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Mike Konczal (Rortybomb, Roosevelt Institute) and Aaron Bady (The New Inquiry, zunguzungu)

On Fireside Chats, Mike talks with Aaron about the campus protest origins of the Occupy movement.  They discuss the recently released report on the pepper-spraying of UC Davis students and what it says about how universities are changing.  They then examine how James Q. Wilson’s famous essay “Broken Windows” has transformed the way policing is done. They segue into analyzing capitalism and class in The Wire. Finally, Aaron discusses Teddy Roosevelt as a possible role-model for President Obama, and the weird way Roosevelt appeals to both red state and blue state mythology.

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Recorded:Apr 18    Posted:Apr 19, 2012
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Fireside Chats | Apr 19, 2012 | Mike Konczal & Aaron Bady

Woodruff & Strauss

Ted Cruz, secret big-government fan?

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Daniel Strauss and Melissa Quinn discuss what’s behind Cruz’s request for federal disaster relief for Texas.

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

How much do Americans really care about NSA surveillance?

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With the Patriot Act set to expire, Bill Scher and Matt Lewis consider public opinion on the balance between liberty and security. Plus: Conservatives ♥ celebrities.

The Glenn Show

Michael Eric Dyson’s ad hominem problem

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Glenn Loury and John McWhorter critique Dyson’s New Republic piece on Cornel West. Plus: The changing meaning of “thug.”

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.