29 July 2014

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Jul 1, 2014 — Sarah Posner & Caroline Mala Corbin
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The Posner Show

On The Posner Show, Sarah talks to Caroline about the Supreme Court’s decision in Hobby Lobby. Is the decision a narrow one, as the majority insists, or one of “startling breadth,” as Justice Ginsburg charges in her dissent? They discuss how the decision affects religious non-profits that have also challenged the contraception mandate. How did the decision expand the scope of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act? Will HHS now step in to provide contraception coverage for Hobby Lobby employees? Might some companies try to game the system to save money? Did the government make a mistake by not challenging Hobby Lobby’s claim that emergency contraception and IUDs are abortifacients? Plus: How Hobby Lobby will affect gay rights cases.

Jun 29, 2014 — Glenn Loury & Harold Pollack
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The Glenn Show
On The Glenn Show, Glenn talks to Harold about politics domestic and international. They start out by analyzing violent crime in Chicago’s South Side. Harold explains inner-city violence with game theory. Then, they turn to international affairs: Does Pope Francis have moral authority in the Middle East? Will the Holocaust ever become politically irrelevant? Finally, Harold gives up on presidential politics, and Glenn argues that, on international affairs, Obama is worse than Nixon.
Jun 26, 2014 — Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis
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On The DMZ, Bill and Matt discuss the GOP Senate primary in Mississippi, where Thad Cochran pulled out a surprising win over Tea Party challenger Chris McDaniel. Bill talks about some of the quirks of politics in the South that might have tipped the race in Cochran’s favor, and Matt wonders whether Cochran’s victory means that populist, big-government conservatism is making a comeback. They move on to the Supreme Court’s rulings on presidential recess appointments and abortion-clinic buffer zones. Is Bernie Sanders the liberal to give Hillary Clinton a run for her money in 2016? Plus: The agony and the ecstasy of the World Cup.
Jun 20, 2014 — Jillian C. York & Katherine Maher
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On Interrobang‽, Jillian and Katherine discuss the complexities of translating Disney’s Frozen into Arabic. They then run through some of their favorite recent pieces of journalism, including the strange story of Kim Jong-un’s sushi chef, National Geographic‘s coverage of the postwar US, the tricky issues surrounding food stamps, and the controversial Rwandan leader Paul Kagame. Plus: The history of shit.
Jun 19, 2014 — Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis
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On The DMZ, Bill and Matt want to see some introspection from conservatives who supported the Iraq War and are now urging intervention. Matt thinks the neoconservative perspective may well be right, and Bill makes the case that ISIS is a threat that the US needs to confront. Is a partition of Iraq a likely outcome of the current violence? On the domestic front: Is Senator Thad Cochran going to lose his primary because he delivered too much bacon to Mississippi? Bill argues that Bernie Sanders is the most relevant potential primary challenger to Hillary Clinton. Plus: Matt defends the name of the Washington Redskins.