1 February 2015

The progressive dark horse

Elizabeth Warren gets all the attention, but Betsy Woodruff and Daniel Strauss evaluate another potential 2016 Democratic contender: Sherrod Brown. Play entire video

Why did Andrew Sullivan retire from blogging?

Bill Scher and Matt Lewis discuss Sullivan’s motivations for his surprise announcement.   Play entire video

Opening Pandora’s cake box

Aryeh Cohen-Wade talks to Mark Joseph Stern, who is calling for a truce in the “gay cake wars.” Plus: Is Friends homophobic?   Play entire video

Is being a Midwesterner a political asset?

Robert Wright and Ann Althouse consider Midwestern GOP presidential contenders like Scott Walker and John Kasich. Plus: Deflategate and Tom Brady’s endearing lies.   Play entire video

Evaluating Joni Ernst

Betsy Woodruff and Alexis Levinson discuss the freshman GOP senator from Iowa, who delivered the State of the Union response and could play a role in 2016. Plus: Do Republicans have foot-in-mouth disease?   Play entire video

Bibi backlash

Heather Hurlburt and Daniel Drezner discuss the GOP’s invite of Israeli PM Netanyahu to address Congress—a ploy that might backfire. Plus: Is the US making things worse in Yemen?   Play entire video

Moral quandaries around a Kony crony

Mark Leon Goldberg and David Bosco discuss the case of Dominic Ongwen, a Lord’s Resistance Army commander who was once a child soldier and now faces war crimes charges. Plus: The irony of the Palestinians joining the ICC.   Play entire video

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The climate fight moves to the states

Neil Bhatiya and Tim Kovach talk about states that are acting on climate change in the face of federal inaction. Plus: America’s weird culture of climate skepticism.   Play entire video

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Debating a financial transaction tax

Mark Schmitt and Katherine Mangu-Ward debate levying a very small tax on every Wall Street trade. Plus: Ohio bartender tries to poison John Boehner—what?!?   Play entire video

Throw out the canon?

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Mark Oppenheimer speaks to Daniel Greenberg of the Sudbury Valley School about what, if anything, American children need to learn. Plus: The school run like a small New England town.   Play entire video

The Wright Show

Did Sarah Koenig manipulate Serial’s listeners?

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Robert Wright and Aryeh Cohen-Wade debate the hit podcast and journalistic transparency.   Play entire video


What should the GOP look like?

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Bill Scher and Matt Lewis discuss Matt’s vision for a more inclusive Republican Party. Plus: “I know, because I won both of them.”   Play entire video

Culturally Determined

The Oscars as “Employee of the Month” awards

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On the debut of Culturally Determined, Aryeh Cohen-Wade and Elizabeth Cantwell analyze the unbearable whiteness of the Academy Award nominations. Plus: Poetry’s changing place in American culture.   Play entire video

The Glenn Show

The real threat to cops? Car accidents

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Glenn Loury and Tracey Meares consider the risks of being a police officer. Plus: Why are the cops still so racially polarizing?   Play entire video

The Wright Show

Bibi’s Parisian faux pas

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Robert Wright and Ron Kampeas discuss Netanyahu’s appeal to French Jews to emigrate to Israel. Plus: Terrorism in Paris and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.   Play entire video