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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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English

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212-556-3942


Episodes

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

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

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

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

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

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

Picking a Trump V.P.: The Field of Dreams or a Field of Nightmares?

1/12/2024
This week, the hosts do the dirty work of strategizing the best vice-presidential candidate for Donald Trump to campaign with, and break down what goes into consequential (and not so consequential) V.P. picks. Plus, Carlos’s team has a Fightin’ chance next year. (A transcript of this episode can be found at the top of the episode page on the Times website.) Mentioned in this episode: Picking the Vice PresidentWhich Trump Toady Would the MAGA King Pick as His No. 2?The Divider: Trump in the White House, 2017-2021Keeping Faith: Memoirs of a President Thoughts about the show? Email us at matterofopinion@nytimes.com.

Duration:00:40:32

Can Trump be President? It Depends on How You Define Democracy.

1/5/2024
Is Donald Trump an insurrectionist who should be barred from the ballot? On this episode of “Matter of Opinion,” the hosts discuss who should get to decide if the former president can try to return to the White House. Plus, the hosts lay out what other stories are on their 2024 political bingo cards. (A transcript of this episode can be found at the top of the episode page on the Times website.) Mentioned in this episode: The Antidemocratic Quest to Save Democracy From TrumpDecember 2023 Times/Siena pollThe 2023 High School Yearbook of American PoliticsTrump’s 2024 PlaybookThe World Should Fear 2024 Thoughts about the show? Email us at matterofopinion@nytimes.com.

Duration:00:33:15

Carlos Sums Up the 2024 Election in Two Words

12/22/2023
“Matter of Opinion” is off for the week, but we’re leaving you with an audio essay from our very own Carlos Lozada on what we can learn from how our leaders speak. Politicians’ language can tell you a lot about the way they think, sometimes unintentionally. If the 2024 election is indeed a rematch between Joe Biden and Donald Trump, Carlos makes the case that their dueling visions for America come down to their favorite words. This audio essay was originally made for the NYT Audio App, free for Times subscribers in the Apple App Store.

Duration:00:05:51

Swiftonomics, Kamala Harris and Decadent Real Estate: Your Questions, Answered.

12/15/2023
Have we reached peak Taylor Swift? Does the world need your bagel shop’s position on Israel-Hamas? Should Ross start drinking on mic? On the year’s final episode of “Matter of Opinion,” the hosts take your questions and reflect on the best of 2023. (A transcript of this episode can be found at the top of the episode page on the Times website.) Mentioned in this episode: The Presidential Fantasy Draft America NeedsCovering the Election: The One-Year Countdown BeginsThe 10 Best Books of 2023 Thoughts about the show? Email us at matterofopinion@nytimes.com.

Duration:00:37:53

Sex, Money and Hypocrisy: The Recipe for a Scandal

12/8/2023
Scandal, it seems, no longer stops politicians in their tracks. George Santos — who was expelled from Congress last Friday — will reportedly make six figures after just one week as a Cameo star. Donald Trump has been mired in countless trials and controversies — and yet he is still the front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination. This week on “Matter of Opinion,” the hosts reminisce over famous political scandals of yore. From tan suits to yacht affairs, what actually makes a scandal scandalous? And in the Trump era, are there real consequences to messing up anymore? Plus, Michelle Cottle tears down the house with her holiday gift guide. (A transcript of this episode can be found at the top of the episode page on the Times website.) Mentioned in this episode: Checkers speechWhite House PlumbersBush Encounters the Supermarket, AmazedGeorge Santos Is Earning Six Figures From Cameo Videos Thoughts about the show? Email us at matterofopinion@nytimes.com.

Duration:00:39:04

Are We All Authoritarians at Heart?

12/1/2023
Strongmen are making a comeback. The hyperlibertarian Javier Milei in Argentina and the anti-immigration Geert Wilders in the Netherlands are among a growing group of recently elected leaders who promise to break a few rules, shake up democratic institutions and spread a populist message. Is it a reaction against the failures of liberal democracies? Or is there something else behind the appeal of these misbehaving men with wild hair? This week on “Matter of Opinion,” the hosts debate where the urge to turn to strongmen is coming from and whether it’s such a bad thing after all. Plus, young listeners share their formative political moments, even in the middle of class. (A transcript of this episode can be found at the top of the episode page on the Times website.) If you've been inspired to call in, we're still taking your thoughts for our end-of-the-year episode. We're looking for two things, either a question you've been dying to ask us, or a topic you'd like to hear if we're hot or cold on. You can email us at matterofopinion@nytimes.com, or leave us a voicemail at 212-556-7440. We may play some of it in a future episode. Mentioned in this episode: Rachel Maddow Presents: UltraThis Country Seemed Immune to Far-Right Politics. Then Came a Corruption Scandal.

