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Choose Your Own Impeachment (Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis)

DC celebrates as the Nats win the World Series! ... Trump's brazen impeachment strategy ... Bill: "The crime is in real time" ... Matt puts himself in the shoes of a Trump supporter ... Matt criticizes Brit Hume's recent defense of Trump ... Biden remains the weak frontrunner ... Bill doubts that Tulsi will run third party ... Why late entries into the primary always flop ...


 2019-11-01  1h5m

J*ff G*ldbl*m Edition (Kat Rosenfield & Phoebe Maltz Bovy)

The strange trend of using asterisks to talk shit on Twitter ... Nicole Cliffe alleges (without evidence) that Jeff Goldblum is a bad man ... "Oh no, not him!" vs. "I always knew!" ... Why is Cliffe so powerful on Twitter? ... Kat: Cancel culture is about the erosion of trust ...


 2019-10-31  29m

"Watchmen," Scorsese, and "Joker" (Aryeh Cohen-Wade & Milton Lawson)

HBO's very strange Watchmen sequel ... Why is race the show's central theme? ... What is the show trying to say about cops? ... Martin Scorsese disses comic book movies, nerds go nuts ... Milton reviews Joker, the most chattered about movie of the year ... Why so many people prejudged the film ... Milton's graphic novel Kickstarter project about Orson Welles ... Milton's documentary about comic conventions, Tabling ...


 2019-10-30  1h6m

Human Rights Abuses in Syria and Beyond (Robert Wright & Sarah Leah Whitson)

Sarah explains Human Rights Watch's mission ... Is Turkey’s Erdogan engaging in ethnic cleansing? ... Sarah: A "safe zone" along Syria's Turkish border won’t work ... Why armed proxy groups are always unaccountable ... The imminent humanitarian crisis in Idlib, Syria ... Other human rights concerns in the Middle East ... Sarah: The building of Israeli settlements is a war crime ... The failure of the "responsibility to protect" in Libya ...


 2019-10-29  51m

Convince a Bernie Skeptic (Aryeh Cohen-Wade & Micah Uetricht)

Aryeh asks Micah to convince him to vote for Bernie Sanders ... Could Bernie lead a mass movement for progressive change? ... Micah: There's a hunger in America for transformative politics ... What does Bernie mean when he calls himself a socialist? ... Bernie is old, angry, and he yells—does that matter? ... The meaning of the AOC and Ilhan Omar endorsements ... Why do people still complain about BernieBros? ... How lefties view Warren ...


 2019-10-25  1h16m

Debating the Case for "Black Optimism" (Glenn Loury & Coleman Hughes)

Coleman's new essay, "The Case for Black Optimism" ... Does it make sense to compare blacks and whites in terms of progress? ... Glenn presents the counterargument ... Coleman detests that blacks are viewed as "one massive problem" ... Glenn sees many blacks as being in desperate straits ... The problem with focusing too much on problems ... Coleman's congressional testimony on reparations ...


 2019-10-25  58m

If We Lose the Republic... (Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis)

More and more people are talking about impeachment ... Why Trump's betrayal of the Kurds rocked conservatives ... Is Matt in the Resistance now? ... Explaining Biden's dominance in recent polls ... Matt: If Warren is the nominee, conservatives will come home to Trump ... The meaning of AOC's endorsement of Bernie ... Do Warren's numbers add up? If they don't, does anyone care? ...


 2019-10-24  1h13m

Voguing (Kat Rosenfield & Phoebe Maltz Bovy)

Support Feminine Chaos on Patreon! ... Examining the idea of squandering your privilege ... Lauren Duca teaches at NYU and everyone gets mad ... The trickiness of writing a profile of someone who is sort of an asshole ... Fashion magazines get woke: "Your problem areas are now your problematic areas" ... Vogue's interview with Rihanna sparks a bizarre Twitter backlash ... Why websites run articles about not seeing a movie .....


 2019-10-17  52m

Nepotism, the Debate, and Robots (Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis)

Billy Carter and political nepotism ... The blessing and burden of having a famous parent ... A good debate night for Buttigieg and Bernie ... Matt: Warren is almost Trumpian in her ability to lie ... Bill: Biden is no longer the frontrunner ... If Trump is an existential threat, why is the party moving left? ... A bad debate night for Harris and Beto ... Bill argues that Yang is all wrong about automation and employment ...


 2019-10-17  1h3m

What the Mainstream Media Gets Wrong about Syria (Robert Wright & Max Blumenthal)

Max recounts his recent trip to Syria ... A dangerous myth about authoritarian leaders ... Max: We are the biggest dictator on the planet ... Why saying "Putin won" in Syria is facile ... Is the "responsibility to protect" just imperialism in disguise? ... China, Hong Kong, and the NBA ...


 2019-10-16  1h17m