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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

The Republican tax on the rich

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Economist Laurence Kotlikoff says the House plan would target high-earners.

How things went wrong

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Brink Lindsey argues that American institutions aren’t designed to handle modern politics. Plus: Team red vs. team blue.

MeaningofLife.tv

Trump is good business for anarchists

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Robert Wright and Mark Van Steenwyk, author of That Holy Anarchist, discuss current grassroots politics.

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The DMZ

The left’s circular firing squad

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Bill Scher argues that progressives are tempting fate by attacking red state Democrats. Plus: Is the “deep state” a danger to democracy?

MeaningofLife.tv

Meditate on this!

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Former Buddhist monk Jason Siff makes the case for focusing on your body, not your breath. Plus: Beyond mere mindfulness.

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MeaningofLife.tv

All by yourself

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Rabbi Marc Katz, author of The Heart of Loneliness, explains how to combat loneliness. Plus: It’s lonely at the top.

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The Wright Show

Don’t panic (yet)

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David Frum explains the two things that would calm his fears about Trump. Plus: Advice for the Resistance.

MeaningofLife.tv

Three signs you’re not getting enough sleep

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Sleep researcher Robert Stickgold says different people need different amounts, but some rules apply to all.

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The Wright Show

Trump as Hitler

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Robert Wright and Mickey Kaus assess the aptness of the comparison. Plus: Is Trump targeting Muslims?