Episode 29: When Spongebob ‘gets it,’ politicians better start getting on board as well

Michael Schaus

Free to Offend Episode 29 | Guest: Shoshana Weissmann, R Street

When otherwise wonky policy issues seem to be showing up on shows like South Park, Bobs Burgers and even Spongebob Square Pants, it would seem like popular culture might actually “get it” on that issue. In fact, it would seem at that point like pretty much everyone “gets it.”

So, what about politicians?

Shoshana Weissmann, from R Street Institute, joined the program to talk about one such policy issue that has found popularity in unlikely pop-culture circles, and how it is now finally starting to break through political barriers as well. That issue is the completely mundane (and kinda boring-sounding) policy area of Occupational Licensing—something that generates a surprising amount of shared passion and activism among otherwise unlikely political bedfellows.

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