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||CleanIs Paul Ryan a Con Artist? (Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis)||Update on Bill’s one-man presidential book club ... Matt: Trump won in his immigration meeting with Nancy and Chuck ... Does Trump actually want a government shutdown? ... Ezra Klein's Vox piece on Paul Ryan’s legacy ... Paul Ryan, the ladder-climbing staffer ...||12/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Dissident Right (Aryeh Cohen-Wade & Dave Donovan)||Dave's place on the "dissident right" ... Aryeh denies being a leftist ... Explaining "NPC," the hot new political insult ... Jordan Peterson and social alienation ... Housing is expensive and consumer goods are cheap ... Why do conservatives dominate political YouTube? ... Going extreme on YouTube: bloodsports and superchat ... Are liberals hypocrites on climate change, college admissions, and privilege? ... The appeal of Tucker Carlson to the far right ...||12/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanA Trump-Russia Quid Pro Quo? (Robert Wright & Marcy Wheeler)||Was last week’s batch of court filings good news for Trump? (Hint: No.) ... Marcy: Discussions over a Moscow Trump Tower lasted a suspiciously long time ... What if the Trump Organization is indicted? What would that mean for Trump? ... Possible dimensions of a Trump-Russia quid pro quo ... The Trump campaign, Cambridge Analytica, the DNC hacks, and other dots to connect ... Will forthcoming evidence implicate Trump himself? ... What lies ahead for Julian Assange? ... Is a big Mueller reveal coming soon? ...||12/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRace, Nationalism, and Marijuana (Glenn Loury & Matt Ward)||Why is Glenn associated with the Intellectual Dark Web? ... Harvard and affirmative action ... How to make black students more competitive ... Will genetic engineering worsen income inequality? ... Is nationalism inherently white? ... Where science and political correctness meet ... Glenn’s thoughts on marijuana legalization ... Automation, universal basic income, and idle former workers ...||12/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanToo Old for 2020? (Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis)||Should we dance on George H.W. Bush’s grave? ... Why the left rejects national unity and bipartisanship ... Matt: The only way to beat Trump is to “out-cool” him ... Will experience be a disadvantage in 2020? ... Can Elizabeth Warren return to her rural roots? ...||12/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGender Transitions, Identity, and Catpeople (Kat Rosenfield & Katie Herzog)||Andrea Long Chu's controversial op-ed, "My New Vagina Won’t Make Me Happy" ... The non-medical complications of gender confirmation surgery ... Katie: "People want s**t that's bad for them" ... Are young people too wrapped up in gender identity? ... Tomboys and catpeople ... Your census form is not you ...||12/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEvolutionary Psychology and #MeToo (Robert Wright & Diana Fleischman)||What evolutionary psychology says about men and women ... Bob: Evolutionary psychology isn’t inherently right wing ... The Kavanaugh hearings ... Diana's critique of #MeToo ... When men misread women’s social signals ... Have some evolutionary psychologists moved to the right? ... Diana: Women should be taught the art of rebuffing men ...||12/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPelosi and the "Green New Deal" (Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis)||Matt tells Republicans not to dismiss Mueller out of hand ... Would congressional Republicans ever turn on Trump? ... Matt: Nancy Pelosi is still pretty sharp ... Why Pelosi “has the institution’s back” ... Bill breaks down the speakership voting process ... What exactly does a "Green New Deal" entail? ...||11/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMillennials, Generation X, Baby Boomers, and Star Wars (Aryeh Cohen-Wade & Daniel Kaufman)||What ever happened to Generation X? ... Cataloging what made Millennials the way they are ... The secret connection between Boomers and Millennials ... Dan explains why Gen X is more apolitical ... Bad Millennials vs. Good Millennials ... Assessing the state of Star Wars ... The surprising reason why Dan came to like The Last Jedi ... Aryeh argues in favor of the democratization of the Force ... The many sins of Solo ...||11/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Second Coming (Glenn Loury & John McWhorter)||John on his recent controversial Glenn Show appearance ... Glenn reacts to seeing Hamilton on Broadway ... What's the future of heterodox black thought? ... Assessing the effect of Black Lives Matter ... Will race always be a central part of black people's self-conceptions? ... Glenn foretells the end of identity politics ...||11/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
Excellent commentary on contemporary events
Bloggingheads is the best collection of podcasts that I know for intelligent commentary on contemporary events from a variety of points of view.
I really appreciate that Robert Wright and his band of bloggingheads continue to provide entertaining, thoughtful, and above all intelligent discussions on various current political and social topics. Occasional technical/audio issues are the only sour note, but the content more than makes up for it.
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.