A leftist's guide to the conservative movement, one podcast episode at a time, with co-hosts Matthew Sitman and Sam Adler-Bell.
On the Road to Reaganland (w/ Rick Perlstein and Leon Neyfakh)
Matt and Sam are joined by Rick Perlstein and Leon Neyfakh to discuss the "Battle for Boston," the weird and wild 1970s, and Ronald Reagan's path to victory.
How to Be Depressed
Matt and Sam reflect on the relationship between depression and politics.
Not Even Past (w/ Jamelle Bouie)
Matt and Sam are joined by New York Times columnist Jamelle Bouie for a wide-ranging discussion of how conservatives (and liberals and leftists) use American history to make political claims in the present.
Know Your Frenemies (w/ Samuel Moyn)
Matt and Sam talk with historian Samuel Moyn about the dangers of the Never Trump movement—a collection of conservative intellectuals and Republican operatives trying to consolidate the so-called political center against not just Trump but the Left.
Pandemic Politics (w/ Marshall Steinbaum & Sarah Jones)
Two special guests return to the show—Sarah Jones and Marshall Steinbaum—to help Matt and Sam make sense of the politics of the pandemic.
Strange Gods and Strong Gods (w/ Tara Isabella Burton)
Matt and Sam talk to Tara Isabella Burton about her new book, Strange Rites: New Religions for a Godless World, and the spiritual longing behind today's politics.
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Quiet & Fascinating
Sam & Matthew have a very comprehensive knowledge of right-wing ideas, but pair with a strong leftist critique.
They’re also very pleasant to listen to. Both in terms of their speech and the mix. Not sure who does their audio but it’s great!
Deeply intelligent and nuanced discussions on contemporary (and historic) movements of Conservatism with an earnest attempt to understand the true believers. Despite being a common affect of the Left, their criticisms of the Right never become too snide or academic, and there’s just enough levity and casual humour to make it feel conversational.
Just discovered this podcast and it stands alongside Citations Needed as key discourse in order to make sense of and understand the conservative mind.