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||Glenn Loury & John McWhorter||Beyond the bumper-sticker slogans on Charleston ... Why was this the breaking point for the Confederate flag? ... John meets Al Sharpton: "He's nice!" ... Obama's remarkable eulogy for Rev. Pinckney ... The brilliant artifice of Obama's persona ... How important will race be to Obama's legacy? ...||6/29/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Kevin Glass & Timothy Lee||Are the rich jerks? ... Tim: Political values are never entirely empirical ... Are some political biases just better? ... When calling people "jerks" works ... The ideological Turing test ... Kevin: New media needs to pull back on the polarizing language ...||6/27/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Brian Beutler & Yevgeniy Feyman||Game over for judicial challenges to Affordable Care Act ... The mindset of Obamacare's intellectual foes ... Brian: This case pulls back the veil on all the legal BS ... Yevgeniy's advice for the GOP: Pursue state waivers ... What if each state had its own universal health care plan? ... How Brian would improve Obamacare ...||6/26/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis||Matt reflects on his combative Bill Maher appearance ... How TV shoutfests encourage polarization ... Does the solid South hurt the GOP? ... Will GOP primary voters forgive political inexperience? ... Obamacare subsidies survive; will the right turn on Roberts? ... Bill is bringing "liberal" back ...||6/25/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Heather Hurlburt & Daniel Drezner||It's a miracle! Trade promotion authority is revived ... Dan: Obama has made a strategic, not economic, argument ... Heather critiques the trade deal from the left ... The big mistake we made about China in the '90s ... Former Israeli ambassador goes on anti-Obama press tour ... How the Obama/Netanyahu schism will affect 2016 ...||6/24/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Glenn Loury & Heather Mac Donald||Heather: Black lives matter immensely to the NYPD ... Weighing the costs of quality-of-life policing ... Does the media overplay incidents of police abuse? ... Why can't cops treat citizens with more respect? ... Glenn: Obama should have given a "law and order" speech ... Is the war on drugs racist? ...||6/22/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Timothy Noah & Peter Cappelli||What the skills gap is (and isn't) ... High school grads: It's not your fault ... The calculus of going to college ... Debunking the myth that workers are "worse" than before ... Getting laid off...and training your replacement? ... It's about training, not just education ...||6/21/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Robert Wright & Conor Friedersdorf||Comparing the Rachel Dolezal and Caitlyn Jenner stories ... Is "interrogating whiteness" a good way to fight racism? ... Flipping white privilege towards moral imagination ... Persuasion vs. shaming as tools of social change ... Should the government be able to scan your brain? ... Does Google make Americans more accepting of the NSA? ...||6/19/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Harry Siegel & Robert A. George||NYC déjà vu: Are the bad old days coming back? ... The historic underrepresentation of black NYPD cops ... Has the end of stop-and-frisk caused more violent crime? ... Robert: Criminals heard the message that "it's a new day" ... Harry: No one knows whether stop-and-frisk even worked ... Lies, damned lies, and NYC crime statistics ...||6/18/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Betsy Woodruff & Luke Brinker||Our next president, Donald Trump! ... (But what if he does pretty well?) ... Jeb rolls out his campaign... ... ...and shows his cards on immigration ... Hillary Clinton navigates a minefield on trade ... Will liberals eventually warm up to Hillary? ...||6/17/2015||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...