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Robert Wright & Owen Ellickson
Comedy in the age of Trump ... Why Owen stopped writing his parody Trump tweets ... Is it pointless to mock Trump? ... Are liberal comedians hurting their cause? ... Twitter and partisan politics ... What it takes to become a podcasting juggernaut ... When breaking speech codes with comedy backfires ...
Mark Leon Goldberg & Alexandra Bilak
The problem of "internally displaced" populations ... Internal displacement around the world ... The role of internal displacement in Colombia’s peace process ... The economic benefits of humanitarianism ... Natural disasters and other non-conflict scenarios for displacement ...
Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis
What Ossoff’s loss means for Democrats ... Do Democrats need to dump Pelosi? ... The "populism vs. centrism" dilemma ... Will Ossoff’s loss boost Congressional support for the AHCA? ... Are polls still worthwhile? ... The dangers of anti-anti-Trumpism ...
Mark Leon Goldberg & Marietje Schaake
Marietje, Member of the European Parliament, on whether populism in Europe has peaked ... Trump’s effect on European politics ... A primer on the European Parliament ... The need for smart digital trade policies ... Marietje’s path to the European Parliament ... Marietje reflects on being young and female in the world of politics ...
Aryeh Cohen-Wade & Jack Tamburri
Julius Caesar, Donald Trump, and Shakespeare in the Park ... Is the outrage over the play justified? ... Jack ponders the role of corporate arts funding ... Making a values-based case for federal funding of the arts ... Just how feminist is Wonder Woman? ... The resonance of DC vs. Marvel in the modern context ...
Daniel Drezner & Heather Hurlburt
What Trump's withdrawal from the Paris Accord says about executive power ... Comparing Trump and Bush: why messaging matters ... Dan on Trump's diplomacy: more predictable, less credible ... Will Trump's grandstanding on NATO bring results? ... Has Trump deterred nationalist populism in Europe? ... Global governance in the age of populism ...
Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis
What Gillespie's close win in VA says about the state's Trump faction ... Ambition versus caution in the VA Dem primary ... Matt: If any Republican can win metro DC, it's Gillespie ... Do Dems have a "unity edge" over Republicans? ... Bill: Don't overthink Trump's strategy in the Russia investigation ...
Robert Farley & David Brockington
David explains the results of the UK general election ... Just how fragile is Theresa May's position? ... The next steps for the Labour Party ... How far left is Corbyn, anyways? ... Drawing political parallels across Western democracies ...
Aryeh Cohen-Wade & David Grann
David’s new book, Killers of the Flower Moon, about a forgotten series of murders ... The racist “guardianship system" to control the wealth of the Osage people ... The elusiveness of history ... Lost evidence of crimes that David brought to light ... How the descendants of victims shaped David’s book ... What David is working on now ...
Glenn Loury & John McWhorter
Is Evergreen State evidence of a higher ed crisis? ... The drift toward fundamentalist ideologies of all kinds ... John: Leave Bill Maher alone ... Political correctness and religious zealotry ... Should we be talking about race and IQ? ...
Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis
Bill drops some knowledge about what’s happening in the UK ... Does Comey care too much about public perception? ... The logic behind Comey’s leaks ... Did Trump obstruct justice? ... The possibility of impeachment ... What an Ossoff win would mean for Democrats ...
David Klion & Daniel Bessner
Will Comey’s testimony change anything? ... Liberals’ misplaced faith in “the System” ... The danger of comparing the U.S. to Weimar Germany ... H.R. McMaster’s imperialist views ... The nuclear war scenario that keeps David awake at night ... Why the left fails to influence foreign policy… ... …and how it could become influential ...
Robert Wright & Darren Beattie
Why Darren was among the few academics who supported Trump ... Trump: Incipient interventionist? ... How identity politics transformed the meaning of “liberal” and “conservative” ... Darren’s “contempt” for elites ... Debating Trump’s travel ban ... Is Trump’s rhetoric dangerous? ... Assessing domestic policy under Trump so far ... Does Trump’s alleged incompetence and instability worry Darren? ...
