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65 minutes | Aug 6, 2022
A Biden Comeback? (Robert Wright & Mickey Kaus)
Rip Van Kaus awakens to a frightening new reality ... Bob and Mickey scan the dial for better Christian music ... Did the Taliban sell out Ayman al-Zawahiri? ... Bob: Weapons sent to Ukraine will end up in US extremists’ hands ... Why did Nancy Pelosi go to Taiwan? ... If Trump had been reelected, would Putin have invaded Ukraine? ... Ukraine War update ... Are pro-choice Kansas voters also pro-Democrat? ... Mickey: My fears about Democratic midterm gains look more and more realistic ... Joe Manchin zags his way into supporting BBB ... Biden manages to avoid stagflation (for now) ... Parrot Room preview: Joe Rogan, Alex Jones, Brittney Griner, Monkeypox, Jonah Goldberg, the (possible) fascism of JD Vance and Blake Masters, Mickey’s beef with Chris Murphy, Mikey’s defense of mansplaining, the end of social media, a small wrinkle in the midterms, Obnoxious Use of the Word “Agency” of the Week, the third party question, John Fetterman, and the LIV Tour antitrust suit ...
53 minutes | Aug 5, 2022
Capitalism and Democracy in Post-Industrial America (Glenn Loury, John McWhorter, and Richard Wolff)
A special announcement from Glenn ... Richard’s journey from quiet Marxist to public intellectual ... Why Youngstown, Ohio was left behind ... Richard: Capitalist ownership is inherently anti-democratic ... Richard’s critique of Hayekian libertarianism ... Pecuniary externalities vs. objective externalities ... Socialism’s historical track record ... Employees as stakeholders ... The rise of the right in the wake of the New Deal and WWII ... The Glenn Show’s new partnership with the Manhattan Institute ...
57 minutes | Aug 2, 2022
Taiwan, Ukraine, and Pelosi (Robert Wright & Thomas Friedman)
Tom: Pelosi’s trip to Taiwan imperils the defense of Ukraine ... Unpacking the Russia-Ukraine/China-Taiwan analogy ... Tom’s critique of Bob’s argument on Russia-Ukraine ... The dangers of humiliating and alienating China ... Does Biden have a plan for winding down the war in Ukraine – and does Putin? ... China could push Russia to end the war – so why is Pelosi poking the panda? ... Why cooperation with China is in America’s national interest ... Tom’s scoop on Zelensky’s worsening reputation in the White House ... Why Tom thinks a diplomatic resolution should come sooner rather than later ...
77 minutes | Jul 29, 2022
Fear of a Black Universe (Glenn Loury & Stephon Alexander)
Glenn and Steph’s jam session ... Steph’s adventures in the multiverse ... The parallels between black art and physics ... The centrality of self-reference in Steph’s work ... Is there a racial dimension to how excellence reveals itself in students? ... How Steph learned to level up ... Steph’s new book, Fear of a Black Universe: An Outsider’s Guide to the Future of Physics ... Steph’s admiration for prior generations of Jewish physicists ... How Glenn and Steph navigate stigma ... What is the Higgs boson? ...
60 minutes | Jul 29, 2022
Build Back Manchin (Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis)
Why did Manchin finally do the reconciliation deal? ... Will reconciliation help Democrats in November? ... Why Biden shouldn't run again ... August 2nd primary preview ...
67 minutes | Jul 26, 2022
How the Ukraine War Ends (Robert Wright & Rajan Menon)
Rajan walks through three ways the war could end ... Assessing Ukraine’s and Russia’s military aims ... The causes and consequences of Ukraine’s optimism ... What might weaken Ukrainian and western resolve? ... How America’s toxic political discourse prolongs the war ... Does Biden have a plan? ... Do we understand Putin’s motivation ... Will Putin accept anything short of taking the entire Donbas? ...
66 minutes | Jul 23, 2022
The Ever-Growing Case Against Trump (Robert Wright & Mickey Kaus)
Mickey lives in darkness ... Dems rise in the polls as Trump falls ... The case that Trump was trying to obstruct Congress on January 6 gets stronger ... Steve Bannon’s role as January 6 ringleader ... How susceptible is the left to election fraud fantasies? ... Are we ready for the current Covid wave? ... Why do we need Saudi Arabia’s oil? ... Will higher wages for unskilled labor stick around? ... NYT columnists admit their errors ... The SPLC attacks Andrew Yang ... A new study challenges the link between low serotonin and depression ... Will Joe Manchin sink the global minimum corporate tax? ... Ukraine update ... Parrot Room preview: Bob and Mickey react to Jonah Goldberg’s trash talk, Bill Gates throws his money around, Washington corruption, Oz vs. Fetterman, What another Trump presidency would be like, the holograms are coming for us, Mickey’s childlike reactions to Biden and Fetterman, an interesting Supreme Court case, Ethan Hawke’s Ukraine peace plan, the Bonesaw Golf Circuit, and Bob’s epic Decoding the Gurus episode ...
