Smart people talking about politics, policy, culture and other stuff
Spinning Ukraine Coverage in the West (Robert Wright & Mickey Kaus)
The baby formula conundrum ... Mickey: Chuck Schumer has put Dems in a bad position for the midterms ... Is the Ukraine military aid bill excessive? ... How neoconish think tanks influence Western coverage of Ukraine ... Mickey asks: Would a new cold war be so bad? Bob answers. ... Kathy Barnette’s surprising surge in the Pennsylvania GOP senate primary ... If a Trumpist Trump hasn’t endorsed wins a race, is it a win for Trump? ... Is Tesla’s stock price threatening Elon Musk’s Twitter purchase? ... Musk backpedals on his free speech position ... Video of Israeli soldiers beating mourners at the funeral of journalist Shireen Abu Akleh goes viral ... Mickey: It’s much more plausible that the Roe v. Wade opinion leaker was a left-winger ... Parrot Room preview: Steve Schmidt’s meltdown, Dinesh D’Souza is at it again, the creepy views of a Disinformation Governance Board member, IQ differences in a pair of South Korean twins, J.D. Vance, the child tax credit, Station Eleven, the etymology of “black hole” and its connection to Bob, drinking spinal fluid for brain rejuvenation, Tucker Carlson, and the shifting Latino vote ...
Cancellation at St. Olaf College (Glenn Loury, John McWhorter, and Edmund Santurri)
Why Ed is being removed from the directorship of the Institute for Freedom & Community ... The pressure campaigns waged against past Institute events ... John: Administrators at St. Olaf should be ashamed of themselvesc ... Are right-wing campaigns against openly trans and nonbinary elementary school teachers the equivalent of left-wing cancel culture? ... What are the social determinants of gender identity in young people? ... Glenn’s awesome house ... A festschrift for Glenn ... Can we separate jurisprudence from the lived consequences of overturning Roe v. Wade? ... Do the ends now justify the means in American politics? ...
What about Gen X? (Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis)
David Gergen disses Gen X ... Trump goes 1-1 in the May 10 primaries ... Are Dems ignoring rural voters? ... Can Kathy Barnette pull off a PA upset? ... Is Mitch McConnell on the level? ...
Russia, China, and the New Cold War (Robert Wright & Susan Thornton)
Sizing up the new Cold War ... Is China complicit in Russia’s invasion of Ukraine? ... Dissecting the Russia-Ukraine, China-Taiwan analogy ... Understanding Taiwan’s status – and vulnerability – in the international system ... Did US foreign policy make Russia’s invasion of Ukraine more likely? ... What role did the US play in Ukraine’s 2014 revolution? ... Was Bush 41 the golden age of American post-Cold-War diplomacy? ... Susan: Trump shook things up but was a blight on America’s reputation ... Bob has an idea: How about a world without war? ...
Hillbilly Victory (Robert Wright & Mickey Kaus)
What does J.D. Vance’s primary win teach us about the Trump Effect? ... Will the overturning of Roe give Democrats a boost in the midterms? ... The Hillary Clinton campaign’s role in amping up Russiagate ... Bob: A cornered Putin is a scarier Putin ... Doing the nuclear war math ... Can Putin take Odessa and Kharkiv? ... Taylor Lorenz tangles with Matt Drudge ... A new study shows that Omicron is not intrinsically milder than the original Covid virus ... Some quick corrections ... The Biden administration’s ill-advised Ukraine leaks ... Parrot Room preview: Elon Musk talk, Station Eleven, Severance, the latest January 6 leak, Bob gets a classic Michael McFaul brush-off, the White House Correspondents Dinner, Gavin Newsom, unjustified deplatforming, WNYC’s Dead End podcast, and Roe v. Wade ...
Debating Progressive Policy (Glenn Loury & Briahna Joy Gray)
Acknowledging the black middle class ... How the Democratic Party works against progressives ... Briahna: The interests of political parties no longer reflect the interests of voters ... Should we increase taxes on the very rich in order to fund the social safety net? ... Briahna makes the case for Medicare for All ... Should we cancel student debt? ... The left-right alliance over intervention in Ukraine ...
Really enjoy and have for a while!
Good podcast. I listen to most every one. Mostly fair.
I have been listening to this podcast for quite some time and really enjoy it.