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Smart people talking about politics, policy, culture and other stuff

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English


Episodes

The Myth of Normal (Robert Wright & Gabor Maté)

2/7/2023
Gabor’s new book The Myth of Normal, about trauma and mental and physical illness in modern Western society ... Are we all victims of a “toxic” culture? ... Gabor’s early years in Nazi- and then Soviet-occupied Hungary ... What Gabor thinks standard theories of addiction get wrong ... Can trauma ever be a good thing? ... Was Bob’s childhood traumatic? And if so, how? ... Trauma, attachment, and authenticity ... Is modern society hostile to community? ... The difference between healthy and...

Duration:01:00:00

Russiagate-gate (Robert Wright & Mickey Kaus)

2/3/2023
Is the 2024 race shaping up to be a political Groundhog Day? ... Ilhan Omar and the Israel criticism tightrope ... Does the left or right look worse on recent Russiagate disclosures? ... A question about the DNC email hack ... Ukraine war update: Is time on Russia’s side? ... Is the Biden admin angling for a peace deal with Putin? ... Parrot Room preview: Evil—the show and the concept; the Tyre Nichols killing; Gaetz’s bad idea; AI inquiries; Mickey’s thrilling new Twitter power; untangling...

Duration:01:00:00

The Organizer Mindset (Glenn Loury & Ernesto Cortés, Jr.)

2/3/2023
Ernie’s work as an organizer ... Tension, polarization, and reconciliation ... The drama of organizing ... The definition of power ... Ernesto’s work getting running water and sewers to border communities ... Market activity vs. market ideology ... What’s wrong with meritocracy? ... Does identitarianism stand in the way of reconciliation? ...

Duration:01:00:00

Nikki Haley for...Veep? (Matt K. Lewis & Bill Scher)

2/3/2023
Is Nikki Haley running for VP? ... Will the Paul Pelosi conspiracy theorists apologize? ... The GOP divide over Ukraine ... Why Kevin McCarthy is lowering the temperature in the debt limit showdown ...

Duration:01:00:00

A Russian Who Left Russia Looks Back (Robert Wright & Nikita Petrov)

1/31/2023
Nikita’s life as a Russian expat in Armenia ... How the Ukraine war is talked about in Russia ... Could Putin fall from power? ... Who left and who stayed in Russia post-mobilization? ... Russia’s role in the Armenia-Azerbaijan crisis ... How the Ukraine war could turn into World War III ... Are “false flag” claims about the Maidan Massacre beyond the pale? ... The trouble with the way we talk about war ... The role of extremists in mass protests ...

Duration:01:00:00

War Machine Learning (Robert Wright & Mickey Kaus)

1/27/2023
Can AI transcend conventional wisdom? ... Is Trump back as 2024 GOP frontrunner? ... The trouble with “the poor” ... J.D. Vance has Ukraine on the brain ... Ukraine update: How to make sending tanks make sense ... Parrot room preview: Bob’s quasi-lucid dream; Evil corrections; The deep roots of Russian nationalist support for the war; Leon Wieseltier quote critique; DeSantis and black history; should judicial noms know their civics?; Kyrsten Sinema conspiracies; economic vs. social...

Duration:01:00:00

Glenn and John Go Across the Pond (Glenn Loury & John McWhorter)

1/27/2023
Glenn and John go to Cambridge ... The Hamline University Prophet Muhammad controversy ... John: “Physics is physics” ... The Harlem Renaissance and Black Studies ... Is “getting past race” more trouble than it’s worth? ... Is Joe Biden patronizing black people? ... How a black musical changed the sound of Broadway ...

Duration:01:00:00

Pat Buchanan Retires (Matt K. Lewis & Bill Scher)

1/27/2023
Is White Lotus conservative? ... What is the legacy of Pat Buchanan? ... Will Republicans heed Trump's warning on Social Security & Medicare? ... Will anyone blink in the debt limit showdown? ... Is Nikki Haley ready to be the first to contest Trump? ...

Duration:01:00:00

Are we getting the whole story about Ukraine? (Robert Wright & Ivan Katchanovski)

1/24/2023
Ivan’s Ukrainian upbringing and academic background ... Where did pro-Russian sentiment in eastern Ukraine come from? ... Why Ivan worried Ukraine’s 2014 revolution would lead to civil war ... Did Europe impede resolution of Russia-Ukraine tensions? ... What western media gets wrong about the Maidan revolution ... Was the Maidan massacre a false flag operation? ... The state of Ukrainian democracy after the Maidan revolution ... The political forces that impeded Zelensky’s peace plan ...

Duration:01:00:00

Biden’s Crossroads and Ukraine’s Crossroads (Robert Wright & Mickey Kaus)

1/20/2023
The alphas of the world gather in Davos ... Mickey buys a blue check, dresses up to celebrate ... Does Russia have Ukraine on the defensive? ... How serious is the threat of US government debt default? ... Biden’s chances in 2024 ... Parrot Room preview: David Crosby passes away; Alec Baldwin charged with manslaughter; the issue that could destroy woke-ism; college after affirmative action; a false flag in Ukraine?; More Elon news; loyalty oath at Sundance; Bob reviews Top Gun: Maverick ...

