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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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The DMZ

Politicians are boring

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Matt Lewis says most elected officials are in the business of getting reelected, and thus are risk-adverse. Plus: Trump’s female voter problem.

MeaningofLife.tv

The existentialism of Metallica

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David Masciotra and William Irwin get philosophical about heavy metal music. Plus: The libertarian safety net.

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The Glenn Show

Ease up on the Founding Fathers

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Glenn Loury and John McWhorter say it’s unreasonable to judge people of the past using today’s moral standards.

Woodruff & Strauss

Is Carly Fiorina a desperation play?

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Daniel Strauss and Dylan Scott discuss the strategy behind Ted Cruz’s VP pick.

MeaningofLife.tv

Do yogis dream of illusory sheep?

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Jay Mutzafi, host of The Lucid Dreaming Podcast, describes how Buddhists use lucid dreaming to subvert rigid perceptions of what’s real and what’s not. Plus: Virtual reality of dreams.

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Woodruff & Strauss

Will Sanders call it quits?

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Daniel Strauss and Jim Newell hash out how and when the candidate may throw in the towel. Plus: Is Trump a changed man?

The DMZ

Why are millennials so mad?

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Bill Scher and Matt Lewis discuss the false expectations of the younger generation. Plus: Aging out of the Bern.

MeaningofLife.tv

God is love, literally

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Writer Gregg Easterbrook wishes for more radicalism in Christian theology, and proposes “God is love” as a centerpiece for left-wing theology. Plus: Killing Hitler for God.

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Rational Actors

The cost of free trade

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Kevin Glass and Charlotte Allen discuss the history of Republican views on free trade from Reagan to Trump. Plus: Why support Trump.

MeaningofLife.tv

Don’t despair

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William Irwin, author of The Free Market Existentialist, challenges the stereotype that existentialism leads to pessimism. Plus: The compatibility of existentialism and capitalism.

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