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Kavanaugh: Affluenza at Georgetown Prep (Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis)

Why Bill is helping put on a public school carnival ... On Brett Kavanaugh: Was there an affluenza outbreak at Georgetown Prep? ... Bill: If Kavanaugh did do it, he’s now a liar ... Matt: Black 17-year-olds don’t get a pass for bad behavior ... Is it too late to bring Amy Coney Barrett back? ... Should Linda Tripp (of the Clinton-Lewinsky scandal) be rehabilitated in public memory? ...


 2018-09-21  1h1m

Admitting an Error (Glenn Loury & John McWhorter)

John becomes a contributing writer at The Atlantic ... Assessing Adolph Reed's recent essay, "The Trouble with Uplift" ... What has Black Lives Matter accomplished? ... John: I was wrong about Obama and race ... Glenn: Obama should've delivered a social conservative message to the black community ... Praising Meghan Daum's essay on the Intellectual Dark Web ...


 2018-09-20  54m

#MeToo and #MeatToo (Phoebe Maltz Bovy & Kat Rosenfield)

A Modern Love column on sexual consent and breakups goes viral ... Are we returning to a retrograde model of consent? ... The new genre of essays by aggrieved #MeToo bystanders ... Assessing the recent redemption essays by #MeToo men ... Phoebe: Punishing abusive men shouldn't be the movement's focus ... The case of Avital Ronell, a female professor accused of sexually harassing a male grad student ... #MeatToo: Jordan Peterson's daughter pushes an all-beef diet ...


 2018-09-19  1h34m

The Boys Are Back in Town (Robert Wright & Mickey Kaus)

So what's the deal with Mickey and Trump? ... Trump the authoritarian, or Trump the pathetic? ... Mickey defends the GOP tax cut ... Bob: Trump’s team wants regime in Iran, which is a terrible idea ... Bad news for Trump from the New York primary ... Trump Derangement Syndrome at the NYT? ... Is Russiagate a nothingburger? ... Mickey sees an immigration deal, but fears Trump is too incompetent to push it ... Mickey endorses Medicare for All ...


 2018-09-18  1h42m

Deep States (Robert Wright & Marc Ambinder)

The anonymous NYT op-ed and who qualifies as a "senior administration official" ... Marc's critique of Bob Woodward's new book ... The various motivations for being an anonymous source ... A history of the idea of a "deep state" ... The ethics of reporting on intelligence leaks ... Marc's new book, The Brink: President Reagan and the Nuclear War Scare of 1983 ... How can the US respond mindfully to Russian provocations? ...


 2018-09-15  1h22m

"Futarchy": Can Speculative Markets Govern? (Robin Hanson & Simon DeDeo)

Robin’s “futarchy” political system: Vote on values, bet on beliefs ... Speculation and the first great failures of modern markets ... Robin: Speculative markets are best at aggregating data ... Polling during the 2016 election as analogy for predictive markets ... What Blu-Ray DVDs can tell us about speculative markets ... Is the gender pay gap the product of a rational market? ... Robin’s solution to ineffective CEOs who are left in charge too long .....


 2018-09-14  1h48m

Stormy Weather Edition (Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis)

The politics of hurricanes ... What explains Trump's neglect of Puerto Rico? ... Did McCain's death hurt Trump's approval ratings? ... Matt: Kavanagh did not do a very good job at his hearing ... Bill: Susan Collins is taking a huge risk by supporting Kavanagh ... Andrew Cuomo, Cynthia Nixon, and Archie Bunker ...


 2018-09-13  1h6m

(Glenn Loury & Glenn Loury II)

Why death is an important theme in Glenn II's fiction ... Intergenerational Loury family struggles ... Was John McCain's funeral a propaganda event? ... The Glenns get very honest about family matters ... Being a fiction writer with a full-time job ... Can a non-superstar writer still "make it"? ...


 2018-09-12  59m

Wooing the "Alex Jones conservatives"? (Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis)

Matt’s new microphone and the creative benefits of dialogue ... Matt takes issue with Kamala Harris’s interrogation of Brett Kavanaugh ... Are Harris and Cory Booker eroding democracy with their grandstanding? ... Bill: The anonymous NYT op-ed doesn’t say anything new ... How will Republicans woo “Alex Jones conservatives” post-Trump? ... Should social media be treated like a utility? “Deplatformed” conservatives think so ...


 2018-09-08  55m

The Failure of Globalism (Robert Wright & Ian Bremmer)

Ian's new book, Us vs. Them: The Failure of Globalism ... Trump’s foreign policy: belligerent nationalism or non-interventionism or both? ... What Trump offers disgruntled voters and the news media ... The perilous future of US-Iran relations ... Do US foreign policy makers pay too much attention to the oil states? ... Ian: Technology is empowering authoritarian regimes ... Why Ian is still optimistic about the world ...


 2018-09-06  1h5m