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||Robert Farley & Erik Loomis||Erik's new book, Out of Sight ... How multinational corporations evade responsibility ... Was the decline of organized labor inevitable? ... Erik's plan to protect the Bangladeshi garment worker ... Radical goals achieved through neoliberal means ... Erik criticizes the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal ...||7/6/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Harold Meyerson & Jack Ross||Bernie Sanders's roots in the American left ... What is an American socialist today? ... Who's in the Bernie Sanders coalition? ... Sanders's place in the growing 2016 field ... Hillary Clinton shifts left with the political winds ... A place in the two-party system ...||7/4/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Derek Ayeh & Sean Morrison||Atul Gawande's problems with American healthcare ... Rethinking the doctor/patient relationship ... The challenges of palliative care ... The changing face of hospice ... Shifting out of fee-for-service medicine ... Is there any such thing as "death with dignity"? ...||7/3/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Betsy Woodruff & Jim Newell||How Republicans could still repeal Obamacare ... The "hell no caucus" continuing to fight gay marriage ... Why are Walker and Cruz pushing a constitutional amendment? ... Are cynical Dems sad to lose a wedge issue? ... Chris Christie's cautionary tale ... Distortions of the DC/NY media hive mind ...||7/2/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis||Matt fears Christians will be driven from the public sphere ... Can conservatives accept swift social change? ... Matt to progressives: "When does it end?" ... Bill: Chris Christie will fare poorly on the campaign trail ... There are real people who support Donald Trump ... Do GOP voters want a fighter above all else? ...||7/1/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Sarah Posner & Matthew Schmitz||Justice Kennedy's sweet/overblown paean to marriage ... Debating whether churches will lose their tax-exemption ... Will any GOP contenders run hard against gay marriage? ... "Social conservatism is dead" ... Have religious exemption laws gone too far? ... Matthew: Indiana RFRA sparked a progressive moral panic ...||6/30/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Glenn Loury & John McWhorter||Beyond the bumper-sticker slogans on Charleston ... Why was this the breaking point for the Confederate flag? ... John meets Al Sharpton: "He's nice!" ... Obama's remarkable eulogy for Rev. Pinckney ... The brilliant artifice of Obama's persona ... How important will race be to Obama's legacy? ...||6/29/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Kevin Glass & Timothy Lee||Are the rich jerks? ... Tim: Political values are never entirely empirical ... Are some political biases just better? ... When calling people "jerks" works ... The ideological Turing test ... Kevin: New media needs to pull back on the polarizing language ...||6/27/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Brian Beutler & Yevgeniy Feyman||Game over for judicial challenges to Affordable Care Act ... The mindset of Obamacare's intellectual foes ... Brian: This case pulls back the veil on all the legal BS ... Yevgeniy's advice for the GOP: Pursue state waivers ... What if each state had its own universal health care plan? ... How Brian would improve Obamacare ...||6/26/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis||Matt reflects on his combative Bill Maher appearance ... How TV shoutfests encourage polarization ... Does the solid South hurt the GOP? ... Will GOP primary voters forgive political inexperience? ... Obamacare subsidies survive; will the right turn on Roberts? ... Bill is bringing "liberal" back ...||6/25/2015||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...