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Beg to Differ is a weekly roundtable podcast brought to you by http://TheBulwark.com. Host Mona Charen is joined by Linda Chavez of the Niskanen Center, Bill Galston of the Brookings Institution, and Damon Linker, who writes "Notes from the Middleground," to discuss the news of the week in a respectful, rational forum.

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Beg to Differ is a weekly roundtable podcast brought to you by http://TheBulwark.com. Host Mona Charen is joined by Linda Chavez of the Niskanen Center, Bill Galston of the Brookings Institution, and Damon Linker, who writes "Notes from the Middleground," to discuss the news of the week in a respectful, rational forum.

    Will Debates Reset the Race?

    Will Debates Reset the Race?

    Sarah Longwell, Chris Cillizza, Will Saletan join Mona and Bill to discuss the upcoming debates, the polls (and Biden's response to them) and how to spend a record $61 million on a Senate primary and still get trounced.

    highlights / lowlights

    Mona: Thousands sign petition urging canceled concerts by Israeli ensemble to go ahead in Amsterdam (Times of Israel)

    Sarah: GOP Sen. Mitt Romney says Biden should have pardoned Trump (NBC)
    Biden killing the presidential debate commission.

    Chris: The beauty of no audience at the Presidential debate.

    Bill: Can the Declaration of Independence’s Ideals Hold America Together? (Colin Woodard, Washington Monthly)

    Lowlight: The reports from the battlefield in Ukraine, after the GOP delayed aid for so long.

    Will: RFK Jr.’s Rich Running Mate Just Added $8 Million to His Effort. 
    The hypocrisy of Congressional Republicans who voted against aid to Ukraine and Israel but lectured Biden over withholding 2,000 pound bombs for Rafah.

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Does This Make Me Look Weak?

    Does This Make Me Look Weak?

    Gregg Nunziata joins to discuss the NY and other cases against Trump; Biden's pivot on weapons to Israel, and RFK, Jr's brain worm.

    • 1 hr 2 min
    The Revolution Will Not Be Catered

    The Revolution Will Not Be Catered

    FT's Ed Luce joins the group to discuss campus protests and whether Biden is losing.

    highlights / lowlights:

    Mona: Country Music, a film by Ken Burns

    Ed: The Colombia student asking that the protestors be brought food in their encampment.

    Linda: MTG's bizarre defense of her anti-Semitism vote.

    Bill: Netanyahu: Israel will invade Rafah — regardless of hostage deal

    Damon: The new Steve Martin documentary.

    • 54 min
    "Ukraine is anti-Christian" and other Russian Lies

    "Ukraine is anti-Christian" and other Russian Lies

    Anne Applebaum joins the panel (with Philip Bump) to discuss Ukraine's war effort, Russian disinformation, campus protests, and a change of pace for final segment.

    What would you have put on the Voyager Spacecraft?

    Mona: Images of human love: parents interacting with babies (joy), a dog reacting to being reunited, humans taking care of other humans with a handicap (compassion).

    Damon: Holy texts of major religions, Plato's Republic, Beethoven, Bach, Mozart, and the Beatles.

    Philip: The vessel itself is a message, and a Haiku by Issa.

    Linda:, a reproduction of Aphrodite of Knidos Sculpture by Praxiteles, Michelangelo's David, Gorecki and Beethoven.

    • 1 hr
    Will Dysfunctional House GOP Do the Right Thing?

    Will Dysfunctional House GOP Do the Right Thing?

    Ben Wittes joins to discuss Iran's attack on Israel, Congress's action on Ukraine, Trump's NY trial, and the Supreme Court.

    • 1 hr
    The Tabloidization of America

    The Tabloidization of America

    Patterico joins the panel to analyze Bragg's case against Trump.

    • 1 hr 11 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
1.2K Ratings

1.2K Ratings

90abcghi ,

Protesting is an America feature not a bug

Let’s all remember that the culture of hate and anti-Semitic and anti -islamic acts have been on the rise all our the country since Trump took office. No wonder students has added hateful rhetoric to their legal protests.

B.R. on LI ,

Show 4 Boomers

The Bulwark is amazing but let's be honest: this is a show by Boomers for Boomers. The analysis the host and guests make is typically wise (as in 'with age') and repeat with insight but their conclusions are typically disconnected from modern society. Gen X listeners may find some episodes worthwhile. Millennials and younger should find a better use of their time.

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Love the bulwark, hate this show

If you want to hear a bunch of moderates hand wring, predict doom and nitpick Biden for everything from Marijuana to not being pro-Israel enough, this is your show! Whiney hand wringing whiney whine whine “Errr I beg to diifffeeeerrrr sir” I’m sorry they make me want to puke. Being a constant skeptic and negative isn’t a skill, it’s an emotional issue.

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