4 July 2015


The biggest problems with American healthcare

Derek Ayeh and Dr. Sean Morrison discuss Atul Gawande's book Being Mortal. Play entire video

Obama’s brilliant artifice

Reflecting on the president’s eulogy for Rev. Clementa Pinckney, Glenn Loury and John McWhorter consider Obama’s racial self-presentation. Plus: The end of the Confederate flag.

Passing the “ideological Turing test”

Kevin Glass and Timothy Lee discuss the importance of seeing issues from the other side. Plus: The rich: Are they jerks?

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The future of conservative healthcare reform

With Obamacare subsidies secure, Brian Beutler and Yevgeniy Feyman discuss state waivers. Plus: Game over for judicial challenges to Obamacare.

The big mistake we made about China in the ’90s

Heather Hurlburt and Dan Drezner discuss what many in the West didn’t understand about China’s economic rise. Plus: It’s a miracle! Trade promotion authority is revived

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Is the “skills gap” rubbish?

Timothy Noah and Peter Cappelli discuss whether employers are actually unable to hire appropriately skilled workers. Plus: You’re fired! Please train your replacement.

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We don’t know whether stop-and-frisk worked

Harry Siegel explains why it’s impossible to measure the effect of the controversial police tactic. Plus: Lies, damned lies, and NYC crime statistics.

Hillary’s ambiguity on free trade

Betsy Woodruff and Luke Brinker discuss how a President Hillary Clinton would approach the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Plus: How do you solve a problem like The Donald?

Woodruff & Strauss

The “hell no caucus” on gay marriage

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Betsy Woodruff and Jim Newell discuss conservative activists fighting for a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage.


A conservative’s lament: “When does it end?”

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Bill Scher and Matt Lewis debate progressive change in the wake of the legalization of gay marriage. Plus: Will Chris Christie play nationally?


Bringing “liberal” back

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Bill Scher and Matt Lewis discuss whether moderate voters are moving left. Plus: Will conservatives turn on John Roberts?

The Wright Show

White privilege and the moral imagination

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Robert Wright and Conor Friedersdorf discuss how empathy can better promote racial understanding. Plus: Should the government be able to scan your brain?

Culturally Determined

Is the sexual violence in Game of Thrones necessary?

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Alyssa Rosenberg argues against the charge that the show has become gratuitous. (Contains spoilers.) Plus: Can Game of Thrones end in a intellectually honest way?