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||CleanBill Scher & Matt K. Lewis||DMZ’s music picks of the week ... Health care hot potato! ... Which “no” Republican will flip? ... Will the Dems' “Better Deal” win over the left? ... The plan behind Trump’s trans ban ... The New Yorkerization of the right ...||7/27/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPhilip Menchaca & Eva Galperin||Meet the Electronic Frontier Foundation ... The fight to preserve net neutrality ... Mexico’s spyware scandal ... Controlling the spread of spyware ... The US surveillance state ... How to protect your privacy online ...||7/25/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAryeh Cohen-Wade & Kumars Salehi||Jeet Heer's article on the "dominance politics" of Chapo Trap House ... Do Harry Potter and Game of Thrones have a place in political discourse? ... What the alt-right gets wrong about the Frankfurt School ... Kumars on why teens love weird political memes ... Aryeh's anthropological look at the alt-right ... Should neoliberals and leftists be allies or enemies? ... What's the best strategy to oppose Trump? ...||7/24/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGlenn Loury & John McWhorter||Discussing John's new piece on race and IQ ... How to approach the standardized testing gap ... Glenn argues for more research on race and IQ ... Is there a genetic component to criminality? ... John: Culture and home environment matter ... Is impeaching Trump a bad idea? ...||7/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMark Leon Goldberg & Deepmala Mahla||Deepmala explains the Global Emergency Response Coalition ... Why famine is never a "natural" disaster ... Deepmala describes the humanitarian crisis in South Sudan ... Mercy Corps's operations in South Sudan ... Why isn't the American public paying attention? ...||7/18/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMurtaza Hussain & Olivier Roy||Olivier’s new book, Jihad and Death ... The abstract goals of ISIS ... The link between Islam and ISIS ... Recruiting “volunteers for death” ... The future of ISIS ...||7/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDaniel Nexon & Alexander Cooley||Alex’s book Dictators Without Borders ... Oligarchs and autocrats and kleptocrats, oh my! ... Luxury real estate’s illicit money problem ... The globalization of money laundering ... Trump and networks of power ... How Trump is blurring lines between business and politics ... The slippery slope to kleptocracy ...||7/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGlenn Loury & Harold Pollack||The importance of political literature ... Václav Havel’s “The Power of the Powerless” ... When is civil disobedience justified? ... Is Trump an illegitimate president? ... Debating whether Trumpism is like McCarthyism ... How ideology obscures the truth ... Lies, damn lies, and the stories Trump tells ...||7/11/2017||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...