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Last update: 2010-05-12

Genes and Walgreen's

2010-05-12 :: The Princeton Review
Length: 6s

This week, we look at the arguments for and against widespread use of at-home genetic testing.…

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Donation Sensation

2010-01-27 :: The Princeton Review
Length: 7s

In the wake of the earthquake in Haiti, we look at the pros and cons of donating via text message.…

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See Right Through You

2010-01-14 :: The Princeton Review
Length: 8s

In this week's podcast, the first of 2010, we look at the security vs. privacy argument around the implementation of full body scanners.…

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Swine Fluent

2009-10-25 :: The Princeton Review
Length: 9s

Bill Maher was attacked this week for warning people away from the swine flu. In this podcast, we look at his argument and try to understand why people are wary of vaccinating against H1N1.…

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OK in Moderation

2009-10-10 :: The Princeton Review
Length: 7s

This week we look at new commercials combatting high fructose corn syrup's bad reputation.…

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Rhyme and Reason

2009-09-19 :: The Princeton Review
Length: 13s

This week, we unpack the structure of Obama's speech to Congress on the issue of health care reform.…

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Voir Dire Straits

2009-08-22 :: The Princeton Review
Length: 8s

This week, we look at the assumptions that go into jury selection.…

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Suit Yourself

2009-08-05 :: The Princeton Review
Length: 6s

This week, we look at FINA's decision to ban polyurethane swimsuits in the wake of the Rome World Championship Swimming controversy.…

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Jet Setting

2009-07-22 :: The Princeton Review
Length: 7s

This week, one of the more interesting political debates of the year resolved in the Senate. We look at both sides of the argument about funding the F-22 fighter.…

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Logic Headache

2009-07-17 :: The Princeton Review
Length: 5s

This week, discuss a new recommendation from a federal panel that Vicodin and Percocet be banned because of the dangers of acetaminophen overdose, and what that means for other drugs containing acetaminophen.…

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Nic Fit

2009-06-11 :: The Princeton Review
Length: 6s

This week, we look at new legislation passed this week placing regulatory control of the tobacco industry in the hands of the FDA.…

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Sun Screed

2009-06-05 :: The Princeton Review
Length: 6s

This week, we unpack the comparison flaw in an Aveeno commercial.…

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Brain Drain Stopper

2009-05-27 :: The Princeton Review
Length: 6s

This week, we look at a new algorith that Google is testing to determine which of its employees might be thinking about quitting.…

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Anti-Antioxidants

2009-05-20 :: The Princeton Review
Length: 7s

This week, we look at potential flaws in a new study that purports to show that the benefits of exercise are blocked by antioxidant supplementation.…

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The Logic of Dow

2009-03-29 :: The Princeton Review
Length: 8s

Monday saw the fifth largest single day point rally in the Dow Jones's history. We look at how the Dow is measured and the conclusions you can draw from it.…

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Sickly Sweet

2009-02-22 :: The Princeton Review
Length: 8s

This week, we look at many of the arguments surrounding the safety and efficacy of sugar substitutes to learn important logic lessons.…

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Working Stats

2009-01-11 :: The Princeton Review
Length: 7s

This week, we take a look at the U3 measurement of unemployment statistic in order to see how comparing statistics across time periods can lead to flawed conclusions.…

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The Consuming Question

2008-11-30 :: The Princeton Review
Length: 6s

A Wal-Mart employee was crushed to death in a stampede of shoppers looking for door buster sales on Black Friday. This week, we look at the argument that this year's Black Friday is a sure sign that rampant consumerism is out of control.…

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Sure of the Cure?

2008-11-18 :: The Princeton Review
Length: 6s

A man in Germany has no sign of HIV infection 600 days after a bone marrow transplant. This week, we explore part-to-whole flaws in the inference that an AIDS cure has been found.…

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Listener Logic #13: Election Special

2008-11-12 :: The Princeton Review
Length: 9s

For logic lovers, this election has been one for the books. In this week's episode, listeners take apart some of the campaign spin.…

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Trial of This Century?

