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Conor Friedersdorf (The AtlanticMeeting Triumph and Disaster) and Sarah Posner (sarahposner.com, God's Profits)

On a special crossover edition of Friedersdorf and The Posner Show, Conor and Sarah review the political conventions. Conor was disturbed by Joe Biden’s bloodlust, but was impressed by Bill Clinton’s speech. Turning a skeptical eye to the speeches by Michelle Obama and Ann Romney, Sarah and Conor discuss the folly of understanding a politician “as a person.” They then talk about how the tension between neoconservatives and budget hawks at the Republican National Convention went unacknowledged. Conor explores the problems in Romney’s plan for Medicare. Finally, Conor and Sarah lament that Democrats have abandoned the civil liberties positions they held in 2008.

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Recorded:Dec 31    Posted:Sep 8, 2012
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Aryeh Cohen-Wade and Kumars Salehi debate whether the extremes of the political spectrum converge.

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Global Dispatches

Humanitarian solutions to political problems

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Deepmala Mahla, Mercy Corps’ Country Director of South Sudan, on the uphill battle against famine in South Sudan. Plus: How direct cash transfers save lives.

The Glenn Show

In search of the “intelligence gene”

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Glenn Loury and John McWhorter discuss what future genetics research could tell us about human aptitude.

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Journalist Murtaza Hussain and Olivier Roy, author of the new book Jihad and Death, on what ISIS really wants. Plus: The future of ISIS.

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What the hell is a law?

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Crispin Sartwell, author of Entanglements, describes a materialist view of social realities. Plus: Penetrated by reality.

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Foreign Entanglements

How the U.S. enables kleptocracy

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Political scientist Alexander Cooley on how lax regulations help corrupt foreign officials hide their money. Plus: Trump, the tycoon president.

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Bioethicists James Hughes and Regina Rini explain how artificial intelligence could shape the future of human morality. Plus: Raising moral machines.

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The DMZ

Can the working class become knowledge workers?

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Matt Lewis says that offering free college won’t fix what’s wrong in rural America. Plus: Don’t hold your breath for impeachment.