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Talk >—where great minds don't think alike. Audio from split-screen video conversations between bloggers and other people interested in the world of ideas. Politics is usually the main focus, but discussions can also touch on culture, science, or religion.—where great minds don't think alike. Audio from split-screen video conversations between bloggers and other people interested in the world of ideas. Politics is usually the main focus, but discussions can also touch on culture, science, or religion.
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Description:—where great minds don't think alike. Audio from split-screen video conversations between bloggers and other people interested in the world of ideas. Politics is usually the main focus, but discussions can also touch on culture, science, or religion.




Free Expression Online and Around the World (Robert Wright & David Kaye)

Was Alex Jones kicked off social media unfairly? ... Are social media platforms biased against conservatives? ... Algorithms built to play on our intense emotions ... How Facebook catalyzed atrocities in Myanmar ... Could international human rights law help save the Internet? ... Do we need local social media councils? ... Why Europe is leading the way in online regulation ...


Kavanaugh: Affluenza at Georgetown Prep (Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis)

Why Bill is helping put on a public school carnival ... On Brett Kavanaugh: Was there an affluenza outbreak at Georgetown Prep? ... Bill: If Kavanaugh did do it, he’s now a liar ... Matt: Black 17-year-olds don’t get a pass for bad behavior ... Is it too late to bring Amy Coney Barrett back? ... Should Linda Tripp (of the Clinton-Lewinsky scandal) be rehabilitated in public memory? ...


Admitting an Error (Glenn Loury & John McWhorter)

John becomes a contributing writer at The Atlantic ... Assessing Adolph Reed's recent essay, "The Trouble with Uplift" ... What has Black Lives Matter accomplished? ... John: I was wrong about Obama and race ... Glenn: Obama should've delivered a social conservative message to the black community ... Praising Meghan Daum's essay on the Intellectual Dark Web ...


#MeToo and #MeatToo (Phoebe Maltz Bovy & Kat Rosenfield)

A Modern Love column on sexual consent and breakups goes viral ... Are we returning to a retrograde model of consent? ... The new genre of essays by aggrieved #MeToo bystanders ... Assessing the recent redemption essays by #MeToo men ... Phoebe: Punishing abusive men shouldn't be the movement's focus ... The case of Avital Ronell, a female professor accused of sexually harassing a male grad student ... #MeatToo: Jordan Peterson's daughter pushes an all-beef diet ...


The Boys Are Back in Town (Robert Wright & Mickey Kaus)

So what's the deal with Mickey and Trump? ... Trump the authoritarian, or Trump the pathetic? ... Mickey defends the GOP tax cut ... Bob: Trump’s team wants regime change in Iran, which is a terrible idea ... Bad news for Trump from the New York primary ... Trump Derangement Syndrome at the NYT? ... Is Russiagate a nothingburger? ... Mickey sees an immigration deal, but fears Trump is too incompetent to push it ... Mickey endorses Medicare for All ...


Deep States (Robert Wright & Marc Ambinder)

The anonymous NYT op-ed and who qualifies as a "senior administration official" ... Marc's critique of Bob Woodward's new book ... The various motivations for being an anonymous source ... A history of the idea of a "deep state" ... The ethics of reporting on intelligence leaks ... Marc's new book, The Brink: President Reagan and the Nuclear War Scare of 1983 ... How can the US respond mindfully to Russian provocations? ...


"Futarchy": Can Speculative Markets Govern? (Robin Hanson & Simon DeDeo)

Robin’s “futarchy” political system: Vote on values, bet on beliefs ... Speculation and the first great failures of modern markets ... Robin: Speculative markets are best at aggregating data ... Polling during the 2016 election as analogy for predictive markets ... What Blu-Ray DVDs can tell us about speculative markets ... Is the gender pay gap the product of a rational market? ... Robin’s solution to ineffective CEOs who are left in charge too long ... What’s better than a market?...


Stormy Weather Edition (Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis)

The politics of hurricanes ... What explains Trump's neglect of Puerto Rico? ... Did McCain's death hurt Trump's approval ratings? ... Matt: Kavanagh did not do a very good job at his hearing ... Bill: Susan Collins is taking a huge risk by supporting Kavanagh ... Andrew Cuomo, Cynthia Nixon, and Archie Bunker ...


Glenn Squared (Glenn Loury & Glenn Loury II)

Why death is an important theme in Glenn II's fiction ... Intergenerational Loury family struggles ... Was John McCain's funeral a propaganda event? ... The Glenns get very honest about family matters ... Being a fiction writer with a full-time job ... Can a non-superstar writer still "make it"? ...