82 minutes | Jul 22, 2022
Race and Conservatism: Walker, Thomas, and Wax (Glenn Loury & John McWhorter)
John: Republicans’ elevation of Herschel Walker is an insult ... If Walker is so inept, why does he have so much support? ... Where’s the outrage over racist attacks on Clarence Thomas? ... Thomas’s historical significance ... The Clarence Thomas (and Al Sharpton) we don’t see ... Are Amy Wax’s views beyond the pale? ... John: “Amy should know better” ... Amy Wax’s return to The Glenn Show ...
42 minutes | Jul 21, 2022
Are Dems Hurting America? (Matt K. Lewis & Bill Scher)
Why did Maryland Republicans turn Trumpy? ... Are Democrats wrong to help Trumpy candidates win Republican primaries? ... Should Democrats use gerrymandering to box out decent Republicans? ... Is David Frum right that abortion will matter in November? ... Is Joe Manchin helping or hurting Democrats? ...
68 minutes | Jul 19, 2022
The Golden Age of Blogging (and now) (Robert Wright & Ross Douthat)
Ross to Bob: In a parallel universe, you are a media god. ... The non-zero-sum nature of disagreement in the blog days ... Ross’s time as an Atlantic blogging big-shot ... Will Twitter-style discourse last forever? ... Technology, politics, and polarization ... Ross’s niche in the conservative ecosystem ... Globalization vs. the (new) “new nationalism” ... Can the world afford a Cold War II? ...
67 minutes | Jul 16, 2022
The Biden-MBS Fist Bump (Robert Wright & Mickey Kaus)
Mickey admits he was wrong about the 10-year-old abortion story ... The Atlantic’s conveniently timed story about MBS’s widow ... Is Biden doing MBS a favor by investigating the PGA? ... Mickey: Democrats are still overperforming in midterm polls ... January 6 hearings update ... Working with, or around, Joe Manchin ... Has Elon Musk actually thought through free speech on Twitter? ... Ukraine war update ... Mickey: The Peter Thiel candidates will decide the fate of the Senate ... Parrot Room preview: Bob’s Atlantic conspiracy theory revealed, the British Open and LIV, Starbucks store closings, Biden and military force in Iran, NAIRU news, the Hunter Biden cloud leak, the value of the Iraq war, sucking up to Saudi Arabia, Bob complains about a terrible WaPo headline, the annoyances of “agency,” Jill Biden’s breakfast taco faux pas, and fertilizer in Sri Lanka ...
84 minutes | Jul 15, 2022
Our Gun Problem (Glenn Loury & Rajiv Sethi)
The cryptocurrency bezzle ... Rajiv’s critique of the contact hypothesis ... Will popular proposed gun control measures meaningfully reduce homicides? ... Can we talk about culture without becoming essentialists? ... Rajiv: I find self-censorship and anti-CRT mobs equally disturbing ... Debating the 1619 Project ... Rajiv’s idea to reduce illegal firearm sales: gun insurance ... Why do we see such racial disparities in gun violence? Rajiv has some theories ... What did we learn from the second Justice Department investigation in Ferguson? ...
47 minutes | Jul 14, 2022
Dems Turn On Biden (Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis)
Is DeSantis eroding Trump's standing in the GOP? ... Why are progressives accusing Biden of not fighting hard enough? ... How the conservative revolt over Harriet Miers doomed Roe ...
77 minutes | Jul 13, 2022
An Entrepreneur Takes on the Foreign Policy Blob (Robert Wright & David Sacks)
Why David thinks better US policy could have prevented the Russia-Ukraine war ... Bob: Explaining Putin’s criminal invasion is not the same as justifying it ... How understanding other minds sheds light on international politics ... The importance of speaking out ... What Silicon Valley doesn’t get about international politics ... In what sense does Silicon Valley care about the future? ... When cancel culture meets foreign policy ... David on his political ideology ... Possible endgames in Ukraine ... Could the war tank Biden’s presidency? ... A few words on cryptocurrency ...
