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16 September 2014

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Conor Friedersdorf (The Atlantic, Byliner) and Michael Brendan Dougherty (The Slurve, The Week)

Conor and Michael kick things off by discussing the trial of Anders Breivik, the far-right Norwegian terrorist, who is trying to turn his trial into an attack on multiculturalism. They next turn their attention to Katie Roiphe’s controversial Newsweek cover story about female submission fantasies. Conor argues that there is a bipartisan interest in making women feel bad. Do American voters have a psychological need to be frightened? Both diavloggers muse on why Republicans continually fail to nominate the most conservative candidates in presidential primaries. And Michael heretically argues that Pete Campbell is his favorite character in Mad Men.

Recorded:Apr 16    Posted:Apr 18, 2012
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Friedersdorf | Apr 18, 2012 | Conor Friedersdorf & Michael Brendan Dougherty

Worldwise

Democracy demotion in Hong Kong

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Robert Wright speaks to Edward C.K. Chin, a Hong Kong democracy activist whose newspaper column was recently terminated, about how Beijing controls information.   Play entire video

Science Faction

Flukiness is next to Godliness

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John Horgan and George Johnson lament being likened to creationists for embracing the improbability of life’s existence. Plus: Programmed for war?   Play entire video

Woodruff & Strauss

The GOP Senate’s first move

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Betsy Woodruff and Sahil Kapur predict what will happen if Republicans win the Senate. Plus: A Republican wave?   Play entire video

The DMZ

The GOP targets the center

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Bill Scher and Matt Lewis wonder if a Republican-controlled Senate would be influenced by the more moderate positions some GOP candidates are taking on issues like birth control and the minimum wage. Plus: Has Obama stuck to his guns?   Play entire video

Worldwise

As Scotland goes, so goes Quebec?

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On the eve of the Scottish independence referendum, Robert Wright and Alex Massie talk about a “yes” vote’s potential domino effect on secessionist movements around the world. Plus: Will Great Britain break up?   Play entire video

Rational Actors

When journalists take sides

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Kevin Glass and Steve Gutowski debate whether gaming journalists and politics journalists have something in common: an inability to see their own biases. Plus: GamerGate and the feminist critique of video-game culture.   Play entire video

The Mind Report

The evolution of lying

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Humans aren’t the only liars in the animal kingdom. Tom Flower describes the treachery of the fork-tailed drongo.   Play entire video

The Glenn Show

The case against MOOCs

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William Deresiewicz, author of Excellent Sheep, on the downside of massive open online courses. Plus: What’s wrong with elite universities.   Play entire video

Foreign Entanglements

Do we need ICBMs for deterrence in Europe?

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Robert Farley and Al Mauroni debate whether the U.S. can afford to shed some of its nuclear arsenal, and what message it would send to other countries. Plus:  Nuclear calculus in Ukraine.   Play entire video

The DMZ

Skin in the game

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Bill Scher and Matt Lewis discuss the 2016 Republican contenders, and Matt outlines the most important trait for winning: getting back up after being knocked down. Plus: The optics of foreign policy.   Play entire video