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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

    What J.D. Vance’s Transformation Tells Us About the Future of Democracy

    What J.D. Vance’s Transformation Tells Us About the Future of Democracy

    Populism, offered as a solution to economic and cultural woes, has gained ground in Europe following a slew of recent elections. Across the pond, the Ohio senator and potential Trump running mate J.D. Vance is championing an American version of populist politics that is also gaining traction. On this week’s episode, the hosts discuss Vance’s embrace of the ideology and consider why many voters find it so appealing.

    Plus, Ross shares a literary deep cut that not even Carlos has heard of.

    • 34 min
    The ‘Disdain’ of Justice Alito and the Supreme Court

    The ‘Disdain’ of Justice Alito and the Supreme Court

    Amid politically charged flag flying, secret recordings, and eyebrow-raising financial disclosures, there’s something fishy about the behavior of the nation’s top judges. Are they ruining faith in the Supreme Court? Or is that the partisan reaction to the decisions coming from on high?

    Michelle, Carlos and Lydia are joined by the Times editorial board member Jesse Wegman to discuss just how low the bar has gotten for the justices, and what could be done to restore America’s faith in the court.

    Plus, Michelle weighs in on the beef of the summer.

    • 32 min
    The ‘Empty Suit’ of Trump’s Masculinity

    The ‘Empty Suit’ of Trump’s Masculinity

    Former President Donald J. Trump’s appearance at a U.F.C. match this week seems to be part of a larger strategy to attract men — especially young men — to his cause. But what can President Biden do to change the narrative that “the left doesn’t like men”?

    This week, Michelle Cottle and Carlos Lozada are joined by their (male) Opinion colleagues Jamelle Bouie and David French to debate why men are becoming more conservative and whether Trump’s masculine appeal is about policy or his “manliness.”

    • 35 min
    South Africa Confronts Israel and Its Own Democracy

    South Africa Confronts Israel and Its Own Democracy

    In a special intercontinental episode, Lydia Polgreen reports from South Africa as the country challenges Israel for its attack on Rafah in southern Gaza.

    The post-apartheid nation has emerged as a critical leader and a moral voice in some (but not all) superpower struggles. Yet back at home, South Africa’s 30 years of multiracial democracy is undergoing major political upheaval. What does the nation’s recent election offer young nations hoping for postcolonialist democracy? Lydia opens her reporter’s notebook and explores these questions with the South African journalist William Shoki and her editor, Max Strasser.

    • 38 min
    “If We Think There’s a Trump Cult Already …”

    “If We Think There’s a Trump Cult Already …”

    With Lydia in South Africa covering their election, Ross out on parental leave and Michelle reporting from a saloon in Colorado, Carlos turns the mic over to his Times Opinion colleagues to respond to the news about Donald Trump’s guilty verdict in the New York hush-money trial.

    The columnists Michelle Goldberg and David French — who calls himself “a recovering litigator” — join the deputy Opinion editor, Patrick Healy, to discuss Trump’s 34 guilty counts and debate what they mean for the former president, whether he’ll face jail time and how it will affect the 2024 presidential race.

    • 28 min
    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

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
123 Ratings

123 Ratings

MrSCF ,

Great concept, but more divergent views are required

I’m a leftist, and have been looking for podcasts that would challenge some of my thinking and navigate the perspectives of those more to the right/conservative. This podcast is good, but could be improved with more diametrical guests; having listened to a multitude of episodes now, the views are more often than not grounded in liberalism, and after some unpacking the guests find themselves fundamentally agreeing with each other.

LLLMMM2018 ,

They seem nice but I’m not sure what they are trying to say/do

I have kept listening to this as I used to enjoy the old episodes of the argument, but I am not quite sure what this show is trying to accomplish. It’s largely a group of people with exceptional (in the ‘not the norm’ sense of the word) lives and jobs talking, but not really bringing a lot beyond that. Their world views are largely shaped by where they have ended up, in highly desirable upper middle class jobs.

LegalEagle. ,

Bruni is off

Now this is a blow. Bruni is the vital buffer between Ross and Michelle. He’s also more measured, eloquent and rational than any other voice on this podcast - at least to this British bystander.

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