Smart people talking about politics, policy, culture and other stuff
Assessing the Russia-Ukraine Crisis (Robert Wright & Anatol Lieven)
Does the Russia-Ukraine crisis justify the current sense of alarm? ... How concern for ethnic Russians in Ukraine shapes Moscow’s policy ... What the US and NATO can do to resolve the crisis diplomatically ... Can Europe help Biden by staging a diplomatic intervention? ... Russia’s next military steps if diplomacy fails ... Anatol estimates the odds of a Russian invasion of Ukraine ...
Ukraine and Biden’s Brain (Robert Wright & Mickey Kaus)
Looking for signs of decline in Biden’s press conference ... Is the child tax credit what swing voters want? ... Two possible inflation fixes ... What’s on the table in U.S.-Russia negotiations over Ukraine? ... How well is Biden handling the Ukraine situation? ... Mickey: There’s a chance we'll avoid a Trump 2024 run ... Bob’s plan to convince Biden not to run ... Meat Loaf would do anything for love (but would he get vaxxed?) ... Bob: I get why white males are under fire ... Parrot Room preview: The secret to Matt Yglesias’s success, the FBI searches Henry Cuellar’s home, Mickey’s beef with the Salvation Army, how the Parrot Room is like the TV show Yellowstone, Bob’s panel appearance with Jerry Brown, Robert Malone, active shooter drills, war in the Pacific, the Los Gatos Party Mom, exploring Bob and Mickey’s positions on China, Bob issues some corrections, Mickey critiques the Atlantic and David Remnick, and the time Katie Couric interviewed Bob ...
Which Black Lives Matter? (Glenn Loury & Heather Mac Donald)
Heather’s deep dive into African American literature ... The impact of George Floyd on violent crime rates ... Heather: Why doesn’t the mainstream media cover the violent deaths of black children? ... The difficulty of addressing black out-of-wedlock birth rates ... Who has the moral authority to advocate for traditional family structures? ... Heather: Giuliani was one of America’s greatest mayors ... Glenn: Lowering academic standards threatens the foundation of our civilization ... Looking for Black leadership ... Was the reaction to the crack epidemic a “moral panic”? ...
Debating "Biden-Cheney 2024?" (Aryeh Cohen-Wade & Chris Novembrino)
Culturally Determined is leaving BhTV, so here's how to keep following the show ... Tom Friedman's controversial column, "Biden-Cheney 2024?" ... Why Israel's anti-Netanyahu coalition could never happen in the US ... Aryeh's defense of Friedman's column ... A Hamilton song on Zoom, and other absurdities of centrist liberalism ... Chris: Any "grand coalition" would need to have Bernie and AOC in the lead ... Returning to the "is Trump a fascist" debate ... Has Trump moved on to other grifts? ...
Debating Don't Look Up (Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis)
Bill and Matt disagree about Don’t Look Up [Spoilers] ... Does Don’t Look Up reflect our political reality? ... Can entertainment move the political needle? ... Bill: Democrats could employ the talking filibuster right now ... What’s the voting rights exit strategy for Dems? ... Does tepid media coverage of Trump’s Arizona rally suggest his hold on Republicans is fading? ...
The Corruption of US Foreign Policy (Robert Wright & Richard Hanania)
Richard discusses his new book, Public Choice Theory and the Illusion of Grand Strategy ... Richard’s critique of the field of International Relations ... Why "concentrated interests" capture US foreign policy ... The arms industry executive who has "single handedly ruined the world" ... How the US helped create the Russia-Ukraine conflict ... The pro-militarism bias in the news media and foreign policy think tanks ... Why does the US misperceive Iran as being a threat to US interests? ... Richard: The US should learn to live with a superpower China ... The failures of the human rights lobby and the brutality of sanctions on Afghanistan ... Do autocracies have more coherent foreign policies than democracies? ...
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.