2008-10-06 :: The Princeton Review
Length: 6s

This week, we look at the argument, made by OJ's lawyers, that the jury selection process was flawed in OJ's most recent trial.…

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It's the Stupid Economy

2008-09-21 :: The Princeton Review
Length: 9s

This week, we scrutinize the bailout proposal from the perspective of an argument intended to Solve a Problem.…

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Orderly Thinking

2008-09-02 :: The Princeton Review
Length: 6s

Doctors making decisions in the emergency room use critical thinking similar to the logic tested on the LSAT.…

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Binge and Surge

2008-08-19 :: The Princeton Review
Length: 7s

There seems to be a significant interest in Phelps's 10,000 calorie-a-day diet. We look at the conclusions that some people are trying to draw from the details of his diet.…

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Listener Logic #12

2008-08-10 :: The Princeton Review
Length: 14s

1) Does circumcision prevent the spread of HiV? 2) Cohabitation correlated with higher divorce rates? 3) Have girls really caught up to boys in their math skills? 4) How do we make logical decisions in everyday life?…

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Alienated

2008-07-31 :: The Princeton Review
Length: 4s

This week, we look at arguments by authority as we discuss astronaut Edgar Mitchell's claim that aliens have visited Earth.…

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Ripe for the Picking Apart

2008-07-08 :: The Princeton Review
Length: 5s

After pointing the finger at tomatoes and causing over $100 million dollars of loss in that industry, government officials are turning their attention to other possible causes of the Salmonella outbreak, giving us a prime opportunity to see the real world consequences of jumping to causal conclusions.…

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Patience, Patients

2008-06-22 :: The Princeton Review
Length: 6s

This week, scientists cloned one man's immune cells to help cure his melanoma. We look at ways in which the study can be built out to draw broad conclusions about the general cancer patient population.…

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Lessons From the Heart

2008-06-15 :: The Princeton Review
Length: 6s

This week, we look at the assumptions and caveats built into the Framingham Risk Assessment Tool, designed to predict the likelihood of coronary disease symptoms.…

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Hold the Phone

2008-06-08 :: The Princeton Review
Length: 6s

This week, we look at methodological flaws in studies purporting to demonstrate cell phone safety.…

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Pressing the Press Secretary

2008-06-01 :: The Princeton Review
Length: 6s

This week, we look at the attacks on Scott McClellan's character and motivations in the wake of his new White House expose.…

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Wedlock Gridlock

2008-05-18 :: The Princeton Review
Length: 10s

This week, the California Supreme Court ruled Proposition 22 to be unconstitutional. In this week's podcast, we discuss the arguments surrounding the court's decision.…

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Video Game Theory

2008-05-04 :: The Princeton Review
Length: 7s

The release of Grand Theft Auto IV from Rockstar games sparked predictable outrage at the level of violence, gore, and sex, but is that outrage justified?…

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The Price is Rice

2008-04-27 :: The Princeton Review
Length: 6s

Was this week's run on rice due to panicky misperceptions about American food supply, or was it a reaction to the rising price?…

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Listener Logic #11

2008-04-20 :: The Princeton Review
Length: 8s

1) The ABC Democratic primary debate; 2) Single sex schools in Georgia; 3) Percentages and Numbers flaws with article about iPhone users; 4) Personal appeals to Iraqis.…

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Autism Awareness

2008-04-06 :: The Princeton Review
Length: 9s

Autism Awareness Day brought the debate about a possible connection between vaccines and autism to the national spotlight. We look at the terms of the debate.…

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Cough it Up

2008-03-30 :: The Princeton Review
Length: 6s

This week, we look at a 2006 study on preventing lung cancer that was recently revealed to have been funded by grants from a large tobacco company.…

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What Gives?

