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20 February 2017

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Conor Friedersdorf (The Atlantic) 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.

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

Team red vs. team blue

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Joshua Cohen and Brink Lindsey on the partisan delusions endangering democracy.

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Meditate on this!

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Former Buddhist monk Jason Siff makes the case for focusing on your body, not your breath. Plus: Beyond mere mindfulness.

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Is the “deep state” a danger to democracy?

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Bill Scher and Matt Lewis debate whether the Flynn leaks were an abuse of power.

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All by yourself

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Rabbi Marc Katz, author of The Heart of Loneliness, explains how to combat loneliness. Plus: It’s lonely at the top.

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Don’t panic (yet)

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David Frum explains the two things that would calm his fears about Trump. Plus: Advice for the Resistance.

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Three signs you’re not getting enough sleep

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Sleep researcher Robert Stickgold says different people need different amounts, but some rules apply to all.

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Trump as Hitler

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Robert Wright and Mickey Kaus assess the aptness of the comparison. Plus: Is Trump targeting Muslims?

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“We are part of the future.”

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Media anthropologist Christa Blackmon explains how different cultures and minorities use science fiction to send political messages. Plus: The power of the Dark Side.

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The way to Trump’s heart

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Bill Scher explains how exploiting the president’s love of T.V. could save America. Plus: Mitch’s mistake.