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The other side is dangerously wrong. They think you are too. But for democracy to work, we need to hear each other out. Each week New York Times Opinion columnists David Leonhardt, Michelle Goldberg and Ross Douthat explain the arguments from across the political spectrum. Their candid debates help you form your own opinion of the latest news, and learn how the other half thinks. Find the best ways to persuade in the modern search for common ground.
||CleanIs Donald Trump A Traitor?||The columnists debate Trump's Russia entanglement: is the president a traitor? Ross sits down with Lawfare's executive editor Susan Hennessey to lay out what's happening with Robert Mueller's special counsel investigation. Afterwards, Ross remains agnostic on Trump's collusion, Michelle says dayenu, and David thinks there's a path to impeachment through Mueller's report. Background reading for this episode: nytimes.com/theargument||12/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhat Do We Do About Climate Change?||This week the columnists grapple with partisan gridlock over climate change: how do we find a solution when we can't even agree on the problem? Then, David visits Capitol Hill to interview California Representative Ro Khanna, "the ambassador of Silicon Valley," about Trump and progressive economics. And finally, a friendly recommendation. Background reading for this episode: nytimes.com/theargument||11/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDo We Need A Third Party?||The columnists dig into a listener's voicemail: does America need a third party? Then, just in time for Thanksgiving, our argumentative trio dishes out some advice for how to handle your own dinner-table debates. And finally, a Coen brothers recommendation to make your holiday weekend a little darker. Find background reading for this episode at nytimes.com/theargument||11/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIs Amazon Bad for America?||The columnists discuss Amazon's uninspired new headquarters locations and are surprised to find they agree on the danger of Amazon as a monopoly, for different reasons. David Leonhardt is baited into playing the "neo-liberal shill." Ross Douthat debates pro-Trump writer Daniel McCarthy over whether the president is actually good for the Republican party. And Michelle Goldberg suggests you soothe your political anxieties with CBD gummies. For more information and background reading on today's episode, visit nytimes.com/theargument||11/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDid Trump Lose The Midterms?||The columnists debate what Democratic gains in the House and Republican gains in the Senate mean for the country’s future. Ross dreams of a fantastic world of rainbows, child tax credits and a better president. David wishes racism was more decisively rejected in the midterms. Michelle thinks women will save this country yet. And whether you’re elated or disappointed after election day, we have a suggestion: Go take a bath. For more information and background reading on today's episode, visit nytimes.com/theargument||11/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWho's to Blame for American Political Violence?||The columnists debate whether America’s lethal anger is a right-wing problem. Did Trump incite the recent targeted attacks? After Michelle reports back from the campaign trail in Georgia, they all discuss the partisan battle of the sexes: has politics become polarized by gender? Is the Republican party the party of men, and the Democratic party the party of women? For more information and background reading on today's episode, visit nytimes.com/theargument||10/31/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow Screwed Up Is American Democracy?||The columnists debate just how rotten our democratic system has become, and what could fix it. David is furious about voter suppression in North Dakota and Georgia. Ross thinks NeverTrump Republicans should cast their midterm votes for House Democrats. And we learn what Michelle would do if she had the “pee tape.” For more information and background reading on today's episode, visit nytimes.com/theargument||10/24/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIs Trump Destroying the World Order?||Opinion columnists David Leonhardt and Thomas Friedman discuss the apparent killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi and the strained future of U.S.-Saudi relations. Then, Michelle Goldberg, Ross Douthat and David debate whether Trump's foreign policy emboldens autocrats and threatens liberal democracy. No surprise: they disagree. But common ground is found over club soda. For more information and background reading on today's episode, visit nytimes.com/theargument||10/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIs the Supreme Court Broken?||The columnists debate if Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation broke the Supreme Court. Michelle feels the patriarchy’s boot on her neck. David cautions Democrats about running on the #MeToo movement in the midterms. And Ross sings. Seriously. For more information and background reading on today's episode, visit nytimes.com/theargument||10/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIntroducing The Argument, an Opinion podcast from The New York Times||Coming Thursday, October 11, a new Opinion podcast from The New York Times that answers the question, "How could they possibly think that?" Join Opinion columnists David Leonhardt, Michelle Goldberg and Ross Douthat every Thursday as they explain the range of arguments around the week's political debate. You'll learn the why's behind party decisions and doctrine, and discover new ways to make your argument appeal to people who see the world differently. For more information visit nytimes.com/theargument||10/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
Named after my favorite record by Fugazi (I kid, I kid), this podcast is important work.
Ross Douthat Smugness and Lies More Annoying in Person than in Print
Enjoy and support more detailed discussions of current event so eagerly aniticipated The Argument. However, Ross Douthat's smugness and smarmy disingenuousness makes the podcast difficult to listen to. His makes unsubstantiated assertions and pronouncements as if they are hard fact and no one does anything to contradict him. His tired trope that "Trump's words are not reflected in his actual policies" get dragged out for every show. On the latest episode he claimes that Trump's economic populist rhetoric has not been reflected in actual economic polcies, conveniently ignoring blatant economoc populism with Trumps tarriffs, Carrier bailout, carve back of EPA regulations to benefit coal miners, reduction of Bears Ears and other national parks (only liberals hike), opening up public land to drilling etc etc. Aren’t those actual policies? Why does Ross criticize NYC paying for 25000 Amazon jobs but silent on Trump/Pence buying 400 Carier jobs? Why does the NYTimes waste time and print space for this nonsense in some lame attempt to give time to both sides. Cant they find a thoughtful and serious columnist who can articulate a conservative position without resorting to unproven statements and smug self righteuousness. At least Ross leaves all his 5 cent vocablulary words for his column and doesnt spout them on air.
I’ve been waiting for this!
Finally, I can “hear” the argument for “the other side.” Without losing friends ... well-done. I can disagree without the emotional exasperation of hearing a person I care about say those words. It’s a reasonable conversation and thus helps me understand.