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Mark Blyth, political economist at The Watson Institute at Brown University, and Carrie Nordlund, political scientist and associate director of Brown's Master of Public Affairs program, share their take on the news. Subscribe now to hear Mark and Carrie cut through the media haze, and provide a thought-provoking, topical, and often hilarious conversation about the world today.

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Mark Blyth, political economist at The Watson Institute at Brown University, and Carrie Nordlund, political scientist and associate director of Brown's Master of Public Affairs program, share their take on the news. Subscribe now to hear Mark and Carrie cut through the media haze, and provide a thought-provoking, topical, and often hilarious conversation about the world today.

    12/28/2020 - Benedict Cumberbatch Plays Every Part (New Year's Special)

    12/28/2020 - Benedict Cumberbatch Plays Every Part (New Year's Special)

    Mark Blyth, political economist at Brown's Watson Institute, and political scientist Carrie Nordlund share their take on the news.

    On this episode: Mark and Carrie's abiding memories of 2020; what aspects of pandemic life will go away in 2021, and what parts will stick around; the stock market vs. the real economy; presidential power and corporate power in the United States; race, class, electoral politics, and the Democrats confusion over who they want to be when they grow up; Biden's ready to make America great again, and the rest of the world isn't too eager; Britain's Brexit wins, herring and all; movies from the 80s.

    You can read a transcript of this episode here: [https://drive.google.com/file/d/16pzBAAUDHm_4A9WAHzsB74gFIsWt6M67/view?usp=sharing]

    • 36 min
    12/17/2020 - The Almost Holiday Episode but Not

    12/17/2020 - The Almost Holiday Episode but Not

    Mark Blyth, political economist at Brown's Watson Institute, and political scientist Carrie Nordlund share their take on the news.

    On this episode: The beginning of the coronavirus vaccine rollout; Mitch McConnell, a profile in courage; diversity in Biden's cabinet and the 'Kamala Conundrum'; what the media (and Mark and Carrie) are going to talk about after Trump leaves office; how to break up Facebook and the rest of big tech; Brexit comes to and end, or not; Russian hacking cont'd.

    You can read a transcript of this episode here: [https://drive.google.com/file/d/1DjmKmvPa3k859yHkx36eZfCaupVw6M81/view?usp=sharing]

    • 26 min
    11/13/2020 - 'Give Me a Ping, Vasily. One Ping Only.'

    11/13/2020 - 'Give Me a Ping, Vasily. One Ping Only.'

    Mark Blyth, political economist at Brown's Watson Institute, and political scientist Carrie Nordlund share their take on the news.

    On this episode: A lingering pandemic and slow-moving 'coup'; making sense of Trump's electoral loss, and his demographic gains; why Covid cases are rising in the US and Europe but less so in Asia; how the American left and right antagonize their fellow citizens; what Sean Connery meant to Mark; Berlin's airport woes.

    You can read a transcript of this episode here: [https://drive.google.com/file/d/14HKivhjBH8iBdb-YYWjr0CKlj0U8iPlJ/view?usp=sharing]

    • 32 min
    10/22/20 - Every Family Has a Loser

    10/22/20 - Every Family Has a Loser

    Mark Blyth, political economist at Brown's Watson Institute, and political scientist Carrie Nordlund share their take on the news.

    On this episode: rising Covid cases in the US and Europe; the state of the presidential race amidst America's twisted electoral system; Trump's value and liability to the Republican Party; the US government is kind of, sort of, reigning in big tech (but not really); what would happen if the Catholic Church hired McKinsey; how China's economic dominance spells bad news for the Uyghurs' plight; Trump's dance moves.

    You can read a transcript of this episode here: [https://drive.google.com/file/d/11ZUbYQSkviq2vJ3ORuGP8npSZBhcmzey/view?usp=sharing]

    • 28 min
    10/2/20 - There is Hope, Just Not Here

    10/2/20 - There is Hope, Just Not Here

    Mark Blyth, political economist at Brown's Watson Institute, and political scientist Carrie Nordlund share their take on the news.

    On this episode: Trump and Melania have coronavirus; the electoral insignificance of Trump's tax returns; a dumpster fire debate; thinking long-term on this month's Supreme Court fight; the rest of the world's plan for climate change; what a coronavirus second/third/pick-your wave might look like.

    You can read a transcript of this episode here: [https://drive.google.com/file/d/1rJha96ew-0uDCZgS1ZY6kN5t5IfHWzdu/view?usp=sharing]

    • 32 min
    09/15/2020 - Living Happily in the Past

    09/15/2020 - Living Happily in the Past

    Mark Blyth, political economist at Brown's Watson Institute, and political scientist Carrie Nordlund share their take on the news.

    On this episode: a global tour of climate catastrophes; Trump's immovable poll numbers; environmental hypocrisy across the political spectrum; are there anarchist bus lines to midwestern suburbs? (No); why Brexit hurts our brains; the future of commutes; The Crown, The Last Dance, and other TV nostalgia.

    You can read a transcript of this episode here: [https://drive.google.com/file/d/1vip502GVuMyvXixmNmTiHBxMuPchkaaM/view?usp=sharing]

    • 36 min

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