Smart people talking about politics, policy, culture and other stuff
The Gaza War and the Palestine Question (Robert Wright, Derek Davison, and Daniel Bessner)
A bold experiment in podcast synergy continues ... The dire humanitarian situation in Gaza ... Is full-on ethnic cleansing more likely than a political solution? ... If Biden loses in 2024, will elites rethink Israel-Palestine? ... The changing perception of Israel ... Heading to Overtime ...
The Truth about George Floyd's Death (Glenn Loury & John McWhorter)
A new documentary about George Floyd’s death raises new questions ... John: “We’ve been lied to” about George Floyd’s death ... The price of a “poetic truth” ... Was the Derek Chauvin jury intimidated into delivering a guilty verdict? ... Glenn: George Floyd was no hero ... The burning of Minneapolis’s 3rd Precinct ... Is there any hope of changing the George Floyd narrative? ... Who will take responsibility for changing things in black America? ...
Christie Saved Nikki (Matt K. Lewis & Bill Scher)
Is Christie running interference for Haley? ... Can Trump lose Iowa or New Hampshire? ... Why are some conservatives against Section 702? ... Will it help Biden to get impeached? ...
The Trouble with Techno-Optimism (Robert Wright & Daron Acemoglu)
Daron’s book Power and Progress: Our Thousand-Year Struggle Over Technology and Prosperity ... What tech optimists get wrong about economic history ... Will AI inevitably sideline workers? ... The surprising weakness of our digital economy ... Which jobs are most vulnerable to automation? ... How to empower workers in the age of AI ... Heading to Overtime ...
What Black America Needs to Thrive (Glenn Loury & Erec Smith)
Is “black heterodoxy” a euphemism for “black conservatism”? ... Classical liberalism’s role in Free Black Thought ... Erec: I saw things while working as a diversity officer that I can’t unsee ... Why the Democratic Party doesn’t like Erec ... How Free Black Thought is fostering agency in the black community ... Erec: The onus is on us, not affirmative action, to prepare black students for college ... What is rhetoric, anyway? ...
What Really Happened at OpenAI? (Robert Wright & Timothy B. Lee)
Bob and Tim seek Substack synergy ... What was the OpenAI drama really about? ... Viewing the drama through a (cynical) psychological lens ... Were reports of a safety vs speed schism greatly exaggerated? ... Larry Summers joins OpenAI’s board… time to panic? ... Superintelligence, Sam Altman, and the singularity ... Altman’s not so veiled ignorance ... Overtime preview: superintelligence skepticism, the truth about effective altruism, self-driving car speed bumps, and more ...
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.