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||Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis||Why Donald Trump is no Herman Cain ... Trump shows one upside of the endless campaign season ... Explaining the controversy over the Export-Import Bank ... How Rand Paul lost the courage of his convictions ... Have the politics of abortion changed? ... Bill: Hillary is an uberwonk! Matt: Hillary is an uncharismatic phony! ...||7/29/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Sarah Posner & Anthea Butler||How Trump is throwing the GOP off its religion game ... Tapping into evangelical anger ... GOPers trying to grab the media's attention away from Trump ... Is this the end of the religious right as we know it? ... Can any other candidate take Trump down? ... New issues: Iran, Planned Parenthood, and Black Lives Matter ...||7/29/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Paul Glastris, Ed Kilgore, & Michael Grunwald||Clinton pleases, but doesn't thrill, on energy & climate ... Ed eats crows on Trump's staying power ... Ted Cruz fails to kill the Export-Import Bank ... Mike reports on highway madness in Wisconsin ... How transit and racial segregation intertwine ... Debating the federal loan guarantee system ...||7/28/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Daniel Strauss & Dylan Scott||Trump sucks up all the oxygen in the GOP race ... Daniel: Trump proves that the press still matters ... Will the Clinton email story stick? ... Ohio native Dylan on Gov. Kasich's chances ... House Dems lay down a marker on Social Security ... Diagnosing True Detective Season 2's many ills ...||7/27/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Robert Farley & Tony Cumming||What was the Battle of Britain? ... How did Britain win? ... How the Royal Navy and Royal Air Force fought for resources ... 75 years of remembering World War II ... The contemporary implications of the battle ...||7/26/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Glenn Loury & John McWhorter||John: Ta-Nehisi Coates is the "priest of a religion" ... Glenn: Charles Blow is embarrassing himself at the NYT ... The failures of racial liberalism ... Stereotypes, testing, and "authentic" blackness ... A Freudian reading of rhetoric about black bodies ... Making the police a partner, not an enemy ...||7/24/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis||Bill: Trump is the monster the GOP created ... Matt: Only Rush Limbaugh can take down Trump ... Is the Democratic coalition starting to crack up? ... Matt: The loony left is more dangerous than the radical right ... Why does saying "white lives matter" anger activists? ... Looking back to Reagan at Reykjavik, with an eye on Iran ...||7/22/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Aryeh Cohen-Wade & Katy Waldman||Should Go Set a Watchman have been published? ... Two novels, two portrayals of the loss of innocence ... How Jean Louise deals with Atticus Finch's racism ... Is the Atticus of Mockingbird a bigot as well? ... Does Watchman make sense without Mockingbird? ... Why Katy recommends you read Watchman ...||7/22/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Paul Glastris, Ed Kilgore, & Matthew Cooper||Black Lives Matter protesters vs. Bernie Sanders ... Paul: I'm sympathetic to the socialists in this fight ... Matt: Why Donald Trump is not a joke ... Will his McCain joke open the anti-Trump floodgates? ... Why the GOP should fear an independent Trump run ... On God, Trump doesn't pander ...||7/21/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Robert Wright & David Frum||David: Iran outplayed the US on the nuclear deal ... Bob: You can always wish for a better deal ... If we had walked away, would sanctions have unraveled? ... Debating the stringency of the inspections regime ... David: Iran is a unique rogue state ... Bob: Are Iran’s violations of internal law worse than America’s? ...||7/20/2015||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...