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Washington Squares

Michael Brendan Dougherty (The Slurve, The Week) and Adam Serwer (Mother Jones)

On Washington Squares, Michael and Adam discuss John Derbyshire’s firing from National Review. Adam contends that much “race realism” is just a set of assertions to confirm already existing prejudices, and Michael searches for where to draw the line between intellectual inquiry about racial differences and racism. Michael worries that intellectual racism is likely to grow in the future, but Adam is more optimistic. The conversation then turns to the flap about Hilary Rosen and Ann Romney, where Michael defends political nonsense as a way for non-political junkies to engage in a debate and probe candidates. Finally, Michael launches an epic rant against the Catholic League for their attack on Rosen and their strategy of playing a victim.

Recorded: Apr 12   Posted: Apr 13, 2012
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Washington Squares | Apr 13, 2012 | Michael Brendan Dougherty & Adam Serwer

The Good Fight

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Rational Actors

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Kevin Glass and Patrick Brennan discuss the Nevada cattle ranch standoff that became a flashpoint for conservatives.   Play entire video

Foreign Entanglements

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Kelsey Atheron and Daveed Gartenstein-Ross critique a NYT op-ed on the shootings in Overland Park, KS. Plus: Are more drone strikes the answer?   Play entire video

Science Faction

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What could post-human Earth look like? George Johnson reports on his recent trip to the nuclear disaster site. Plus: Unfalsifiable physics.   Play entire video

The DMZ

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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

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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

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Worldwise

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