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Where the Great Society Fell Short (Glenn Loury & Robert Cherry)

Has public discourse left Glenn and Bob behind? ... Public policy for poor people, from Pre-K to vocational training ... What’s wrong with NYC’s approach to affordable housing? ... Are Spike Lee’s movies bad for the black cultural narrative? ... Bob: Not all job programs are created equal ... Glenn asks: Why not reparations? ... Bob reflects on Al Jolson and blackface ...



Ten Year Anniversary Edition! (Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis)

Happy 10th anniversary, Bill and Matt! ... Why the DMZ dynamic still works ... Bill’s (supposed) powers of persuasion ... What keeps this political marriage so strong? ... Bill and Matt’s most eye-opening experiences over the years ... The show as a “safe space” for new ideas ... Back to business: Bill’s new piece on Democratic donations and primary debates ... Why unionizing a political campaign is a really bad idea ... Bill and Matt to Biden: Don’t apologize! ...



Naila and the Uprising (Robert Wright & Julia Bacha)

Julia’s documentary on women in the First Intifada, Naila and the Uprising ... How 9/11 changed Julia’s career path when she was a student at Columbia ... Naila’s story of early trauma and political organizing ... How women quietly moved to the forefront of the Palestinian resistance ... Julia: The Oslo accords were a bad deal for the Palestinian people ... Two-state solution or one-state solution? ... Julia sees hope in the new generation of Palestinian activists ...



Representation: Does It Matter? (Kat Rosenfield & Phoebe Maltz Bovy)

Kat and Phoebe talk Captain Marvel and media representation ... How closely should art mirror reality? ... “Universal” literature vs. demographic-specific literature ... Privilege and the college bribery scandal ... The limited value of “acknowledging” privilege ... What’s worse than being a “reply guy”? ...



A Night at the Garden (Aryeh Cohen-Wade & Marshall Curry)

Marshall's Oscar-nominated documentary short, A Night at the Garden ... The German American Bund and its leader, Fritz Kuhn ... A Nazi rally and a Trump rally ... The Jewish protester who ran on stage ... The return of "America First" ... Marshall's 2005 documentary on Cory Booker's mayoral run, Street Fight ... Marshall: Booker is not a phony ... Will the stain of New Jersey corruption stick to Booker? ...



Off to the Primary Races (Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis)

Why a dozen Republicans voted against Trump’s emergency declaration ... Matt: Kasich can’t scold his way into the nomination ... Why did Beto’s momentum fizzle? ... Bill’s taxonomy of the left, from Bernie to Biden ... The perks of a Texan running mate ... Who is Andrew Yang? ... Bill: The House needs more moderate Democrats ...



From Baptist Preacher to Muslim Imam (Glenn Loury & Alfred Muhammad)

How Alfred, ordained in the Baptist church at age 7, became a Muslim imam ... The “spellbinder” Louis Farrakhan and modern black leadership ... Alfred enters electoral politics in his town of Lindon, NJ ... How to uplift “our people” ... Why Alfred finds little hope in national politics ... The challenge of uniting progressive politics with the black Christian right ...



How to Talk About Israel (Robert Wright & Ron Kampeas)

How Rep. Ilhan Omar’s comments were received across the Jewish community ... Is AIPAC really “all about the Benjamins”? ... Ron: Jews are criticizing Rep. Omar in good faith ... Memory of the Holocaust is fading, and older Jews are concerned ... Ron: Omar has mainly been an asset to her party ... Why wasn’t Jeanine Pirro fired from Fox News? ... ls the speech code regarding Israel getting looser? ... The Israeli take on Trump ...



Adolescent Politics (Aryeh Cohen-Wade & Daniel Kaufman)

Dan's recent essay, "Adolescent Politics" ... Dan: Social media has turned the world into a high school cafeteria ... Shouldn't stand-up comics be bad people? ... Trump, Exhibit A of the adolescent id ... The (largely pointless) college activism of the 1980s ... Why Aryeh kept his mouth shut about Jussie Smollett ... Reasons for optimism and pessimism ... How Joan Didion helped inspire Dan's essay ...



"Be Sensual" Edition (Kat Rosenfield & Phoebe Maltz Bovy)

Critiquing the essay "How Marie Kondo Helped Me Sort Out My Gender" ... "Fauxbivalence," Miley Cyrus, and boring straight women ... Feeling like the label of "woman" doesn't fit ... The strange Twitter man who instructed women on how to be beautiful ... When men tell women online that they're not attractive ... Does #RetweetWomen undermine itself? ...