Duration:01:00:00

Climate Science’s Unsettled Questions (Glenn Loury & Steven Koonin)

1/20/2023
Steven’s best-selling book, Unsettled: What Climate Science Tells Us, What It Doesn’t, and Why It Matters ... Steven: Concerns about catastrophic climate change “beggar belief” ... The complexities of climate change models ... Should we worry about rising sea levels? ... Hurricanes, tornados, and other extreme weather events ... Is a zero-emissions goal worth the cost? ... How to fix climate science ... Are the Paris Accords viable? ... The coming climate backlash ...

Duration:01:00:00

Biden's Classified Docs Scandal (Matt K. Lewis & Bill Scher)

1/20/2023
Is the Biden doc scandal a political turning point? ... Are Democrats losing their reputation for competency? ... Why are Republicans hesitating to run for president? ...

Duration:01:00:00

Cognitive Empathy in Everyday Life (Robert Wright & Josh Summers)

1/17/2023
Challenges in applying cognitive empathy in daily life ... Two types of self-awareness—and their links to cognitive empathy ... Josh’s recent (mis)adventures in cognitive empathy ... Can self-awareness make conflicts manageable? ... The relationship between concentration and insight meditation ... Literature and the cultivation of cognitive empathy ... Understanding one’s self vs. understanding others ... The ice cube theory of human nature ... Cognitive empathy’s role in building...

Duration:01:26:57

Biden Docs and Russia Hawks (Robert Wright & Mickey Kaus)

1/13/2023
Anti-gas-stove tyranny – or slow news week? ... Biden’s classified docs scandal is a “granfalloon in search of a MacGuffin led by a wrang-wrang” ... Did Bob Gates and Condoleezza Rice miss a chance to prevent the Ukraine war? ... Is the war turning in Russia’s favor? ... The prospects for peace negotiations ... Parrot Room preview: Biden’s pivot to help the working class; Does AI have a liberal bias?; Has woke peaked?; Matthew Yglesias' style section profile; Jeff Beck, Lisa Marie Presley,...

Duration:00:53:26

The Best of Glenn and John 2022 (Glenn Loury & John McWhorter)

1/13/2023
A brief intro from Glenn ... The lionization of the lightweights ... The unified field theory of non-whiteness ... An honest conversation about crime ... Glenn’s birthday menu ... It’s time to choose a side ... Clarence Thomas, black icon ... Policing Joe Rogan ... By any means necessary? ...

Duration:01:13:54

Goodbye Norma Desmond (Matt K. Lewis & Bill Scher)

1/13/2023
Why did the "Never Kevins" cave? ... Can the House raise the debt limit? ... Will immigration tear Democrats apart? ... Is Trump fading? ...

Duration:00:53:12

An Epic Debate on Ukraine and US Foreign Policy (Robert Wright & Fred Kaplan)

1/10/2023
Why are so many people (including Fred) down on John Mearsheimer? ... Bob: Explaining bad behavior is not the same as justifying it ... How the US eroded international law - and why it matters ... Did US policy make Russia’s invasion of Ukraine more likely? ... NATO’s role in Ukraine before the invasion ... How would the US respond to a China-Mexico military alliance? ... Henry Kissinger’s peace proposal ... Impediments to productive debate on US foreign policy ...

Duration:01:49:44

After the House Speaker Drama (Robert Wright & Mickey Kaus)

1/6/2023
Mickey’s guide to the House Speaker drama ... What vexes Bob about the House Speaker vote ... Why Damar Hamlin’s injury wouldn’t have happened in the old days ... Biden’s new good cop, bad cop immigration plan ... Why keep sanctioning Venezuela (or Cuba, or Syria, or Iran, etc.)? ... Elon and the trouble with “great man” theories of tech progress ... Is Twitter’s new views feature a boon or bullshit? ... Ukraine war update ... Parrot room preview: The Matt Schlapp sex scandal; Jason DeParle...

Duration:01:13:00

The Tyranny of Merit (Glenn Loury & Michael Sandel)

1/6/2023
Some of Michael’s key works ... Meritocratic ideals and meritocratic fantasies ... The animus against elites ... Shouldn’t innovators reap their rewards? ... Does more profit create more value? ... Renewing the dignity of work ... The uses of punishment ... Our responsibility to national and global communities ... Michael: Diversity has “monopolized” discussion of affirmative action ... China’s reception of Michael’s critique of meritocracy ...

Duration:01:02:11

On Consciousness, Free Will, and Purpose [Rebroadcast] (Robert Wright & Daniel Dennett)

1/3/2023
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Duration:01:12:39