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32 minutes | 3 days ago
Context, Person and Text
Jean and Robert discuss President Joe Biden's inaugural address from the point of view of professional communicators (as well as from the point of view of Americans and partisans) and the prospects of bipartisan cooperation going forward.
37 minutes | 12 days ago
Will Trump Become a Party Martyr?
Jean and Robert are joined by U.S. News & World Report Senior Political Writer Susan Milligan to analyze the ongoing politics around Trump’s second impeachment and the aftermath of the January 6th mob-attack on the U.S. Capitol. Their conversation explores the possible strategy of Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, as well as speculation about how deep the GOP fractures may go, before ending on a shared, bipartisan note of hope.
32 minutes | 19 days ago
"Are we going to have a civil war now?"
Robert and Jean reflect on the previous day, when rioters stormed the U.S. Capitol, including the moment when Robert’s son asked if the country was going into civil war. The co-hosts agree that we are not, and share their observations, perspectives, shared sorrows and hopes.
19 minutes | a month ago
Talking Leadership with David Rubenstein
What makes a great leader -- and how much of it can they control? Jean and Robert explore the topic with David Rubenstein, who has a new book out on the topic, "How to Lead: Wisdom From the World's Greatest CEOs, Founders, and Game-Changers."
30 minutes | a month ago
Biden, Barr & McConnell
Jean and Robert discuss the political prospects for 2021 and whether Biden will be able to break the Republicans' fever next year.
26 minutes | 2 months ago
It's Always Darkest...
Jean and Robert discuss the never-ending election dispute. Angry, Robert calls it an attempted coup while Jean does her best to explain what's going on in the GOP. But they still find reasons for hope.
21 minutes | 2 months ago
Transitioning Between Reality and Unreality
Back from a week away, Jean and Robert survey the state of the presidential transition process and discuss how much Trump is a sideshow or an ongoing danger to the country and how much Biden's cabinet picks matter. Then Robert takes a provocative stand on a polarizing issue: The extent to which "Die Hard" is a Christmas movie.
28 minutes | 2 months ago
In Search of a Shared Truth
Robert and Jean examine the difference in points-of-view between Donald Trump’s most ardent supporters — who see a stolen election — and those who see an election result that is fair and square. Jean worries about extreme information diets on both sides of the political spectrum while Robert remains frustrated about Trump’s degradation of democracy and creeping both-sides-ism. The co-hosts find bipartisan hope in the upcoming, all-American holiday of Thanksgiving.
32 minutes | 2 months ago
A Tale of Two Transitions
Co-hosts Robert and Jean discuss the two sides of the presidential transition: one traditional, one rebellious (to say the least!). Agreement is found one the importance of inclusive messaging (i.e. Biden’s speech on 11/7) and the reality of factions within each party going forward.
41 minutes | 3 months ago
Jean and Robert are joined by U.S. News & World Report's Susan Milligan to unpack what the election means for the country and where we go from here. Come for the insightful, constructive discourse, stay for Robert getting choked up at the end.
42 minutes | 3 months ago
Jean and Robert look hopefully toward the end of campaign season. They discuss the state of play in characteristic fashion: Robert floods the zone with stats while Jean speaks from the gut. Like the election, the discussion focuses much more on Trump than Biden. Come for the politics, stay for the comity.
36 minutes | 3 months ago
Polite Disagreement Over a Civil Debate
Jean and Robert are joined by Susan Milligan, senior political correspondent at U.S. News & World Report, to break down the theatrics and the substance of the final presidential debate. They find some areas of common ground and a lot on which to (respectfully) disagree. Also Robert is shocked that Jean doesn't know what a horcrux is while neither she nor Susan is surprised that Robert does.
34 minutes | 3 months ago
Supremely Annoying; Social Screwup
Robert and Jean agree that political theatre in the U.S. Senate was downright un-watchable this week as Judge Amy Coney Barrett reminded the world of an unflinching Buckingham Palace guard while Senators from both sides put on annoying, over-the-top shows of partisanship. More agreement is found on the bungled attempt of Twitter and Facebook to correct their past wrongs by blocking posts of a controversial New York Post story about Hunter Biden’s laptop.
30 minutes | 4 months ago
While Jean and Robert find little to agree on this week (other than the need for the Biden campaign to confirm or deny an intent to pack the Supreme Court), the two hosts share a sense that presidential and Vice Presidential debates don’t really matter — especially this year. Robert finds hope in voting and Jean scrapes the bottom of the barrel of hope by looking forward to the return of trashy reality television.
26 minutes | 4 months ago
An Antidote to the [Debate] Show
Co-hosts Robert and Jean reflect widespread agreement that the first Trump-Biden debate was excruciating to watch. Jean revisits her theory that President Trump is a message-tester who functions like a social media or search engine algorithm; Robert is relieved his children weren’t watching and looks forward to the next moderator muting the mic. In spite of their shared blues about the debate, the co-hosts manage to find hope in entrepreneurship and baseball.
35 minutes | 4 months ago
Co-hosts Robert and Jean find agreement on the importance of voting and the danger of court-packing while sharing different viewpoints on Republicans’ decision to quickly nominate and vote on a nominee to the Supreme Court. Along the way, their conversation touches on civic understanding, gerrymandering and power addiction before finishing with a shared concern about volatility surrounding the upcoming election.
28 minutes | 4 months ago
The Political Layers of COVID Economic Relief
Co-hosts Robert and Jean dive into the many considerations of a COVID economic relief package — from deficits and unemployment to vaccine hopes and masked (or umasked) economic re-openings. They also illuminate how the politics around the policy debate are both partisan and bipartisan this week.
31 minutes | 5 months ago
Do Revelations Matter?
Co-hosts Robert and Jean discuss a range of revelations from the news of the week. Robert calls revelations about Trump “not surprising but shocking” and Jean highlights the revelation that Disney worked with Chinese Communist Party propaganda departments to produce their new film, “Mulan.” Will revelations in either category — Trump behavior or corporate behavior — change votes or consumer behavior? We’ll find out in a thousand yestermorrows.
40 minutes | 5 months ago
Social Unrest + Pandemic Election = ?
Jean, Robert and Claude discuss ongoing social unrest and the presidential candidates’ response. The co-hosts find agreement on their desire for more media attention around truly peaceful protests, and on the need for national leaders to be reassuring as the election — and its anticipated lagging results — approaches.
41 minutes | 5 months ago
Robert and Jean respectfully share their perspectives on four days of inspiring American stories (Jean’s view) and irrational Trump adulation (Robert’s view).
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