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Fireside Chats

Mike Konczal (Rortybomb, New Deal 2.0, Roosevelt Institute) and Peter Frase (Jacobin)

On Fireside Chats, Mike talks to Peter about the state of the left. Peter explains why Glenn Greenwald’s critique of Obama cuts deeper than Paul Krugman’s. Mike sees the Occupy movement as an opportunity for liberals to play good cop/bad cop. Are lefty home-schoolers bad for America? And is utopia a destination or a direction? Finally, Mike and Peter contemplate the future of work, with help from Marx, Keynes, and Star Trek.

Recorded: Mar 7   Posted: Mar 10, 2012
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Fireside Chats | Mar 10, 2012 | Mike Konczal & Peter Frase

Science Faction

Unfalsifiable physics

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How do you test new theories of cosmology? John Horgan and George Johnson discuss.   Play entire video

The DMZ

Has 2016 speculation gotten out of control?

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Bill Scher and Matt Lewis debate. Plus: Always act like you’re on TV.   Play entire video

Worldwise

Snowden’s Q&A with Putin

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David Klion and Olena Tregub discuss the surreal interaction between the NSA whistleblower and the Russian president. Plus: Is the Geneva agreement a breakthrough for Ukraine?   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

The Score

The case for legal polygamy

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

Worldwise

A new sultan in Turkey?

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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

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