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Our unipolar moment may be remembered as the United States’ turn as “king of the hill,” two decades or so between the collapse of the Soviet Union and the rocket rise of China’s economy. What ...
The New Right
The hatching of a New Right Republican party, under fire, is the substance of this radio hour. It was simpler in Gilbert and Sullivan when the song said: every boy and every gal that’s born ...
Finally, there’s a word for it: the polycrisis, to describe the multiple messes we’re in. Our guest the historian Adam Tooze says it’s a polycrisis when old crises like war, weather, and disease are breeding ...
A Just Cause
Talking time around the war in Ukraine may be approaching. This radio hour may be a moment in that trend: reaching out for strong views we hadn’t heard, in head-on disagreement about the morality and ...
Taiwan, the World-Class Puzzle
Next on the global agenda comes Taiwan, the island off China once known as Formosa, meaning shapely, beautiful. Today it’s a puzzle with moving parts: a not-quite nation of 24 million people that has two ...
Try a simple riddle, about the time and climate we Americans are living in, today: Do we call it (a) wartime or (b) peacetime? Tense time, for sure, and there’s war in the headlines. But ...
Always knows more than you, never talks down to you
Christopher is a gift to humanity. Listening to him will make you bigger.
Vietnam 1968 - I didn’t have a patriotic interest. That bacevich did doesn’t surprise me. He still can’t be honest as to the USA’s viciousness as regards any effort at world peace. Russia was provoked and responded as the responsible adult in the room. Someone had to say no to the USA and the USA can stop this aggression any time it wants. Russia is in the right. Can’t know if this war could have been avoided is asked. The answers are idiotic at best, whether the “talkers” know they are lying or not.
Christopher Lyndon’ treatment of the Van Morrison album Astral Weeks was phenomenal. I didn’t know the album before then and now it is a constant companion. This pod, and that album are gifts to all of us.