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Robert Wright & Greg Gutfeld
If Bob and Greg can’t bridge America’s tribal divide, who can? ... One cure for tribalism ... How tribalism triumphs over ideology ... Is Trump crazy like a fox, or just crazy? ... Greg: Identity politics is "nothing but division" ... Does language policing help Trump? ... Fox News in the scheme of things ...
William R. Black & Edward Miller
Bill and Ted’s (excellent) disclaimer: "We are not conspiracy theorists!" ... Ted’s brief stint as a conspiracy-curious teenager ... Did Lee Harvey Oswald really act alone? ... How a botched autopsy bred alt-narratives about JFK’s death ... Bill: The world of JFK assassination theories has a left and right wing ... John F. Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson’s shifting legacies ...
Robert Wright & David Frum
David: Strong national spirit is wonderful so long as it’s inclusive ... Trump makes liberals rethink their suspicion of the intelligence community ... David: Party loyalties may not withstand this century’s unique problems ... Why Trump's seeming ambivalence about domestic abuse allegations could drive off moderate Republicans for good ... David’s new book, Trumpocracy, surveys Trump’s damage to the American Republic ...
Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis
Matt briefly sums up Adam Corolla’s career ... Why the GOP could lose the House this year ... Will the stock market affect the midterms? ... Bill: DACA is not under immediate threat ... When is it okay to appeal to nativist attitudes? ... Matt: John Kelly should keep his job ... Bill revisits a minor scandal from the FDR administration ...
Robert Wright & Matthew Cooper
Matt: Why I resigned from Newsweek ... Why is the Manhattan DA investigating Newsweek's parent company? ... Populism, polarization, and page views ... The lost world of the dominant newsweekly ... Henry Luce's hidden editorializing at Time ... Can the newsweekly’s original mission be realized in the digital age? ...
Aryeh Cohen-Wade & Jesse Farrar
How Jesse's joke tweet ended up on Fox & Friends ... Jesse: "We're all mad at each other all the time" ... The link between Weird Twitter and left politics ... Jesse's comedy podcast, Your Kickstarter Sucks ... Is the show a critique of American capitalism? ... The wacky world of video game streaming ...
Glenn Loury & Harold Pollack
Is the idea that Trump threatens democracy overblown? ... Harold: Democrats need to reckon with the political potency of racism ... Hey Trump, "Norway is not a skill"! ... Is it racist to fear demographic change? ... When bad-faith actors erode democratic norms ... Why Harold doesn't care who the next Democratic nominee is ...
Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis
Are snow days destroying the American family? ... Bill on the politics of Joe Biden's charm ... Why Trump would be crazy to testify under oath ... Matt on the Nunes memo: "a waste of time and pointless" ... Is the government about to shut down? Will an immigration deal get cut? ... Everyone is a hypocrite on debt and deficits ...
Glenn Loury & John McWhorter
It's Black History Month and Glenn feels miserable ... Race and the NYC subway system ... Is it race, class–or both? ... Are John's kids black? ... Are we all, deep down, the same? ...
Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis
Trump predictably touts economic growth in State of the Union address ... Was this address adequately presidential? ... Bill claims vindication on Dems losing the shutdown fight ... Is Trump demonstrating his chops for negotiating? ... The common thread in the Democrats' SOTU responses ...
Robert Wright & Max Blumenthal
Unpacking the name of Max’s new podcast, Moderate Rebels ... Max contends that James Wolcott’s “alt-left” doesn’t exist ... Where do lefties stand on Russia? ... Why Max doubts the DNC leaks swung the 2016 election ... How Vice’s hip branding “normalizes American empire” ... Daily Beast, BuzzFeed, etc.: Max's ideological taxonomy of media sites ...
Glenn Loury & Glenn Loury II
A few of the many things Glenn and Glenn II disagree about ... Should gays be a protected class? ... Glenn wants Glenn II to be generous to homophobes ... Is capitalism failing? ... Glenn II advocates for a social democratic vision ... Sources of optimism ...
Heather Hurlburt & Daniel Drezner
Trump's first year in foreign policy ... The international community of shitholes ... The logical contradiction at the heart of Trump's foreign policy ... Dan: Trump disdains the liberal international order but offers no alternative ... The challenge for internationalists ... The "constant crap" theory ...
