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31 August 2016

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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

Rational Actors

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Kevin Glass and journalist John Davidson discuss why poverty boosts support for Trump even among those with above-average incomes.

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David Ottlinger tells the creation story behind Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason and Prolegomena. Plus: Kant the revolutionary.

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The Wright Show

In Trump we trust?

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Robert Wright and Mickey Kaus assess how much Trump can soften his immigration stance without alienating his base.

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Is Hillary really all that hawkish?

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Robert Wright and journalist Jim Lobe discuss whether Hillary’s interventionism has been overstated by the left. Plus: How neocons paved the way for Trump.

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A “fleeting unity” against Trump

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Sam Tanenhaus discusses the emerging alliance between the liberal and conservative establishments. Plus: Forgiving Trump.

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Trump as national gatekeeper

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Heather Hurlburt and Daniel Drezner discuss the candidate’s attempted pivot on immigration policy. Plus: Has Trumpism maxed out?

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Combating the “narcissism epidemic”

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Robert Wright and Katherine Ozment, author of Grace Without God, consider the need for moral education in a secular age. Plus: Death deserves discussion.

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How to talk about religious beliefs

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Professor Daniel Ogilvie shares his experience getting students to reflect on their ideas about the soul. Plus: When the afterlife became a reward.

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The DMZ

How the GOP can rebuild

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Matt Lewis outlines what must happen for the Republican party to “correct itself.” Plus: Is Trump’s endgame Trump TV?

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What’s religion good for?

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Philip Menchaca and Jessica Sherry consider what “cargo cults” show about the function of religion. Plus: The unique beliefs of the John Frum movement.

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