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4 August 2015

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Conor Friedersdorf (The Atlantic, Byliner) and Mark Oppenheimer (The New York Times, markoppenheimer.com)

On Friedersdorf, Mark and Conor kick things off by discussing the Pope’s resignation and how American Catholics are processing it. Can the Church change the internal culture that enabled the sex abuse cover-up? They next explore this question: Is it possible to be an NFL star and a good Christian? And is the idea that sports build character just a myth? Mark explains why he wants to develop the habit of occasionally smoking pot. And Conor argues that in the war on terror, Americans ought to show more courage.

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Recorded:Feb 21    Posted:Feb 25, 2013
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Friedersdorf | Feb 25, 2013 | Conor Friedersdorf & Mark Oppenheimer

Washington Monthly

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Ed Kilgore and Martin Longman assess reports that the vice president is considering entering the race to honor his late son’s wish.

Drezburt

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Heather Hurlburt and Daniel Drezner evaluate the campaign to scuttle the agreement.

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Karl Giberson, author of a new book on the biblical Adam, discusses Christian attempts to integrate evolution into theology.

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Micah Uetricht and Rachel Cohen discuss balancing educational innovation with teachers’ job security. Plus: Charter school teachers who want a union.

MeaningofLife.tv

Why should we punish people who do bad things?

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Robert Wright and Paul Bloom ponder whether our intuition leads us to penalize wrongdoers for the wrong reasons. Plus: The demonization instinct.

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The DMZ

How Rand Paul lost the courage of his convictions

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Bill Scher and Matt Lewis consider Paul’s sputtering presidential prospects. Plus: Why Donald Trump is no Herman Cain.

Tapping into evangelical anger

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Sarah Posner and Anthea Butler discuss Donald Trump’s surprising appeal to the religious right. Plus: Donald Trump and the end(?) of the religious right.

Washington Monthly

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MeaningofLife.tv

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Michele Goldberg, author of the new book The Goddess Pose, discusses the teachings of Indra Devi, who helped bring yoga to the West. Plus: Is yoga more than just exercise?

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Woodruff & Strauss

Is John Kasich the new Jon Huntsman?

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Daniel Strauss and Dylan Scott analyze the conventional wisdom on the Ohio governor’s chances. Plus: Will the Clinton email scandal stick?