Glenn Loury & Rob Montz
Are elite colleges coddling their students? ... Middlebury’s weak response to the Charles Murray protest ... The rise of self-censorship ... In defense of college administrators ... How to have a productive debate ... How Glenn challenges his students’ thinking ...
Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis
Matt’s bout with Jay Sekulow on CNN ... Bill and Matt debate the wisdom of Trump’s exit from the Paris climate deal ... Is pulling out of the Paris deal a gift to the Resistance? ... Did Trump just want a policy win? ... Matt: Team Trump has a “Dear Leader” attitude ...
Robert Wright & Freddie deBoer
How Freddie used the internet to become a public voice ... Does the “alt-left” exist? Is Freddie part of it? ... The cozy relationship between Democrats and Wall Street ... Why Freddie supports a universal basic income ... How liberals are getting the Trump-Russia story wrong ... IQ: Is it in the genes? ...
John Horgan & George Johnson
Tough times for objective reality ... Animal personhood ... What if everything’s conscious? ... Daniel Dennett’s idea of consciousness as a "user illusion" ... Is science getting less exciting? ... Big data and neural networks ... Save the date: A nation-wide solar eclipse in August ...
Aryeh Cohen-Wade & Hannah Gais
Punching “Nazis”: Good or bad? ... Does assaulting Richard Spencer give him more power? ... The “Proud Boys” vs. “Antifa” confrontation as a case study ... The college campus free speech debate ... The case for caring less about campus protests ...
Mark Leon Goldberg & Jill Filipovic
Global Dispatches makes its Bloggingheads debut ... How Trump’s expansion of the "global gag rule" hurts health care ... Why Niger has the highest birth rate in the world ... How Jill became a feminist ... Jill’s new book, The H-Spot, on what women want ...
Glenn Loury & Laurence Kotlikoff
Trump’s tax plan vs. the Republican “Better Way” plan ... Can supply-side economics work this time? ... What Paul Krugman gets wrong about about the House tax bill ... Laurence offers his own tax proposal ... Why is Wal-Mart fighting a border adjustment tax? ... The case against Goldman Sachs alumni as economic advisers ...
Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis
The pro-gun Democrat who might win Montana’s special election ... Should Democrats stop backing gun control? ... What the Seth Rich conspiracy theory shows about conservative news ... Are Hannity’s days at Fox News numbered? ... Bill’s outrageously early guide to 2020 ...
Robert Farley & Colin Snider
The Brazilian scandals that won’t go away ... It’s corruption, all the way down! ... The chances that Brazil will be hit by a populist wave ... Venezuela’s downward spiral ... Will there be a military coup in Venezuela? ... Why Latin America worries about Trump ...
Robert Farley & Ankit Panda
How acute is the North Korea nuclear weapons crisis? ... Will South Korea bring back its “Sunshine Policy”? ... What North Korea thinks of Trump ... What China and Japan think of Trump ... How Duterte is shaping foreign policy in the Philippines ...
Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis
Is this the beginning of the end for GOP power? ... The possibility of impeachment ... Are the Republicans blowing their big break? ... The odds of getting President Pence ... The tarnished legacy of Roger Ailes ... Will the Trump era prompt conservative soul-searching? ...
Philip Menchaca & Levi McLaughlin
Soka Gakkai, Japan’s largest “new religion” ... Nichiren Buddhism as the one true religion ... Why would so many people join what's been called a “cult”? ... Electioneering as a religious practice ... Soka Gakkai’s place in the debate over Japan’s “peace clause” ...
Robert Wright & Jeffrey Lewis
Is North Korea behind the global malware attack? ... The surprisingly long range of the missile North Korea just tested ... Why China won't solve the North Korea problem ... Options for dealing with North Korea, from bad to worst ... How Japan and South Korea are responding to escalating tensions ... Jeffrey’s advice on what to do about North Korea’s nuclear program ... The outlook for arms control under Trump ...
