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72 minutes | Jan 22, 2022
Ukraine and Biden’s Brain (Robert Wright & Mickey Kaus)
Looking for signs of decline in Biden’s press conference ... Is the child tax credit what swing voters want? ... Two possible inflation fixes ... What’s on the table in U.S.-Russia negotiations over Ukraine? ... How well is Biden handling the Ukraine situation? ... Mickey: There’s a chance we'll avoid a Trump 2024 run ... Bob’s plan to convince Biden not to run ... Meat Loaf would do anything for love (but would he get vaxxed?) ... Bob: I get why white males are under fire ... Parrot Room preview: The secret to Matt Yglesias’s success, the FBI searches Henry Cuellar’s home, Mickey’s beef with the Salvation Army, how the Parrot Room is like the TV show Yellowstone, Bob’s panel appearance with Jerry Brown, Robert Malone, active shooter drills, war in the Pacific, the Los Gatos Party Mom, exploring Bob and Mickey’s positions on China, Bob issues some corrections, Mickey critiques the Atlantic and David Remnick, and the time Katie Couric interviewed Bob ...
79 minutes | Jan 21, 2022
Which Black Lives Matter? (Glenn Loury & Heather Mac Donald)
Heather’s deep dive into African American literature ... The impact of George Floyd on violent crime rates ... Heather: Why doesn’t the mainstream media cover the violent deaths of black children? ... The difficulty of addressing black out-of-wedlock birth rates ... Who has the moral authority to advocate for traditional family structures? ... Heather: Giuliani was one of America’s greatest mayors ... Glenn: Lowering academic standards threatens the foundation of our civilization ... Looking for Black leadership ... Was the reaction to the crack epidemic a “moral panic”? ...
62 minutes | Jan 20, 2022
Debating "Biden-Cheney 2024?" (Aryeh Cohen-Wade & Chris Novembrino)
Culturally Determined is leaving BhTV, so here's how to keep following the show ... Tom Friedman's controversial column, "Biden-Cheney 2024?" ... Why Israel's anti-Netanyahu coalition could never happen in the US ... Aryeh's defense of Friedman's column ... A Hamilton song on Zoom, and other absurdities of centrist liberalism ... Chris: Any "grand coalition" would need to have Bernie and AOC in the lead ... Returning to the "is Trump a fascist" debate ... Has Trump moved on to other grifts? ...
55 minutes | Jan 19, 2022
Debating Don't Look Up (Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis)
Bill and Matt disagree about Don’t Look Up [Spoilers] ... Does Don’t Look Up reflect our political reality? ... Can entertainment move the political needle? ... Bill: Democrats could employ the talking filibuster right now ... What’s the voting rights exit strategy for Dems? ... Does tepid media coverage of Trump’s Arizona rally suggest his hold on Republicans is fading? ...
85 minutes | Jan 19, 2022
The Corruption of US Foreign Policy (Robert Wright & Richard Hanania)
Richard discusses his new book, Public Choice Theory and the Illusion of Grand Strategy ... Richard’s critique of the field of International Relations ... Why "concentrated interests" capture US foreign policy ... The arms industry executive who has "single handedly ruined the world" ... How the US helped create the Russia-Ukraine conflict ... The pro-militarism bias in the news media and foreign policy think tanks ... Why does the US misperceive Iran as being a threat to US interests? ... Richard: The US should learn to live with a superpower China ... The failures of the human rights lobby and the brutality of sanctions on Afghanistan ... Do autocracies have more coherent foreign policies than democracies? ...
74 minutes | Jan 15, 2022
Biden’s Exit Strategy (Robert Wright & Mickey Kaus)
Mickey’s plan to install Nancy Pelosi in the Oval Office ... Who can convince Biden not to run for reelection? ... Mickey’s comeback strategy for Biden ... Bob takes the Parrot Room into untested waters ... Is Boris Johnson in trouble over Covid protocols or policy failures? ... Are seditious conspiracy charges warranted for the Oath Keepers? What about Trump? ... Mickey: The Supreme Court got the vaccine mandate ruling wrong ... Bob: It will be bad if Russia invades Ukraine, but it won’t threaten U.S. interests ... Bob: China doesn’t have a monopoly on repressive software exports ... Parrot Room preview: Bob takes a Covid test, Mickey catches Bob in an almost-devastating contradiction, Bob tries to catch Robert Malone in a contradiction, Sidney Poitier, Bob Saget, Terry Teachout, Bob v. Andrew Sullivan, Don’t Look Up, Ruth Barrett sues the Atlantic, Bari Weiss on Hollywood, David Remnick claims we’re suspended between democracy and authoritarianism, Mickey has second thoughts about donating to the Salvation Army, Matt Ridley on the origin of Covid, a Jeffrey Epstein update, Maya Angelou gets a quarter, and what’s up with Leon Wieseltier’s journal? ...