Robert Wright & Mickey Kaus
Mickey gives Trump his first-year grades ... Mickey: Cultural assimilation matters in immigration policy​ ... Were Democrats to blame for the government shutdown? ... The human consequences of ICE’s enforcement tactics ... Bob’s crazy left-wing one-worlder trade policy proposal ... Why are Apple and Starbucks giving Trump good publicity? ... Is ​President ​Trump even worse than Bob expected? ...
Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis
Talking DACA on the DMZ “hangover edition” ... Thousands “stuck in limbo” with DACA status unclear ... Bill: Dems will flinch before Trump does ... Can Republicans survive a shutdown unscathed? ... Matt to Dems: No matter what, you’ll need Trump’s signature ...
Robert Wright & Marcy Wheeler
What we know right now about the Steele dossier ... Marcy: The dossier is a series of "near-misses" ... Did Trump and Russia collude? Would that be a crime? ... The quid was leaking stolen emails. What was the quo? ... Marcy thinks there’s more to the infamous Trump Tower meeting than has met the eye ... Is Kushner's "peace plan" just a way to bail out his family's ailing business? ... Marcy on the future of the investigation: "Don't expect anything" ...
Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis
Bill and Matt predict a turbulent 2018 ... Can Trump sell his base on a partial border wall? ... Can Dems work border security to their advantage? ... Bill’s early prediction of Oprah’s pre-entry into politics ... How Oprah could change the 2020 race—without even running ... Why Bill doesn’t expect Oprah to “descend from her perch” to run ...
Robert Wright & Aryeh Cohen-Wade
Explaining "Mindful Resistance" ... David Brooks vs. David Frum on anti-Trumpism ... Is Trump crazy (like a fox)? ... What the average citizen can do to oppose Trump ... Is there a Trumpism without Trump? ... Looking for policies that would undermine Trump's appeal ... Future plans for Mindful Resistance ... Should anti-Trumpers fight dirty? ...
Aryeh Cohen-Wade & Sarah Marshall
Looking back at Titanic, 20 years later ... The staggering feat of filming Titanic ... Sarah explains what makes the movie so rewatchable ... Leonardo DiCaprio: "Manic Pixie Dream Boy"? ... How James Cameron built a generation’s mythology ... Why is Avatar so unmemorable? ...
Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis
Matt: Trump's tweets remind us why he is "a very scary president" ... The promises and perils of Trumpism for the GOP ... Might the midterms create a "bipartisan civility caucus"? ... Bill: A "generic Democrat" would match up well against Trump ... Will Americans want a return to normalcy in 2020? ... Berniecrats sense a revolutionary opportunity—are they right? ...
Robert Wright & Richard Vague
How the tax cut “made a lot of rich people richer” ... Why infrastructure is crumbling and public education is in trouble ... How Richard’s Middle America focus groups worked ... Americans care less about Obamacare than you think ... Are the economics of healthcare leading us to socialized medicine? ... What does and doesn't bother Middle Americans about immigration ... Why so many Americans aren’t fazed by climate change, terrorism, or global trade ... Why science could soon turn the tide against cancer, diabetes, and heart disease ...
Aryeh Cohen-Wade & Kate Havard
How sexual harassment derailed Kate's journalism career ... When a reporter's source is a predator ... Loving The Last Jedi, despite the flaws ... The Star Wars universe gets bigger (but maybe not better) ... Shylock, Shakespeare's oddly sympathetic villain ... Is Harold Bloom wrong about Falstaff? ...
Glenn Loury & John McWhorter
Cornel West’s misguided "neoliberal" critique of Ta-Nehisi Coates ... Coates as a prophet of doom ... Glenn accuses Coates of racial essentialism ... The Bonfire of the Black Public Intellectual Vanities ... Why John has stopped writing about race and politics ... How do blacks fit into Trump's "America First"? ...
Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis
Comparing Trump's first year with Obama’s ... Did Trump "lead from behind" on the tax bill? ... Will the bill have a legacy? ... Bill on Doug Jones: Sometimes boring is good ... Wading into the Charles Cooke-Jennifer Rubin debate ...
