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||CleanAryeh Cohen-Wade & David Litt||David’s path from a college humor magazine to the White House ... David: Trump doesn’t hate Obama—he envies him ... Obama’s “real” sense of humor ... The story behind Obama meeting his “Anger Translator” ... Why is Sean Spicer a household name? ...||10/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBill Scher & Matt K. Lewis||Matt’s controversial stance on Trump’s words to an Army widow ... A word of praise for the DMZ fans ... How FDR drove the Dixiecrats to the right ... Why Dems should think twice before purging party leaders ... Should Bannon’s challenge against the GOP be taken seriously? ...||10/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGlenn Loury & John McWhorter||Critiquing Ta-Nehisi Coates's new book ... Will the bubble burst on race-centric thinking? ... John pulls no punches on Coates’s writing ... The case for hope over pessimism in the black community ... Glenn: The Jim Crow era is over ...||10/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAryeh Cohen-Wade & Daniel Drezner||After Trump, do ideas even matter? ... Why Trump and Obama both reject "the Blob” ... How foreign leaders make sense of Trump’s public contradictions ... Do rumor mills have a place in the ideas industry? ... Dan: TED Talks are for thought leaders, not public intellectuals ...||10/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHeather Hurlburt & Daniel Drezner||Heather’s statement on the #metoo hashtag and sexual assault awareness ... What “America first” means to the rest of the world ... Is the liberal international order in danger? Heather says yes ... Dan’s book Avoiding Trivia makes a surprise appearance ... Heather: Social media matters, but information warfare is nothing new ...||10/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRobert Wright & Andrew Sullivan||How tribalism underpins the current political moment ... Has cosmopolitan London lost its character? ... Why a strong national identity could restore unity in the US ... Andrew: Dems should make economic inequality their centerpiece issue ... How Bob’s Mindful Resistance project confronts tribalistic thinking ...||10/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRobert Wright & John McPhee||Why John’s books have never included an author photo ... On the inadequacy of the term ‘nonfiction’ ... The importance of a really good lede ... John’s simple cure for writer’s block ... Why John likes to challenge the reader’s vocabulary ...||10/4/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNikita Petrov & Mark Rudd||Mark's rise to prominence at Columbia as a radical student leader ... Mark: We thought Vietnam marked the decline of American empire ... Without a union base, do Democrats have a chance? ... Why violence is bad political strategy ... Mark's vision for the left: a takeover of the Democratic Party ...||10/3/2017||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.