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

    WKRP in DMZ (Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis)

    WKRP in DMZ (Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis)

    Bill explains how to properly watch WKRP in Cincinnati on Thanksgiving, Matt marvels at Biden’s cabinet picks, they discuss the meaning of appointing John Kerry as climate envoy, and both dare to look at 2024 GOP presidential polls.

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    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 ...

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