Smart people talking about politics, policy, culture and other stuff

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On Teaching (Glenn Loury & Michele Kerr)

Michele responds to a recent article in Quillette, “Public Education’s Dirty Secret” ... What does it mean for a teacher to put instruction first? ... How does a student’s race influence teaching styles? ... Michele: There’s no single correct approach to student discipline ... Should teachers be subject to standardized tests, too? ...



Avengers: Endgame (Aryeh Cohen-Wade & Milton Lawson)

Reviewing Avengers: Endgame ... Spoilers! The movie's first wild twist ... Is time travel a cop out? ... The first big character death ... Milton: Comic book fans have matured ... Assessing the giant climactic fight scene ... The aftermath: selfishness and selflessness ... Appraising the Marvel Cinematic Universe as a whole ...



Sense and Senility (Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis)

Bill and Matt agree that Biden’s two-pronged kickoff was a success ... Has Biden weathered #MeToo and Anita Hill? ... Elizabeth Warren as the “ideas” candidate ... Who would Biden pick as VP? Kamala, Bill says ... Bill: Warren is itching to debate Biden ...



The End of Satire? (Aryeh Cohen-Wade & Justin E. H. Smith)

Justin's recent NYT op-ed, "The End of Satire" ... Neo-Nazi memes and satire from the bottom ... How Justin's views about free speech have changed ... The line between satire and fake news ... Our surreal reality, where Trump's "gorilla channel" seems plausible ... In the age of Trump, what's the use of satire? ... Justin's new book, Irrationality: A History of the Dark Side of Reason ...



What's Biden's Plan? (Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis)

Biden announces his presidential bid, finally ... Why did Biden use Charlottesville to open his campaign? ... Bill: Black votes matter in this primary ... How will the rest of the pack “out-progressive” one another? ... Can Elizabeth Warren snag a few Bernie supporters? ... Why Matt is a tentative member of #YangGang ...



How to Fight Polarization (Glenn Loury & John Wood)

John returns to talk about political polarization ... What made the 2016 election so polarizing? ... A brief history of American political polarization ... Glenn: Dialogue is great, but how do we find consensus around policy? ... How John’s family history prepared him for politics ... Was Obama a disappointment for John? ... Lessons from John’s 2014 congressional campaign against Maxine Waters ...



The Julia Louis-Dreyfus Affair (Aryeh Cohen-Wade & Phoebe Maltz Bovy)

Phoebe presents a short explainer on the Dreyfus Affair ... Why we still talk about Dreyfus today ... The Covington Affair, the Smollett Affair, and other contemporary Affairs ... How social media makes causes célèbres more likely ... Why Phoebe identifies strongly with George Costanza ... Does Seinfeld have a successor? ... Aryeh: There's no cancellation but self-cancellation ... Embracing martyrdom on left and right ...



The "Race Debate" in America Today (Glenn Loury & John McWhorter)

Glenn and John talk at Harvard about affirmative action and reparations ... Does affirmative action put its recipients at a classroom disadvantage? ... Glenn on the lawsuit against Harvard admissions ... John: Reparations have already happened ... What are the root causes of black poverty? ... Glenn and John take questions from the audience ...



Indian Politics in Perspective (William R. Black & Varsha Venkatasubramanian)

What does the American left have wrong about Indian politics? ... Basic facts and history about India’s government ... Varsha’s dating encounters with Hindu nationalists ... Who counts as “desi”? ... How the Partition of India defined its national myths ... What about Pakistan? ... Varsha on Narendra Modi’s biggest policy mistakes ... Varsha: Muslims are still an oppressed minority in India ...



All about Authenticity (Kat Rosenfield & Phoebe Maltz Bovy)

Kat's article on #OwnVoices novels ... The case against sensitivity readers ... Fiction and our common humanity ... The controversy over the "clean" Chinese restaurant ... Sexism posing as anti-racism ... Is "white Jew" a slur? Is "TERF" a slur? ...


 2019-04-17  1h14m