19 April 2014

Always act like you’re on TV

Reacting to leaked audio of New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez, Bill Scher and Matt Lewis weigh how politicians should navigate a privacy-free world. Play entire video

The case for legal polygamy

Michael Brendan Dougherty and Freddie deBoer discuss. Plus: The geeks have won.   Play entire video

A new sultan in Turkey?

Michael Brooks and Steven Cook analyze Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan’s towering self-conception. Plus: “It’s the economy, stupid!” in Turkish.   Play entire video

The surprising source of money in politics

Who’s spending the most money to influence local races? Hint: It’s not the Koch brothers. Greg Marx and Gordon Witkin discuss. Plus: New Jersey’s good government.   Play entire video

Franco-Rwandan tensions

Why did France withdraw from the commemoration of the Rwandan genocide? Jina Moore discusses with Mark Goldberg. Plus: Is Rwanda getting more repressive?   Play entire video

What “neocon” means now

Matt Duss and Rob Farley respond to Reihan Salam’s recent piece, “Why I Am Still a Neocon.” Plus: No, Israel doesn’t need old American B-52s.   Play entire video

Putin’s war on Russian civil society

David Klion and Linda Kinstler are pessimistic about the future of the liberal opposition in Moscow. Plus: The Kremlin’s plan to carve up Ukraine.   Play entire video

What’s the best way to help the working poor?

Timothy Noah and Glenn Loury debate raising the minimum wage. Plus: The threat of robot burger flippers.   Play entire video

Did Ezra Klein save Obamacare?

Bill Scher and Justin Green debate the effect of Klein’s critical reporting on’s early failures. Plus: Does Paul Ryan secretly want Obamacare to work?   Play entire video


Is the Geneva agreement a breakthrough for Ukraine?

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David Klion and Olena Tregub discuss whether diplomacy can end the separatist crisis.   Play entire video

The dark art of oppo research

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Betsy Woodruff and Daniel Strauss discuss how journalists should treat leaks from rival campaigns. Plus: Scott Brown 2016?   Play entire video


Are dynasties a threat to American democracy?

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Bill Scher and Matt Lewis debate the implications of a presidential race between Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush. Plus: Rise of the Ubertarians.   Play entire video

Do newsrooms need racial quotas?

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Gabriel Arana floats a controversial idea. Plus: Journalism’s diversity problem.   Play entire video

Rational Actors

Can the right accept Obamacare?

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Kevin Glass and Danny Vinik examine whether the GOP will continue trying to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Plus: Paul Ryan’s political ambitions.   Play entire video

Does property really exist?

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Elizabeth Stoker and Matt Bruenig consider secular and Christian perspectives. Plus: A modest proposal for the contraception debate.   Play entire video