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Thoughts, aloud. Hosted by Michelle Cottle, Ross Douthat, Carlos Lozada and Lydia Polgreen. Every Friday, from New York Times Opinion.

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Thoughts, aloud. Hosted by Michelle Cottle, Ross Douthat, Carlos Lozada and Lydia Polgreen. Every Friday, from New York Times Opinion.

Listen to this podcast in New York Times Audio, our new iOS app for news subscribers. Download now at nytimes.com/audioapp

    R.F.K. Jr. and the ‘Coalition of the Distrustful’

    R.F.K. Jr. and the ‘Coalition of the Distrustful’

    We’re taking a break to enjoy the Memorial Day weekend and will be back next week. Until then, enjoy an audio essay from NYT Opinion’s other Michelle — Michelle Goldberg — on what Robert F. Kennedy Jr.’s campaign could mean for President Biden and Donald Trump.

    • 8 min
    Why Do We Hate Kamala Harris? Do We?

    Why Do We Hate Kamala Harris? Do We?

    This week, the hosts debate what the latest Times/Siena poll reveals about Joe Biden’s weaknesses and mull over the question of whether Vice President Kamala Harris is one of them. Plus, Carlos on some advice that’s gold, Jerry, gold.

    • 40 min
    Let the Trump Veep Auditions Begin

    Let the Trump Veep Auditions Begin

    Donald Trump is searching for a running mate, and his list of potential candidates is getting smaller and smaller. This week, the hosts discuss whether Trump is considering other qualities beyond loyalty, and they debate what his eventual choice could mean for the future of Trumpism in the Republican Party.

    Plus, Michelle wants to worm her way into candidate medical records.

    • 35 min
    Untangling the Mess of Campus Protests

    Untangling the Mess of Campus Protests

    On this episode, the hosts get heated about the political divisions and contradictions revealed by the recent campus protests and ask why some in Washington seem so invested in perpetuating the demonstrations.

    • 31 min
    How Does Trump’s Violent Rhetoric End?

    How Does Trump’s Violent Rhetoric End?

    How worried should we really be about the threat of political violence? On this week’s episode of “Matter of Opinion,” columnist Jamelle Bouie joins the hosts to set the record straight on whether we’re actually living through an unusually violent era, and they discuss whether the new movie, “Civil War,” could come true.

    Plus, Keanu Reeves in his most beautiful form yet.

    • 32 min
    Thomas Friedman on Iran, Israel and Preventing a ‘Forever War’

    Thomas Friedman on Iran, Israel and Preventing a ‘Forever War’

    Will Israel and Iran’s unprecedented attacks escalate into a wider mideast conflict? A “forever war”? This week, columnist Tom Friedman joins the hosts to unpack the latest developments, what it means for Gaza, and the implications for the region writ large.

    • 28 min

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
411 Ratings

411 Ratings

mumbai max ,

Olympics?!

Just listened to the Super Bowl episode. I am sure I was one of many to be listening while scratching my head, and wondering why the Olympics was not mentioned as a mass cultural event that crosses over politics.

Paine Badtke ,

Seinfeld is a zionist.

Read the room?

Stewfunk ,

My favorite podcast?

I certainly didn’t feel like I needed another political podcast in my feed, so it has been to my great surprise that a Matter of Opinion has become one of only two podcasts that I instantly listen to when it becomes available. The shorter length brings a nice conciseness, and without in any way knocking Lydia, Carlos or Michele (each are intelligent, insightful, and witty), if every discussion amongst liberals included Ross Douthat, we would live in a much saner world. Boy, it would be wonderful to have an equivalent mostly conservative podcast with one conservative-whispering leftie

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