On The DMZ, Bill and special guest Conn discuss the great Nate Silver/Paul Krugman schism. Conn plugs his new Kickstarter, Federal Baseball. Are the Democrats in serious trouble in the 2014 midterms? They consider Thomas Edsall’s critique of the Democratic Party as polarized between corporate and populist wings, and compare how blue states and red states spend federal money. Plus: Harry Reid‘s crusade against the Koch brothers.
On Interrobang‽, Jillian and Katherine discuss threats to online freedom around the world, starting with Russia and its popular social network site VKontakte. How do developing nations differ in their views about Internet freedom? They analyze the complicated issue of online censorship in Syria. Next they discuss Turkey, which has a long history of media censorship, and how Prime Minister Erdogan is trying, fairly ineffectually, to block Twitter. Katherine explains why, despite Newt Gingrich’s claims to the contrary, America is not giving up control of the Internet. Plus: Why there was a large blank spot on the front page of Pakistani editions of The International New York Times.
On Rational Actors, Kevin talks to Caroline about the concept of “free-market feminism” and how it’s different from mainstream feminism. What would a free-market feminist policy agenda look like? Is the wage gap real when non-gender factors are taken into account? Is “rape culture” a useful formulation for campus anti-rape activists? Is the methodology for studies on sexual assault flawed? Finally, will the White House initiative on sexual assault be effective?
On The Glenn Show, Glenn and John discuss the charge that Newark mayoral candidate Shavar Jeffries might not be “black enough” to run that city. Glenn, remembering Obama’s early failed run against Rep. Bobby Rush in Chicago, asks what’s wrong with voters objecting to a candidate who seems inauthentic. John counters that judging candidates on superficial characteristics won’t help minority communities. Glenn contends that the gut is often as important as the mind in politics. Next: Is Spike Lee right about gentrification in Brooklyn? Can gentrification benefit both old and new neighborhood residents? Plus: Why the younger generation may not care about gentrification battles.
On Drezburt, Dan debriefs Heather on HBO’s Game of Thrones. Heather explains what the national obsession over the missing Malaysian airliner says about the zeitgeist, and what it means for national policy. Heather and Dan worry that constant coverage of flight MH370 has crowded out important events in Turkey and Venezuela. They close by wondering what TV shows President Obama is watching these days.
On Foreign Entanglements, Rob and Adam debate the need for an independent air force. Adam argues that the US Air Force provides an integrated vision of military airpower that the other services can’t offer. Rob, on the other hand, isn’t impressed by the USAF’s performance. Would bombers exist without an independent air force? What lessons can we learn from the wars in Iraq? What is the Air Force’s most under-appreciated service? Rob and Adam close by discussing the prospects for using airpower in Ukraine.
On The DMZ, Bill and special guest Justin discuss whether Democrats and Republicans can find common ground on Russia and Iran. Was Romney right about Russia being America’s number one political foe? Bill argues that Putin’s Russia should inspire liberals to embrace American exceptionalism, and Justin explores whether the libertarian wing of the GOP still does. How would Rand Paul‘s foreign policy positions play in the 2016 GOP primaries? Is Hillary Clinton running for president as a hawk? Is Paul Ryan‘s outreach on poverty and race going to convince anyone?