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||Aryeh Cohen-Wade & Jesse Singal||Ground-breaking gay rights study is debunked ... The intrepid grad students who exposed LaCour's fraud ... LaCour's weak defense against his accusers ... What was going through LaCour's head? ... How to prevent another such fraud ... Why changing people's minds is actually really hard ...||6/2/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Robert Wright & Jim Lobe||A brief history of neoconservatives ... Walking the Sunni-Shia tightrope ... Preparing for a US deal with Iran ... How much of a threat to Israel does Iran pose? ... Is Obama’s foreign policy naïve? ... The kind of Iran deal to expect ...||6/1/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Noah Millman & Freddie deBoer||The changing meaning of Artificial Intelligence ... Can computers truly understand language? ... The uses (and misuses) of a science PhD ... How technology will change the way our brains work ... The promise of the OpenWorm project ... The feedback loop between data and student performance ...||5/31/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Daniel Strauss & Melissa Quinn||Dennis Hastert gets indicted ... Ted Cruz breaks ranks ... and asks for federal funding ... A discredited study about gay marriage ... ... ... and a rare victory for gay-marriage opponents ... The in-state tuition break: Are its days numbered? ...||5/29/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Robert Farley & Natalie Sambhi||Joko Widodo, Indonesia's vexing new president ... Why Indonesia is burning boats ... Executions of drug traffickers strain Australian ties ... The effects of the American "rebalancing" ... Counterterrorism in the world's largest Muslim country ... Australia's polarizing policy on migrants ...||5/28/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis||Pre-order Matt's new book, Too Dumb to Fail! ... Mike Huckabee defends disgraced reality star Josh Duggar ... Matt bemoans conservatives' love for celebrities ... Could Congress let the Patriot Act expire? ... How much do Americans care about NSA surveillance? ... Alternatives to the overstuffed presidential debate format ...||5/27/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Glenn Loury & John McWhorter||John defends the old New Republic ... Michael Eric Dyson's ad hominem problem ... The changing role of the public intellectual ... Glenn challenges John on ending the drug war ... The changing cultural meaning of the "thug" ... Glenn is writing a memoir! ...||5/26/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||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|
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...