Wooing the "Alex Jones conservatives"? (Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis)

Matt’s new microphone and the creative benefits of dialogue ... Matt takes issue with Kamala Harris’s interrogation of Brett Kavanaugh ... Are Harris and Cory Booker eroding democracy with their grandstanding? ... Bill: The anonymous NYT op-ed doesn’t say anything new ... How will Republicans woo “Alex Jones conservatives” post-Trump? ... Should social media be treated like a utility? “Deplatformed” conservatives think so ...


The Failure of Globalism (Robert Wright & Ian Bremmer)

Ian's new book, Us vs. Them: The Failure of Globalism ... Trump’s foreign policy: belligerent nationalism or non-interventionism or both? ... What Trump offers disgruntled voters and the news media ... The perilous future of US-Iran relations ... Do US foreign policy makers pay too much attention to the oil states? ... Ian: Technology is empowering authoritarian regimes ... Why Ian is still optimistic about the world ...


The Economy under Trump (Glenn Loury & Laurence Kotlikoff)

Larry gives Trump's tax reform a B- ... Persistent economic problems: real wages stagnating, inflation rising, stock market gains are temporary ... What really drove the stock market gains? ... Larry: Trump's tax reform is progressive when measured correctly ... Trump's overreaction to trade deficits ... China's policies on American tech and appropriate responses ... Assessing Trump's deregulation initiatives ...


John McCain and Chapo Trap House (Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis)

Bill and Matt are back—and all dolled up ... The critical phase of remembrance: Was McCain really a maverick? ... How McCain’s 2008 campaign made Matt’s career in writing ... Bill faces blowback for his negative review of The Chapo Guide to Revolution ... A lefty revision of modern American history ... Is fully-automated socialism a pipe dream? ...

"Nanette," "Insatiable," and White Fragility (Phoebe Maltz Bovy & Kat Rosenfield)

Nanette, the stand-up comedy special everyone loves—right? ... Self-deprecatory Jewish humor and comedy that flatters your politics ... Why Kat liked Insatiable, the Netflix series that was despised before it aired ... Is "white fragility" about racism a real thing? ... Considering whether white liberals are the problem ... The Times Magazine gives some very bad advice to a white-guilt sufferer ...


The Life and Times of John McCain (Robert Wright & Matt Welch)

Why the media loved John McCain ... How McCain's irascible streak helped him survive torture in Vietnam ... From a "Vietnam-syndrome realist" to the hawkiest hawk ... How calculated were McCain's political shifts? ... Allying with neocons in the late '90s to fight cynicism ... Matt: McCain had "an elitist disdain for populist bigotry" ... The 2008 election and our current predicament ... When McCain was not particularly mavericky ...


(Glenn Loury & Douglas Lain)

Does Glenn belong in the Intellectual Dark Web? ... Glenn: Why is “Fuck Trump” an acceptable slogan? ... How black is the American narrative? ... How to reform community under capitalism ... Is the left afraid of Jordan Peterson? ... Finding the positive takeaways from capitalism ... Is identity politics stifling "race science"? ... What does society owe the unskilled? ... Is the IDW a right-wing brand? ...


Chicago's Great Black Exodus (Glenn Loury & Alden Loury)

Alden’s new position at WBEZ’s “race, class, and communities” desk ... Are there labor tensions between blacks and Latinos in Chicago? ... Alden: Fighting immigrant labor is a losing strategy for black Chicagoans ... Glenn takes a “black radical” perspective on labor ... What about working-class whites? ... Alden’s article on Chicago’s “Great Black Exodus” ... Did Rahm Emanuel’s speech on “faith and values” fall flat? ...


(Heather Hurlburt & Daniel Drezner)

Why the fight over security clearances matters ... Are the norms that Trump broke permanently broken? ... Dan: Trump's trade wars have created more free trade supporters ... Why NAFTA isn't getting renegotiated any time soon ... Would a Dem Congress be able to change Trump's trade policy? ... Will the liberal international order survive Trump? ...


The Chapo Guide to Revolution (Robert Wright & Will Menaker)

Will's blockbuster podcast, Chapo Trap House ... Chapo's new book, The Chapo Guide to Revolution ... Celebrity dumbasses, liberal hawks, and neocons ... How the Iraq war radicalized Will ... Why Matt Yglesias and Ezra Klein are in Chapo's crosshairs ... Critiquing the Resistance from the left ... Are Trump voters racist? Economically anxious? ... Will: There is no decent conservatism in America ...


Tribalism in Politics and on Campus (Robert Wright & Robert P. George)

Robby explains why he still opposes Trump ... Trump's superpower: making everything more polarized ... The tempestuous political climate on college campuses ... Why are professors overwhelmingly on the left? ... Deplatforming: Where to draw the line? ... Peter Singer’s controversial views on infanticide ... Bob laments the damage done to US foreign policy by DC think tanks ... Philosopher Thomas Nagel and ideological tribalism ...