Robert Wright & Daniel Drezner
Bob: Beware of anti-Trump neocons ... How Bill Kristol helped create Trumpism ... Are neocons using Trump to rehabilitate themselves? ... Dan: The Trump foreign policy team excels at incompetence ... Trying to not overreact to the Troll-in-Chief ... Is it time to get alarmed about war with North Korea? ...
Robert Wright & Amjad Atallah
Jerusalem: A city without a country ... Did Trump's recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital kill the two-state solution? ... Amjad: Be it Iraq or Israel, an ethnostate won't work ... Why the PLO should return to its revolutionary roots ... Is it time to abandon the dream of a Palestinian state? ... Changing the conversation from statehood to civil rights ...
Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis
Bill and Matt are both happy about Alabama ... How Doug Jones’s temperament defused his pro-choice stance ... The first victory in a coming Dem wave? ... Jones’s challenge and his opportunity ... Is Steve Bannon just a stopped clock? ...
Aryeh Cohen-Wade & Katy Waldman
Plumbing the psychological depths of Donald Trump Jr. ... Is the real thing he’s hunting for just daddy’s love? ... Making sense of Billy Bush’s redemption tour ... The problem with public apologies ... Are fears of a post-Weinstein backlash overblown? ...
Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis
Being Mormon in an evangelical Christian party ... Is Moore hurting the pro-life cause? ... Matt: Like any other tax bill, the GOP’s will have winners and losers ... How getting rid of Franken helps the Democrats' brand ... Bill catches flak for suggesting the Clintons step back into the ring ...
Joshua Cohen & Brink Lindsey
What Brink's new book The Captured Economy says about the balance between equality and liberty ... Why do the US and Uganda have similar inequality metrics? ... Why some libertarians are making room for anti-poverty measures ... Brink: Republicans have become their worst caricature ... A diagnosis of the white working class ... Breaking the government’s dependency on lobbyists ...
Robert Wright & Judith Shulevitz
Bob and Judith try to rank the sexual predators in terms of badness, from Harvey Weinstein on down ... Male power in all its variety ... Are we entering a neo-Victorian era? ... Why understanding isn't forgiveness ... Stepping down in disgrace as a career move ... After the purge, will women finally feel at home in the workplace? ... Bob and Judith share their own experiences with workplace sexual harassment ...
William R. Black & Kate Lister
How Kate created the website Whores of Yore ... A people’s history of sex work ... Body-positive messaging from Victorian pornography ... Kate’s upcoming crowdfunded book, A Curious History of Sex ... Why are teens having so much anal sex? ... Kate: Porn ain’t what it used to be ...
Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis
James O’Keefe’s failed WaPo sting as a microcosm of conservative dysfunction ... Was O’Keefe coordinating with Roy Moore’s campaign? ... Bill: 2020 will be the year of the woman for Democrats... ... ...and Elizabeth Warren has the edge ... Reevaluating Biden in the wake of Weinstein ... Matt’s critique of the GOP tax plan ... Bill: The tax plan will create a lot of angry middle-class voters ...
Glenn Loury & Steven Teles
When and where does income redistribution make sense? ... Why the decline of the small-town country club matters ... How today's politics brought out Glenn’s latent Reaganite ... Steve: No third party can circumvent congressional power ... Glenn: To condemn Trump is to weaken the legitimacy of the office ... Are we overcorrecting for men’s improprieties? ...
(Aryeh Cohen-Wade & Christa Blackmon)
The history of laughing at Nazis, starting with Chaplin in The Great Dictator ... Making fun of Hitler after WWII ... How The Producers shocked viewers just 22 years after WWII ... Is there such a thing as a good Holocaust joke? ... Why jokes about ISIS differ in meaning across borders ... Christa: SNL’s Trump jokes are not subversive ...
(Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis)
Making sense of the wave of sexual assault allegations ... Should Al Franken resign? ... History lesson: How Taft raised taxes and split the Republican Party ... Why tax reform has always been like “making sausage” to the average voter ... Bill thinks Doug Jones has a chance against Roy Moore ... Matt recalls the brief moment he considered voting for Hillary ...
Robert Wright & Betsy Levy Paluck
Betsy’s work on prejudice and conflict earns her a MacArthur “Genius” grant ... Betsy: Media tells us what other people think ... Across tribal divides in Rwanda, even gifts can be malicious ... How social media algorithms control consciousness ... How peer “influencers” can make schools safer (and kinder) ...