2008-03-23 :: The Princeton Review
Length: 7s

This week, we look at an article that purports to demonstrate that spending money on others causes happiness more than spending money on oneself. We look at ways to strengthen and weaken this causal conclusion.…

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No "There" There

2008-03-16 :: The Princeton Review
Length: 9s

An LSAT Logic take on Spitzer, Ferraro, and Rev. Wright.…

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Listener Logic #10

2008-03-02 :: The Princeton Review
Length: 10s

1) Guns on campuses; 2) Universal Health Care; 3) Poverty and weight correlation; 4) "It's not mean if it's true."…

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Fat Chance

2008-02-10 :: The Princeton Review
Length: 5s

This week, a bill was proposed (and subsequently rejected) in the state legislature in MIssissippi that would ban obese people from restaurants. We look at why the bill fails to address the problem of obesity.…

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The Heart of a Super Fan

2008-02-03 :: The Princeton Review
Length: 5s

A new study warns about the risks associated with rising stress levels during tense sports events. We take apart the argument for watching or skipping the Super Bowl.…

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Changing the Game

2008-01-20 :: The Princeton Review
Length: 10s

The iTunes Music Store changed the way we discuss, purchase, and create music. Many analysts argue that the iTunes movie rentals will do the same for movies. We look at the strengths and weaknesses of the comparison.…

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R we or Rn't we?

2008-01-13 :: The Princeton Review
Length: 7s

This week we discuss why economists don't flat out say whether or not there is a recession, and we look at arguments that discuss whether or not they should.…

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Changing "Change"

2008-01-06 :: The Princeton Review
Length: 7s

In the race to the presidential nomination, everyone's talking about change, but using the word in different ways to manipulate the argument in favor of their position. On the LSAT, we call that equivocation."…

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80 Men Out

2007-12-16 :: The Princeton Review
Length: 7s

Faced with the evidence of rampant abuse of performance-enhancing drugs in Major League Baseball, the country is grappling with two questions: "Why does it matter?" and "What now?"…

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Mitt's JFK Moment

2007-12-09 :: The Princeton Review
Length: 7s

Pundits and journalists began drawing comparisons to JFK before Romney even gave his speech on religion - now they're dealing with their own comparison flaws.…

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Listener Logic #9

2007-12-02 :: The Princeton Review
Length: 7s

1) American math/science scores paradox; 2) Necessary and Sufficient mixup in Anthropology class; 3) Strike arguments; 4) Dirty Dancing.…

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The Georgia Rain

2007-11-18 :: The Princeton Review
Length: 5s

In the midst of an historic drought, Georgia's governor called for a prayer vigil on Tuesday, then it rained on Wednesday. In this podcast, we take a close look at the argument that prayer caused the rain relief. …

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Told You So!

2007-11-04 :: The Princeton Review
Length: 7s

Conservatives point to a recenet Harvard study about press coverage of the primary election candidates as proof of liberal media bias. We take a look at the methodology of the study to determine if it really proves a liberal bias in the media.…

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Of Mice and Mazes

2007-10-28 :: The Princeton Review
Length: 6s

This week, a study demonstrated that certain blood pressure medications might prevent Alzheimer's disease in mice. We consider reasons why people hoping to stave off Alzheimer's disease might not want to run out and convince their doctors to give them prescriptions.…

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The Maine Point

2007-10-21 :: The Princeton Review
Length: 7s

The decision by a Portland school board to allow a middle school health clinic to prescribe oral contraceptives has set off a firestorm of debate. We look at the arguments and their underlying assumptions.…

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The Wrong Conversation

2007-10-14 :: The Princeton Review
Length: 8s

Many people are up in arms over the smearing of 12-year-old Graeme Frost, but are there legitimate questions about using a child as a spokesperson for a complex piece of legislation?…

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Listener Logic #8

2007-10-07 :: The Princeton Review
Length: 8s

1) Are Christians uglier than non-Christians? 2) Where's the logic in music piracy? 3) Cliche: It's always the last place you look.…

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Meteor Madness

2007-09-30 :: The Princeton Review
Length: 6s

This week we look at the logic behind the Peruvian meteor story, as experts tried to track down exactly what happened and what the results were.…

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Cut to the Tase

2007-09-23 :: The Princeton Review
Length: 8s

This week we look at the University of Florida security enforcement's decision to taser a student who they believed was not acting appropriately during a John Kerry forum.…

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The Lowdown on Lonely

2007-09-16 :: The Princeton Review
Length: 6s

This week we take a close look at a recent study that purports to explain the link between loneliness and inflammation.…

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Iraq Stat Attack

2007-09-09 :: The Princeton Review
Length: 8s

Understanding definitions, statistical comparisons, and parameters in order to be skeptical judges of purportedly objective numbers.…

