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The most interesting conversations in American life now happen in private. This show is bringing them out of the closet. Stories no one else is telling and conversations with the most fascinating people in the country, every week from former New York Times and Wall Street Journal journalist Bari Weiss.

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The most interesting conversations in American life now happen in private. This show is bringing them out of the closet. Stories no one else is telling and conversations with the most fascinating people in the country, every week from former New York Times and Wall Street Journal journalist Bari Weiss.

    We Ignored Salman Rushdie’s Warning

    We Ignored Salman Rushdie’s Warning

    We live in a culture in which many people believe that words are violence. In this, they have much in common with Iranian Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, who issued the first fatwa against Salman Rushdie in 1989, and with Hadi Matar, the 24-year-old who stabbed the novelist in the neck on a stage in Western New York. 

    Today, as Rushdie recovers from his injuries, reflections from Bari on the profound impact that the words are violence crowd has had on our culture.
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    • 18 min
    The Senate’s Only Black Republican Says: Stop Being Pessimistic

    The Senate’s Only Black Republican Says: Stop Being Pessimistic

    Tim Scott is a rare bird: He is the only black Republican in the Senate. But the quality that makes him arguably more unique at the moment is his optimism.

    Much of that optimism comes from his own story. Scott’s grandfather picked cotton in the segregated south. He never learned to read or write. Within two generations, without money or connections, his grandson became a U.S. senator from South Carolina.

    Scott is frustrated at all the pessimism, including from inside his own party— and he’s frustrated at the notion that America is in decline. Or that perhaps we are heading for some kind of crack up. Or civil war. He makes the case for optimism in his new book: America, A Redemption Story.

    I hope Scott is right. But also, as you’ll hear in our conversation, I see very, very good reasons for Americans to be fed up with the state of the union and deeply worried about the future of our democracy.
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    • 58 min
    Sex, Porn, Feminism: A Debate!

    Sex, Porn, Feminism: A Debate!

    It’s hard to think of an invention that has been more transformative to women than the birth control pill. Suddenly, American women possessed a power that women never before in history had: They could control when they got pregnant. They could have sex like . . . men. 

    The pill—and the profound legal, political and cultural changes that the sexual revolution and feminism ushered in—liberated women. Those movements have allowed women to lead lives that literally were not possible beforehand.

    But here we are, half a century later, with a culture in which porn and casual sex are abundant, but marriage and birth rates are at historic lows. And many people are asking: Did we go wrong somewhere along the way? Was the sexual revolution actually bad for women?

    The debaters:

    Jill Filiopvic is an author and attorney who has written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Guardian and many other publications. You can follow her writing on her newsletter.

    Louise Perry, based in London, is columnist at the The New Statesman. She is the author of the new book: “The Case Against the Sexual Revolution.”
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    • 1 hr 37 min
    The Eternally Radical Idea

    The Eternally Radical Idea

    There is no organization that’s done more to fight for freedom of speech on American campuses over the past 20 years than FIRE, The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education. If you care deeply about the First Amendment and a robust culture of free speech, FIRE is the kind of organization you hope will go out of business. 

    Unfortunately, as our friend Andrew Sullivan has perfectly put it, we all live on campus now. 
    As the culture of campus has become the culture of the country—one in which ideological conformity is enforced by mobs that wield the weapons of shame and stigma—it should not come as a surprise that 62% of Americans say they hold views they are afraid to share in public.

    All of which is why FIRE is radically expanding its scope and its ambition. The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education is now The Foundation for Individual Rights and Expression. And the organization has announced a goal of $75 million in order to pick up the flag the ACLU has put down by becoming the premier civil liberties organization in America.

    Today: a conversation with the president and CEO of FIRE, Greg Lukianoff. Lukianoff is also the author of “Unlearning Liberty” and the co-author, with Jonathan Haidt, of “The Coddling of the American Mind.” 
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    • 1 hr 12 min
    Election Denial: A Roundtable

    Election Denial: A Roundtable

    Denying the outcome of elections has become alarmingly popular these days.

    In one corner, Democrats are claiming that gerrymandering has made our elections illegitimate, that the Senate is anti-Democratic and so is the Supreme Court. The White House Press Secretary has claimed that Trump stole the 2016 election from Hillary Clinton.

    In the other corner, a majority or close to a majority of Republicans (depending on what polls you look at) believe that Trump was cheated out of a fair election in 2020. Here’s how the Texas GOP put it last month: “We hold that acting President Joseph R. Biden Jr. was not legitimately elected by the people of the United States.”

    Today, a roundtable about how worried we should be about the state—and future—of American democracy. With guests: Jonah Goldberg (founder of The Dispatch and author of Suicide of the West); Jeremy Peters (New York Times reporter and author of Insurgency) and Kristen Soltis Anderson (pollster and author of The Selfie Vote).
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    • 1 hr 31 min
    The Infamous Andrew Schulz

    The Infamous Andrew Schulz

    There’s a tried-and-true playbook for comedians who want to make it big: hit the road, get in front of as many audiences as possible, and try to grab the attention of the TV executives who decide which comics are lucky enough to get a special.
    But Andrew Schulz and his generation of comics has something those guys didn’t: The internet.
    In 2018, one of Schulz’s self-published specials went to number one across Apple Music, Google Play and Amazon. That led to sold-out shows at Radio City Music Hall and, eventually, a four-part series on Netflix. 
    This summer, right as he was about to release his newest special with another big streamer, he was told he’d need to edit out some of his offensive jokes. Instead of censoring his work, he bought back the rights to the show and is going to release it on his website this weekend. 
    We talk about why he feels so confident betting on himself, the state of comedy in an era of censoriousness, and why a healthy society needs people who are willing to be offensive.
    Check out his new special on July 17th at: https://theandrewschulz.com/
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    • 1 hr 6 min

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Tim Scott and the 2020 election

A wonderful conversation with Tim Scott Bari. Big fan. But, it rubs a lot of us the wrong way when voters who are choosing candidates endorsed by President Trump are disparaged. The eyeroll is practically audible. You have previously discussed, and seemingly understood, the scope of concerns that GOP voters had with the 2020 election (basically outlined in the February 2021 TIME article). When voters are choosing Trump endorsed candidates, they are choosing someone who has validated that those concerns are REAL, not crazy, and who articulates a desire to do their best to prevent that “thumb on the scale” from ever happening again. What these voters want is simply a fair playing field, and their candidates’ rhetoric satisfies that. Their opponents do not. I DON’T think most of these voters are saying that Trump didn’t lose the election, but they don’t believe he would have lost if Democrats hadn’t had so many layers of marginally legal, last minute, extraordinary election changes. I (we) would appreciate it if you took a moment to acknowledge that tens of millions of us are not simply “election deniers” if this topic arises in conversations with future guests. There are too many of us out here who are “normal” people - maybe your lawyer, your doctor, your hair stylist, or your neighbor, and we deserve to not have to “hear” that eyeroll. Thank you for a wonderful podcast.

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