William R. Black & Jorge Rodriguez
Jorge on why studying religion is studying reality ... How do you “de-colonize” religion? Make it the central point of life ... Jorge: "The state project is a religious project" ... The mayor of San Juan and the “woman vs. Trump” narrative ... How Puerto Ricans sent a message by not voting ... The role of Protestant work ethic in early Puerto Rican missions ...
Ryan Cooper & Thomas Knock
How Tom came to study failed presidential candidate George McGovern ... McGovern’s successful career in agricultural policy ... How McGovern brought the New Deal to the developing world ... Ryan: Are we still over-correcting for 1972? ... Could McGovern have changed the course of the Vietnam War? ... McGovern’s comparison of the wars in Iraq and Vietnam ...
Glenn Loury & Philippe Lemoine
How a Frenchman became interested in race and crime in the US ... Phiippe questions the stats on drug-related prison sentences ... How “liberal guilt” attempts to explain the achievement gap ... Philippe’s piece on police brutality and race in National Review ... Obama’s role in shaping the media narrative around police violence ... How conservatives can actually thrive on liberal campuses ...
Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis
Do viewers mind Bill and Matt shooting the breeze? ... Bill: Northam won while doubling down on centrist messaging ... Can the left take credit for Democratic wins in Virginia? ... Why Republicans are having trouble unifying around tax reform ... Bill: Trump’s remaining base isn’t going anywhere ...
Glenn Loury & Laurence Kotlikoff
Larry reviews the GOP tax plan ... Larry: Conventional liberal analysis of the plan is “quite bizarre and totally flawed” ... Would we see a supply-side effect from corporate tax cuts? ... Debating the estate tax ... Larry says Glenn should pay more in taxes ...
Glenn Loury & Harold Pollack
Reviewing the work of Nobel-winning economist Jean Tirole ... Should Jews feel bad that Harvey Weinstein is Jewish? ... Collective pride and collective shame ... Glenn warns of a “witch hunt” and a “slippery slope” ... Did Black Lives Matter help Trump win? ... Should liberals try to work with Trump where they can? ...
Aryeh Cohen-Wade & Omar El Akkad
Omar’s new dystopian novel, American War ... A future where fossil fuels lead to civil war ... How the novel's narrator shows "the violence of malleable history” ... How the Bouazizi Empire became the global superpower ... Omar: In fiction, you can craft the contours of your world ... Why the book might, or might not, spawn a TV series ...
Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis
Matt introduces Bill to “Trunk-or-Treat” ... Bill and Matt commend Gov. Cuomo after Manhattan terror attack ... Reading the national mood from the Virginia gubernatorial election ... How should Dems approach immigration? ... Republican reaction to the Mueller indictments ...
Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis
Was Jeff Flake right to step down? ... The long legacy of protectionism ... Why Bob Corker’s fight with Trump doesn’t impress conservatives ... Would Matt vote for the current tax resolution? ... Remembering Robert Guillaume, star of Benson ... What Matt learned interviewing both Cindy Sheehan and Andrew Bacevich ...
Aryeh Cohen-Wade & Danielle Citron
Twitter and the fallout from the Weinstein scandal ... Will the #metoo movement make a difference? ... How block lists protect Twitter users from abuse ... Danielle illustrates how Facebook's hate speech policies fall short ... Rethinking the term “revenge porn” ...
Glenn Loury & Nir Eisikovits
Why Glenn is conflicted about removing Confederate statues ... Should bad opinions be stamped out? ... America’s struggle to confront its past ... Assessing Trump’s slippery slope argument ... Indicting the past, ignoring the present ... Indigenous Peoples’ Day vs. Columbus Day ...
Aryeh Cohen-Wade & David Litt
David’s path from a college humor magazine to the White House ... David: Trump doesn’t hate Obama—he envies him ... Obama’s “real” sense of humor ... The story behind Obama meeting his “Anger Translator” ... Why is Sean Spicer a household name? ...
Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis
Matt’s controversial stance on Trump’s words to an Army widow ... A word of praise for the DMZ fans ... How FDR drove the Dixiecrats to the right ... Why Dems should think twice before purging party leaders ... Should Bannon’s challenge against the GOP be taken seriously? ...
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