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Aryeh Cohen-Wade & Amanda Mull
Amanda: Body positivity is a scam ... What causes women to feel badly about their bodies? ... The double-edged sword of looking at bodies on Instagram ... Why Amanda sees her critique as separate from #MeToo ... Why has the fashion world embraced ugly clothes? ... The effect of online shopping on plus-size clothing options ...
Robert Wright & Omar Baddar
Omar critiques Wajahat Ali's controversial article on West Bank settlers ... How the Israel/Palestine conflict is covered in the media ... The Israel Anti-Boycott Act ... Bob offers a defense of Ali's article ... Has the Mideast conversation shifted in America? ... Omar sees the Boycott Israel movement growing in power ... Israeli fears of Palestinian violence and their political consequences ...
Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis
Democrats tread carefully reacting to Trump’s North Korea summit ... Has North Korea changed NeverTrump conservatives’ minds? ... Bill: Trump finds common ground with violators of human rights ... Matt: Trump sets himself apart from “metrosexual” world leaders ... The unenviable position of being an elected Republican under Trump ...
Glenn Loury & John McWhorter
Does John have “light skinned” privilege? ... Why marrying out-of-race is a loaded issue in the black community ... How anger at structural racism becomes blinding ... John: What makes black oppression in 20th century America unique? ... Why identity built around victimhood is the modern way ... Roseanne Barr and the significance of punching up or down ...
Robert Wright & Wajahat Ali
How Wajahat got disinvited from a major Muslim conference ... The Israel-Palestine conflict: Jews vs. Muslims or Jews vs. Arabs? ... Why publishing in The Atlantic fueled the controversy ... Wajahat’s essay takes criticism from left and right ... Worst-case scenarios ... Can the international community change the equation? ... The case against Wajahat, and his response ...
Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis
Did Trump make a big mistake by uninviting the Philadelphia Eagles? ... Want a presidential pardon? Have your wife plead your case on Fox! ... Has Trump spurred a left-right realignment? ... Would a non-racist Trump have done better or worse? ... Bill: In South Dakota, #MeToo helped a GOP candidate win ... California's crazy primary night ...
Aryeh Cohen-Wade & Jason Zinoman
Jason's new book, Letterman: The Last Giant of Late Night ... Letterman's influences: Carson, Allen, and Paar ... Letterman as a postmodern figure ... Looking at Letterman and women through the lens of #MeToo ... Letterman's self-hatred and depression ... How the show changed on CBS and the war with Leno ... Late-period Late Show, a bizarre place to work ... Jason: Letterman helped normalize Donald Trump ...
Robert Wright & Shireen Al-Adeimi
Yemen-born Shireen on the civil war in her homeland ... Why is the US helping Saudi Arabia bomb Yemen? ... Shireen: The Saudis work with Al Qaeda in Yemen ... A brief history of the conflict in Yemen ... How the war turned Shireen into an activist ... What's the Saudi endgame? What's the Houthi endgame? ... Is the US in effect helping Al Qaeda and ISIS in Yemen? ...
Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis
Bill and Matt rave about country music podcast "Cocaine & Rhinestones" ... Dinesh D’Souza’s descent from intellectualism ... Making sense of Trump’s high profile pardons ... Among Roseanne, Samantha Bee, et al., whom would Matt fire? ... What Joy Ann Reid and Ronald Reagan have in common ... Bill previews next week’s California primaries and San Francisco’s mayoral race ...
Aryeh Cohen-Wade & Phoebe Maltz Bovy
Remembering Philip Roth ... Phoebe on Roth's depictions of Jewish women ... Where did Roth end and his characters begin? ... How Roth helped American Jews assimilate ... If you haven't read Roth, here's where to start ... Where is Jordan Peterson going? ... Order, chaos, gender, and being told to clean your room ...
Robert Wright & Nikita Petrov
“The harshness of Russian law is softened by its optionality” ... Nikita’s briefly successful escape from a paddy wagon at a political rally ... It’s not always Putin who kills Russian journalists (Meet Chechnya’s leader) ... A look inside Russia’s supposedly fearsome troll factory ... Support for Putin and Russia's intimate relationship with suffering ... “Monstration”: a mock rally investigating the absurd ...
Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis
Bill and Matt talk Tom Cruise movies ... Does Trump favor evangelicals over his white working class base? ... Matt: Jeff Flake won’t save us from Trump ... How should conservatives respond to Trump’s possible foreign collusion? ... Democratic midterm primaries: The relitigation begins ...
