49 episodes

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

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

    Profiles in Courage (Robert Wright & Bill Kristol)

    Profiles in Courage (Robert Wright & Bill Kristol)

    How Bill became a NeverTrumper ... Bob worries that neoconservatives have exploited the Resistance ... Bill has some regrets about supporting Tom Cotton ... Bob accuses Bill of countenancing guilt-by-association tactics ... Charges of anti-Semitism and dual loyalty in the Israel debate ... Bill: The cartoonish caricature of the GOP turned out to be correct ... The psychology of GOP elites who still support Trump ... Bill's hopes for the Biden administration ...

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    Harmonic Convergences (Robert Wright & Mickey Kaus)

    Harmonic Convergences (Robert Wright & Mickey Kaus)

    Mickey denounces Rudy ... Is Trump damaging democracy? ... Hate speech vs. free speech ... Mickey says "the Left" doesn’t want a peaceful transfer of power ... Ezra Klein and Matt Yglesias leave Vox ... When exactly did the New York Times abandon objectivity? ... Will Trumpian election truthers be a major force for years to come? ... The Nonzero Newsletter’s Progressive Realism report card ...

    • 1 hr
    The Facts of Life (Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis)

    The Facts of Life (Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis)

    Would Alex P. Keaton vote for Trump? ... Matt: The Republicans have somehow gotten even worse post-election ... Biden the centrist vs. the AOC left ... Will the media move on from Trump? ... What Trump's improved performance with minorities means for the GOP ... Matt: I hate populism ... Gaming out the Georgia special elections ...

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    The Roots of US Global Hegemony (Robert Wright & Stephen Wertheim)

    The Roots of US Global Hegemony (Robert Wright & Stephen Wertheim)

    Stephen’s new book, Tomorrow, the World: The Birth of US Global Supremacy ... How the term "isolationism" came to be ... Stephen: Most US foreign policy elites wanted to stay out of Europe through 1940 ... The fall of France and America’s decision to dominate the world ... Stephen: The UN was created to project American power ... What happened to making the world safe for capitalism? ... Bob puts Stephen’s arguments through the ringer ... Biden and the future of American hegemony ... Stephen says “restrainers” are gaining ground in foreign policy circles ...

    • 1 hr
    "Liberties," a New Journal (Glenn Loury & Leon Wieseltier)

    "Liberties," a New Journal (Glenn Loury & Leon Wieseltier)

    Leon's new journal Liberties and the current political climate ... Leon: Art "should not be subjected to a political standard" ... Glenn and Leon disagree on Trump ... Leon, an “unrepentant interventionist,” discusses foreign policy ... What's inside the first edition of Liberties? ... Leon defends the idea of Zionism ... America and Israel: two experiments in moving past anti-Semitism ... Thoughts on America's moment of racial reckoning ...

    • 1 hr
    The Great Jeopardy Rules (Aryeh Cohen-Wade & Joanna Mang)

    The Great Jeopardy Rules (Aryeh Cohen-Wade & Joanna Mang)

    How Joanna became a Jeopardy! champion ... The source of Alex Trebek's popularity ... Joanna on who should replace Trebek ... Why Aryeh was happy that he failed to get on Jeopardy! ... Trivia in the age of Google ... Is Vanderpump Rules the perfect reality show? ... A reality TV show starring people who grew up watching reality TV shows ... Aryeh's theory on the secret to the success of Great British Bake Off ...

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Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
18 Ratings

18 Ratings

wantedtolearn ,

Diversity of views and unedited: 👌

Robert Wright is a gem of a public intellectual with deep thoughts on the nature of our existence (delivered with dry wit) and he does a fantastic job curating this podcast series. The viewpoints are diverse, often heterodox, and always thought provoking. But unlike the egomaniacal Eric Weinstein and other IDWers, Robert doesn’t jack himself off constantly for platforming or espousing controversial viewpoints. He’s been doing it since before podcasting was cool (in fact he co-created podcasts — a true hipster). Thanks for all you do Bob.

cellis1981 ,

One of the best pods around

Definitely my go-to for podcasts. Love Robert Wright and Glenn Loury (even though I never agree with him). Love the format too. Two smart folks talking. Topics are always interesting and the guests are very thoughtful and good talkers.

Lenka_A ,

One of my favourites podcasts

I find most of these conversations very enlightening and occasionaly even fun. Besides bringing new information, points of view, and approaches to various subjects, they give us an opportunity to "eavesdrop" interesting intellectuals in their more or less 'casual' conversations about various topics that interest them. I also appreciate the attempt to bring different points of view. (The same goes for their related podcast Meaning of live TV, which I like even more.)

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