23 episodes

A Podcast by Shadi Hamid and Damir Marusic

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    • 4.6, 40 Ratings

A Podcast by Shadi Hamid and Damir Marusic

    Episode 23: Progress, Religion, Steve Albini, and the Kinks

    Episode 23: Progress, Religion, Steve Albini, and the Kinks

    Shadi quizzes Damir about his belief in the possibility of progress and social change, before the conversation spins off into a discussion about the creative process, selling out, and the nature of success. (Plus bonus material for Patreon supporters.) Reading (Listening) List:“How a Great Power Falls Apart” by Charles King (Foreign Affairs)“The Problem With Music” … Continue reading "Episode 23: Progress, Religion, Steve Albini, and the Kinks"

    • 1 hr
    Episode 22: Activism and Its Discontents (Live)

    Episode 22: Activism and Its Discontents (Live)

    On June 23, Shadi and Damir went live on Periscope to discuss Shadi’s latest piece for the Atlantic, the tension between political change and negative externalities, their new Patreon account, and plans for a newsletter. Listen, or watch the video of the Periscope livestream below!

    • 35 min
    Episode 21: A How-To Guide to Thinking Through the Apocalypse

    Episode 21: A How-To Guide to Thinking Through the Apocalypse

    Shadi talks through his inner conflicts. Damir responds by minimizing the reality of what is happening. Also: why Americans are all fundamentalists (whether secular or religious), the appropriateness of activist-journalism, the empty symbolism of woke politics, and whether the New York Times should(n’t) be our lodestar. Relax, it’s all (probably) going to be OK. Reading List:“Our … Continue reading "Episode 21: A How-To Guide to Thinking Through the Apocalypse"

    • 50 min
    Episode 20: Fixing Things in Fragile Democracies, with Mikheil Saakashvili

    Episode 20: Fixing Things in Fragile Democracies, with Mikheil Saakashvili

    The former President of Georgia joins Shadi and Damir to talk about how tricky reforms—such as police reforms—can succeed (and fail), about how identity is a slippery thing in the post-Soviet space, about liberalism, illiberalism, and Western haughtiness, and about his encounters with Donald Trump when he was just another rich guy with a political … Continue reading "Episode 20: Fixing Things in Fragile Democracies, with Mikheil Saakashvili"

    • 58 min
    Episode 19: Cry Havoc. Really, Really Cry.

    Episode 19: Cry Havoc. Really, Really Cry.

    Very special guest Michael Signer joins the podcast to talk about his new book recounting his time serving as mayor of Charlottesville during the violence of August 2017. With America in upheaval, it’s an appropriate time to revisit that sad bit of recent history, but also an opportunity to think about what’s gone wrong with … Continue reading "Episode 19: Cry Havoc. Really, Really Cry."

    • 1 hr 13 min
    Episode 18: Live, Amidst the Flames

    Episode 18: Live, Amidst the Flames

    Shadi and Damir live-streamed an episode as a weekend of violent protests around the country wound to a close. Our episodes are never scripted or prepared, but in this case we are interacting with our audience on Twitter’s Periscope in real time to help guide the conversation. Also, please excuse the audio quality.

    • 55 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
40 Ratings

40 Ratings

reluctant listener ,

Ms

I’m only giving 5 stars for the episode with Ben Haddad. His voice is 🔥 He needs to be a regular host. Also waiting for Shadi’s mom as a guest.

Ser Berric ,

Extremely Refreshing

First and most importantly they talk about interesting things.The dialogue is easy going and not at all contrived. I just think it’s really good.

omn268 ,

Great Podcast

Love everything they have to say; except when they talk about Obama’s legacy on the middle east.

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