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||CleanGlenn Loury & Rajiv Sethi||The murky link between facts and beliefs ... Is it fair to call Scott Pruitt a “climate change denier”? ... How facts get used and abused when talking about policing and race ... Comedy as a force for good… ... …and a source of trouble ... Showing loyalty to your group by challenging it ...||4/26/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPhilip Menchaca & Troy Campbell||Trump’s marketing savvy vs. Hillary's marketing woes ... When facts aren’t enough ... The case for slacktivism ... The misguided tactics some social activists use… ... …and three ways to do better ... Are we the Divided States of America? ... Was the Women’s March a success? ...||4/24/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAryeh Cohen-Wade & Megan Ganz||Megan’s inside take on the possible Writers Guild strike ... How Megan got her start writing for television ... The secret pattern that all stories share ... The creativity—and craziness—of Community ... That special something of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia ... Megan’s advice for aspiring television writers ...||4/23/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRobert Wright & Mickey Kaus||Jared Kushner, the great and powerful ... Debating the morality of Trump’s “scare the immigrants” tactics ... The face-off between the Bannon and Kushner factions ... How Mickey would change Obamacare ... When Mickey and Tucker Carlson clashed over Fox News ... Bob had one hope for a Trump presidency—and now it’s gone ... Are the jackboots coming? ... When the anti-Trump movement strengthens Trump ...||4/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRobert Wright & Erica Chenoweth||Erica’s data says that non-violent resistance works ... Hallmarks of successful resistance movements ... How the anti-Trump movement measures up ... Why Syria’s uprising turned violent ... How Egypt’s revolution went wrong ... How should the U.S. respond to resistance movements abroad? ... Erica’s advice for the anti-Trump movement ...||4/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDavid Klion & Michael Tracey||Why does a nice lefty like Michael have an alt-right following? ... David to Michael: Shouldn’t you disavow your alt-right followers? ... Why Michael was so critical of Hillary ... The incoherence of Trump’s foreign policy ... Have liberals lost perspective on the Trump-Russia story? ... Did the Trump-Russia story lead to the Syria missile strikes? ...||4/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRobert Wright & Eli Lake||A Bloggingheads détente in the Eli-Bob Twitter war ... Was Eli’s article on Syria a gift to neocons? ... Using the Syria conflict to fight ISIS and oppose Iran ... Can Syria find peace while Assad is its leader? ... When American exceptionalism collides with international law ... White House leaks galore! ... Is Iran a victim of demonization? ... Double standards in U.S. foreign policy ...||4/18/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHeather Hurlburt & Daniel Drezner||The end of Turkish democracy? ... The foreign policy “axis of adults” ... Nikki Haley, rising star ... Why the MOAB and the Syria strikes won’t scare Kim Jong-Un ... Will Trump negotiate with North Korea? ...||4/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRobert Wright & Jim Lobe||Is Trump abandoning America Firstism? ... The money behind Washington think tanks ... Are the regime change boys back in town? ... Why Jim thinks a Syria “surge” isn’t likely ... What Mattis wants ... Missile strikes? Cue applause. ... It’s springtime for neocons! ...||4/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBill Scher & Matt K. Lewis||Trump’s good week ... Is Trump learning how to lead? ... Or learning the wrong lessons? ... A quick history of isolationism vs. interventionism ... Tulsi Gabbard’s move toward isolationism ... Bill’s buzzkill take on the Kansas race that cheered Democrats up ...||4/13/2017||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...