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Conor Friedersdorf (The Atlantic, Byliner) and Freddie deBoer (L'Hôte, The New Inquiry)

On Friedersdorf, Conor and Freddie kick things off by discussing the declining share of national income that accrues to labor. Should we fear or welcome a future where automation and artificial intelligence replace much of the work done by humans? They discuss Chris Hayes’s recent book, Twilight of the Elites. How responsible are you for your outcome in life? Conor and Freddie debate the idea of “workplace liberty,” and who should decide when an employee gets a bathroom break. Conor asks Freddie whether he sees a conflict between the goals of liberalizing immigration and minimizing inequality. They conclude by arguing that liberals have failed to adequately challenge the errors of the Obama administration.

Recorded: Jan 29   Posted: Jan 31, 2013
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Friedersdorf | Jan 31, 2013 | Conor Friedersdorf & Freddie deBoer

The Score

The geeks have won

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So why do they still view themselves as cultural victims? Michael Brendan Dougherty and Freddie deBoer consider, with reference to Game of Thrones and Nate Silver.   Play entire video

Worldwise

“It’s the economy, stupid!” in Turkish

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Michael Brooks and Steven Cook analyze the character and charisma of Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan.   Play entire video

Democracy in America

The surprising source of money in politics

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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

Worldwise

Franco-Rwandan tensions

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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

The DMZ

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

Foreign Entanglements

What “neocon” means now

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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

Do newsrooms need racial quotas?

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

Worldwise

Putin’s war on Russian civil society

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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

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

The Good Fight

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

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