1 March 2015

The dark side of American Progressivism

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

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

The “Is Obama a Christian?” question

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

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

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

Jeb insists he’s his “own man”

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

Alternative scenarios for Hae Lee’s murder

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

Fashion sociology

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

Foreign Entanglements

The theology of ISIS

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Robert Farley and Daveed Gartenstein-Ross discuss Graeme Wood’s controversial article on ISIS’s motivations.   Play entire video

Woodruff & Strauss

Has Walker replaced Cruz as the conservative base’s candidate?

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Betsy Woodruff and Daniel Strauss weigh the two politicians’ narratives.   Play entire video

Does Francis mark a new era for the Church?

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

Culturally Determined

The trouble with mocking Obama

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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

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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

Science Faction

Is American Sniper bad for our brains?

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George Johnson and John Horgan discuss how the film taps into the psychology of war. Plus: How random is cancer?   Play entire video