1 August 2014

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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.
Jun 11, 2014 — Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis
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On The DMZ: Why did Eric Cantor lose? Bill argues that Cantor’s loss doesn’t doom immigration reform, and Matt explains why the GOP base is so against reform. What happens now that Cantor is out as Majority Leader? Does Hillary Clinton’s comments about being “dead broke” prove that she’s off her game? Is former Montana governor Brian Schweitzer’s strategy to win the Democratic nomination so crazy that it just might work? Bill defends Woodrow Wilson against critics from the left. Plus: The case for running against a seemingly unbeatable candidate.
Jun 9, 2014 — Conor Friedersdorf & Phoebe Maltz Bovy
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On Friedersdorf, Conor and Phoebe discuss the plague of parental oversharing. What kind of privacy is owed to celebrities like Justin Bieber? Phoebe describes traveling to Japan, where it was impossible for her to “pass” as a native. Moving to the Isla Vista shooting, Conor argues that the media should deny notoriety to mass shooters. Phoebe complicates the narrative around #YesAllWomen, and wonders whether “rape culture” is a useful term. Conor and Phoebe critique the idea of “checking your privilege”—is this just a way for insanely privileged people to nitpick each others’ lives? Plus: Why Conor is accused of privilege when he criticizes drone warfare.