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Smart people talking, mostly about politics, but sometimes about other stuff.
||Timothy Noah & Thomas Geoghegan||Tom's new book on unions, Only One Thing Can Save Us ... Will German-style works councils come to the US? ... Tom: More education won't revive the middle class ... Illinois's new governor unilaterally changes labor law ... Why do so many working people spurn unions? ... The history of labor and the Civil Rights Movement ...||3/3/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Robert Wright & David Yellen||New allegations of police abuse in Chicago ... David's investigation of an old case of police torture ... Why it's so hard to prosecute cops ... Comparing the Michael Brown and Eric Garner cases ... Can technology curtail police abuse? ... The war on drugs and the mass incarceration of blacks ...||3/2/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Aryeh Cohen-Wade & Juliet Lapidos||Juliet is shocked to discover that she's a Millennial ... Comparing Millennials and "Pre-lennials" ... Confessions of a Comp Lit major ... What do you do with a BA in English? ... Why Juliet finishes every book she starts ... Novels that are worth the struggle (and some that aren't) ...||3/1/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Robert Wright & Gary Krist||Progressive-Era America in Gary's new book, Empire of Sin ... New Orleans before race was black and white ... Race, sex, and the birth of jazz ... Reformers form a lynch mob ... 1920: The temporary triumph of virtue ... The Axeman cometh ...||2/28/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Robert Farley & Daveed Gartenstein-Ross||What is the theology of ISIS? ... How we define "authentic" religion ... ISIS's unique obsession with territory ... Are returning ISIS fighters a threat to the West? ... Planning for a post-ISIS Iraq ...||2/27/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Betsy Woodruff & Daniel Strauss||A very special CPAC/anniversary edition! ... Has Walker replaced Cruz as the base's candidate? ... The media's often lazy CPAC coverage ... What liberal activists are learning from the Tea Party ... White supremacists at the National Press Club ... Discontent in Chicago with Rahm Emanuel ...||2/26/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Bill Scher & William Beutler||Scott Walker is looking like the guy to beat ... Will immigration heresy sink Jeb's prospects? ... Bill S.: Rubio is running policy circles around Walker ... Will the Clinton Foundation be an electoral problem for Hillary? ... Bill B. is skeptical of net neutrality rules ... That last shutdown worked out great—let's do it again! ...||2/26/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Robert Wright & David Corn||How David created a Bill O'Reilly brouhaha ... Bob: The MSM is going weirdly easy on O'Reilly ... Does all of this help O'Reilly? ... O'Reilly tells David he should be in "the kill zone" ... Are O'Reilly and Brian Williams lying or misremembering? ... Hugh Hewitt, Alger Hiss, and ideological tribalism ...||2/25/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Glenn Loury & Brink Lindsey||What's inhibiting productivity growth? ... Are we running out of innovation? ... Gender and work in the 20th century economy ... Immigration's effect on productivity ... Is the college premium more about skills or signaling? ... Why Brink is optimistic about the economic future ...||2/24/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Aryeh Cohen-Wade & Michael Brendan Dougherty||Obama mentions the Crusades; everyone goes nuts ... A brief history of the Crusades ... Why did Obama's comments cause such a stir? ... Aryeh: Many on the right don't think Obama is a Christian ... How far back should historical guilt go? ... Michael: The study of history should inspire humility ...||2/23/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
Lots of Potential
Great authors and commentators. Exciting concept. Unfortunately, some episodes have such annoying technical difficulties (usually feedback) that I can't finish listening to them. For some reason every speaker tries to be funny. Nine times out of ten the joke fails and kills the momentum. It may feel akward but please just get to the good stuff right off the bat instead of struggling to begin a show with something humorous. I look forward to this podcast getting sharper and better produced!
a hidden gem?
Rob Wright & Mickey Kaus are dynamite, and the concept in general is worthy. But the audio is out of balance. Needs a little post production to get both speakers at the same level...
Just awesome. Smart people talking about intelligent things. Conversations are not a bunch of talking points. I prefer to watch the video version at bloggingheads.tv but that is just me. I can't saying enough about bloggingheads.tv its simply wonderful.