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Strongly-held opinions. Open-minded debates. A weekly ideas show, hosted by Jane Coaston.

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Strongly-held opinions. Open-minded debates. A weekly ideas show, hosted by Jane Coaston.

    Best of: Is the News Media Setting Trump Up for Another Win?

    Best of: Is the News Media Setting Trump Up for Another Win?

    This week, we're bringing you an episode from our archives that's more relevant than ever.

    After former President Donald Trump’s recent announcement of his 2024 White House bid — and his reinstatement on Twitter — there’s the matter of the media: What role should the press play in preserving democratic institutions?

    When we first asked this question back in December 2021, Times Opinion columnist Ross Douthat pushed back on media critics like N.Y.U. associate professor Jay Rosen, who asserted that the press should strive to be “pro-truth, pro-voting, anti-racist, and aggressively pro-democracy.” Ross disagreed, claiming that such a stance could feed more polarization. Together, Jane, Ross and Jay debate how the press should cover politics, and Donald Trump, in a democratic society.

    (A full transcript of the episode is available on the Times website.)

    • 33 min
    Has Donald Trump Lost His Grip on the Republican Party?

    Has Donald Trump Lost His Grip on the Republican Party?

    Donald Trump is running for president — again. Yet the results of last week’s midterms and the red wave that wasn’t signaled that perhaps Trump’s hold on the Republican Party isn’t so strong after all. But now that he’s back on the presidential stage, what does it mean for the future of the Republican Party? Today on “The Argument,” Jane Coaston convenes two conservative writers to provide an analysis of the party now. Ross Douthat is a columnist for Times Opinion and Kevin D. Williamson is a national correspondent for The Dispatch. Together they discuss the G.O.P.’s post-midterm vibes, how a Trump vs. DeSantis battle could play out and what the conservative movement really stands for.

    Note: This episode contains explicit language.

    Read more from this episode:

    Kevin D. Williamson’s guest essay, “Why Trump Could Win Again”
    Ross Douthat’s newsletter for New York Times Opinion and his column “Did Ron DeSantis Just Become the 2024 Republican Frontrunner?”
    Sohrab Ahmari’s guest essay, “Why the Red Wave Didn’t Materialize”

    (A full transcript of the episode will be available midday on the Times website.)

    • 25 min
    Donald Trump Was the Midterm’s Biggest Loser

    Donald Trump Was the Midterm’s Biggest Loser

    As midterm election results continue to trickle in, one thing is clear: There’s no predicting American voters. After an unexpected showing for Democrats in tight races across the country, Jane Coaston speaks with the Times editorial board member Michelle Cottle and Times Opinion columnist Ross Douthat to recap what happened at the polls. Together they discuss how the Democrats won “the expectations game,” who had the worst night (Donald Trump) and what the clouded results reveal about the bigger story of American democracy. “What we are looking at is an electorate that is feeling unsettled, and neither party made the case that they were going to provide the strength, stability, normalcy to create a wave election,” Cottle says.

    (A full transcript of the episode will be available on the Times website.)

    • 24 min
    The Price of $5 Donations: Is Small-Dollar Fund-Raising Doing More Harm Than Good?

    The Price of $5 Donations: Is Small-Dollar Fund-Raising Doing More Harm Than Good?

    As midterm frenzy reaches its peak, your inbox might be full of imploring fund-raising emails with increasingly desperate headlines: “Just $3 can make all the difference.” “Can you chip in today?” “Ultimately, it’s up to you.” In theory, the small-dollar donation model is a good thing: It enables voters to have a say in who their candidates are and counterbalances the influence of superdonors and industry lobbyists. But as extremist candidates increasingly adopt grass-roots approaches and self-fund-raise their way into Congress, could small-dollar donations be doing more harm to our democracy than good?

    Today’s guests come to the debate from different positions. Tim Miller is a former Republican strategist and current writer at large for The Bulwark who believes that there are real dangers to the grass-roots model. “Our online fund-raising system is not only enriching scam artists, clogging our inboxes and inflaming the electorate; it is also empowering our politics’ most nefarious actors,” Miller wrote recently in a guest essay for Times Opinion. On the other side is Micah Sifry, a co-founder of Civic Hall and the writer of The Connector, a newsletter about democracy, organizing and tech. Sifry thinks that, yes, small-dollar donations fund extremists, but they can also enable progressive politicians to hold powerful interests accountable as independently funded candidates. “Some politicians are going to get money for their campaigns who I disagree with, but you’ve got to live with that because the alternative is oligarchy,” Sifry says.

    Mentioned in this episode:

    “The Most Toxic Politicians Are Dragging Us to Hell With Emails and Texts,” by Tim Miller in The New York Times
    “Fed Up With Democratic Emails? You’re Not the Only One.” by Lara Putnam and Micah Sifry in The New York Times
    “Don’t Blame Our Toxic Politics on Online Fund-raising,” by Micah Sifry in Medium

    (A full transcript of the episode will be available midday on the Times website.)

    • 33 min
    ‘Maybe Gen Z Is Just Kinder’: How America’s Youngest Voters are Shaping Politics

    ‘Maybe Gen Z Is Just Kinder’: How America’s Youngest Voters are Shaping Politics

    Members of Gen Z (Americans under 26 years old) have come of age during the Trump presidency and a pandemic, in an era of protests over police violence, attacks on reproductive rights, rising economic inequality, and frequent school shootings. These young people are calling for major changes, but many aren’t confident that politicians will act with the urgency necessary to carry them out. As Gen Z voters consider the midterms, they are prioritizing the issues, not party allegiance.

    But with a history of low turnout, and disenchantment with politics across the spectrum, will young voters be moved enough by the issues to show up at the polls? And if so, will there be enough of them to sway decisive races?

    Today on “The Argument,” Jane Coaston convenes three voters in their early 20s to talk about how their families and communities have affected their politics, what matters most to them at the ballot box, and what they wish older Americans and politicians understood about people their age.

    (A full transcript of the episode will be available midday on the Times website.)

    • 34 min
    Has Polling Broken Politics?

    Has Polling Broken Politics?

    Election Day is just three weeks away — and that means it’s peak polling season. For political hobbyists, polling is the new sports betting: gamifying elections to predict outcomes that haven’t always proven accurate. If the 2016 election revealed anything, it’s that polls are sometimes off — very off. So as America faces another high-stakes election, how much faith should we put in them?

    On today’s episode, Jane Coaston brings together two experts to diagnose what we’re getting wrong in both how we conduct polls, and how we interpret the data they give us. Margie Omero is a longtime Democratic pollster and focus group moderator. Nate Silver, who prefers to call himself a “forecaster” rather than a pollster, is the founder and editor in chief of FiveThirtyEight. Together, the two tackle how polling both reflects and affects the national political mood, and whether our appetite for election predictions is doing democracy more harm than good.

    (A full transcript of the episode will be available midday on the Times website.)

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mariana@chile ,

Great pod

Thank you guys for all the hard work.

What you do stress out the importance of dialogue between different brain structures.
I’m always promoting this and trying to keep open my mind to all voices. Even when I know I structurally disagree.

Best,

Mariana, from Chile

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