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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.




Academia and Catholicism (William R. Black & Erin Bartram)

Is academia a cult? ... When the dominant culture has cult-like characteristics ... The backlash to Erin bringing attention to anti-Catholicism in academia ... Why is the largest branch of Christianity considered niche? ... When liberals patronize religious blacks and Latinos ... When sex abuse becomes synonymous with the Church ... Clumsy explanations for child sex abuse in the Catholic Church ... Erin’s recommendations for further reading ...


Is 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 ...


The 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 ...


A 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...


Race, 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 ...


Too 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? ...


Gender 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 shit that's bad for them" ... Are young people too wrapped up in gender identity? ... Tomboys and catpeople ... Your census form is not you ...


Evolutionary 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 ...


Pelosi 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? ...


Millennials, 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 ...


The 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 ...


Is Trump Still a Populist? (Robert Wright & Mickey Kaus)

What’s the real reason Trump is appeasing Mohammad bin Salman? ... Mickey: The establishment keeps Trump’s authoritarian tendencies in check ... Why Congress hasn’t given Trump his border wall ... Media tribalism and Max Boot’s miracle conversion ... Which Democratic presidential candidates does the GOP fear? ... Give Trump some credit for illuminating Middle American despair ...


The Tyranny of "Basic" White Women (Phoebe Maltz Bovy & Kat Rosenfield)

Is the “affirmative consent” script an overcorrection? ... When consensual acts are redefined after the fact ... The trouble with bringing “oppressor-oppressed” politics into personal relationships ... The ultimate oppressors: White women with middlebrow tastes? ... The 53% of white women who should have known better, or something ... Why are white women on Instagram donning blackface? ...


Locking Up Our Own (Glenn Loury & James Forman)

James's Pulitzer Prize–winning book, Locking Up Our Own ... A revealing anecdote from James's time as a public defender in DC ... When a black columnist wrote "locking up thugs is not vindictive" ... Some positive signs for criminal justice reform in Chicago ... The new wave of reformist prosecutors ...


Down Girl: The Logic of Misogyny (Robert Wright & Kate Manne)

Kate's book, Down Girl: The Logic of Misogyny ... Strangulation and other forms of male social control ... Defining sexism and patriarchy, with reference to The Giving Tree ... Is it sexist to believe in inherent psychological differences between men and women? ... Looking back at the 2016 election through the lens of misogyny ... When Jordan Peterson threatened to sue Kate for libel ... How political polarization complicates the discussion of gender issues ...


Stan Lee: The Myth and the Man (Aryeh Cohen-Wade & Jeet Heer)

Jeet narrates the largely forgotten prehistory of Marvel Comics ... Does Stan Lee or Jack Kirby deserve more credit for creating the Marvel Universe? ... Lee's real skills: editing, branding, and marketing ... The link between Spider-Man and Ayn Rand ... Lee's foresight in working to make Marvel movies ... How Judaism influenced Lee and Kirby ... Is it crazy to rank Lee/Kirby alongside Shakespeare? ...


The Battle for the House (Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis)

The new battle over the House speakership ... Bill to young Dems: Be patient, Pelosi will retire! ... Why speakers aren’t usually the “face” of the party ... Should Republicans exploit party divisions and back Pelosi? ... Matt: Beto has 2020 star power ... Can a “boring” Dem beat Trump? ...


The Curse of Bigness (Robert Wright & Tim Wu)

Tim's new book, The Curse of Bigness: Antitrust in the New Gilded Age ... Tim: We're approaching a Standard Oil–like consolidation in tech ... Some subtle negative effects of monopoly ... Type in "batteries" on Amazon, and the first result is batteries made by Amazon ... Tim critiques Robert Bork's famous critique of antitrust law ... Why Bob is worried about monopoly in artificial intelligence ... Mark Zuckerberg as the "bad king" of tech ... How Google and Amazon might be broken up ...


Robert Wright, Sarah Posner, & Mark Schmitt

Sarah and Mark on election surprises ... How the GOP increased its Senate margin ... White evangelicals' transactional relationship with Trump ... How Kavanaugh and the caravan affected the election ... Should Dems run progressive rockstars or boring moderates? ... Why governors matter ... What should the Dem House do? Hold hearings! ... With Sessions forced out, could Mueller's report be shelved? ...


Midterm Roundup (Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis)

Bill’s midterm all-nighter ... Which minority candidates were successful, and why? ... What lessons will Dems take from the election? ... Bill challenges the “two Americas” narrative ... Are low-key Dems like Amy Klobuchar the future of the party? ... Bill: Dems are diversifying while Republicans are distilling down to Trumpism ...