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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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Friedersdorf | May 15, 2012 | Conor Friedersdorf & James Poulos

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Bill Scher and Matt Lewis debate whether the intellectual branch of the GOP ever had a chance against Trump’s rhetoric. Plus: Is Sanders Nader 2.0?

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Unitarian Universalist minister Hank Peirce explains his unconventional understanding of God. Plus: Do Unitarians believe in anything?

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Michael Cohen, author of the new book American Maelstrom, on the political con-sequences of an assassination. Plus: The ghost of George Wallace.

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Steven Teles, author of the new book Prison Break, explains how political movements change course.

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Anantanand Rambachan, author of A Hindu Theology of Liberation, considers the spiritual quest for a life without suffering. Plus: Unifying “unity” and “emptiness.”

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Professor of Marketing Troy Campbell explains why it’s a mistake for social activists to use shame as a tool. Plus: The psychology of the global warming debate.

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The power of the Progressive

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Thomas Leonard, author of the new book Illiberal Reformers, on how deeply an early-20th century movement shaped academia and politics. Plus: Judging Woodrow Wilson.

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Journalist Daniel Engber and psychologist Robert Kurzban take a skeptical look at the “ego depletion” theory. Plus: Is psychology in crisis?

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