71 minutes | Aug 31, 2021

Ask Ezra Anything: Degrowth, Third Parties, Reading and More

We asked for your questions, and you answered. Hundreds and hundreds of fantastic questions poured in, and our producer Annie Galvin joined me to ask some of the best of them. Does the infrastructure bill mean there’s more hope for bipartisanship than we thought? What’s my view on the degrowth movement? What do I think my book, “Why We’re Polarized,” got right, and what did it get wrong? Will plant- and cell-based meats ever be cheaper than eating animals, given the subsidies the meat industry gets? Why hasn’t any blue state created a single-payer health care system? Can you really build more housing without creating a biodiversity crisis?We also get into reading habits, comic books, meditation, children’s books, why I spend a lot of time thinking about death and much more. So here it is: the “Ask Me Anything” episode.Mentioned:"What Does Degrowth mean? A Few Points of Clarification" by Jason Hickel"The Ugly Secrets Behind the Costco Chicken" by Nicholas Kristof"The Number of Parties" by Maurice DuvergerBreaking the Two-Party Doom Loop: The Case for Multiparty Democracy in America  by Lee Drutman"Forget Obamacare: Vermont Wants to Bring Single-Payer to America" by Sarah Kliff"What the Rich Don't Want to Admit About the Poor" by Ezra KleinBuddhism Without Beliefs by Stephen BatchelorSeeing That Frees by Rob BurbeaThe Sandman: Overture by Neil GaimanSupergods by Grant MorrisonBook Recommendations:Here We Are by Oliver JeffersCars and Trucks and Things That Go by Richard ScarryHappy Birthday to You! by Dr. SeussYou can find transcripts (posted midday) and more episodes of "The Ezra Klein Show" at nytimes.com/ezra-klein-podcast, and you can find Ezra on Twitter @ezraklein. Book recommendations from all our guests are listed at https://www.nytimes.com/article/ezra-klein-show-book-recs.Thoughts? Guest suggestions? Email us at ezrakleinshow@nytimes.com.“The Ezra Klein Show” is produced by Annie Galvin, Jeff Geld and Rogé Karma; fact-checking by Michelle Harris; original music by Isaac Jones; mixing by Jeff Geld, audience strategy by Shannon Busta. Special thanks to Kristin Lin.
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