Glenn Loury & James Forman
James’s new book, Locking Up Our Own ... Why black politicians backed harsh criminal laws in the 1960s ... Was a punitive system inevitable given the desire to fight crime? ... Was there really a “black silent majority”? ... Can social policy combat crime better than law enforcement? ... The root causes of mass incarceration ...
Robert Wright & Damon Linker
The Comey firing as confirmation of Trump’s disastrousness ... Was the Syria bombing politically calculated or just Trump being Trump? ... Trying to read Trump’s mind presupposes that he has one ... Did liberal dogmatism fuel the populist revolt? ... Could global governance moderate populist nationalism rather than fuel it? ... Why a universal basic income won’t work ...
Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis
Matt submits his candidacy for father of the year ... Will Comey’s firing unnerve Trump’s base? ... How a wiser White House would have dealt with Comey ... Is Trump’s support in Washington weakening? ... Debating whether the media is overreacting to Comey’s firing ...
Robert Wright & Aryeh Cohen-Wade
WTF at the FBI ... The coming Comey blowback ... How Aryeh found peace of mind in the age of Trump ... How you can help Bloggingheads.tv (and why you should) ... Join Bob’s war on political polarization and the psychology of tribalism! ...
Glenn Loury & John McWhorter
Campus protests as activist theater ... Glenn: Antifa groups are the real fascists ... Debating whether activists want power more than justice ... The religious vibes of leftwing protests ... The triumph of individualism: A teaser of the next Glenn-John talk ...
Aryeh Cohen-Wade & Farhad Manjoo
How Facebook is trying to fix its fake news problem… ... …and why it doesn’t want human editors ... Facebook’s flirtation with virtual reality ... Does Zuckerberg have political ambitions? ... How the election changed the way Silicon Valley thinks ... Will Facebook reign forever? ...
Bill Scher & Kevin Glass
A special DMZ/Rational Actors crossover episode ... Kevin: Why I voted for Hillary ... Will the GOP health care bill be a boon to Democrats? ... Why repealing Obamacare could torpedo tax reform ... How Trump’s “religious liberty” order could rankle social conservatives ... Who will be the stars of the 2020 election? ... What Hillary’s loss means for Democrats in 2020 ...
Robert Wright & Robert Jervis
Why Kim Jong-un is unimpressed by U.S. attempts to intimidate ... What good are nuclear weapons if you can’t use them? ... Trump’s flashes of insight ... Rex Tillerson’s remarkable error rate ... The Trump administration’s dangerous stance on Iran ... When playing defense gets mistaken for offense ...
Robert Wright & Daniel Drezner
Dan's new book, The Ideas Industry ... Why thought leaders are prevailing over public intellectuals ... The new ecosystem of for-profit think tanks ... Asset bubbles in the marketplace of ideas ... A case study in thought leadership ... Improving the ideas industry ...
Robert Wright & Conor Friedersdorf
The inevitability of authoritarians ... Conor: Want to stop an authoritarian? Woo the conservatives. ... Is the U.S. addicted to neoconservatism? ... Failings of the Trump resistance ... How some on the left strengthen Trump ... The challenge of reporting on Trump ... Conor’s question for the Bloggingheads audience ...
Bill Scher & John Hawkins
DMZ, guest edition! Featuring veteran conservative blogger John Hawkins ... Why Trump is starting to win over Never Trumper John ... John grades Trump on trade ... The staying power of Trump’s base ... Deepening rifts in the Democratic Party ...
Glenn Loury & Rajiv Sethi
The murky link between facts and beliefs ... Is it fair to call Scott Pruitt a “climate change denier”? ... How facts get used and abused when talking about policing and race ... Comedy as a force for good… ... …and a source of trouble ... Showing loyalty to your group by challenging it ...
