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Down Girl: The Logic of Misogyny (Robert Wright & Kate Manne)

Kate's book, Down Girl: The Logic of Misogyny ... Strangulation and other forms of male social control ... Defining sexism and patriarchy, with reference to The Giving Tree ... Is it sexist to believe in inherent psychological differences between men and women? ... Looking back at the 2016 election through the lens of misogyny ... When Jordan Peterson threatened to sue Kate for libel ... How political polarization complicates the discussion of gender issues ...


 2018-11-20  1h16m

Stan Lee: The Myth and the Man (Aryeh Cohen-Wade & Jeet Heer)

Jeet narrates the largely forgotten prehistory of Marvel Comics ... Does Stan Lee or Jack Kirby deserve more credit for creating the Marvel Universe? ... Lee's real skills: editing, branding, and marketing ... The link between Spider-Man and Ayn Rand ... Lee's foresight in working to make Marvel movies ... How Judaism influenced Lee and Kirby ... Is it crazy to rank Lee/Kirby alongside Shakespeare? ...


 2018-11-18  1h0m

The Battle for the House (Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis)

The new battle over the House speakership ... Bill to young Dems: Be patient, Pelosi will retire! ... Why speakers aren’t usually the “face” of the party ... Should Republicans exploit party divisions and back Pelosi? ... Matt: Beto has 2020 star power ... Can a “boring” Dem beat Trump? ...


 2018-11-16  1h8m

The Curse of Bigness (Robert Wright & Tim Wu)

Tim's new book, The Curse of Bigness: Antitrust in the New Gilded Age ... Tim: We're approaching a Standard Oil–like consolidation in tech ... Some subtle negative effects of monopoly ... Type in "batteries" on Amazon, and the first result is batteries made by Amazon ... Tim critiques Robert Bork's famous critique of antitrust law ... Why Bob is worried about monopoly in artificial intelligence ... Mark Zuckerberg as the "bad king" of tech ... How Google and Amazon might be broken up ...


 2018-11-13  1h5m

Robert Wright, Sarah Posner, & Mark Schmitt

Sarah and Mark on election surprises ... How the GOP increased its Senate margin ... White evangelicals' transactional relationship with Trump ... How Kavanaugh and the caravan affected the election ... Should Dems run progressive rockstars or boring moderates? ... Why governors matter ... What should the Dem House do? Hold hearings! ... With Sessions forced out, could Mueller's report be shelved? ...


 2018-11-08  1h16m

Midterm Roundup (Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis)

Bill’s midterm all-nighter ... Which minority candidates were successful, and why? ... What lessons will Dems take from the election? ... Bill challenges the “two Americas” narrative ... Are low-key Dems like Amy Klobuchar the future of the party? ... Bill: Dems are diversifying while Republicans are distilling down to Trumpism ...


 2018-11-07  51m

Art in the Age of Political Outrage (Phoebe Maltz Bovy & Kat Rosenfield)

How politics took over arts and culture criticism ... The new Halloween, an empty vessel for critics to project baggage on ... When a white woman calls the cops on a black person doing nothing wrong ... The economics of online outrage ... Louis CK, Sarah Silverman, masturbation, and consent ... Phoebe and Kat offer dating advice for young women ...


 2018-11-06  1h2m

A New Far-Right President in Brazil (Robert Wright & Hugo Godinho)

Hugo reports from Brazil on the election Jair Bolsonaro, who has drawn comparisons to Trump ... The Brazilian right's campaign to discredit the left as corrupt ... Why did the Workers' Party nominate Lula, the jailed ex-president? ... Is Bolsonaro a fascist? ... What Hugo fears from Bolsonaro's rule ... Why an improving economy didn't help the incumbent leftist party ... Hugo: Bolsonaro is worse than Trump ...


 2018-11-05  n/a

Midterms and White Nationalism (Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis)

Does Matt want Democrats to take the House? ... Matt: Steve King has got to go ... Bill: If you’re a white nationalist, now is your time to shine ... A final round of midterm predictions ... Is Michael Avenatti right that only a white man can beat Trump? ... What lessons for 2020 will we learn in 2018? ...


 2018-11-02  53m

Defining a Leftist Foreign Policy (Daniel Drezner & Daniel Bessner)

What should US foreign policy look like after Trump? ... Schisms on the left on foreign policy ... Why most think tanks ignore the left ... Do Americans even care about global affairs? ... Daniel: As Boomers die off, America will move left ... Daniel's book about a key Cold War intellectual, Democracy in Exile ...


 2018-11-01  49m