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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.

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

Foreign Entanglements

Why Indonesia is burning boats

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Rob Farley and Natalie Sambhi explain the Indonesian president’s controversial policy.

The DMZ

Conservatives ♥ celebrities

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Bill Scher and Matt Lewis use the controversy surrounding reality star Josh Duggar to consider conservatives’ infatuation with celebrities.

The Glenn Show

The changing cultural meaning of the “thug”

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Glenn Loury and John McWhorter discuss the glamorization and demonization of an African-American stereotype.

Science Faction

Why Americans pay for care they don’t need

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John Horgan and George Johnson discuss the healthcare system’s mixed-up incentives. Plus: A new hope for cancer therapy?

Woodruff & Strauss

The unusual politics of gay adoption

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Betsy Woodruff and Daniel Strauss explore why gay couples adopting children is more popular than same-sex marriage. Plus: Why Clinton’s media strategy is self-defeating.

The DMZ

Fox News doesn’t go easy on GOP contenders

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Bill Scher and Matt Lewis discuss Fox’s recent interviews with Bush, Rubio, and Walker. Plus: Maybe Jeb Bush doesn’t really want to be president.

Rational Actors

“Due process has gone out the window”

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Ashe Schow makes the case against campus sexual assault tribunals. Plus: Should colleges be adjudicating rape cases?

The Wright Show

Does doing good make you feel good?

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Robert Wright speaks with Peter Singer, author of the new book The Most Good You Can Do. Plus: Bad charity.

The Glenn Show

In defense of black “respectability politics”

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Glenn Loury and John McWhorter stand up for an idea that is denigrated by many on the left. Plus: Is the focus on police abuse misguided?