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Smart people talking, mostly about politics, but sometimes about other stuff.
||John Horgan & George Johnson||A promising new way to fight cancer? ... ...and how cancer fights back ... False positives and disconcerting diagnoses ... Does more money pay for better care? ... Paying for care we don't need ... Why Americans must change their thinking about healthcare ...||5/24/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Robert Wright & Ann Althouse||Is David Letterman a nihilist? Or just Midwestern? ... Why Rubio wouldn't have a lock on the Hispanic vote ... Will Bill drag Hill down? ... Bob: We've played right into ISIS's recruiting narrative ... Did Obama bungle Iraq and Syria? ... Ann and Bob debate the merits of Twitter ...||5/22/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Betsy Woodruff & Daniel Strauss||Patriot Act extension scrambles the 2016 GOP field ... Will Rand Paul's filibuster have any substantive effect? ... Is Clinton's media strategy self-defeating? ... Highly vetted "real Americans" chat with Hillary ... Strange bedfellows in Kentucky's wild governor's race ... The unusual politics of gay adoption ...||5/21/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis||Maybe Jeb Bush doesn't actually want to be president ... Does everyone now agree that the Iraq War was a mistake? ... Fox News doesn't go easy on GOP contenders ... Bill: The GOP debates should be all about the Benjamins ... In Kentucky's weird governor's race, could the Dem win? ... The genius of David Letterman ...||5/20/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Kevin Glass & Ashe Schow||A big shift in the treatment of sexual assault on campus ... Student accused of rape sues Columbia over performance art ... Ashe: Due process has gone out the window ... Tribunals vs. trials ... A defense of campus tribunals ... Should UVA's "Jackie" be punished? ...||5/19/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Robert Wright & Peter Singer||Peter's new book, The Most Good You Can Do ... New museum wings, and other misguided philanthropy ... Working on Wall Street in order to give your money away ... How to be an efficient altruist ... What about charities that do good but unquantifiable work? ... Good news! Doing good makes you feel good ...||5/18/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Glenn Loury & John McWhorter||Marking fifty years since the Moynihan report ... Will Baltimore change things in a way that Ferguson didn't? ... Debating the wisdom of focusing on police abuse ... Should we care what goes on inside the mind of a rioter? ... Why talk of an "uprising" offends Glenn ... John defends "respectability politics" ...||5/16/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Heather Hurlburt & Daniel Drezner||Why the debate around the TPP trade bill is incoherent ... The real reasons the Senate bill failed ... Why does Obama want this trade deal now? ... Grading Rubio's big foreign policy speech ... Heather on the "genius" of Scott Walker ... Netanyahu loses FIFA and the Vatican in one week ...||5/14/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis||Democrats revolt against Obama on trade ... If you're pro-immigration, shouldn't you also be pro-trade? ... As Obama gets lame-duckier, are the Dems fracturing? ... Jeb Bush stumbles over Iraq War questions ... Lessons Republicans must learn from Iraq ... How to prevent catastrophe at the GOP debates ...||5/13/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Conor Friedersdorf & Noah Millman||Why are the hawks back running the foreign policy debate? ... Libya, Yemen, and perception vs. reality ... The motivations of Pamela Geller, and of her attackers ... Defending free speech vs. defending intelligent speech ... The real differences between NYC and LA ... How the cities differ in race, class, and memory ...||5/11/2015||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...