logo

24 May 2016

logo

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

Conor and James kick things off by discussing the Republican primary, and hoping their home state of California will matter for the first time in memory. Weighing in on the Rush Limbaugh controversy, Conor posits that the radio host is losing advertisers because he attacked a class of people that is larger than his usual targets. Conor suggests an alternative argument that the right might marshal against birth control subsidies. James argues that Americans need to educate children in a more holistic way that affords them the ability to cultivate and appreciate down time. Shifting gears, he explains how Napoleon’s legacy is relevant to the future of Europe. And they close by pondering a modern techno-dilemma: If waiters are replaced by iPads, have we lost an important part of our culture?

 

Play entire video
Recorded:Mar 5    Posted:Mar 6, 2012
Download:
mp4
mp3
Friedersdorf | Mar 6, 2012 | Conor Friedersdorf & James Poulos

The DMZ

Was Trump inevitable?

playvideo screenshot

Bill Scher and Matt Lewis debate whether the intellectual branch of the GOP ever had a chance against Trump’s rhetoric. Plus: Is Sanders Nader 2.0?

MeaningofLife.tv

The New Atheists vs. The New Agnostics

playvideo screenshot

In the first of five lectures outlining a new spiritual worldview that’s compatible with science, Robert Wright critiques the “New Atheists.”

Play this clip on MeaningofLife.tv

MeaningofLife.tv

The theist with a humanist soul

playvideo screenshot

Unitarian Universalist minister Hank Peirce explains his unconventional understanding of God. Plus: Do Unitarians believe in anything?

Play this clip on MeaningofLife.tv

Foreign Entanglements

What if Bobby Kennedy had lived?

playvideo screenshot

Michael Cohen, author of the new book American Maelstrom, on the political con-sequences of an assassination. Plus: The ghost of George Wallace.

The Glenn Show

“There are cue makers, and cue takers”

playvideo screenshot

Steven Teles, author of the new book Prison Break, explains how political movements change course.

MeaningofLife.tv

Freedom in the world, not from the world

playvideo screenshot

Anantanand Rambachan, author of A Hindu Theology of Liberation, considers the spiritual quest for a life without suffering. Plus: Unifying “unity” and “emptiness.”

Play this clip on MeaningofLife.tv

MeaningofLife.tv

Buddhists back from the dead

playvideo screenshot

Annabella Pitkin and Alyson Prude discuss life-changing death experiences as recounted by Himalayan Buddhists. Plus: Life in Buddhist hell.

Play this clip on MeaningofLife.tv

MeaningofLife.tv

The perilous joy of outrage

playvideo screenshot

Professor of Marketing Troy Campbell explains why it’s a mistake for social activists to use shame as a tool. Plus: The psychology of the global warming debate.

Play this clip on MeaningofLife.tv

The Glenn Show

The power of the Progressive

playvideo screenshot

Thomas Leonard, author of the new book Illiberal Reformers, on how deeply an early-20th century movement shaped academia and politics. Plus: Judging Woodrow Wilson.

MeaningofLife.tv

The science of willpower

playvideo screenshot

Journalist Daniel Engber and psychologist Robert Kurzban take a skeptical look at the “ego depletion” theory. Plus: Is psychology in crisis?

Play this clip on MeaningofLife.tv