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Thoughts, aloud. Hosted by Michelle Cottle, Ross Douthat, Carlos Lozada and Lydia Polgreen. Every Friday, from New York Times Opinion. Listen to this podcast in New York Times Audio, our new iOS app for news subscribers. Download now at nytimes.com/audioapp

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Thoughts, aloud. Hosted by Michelle Cottle, Ross Douthat, Carlos Lozada and Lydia Polgreen. Every Friday, from New York Times Opinion. Listen to this podcast in New York Times Audio, our new iOS app for news subscribers. Download now at nytimes.com/audioapp

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R.F.K. Jr. and the ‘Coalition of the Distrustful’

5/24/2024
We’re taking a break to enjoy the Memorial Day weekend and will be back next week. Until then, enjoy an audio essay from NYT Opinion’s other Michelle — Michelle Goldberg — on what Robert F. Kennedy Jr.’s campaign could mean for President Biden and Donald Trump. Thoughts about the show? Email us at matterofopinion@nytimes.com or leave a voice mail at (212) 556-7440.

Duration:00:08:42

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Why Do We Hate Kamala Harris? Do We?

5/17/2024
This week, the hosts debate what the latest Times/Siena poll reveals about Joe Biden’s weaknesses and mull over the question of whether Vice President Kamala Harris is one of them. Plus, Carlos on some advice that’s gold, Jerry, gold. (A full transcript of this audio essay will be available within 24 hours of publication on the Times website.) Mentioned in this episode: Biden’s Polling Denial: Why He Doesn’t Believe He’s BehindAn Interview With Kamala Harris on What’s at Stake in 2024Kamala Harris Should Try to Be Really PopularDid the President Call?Democrats Have a Better Option Than BidenThis New Book About ‘Seinfeld’ Is Worth Double-Dipping2024 Commencement AddressWhy Conservatives Give Better Commencement Speeches Than LiberalsThoughts about the show? Email us at matterofopinion@nytimes.com or leave a voicemail at (212) 556-7440.

Duration:00:40:11

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Let the Trump Veep Auditions Begin

5/10/2024
Donald Trump is searching for a running mate, and his list of potential candidates is getting smaller and smaller. This week, the hosts discuss whether Trump is considering other qualities beyond loyalty, and they debate what his eventual choice could mean for the future of Trumpism in the Republican Party. Plus, Michelle wants to worm her way into candidate medical records. (A full transcript of this audio essay will be available within 24 hours of publication on the Times website.) Recommended in this episode: How Trump Plans to Wield Power in 2025: What We Know Thoughts about the show? Email us at matterofopinion@nytimes.com or leave a voicemail at (212) 556-7440.

Duration:00:35:46

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Untangling the Mess of Campus Protests

5/3/2024
On this episode, the hosts get heated about the political divisions and contradictions revealed by the recent campus protests and ask why some in Washington seem so invested in perpetuating the demonstrations. (A full transcript of this audio essay will be available within 24 hours of publication on the Times website.) Thoughts about the show? Email us at matterofopinion@nytimes.com or leave a voicemail at (212) 556-7440.

Duration:00:31:37

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How Does Trump’s Violent Rhetoric End?

4/26/2024
How worried should we really be about the threat of political violence? On this week’s episode of “Matter of Opinion,” columnist Jamelle Bouie joins the hosts to set the record straight on whether we’re actually living through an unusually violent era, and they discuss whether the new movie, “Civil War,” could come true. Plus, Keanu Reeves in his most beautiful form yet. (A full transcript of this audio essay will be available within 24 hours of publication on the Times website.) Recommended in this episode: Thoughts about the show? Email us at matterofopinion@nytimes.com or leave a voicemail at (212) 556-7440.

Duration:00:32:19

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Thomas Friedman on Iran, Israel and Preventing a ‘Forever War’

4/19/2024
Will Israel and Iran’s unprecedented attacks escalate into a wider mideast conflict? A “forever war”? This week, columnist Tom Friedman joins the hosts to unpack the latest developments, what it means for Gaza, and the implications for the region writ large. A full transcript of this audio essay will be available within 24 hours of publication on the Times website. Mentioned in this episode: How to Be Pro-Palestinian, Pro-Israeli and Pro-IranianIran Just Made a Big Mistake. Israel Shouldn’t Follow.A Biden Doctrine for the Middle East Is Forming. And It’s Big.Netanyahu Must GoThoughts about the show? Email us at matterofopinion@nytimes.com or leave a voicemail at (212) 556-7440.

Duration:00:28:15

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Abortion, Trump and Religion in Politics

4/12/2024
This week, the hosts debate how religious voters will react to Donald Trump’s betrayal of anti-abortion positions, the evolution of Christianity as the domain of the right and whether religion is actually as powerful as it seems in modern U.S. politics. Plus, Ross finds aliens, again. (A full transcript of this audio essay will be available within 24 hours of publication on the Times website.) Mentioned in this episode: This Is Probably Not the Deal the Pro-Life Movement Bargained for With TrumpCan the Left Be Happy?Thoughts about the show? Email us at matterofopinion@nytimes.com or leave a voicemail at (212) 556-7440.