Philip Menchaca & Troy Campbell
Trump’s marketing savvy vs. Hillary's marketing woes ... When facts aren’t enough ... The case for slacktivism ... The misguided tactics some social activists use… ... …and three ways to do better ... Are we the Divided States of America? ... Was the Women’s March a success? ...
Aryeh Cohen-Wade & Megan Ganz
Megan’s inside take on the possible Writers Guild strike ... How Megan got her start writing for television ... The secret pattern that all stories share ... The creativity—and craziness—of Community ... That special something of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia ... Megan’s advice for aspiring television writers ...
Robert Wright & Mickey Kaus
Jared Kushner, the great and powerful ... Debating the morality of Trump’s “scare the immigrants” tactics ... The face-off between the Bannon and Kushner factions ... How Mickey would change Obamacare ... When Mickey and Tucker Carlson clashed over Fox News ... Bob had one hope for a Trump presidency—and now it’s gone ... Are the jackboots coming? ... When the anti-Trump movement strengthens Trump ...
Robert Wright & Erica Chenoweth
Erica’s data says that non-violent resistance works ... Hallmarks of successful resistance movements ... How the anti-Trump movement measures up ... Why Syria’s uprising turned violent ... How Egypt’s revolution went wrong ... How should the U.S. respond to resistance movements abroad? ... Erica’s advice for the anti-Trump movement ...
David Klion & Michael Tracey
Why does a nice lefty like Michael have an alt-right following? ... David to Michael: Shouldn’t you disavow your alt-right followers? ... Why Michael was so critical of Hillary ... The incoherence of Trump’s foreign policy ... Have liberals lost perspective on the Trump-Russia story? ... Did the Trump-Russia story lead to the Syria missile strikes? ...
Robert Wright & Eli Lake
A Bloggingheads détente in the Eli-Bob Twitter war ... Was Eli’s article on Syria a gift to neocons? ... Using the Syria conflict to fight ISIS and oppose Iran ... Can Syria find peace while Assad is its leader? ... When American exceptionalism collides with international law ... White House leaks galore! ... Is Iran a victim of demonization? ... Double standards in U.S. foreign policy ...
Heather Hurlburt & Daniel Drezner
The end of Turkish democracy? ... The foreign policy “axis of adults” ... Nikki Haley, rising star ... Why the MOAB and the Syria strikes won’t scare Kim Jong-Un ... Will Trump negotiate with North Korea? ...
Robert Wright & Jim Lobe
Is Trump abandoning America Firstism? ... The money behind Washington think tanks ... Are the regime change boys back in town? ... Why Jim thinks a Syria “surge” isn’t likely ... What Mattis wants ... Missile strikes? Cue applause. ... It’s springtime for neocons! ...
Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis
Trump’s good week ... Is Trump learning how to lead? ... Or learning the wrong lessons? ... A quick history of isolationism vs. interventionism ... Tulsi Gabbard’s move toward isolationism ... Bill’s buzzkill take on the Kansas race that cheered Democrats up ...
John Horgan & Mike Lemonick
The life of a science journalist ... Mike’s new book about Lonni Sue, a woman who lost her memories ... Lonni Sue’s artistic talent: Lost and found ... Do memories make you “you"? ... Using tech to enhance your memory ... Why Mike thinks predictions about the Singularity are fantasy ... The Science March: Good idea or bad idea? ...
Aryeh Cohen-Wade & Chris Arnade
Why Chris joined Wall Street, and why he left ... The front-row kids vs. the back-row kids ... Racism in the presidential election ... Will Trump voters stay with Trump? ... How to win over "the back-row" ... McDonald's as a community center ... Ways to revive a community ...
Robert Wright & Mark Schmitt
Why Mark thinks the GOP health-care agenda is dead ... Bannon v. Kushner: Compare and contrast ... Trump’s MIA foreign policy ... Will Bannon get the boot? ... What Trump needs to do to keep his base ... All aboard the Jeff Sessions policy time machine! ... Local news: Join a virtual meetup with Bob ...
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