[Simblified] Ep. 122: Do we really need civics? Ft. Meghnad & Shreyas from “How to Citizen”

Ep. 122: Do we really need civics? Ft. Meghnad & Shreyas from “How to Citizen”

18/02/2019 by IVM Podcasts

Web player: http://podplayer.net/?id=63845881
Episode: http://traffic.libsyn.com/simblified/E122Simblified.mp3?dest-id=359939

Yes, back in school, Civics was like the token black guy of social studies. Who had time to learn about elected officials while deciduous trees and various dates were waiting to be mugged up! But as we grow older, wiser and more responsible, we find ourselves using the things we were supposed to study in 7th standard more and more useful (no, trigonometry, not you). Meghnad and Shreyas, hosts of a new podcast called “How to Citizen” tell us about this and how we can become better citizens (or at least, better informed while trolling people on Twitter). This is an eye-opening episode and honestly, we could have gone on yammering for another few hours on the topic – but you can hear M&S do that in their show (link below). We also talk about the problems of social studies pedagogy, and go through several of our own experiences and biases. Super chat it was and we hope you enjoy it as well. Listen to How to Citizen here: http://www.ivmpodcasts.com/how-to-citizen

Listen Date: 2019-03-25


  • Once again, Srikeit praises the awesome Professor Kulkarni
  • The bits where Meghnad and Shreyas talk about how civics is important in building a sense of empathy made me remember the Econ Talk episode with Paul Bloom, and feel skeptical about Meghnad and Shreyas. Then I wondered if Meghnad and Shreyas should make me feel skeptical about Paul Bloom.
  • Nothing other than that. I am not terribly inspired to subscribe to “How to Citizen”, though it did get me thinking that I should subscribe to Meghnad’s other stuff.


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