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Impeachment and Stuff (Robert Wright & Mickey Kaus)

The many ways that Twitter is mismanaged ... Bob vs. Mickey on impeachment ... Is there any evidence of Biden's guilt? ... Bob accuses Mickey of defending Trump's Iran policy ... Mickey: "I'm not sure I want four more years of this" ... A thought experiment about bribery and sex ... Debating whether to identify the whistleblower ... What are the odds of conviction? ... Which Democrat should Trump most fear? ... Mickey floats the prison gang theory of Epstein's death ...


 2019-11-20  1h31m

The Economics of Fighting Climate Change (Glenn Loury & Laurence Kotlikoff)

Critiquing William Nordhaus's work on the economics of climate change ... Larry: My plan for carbon taxation is a win-win ... Can elderly voters who don't care about the future be won over? ... What about critics of capitalism itself? ... Accounting for the uncertainties of climate science ... The work of the 2019 Economics Nobel laureates ...


 2019-11-20  42m

Canyon Dreams: Basketball on the Navajo Nation (Robert Wright & Michael Powell)

Michael's new book, Canyon Dreams: A Basketball Season on the Navajo Nation ... Michael: "Rez ball" is defined by speed and fluid movement ... What life is like on the Navajo reservation ... The syncretism of traditional and Christian religion among the Navajo ... The waning of traditional Navajo culture and belief ... Why leaving the reservation can be so difficult ... What the basketball team means to the players and their families ... Has commercialization made sports better? .....


 2019-11-19  1h11m

OK Boomer (Aryeh Cohen-Wade & Daniel Kaufman)

Explaining the wildly popular "ok boomer" meme ... Why Dan is both critical of and sympathetic toward "ok boomer" ... The Marxist critique of woke capitalism ... Twitter users offer bad life advice given by Boomers ... Do today's young people have a chip on their shoulders? ... Dan: We're still trying to develop a theoretical understanding of the Internet ... Why do college students seem to be more afraid of debate? ...


 2019-11-15  1h13m

The Free Market, Impeachment, and NeverTrumpers (Glenn Loury & Steven Teles)

The Niskanen Center's defense of a "free-market welfare state" ... Hidden ways the government obstructs the free market ... Why a wealth tax probably wouldn't work ... Steve's ambivalence about impeachment ... Glenn says the emoluments charges are "penny ante bullshit" ... Steve: Trumpism has to be defeated at the ballot box ... The vain search for the "generic Democrat" ... What happens to the NeverTrumpers post-Trump? ...


 2019-11-14  46m

Jimmy Hoffa and the Surveillance State (Robert Wright & Jack Goldsmith)

Jack's discovery that his stepfather Chuckie was illegally surveilled by the feds ... J. Edgar Hoover and the origins of FBI surveillance ... Robert F. Kennedy's war on Jimmy Hoffa ... Jack: Prosecutorial discretion is one of the government's most dangerous powers ... Jack's challenge to Bush's post-9/11 surveillance program ... How Chuckie's experience weighed on Jack's conscience ... Did the Bush administration fan the flames of fear to accomplish its goals? .....


 2019-11-12  1h11m

"It's Hard to Be an Individual" (Glenn Loury & John McWhorter)

Buzzwords vs. the power of reason ... College students stay silent instead of saying the wrong thing ... Why cultural appropriation is such a flashpoint ... John: "It's hard to be an individual" ... Cosmopolitanism and fearing the cops ... The sense of belonging that comes from being oppressed ...


 2019-11-08  52m

Hatred Not Welcome Edition (Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis)

Bill: FDR's "I welcome their hatred" line has been misunderstood ... Buttigieg runs as an anti-populist ... Dueling polls show either only Biden or every Dem defeating Trump ... Matt: Mayor Pete is the Obama in the race ... The meaning of the upset Dem victory in Kentucky ... Why Virginia is now solid blue ...


 2019-11-06  53m

Not-So-Grand Strategy Edition (Heather Hurlburt & Daniel Drezner)

The story behind Heather's Expos hat ... Trump's failed, reality TV–esque, fatal car crash reconciliation ... Will impeachment cause US foreign policy to improve? ... Is the era of grand strategy over? ... Why a US–EU entente is coming post-Trump ... Dan: Climate change can't be ignored in foreign policy any more ...


 2019-11-06  44m

What Happened to Jimmy Hoffa? (Robert Wright & Jack Goldsmith)

Jack's new book, In Hoffa's Shadow ... Jimmy Hoffa's real accomplishments as a labor leader ... Chuckie O'Brien, Jack's stepfather and Hoffa's right-hand man ... The conventional story: Chuckie delivered Hoffa to his killers ... Jack's early belief in Chuckie's innocence and later estrangement from him ... Why Hoffa was killed ... Reasons to think Chuckie was falsely accused ... Why Chuckie has kept the code of omertà ... The mafia and moral relativism ...


 2019-11-05  1h19m