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America, the Beautiful

2007-09-02 :: The Princeton Review
Length: 6s

This week, we forgo the trainwreck answer from a recent beauty pageant but take apart the logic of the second try.…

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Breaking the Chains

2007-08-26 :: The Princeton Review
Length: 8s

Of the many groups who have unlocked the iPhone this week, 17 year-old George Hotz has received the most attention. We look at arguments calling him a hero or a criminal.…

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Listener Logic #7

2007-08-19 :: The Princeton Review
Length: 6s

1) Superstitions in Romania; 2) Cliched comeback: That's Old News!; 3) Addicts and Rationality…

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Pole Dance

2007-08-12 :: The Princeton Review
Length: 6s

This week we tackle flaws in the Law of the Sea.…

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O Really?

2007-08-05 :: The Princeton Review
Length: 6s

Part-to-whole comparison flaws can be more complicated than they seem at first. We look at Bill O'Reilly's attack on dailykos.com to point out some of the subtleties.…

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Listener Logic #6

2007-07-29 :: The Princeton Review
Length: 9s

1) A response to the Potter podcast. 2) Cliches from Dr. Phil. 3) Believing in Science. 4) Splenda and sugar. 5) Prime Beef.…

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Spoiler Alert!

2007-07-22 :: The Princeton Review
Length: 6s

This week, we look at the claim that publishing early reviews of the new Harry Potter book means the New York Times hate kids.…

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The Soccer Messiah

2007-07-15 :: The Princeton Review
Length: 6s

This week we look at claims that David Beckham's U.S. arrival will take soccer to a new level in the States as well as counterclaims that he will have little influence.…

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Let's Talk About Myth Busting

2007-07-08 :: The Princeton Review
Length: 6s

This week a study was touted as disproving the stereotype that women talk more than men, but the methodology of the study might limit the applicability of its conclusions.…

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Coulter Confrontation

2007-07-01 :: The Princeton Review
Length: 8s

This week we take apart the awkward interaction between Ann Coulter and Elizabeth Edwards on MSNBC.…

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First-Born Fortune

2007-06-24 :: The Princeton Review
Length: 7s

This week, we take a look at the study behind headlines touting the higher intelligence of first-born children.…

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Listener Logic #5

2007-06-17 :: The Princeton Review
Length: 7s

If it looks like a green duck; 2) Life is unfair; 3) A matter of taste; and 4) That's the way it's always been done…

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Point of View

2007-06-10 :: The Princeton Review
Length: 7s

New technology can bring great new benefits but also potential problems. We take apart Google's argument that its Street View feature is not an invasion of privacy…

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Quarantine Quagmire

2007-06-03 :: The Princeton Review
Length: 9s

This week we look at the ethical principles involved in Andrew Speaker's decision to board an international flight after being told by health officials to stay put.…

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It's Just Gas

2007-05-27 :: The Princeton Review
Length: 7s

This week we try to resolve the paradox: Americans are concerned about increasing gas prices, which are much higher this year than last year, and yet more Americans will be travelling this weekend than last Memorial Day.…

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Maybe I Would Jump Off a Bridge

2007-05-20 :: The Princeton Review
Length: 7s

This week we look at some cliche retorts.…

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On the Books

2007-05-13 :: The Princeton Review
Length: 10s

This week we examine the discourse surrounding newspaper book reviews versus litblogs on the heels of the decision by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and other newspapers to cut back on their book review sections.…

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We'll Always Have Paris

2007-05-06 :: The Princeton Review
Length: 6s

Paris Hilton has been sentenced to 45 days in jail. This week we look at arguments that her celebrity status affected her case.…

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All Abuzz

2007-04-29 :: The Princeton Review
Length: 7s

The United States agricultural sector is suffering from a bee die-off that now appears to have global implications. We look at some of the proposed causes, including cell phone radiation and a new fungus.…

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What's Your Angle?

