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||CleanBill Scher & Matt K. Lewis||The positive side to Trump’s negative poll numbers ... Is the Tillerson nomination in trouble? ... Al Franken, rising star? ... Taking the pulse of conservatives ... Bill: I will not be Trump’s monkey! ... Why Matt’s (kind of) optimistic about Trump ...||1/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGlenn Loury & Joshua Cohen||The cosmopolitanism of MLK’s “A Time to Break Silence” speech ... Lessons for America from black Civil War regiments ... How Frederick Olmsted’s tour of the South shaped New York City ... What to make of the Donald Trump/John Lewis fracas? ... Is Trump’s antagonism strategic? ...||1/18/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBill Scher & Matt K. Lewis||Was it wrong for Buzzfeed to release the Trump-Russia dossier? ... Journalism’s race to the bottom ... Bill: Don’t watch the inauguration! ... Did a 1987 miniseries forshadow the Trump era? ... American democracy: Endangered species? ...||1/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRobert Wright & Will Wilkinson||Was Trumpism inevitable? ... How did Trump the sinner capture the evangelical vote? ... How immigration made and strained U.S. culture ... The moral polarization of America ... What makes America great? ... Do progressive vs. conservative fights need a referee? ...||1/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGlenn Loury & John McWhorter||When the Glenn Show audience bites back ... Whither the black conservative? ... Does bias cause racial inequality? ... What the Chicago attack reveals about modern morality ... Is countering the liberal narrative on race and bias worth the trouble? ... Debating whether the Trump cabinet is a “cesspool" ...||1/9/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanKevin Glass & Carrie Sheffield||Carrie’s media startup, Bold ... How the election influenced the evolution of Bold ... Does the media need to feature more pro-Trump viewpoints? ... Reaching non-traditional conservatives ... Bold’s focus on urbanites ...||1/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRobert Wright & Mark Schmitt||Will Trump’s agenda stall in Congress? ... Can Trump become Mr. Popularity? ... How do you solve a problem like Obamacare? ... Where will DeVos take public education? ... The weirdness of the Trump-Russia thing ... Trump as symptom of a larger problem ...||1/5/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBill Scher & Matt K. Lewis||The beauty of podcasts ... The tweet that stopped Congress? ... Bill: On Obamacare, Republicans are trying to turn back time ... Can incentives replace the individual mandate? ...||1/4/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGlenn Loury & Harold Pollack||Debating whether electing Trump was immoral ... Was Hillary's failure also a failure of the political system? ... Should Obama have rejected Black Lives Matter? ... Did Obamacare show that good policy is bad politics? ... Glenn’s problem with the anti-Trump movement ... Why Harold would risk jail for DACA ...||1/3/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRobert Wright & Jim Lobe||How will U.S. foreign policy change in 2017? ... Hints about what’s to come from Trump’s cabinet picks ... "Mad Dog" Mattis, the realist? ... The puzzle of Steve Bannon ... Russia good, China bad? ... The apocalyptic visions that keep Bob and Jim up at night ...||12/31/2016||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...