2017 | 1 hr 51 mins
Chris Spangle and Greg Lenz sit down to talk to Claude “Woody” Wood and Linda Martel of Indianapolis, IN about the death of Woody’s daughter Rachel Wood while an inmate in Indiana prisons. It is is a difficult story that shows us the tragic results of an inhumane system. Be sure to read the coverage of this story in the South Bend Tribune by Virginia Black. This was originally episode 91 of We Are Libertarians.
4: Richard’s Story – What is Life Like After Prison?
February 15th, 2017 | 2 hrs 3 mins
Chris Spangle and Brett Bittner are joined again by Derone Caldwell and Richard Samuels to discuss life after prison, issues facing the black community, and how to unite the country to reform our justice system. Originally recorded as episode 163 of We Are Libertarians.
3: Derone’s Story – What is it like to go to prison for 18 years?
February 14th, 2017 | 2 hrs 1 min
Chris Spangle, Chloe Anagnos, and Brett Bittner are joined by Derone Caldwell and Richard Samuels to discuss life inside of prison, the emotions of a long term sentence and solitary confinement, and how the innocent are often forced into long sentences through the manipulation of the justice system. Originally episode 160 of We Are Libertarians.
2: Amanda’s Story – The Reality of Domestic Violence
February 13th, 2017 | 2 hrs 58 mins
Amanda left an abusive relationship. She tells Chris about her experience being hunted by an ex-husband and defending her and her children from further abuse while every level of the system designed to protect her failed. Originally recorded as episode 144 of We Are Libertarians.
1: Megan’s Business Closes Due to Regulations
February 12th, 2017 | 29 mins 11 secs
In 2012 (Episode 17), Chris Spangle and Chris Gault interviewed the owner of a roll your own tobacco shop. Because of a new law, they had to lay off 3/4 of their employees in a single day. Megan of the Smoke Station chain explains the real damage that government regulation has on small business owners and their employees. The Smoke Station converted to a vape shop, but was ultimately closed by Indiana excise police after new laws regulating the vaping industry were passed in Indiana and at the federal level.