2007-04-22 :: The Princeton Review
Length: 6s

This week, we look at three separate events that had people drawing conclusions from preconceived notions without paying close attention to the premises.…

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Eye on Imus

2007-04-15 :: The Princeton Review
Length: 6s

This week, we look at the controvery surrounding Don Imus and the logic behind the punditry. …

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Hard Cell

2007-04-08 :: The Princeton Review
Length: 6s

This week, we look at the FCC's termination of their inquiry into cell phone use on airplanes and we see if their evidence is sufficient to reach their conclusion. …

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Cross Words

2007-04-01 :: The Princeton Review
Length: 6s

This week, we look at claims from scientists that stimulating mental exercises such as frequent museum visits and crossword puzzles can help prevent mental degenerative diseases.…

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Pet Peeved

2007-03-18 :: The Princeton Review
Length: 5s

This week, Menu Foods announced an enormous recall of its wet pet food lines after reports of kidney failure. We look at some of the extreme conclusions that pet owners are making based on the latest scare.…

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Listener Logic #4

2007-03-18 :: The Princeton Review
Length: 9s

Emails to the lsatpodcast@review.com Inbox. 1) Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and the truth about confessions 2) Gun control in Washington DC 3) How is business size related to labor shortages…

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Save the Day

2007-03-11 :: The Princeton Review
Length: 9s

Daylight Saving Time redistributes an hour, taking from the morning and giving to the evening. This week, we examine the argument for extending Daylight Saving Time.…

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Poll Dance

2007-03-04 :: The Princeton Review
Length: 9s

With the horserace of 2008 already on, it's important to cast a critical eye on polls used by pundits for political purposes.…

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Cocoa Nuts

2007-02-25 :: The Princeton Review
Length: 9s

Scientists at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science presented the health benefits of cocoa flavanols, but the presentation and some of the research was sponsored by candy-makers Mars, Inc. Is that reason enough to doubt their conclusions?…

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Thoughts on 'Thoughts on Music'

2007-02-18 :: The Princeton Review
Length: 9s

This week, we dissect Steve Jobs' open letter to the record labels.…

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Gadget Ban!

2007-02-11 :: The Princeton Review
Length: 10s

This week we look at the explosion of arguments against NY State Senator Carl Kruger's proposed gadget ban. …

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Commercial Bowl

2007-02-04 :: The Princeton Review
Length: 7s

At over 5 million dollars per minute, there's a lot of pressure on Super Bowl commercials to do their job. But what is their job? A commercial is an argument, but how do we judge its reasoning?…

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Measure for Measure

2007-01-28 :: The Princeton Review
Length: 6s

1)Measure for Measure: How do we judge the strength of our economy? President Bush says that the economy is growing and on the move. Senator Jim Webb believes the opposite to be true. We see how the indicators they choose skew their conclusions.…

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Listener Logic #3

2007-01-21 :: The Princeton Review
Length: 6s

1) Natural is not the opposite of pollutant. 2) Industry funding is not sufficient to conclude bias 3) Arguments for and against mentioning God in the pledge of allegiance.…

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Trust Augmentation

2007-01-14 :: The Princeton Review
Length: 6s

This week we analyze Bush's argument for a troop increase, identifying its key features, its strengths and vulnerabilities, and the fundamental assumption that more troops will lead to more security.…

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Weather or Not

2007-01-07 :: The Princeton Review
Length: 7s

Everyone's talking about the weather, and it's not just small talk. This week, we explore the logic of pinning the blame for this year's winter weather anomalies on global warming.…

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Health Craze

2006-12-17 :: The Princeton Review
Length: 7s

Multiple reports this week attempt to pinpoint causes for breast cancer. We examine the strengths and weaknesses of these theories. …

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What's Next?

2006-12-10 :: The Princeton Review
Length: 6s

New York City has banned trans fats in restaurants. Restaurant owners and libertarians object. We look at arguments for and against the ban, focusing on the slippery slope fallacy.…

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True Colors

2006-12-03 :: The Princeton Review
Length: 9s

The media is abuzz with accusations of racism, from Michael Richards to the New York City Police Department. We look at flaws on both sides of the accusations.…

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Borat's Nest

2006-11-19 :: The Princeton Review
Length: 8s

1) Some people criticize the plaintiffs as being just out to make a buck. Others say that a release form is a release form and that should end the question. But maybe there are relevant factors being overlooked.…

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Listener Logic #2

2006-11-12 :: The Princeton Review
Length: 7s

1) Part-to-whole flaws in election results spin; 2) Ahmanedinijad's Holocaust denial; 3) The "MacArthur' option and war analogies…

