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20 February 2017

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Conor Friedersdorf (The Atlantic) and James Poulos (Forbes, Free Radicals, The Daily Beast)

On Friedersdorf, James and Conor kick things off by discussing Chuck Hagel’s nomination. James ponders the fairness of calling his foreign policy views un-American, and Conor argues such views have a long history in this country. On domestic matters, Conor asks how pessimistic James is about the future of conservatism. Is Glenn Beck, rather than Fox News, pointing toward a viable future? Conor looks at California to explain why he isn’t a Democrat. James examines the intersection of guns, fear, and politics, and they focus on personal improvements in local communities as an alternative to national legislation.

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Recorded:Jan 9    Posted:Jan 11, 2013
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Robert Wright and Mark Van Steenwyk, author of That Holy Anarchist, discuss current grassroots politics.

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The left’s circular firing squad

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Bill Scher argues that progressives are tempting fate by attacking red state Democrats. Plus: Is the “deep state” a danger to democracy?

Team red vs. team blue

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Joshua Cohen and Brink Lindsey on the partisan delusions endangering democracy.

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Meditate on this!

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Former Buddhist monk Jason Siff makes the case for focusing on your body, not your breath. Plus: Beyond mere mindfulness.

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All by yourself

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Rabbi Marc Katz, author of The Heart of Loneliness, explains how to combat loneliness. Plus: It’s lonely at the top.

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Don’t panic (yet)

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David Frum explains the two things that would calm his fears about Trump. Plus: Advice for the Resistance.

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Three signs you’re not getting enough sleep

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Sleep researcher Robert Stickgold says different people need different amounts, but some rules apply to all.

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Trump as Hitler

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Robert Wright and Mickey Kaus assess the aptness of the comparison. Plus: Is Trump targeting Muslims?

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“We are part of the future.”

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Media anthropologist Christa Blackmon explains how different cultures and minorities use science fiction to send political messages. Plus: The power of the Dark Side.