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Bloggingheads.tv videos — October 2012

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Oct 31, 2012 — Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis
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The DMZ

On The DMZ: The war over Nate Silver and his FiveThirtyEight election model. Can the polls really tell us who is going to show up on election day (and before)? Why is Chris Christie being so effusive in his praise of Obama? How will Hurricane Sandy affect the election? Why can’t conservatives learn to love FEMA? Plus: Matt argues that Mitt would govern as a moderate.

Oct 29, 2012 — Sarah Posner & Sarah Sentilles
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The Posner Show
On The Posner Show, Sarah and religion scholar Sarah Sentilles discuss Richard Mourdock’s comments about rape and pregnancy. What would happen if politicians like Mourdock had to offer a non-religious justification for their views? How prevalent is the view that God controls everything that happens in the world? Sentilles argues that appeals to religion lets politicians off the hook. The Sarahs agree that Mourdock and Akin display a misunderstanding of rape. What should we make of the idea that Hurricane Sandy is God’s will? Finally: What happens when women talk about God?
Oct 26, 2012 — Glenn Loury & Corey Brettschneider
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The Glenn Show
On The Glenn Show, Corey Brettschneider discusses his recent book, When the State Speaks, What Should It Say? How should governments treat speech that is offensive or false, like hate speech or Holocaust denial? Corey argues that the state should both protect and criticize such speech. Glenn and Corey consider free speech in light of the turmoil caused by the infamous anti-Muslim video. Should religiously motivated anti-gay beliefs be granted a pass? They look back at the political correctness wars of the ’90s. Plus: Should the government fund controversial research on subjects like race and IQ?
Oct 25, 2012 — Glenn Loury & Joshua Cohen
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The Glenn Show
On The Glenn Show, Glenn and Joshua discuss whether Obama came across as disrespectful in the final debate. What would Romney’s foreign policy actually look like? Glenn accuses Obama of hypocrisy for dismissing Romney as a foreign policy neophyte, considering Obama’s own limited experience in 2008. Joshua challenges Glenn to make the case for Obama’s reelection, and Glenn obliges. However, they both lament the president’s lack of vision in the closing weeks of the campaign, and they wonder whether there’s a real chance that Obama could lose.
Oct 24, 2012 — Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis
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The DMZ
On The DMZ: Is Romney now seen as a sensible pragmatist, or is Obama’s “Romnesia” attack working? What must the campaigns do in the final two weeks? Is Twitter  making media groupthink worse, and have the netroots lost their influence? Plus: The possibility that Obama could lose the popular vote but win the electoral college.
Oct 24, 2012 — Sarah Posner & E.J. Graff
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The Posner Show
On The Posner Show, Sarah and E.J. discuss the marriage equality referenda in Maryland, Maine, and Washington. E.J. explains why polling isn’t a good predictor of how people vote on this issue. Sarah asks what’s changed in Maine, and E.J. explains how voters are swayed by personal stories. Sarah discusses religious outreach in Maryland, as well as the role of the Baltimore Ravens. Why do marriage equality proponents need so much more money for their campaigns than opponents do? E.J. explains how leading private employers in Washington state have provided financial support for marriage equality there. Finally, E.J. recounts the revolutionary changes for LGBT equality in her lifetime.

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