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Conor Friedersdorf (The Atlantic) and James Poulos (Forbes, Free Radicals, The Daily Beast)

Conor and James kick things off by musing on what the most radical social experiment in American history might be (hint: it’s not same-sex marriage). James argues that Europe is suffering from a crisis of political leadership and legitimacy, and that countries like Greece have been subsidizing their nationalism. Are idiosyncratic customs like the Spanish siesta doomed? James explains that being a parent is very different than he expected. Will we ever arrive at a science of raising children? Conor argues, contra Tom Friedman, that advertising makes America a more egalitarian country than it would otherwise be. And James explains how to go about being a rock star.

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Recorded:May 14    Posted:May 15, 2012
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The Glenn Show

An “impossible dilemma”

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Glenn Loury and Heather Mac Donald discuss pleas for increased policing among communities that also distrust the cops. Plus: The facts on race-based police shootings.

Foreign Entanglements

Olympic-sized woes

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Historian Colin Snider discusses the dreary national mood in Brazil before the upcoming Summer Games.

The nitty gritty of being president

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David Frum argues that sound policy alone does not make for a com-petent leader. Plus: Is Trump confused about power?

MeaningofLife.tv

Sauna as a spiritual experience

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Religious scholar Jack Tsonis, founder of the “Saunatarian movement,” talks ritual and transcendence.

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The DMZ

Don’t count on Cruz 2020

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Bill Scher on why Ted Cruz likely won’t unite the party should Trump lose in November.

The Glenn Show

The police are shooting unarmed white men, too

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Glenn Loury and John McWhorter on the seldom-discussed list of white men wrongfully killed by cops.

The Glenn Show

Why bad cops aren’t the real problem

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Criminologist and former police officer Peter Moskos says unnecessary police shootings are more about failed systems than bad policing. Plus: Stopping death by cops.

MeaningofLife.tv

What would Spinoza say about modern-day USA?

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Spinoza scholar Steven Nadler argues that American politics is infected by religion. Plus: Spinoza and Buddhism.

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Culturally Determined

The ills of the elite

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Helen Andrews critiques America’s meritocratic ruling class. Plus: Are the Ivies ruining America?