26 November 2014

Collective vs. individual responsibility in Ferguson

Glenn Loury and John McWhorter reflect on the broader meaning of the grand jury verdict in the Michael Brown case. Play entire video

How Obama trolled the GOP on immigration

Bill Scher and Matt Lewis discuss the motives behind the president’s unilateral action. Plus: The “genius” of Obama’s immigration move.   Play entire video

Are redheads underrepresented in Congress?

And if so, why? Betsy Woodruff and Daniel Strauss do a deep dive into ginger politics. Plus: Could you pick Ohio’s governor out of a lineup?   Play entire video

The economic side of racism

Glenn Loury and Daria Roithmayr, author of the book Reproducing Racism, discuss whether the economic concept of a cartel can help us understand racial segregation. Plus: Who counts as a “person of color”?   Play entire video

Pros and cons of raising the minimum wage

Glenn Loury and Dean Baker disagree about whether a minimum wage increase would help the economy. Plus: Why don’t we import Indian doctors?   Play entire video

The delicate lame-duck dance

Kevin Glass and Joel Gehrke discuss how Democrats will try to maneuver their last few priorities through Congress before Republicans take over. Plus: What happens after Obama acts alone on immigration?   Play entire video

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The day the “War on Women” died

Greg Marx and Corey Hutchins discuss Colorado Senator Mark Udall’s electoral defeat. Plus: The failure of campaign journalism.   Play entire video

Was Obamacare dishonestly sold to the public?

Glenn Loury and Harold Pollack debate the question in light of Jonathan Gruber’s controversial comments. Plus: Americans aren’t stupid—they’re just ignorant.   Play entire video

Why Marco is better than Jeb

Betsy Woodruff and Jim Newel consider whether establishment conservatives pining for a Jeb Bush presidential run should look to Marco Rubio. Plus: Poor Mitch McConnell!   Play entire video

Woodruff & Strauss

A textbook example of a Washington firing

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Daniel Strauss and Chris Moody discuss the ouster of Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel.   Play entire video


The future of comprehensive immigration reform

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Heather Hurlburt and Dan Drezner are not optimistic about the chances for immigration reform in the new Congress. Plus: Is Obama smart to cut Congress out of the treaty loop?   Play entire video

The Posner Show

The logic of polygamy

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Joanna Brooks explains how the doctrine of polygamy makes sense within Mormonism’s unique Christian theology. Plus: How polygamy continues to affect everyday Mormons.   Play entire video

In praise of leaving Obamacare

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Andrew Sprung and Charles Gaba discuss attrition rates in Affordable Care Act marketplaces. Plus: Reviewing 2.0.   Play entire video


Why Keystone is probably getting built

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Bill Scher and Matt Lewis explain why, after years of debate, the controversial oil pipeline is on the cusp of approval. Plus: Is climate change the new gay marriage?   Play entire video

Foreign Entanglements

Why are there so few lefties who are really into defense policy?

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Robert Farley and Freddie deBoer consider. Plus: Iraq and the never-ending cycle of US intervention.   Play entire video