Duration:00:36:12

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Are Smartphones Just a Scapegoat for Our Unhappy Children?

4/5/2024
It’s not just bad vibes — America’s kids are not OK. As study after study shows worsening youth mental health, a popular theory has emerged: The rise of smartphones and the addictive nature of social media is making young people miserable. But can it really be that simple? This week, the hosts debate the myriad possible factors contributing to teenagers’ unhappiness, and discuss how parents, schools and the government can protect kids without doing further harm. Plus, a sui generis Lozada family vacation. (A full transcript of this audio essay will be available within 24 hours of publication on the Times website.) Recommended in this episode: The Anxious GenerationReclaiming ConversationA Canticle for LeibowitzThoughts about the show? Email us at matterofopinion@nytimes.com or leave a voicemail at (212) 556-7440.

Duration:00:36:10

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Finding the Line Between Celebrity and Politician With Tressie McMillan Cottom

3/29/2024
The sociologist and New York Times columnist Tressie McMillan Cottom joins the hosts this week to discuss the role of celebrity in politics. Could Beyoncé and Taylor Swift, with their tens of millions of fans, sway the presidential election? And beyond brand-name pop stars, what role does celebrity play within the political system? Plus, Tressie goes a little “Dr. Oz” on us. (A full transcript of this audio essay will be available within 24 hours of publication in the audio player above.) Thoughts about the show? Email us at matterofopinion@nytimes.com or leave a voicemail at (212) 556-7440.

Duration:00:35:14

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Texts From the Swamp

3/22/2024
It can often feel as if politicians use a lot of words without saying much of anything. So how do journalists and citizens make sense of what’s said (and unsaid) in the many congressional reports, court decisions and campaign memoirs that pour out of Washington? This week, Carlos makes the case for reading the Capitol, and uses insights from his new book, “The Washington Book,” to help his co-hosts decode everyone from Donald Trump to Mike Pence to Barack Obama. (A full transcript of this audio essay will be available within 48 hours of publication in the audio player above.) Recommended in this episode: The Washington BookWhat Were We ThinkingThomas B. EdsallThe Grand New PartyThoughts about the show? Email us at matterofopinion@nytimes.com or leave a voicemail at (212) 556-7440.

Duration:00:35:29

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Lydia Finds Hope in a Moment of Crisis

3/18/2024
We’re working on this week's episode. While you wait, listen to this audio essay from one of our hosts, Lydia Polgreen, on the situation unfolding in Haiti. This audio essay was originally made for the NYT Audio App, free for Times subscribers in the Apple App Store.

Duration:00:06:21

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The Election of Our Discontent

3/15/2024
Many voters from both parties are less than enthusiastic about their likely options this November. This week the Opinion writer and editor Katherine Miller joins Michelle, Lydia and Carlos to talk about uncommitted voters, double haters and how they could affect the election, whether they turn out or not. Plus, Lydia makes a plea against the tyranny of clean lines and interior design monoculture. (A full transcript of this audio essay will be available within 24 hours of publication on the Times website.) Mentioned in this episode: Black Pastors Pressure Biden to Call for a Cease-Fire in GazaJoe Biden’s Last Campaign Thoughts about the show? Email us at matterofopinion@nytimes.com or leave a voicemail at (212) 556-7440.

Duration:00:33:37

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Trump 2.0: ‘A Blueprint for Retribution’

3/8/2024
Could Donald Trump’s promise to be a dictator on day one come true? On this episode of “Matter of Opinion,” the hosts debate which policies could be most consequential in a potential second Trump term and whether a proposal set out by conservative allies could provide the tools to execute his vision. And Michelle Cottle shares her passion for a trend that can only be achieved with lots of volume. (A full transcript of this audio essay will be available within 24 hours of publication on the Times website.) Mentioned in this episode: February 2024 Times/Siena Poll of Registered Voters NationwideMandate for Leadership: The Conservative PromiseWhat I Learned When I Read 887 Pages of Plans for Trump’s Second TermTrump Can’t Be Dictator on ‘Day One’ — Or in a Second Term. Here’s Why, Thoughts about the show? Email us at matterofopinion@nytimes.com or leave a voicemail at (212) 556-7440.

Duration:00:39:02

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The Pro-Life Movement Had a Plan Post-Roe. The G.O.P. Didn’t.

