140 episodes

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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    • 4.7 • 451 Ratings

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

    The Supreme Court's Two Bombshells (Robert Wright & Mickey Kaus)

    The Supreme Court's Two Bombshells (Robert Wright & Mickey Kaus)

    An important announcement for Bloggingheads fans ... Was Roe v. Wade doomed from its inception? ... Will the Supreme Court’s gun ruling get people killed? ... Bob: Democrats should weaponize the gun ruling ... Mickey: The January 6 hearings have been effective if unbalanced ... The pragmatic case for not indicting Trump ... Bob’s Biden replacement proposal of the week: Van Jones ... Two Trump-related hurdles for Ron DeSantis ... Ukraine update: the momentum shift is official ... A bittersweet farewell to Bloggingheads ... Mickey clarifies: He does not think sex should be illegal ... Parrot Room preview: Media bias on Ukraine, Juneteenth, Mark Shields, Bob’s killer argument against Nick Bostrom's simulation argument, Undone, we’re all the Beatles now, a crucial test for Brexit, Mickey’s prediction about the lab leak hypothesis, Lightyear bombs, Ben Smith’s Semafor, immigration news, a “Bonesaw Golf Circuit” update, and should the government regulate AI? ...

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    Bernie’s Adviser Talks Russia-Ukraine (Robert Wright & Matthew Duss)

    Bernie’s Adviser Talks Russia-Ukraine (Robert Wright & Matthew Duss)

    Why Matt thinks progressives should support giving military aid to Ukraine ... Bob defends much of the left-wing critique of America’s Russia-Ukraine policies ... How the "Putin's talking points" smear shuts down criticism of US foreign policy ... Is the “democracy vs autocracy” framework leading the world to Cold War II? ... Assessing possible endgames in Ukraine – and what comes after ... Did Biden make a serious diplomatic effort to prevent Putin’s invasion? ... Making free trade agreements a tool for advancing left-of-center policy ...

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    Heroes and Villains of January 6 (Robert Wright & Mickey Kaus)

    Heroes and Villains of January 6 (Robert Wright & Mickey Kaus)

    Mickey implores Bob: “Leave Biden alone!” Bob proves incapable. ... Democrats’ surprisingly good Senate race poll numbers ... Mickey: Immigration numbers are climbing, but the media isn’t covering it ... The downsides of framing US foreign policy as a “struggle against autocracy” ... How courageous was Pence on January 6? ... Did Trump both plan and fan the violence on January 6? ... Mickey: Trump and DeSantis are neck and neck as 2024 prospects ... Will Biden lift Trump-era tariffs on China? ... Bob: Ukraine may soon run out of ammo for its Soviet-era artillery ... Parrot Room preview: Exciting child tax credit news, Jeffrey Epstein news, a new angle on the Dave Weigel affair, Stanford eliminates fun, a deep dive into Bob’s views on consciousness, the dating habits of Richard Spencer, the US Open, Bob pummels an NYT headline, the Proud Boys, and Kurt Gödel ...

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    Who’s to Blame for the State of Russia? (Robert Wright & Nikita Petrov)

    Who’s to Blame for the State of Russia? (Robert Wright & Nikita Petrov)

    Nikita’s exciting—but daunting—new creative venture ... What responsibility do the Russian people bear for their government’s actions? ... Seeing clearly the many perspectives in the “Russian perspective” ... When does blaming propaganda go from explanation to excuse? ... Was this war with Russia the least bad option for Ukraine? ... Is fighting the power a fool’s errand? ... Assigning credit (and blame) for post-Soviet Russia ... Did US interests want Russia to invade Ukraine? ...

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    The January 6 Hearings Hit Primetime (Robert Wright & Mickey Kaus)

    The January 6 Hearings Hit Primetime (Robert Wright & Mickey Kaus)

    What did we learn from the primetime January 6 hearing? ... Bob: “Our foreign policy is virtue signaling, and it’s very, very costly” ... The alarming threats against Supreme Court justices ... WaPo’s dismissal of Felicia Sonmez ... Does Chesa Boudin’s recall mark the end of criminal justice reform? ... The Iran Deal teeters on the edge of collapse ... Bob tears Biden and Blinken’s sanctioning policy a new one ... Mickey: Biden should prepare for midterm losses by pivoting now ... Why haven’t Ukraine’s new weapons slowed Russia down? ... Parrot Room preview: Felicia Sonmez, Saudi Arabia’s LIV golf tour, why Microsoft may own the metaverse, The Glitch in the Matrix, an under-reported Jeffrey Epstein-Elon Musk connection, a lab leak hypothesis update, Mickey’s un-PC thoughts about Ken Bode, and Mickey wrestles with his own ideological affiliations ...

    • 1 hr
    What Syria Reveals about Russia-Ukraine (Robert Wright & Joshua Landis)

    What Syria Reveals about Russia-Ukraine (Robert Wright & Joshua Landis)

    Josh: World War I shattered empires, ethnic cleansing created nation-states ... How the US and Russia wound up cooperating to fight ISIS and Sunni militias ... Why Turkey is holding up NATO membership for Sweden and Finland ... By helping to keep Syria divided, is the US giving ISIS free rein? ... What Turkey wants in exchange for letting Sweden and Finland into NATO ... In retrospect, should the US not have intervened in Syria? ... Why Russia-Ukraine might become another devastating frozen conflict ... Josh: Putin misapplied the lessons of Syria to Ukraine ... How US sanctions impede conflict resolution in the Middle East ...

    • 1 hr

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
451 Ratings

451 Ratings

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.

DareBoBear ,

Disappointing

I had some pretty high hopes for this guy, but after listening to a couple eps (including the much vaunted C. Hitchens debate) I walk away disappointed.
Bob comes across to me as just one more partisan lefty in media, albeit one who is tripping over himself to show his "nuance."
On religion he's just a mess. Like most on the left who (rightly) reject religion, he can't seem to get over the "something missing" hurdle, like a true brave atheist can. So he fills this religion-sized hole with doubt, nuance, and Buddhism.
And with pointless debate. It's hard to believe this guy held up his debate with Hitchens as a clear victory. It just shows the deep bias we humans have for... ourselves!
He came across as this strident sniper, trying to bring down the great man by any means necessary. We get it Bob, Hitch was wrong on Iraq. A lot of people were. (But even there, it's not like the 2003 Hitch was arguing in bad faith.) And the religion stuff.. my god man, you're a supposed atheist (or "secular humanist," whatever) trying to argue religion of all things with Christopher frigging Hitchens, of all people. Surely there was much more common ground than Bob wanted to let on, for whatever weird reason.

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