64 minutes | Jan 14, 2022
Are There More Capitol Riots to Come? (Glenn Loury & John McWhorter)
The significance of Sidney Poitier’s Caribbean origins ... Revisiting the Lani Guinier controversy ... How Guinier’s views eventually triumphed ... Where are the “heterodox” black women? ... Glenn: I’m worried about the stability of our electoral process ... Are we on the precipice of violent political conflict? ... An update on John’s prodigious output ...
64 minutes | Jan 12, 2022
How to Talk about Trans Issues (Robert Wright & Agustín Fuentes)
Bob’s early encounters with LGBTQ visibility and invisibility ... How the pros talk about gender ... The uses of “queer” ... A writerly defense of the singular “they” ... Agustín: We need a national conversation about the trans bathroom issue ... What was the intent behind J.K. Rowling’s controversial tweets? ... What counts as an “advantage” when trans women play women’s sports? ...
70 minutes | Jan 10, 2022
More Than Meets the Eye (Aryeh Cohen-Wade & Milton Lawson)
The strange history of the Transformers action figures ... Diving into Transformers: The Movie (1986) ... Unicron, the giant planet-eating robot god voiced by Orson Welles ... Why the film is more than a glorified toy commercial ... Does the movie have any sort of politics? ...
71 minutes | Jan 8, 2022
Biden’s Long, Slow Pivot toward Normalcy (Robert Wright & Mickey Kaus)
Mickey: Biden is too scared of his base ... Bob: Biden privileged loyalty over competence in his staffing ... Are January 6 rioters getting off too easy? ... How can an election get overturned? Bob and Mickey count the ways ... Bob’s January 6 epiphany ... Where’s the love for Sherrod Brown and Cory Booker? ... Can Omicron save us from Delta? ... Is it time to “pivot to normalcy” yet? ... Parrot Room preview: Robert Malone on Joe Rogan, the Ghislaine Maxwell verdict in jeopardy, does everyone want to date AOC, Ben Smith’s new publication, Leonard Bernstein on the Beatles, Nick Kristof may not even reach the Kaus threshold in Oregon, Beverly Hills criminals, what’s wrong with “gaslighting,” Betty White, Peter Bogdanovich, Novak Djokovic runs afoul of Aussie vaccination policy, Greg Gutfeld gets reprimanded, and is the great David Remnick takedown upon us? ...
69 minutes | Jan 7, 2022
How to Restore Impoverished Communities (Glenn Loury & Robert L. Woodson, Sr.)
Bob: “There is no monolithic ‘Black Community’” ... How much anti-poverty spending actually goes to poor people? ... Recalibrating welfare’s perverse incentives ... Can community faith-based interventions scale up? ... The moral inconsistencies of progressive policy ... What should we focus on instead of race? ... How the Woodson Center is working to restore communities ... Why is there no religious dimension to current racial justice movements? ... The Glenn Show gives back ...
68 minutes | Jan 5, 2022
Life and Science (Robert Wright & Edward O. Wilson)
Has sociobiology been vindicated? ... Why the term ‘evolutionary psychology’ survived ... Is there room for free will in a modern scientific world view? ... Science, religion, and “provisional deism” ... Is the “theory of intelligent design” even a theory? ... How religion informed Ed's approach to science ... Facing death without hope of an afterlife ... How Ed reconciled work and family ...
74 minutes | Jan 3, 2022
Creating Content for the Algorithm in the Sky (Aryeh Cohen-Wade & Douglas Lain)
How Doug came to run the leftwing book publisher Zer0 Books, and why he got kicked out ... Dave Chappelle, cancel culture, and the attention economy ... Doug narrates his ejection from Zer0 ... Doug's new company, Diet Soap Media ... How Bloggingheads was ahead of its time (yet failed to conquer the globe) ... How you can help shape the future of Culturally Determined ...
86 minutes | Dec 31, 2021
The Best of "The Black Guys" 2021 (Glenn Loury & John McWhorter)
A special "thank you" from Glenn ... Race and classics ... Maintaining domestic tranquility in the face of political differences ... The "badass motherfucker" problem ... An "aria" on free will and community ... Responding to "Simone" ... Glenn: "I was wrong" about Trump ... Reflections on Obama's legacy ... Finding hope amidst wokeness ...