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(Hypo)Critical Thinking

2006-11-05 :: The Princeton Review
Length: 7s

The allegations against an Evangelical leader were meant to affect a Colorado ballot initiative, but they don't quite hit the target.…

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Putting the Ad in Ad Hominem

2006-10-29 :: The Princeton Review
Length: 8s

Sometimes it's a fine line between an ad that substantively attacks an opponent's position and an ad that solely attacks an opponents character.…

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Madonna and Child

2006-10-22 :: The Princeton Review
Length: 8s

Andrea Peyser of the Washington Post chastises Madonna for attempting to adopt an African child; others cheer her for saving a life. …

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Hard-Hitting, Side-Splitting

2006-10-15 :: The Princeton Review
Length: 7s

A new study claims that the Daily Show contains as much substance as traditional news programs, and bloggers are using it to confirm their conflicting opinions about the show.…

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Foley-mania!

2006-10-08 :: The Princeton Review
Length: 8s

This week we focus on the logic behind arguments for and against Dennis Hastert resigning as Speaker of the House.…

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Shop Till You Drop

2006-10-01 :: The Princeton Review
Length: 6s

A recent study finds that men are equally as likely to suffer from compulsive shopping as women, and advocates including compulsive shopping in the official list of mental disorders.…

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They Must Be on Drugs

2006-09-24 :: The Princeton Review
Length: 7s

This week Wal-mart announced plans to offer $4 prescriptions on many generic drugs. We apply the logic of the LSAT to the argument that this will be a significant benefit to consumers.…

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Hold the Toasts

2006-09-17 :: The Princeton Review
Length: 7s

This week, in order to demonstrate ways in which causal arguments can go wrong we take apart the findings of a new study purporting to show that social drinking leads to an increase in income.…

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Before 9/11 Was a Premise

2006-09-10 :: The Princeton Review
Length: 5s

In the years since September 11, 2001, we have used the events that occurred that day to justify national, political, and individual conclusions, even when its relevance has been questionable.…

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Listener Logic #1

2006-09-03 :: The Princeton Review
Length: 7s

Ad Hominem Attacks on Judge Taylor, Questions About Analogies, Shortening the NFL Preseason…

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Unchartered Territory

2006-08-27 :: The Princeton Review
Length: 7s

New statistics released this week demonstrate that charter schools are not an acceptable alternative to public schools. Or do they?…

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The Pluto Principle

2006-08-20 :: The Princeton Review
Length: 8s

In this week's podcast, we look at the arguments for and against the proposed new definition of 'planet' that would bring the total number of planets to 12, perhaps opening the door to many more.…

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I Know This Is Not Politically Correct, But...

2006-08-13 :: The Princeton Review
Length: 10s

Following the arrest of would-be suicide bombers, we look at arguments for and against racial, religious, and ethnic profiling at airports.…

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What Does it All Mean?

2006-08-06 :: The Princeton Review
Length: 8s

This week, we examine the punditry surrounding the upcoming Connecticut primary elections to demonstrate the importance of being skeptical about interpretations of data.…

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Say it Ain't Sufficient, Floyd

2006-07-30 :: The Princeton Review
Length: 9s

In this week's podcast, we try to avoid jumping to conclusions that aren't necessarily true as we examine the case against Floyd Landis.…

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These Arguments are Not Spare Parts

2006-07-23 :: The Princeton Review
Length: 7s

In this week's podcast, we discuss the logical missteps taken both by proponents and opponents of the vetoed stem cell research bill. …

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War on Analogies

2006-07-16 :: The Princeton Review
Length: 7s

In this podcast, we focus on comparison flaws, examining arguments made by leaders and the media regarding the current Middle East crisis.…

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Money Talks?: Solving the Problem of Terrorism

2006-07-10 :: The Princeton Review
Length: 6s

In the first podcast of the series, we examine the recent call from New York City lawmakers to increase anti-terrorism funding for New York City in the wake of recently revealed plots.…

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LSAT Logic in Everyday Life

A weekly podcast that applies the logic of the LSAT to politics, advertisements, and conventional wisdom

LSAT Logic in Everyday Life


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