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Thoughts, aloud. Hosted by Michelle Cottle, Ross Douthat, Carlos Lozada and Lydia Polgreen. Every Friday, from New York Times Opinion.

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Thoughts, aloud. Hosted by Michelle Cottle, Ross Douthat, Carlos Lozada and Lydia Polgreen. Every Friday, from New York Times Opinion.

Listen to this podcast in New York Times Audio, our new iOS app for news subscribers. Download now at nytimes.com/audioapp

    Abortion, Trump and Religion in Politics

    Abortion, Trump and Religion in Politics

    This week, the hosts debate how religious voters will react to Donald Trump’s betrayal of anti-abortion positions, the evolution of Christianity as the domain of the right and whether religion is actually as powerful as it seems in modern U.S. politics.

    Plus, Ross finds aliens, again.

    • 36 min
    Are Smartphones Just a Scapegoat for Our Unhappy Children?

    Are Smartphones Just a Scapegoat for Our Unhappy Children?

    It’s not just bad vibes — America’s kids are not OK. As study after study shows worsening youth mental health, a popular theory has emerged: The rise of smartphones and the addictive nature of social media is making young people miserable. But can it really be that simple?

    This week, the hosts debate the myriad possible factors contributing to teenagers’ unhappiness, and discuss how parents, schools and the government can protect kids without doing further harm. Plus, a sui generis Lozada family vacation.

    • 36 min
    Finding the Line Between Celebrity and Politician With Tressie McMillan Cottom

    Finding the Line Between Celebrity and Politician With Tressie McMillan Cottom

    The sociologist and New York Times columnist Tressie McMillan Cottom joins the hosts this week to discuss the role of celebrity in politics. Could Beyoncé and Taylor Swift, with their tens of millions of fans, sway the presidential election? And beyond brand-name pop stars, what role does celebrity play within the political system?

    Plus, Tressie goes a little “Dr. Oz” on us.

    • 35 min
    Texts From the Swamp

    Texts From the Swamp

    It can often feel as if politicians use a lot of words without saying much of anything. So how do journalists and citizens make sense of what’s said (and unsaid) in the many congressional reports, court decisions and campaign memoirs that pour out of Washington?

    This week on “Matter of Opinion,” Carlos Lozada makes the case for reading the Capitol, and uses insights from his new book, “The Washington Book,” to help his co-hosts decode everyone from Donald Trump to Mike Pence to Barack Obama.

    • 35 min
    Lydia Finds Hope in a Moment of Crisis

    Lydia Finds Hope in a Moment of Crisis

    We’re working on this week's episode. While you wait, listen to this audio essay from one of our hosts, Lydia Polgreen, on the situation unfolding in Haiti. 

    • 6 min
    The Election of Our Discontent

    The Election of Our Discontent

    Many voters from both parties are less than enthusiastic about their likely options this November.

    This week the Opinion writer and editor Katherine Miller joins Michelle, Lydia and Carlos to talk about uncommitted voters, double haters and how they could affect the election, whether they turn out or not.

    Plus, Lydia makes a plea against the tyranny of clean lines and interior design monoculture.

    • 33 min

Customer Reviews

4.1 out of 5
6.7K Ratings

6.7K Ratings

piforbreakfast ,

Mostly excellent discussions, could use more focus

Some episodes are amazing and fantastic conversations covering fascinating topics. You have four true intellectuals here sharing opinions and having open and honest discussions. However, there are a few episodes where the conversation is unfocused and/or the hosts are talking past each other and not actually listening and responding to each other’s points. I get the sense that hosts may have trouble just admitting a point is valid even if they disagree with the overall argument being made, you can accept a fact or merit to an argument without having to accept the conclusion.

allnicknamestakenalready1 ,

Too Many Hosts

Ross is insufferable and his voice is so difficult to listen to. He’s condescending to other hosts. Would prefer the show with fewer, more enjoyable to listen to hosts.

Littlehunt ,

Surprisingly meh

A handful of very smart people having allegedly smart conversations, all with one overwhelming perspective. Rather than 4 different flavors of ice cream, they are 4 varieties of vanilla. Friday they discussed religion in politics without any doubt that religion is valuable and the loss of it is bad. And by “religion,” they invariably meant Christianity. There was actually a rant at one point directing listeners to “go to church.” No real debate. Complete waste of time.

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