30 May 2015


Ted Cruz, secret big-government fan?

Daniel Strauss and Melissa Quinn discuss what's behind Cruz's request for federal disaster relief for Texas. Play entire video

Michael Eric Dyson’s ad hominem problem

Glenn Loury and John McWhorter critique Dyson’s New Republic piece on Cornel West. Plus: The changing meaning of “thug.”

Why Americans pay for care they don’t need

John Horgan and George Johnson discuss the healthcare system’s mixed-up incentives. Plus: A new hope for cancer therapy?

The unusual politics of gay adoption

Betsy Woodruff and Daniel Strauss explore why gay couples adopting children is more popular than same-sex marriage. Plus: Why Clinton’s media strategy is self-defeating.

“Due process has gone out the window”

Ashe Schow makes the case against campus sexual assault tribunals. Plus: Should colleges be adjudicating rape cases?

In defense of black “respectability politics”

Glenn Loury and John McWhorter stand up for an idea that is denigrated by many on the left. Plus: Is the focus on police abuse misguided?

Lessons Republicans must learn from Iraq

As Jeb Bush stumbles over questions about Iraq, Bill Scher and Matt Lewis discuss how GOP candidates can do a better job. Plus: If you’re pro-immigration, shouldn’t you also be pro-trade?

Blasphemous cartoons and a question of honor

Conor Friedersdorf and Noah Millman analyze the psychology behind the attack in Garland, TX. Plus: LA vs. NYC on race, class, and memory.

Foreign Entanglements

Why Indonesia is burning boats

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Rob Farley and Natalie Sambhi explain the Indonesian president’s controversial policy.


How much do Americans really care about NSA surveillance?

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With the Patriot Act set to expire, Bill Scher and Matt Lewis consider public opinion on the balance between liberty and security. Plus: Conservatives ♥ celebrities.


Fox News doesn’t go easy on GOP contenders

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Bill Scher and Matt Lewis discuss Fox’s recent interviews with Bush, Rubio, and Walker. Plus: Maybe Jeb Bush doesn’t really want to be president.

The Wright Show

Does doing good make you feel good?

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Robert Wright speaks with Peter Singer, author of the new book The Most Good You Can Do. Plus: Bad charity.


The “genius” of Scott Walker

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Heather Hurlburt praises how Walker treats the American public’s anxiety. Plus: Grading Rubio’s big foreign policy speech.

Woodruff & Strauss

Waiting for the 2016 oppo hits

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Betsy Woodruff and Daniel Strauss consider what else might come out about Clinton and her GOP rivals. Plus: Bernie Sanders arrives.