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||Paul Glastris, Ed Kilgore, & Kevin Carey||Is the political "silly season" coming to an end? ... Ed doesn't buy the Biden 2016 chatter ... Four steps for Clinton to steady the ship ... The shifting politics of K-12 and higher education ... A preview of the fight over changing No Child Left Behind ... The unheralded strength of Southern public universities ...||8/31/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Jonathan Phillips & Brent Strickland||Telicity, verbs, and the deep structure of language ... The surprising complexity of sign languages ... Brent's experiments showing sign language to non-signers ... Examples of signs for telic vs. atelic verbs ... Why the (imaginary) word "zizaz" is different than "zod" ... Does this research support the idea of a universal grammar? ...||8/30/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Glenn Loury & Jill Leovy||Jill's book, Ghettoside ... The logic of inner-city violence ... Why petty disputes lead to high murder rates ... Diverging homicide rates among blacks and Latinos ... What makes homicide detectives different ... Glenn expresses sympathy for cops ...||8/27/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Betsy Woodruff & Jessie Opoien||Scenes from the Iowa State Fair ... Scott Walker's changing stances on immigration ... The Midwestern roots of Walker's immigration views ... Why isn't Wisconsin a stop on the campaign trail? ... A Senate rematch heats up in Wisconsin ...||8/25/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Paul Glastris & Melinda Henneberger||Melinda: "Convenience" is a bad excuse for Clinton's email ... Why isn't Clinton talking more about foreign policy? ... Paul's psychological theory for "Benghazi fever" ... The cultural contradictions of Trump's coalition ... Is "anchor baby" an offensive term? ... The progressive case for President Trump ...||8/24/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Glenn Loury & David Neumark||What economists know about the minimum wage ... Is Paul Krugman dead wrong about the minimum wage? ... Measuring the disemployment effect ... David's critique of a famous pro–minimum wage study ... Do workers earn what they're worth? ... David: Target aid to low-income families, not low-wage workers ...||8/23/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Robert Wright & Stephen Walt||The Israel lobby and the Iran nuclear deal ... Does AIPAC really want to win the fight against the Iran deal? ... What some deal opponents fear more than Iran getting nukes ... How do we deal with the Islamic State if it sticks around? ... The case for patient containment of ISIS (and taking a chill pill) ... The incoherence of US policy toward the Islamic State ...||8/21/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis||Jeb tries to dismantle Trump; Matt doubts it will work ... Date Trump, marry Rubio? ... Actually imagining President Trump's first 100 days ... Lessons from Schwarzenegger and Jesse Ventura ... Matt: Clinton is handling the email server story horribly ... Bill: What Hillary can learn from her husband's '92 victory ...||8/20/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Daniel Strauss & Michael Warren||Michael: Don't count Scott Walker out just yet ... Why has Walker faded? ... Cruz's canny decision not to attack Trump ... The Trump circus has to end eventually…right? ... The upside of Rubio beaning a child with a football ... Can Kasich seize Bush's establishment perch? ...||8/19/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Ed Kilgore & Steven Waldman||Dems panic about Hillary! But should they? ... Steve: Time to consider that Trump could actually win ... Ed: The "wacko birds" candidates are dominating the field ... Jeb Bush's big asset ... Trump's weird kind of authenticity ... How Rand Paul lost his mojo ...||8/17/2015||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...