Duration:00:39:46

Why Michelle Is Hot on ‘The Golden Bachelor’

11/24/2023
Though the “Matter of Opinion” crew is off this week, Michelle Cottle is eagerly awaiting the season finale of the first-ever “Golden Bachelor.” This older spin on the “Bachelor” franchise has proved to be a surprisingly apt funhouse mirror depiction of how America avoids the realities of its aging baby boomer population. And Michelle is here for it — in all its “weird glory.” This audio essay was originally made for the NYT Audio App, free for Times subscribers in the Apple App Store. We’ll be back with a regular episode next week, but in the meantime, send us a question or a topic you’d like to hear if we’re hot or cold on by emailing matterofopinion@nytimes.com. Or leave us a voice mail at 212-556-7440. We may use it in a future episode.

Duration:00:12:06

‘Get a Job, Get Married, Have Kids’: A Debate Over Youth Politics

11/17/2023
What’s your earliest political memory? That’s the question Professor Carlos Lozada puts to his co-hosts this week on “Matter of Opinion.” The hosts discuss the coups and presidential pinings of their youths before debating what political events may be shaping the attitudes of younger voters today. Plus, the documentary Taylor Swift and Travis Kelce need to see. (A transcript of this episode can be found at the top of the episode page on the Times website.) If you’re under 30 and want to share your formative political experience with us, leave a voicemail by calling 212-556-7440 and we may play some of it in a future episode. Mentioned in this episode: Facing Financial Ruin as Costs Soar for Elder Care

Duration:00:39:40

A Good Night for Democrats. A Bad Poll for Biden.

11/8/2023
The election results on Tuesday made it clear that voters support Democratic policies and state politicians — but new polling shows they don’t love the president. On this week’s episode of “Matter of Opinion,” the hosts share their takeaways from the voting, and what it all means for 2024. Also, your calls about your presidential fantasy matchups. (A transcript of this episode can be found at the top of the episode page on the Times website.) Mentioned in this episode: October 2023 Times/Siena Poll of the 2024 BattlegroundsThe Woke Burnout is Real — and Politics is Catching Up Thoughts about the show? Email us at matterofopinion@nytimes.com.

Duration:00:36:57

The Presidential Fantasy Draft America Needs

11/3/2023
The polls are clear: Neither Joe Biden nor Donald Trump has the full confidence of American voters. But is Biden’s latest competition, Democratic Representative Dean Phillips of Minnesota, the answer to voters’ malaise? Or perhaps an independent candidate like Robert F. Kennedy Jr.? On this week’s episode of “Matter of Opinion,” the hosts imagine their own alternative candidates for 2024 and debate what good — if any — could come from long-shot contenders. (A transcript of this episode can be found at the top of the episode page on the Times website.) Mentioned in this episode: Dean Phillips Has a Warning for Democrats Thoughts about the show? Email us at matterofopinion@nytimes.com. If you want to share your dream matchups for the 2024 presidential election, leave us a voice mail message at (212) 556-7440. We may use excerpts from your message in a future episode.

Duration:00:38:43

Does Society Really Need More Elon Musks?

10/27/2023
Will technology — and the people who make it — lead us into a better future? Or a worse one? This week on “Matter of Opinion,” the hosts discuss Elon Musk, techno-optimism and the manifesto taking Silicon Valley by storm. Plus, we learn that Ross wears dad drag. (A transcript of this episode can be found at the top of the episode page on the Times website.) Thoughts about the show? Email us at matterofopinion@nytimes.com. Mentioned in this episode: The Techno-Optimist Manifesto

Duration:00:37:14

Tom Friedman on Israel’s ‘Morally Impossible Situation’

10/20/2023
This week, the Opinion columnist and former New York Times Jerusalem bureau chief Thomas L. Friedman joins the “Matter of Opinion” hosts to discuss the rapidly evolving situation in the Middle East and the mistakes that led to this moment (he’s looking at you, Benjamin Netanyahu). (A transcript of this episode can be found at the top of the episode page on the Times website.) Mentioned in this episode: Why Israel is Acting This Way

Duration:00:39:24

From Israel to Ukraine: How Much Support Can the U.S. Sustain?

10/12/2023
On today’s episode of “Matter of Opinion,” the hosts discuss the global response to the war between Israel and Hamas. What domestic and international strings are attached to U.S. support in the region? And what will that support signal to rival hostile powers? (A transcript of this episode can be found at the top of the episode page on the Times website.) Mentioned in this episode: President Joseph Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris Administration’s National Security Strategy — October 2022There Is Not Yet an ‘Axis of Evil,’ but a New Reality for America in the Holy Land

Duration:00:24:10

Is the G.O.P. Governable?

10/6/2023
Now that Kevin McCarthy is no longer speaker, who’s in charge of the Republicans, and is this overthrow what voters actually want? Today on “Matter of Opinion,” the hosts discuss the future of a deeply divided G.O.P. and debate what it means to be a Republican now. Plus, an argument for revisiting an elementary-school classic. (A transcript of this episode can be found at the top of the episode page on the Times website.) Mentioned in this episode: What Explains Educational Polarization Among White Voters?Neither Party Well-Liked, but G.O.P. Holds Advantage on Issues

Duration:00:36:40