27 November 2014

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Oct 18, 2014 — Sarah Posner & Patricia Miller
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The Posner Show
On The Posner Show, Sarah speaks with Patti about the Extraordinary General Synod taking place this week in Rome. Patti argues that conservative fears that the synod will produce radical changes are misplaced. She traces the church’s position on contraception to decisions made during the last synod in 1980. Nonetheless, she says, a midterm report from this synod contained some surprising revelations, notably signals that the church may stop referring to homosexuality as “intrinsically disordered” and to unmarried couples as “living in sin.” What did a German bishop really say about African bishops and homosexuality? What does Patricia’s book have to say about a role for pro-choice Catholics? Finally: How Francis’s synod represents very “modest proposals.”
Oct 14, 2014 — Robert Farley & Tom Nichols
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Foreign Entanglements
On Foreign Entanglements, Rob and Tom kick give their views of Leon Panetta’s new book on the Obama administration’s decision-making. They debate whether Obama’s unenforced “red line” in Syria hurt America’s international credibility. When it comes to foreign policy, have the labels “left” and “right” lost all meaning? Returning to the question of reputation, they disagree about whether memories of the Cold War are unduly influencing policymakers’ views. Next, they consider whether political science has conquered Washington, DC. Finally, Rob and Tom offer a harsh critique of the modern political science department.
Oct 12, 2014 — Sarah Posner & Lydia Bean
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The Posner Show
Sarah talks to Lydia Bean, author of The Politics of Evangelical Identity, a study of how white evangelical political identity is shaped by grassroots “folk theory” about what it means to be a good Christian. Lydia explains why evangelicals might react differently to people coming from outside their religious “tent.” She talks about why evangelicals see their messaging on issues like abortion and same-sex marriage as compassionate, even when outsiders may not. They discuss the economic differences between American and Canadian evangelicals on issues like socialized medicine. Plus: Why “faith-based” campaigning by Democrats falls flat, and how a new set of rhetorical tools can change that.