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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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10th Anniversary

“What’s your greatest hope for the next 10 years?”

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For our tenth anniversary, we asked some of BhTV’s oldest friends to reflect on the past decade.

The Glenn Show

Trust funds for all?

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Sandy Darity outlines his proposal for alleviating wealth disparity in the U.S. Plus: Why your parents really matter.

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A scientifically respectable “higher purpose”

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Robert Wright makes the case for a teleology that doesn’t involve “spooky forces.”

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Shortage of meaning

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Paul Froese, author of On Purpose, investigates why the American poor have more stuff, but less sense of meaning than the poor of the world. Plus: No time for death anxiety.

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Woodruff & Strauss

Who’s surging in New Hampshire?

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Betsy Woodruff and Daniel Strauss talk about the Republican candidates jostling for position in the upcoming primary. Plus: Clinton’s Wall Street speaking fees.

The DMZ

How Rubio’s caution could be hurting him

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National Review’s Alexis Levinson says Marco Rubio’s avoidance of saying anything wrong can make it seem like he’s not saying anything at all. Plus: Too early to write off Jeb?

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Finding meaning inside the Beltway

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Heather Hurlburt on the hidden spiritual lives of public servants. Plus: the importance of being hokey.

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A defense of hypocrisy

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Mathematicians Glen Whitney and John Allen Paulos consider why we should expect people to be inconsistent. Plus: Are we ruled by coincidence?

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Just toughen up?

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Philosophers Massimo Pigliucci and Daniel Fincke consider the difference between being stoic and being a Stoic. Plus: Advice on dealing with loss.

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Foreign Entanglements

Why you shouldn’t be afraid of ISIS

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Michael Cohen says GOP fear mongering has reached new heights in the foreign policy arena. Plus: Why Iowa doesn’t matter.