Thoughts, aloud. Hosted by Michelle Cottle, Ross Douthat, Carlos Lozada and Lydia Polgreen. Every Friday, from New York Times Opinion.
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Work: ‘The American Disease’
Americans are sick of business as usual. This year alone, more than 275 strikes have broken out across the country, and last week, nearly 13,000 members of the United Auto Workers joined the picket line to demand a better deal with their employers.
So what’s going on with work in America?
This week on “Matter of Opinion,” the hosts break down how a changing economy and technological innovations are complicating the worker-employer relationship. Lydia offers some insight from her experience as the big boss on the other side of the bargaining table. Ross asks how little work The Times should pay him to do. And ultimately, the hosts debate the question: In today’s world, what role should work play in our lives?
‘A Red State Strategy to Create a Blue State Crisis’
Hundreds of thousands of migrants, many seeking asylum, have arrived in the United States over the last year, overwhelming already-strained resources in cities and states across the country. Last week, in arguably one of the most immigration-friendly cities in the country, Mayor Eric Adams said that migrants would “destroy New York City.”
This week on “Matter of Opinion,” the hosts discuss how the “border crisis” has come to frustrate Democratic politicians further north, and why the conversation about immigration is always actually about who we are as Americans.
The Woke Burnout Is Real — and Politics Is Catching Up
Classrooms have been a key battleground in the so-called woke wars for years now. But could the debate over how schools teach history, race, gender and sexuality be coming to an end?
This week on “Matter of Opinion,” the hosts look at signs that these wedge issues are no longer dividing us, ask whether we have reached “peak woke” and disagree on whether it’s even worth fighting about wokeness at all.
Is It Time to Negotiate With Putin?
It’s been 18 months since Russia invaded Ukraine. No true negotiations have happened. As the stalemate continues, what role should the United States play in the fight?
This week on “Matter of Opinion,” the hosts discuss how the war is playing out at home and whether there’s actually more American enthusiasm for invading Mexico.
Plus, a trip back in time to a magical land of sorcerers and “Yo! MTV Raps.”
Trump’s Plan: Skip the Debates, Win Iowa, Avoid Prison
The first Republican primary debate of the 2024 election is over. Chris Christie wiggled his fingers. Nikki Haley took Vivek Ramaswamy to the woodshed. Tim Scott was a “nonentity.” And then there was that elephant decidedly not in the room, Donald Trump, who instead spent his evening raving about water pressure to Tucker Carlson.
As the former president is expected to turn himself in at the Fulton County Jail, the Matter of Opinion hosts discuss what we learned from the first G.O.P. debate — and what it means when everyone in the party is still desperate to both be Trump, and be rid of him.
(A full transcript of the episode will be available midday on the Times website.)
Trump’s Co-Defendants in Georgia Are in For ‘a World of Hurt’
It happened. A jury in Georgia indicted Donald Trump and 18 of his closest co-defendants. Which can only mean one thing: Michelle is thrilled. So even though Matter of Opinion is taking a break this week, Michelle grabbed Opinion colleague David French, a former litigator, to break down her “favorite” indictment and analyze what’s got Rudy Giuliani into “a world of hurt.”
HR is not your Friend
Missing was the re-classification of craft employees as salaried employees in white-collar work environments. Wage earners became salaried careerists and were encouraged by HR to think of themselves not as laborers, but as team members. "Work From Home" opened eyes to the large sums of money which flowed into sustaining fancy office settings for bosses and brands.
Boring and pointless conversations
This group is made up of cloistered upper class conservatives talking at each other. Three of them might be socially liberal, but they are deeply conservative outside of that. They all talk about work and the economy as if they have any marketable skills outside of being on Twitter.
My New Favorite podcast
Playful and intelligent. I look forward to each episode.