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||CleanBetsy Woodruff & Daniel Strauss||The glamorous life of the campaign reporter ... After the winnowing, a three-man race? ... Caucuses are bonkers and also very cool ... A mystery in New Hampshire ... Clinton's lame answer on her Goldman Sachs speeches ... Hey NYT, the GOP doesn't want your stinkin' endorsement ...||2/6/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanBill Scher & Alexis Levinson||Explaining Marco Rubio's success in Iowa ... Will Rubio's tactics work in New Hampshire? ... Bill: Jeb Bush coverage has been "high school" ... How Rubio's caution could be hurting him ... Predictions for New Hampshire ... Can Dems bridge the Clinton/Sanders divide? ...||2/5/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanGlenn Loury & John McWhorter||John: Ta-Nehisi Coates has been unfair to Bernie Sanders ... Glenn: Coates's arguments are lightweight ... Have white people given up on the race debate? ... Are the Oscars racist ... ... ... and does it really matter? ... A defense of the film industry ...||2/1/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanRobert Farley & Michael Cohen||Michael: Republican debates are terrifying ... The trouble with Republican rhetoric on ISIS ... Donald Trump's surprisingly nuanced foreign policy platform ... The case for Hillary Clinton ... Why aren't the Dems talking foreign policy? ... Predictions for Iowa and beyond ...||1/31/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanBill Scher & Alexis Levinson||Who actually went to the Donald Trump rally in Iowa? ... Alexis: Trump's boycott was a great call ... Rehashing the most recent GOP debate ... Jeb Bush's current strategy ... Unpacking the Iowa ground games ... Are GOP heavyweights pro-Trump, or just anti-Cruz? ...||1/29/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanDaniel Strauss & Rosie Gray||Daniel: No one knows what's gonna happen in the primaries ... Will we see a wave of GOP dropouts? ... Marco Rubio's prospects ... The Cruz–Trump feud ... Will the Democratic nominee affect the GOP race? ... The case for John Kasich in New Hampshire ...||1/29/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanHeather Hurlburt & Daniel Drezner||The mindset of the outsider candidate ... Hashing out Bernie Sanders's silence on foreign policy ... Dan to Heather: Would you advise Donald Trump? ... Does Davos matter? ... The potential farce of Syrian peace talks ... Parenting in the 21st century ...||1/28/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanKatherine Mangu-Ward & Mark Schmitt||Presidential polls and the appeal of straight-talkers ... Criminal justice and immigration reform as case studies in transpartisan cooperation ... Attempting to explain the Trump phenomenon ... Is Bernie Sanders a sideshow? ... Can outside candidates force a blunt conversation about taxes? ...||1/27/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanDavid Sloan Wilson & Robert Frank||Bob's story (where biology and economics collide) ... Bob: Life is graded on a curve ... How David found his way to evolutionary economics ... The problems with standard economic theory ... David: All subjects hit a "complexity wall" ... Why the guys aren't fans of laissez faire ...||1/23/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanRobert Farley & Brian Laslie||The muted 25th anniversary of Desert Storm ... The Western and Russian campaigns in Syria, compared ... Is it time to retire the A-10 Warthog? ... The changing nature of war and the U.S. military ... America rebuilding the Iraqi Air Force it previously destroyed ... War anniversary as a time for reflection ...||1/22/2016||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...