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Conversations with a series of people who have nothing in common except that program host Robert Wright is curious about what they’re thinking.

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Conversations with a series of people who have nothing in common except that program host Robert Wright is curious about what they’re thinking.

    Russia, Ukraine, and Foreign Policy Restraint (Robert Wright & Derek Davison)

    Russia, Ukraine, and Foreign Policy Restraint (Robert Wright & Derek Davison)

    Does the “restrainer community” actually exist? ... Has the Ukraine war fractured the restrainer community? ... How should a restrainer respond to Putin’s invasion? ... How war-time psychology impairs objective analysis ... Unpacking the differences between left-wing and right-wing restrainers ... Is realism essential to the pro-restraint worldview—or just its conservative variant? ... Some dubious characters Biden takes advice from ...

    • 1 hr
    The Trump Files (Robert Wright & Mickey Kaus)

    The Trump Files (Robert Wright & Mickey Kaus)

    Forecasting Trump raid fallout ... Could the Dems bring back “Build Back Better”? ... Bob and Mickey compare blue-collar bona fides ... Scoring Biden's recent PR wins and losses ... What's scarier: social media, the FBI, or your Roomba? ... Ukraine war update ... Bob: How ‘defending’ Taiwan could get it invaded ... Parrot Room Preview: The Blobsters advising the White House, yet more Jonah Goldberg trash-talk, Mickey’s car-buying blues, Bob’s rave CRV road-trip review, where in the world is Ghislaine Maxwell?, Mickey’s meritocracy conundrum, AI takeover, Saudi golf tour talk, Bob shorts "longtermism" ...

    • 1 hr
    Remnants of the Blogging Era (Robert Wright, Jonah Goldberg, and Mickey Kaus)

    Remnants of the Blogging Era (Robert Wright, Jonah Goldberg, and Mickey Kaus)

    Remembering the halcyon days of early Bloggingheads ... Jonah: Our institutions have become platforms for parasites ... Censorship and polarization in the social media age ... What Mickey cribbed from Jonah to jumpstart his blogging career ... How Twitter killed the blogging star ... Is Substack blogging reborn? ... What’s the matter with the modern left? Jonah diagnoses ... A Trump-Biden rematch and other depressing symptoms of polarization ... Is devotion to an institution a sucker bet? ...

    • 1 hr
    A Biden Comeback? (Robert Wright & Mickey Kaus)

    A Biden Comeback? (Robert Wright & Mickey Kaus)

    Rip Van Kaus awakens to a frightening new reality ... Bob and Mickey scan the dial for better Christian music ... Did the Taliban sell out Ayman al-Zawahiri? ... Bob: Weapons sent to Ukraine will end up in US extremists’ hands ... Why did Nancy Pelosi go to Taiwan? ... If Trump had been reelected, would Putin have invaded Ukraine? ... Ukraine War update ... Are pro-choice Kansas voters also pro-Democrat? ... Mickey: My fears about Democratic midterm gains look more and more realistic ... Joe Manchin zags his way into supporting BBB ... Biden manages to avoid stagflation (for now) ... Parrot Room preview: Joe Rogan, Alex Jones, Brittney Griner, Monkeypox, Jonah Goldberg, the (possible) fascism of JD Vance and Blake Masters, Mickey’s beef with Chris Murphy, Mikey’s defense of mansplaining, the end of social media, a small wrinkle in the midterms, Obnoxious Use of the Word “Agency” of the Week, the third party question, John Fetterman, and the LIV Tour antitrust suit ...

    • 1 hr
    Taiwan, Ukraine, and Pelosi (Robert Wright & Thomas Friedman)

    Taiwan, Ukraine, and Pelosi (Robert Wright & Thomas Friedman)

    Tom: Pelosi’s trip to Taiwan imperils the defense of Ukraine ... Unpacking the Russia-Ukraine/China-Taiwan analogy ... Tom’s critique of Bob’s argument on Russia-Ukraine ... The dangers of humiliating and alienating China ... Does Biden have a plan for winding down the war in Ukraine – and does Putin? ... China could push Russia to end the war – so why is Pelosi poking the panda? ... Why cooperation with China is in America’s national interest ... Tom’s scoop on Zelensky’s worsening reputation in the White House ... Why Tom thinks a diplomatic resolution should come sooner rather than later ...

    • 1 hr
    How the Ukraine War Ends (Robert Wright & Rajan Menon)

    How the Ukraine War Ends (Robert Wright & Rajan Menon)

    Rajan walks through three ways the war could end ... Assessing Ukraine’s and Russia’s military aims ... The causes and consequences of Ukraine’s optimism ... What might weaken Ukrainian and western resolve? ... How America’s toxic political discourse prolongs the war ... Does Biden have a plan? ... Do we understand Putin’s motivation ... Will Putin accept anything short of taking the entire Donbas? ...

    • 1 hr

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
460 Ratings

460 Ratings

PF Duke ,

Terrific

Great podcast. Very fair to all sides. Everyone should listen! That would make the world a better place.

jaatlas ,

Great Podcast

Such a great podcast, always enjoy hearing Mickey and Bob’s banter. God do I disagree with Mickey on immigration and Bob on FP, but that’s part of the show’s charm.

BrockJarrett ,

Love Robert Wright

Started following his work since reading Why Buddhism is True, love most of what he puts out. Very thoughtful and subtle on most topics.

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