Glenn Loury & Amy Wax
Why even the "hard sciences" are vulnerable to identity politics intrusion ... Glenn and Amy interpret Raj Chetty’s study on race and social mobility ... Is the proverbial “boys’ club” limiting women’s professional opportunities? ... Amy: Students have a choice in how they react to challenges ... Amy’s take on maternal leave and professional parity ... Should university funders influence class curricula? ...
Robert Wright & Michael Brooks
Do you have to be tribal to have a big following? ... Identity politics and its discontents ... What made Trump's xenophobia an electoral winner? ... Michael responds to Mark Lilla's critique of the left ... The Intellectual Dark Web as a branding exercise ... How delicately should the left approach the subject of race? ...
Robert Wright & Bret Weinstein
The Intellectual Dark Web and the MSM ... How does one join the IDW? ... Bret: Critics on left and right want the IDW to go away ... Is the IDW right wing? ... Why is socialism resurgent? ... Why Bret considers himself to be on the left ... Bret blows Bob’s mind with some grand evolutionary theorizing ...
Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis
Primary election round-up ... Democratic women had a good night... ... ...but there's no common narrative to the primaries as a whole ... Support Bill and Matt on Patreon! ... Matt: Robert Jeffress should not have been at the Jerusalem embassy ceremony ... Evaluating the evangelical alliance with Trump ... The embassy move and the moribund Mideast peace plan ...
Robert Wright & Rania Khalek
The quest to reboot the Syrian civil war ... Why toppling Assad would be a catastrophe ... How the Syrian civil war got started ... Some dubious groups the US has armed in Syria ... Assad and chemical weapons ... The reliance of western journalists on rebel PR ...
Glenn Loury & John McWhorter
Are Glenn and John part of the "Intellectual Dark Web"? ... The Starbucks incident and other racist affronts ... John: Microaggressions can't keep me down ... Glenn says his ideological opponents know they're holding a losing hand ... Glenn: Ta-Nehisi Coates wrote a "racist screed" about Kanye ... What was Kanye trying to say about slavery? ... Trump as rapper ... Has Trump done anything for black Americans? ...
Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis
Why sanity is winning out in the congressional primaries ... Is Dennis Kucinich the future of the Democratic party? ... Among crazy bastards, Trump is sui generis ... Why Trump’s tough guy strategy is working with North Korea ... Matt: McCain has a right to snub Trump at his own funeral ...
Glenn Loury & Laurence Kotlikoff
Democrats and Republicans spin Trump’s tax overhaul ... Why does Paul Krugman think the bill is regressive? ... Larry gives the bill a final grade of B- ... Larry’s plan to make food stamps more equitable and accessible ... Why no one is talking about the deficit ... Corporation are legal fictions: why tax them? ...
Robert Wright & Musa al-Gharbi
Is the anti-Trump sentiment of scholars biasing their research? ... Busting demographic myths about the 2016 election ... Status threat vs. economic anxiety as sources of Trump's support ... Do liberals have a deep need to see Trump voters as creepy? ... The many strategic mistakes Clinton made ... "Negative intersectionality" as a problem for Democrats ... Musa gives Trump good odds for 2020 ... Musa: A return-to-normalcy campaign by Dems won't cut it ...
Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis
How did Giuliani go from America's Mayor to national punchline? ... What happened to the GOP's elder statesmen? ... Analyzing the $130,000 Michael Cohen revelation ... How much credit does Trump deserve for the thaw in North Korea? ... Matt: In a negotiation, North Korea would outfox Trump ... Rubio's media faux pas ...
Robert Wright & Damon Linker
Damon wonders whether international law is hopeless ... Bob: America would be better off if it respected the UN Security Council ... How legitimate is international law? ... Damon: There's no real judicial system in international law ... United Nations 1.0 vs. United Nations 2.0 ... Why do chemical weapons outrage us in a way that bombs do not? ...
Aryeh Cohen-Wade & Osita Nwanevu
Osita’s piece on Kanye West’s pro-Trump tweets ... Kanye as a bellwether for the mainstreaming of the alt-right ... Why is Jordan Peterson on Kanye's radar? ... Osita: Kanye isn’t going to convert his fans into Trump supporters ... Kanye and Trump, masters of publicity ...
Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis
Matt endorses the Karate Kid relaunch ... Trump runs his mouth on Fox & Friends ... Was Ronny Jackson treated unfairly? ... Trump's reverse Midas touch ... Why do GOP presidents keep appointing unqualified people? ... Will conservatives dump Trump? ... President Kanye, here we come ...
