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||Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis||Bill's girls, Matt's boys, and gender stereotypes ... Matt has finally seen Frozen, and he's on Team Anna ... Bill: Bernie Sanders is "unhittable" ... Wildcards in the upcoming Democratic debate ... Does not playing the political game ever work? ... Matt: Kevin McCarthy will win the speakership ... Why Rubio is immune to Trump's trolling ...||10/7/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Glenn Loury & John McWhorter||Glenn is tired of our endless, frustrating conversation on race ... Glenn and John make some good points ... Are big-name intellectual awards really important? ... Ta-Nehisi Coates is too gloomy about racial progress in America ... What to tell your kids about race ...||10/7/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Paul Glastris, Ed Kilgore, & Martin Longman||Will Hillary's SNL appearance affect her image? ... Ed: The Trans-Pacific Partnership is a big deal ... The guys hash out the fight for House leadership ... Will Ted Cruz benefit from chaos in the House? ... Do we need a mass movement on gun control? ... Ed: "Political scientists are in deep denial" ...||10/5/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Mark Schmitt & Katherine Mangu-Ward||Matt Damon on Mars: the resurgent American interest in space ... Star Laws: Congress's attempt to legislate space property rights ... Will John Boehner's exit change the Congressional status quo? ... The rise of the transpartisan Congressional coalition ... Political personalities and the role of "negative partisanship" ... Will Congress ever come to a grand budget deal? ...||10/2/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis||Would Kevin McCarthy be an effective Speaker? ... A deep dive into the House GOP leadership races ... Will Boehner's exit truly change anything? ... Bill to partisans on both sides: The system (kind of) works! ... Previewing the Kentucky and Louisiana gubernatorial races ... How accurate was Fiorina on Planned Parenthood? ...||9/30/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Glenn Loury & John McWhorter||Why Black Lives Matter needs a "second wing" ... John: Focusing solely on police violence is a mistake ... Glenn: Don't make race central to police accountability ... The allure of being the "noble victim" ... Black Lives Matter and "authentic blackness" ... Glenn rails against the contempt for respectability ...||9/30/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Paul Glastris, Ed Kilgore, & Nancy LeTourneau||Against the canonization of Saint Boehner ... Evaluating Kevin McCarthy, the likely next Speaker ... How Ted Cruz wins by losing ... Why Clinton finally came out against Keystone XL ... Where are all the liberals defending Hillary? ... Can Clinton reassemble the Obama coalition? ...||9/28/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Daniel Strauss & Matt Fuller||How Boehner’s departure will affect the GOP hierarchy ... Matt: "This is gonna get pretty dirty" ... Matt explains the real reason Boehner is resigning ... What does this mean for 2016? ... Ted Cruz's next move ... How should Dems play their cards now? ...||9/27/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Kevin Glass & Barrett Holmes Pitner||Where does Black Lives Matter go from here? ... What the media doesn't get about Black Lives Matter ... Barrett: Activists have to learn to work with the system ... How Obama has changed racial perceptions ... Does exposure to difference lead to more tolerance? ... Critiquing structural racism without alienating whites ...||9/25/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis||Why didn't Walker just hunker down and wait it out? ... Keys to Walker's failure: old stories, lack of prep, pandering ... Matt: It's a mistake for conservatives to attack Pope Francis ... Are there downsides for Democrats in embracing Francis? ... Obama's (failed?) attempt to bridge liberalism and faith ... Vultures continue to circle Boehner ...||9/23/2015||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!
This is an excellent podcast for individuals who are looking for substantive discussions on a range of interesting topics. Robert Wright has an amazing mind and soul.
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...