5 August 2021


Is Trump too lazy to run again, or too narcissistic to bow out?

Aryeh Cohen-Wade joins Bill Scher in the DMZ to discuss Trump's strategy in 2022 and 2024. Play entire video

In this video:

Bill and guest host Aryeh discuss whether Trump is truly the GOP kingmaker, if there's any way for Cuomo to survive his sexual harassment scandal, and why an establishment Democrat defeated a Berniecrat in OH-11. Plus: Assessing whether AOC will actually torpedo the bipartisan infrastructure bill and considering Biden's eviction moratorium decision.

A modest proposal

Robert Wright and Mickey Kaus discuss JD Vance’s plan to give extra votes to people with children.

The discomforts of conservatism

Glenn Loury, John McWhorter, and journalist Jason Riley discuss the social opprobrium that sometimes makes life uncomfortable for conservatives in academia.

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Make India Great Again

In a conversation with Connor Echols, political scientist Achin Vanaik explains how Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi uses an aggressive foreign policy to appeal to his base at home.

Why did Hezbollah intervene in Syria?

In a conversation with Robert Wright, Rania Khalek argues that the decision had less to do with Iran than most people think.

Are we stuck with Covid?

Robert Wright and Mickey Kaus discuss the possibility that Covid vaccines will become a permanent part of life.

Is Putin a mystic?

Following the revelation that Putin owns a float tank, Nikita Petrov and John Horgan speculate that he may be the Übermensch.

“In this Ohio diner…”

Aryeh Cohen-Wade speaks with DougJ, who runs the parody Twitter account New York Times Pitchbot, about a lazy trope of reporting on Middle America.

Law and Order: Global Edition

Robert Wright and Eli Lake debate whether autocracies violate international rules and norms more than democracies.


Ten tools for embracing your finitude

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Robert Wright and Oliver Burkeman, author of the new book Four Thousand Weeks, discuss some workable time management techniques.

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Culturally Determined

Among the influencers

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Barrett Swanson, author of the new essay collection Lost in Summerland, discusses his time reporting from a TikTok “collab house.”

Culturally Determined

What Babe Ruth’s mother’s adultery teaches us about the history of profanity

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Aryeh Cohen-Wade speaks with John McWhorter, author of the new book Nine Nasty Words: English in the Gutter: Then, Now, and Forever.

The Glenn Show

Pushing back against “disinformation”

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Glenn Loury and Richard Epstein discuss critical race theory and the legal history of racial redress in the US.



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Bill Scher and Matt K. Lewis push back on bipartisan infrastructure deal pessimism.

Empire state of mind

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International relations scholars John Ikenberry and Patrick Porter debate whether America is an empire.