45 episodes

Walter Russell Mead, a historian, pundit, and popular author, is encyclopedic about politics, culture, and history. On What Really Matters, Mead and Tablet deputy editor Jeremy Stern help you understand the news, decide what news matters and what doesn’t, and enjoy following the story of America and the world more than you do now.

Check out Walter Russell Mead’s Tablet column at https://www.tabletmag.com/columns/via-meadia.

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    • 4.9 • 244 Ratings

Walter Russell Mead, a historian, pundit, and popular author, is encyclopedic about politics, culture, and history. On What Really Matters, Mead and Tablet deputy editor Jeremy Stern help you understand the news, decide what news matters and what doesn’t, and enjoy following the story of America and the world more than you do now.

Check out Walter Russell Mead’s Tablet column at https://www.tabletmag.com/columns/via-meadia.

    Checking in on American Democracy Promotion

    Checking in on American Democracy Promotion

    This week, Walter and Jeremy talk Biden’s tariffs on China, Israel’s spiraling relations with Egypt, Google’s plan to crush publishers with AI, and how America’s democracy promotion agenda is finding new ways to fail in Africa.

    Each week on What Really Matters, Walter Russell Mead and Jeremy Stern help you understand the news, decide what matters and what doesn’t, and enjoy following the story of America and the world more than you do now. For more, check out tabletmag.com/what-really-matters. You can read Walter Russell Mead’s Tablet column here, and check out more from Tablet here.
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    • 30 min
    Did Biden Just Abandon Israel?

    Did Biden Just Abandon Israel?

    This week, Walter and Jeremy discuss Biden’s threat to withhold offensive weapons from Israel, why the president’s huge spending bills haven’t been spent yet, the faltering criminal cases against Donald Trump, the global fertility crisis, and how to get the most out of election coverage.

    Each week on What Really Matters, Walter Russell Mead and Jeremy Stern help you understand the news, decide what matters and what doesn’t, and enjoy following the story of America and the world more than you do now. For more, check out tabletmag.com/what-really-matters. You can read Walter Russell Mead’s Tablet column here, and check out more from Tablet here.
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    • 26 min
    Where Did the Democratic Party’s Pro-Hamas Wing Come From?

    Where Did the Democratic Party’s Pro-Hamas Wing Come From?

    This week, Walter and Jeremy discuss the US Southwest pumping more crude oil than Kuwait, the International Criminal Court’s threat to arrest Israeli officials, the financial industry’s exodus from New York and California, and how support for Hamas could split the Democratic coalition.

    Each week on What Really Matters, Walter Russell Mead and Jeremy Stern help you understand the news, decide what matters and what doesn’t, and enjoy following the story of America and the world more than you do now. For more, check out tabletmag.com/what-really-matters. You can read Walter Russell Mead’s Tablet column here, and check out more from Tablet here.
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    • 29 min
    America's Popular Universities for Palestine

    America's Popular Universities for Palestine

    This week, Walter and Jeremy discuss the Ukraine aid package, banning TikTok, Lina Khan's FTC overreach, and the pro-Hamas protests sweeping America's college campuses.

    Each week on What Really Matters, Walter Russell Mead and Jeremy Stern help you understand the news, decide what matters and what doesn’t, and enjoy following the story of America and the world more than you do now. For more, check out tabletmag.com/what-really-matters. You can read Walter Russell Mead’s Tablet column here, and check out more from Tablet here.
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    • 33 min
    The Rise of the Cyber City

    The Rise of the Cyber City

    This week, Walter and Jeremy discuss Israel’s options for retaliating against Iran, why the IMF scolded the United States, Zelensky’s pleas for Israel-style support for Ukraine, and why the Work From Home (WFH) revolution could change American cities and make Gen Z filthy rich.
    Read Walter’s new Tablet essay, ‘The Rise of the Cyber City’
    Read or watch Walter’s recent Senate testimony on Modernizing US Alliances in the Indo Pacific

    Each week on What Really Matters, Walter Russell Mead and Jeremy Stern help you understand the news, decide what matters and what doesn’t, and enjoy following the story of America and the world more than you do now. For more, check out tabletmag.com/what-really-matters. You can read Walter Russell Mead’s Tablet column here, and check out more from Tablet here.
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    • 39 min
    Czar Tucker and the Antisemitic Right

    Czar Tucker and the Antisemitic Right

    This week, Walter and Jeremy talk Israel-Iran war worries, European bans on youth gender care, an Indonesia-Israel normalization agreement, and why Tucker Carlson is peddling the antisemitism of the Russian Czars.

    Each week on What Really Matters, Walter Russell Mead and Jeremy Stern help you understand the news, decide what matters and what doesn’t, and enjoy following the story of America and the world more than you do now. For more, check out tabletmag.com/what-really-matters. You can read Walter Russell Mead’s Tablet column here, and check out more from Tablet here.
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    • 33 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
244 Ratings

244 Ratings

Curious Mayhem ,

Distills it for you

Fine little podcast on American foreign policyfrom Tablet by the esteemed liberal-internationalist thinker and academic Walter Russell Mead, also a regular contributor to the Wall Street Journal and other places. He and host Jeremy Seagal parse a few major stories a week, then take up one major theme at greater depth for the rest of each episode. Mead is a classical liberal, not a "progressive," so his analysis and inclinations are liberal-minded with a heavy dose of common sense, not a wholesale rejection of facts and history. Such voices are more and more politically homeless, but podcasting and independent journalism like Tablet provide a new venue such writers.

Grammatigoal ,

Sober and Insightful

An essential voice bringing wisdom and strategic thinking to the public square. I also highly recommend his books on American foreign policy.

feefeegrlrox ,

Excellent!

Excellent, informative, balanced, nuanced, thoughtful, fun and helpful. Couldn’t recommend more!

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