2 March 2015

The case for finishing every book you start

Aryeh Cohen-Wade talks to Juliet Lapidos, who never gives up on a novel halfway through. Play entire video

What liberal activists are learning from the Tea Party

Betsy Woodruff and Daniel Strauss discuss. Plus: Has Walker replaced Cruz as the conservative base’s candidate?   Play entire video

The GOP’s competence problem

Bill Scher and William Beutler discuss the battle over funding the Department of Homeland Security. Plus: Scott Walker: Early and awkward.   Play entire video

Will Bill O’Reilly win no matter what?

Robert Wright speaks with David Corn, who broke the story about O’Reilly’s “Brian Williams problem.” Plus: Is the MSM going weirdly easy on O’Reilly?   Play entire video

Economic optimism

Glenn Loury and Brink Lindsey discuss the future of innovation. Plus: Are we running out of innovation?   Play entire video

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Does Francis mark a new era for the Church?

Matthew Schmitz and Father James Martin consider. Plus: The soundbite papacy.   Play entire video

The trouble with mocking Obama

Aryeh Cohen-Wade and Oliver Morrison explore why there are fewer jokes about Obama than about Bush or Clinton. Plus: Why is there no conservative Jon Stewart?   Play entire video

Why Republicans should fear a DHS shutdown

Matt Lewis argues that forcing a Homeland Security shutdown is a high-risk, low-reward gambit. Plus: Is Jeb the GOP’s only hope?   Play entire video

Alternative scenarios for Hae Lee’s murder

Robert Wright speaks with Serial guru Susan Simpson. Plus: Did Adnan do it?   Play entire video

The Wright Show

The dark side of American Progressivism

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Robert Wright speaks with Gary Krist, author of the new book Empire of Sin, about reformers gone wrong in Progressive-Era New Orleans.   Play entire video

Foreign Entanglements

Planning for a post-ISIS Iraq

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Robert Farley and Daveed Gartenstein-Ross analyze Iraq’s long-standing divisions. Plus: The theology of ISIS.   Play entire video

Culturally Determined

The “Is Obama a Christian?” question

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Aryeh Cohen-Wade and Michael Brendan Dougherty discuss Obama’s faith in light of the uproar over his comments about the Crusades. Plus: Why did Obama’s Crusades comments cause an uproar?   Play entire video

Woodruff & Strauss

Why is American Sniper more “pro-family” than Boyhood?

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Betsy Woodruff and Andrew Lapin discuss how the media slotted the films into the culture war. Plus: Oscar politics.   Play entire video

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Jeb insists he’s his “own man”

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Daniel Strauss and Rebecca Berg discuss Jeb Bush’s speech on foreign policy—and his unusual speaking style. Plus: Is Cruz getting ready to run?   Play entire video

Culturally Determined

Fashion sociology

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Aryeh Cohen-Wade and Phoebe Maltz Bovy analyze the “basic” charge and the normcore fashion trend. Plus: A tweet can ruin your life.   Play entire video