On Drezburt, Heather and Dan pay tribute to the late Harold Ramis, then critique Nicholas Kristof’s recent column accusing academics of being out of touch. Next, they praise Rosa Brooks’s manifesto against Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In. In the work/life balance debate, should obsessive parenting get more criticism? Heather and Dan analyze the proposed smaller Pentagon budget that would drastically shrink the size of the Army. Plus: Why Ukraine will muddle through.
On Rational Actors, Kevin and Jason discuss the bills under consideration in Kansas and Arizona that would allow businesses to discriminate against gays. Jason explains why he doesn’t see such proposals as analogous to Jim Crow. Kevin argues that there’s a difference between narrow religious exemption and a general right to discriminate. Does this logic lead inexorably toward Sharia Law? Jason describes his theory of progressive “SimCity Government.” Kevin suggests that Americans have chosen to sacrifice privacy for the sake of social media.
On The DMZ: McKay Coppins’s caustic profile of Donald Trump causes a stir. Matt is impressed that Coppins didn’t allow himself to be seduced by Trump. Bill argues that Bridgegate proves that MSNBC is now better than Fox News at pushing scandal narratives, but Matt wonders whether this is about anything beyond ratings. Matt makes the conservative case against a higher minimum wage, and Bill wonders whether the CBO report means that a deal to raise the minimum wage is now impossible.
On The Glenn Show, Ann and Glenn reflect on Valentine’s Day and modern love. Ann is frustrated by Nancy Pelosi’s focus on gender politics. Glenn thinks Rand Paul has a point about Bill Clinton’s exploitation of women. They next discuss sexual relations in different industries and cultures. Is it imperialist to support gay rights abroad? Finally, Anne reminds us that there is no “up” or “down” in love.