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Smart people talking, mostly about politics, but sometimes about other stuff.
||Dana Goldstein & Kevin Carey||The Common Core, controversial on left and right ... Are America's schools ready for national standards? ... College prep vs. vocational training ... Has standardized testing gotten out of control? ... The best ways to evaluate teachers ... Why students won't love the revamped SAT ...||4/22/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Kevin Glass & Patrick Brennan||On Rational Actors, Kevin and Patrick discuss Cliven Bundy, the Nevada cattle rancher taking on the federal government. Does Bundy have a point about federal land management and militarized law enforcement? Or is this just a springboard for conservative conspiracy theories? Moving on to Obamacare, they discuss the new status quo now that enrollment numbers have clearly exceeded expectations. Could Paul Ryan's Medicare plan help Obamacare?||4/22/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Kelsey D. Atherton & Daveed Gartenstein-Ross||On Foreign Entanglements, guest hosts Kelsey and Daveed recount their epic battle as finalists in TwitterFightClub 2014, which Daveed won by using lessons learned from battle rap. Applying comic books to national security, they wonder how Iron Man and Galactus could help the US military. Is the sequel to Top Gun really going to be about drones? They analyze what the large outdoor meeting of Al Qaeda in Yemen reveals about what drones can and can't do. Daveed offers a counterintuitive take on Al Qaeda's strength and America's drone war. Plus: The flaws in a Times op-ed connecting military veterans and white supremacy.||4/21/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||John Horgan & George Johnson||George visits Ukraine ... John accuses Putin-bashers of hypocrisy ... The news from Chernobyl ... Did space-time expand faster than the speed of light? ... John: Cosmic inflation is ironic science ... Lumpy space and cosmic inflation ...||4/19/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis||On The DMZ, Matt laments that kids these days are ignorant of the glories of '80s pop culture, and explains how movies like Red Dawn shaped Gen Xers' politics. So why has today's Hollywood abandoned appealing to conservatives? Bill argues that Rand Paul is playing loose with the facts and thus hurting his attempt to rebrand the GOP. Has 2016 reporting gotten out of control? They analyze the new Mother Jones story on New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez that used leaked audio of private conversations to paint her as the next Sarah Palin. Plus: How should politicians navigate a privacy-free world?||4/18/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||David Klion & Olena Tregub||Is the Geneva agreement a breakthrough for Ukraine? ... Boogeymen, false flags, and a fake anti-Semitic campaign ... The surprisingly bloodless war with Russia ... Ukraine's future: corrupt politicians or youthful reformers? ... Has the US handled the crisis well? ... The view from DC, and Snowden's Q&A with Putin ...||4/17/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Betsy Woodruff & Daniel Strauss||The politically incorrect Mississippi GOP Senate primary ... How should reporters use opposition research? ... A non-tweetable sexual harassment scandal in Kentucky ... Picking apart the "war on women" narrative ... Scott Brown 2016? ... Maybe the Dem isn't doomed in Arkansas ...||4/16/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Michael Brendan Dougherty & Freddie deBoer||On The Score, Freddie wonders why geeks are so aggrieved when geek culture, as embodied by Game of Thrones, is ascendant. Michael notes that an obsession with being the victim is a key aspect of the culture war, and they discuss why "you're doing it wrong" has become a prime trope of online conversation. They consider the forced resignation of Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich, and the left's effort to thoroughly stigmatize opposition to same-sex marriage. Freddie makes the case for legalizing polygamy, and explains why he's an apathetic atheist. Has atheism become pathological? Plus: What would happen if everyone's Gmail archive suddenly became public?||4/15/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Michael Brooks & Steven A. Cook||Turkish PM Erdogan is an angry victor ... Turkey and the EU's messy breakup ... Erdogan's self-conception as a second Ataturk ... "It's the economy, stupid!" in Turkish ... Surveying the (mostly ineffective) opposition ... Will President Abdullah Gul ever take on Erdogan? ...||4/14/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Greg Marx & Gordon Witkin||On Democracy in America, Greg talks to Gordon about transparency and accountability in government. Gordon explains why New Jersey got high marks just before Gov. Christie's bridge scandal. Greg asks why special interests are sending more money to Montana, of all places. Is all this outside money shifting politics to the left or the right? Is the Supreme Court making it harder to report on campaign finance? They close by considering how many races are determined by outside money.||4/13/14||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.