The United States is in the midst of a dramatic political realignment with shifting views on national security, economics, technology, and the role of government in our lives. Saagar Enjeti and Marshall Kosloff explore this with thinkers, policymakers, and more.
RE: Something Interesting | Jason Del Rey on the Future of Black Friday and Holiday Sales, In-Person vs. Online Commerce, and How Amazon & Walmart Are Redefining How We Shop
Welcome to RE: Something Interesting, The Realignment's new Saturday podcast focused on more casual conversations about American culture and society with people who've released something worth diving into. Today's guest is the journalist Jason Del Rey, author of Winner Sells All: Amazon, Walmart, and the Battle for Our Wallets. Marshall and Jason discuss a listener's question about the state of Black Friday given the decline of in-person shopping, how the rivalry between Amazon and Walmart redefined the shopping experience, why both struggled with their in-person and online experiences, and why many of their efforts and startups they acquired during the 2010s floundered.
434 | Ben Mezrich: Will Elon Musk Make or Break X?
Ben Mezrich, author of Breaking Twitter: Elon Musk and the Most Controversial Corporate Takeover in History, returns to The Realignment. Marshall and Ben discuss Elon Musk's prospects for turning X (formerly Twitter) into not only a fundamentally sound business, but also the biggest global platform for speech, whether a profit-driven company can ever achieve free speech goals, post-acquisition successes, failures, and missed opportunities, and whether the platform can ever build the requisite subscriber base to escape its dependence on advertisers.
433 | Adam Hammer: Funding and Scaling the Breakthrough Tech America Needs to Win the 21st Century
Adam Hammer, President and Co-Founder of Roadrunner Venture Studios, a new venture studio based in Albuquerque, New Mexico, joins The Realignment. Marshall and Adam discuss why America fell behind its rivals when it comes to developing emerging deep/frontier technologies, opportunities in quantum science, space, energy, advanced manufacturing, and clean tech, New Mexico's status as a past and future cradle of innovation, and how the "venture studio" model of company formation and funding can address the deep tech blind spots missed by traditional venture capital.
432 | Jennifer Burns: Is the Milton Friedman Era Over?
Jennifer Burns, Stanford history professor and author of Milton Friedman: The Last Conservative & Goddess of the Market: Ayn Rand and the American Right, joins The Realignment. Marshall and Jennifer discuss Milton Friedman's legacy, his foundational role in shaping the bipartisan neoliberal approach that supplanted the New Deal in the 1970s and 1980s, whether the 2008 Financial Crisis, the trade policy fueled Trump revolt in 2016, and the COVID supply chain crunch has discredited his market-oriented worldview, and why the return of inflation politics could end up revitalizing his work for future generations.
Recap and AMA - Free Edition | Marshall on Thanksgiving, How to Ask Questions, the Death of Black Friday, and the Best Subscription Offerings
In this Thanksgiving week edition of The Realignment's Recap and Ask Me Anything, Marshall discusses how to ask questions, the death of Black Friday, subscription recommendations for friends and family, and the show's Thanksgiving plans.
RE: Something Interesting | Doug Melville on Family & Ancestry through the Legacy of the Tuskegee Airmen and America's First Black Generals
Welcome to RE: Something Interesting, The Realignment's new Saturday podcast focused on more casual conversations about American culture and society with people who've released something worth diving into. Today's guest is Doug Melville, author of Invisible Generals: Rediscovering Family Legacy, and a Quest to Honor America's First Black Generals. After a 2012 Hollywood production wrote out his family, Doug discovered his family's legacy in the segregated U.S. Army before and during World War II.
Great balanced viewpoints!
I really appreciate the detail and nuance that you get into on this podcast. You have really helped me identify where I fall in this political sphere (the gradients being 3D so not a spectrum) and changed my mind (for the first time since college 20 years ago) on a number of issues with the broad coverage on each topic. Thank you for a great show!!
If you're looking for some hard-hitting, well-rounded political commentary, look elsewhere. This show is basically Fox News with a fancy coat of paint. In the land of biased media, this show is like the king of the castle. A master class in propaganda, presented with all the subtlety of a bull in a china shop.
Space time continuum
I just hope Marshall finally gets a Time Machine, so he can actually go back in time with his guests and ask the question instead of just saying "say it's 1972…”.