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55 Favorites—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.




Aryeh Cohen-Wade & Christa Blackmon

Charlie Chaplin’s controversial depiction of Hitler in The Great Dictator ... Making Hitler jokes after the Holocaust was made known ... How The Producers shocked viewers just 22 years after WWII ... How to make a good Holocaust joke ... Why ISIS jokes differ in meaning across borders ... Christa: SNL’s Trump jokes are not subversive ...

Duration: 00:35:26

Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis

Making sense of the wave of sexual assault allegations ... Should Al Franken resign? ... History lesson: How Taft raised taxes and split the Republican Party ... Why tax reform has always been like “making sausage” to the average voter ... Bill thinks Doug Jones has a chance against Roy Moore ... Matt recalls the brief moment he considered voting for Hillary ...

Duration: 00:22:00

Robert Wright & Betsy Levy Paluck

Betsy’s work on prejudice and conflict earns her a MacArthur “Genius” grant ... Betsy: Media tells us what other people think ... Across tribal divides in Rwanda, even gifts can be malicious ... How social media algorithms control consciousness ... How peer “influencers” can make schools safer (and kinder) ...

Duration: 00:34:01

William R. Black & Jorge Rodriguez

Jorge on why studying religion is studying reality ... How do you “de-colonize” religion? Make it the central point of life ... Jorge: "The state project is a religious project" ... The mayor of San Juan and the “woman vs. Trump” narrative ... How Puerto Ricans sent a message by not voting ... The role of Protestant work ethic in early Puerto Rican missions ...

Duration: 00:26:11

Ryan Cooper & Thomas Knock

How Tom came to study failed presidential candidate George McGovern ... McGovern’s successful career in agricultural policy ... How McGovern brought the New Deal to the developing world ... Ryan: Are we still over-correcting for 1972? ... Could McGovern have changed the course of the Vietnam War? ... McGovern’s comparison of the wars in Iraq and Vietnam ...

Duration: 00:34:06

Glenn Loury & Philippe Lemoine

How a Frenchman became interested in race and crime in the US ... Phiippe questions the stats on drug-related prison sentences ... How “liberal guilt” attempts to explain the achievement gap ... Philippe’s piece on police brutality and race in National Review ... Obama’s role in shaping the media narrative around police violence ... How conservatives can actually thrive on liberal campuses ...

Duration: 00:25:58

Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis

Do viewers mind Bill and Matt shooting the breeze? ... Bill: Northam won while doubling down on centrist messaging ... Can the left take credit for Democratic wins in Virginia? ... Why Republicans are having trouble unifying around tax reform ... Bill: Trump’s remaining base isn’t going anywhere ...

Duration: 00:23:46

Glenn Loury & Laurence Kotlikoff

Larry reviews the GOP tax plan ... Larry: Conventional liberal analysis of the plan is “quite bizarre and totally flawed” ... Would we see a supply-side effect from corporate tax cuts? ... Debating the estate tax ... Larry says Glenn should pay more in taxes ...

Duration: 00:24:12

Glenn Loury & Harold Pollack

Reviewing the work of Nobel-winning economist Jean Tirole ... Should Jews feel bad that Harvey Weinstein is Jewish? ... Collective pride and collective shame ... Glenn warns of a “witch hunt” and a “slippery slope” ... Did Black Lives Matter help Trump win? ... Should liberals try to work with Trump where they can? ...

Duration: 00:39:01

Aryeh Cohen-Wade & Omar El Akkad

Omar’s new dystopian novel, American War ... A future where fossil fuels lead to civil war ... How the novel's narrator shows "the violence of malleable history” ... How the Bouazizi Empire became the global superpower ... Omar: In fiction, you can craft the contours of your world ... Why the book might, or might not, spawn a TV series ...

Duration: 00:11:06

Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis

Matt introduces Bill to “Trunk-or-Treat” ... Bill and Matt commend Gov. Cuomo after Manhattan terror attack ... Reading the national mood from the Virginia gubernatorial election ... How should Dems approach immigration? ... Republican reaction to the Mueller indictments ...

Duration: 00:29:05

Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis

Was Jeff Flake right to step down? ... The long legacy of protectionism ... Why Bob Corker’s fight with Trump doesn’t impress conservatives ... Would Matt vote for the current tax resolution? ... Remembering Robert Guillaume, star of Benson ... What Matt learned interviewing both Cindy Sheehan and Andrew Bacevich ...

Duration: 00:20:24

Aryeh Cohen-Wade & Danielle Citron

Twitter and the fallout from the Weinstein scandal ... Will the #metoo movement make a difference? ... How block lists protect Twitter users from abuse ... Danielle illustrates how Facebook's hate speech policies fall short ... Rethinking the term “revenge porn” ...

Duration: 00:22:18

Glenn Loury & Nir Eisikovits

Why Glenn is conflicted about removing Confederate statues ... Should bad opinions be stamped out? ... America’s struggle to confront its past ... Assessing Trump’s slippery slope argument ... Indicting the past, ignoring the present ... Indigenous Peoples’ Day vs. Columbus Day ...

Duration: 00:26:04

Aryeh Cohen-Wade & David Litt

David’s path from a college humor paper to the White House ... David: Trump doesn’t hate Obama—he envies him ... Obama’s “real” sense of humor ... The story behind Obama’s “Anger Translator” ... Why is Sean Spicer a household name? ...

Duration: 00:18:39

Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis

Matt’s controversial stance on Trump’s words to an Army widow ... A word of praise for the DMZ fans ... How FDR drove the Dixiecrats to the right ... Why Dems should think twice before purging party leaders ... Should Bannon’s challenge against the GOP be taken seriously? ...

Duration: 00:43:03

Glenn Loury & John McWhorter

Critiquing Ta-Nehisi Coates's new book ... Will the bubble burst on race-centric thinking? ... John pulls no punches on Coates’s writing ... The case for hope over pessimism in the black community ... Glenn: The Jim Crow era is over ...

Duration: 00:41:23

Aryeh Cohen-Wade & Daniel Drezner

After Trump, do ideas even matter? ... Why Trump and Obama both reject "the Blob” ... How foreign leaders make sense of Trump’s public contradictions ... Do rumor mills have a place in the ideas industry? ... Dan: TED Talks are for thought leaders, not public intellectuals ...

Duration: 00:43:45

Robert Wright & Andrew Sullivan

How tribalism underpins the current political moment ... Has cosmopolitan London lost its character? ... Why a strong national identity could restore unity in the US ... Andrew: Dems should make economic inequality their centerpiece issue ... How Bob’s Mindful Resistance project confronts tribalistic thinking ...

Duration: 01:11:43

Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis

Matt clarifies his controversial remarks about Harvey Weinstein ... Is attention from women a given perk of professional status? ... Newt Gingrich as a case study in professional improprieties ... Why sexual harassment may never be “solved” ... Bannon turns to the primaries in his war against the GOP ...

Duration: 00:33:04

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