3/1/2024
When the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade in 2022, the Republican Party declared victory. But the Alabama Supreme Court’s decision last month that frozen embryos are considered “extrauterine children,” which prompted hospitals to suspend I.V.F. procedures, has complicated that victory. Given Americans’ overwhelming support for in vitro fertilization, conservative politicians have tried to distance themselves from the ruling. The hosts discuss that political scramble and ask whether the Republicans have made up their minds over what it means to be “pro-life.” The hosts also consider how much public opinion should influence the decisions of lawmakers and judges, and where the debate over reproductive rights is headed. Plus, listeners weigh in on how much the economy is going to affect their vote. (A full transcript of this audio essay will be available within 24 hours of publication on the Times website.) Mentioned in this episode: Alabama Supreme Court’s ruling Thoughts about the show? Email us at matterofopinion@nytimes.com. And tell us your thoughts on where you think the abortion debate is headed by leaving a voicemail at (212) 556-7440.

Duration:00:34:35

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Paul Krugman on the Economy as a Voting Issue

2/23/2024
Why does the economy look so good to economists but feel so bad to voters? The Nobel laureate economist Paul Krugman joins the hosts to discuss why inflation, interest rates and wages aren’t in line with voters’ perception of the economy. Then, they debate with Paul how big of an influence the economy will be on the 2024 presidential election, and which of the two presumed candidates, Joe Biden and Donald Trump, it could benefit. Plus, Ross's lessons on aging, through Michael Caine impressions. Mentioned in this episode: Believing Is SeeingThe Age of Diminished ExpectationsThis Is How Michael Caine Speaks(A full transcript of this audio essay will be available within 24 hours of publication on the Times website.) Thoughts about the show? Email us at matterofopinion@nytimes.com. And tell us how the state of the economy will – or won’t – affect your 2024 vote and why in a voice mail message by calling (212) 556-7440.

Duration:00:35:57

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The Presidential Fitness Test

2/16/2024
Who’s your ideal American president? A strategic thinker who is calm in a crisis? A charmer with boundless aplomb? Perhaps a principled leader with an unwavering moral compass? This week, the hosts discuss what voters expect from “America’s daddy” and whether concerns about President Biden’s and Donald Trump’s fitness are overblown, given the history of the office they each hope to keep or retake. (A full transcript of this audio essay will be available within 24 hours of publication on the Times website.) Mentioned in this episode: Thoughts about the show? Email us at matterofopinion@nytimes.com.

Duration:00:32:04

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Our Super Bowls, Ourselves

2/9/2024
What do Princess Diana’s wedding, the “Survivor” first season finale and Prince’s 2007 Super Bowl halftime show all have in common? They were huge cultural moments that brought millions of Americans together. In an era of streaming, social media bubbles and sharp political divides, are unifying events like these becoming relics of the past? On today’s episode, the hosts make a case for the secular ritual of the Super Bowl and ask whether we need more mass cultural events to bring Americans together. (A full transcript of this audio essay will be available within 24 hours of publication on the Times website.) Mentioned in this episode: essayThe WizFast CarThoughts about the show? Email us at matterofopinion@nytimes.com.

Duration:00:33:01

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Men Are From YouTube, Women Are From TikTok

2/2/2024
Around the world, the youngest cohort of voters are dividing themselves politically along gendered lines. What’s behind this “great gender divergence”? This week, the hosts debate the causes and consequences of a gender-divided world. Plus, Ross has some timing advice should you choose to improve the national birthrate. (A full transcript of this episode can be found at the top of the episode page on the Times website.) Mentioned in this episode: A New Global Gender Divide Is EmergingTaylor Swift, Donald Trump and the Right’s Abnormality Problem If you're a Gen Z listener, let us know your thoughts about the episode by leaving us a voicemail at 212-556-7440 or email us at matterofopinion@nytimes.com. We welcome messages from other generations, too!

Duration:00:42:01

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Could Israel Cost Biden the Election?

1/26/2024
It’s an old truism that Americans don’t care about foreign policy when it’s time to cast their ballots. But with the crisis in Gaza, a prolonged conflict in Ukraine and a trade war brewing with China, could 2024 be the year that American voters finally care about what’s going on beyond the water’s edge? The hosts take a look at the importance (or lack thereof) of foreign affairs in American elections. Plus, Lydia recommends a film Oscar nominations were wrong to skip. (A transcript of this episode can be found at the top of the episode page on the Times website.) Mentioned in this episode: A Titanic Geopolitical Struggle Is UnderwayWe Aren’t Just Watching the Decline of the Oscars. We’re Watching the End of the Movies.Thoughts about the show? Email us at matterofopinion@nytimes.com.

Duration:00:34:38

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Primary Winners and National Wieners

1/19/2024
The hosts take apart why Nikki Haley and Ron DeSantis can’t seem to form competitive coalitions against Donald Trump, and whether Haley, DeSantis, the Supreme Court “or God himself” can keep the former president from becoming the Republican nominee. Plus, Michelle Cottle reveals her Plan B if her political reporting career doesn’t work out. (A transcript of this episode can be found at the top of the episode page on the Times website.) Mentioned in this episode: Suffolk University-Boston Globe pollHot dog car sketchThoughts about the show? Email us at matterofopinion@nytimes.com.

Duration:00:33:43