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with Dr. Z

Welcome to the political circus and my quest to reduce pain and improve politics!

Politics and politicians determine "who gets what, when, and how," but when it comes to people in pain, they get very little. I want to change that, so I created a website and YouTube channel to help reduce pain and improve politics by identifying problems and exploring solutions -- often with a large dose of satire.

I am a political scientist, researcher, and reformer with a Ph.D. in American politics, a humorist with a law degree, and a humanitarian with a passion for reducing unnecessary human pain and suffering, advancing the rule of law, and using the arts to help improve lives.

I have worked as a professor, a national pain fellow and policy scholar, a research fellow in Switzerland, an advocate for balanced drug control policies, a podcast and video host and producer, author, invited speaker, consultant, legislative aide, defense attorney, prosecutor, an investigator for the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, and a comedy pitch writer.

I am also a foodie who, like many of us, would benefit from adult supervision whenever electricity or combustible materials are involved.

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“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”

Margaret Mead, Ph.D.


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