76 minutes | Dec 31, 2021
Bob and Mickey’s New Year's Eve Awards Gala (Robert Wright & Mickey Kaus)
Could a bad actor engineer a Delta-Omicron hybrid? ... Bob: Mainstream coverage of Omicron’s dangers has been misleading ... Bob’s three 2022 Covid predictions ... How do decisions get made inside Biden’s White House? ... Bob and Mickey’s Heroes of the Year ... Bob and Mickey’s Villain of the Year ... The Best and Worst Ideas of the Year ... The Year’s Biggest Surprise ... Ditching the metaverse, Pelosi persisting, and other 2022 predictions ... Parrot Room preview: words and concepts that need to go in 2022, Bob and Mickey reveal what “undernews” is, Biden’s cognitive status, 2021’s least deserving media attention-getter, the shortage of good hit pieces, who’s cruising for a bruising in 2022, Bob and Mickey’s worst opinions of 2021, Ghislaine Maxwell convicted, remembering E.O. Wilson, The Expanse, Bob defends his hair, Mickey defends his LSD abstinence, Pacific Crucible, the documentary Ascension, and more reasons why Ron Brownstein’s “coalition of the ascendent” is the worst idea of the decade ...
84 minutes | Dec 29, 2021
The Year in US Foreign Policy (Robert Wright, Daniel Larison, Kelley B. Vlahos)
Why Bob loves Daniel’s Substack Eunomia and Kelley’s work at Responsible Statecraft ... Daniel and Kelley on how their conservative roots led them to anti-Blobism ... Daniel makes a conservative case for supporting international law ... Trump 2.0? Daniel and Kelley discuss Biden’s foreign policy failures ... Bob wonders why Biden didn’t try harder to revive the Iran nuclear deal ... The US is starving Afghans in the name of humanity ... Credit where due: Biden got us out of Afghanistan ... How the military-industrial complex helped create the Russia-Ukraine crisis ... Assessing China’s internal abuses and external ambitions – and how to respond ...
61 minutes | Dec 27, 2021
Online Vibes Edition (Aryeh Cohen-Wade & Max Read)
Max's new newsletter, Read Max ... The significance of Buzzfeed's underwhelming IPO ... Where are the cool kids online? ... Private equity squeezes a bit more blood from online media ... What is web3? And is it bullshit? ... Why Melania Trump is embracing NFTs but Elon Musk isn't ... Max's typology of '90s Dad Thrillers ...
56 minutes | Dec 24, 2021
Merry Christmas, Let's Talk about the 2024 Republican Primaries (Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis)
Matt, a simple country boy, sojourns to the big city ... Will Republicans "fall in line" for Ted Cruz in 2024? ... Ron DeSantis's shaky 2024 positioning ... Do Christie, Rubio, or Pence have a shot? ... Bill: There was no reason to assume Manchin was ever going to vote for BBB ... Why haven't recent presidents pursued more politically advantageous bipartisan strategies? ... Matt recites his poem "'Twas the Night before Trump's Mess" ...
97 minutes | Dec 24, 2021
Contesting American Identity (Glenn Loury & Amy Wax)
The latest attempt to get Amy fired from Penn Law ... Should we be worried even about elite non-Western immigration? ... Amy: “There’s nothing wrong with stereotyping” when it’s done correctly ... Glenn: America need immigrants if we’re going to compete ... Why aren’t we looking harder for technical talent in America? ... The problem with “equal representation” ... Glenn: Wokeness is a political problem that must be fought politically ... The collective action problem of “commonsense” race politics ... Is Charles Murray right to worry about white identity politics? ... Glenn: “We need to abandon the identitarian matrix altogether” ... Was European colonialism especially bad or an expression of broader human tendencies? ...
62 minutes | Dec 22, 2021
Some Meanings of Christmas (Robert Wright & Father William Dailey)
Have you heard the Good News? ... The role of Christ’s suffering in the Catholic tradition ... Walking the path(s) to salvation ... Peace on Earth, the virgin birth, and other Christmas miracles ... Father Bill: “To answer the question ‘Who is my neighbor’ is to answer the question ‘How big is my heart?’” ... Deriving the Trinity from the Gospel of John ... Father Bill: The meaning of Christmas is “self-emptying love” … ... … but what exactly is “self-emptying love”? ... The appeal of Teilhard de Chardin ... Christmas’s greatest hits ... How Bloggingheads.tv changed Father Bill’s life ...
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