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Mark Blyth, political economist at The Watson Institute at Brown University, and Carrie Nordlund, political scientist and associate director of Brown's Master of Public Affairs program, share their take on the news. Subscribe now to hear Mark and Carrie cut through the media haze, and provide a thought-provoking, topical, and often hilarious conversation about the world today.

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Mark Blyth, political economist at The Watson Institute at Brown University, and Carrie Nordlund, political scientist and associate director of Brown's Master of Public Affairs program, share their take on the news. Subscribe now to hear Mark and Carrie cut through the media haze, and provide a thought-provoking, topical, and often hilarious conversation about the world today.

    02/29/2024 - Let’s close up shop and go home

    02/29/2024 - Let’s close up shop and go home

    Mark Blyth, political economist at Brown University's Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs, and Carrie Nordlund, political scientist and Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Programs at Brown University, share their take on the news.
    On this episode:
    Democrats' and pundits' concern over the growing realization that President Biden is oldWhy, despite Biden’s weaknesses and the tough map for Democrats in 2024, control of Congress will likely still be up for grabs in NovemberThe Alabama Supreme Court rules that frozen embryos are people, and the Republican Party's toxic politics of reproductive rightsWhy Trump’s legal troubles might not be as financially damaging as they seem…The continued tragedy and impossible politics of the War in GazaSanctions, military expenditures, global isolationism, and the forces shaping the Ukraine War two years inThe UK’S dysfunctional economic agenda, part 78
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    01/31/2024 - The Taylor Swift Marshall Plan

    01/31/2024 - The Taylor Swift Marshall Plan

    Mark Blyth, political economist at Brown University's Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs, and Carrie Nordlund, political scientist and Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Programs at Brown University, share their take on the news.
    On this episode:
    Trump’s domination of the GOP primary, and what the MAGA-ficaiton of the GOP means for 2024The politics of Trump's legal troublesMaking sense of America’s “vibe-cession” and disinflationClaudine Gay’s resignation as Harvard’s president, and the Right’s strange relationship to the Ivy LeagueWhere does China’s economy go next?Unpacking the calls to ban Germany’s right-wing Alternative for Germany (AfD) partyWhy is the UK trying to send asylum-seekers to Rwanda?The Super Bowl meets the Taylor Swift-Industrial Complex
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    12/21/2023 - Mark and Carrie dare you to say “everything is great” right now

    12/21/2023 - Mark and Carrie dare you to say “everything is great” right now

    Mark Blyth, political economist at Brown University's Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs, and Carrie Nordlund, political scientist and Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Programs at Brown University, share their take on the news.
    On this episode:
    Trump potentially gets removed from the GOP primary ballot in Colorado, and the risks of involving the courts in a presidential electionHow the politics of immigration will affect the 2024 race in the USElise Stefanik grills University presidents on Capitol Hill, highlighting the thorny politics of Israel, Gaza, and free speech on college campusesThe political economy of Argentina’s new president Javier MileiThe Fed decides to hold interest rates steady, and the market reacts with…enthusiasmChina’s economic slowdown, and the limits of growth in authoritarian societiesWhere the Israeli-Gaza conflict goes from here, and how it might affect US politics going forwardGoogle’s loss in court to Epic Games, and American’s very mixed record regulating monopolies. 
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    • 32 min
    11/17/2023 - Is the world worse because of Mark and Carrie?

    11/17/2023 - Is the world worse because of Mark and Carrie?

    Mark Blyth, political economist at Brown University's Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs, and Carrie Nordlund, political scientist and Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Programs at Brown University, share their take on the news.
    On this episode:
    The state of the Israel-Hamas War, and its geopolitical and economic implicationsDiscouraging polls for Biden, promising victories of Democrats in November’s special elections – what does it mean for 2024? The new Speaker of the US House does the same thing his predecessor got kicked out for doingMark and Carrie push their Bible knowledge to the limitXi warms up to the United States…a littleDon’t worry about the UK – David Cameron is back! David Beckham – more interesting than his looks would suggest?Mark doesn't think much about the Roman Empire
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    • 37 min
    09/11/2023 - Allegedly: A Mark and Carrie end-of -summer triple feature

    09/11/2023 - Allegedly: A Mark and Carrie end-of -summer triple feature

    Mark Blyth, political economist at Brown University's Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs, and Carrie Nordlund, political scientist and Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Programs at Brown University, share their take on the news.
    On this episode:
    Grading Mark and Carrie’s Supreme Court predictionsA disturbingly warm summer for all, and the financial repercussions of it being too hot to go outside. Gender equality, austerity, and the financial time-bombs in English municipalitiesThe Trump trial/campaign continuumLife under a gerontocracyTesting the West’s stamina for the War in UkraineUnpacking the ‘immaculate disinflation’Google v US, and the “franchise-ization” of the American EconomyTogether, Mark and Carrie ‘Barbenheimered’
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    • 33 min
    06/01/2023 - Rogue AI, predicting the Supremes, and debt-ceiling dumbskullery: Mark and Carrie go all-in for summer

    06/01/2023 - Rogue AI, predicting the Supremes, and debt-ceiling dumbskullery: Mark and Carrie go all-in for summer

    Mark Blyth, political economist at Brown University's Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs, and Carrie Nordlund, political scientist and Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Programs at Brown University, share their take on the news.
    On this episode:
    The US debt ceiling deal: nobody won, and it was all based on a deep ignorance of how the economy actually worksDeSantis goes peak geek and launches his presidential candidacy with on a glitchy Twitter Spaces™ Will Trump’s future criminal charges help or hurt him at the polls?Predictions on the Supreme Court’s final cases of the term, including decisions on environmental protection, affirmative action, and student loansWhere does the US-China relationship go from here?Mark and Carrie wonder what AI is thinkingThe next demoralizing phase in the War in Ukraine. A surprise twist: good news!
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Customer Reviews

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JimV 1 ,

Great Pod!!

Great Pod!!

CryptoYooper ,

Elevate Yourself But Don’t Look Up

Hello Carrie, Mark,

Truly value your show. Grateful for your analyses/insights and recommendations. The segment on the COP and World Cup was particularly important in my opinion. Oil barons/cartels run/rule our world. However, watching this play out in real time is more tragedy than theater of the absurd for me. Wondering if either of you have read Kim Stanley Robinson’s novel “The Ministry of the Future “? Looking forward to your take on the midterms. Happy Thanksgiving!

kieren2898 ,

Thoughtful and Fun

Its a podcast i often forget about in my rotation but everytime i pick it back up im thrilled. Love the chemistry between the two. Funny and thoughtful political commentary.

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