Conversations with a series of people who have nothing in common except that program host Robert Wright is curious about what they’re thinking.
A View from Russia (Robert Wright & Nikita Petrov)
Nikita’s disclaimer: I don’t speak for the average Russian ... One result of Western sanctions: no good cheese in Russian stores ... The crackdown on the supporters of Alexey Navalny ... What Putin learned from the protests in Belarus ... The Internet vs TV ... Do Russians see America as an enemy? ... Siloviki, the Russian ruling class ... Nikita tries to describe his ineffable Substack newsletter, Psychopolitica ...
UFOs and Anal Probes (Robert Wright & Mickey Kaus)
Why we should hope there are extraterrestrials ... Bezos in space ... Bob manages to hold back on Jeffrey Toobin jokes ... Mickey: Kamala's staff is incompetent ... Is Biden really getting the US out of Afghanistan? ... Bob defends Ilhan Omar's war crimes comments ... Mickey: It's harder to pass a reconciliation bill in the House than in the Senate ... Bob frets about a mirth shortage on the left ... Parrot room preview: the Vanity Fair piece on Jeffrey Epstein, Hunter Biden, Bob's problem with Slates’s Slow Burn, Bob’s problem with David Sanger, hydroxychloroquine, trucks flying flags, and sexy cicadas ...
Should Darwin Be Cancelled? (Robert Wright & Agustín Fuentes)
Agustín on what he was and wasn’t saying in his controversial Science piece on Darwin ... What is biological anthropology? ... What social media critiques of Agustín’s editorial missed ... Untangling Darwin’s attitudes toward race and genocide ... Darwin’s worries about his theory’s acceptance ... What do female gibbons want? ... Agustín: Commonly used racial categories are unscientific ... The changing rules for competition among males ... Okay, so should we cancel Darwin or not? ...
The Chamomile Party (Robert Wright & Mickey Kaus)
Mickey: Where's the anti-woke Tea Party? ... How far will Democrats go with budget reconciliation? ... Can Trump really be reinstated? ... Bye-bye Bibi ... Mickey's got good news for the Wuhan lab and bad news for pangolins ... Mickey: Just let Naomi Osaka play tennis ... Bob reminisces about life as a journalist pre-Twitter ... Mickey: We don't need more electric car subsidies ... Bob's not impressed by the NYT's UFO reporting ... Parrot Room preview: UFOs, Idiocracy, the Philadelphia sound, the situation in Xinjiang, Naomi Osaka, Huawei strikes back, and J.D. Vance ...
What's Happening to the Uyghurs? (Robert Wright & David Brophy)
A primer on Xinjiang's history ... Are Uyghur women facing forced sterilization? ... China's counter-terrorism justification ... Sinifying" the Uyghurs ... What we know about the detention camps ... How many people have gone through the camps? ... Can outside pressure change China's policy? ...
Goats, a GOAT, Gates, and Crime Rates (Robert Wright & Mickey Kaus)
Two podcasters, three definitions of neoliberalism ... What rules the ruling class? ... Phil Mickelson’s record-breaking PGA win ... Mickey: The Epstein guard verdict bodes ill for Ghislaine ... Is the left starting to worry about rising crime rates? ... You attend one Nazi sex party … ... Bob: What Belarus did was wrong, but what about … ... Parrot Room preview: UFOs, a Wuhan-stravaganza, cable news ratings, Hunter Biden, a Times reporter calls the lab leak theory racist, a trans track controversy, more Gates, etc. ...
Come for the hair talk, stay for the parrot room
Bob please invite Julia Galef back on!
Mickey’s Hair has nothing to do with this review
Lot’s of hair or almost no hair , I enjoy the conversation and banter with you guys.
Love to hear Bob and Mickey