21 December 2014

Ben Carson, clown cars, and the death of experience

Bill Scher and Matt Lewis discuss the 2016 Republican primary. Plus: Why Elizabeth Warren is the only threat to Hillary Clinton Play entire video

Will Russia’s economic crisis be contagious?

Robert Wright and Stephen Sestanovich consider the consequences of the ruble’s crash.   Play entire video

Will Cuba follow China’s path?

Robert Farley and Gregory Weeks weigh whether Cuba will move toward a market economy. Plus: How has the Cuban embargo lasted for so long?   Play entire video

Bipartisan ≠ good

Betsy Woodruff and Daniel Strauss reject conventional wisdom about legislation supported by both parties. Plus: Everybody (in the Senate) hates Ted Cruz.   Play entire video

The fantasy of an “undivided Jerusalem”

In a live interview, Robert Wright talks to Israeli activist Daniel Seidemann about Jerusalem, East and West. Plus: How the Temple Mount became a flashpoint.   Play entire video

Back to the Empire

Kelsey Atherton applauds the grittiness in the trailer for the new Star Wars movie, The Force Awakens. Plus: The killer robots are coming!   Play entire video

Why Democratic dissension is increasing

Bill Scher and Matt Lewis analyze why Democrats’ party unity is starting to fracture. Plus: How should the media treat rape allegations?   Play entire video

Twin narratives of dispossession and exile

Sarah Posner speaks with Khaled Diab, an Egyptian journalist based in Jerusalem and author of Intimate Enemies, about parallels between Israeli and Palestinian experience. Plus: Living in a seething Jerusalem.   Play entire video

The stigma of mental illness in sports

Daniel Strauss and Mina Kimes discuss. Plus: Is college football on the way out?   Play entire video

Did Serial withhold key information for fear of libel?

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Aryeh Cohen-Wade and Lindsay Beyerstein wonder why Sarah Koenig never explained provocative clips that were teased in the podcast’s first episode.   Play entire video


Screen The Interview at the White House?

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Heather Hurlburt and Dan Drezner ponder alternative responses to terrorist threats directed against the satirical film.   Play entire video

Why is San Francisco so expensive, and Ohio so cheap?

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Aryeh Cohen-Wade and Kriston Capps discuss a new report on housing affordability. Plus: Supertall Manhattan skyscrapers for the global superrich   Play entire video

Rational Actors

Why cops should welcome body cams

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Kevin Glass and Robby Soave discuss. Plus: Eric Garner and the Tea Party.   Play entire video

The Wright Show

The New Republic and Citizen Kane

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Robert Wright and Jeet Heer present a Marxist reading of the New Republic imbroglio. Plus: Race, Stephen Glass, and The New Republic.   Play entire video

Did Adnan Syed kill Hae Min Lee?

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Aryeh Cohen-Wade and Lindsay Beyerstein disagree about the guilt of the central figure in the Serial podcast. Plus: No, Serial doesn’t have a race problem.   Play entire video