William R. Black & David Walsh
David's dissertation questioning the William F. Buckley narrative ... George Wallace's 1968 appearance on Buckley's show Firing Line ... Who was more conservative, Buckley or Wallace? ... Buckley's snobbery vs. Wallace's populism ... Parallels between Wallace and Trump ... David: The conservative gatekeepers are gone ...
Robert Wright & Jonah Goldberg
Jonah's new book, Suicide of the West ... Children of the affluent who hate affluence ... Jonah criticizes the Howard-Zinnified view of history ... The problem with Alinskyite conservatives ... Capitalism and its (white conservative) discontents ... The trouble with being a measured conservative critic of Trump (i.e., being Jonah) ... Jonah’s plan for Western Suicide prevention ...
Robert Wright & David Roberts
David: American conservatism is basically white cultural resentment ... Is the left as tribal as the right? ... The "war on Christmas" as a case study ... Is pluralistic democracy contrary to human nature? ... Maybe nothing can unify Americans as a nation any more ... So whom should the NYT op-ed page hire? ... The one thing Trump could do to alienate his base ...
Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis
Did Comey "wrestle a pig" by insulting Trump in his book? ... Matt: Comey is no longer the guy wearing the white hat ... Michael Cohen and our era of cartoon archetypes ... Bill asks the GOP: What if this is as good as it gets? ... Matt continues to lose enthusiasm for Rubio ... Why did the blogosphere fade away? ...
Aryeh Cohen-Wade & Miles Klee
Miles: Some Rick and Morty superfans are getting the show wrong ... Do the show's characters ever learn a lesson? ... R&M creator Dan Harmon's strikingly different #MeToo moment ... How pop culture is consuming itself through sequels and reboots ... With nerd culture gone mainstream, whither the nerd? ... The many boyfriends of Elaine Benes ...
Mark Kleiman & Megan McArdle
Megan’s column on prejudice against conservatives ... Why conservatives get the “out-group” treatment in academia ... Is creationism incompatible with academic research? ... Is there an argument for affirmative action for conservatives? ... Politics and the defunding of the humanities ...
Aryeh Cohen-Wade & Elizabeth Nolan Brown
Explaining FOSTA, the new anti–sex trafficking law ... Could this be the beginning of the end of the open Internet? ... Elizabeth: FOSTA's sponsors are acting in bad faith ... The death of Backpage.com, where you could get a lawnmower or a sex worker ... How will the market for paid sex adapt? ... Elizabeth's lively appearance on Laura Ingraham's show ...
Robert Wright & Ryan Holiday
Ryan's new book on the destruction of Gawker, Conspiracy ... What the Stoics thought about revenge ... Why Hulk Hogan slept with Bubba the Love Sponge’s wife ... Why Gawker lost and Peter Thiel won ... Nick Denton's turn to Stoicism in the wake of catastrophe ... Apportioning sympathy and blame ...
Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis
4/11/18, the busiest news day of Trump’s presidency ... Did Paul Ryan fail in his vision? ... Bill: Ryan wasted time trying to repeal Obamacare ... Republicans's big midterm disadvantages ... Should Trump risk impeachment to fire Mueller or Rosenstein? ... How Trump and the Mueller investigation will shape the midterms ...
Aryeh Cohen-Wade & Sonny Bunch
Keeping up in the age of Peak TV ... Will there ever be a “canon” of great television? ... How streaming has changed media consumption ... You can’t watch it all, so what’s worth watching? ... Sonny describes his ideal TV time capsule ...
Harold Pollack & David Perry
Caring for a loved one with a disability ... Sarah Palin's lost opportunity on disability rights ... Critiquing the Democrats on disability policy ... What if the president had a real mental health issue? ... Mental health, criminal justice, and guns ... Why Medicare for all is not as simple as it sounds ...
Robert Wright & Michael Brendan Dougherty
How Michael landed at National Review ... Are there any upsides to Trump? ... Michael: The "decline of the liberal world order" narrative is BS ... What surprised Bob about Trump ... Might we some day look back on the culture war with nostalgia? ... Michael throws cold water on the Cambridge Analytica uproar ... The era of disbelief and universal grievance ...
Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis
Bill: Trump won't be impeached—but he might be indicted ... Indict now, have the trial after Trump leaves office? ... You can indict a ham sandwich, what about a sitting president? ... Is Trump smart to pick a fight with Amazon? ... Trump's tariffs split farm Dems and rust belt Dems ... Matt reviews The Death of Stalin and Chappaquiddick ...
