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Smart people talking, mostly about politics, but sometimes about other stuff.
||Elizabeth Stoker & Nathan Schneider||The new monasticism ... Catholicism and the trouble with property rights ... What Pope Francis is changing, and what he isn't ... Politics and the new pope ... Radical orthodoxy ... Why so many people leave the Church ...||3/9/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||John Horgan & George Johnson||Is science reaching the limit of what humans can grok? ... Texas Sharpshooter Fallacy explains some cancer clusters ... Gorilla Illusion: We're blind to what we’re not looking for ... Maybe we won't boldly go where no man has gone before ... Can Neil deGrasse Tyson fill Carl Sagan’s shoes? ... The militarization of research: How worried should we be? ...||3/8/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Sarah Posner & Michael Brendan Dougherty||Should the government mandate contraception coverage? ... The unusual case of the Little Sisters of the Poor ... Sarah argues against Hobby Lobby's religious liberty claims ... Moral responsibility between employer and employee ... Some common ground! ... Which side is losing the culture war? ...||3/6/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Sarah Posner & Matthew Lee Anderson||On The Posner Show, Sarah talks with Matt about the fallout from Gov. Brewer's veto of Arizona's SB 1062. Matt explains why, contrary to what many conservatives claim, the failure of the bill was not an example of persecution of Christians. Are religious institutions poised to lose their tax-exempt status over gay rights? They debate whether photographers should be able to refuse service to gay couples, and Matt explains why, if he were a photographer, he would refuse. If the Supreme Court strikes down bans on same-sex marriage, will conservative Christians retreat to monastic-like communities? Sarah and Matt debate whether marriage is a broken institution. Plus: Is the persecution narrative a winning strategy for the Christian right?||3/6/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis||On The DMZ: Has Mitt Romney been proven right about Russia? Has the Ukraine crisis exposed Obama's weakness? Have conservatives rediscovered interventionism—or are they attracted to Putin? Does the crisis rekindle Rubio's 2016 hopes, or does Rand Paul's isolationism hold sway with primary voters? Did the GOP establishment strike back against Tea Partiers in the Texas primaries? Plus: How CPAC is like show business.||3/5/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||David Klion & Olena Tregub||Russia's brazen invasion of Ukraine ... Has Putin effectively conquered Crimea? ... Do Russian-speaking Ukrainians want this intervention? ... Why the situation hasn't become violent yet ... Evaluating the Western response to the crisis ... Are the Russia hawks right about Obama? ...||3/4/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Robert Farley & Dmitry Gorenburg||On Foreign Entanglements, Rob and Dmitry discuss the recent Russian incursion into Crimea. Dmitry summarizes Russian interests in the region. Have the US and Europe handled the situation correctly so far? Dmitry suggests that, in the long run, Putin will pay substantial costs for the incursion. Is the new Ukrainian government stable enough to fight back? Rob and Dmitry compare the strengths of the Russian and Ukrainian militaries. Finally, Dmitry thinks through some options for the Western response.||3/3/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Joshua Knobe & Michael Norton||Americans have no idea how unequal America is ... Psychological effects of income inequality ... The embarrassment of riches ... When economic growth leads to less happiness ... What to buy to make you happy (hint: it's not stuff) ... The "warm glow" of giving money away ...||3/1/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Alyssa Rosenberg & Willa Paskin||On Critic Proof, Alyssa and Willa discuss the women of HBO's True Detective. Alyssa worries that the dark, popular new show could all fall apart in the finale. How do professional critics experience TV differently than ordinary viewers? They turn to American Hustle and other Academy Awards nominees, and Willa praises the nuanced moralism in The Wolf of Wall Street. They close by wondering: Are critics trying to take something away from fans? (Spoilers throughout.)||3/1/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Mark Leon Goldberg & Oscar Schlenker||Why Venezuelans are protesting their government ... Hugo Chavez, popular even in death ... Leopoldo Lopez, jailed opposition leader ... What can President Maduro do to satisfy the protesters? ... Venezuela's deadly crime epidemic ... Can the protests change Venezuelan politics? ...||2/28/14||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.