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Smart people talking, mostly about politics, but sometimes about other stuff.
||Harry Siegel & Joel Kotkin||Why NYC's tech sector is less than meets the eye ... Silicon Valley, the 51st state? ... Joel: The tech industry has stagnated ... Is Google scarier than the NSA? ... San Francisco's anti-techie backlash ... Can the public reclaim the Internet? ...||3/14/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis||On The DMZ, Bill and Matt discuss the GOP special election victory in Florida and whether Obamacare has become a liability for Democrats. They evaluate Obama's decision to appear on Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis. What if Chris Christie had decided to play Bridgegate for laughs? Is CPAC good for potential Republican presidential candidates? Was this year's conference good for Ted Cruz, and is he a threat to Rand Paul? And what were the other big stories out of CPAC?||3/13/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||David Klion & Anatol Lieven||Has Putin lost his mind? ... Did Western governments orchestrate the Maidan protests? ... How the thuggish Yanukovych got elected ... The Cyprus precedent for Crimea ... NATO, the EU, and a potential geopolitical crisis ... What does Russia want with Ukraine? ...||3/11/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Kevin Glass & Gabriel Arana||On Rational Actors, Kevin and Gabriel discuss the schism between CPAC and the gay conservative group GOProud. Are conservatives ready to accept gay marriage? They discuss why gay marriage and abortion are not analogous, and why knowing an openly gay person increases one's support for marriage equality. Will gay rights groups be magnanimous in victory toward social conservatives? Kevin and Gabriel consider the recent defeat of religious freedom laws that would allow discrimination by business owners, and debate whether appeals to religious conscience will convince most Americans to support such legal exemptions.||3/10/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||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|
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.