Phoebe Maltz Bovy & Kat Rosenfield
Sherman Alexie and children’s publishing's #MeToo moment ... If consent is given, can a romantic situation still be not okay? ... Is romance inherently riskier for women? ... How women’s agency gets lost in #MeToo media narratives ... Is the skincare industry bunk? ...
Robert Wright & Yousef Munayyer
The historical backdrop of last week's protest in Gaza ... Yousef: Israel had no justification for the use of lethal force ... What were the Israelis thinking? ... How Israel undermines non-violent Palestinian resistance ... Next steps for the protest movement ... If it is too late for two states, what's next? ...
Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis
What the Roseanne reboot gets right about Trump's America ... How Middle America has split in two since the show's original run ... In a polarized gun control debate, Marco Rubio’s position is unenviable ... Bill: The “blame and shame” tactic won’t win over enough Republicans on gun control ... Matt’s upcoming piece on gerrymandering ...
Robert Wright & Bret Weinstein
Recounting Bret's tumultuous exit from Evergreen State ... Bret: Intersectionality is an "invitation to bad actors" ... Is racism in the genes? ... When tribalism encounters Enlightenment values ... Bret: Intolerance of divergent views goes beyond just a few college campuses ... Bret: "Most scientists are not scientific" ... Bob offers a word in defense of social justice warriors ...
Aryeh Cohen-Wade & Sarah Jones
The Atlantic's controversial hiring of Kevin D. Williamson ... Why do NeverTrump writers keep getting jobs? ... The linked histories of pornography and the First Amendment ... Trump and Stormy Daniels, perfect foes ... The West Virginia teachers' strike and the future of the labor movement ... Sarah critiques critics of Twitter feminism (which might not exist) ...
Glenn Loury & John McWhorter
Glenn recaps the Amy Wax affirmative action controversy ... John’s take on the delicate issue of racial performance disparity ... When does representation supersede qualification? ... The potential drawbacks of affirmative action in higher education ... Why John reluctantly agrees with UPenn Law’s decision ...
Robert Wright & Aaron Maté
The Real News, a viewer-supported site ... Why Aaron, like some others on the left, is a Russiagate skeptic ... What we talk about when we talk about the "Deep State" ... Aaron throws cold water on the idea that Mueller is gonna get Trump ... Are liberals obsessed with Russia to their own detriment? ... The perils of rejecting the conventional wisdom ... What the Buddha would say about hating Trump ...
Heather Hurlburt & Daniel Drezner
Gary Cohn, we hardly knew ye ... The incoherence of Trump's trade policy ... Why the current debate about trade is out of date ... Will Mike Pompeo be better than Rex Tillerson? ... Assessing James Mattis's tenure ... Heather makes the case against the CIA's Gina Haskell ... Dan is genuinely worried about John Bolton in the White House ...
Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis
Trump vs. Biden: It's clobberin' time! ... Battle continues between centrist Dems and progressive populists ... Matt: There's a real argument for Joe—and I might vote for him! ... Is Elizabeth Warren just the candidate of the liberal bubble? ... The link between civility and toughness ... Will Flake or Kasich primary Trump? ... Looking for contemporary parallels in the 1912 election ...
Glenn Loury & Amy Wax
Amy returns to address criticism of her statements on black academic performance ... Amy: There isn't a minority candidate for every top-tier position ... Where does civility end and obfuscation begin? ... Amy questions the politics of personal grievance ... Tolerance at modern universities ... Is the importance of standardized scoring overstated in the professional world? ... The “mismatch” hypothesis and affirmative action ...
Robert Wright & Elizabeth Spiers
Elizabeth’s time working for Jared Kushner as editor of the New York Observer ... Is there more to Kushner than family loyalty? ... The Kushner family’s looming financing deadline for 666 Fifth Avenue ... Why Elizabeth resigned as editor of the Observer ... Elizabeth, founding editor of Gawker, talks about Peter Thiel’s destruction of it ... What Gawker got about politics and the lowbrow ...
Glenn Loury & Aryeh Cohen-Wade
Aryeh claims he has definitive proof that Trump is a moron ... Glenn: Trump has unique insight into voters' dissatisfactions ... Does Trump, as president, deserve our respect? ... Assimilation vs. alienation in Black Panther (contains spoilers) ... Amy Wax gets in trouble for something she said on The Glenn Show ... Making an implicit prejudice explicit ...
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