60 minutes | Jul 9, 2022
Inflation Ruling the Nation (Robert Wright & Mickey Kaus)
Mickey: Inflation could abate by the midterms, saving the Dems ... Bob: Congress’s inability to act meaningfully on guns is outrageous ... How the 14th Amendment could support federal pro-abortion legislation ... Does Boris Johnson’s fall reflect disenchantment with Brexit? ... Build Back Better is back ... Liz Cheney, Democratic presidential candidate? ... Bob’s somewhat intrusive gun control workaround ... Harvard’s pandemic stimulus check study ... Parrot Room preview: A Ukraine update, Blake Masters, good career news for two TNR alums, Mickey attacks Mark Leibovich, January 6, corporatism, naming names in the Epstein case, Bari Weiss gossip, Minions and TikTok, Bob saw Memorial and you didn’t, and the abortion-seeking ten-year-old story ...
82 minutes | Jul 8, 2022
Glenn and John Live at the Comedy Cellar (Glenn Loury, John McWhorter, Sherrod Small, Jon Laster & Nimesh Patel)
Why do race and gender trump socioeconomics in affirmative action considerations? ... Are Glenn and John making a difference in the race debate? ... The argument for charter schools ... Glenn: Nobody really believes that racism is the cause of racial disparities in crime ... The difficulty of having an honest conversation about race and crime ... Seizing the possibilities of our freedom ... John: The race debate is about the cops ... The Jon Laster Challenge ... Sherrod talks to the crowd ... Why do cops become cops? ... Jon: Money is the biggest problem in black communities ... Can poverty account for violence in black communities? ... Q&A: Do we need more black police? ... Q&A: Have Glenn and John gotten credit for highlighting The Trayvon Hoax? ... Q&A: John clarifies his position on the Georgia voting law ...
50 minutes | Jul 6, 2022
At the Movies (Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis)
Movie night at the Scher and Lewis households ... Democrats fighting Democrats instead of Republicans ... Which Republicans are banning abortions in the states, and are they on the ballot in November? ... Does Biden look impotent? ... The Senate looks better for Democrats than the House ...
80 minutes | Jul 5, 2022
The Trump Problem’s Persistence (Robert Wright, David Corn, and Mickey Kaus)
Thinking back fondly on the time Dick Cheney shot a guy ... David: Online journalism leveled the media playing field ... Is Russiagate an example of Democratic demagoguery? ... Mickey’s little-known past as a squire to DC’s elite ... The rewards of outrageousness ... What does it take to get drummed out of public life in 2022? ... David: It’s sad that so many Americans accept Trump’s prolific lying ... Does backlash against perceived media bias explain Trump’s support? ... The undiminished shock value of January 6 ... Is there any Democratic alternative to Biden and Harris in 2024? ...
63 minutes | Jul 2, 2022
Judging Cassidy Hutchinson (Robert Wright & Mickey Kaus)
Cassidy Hutchinson’s credible-seeming January 6 testimony ... Are the January 6 hearings hurting Trump’s 2024 chances? ... Mickey: I’m surprised the press is giving Hutchinson such a hard time ... Bob: The hearings are going to be a very important historical document ... Are the Republicans putting all of their non-Trump eggs in the DeSantis basket? ... Will the Democrats retain the Senate? ... Is the Supreme Court’s EPA ruling a judicial power grab? ... Is this Supreme Court philosophically conservative or politically conservative? ... Ukraine update ... Parrot Room preview: Ghislaine Maxwell, Woke Boris Johnson, wokeism in general, Ukraine, the Cafe Milano leak, Sonny Barger and the Hell’s Angels quiz, media bias, and Mickey’s four points about Bob’s conversation with Matt Yglesias ...
91 minutes | Jul 1, 2022
Who Is Responsible for the Russia-Ukraine War? (Glenn Loury & Nikita Petrov)
Nikita asks: Who are “my people”? ... How much responsibility do we bear for the actions of our governments? ... The problem of racial affiliation ... The use and abuse of group identity ... Is Glenn “authentically black”? ... The incomplete project of emancipation ... Why was Russia’s period of true democracy so brief? ... Democracy and “the Russian soul” ... Can we compare antiwar Americans and antiwar Russians? ... Glenn: Why would the US risk nuclear war with Russia over Ukraine? ... The US’s involvement in drafting Russia’s constitution ...
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