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Bill Scher (Real Clear Politics, Politico) and Matt K. Lewis (The Daily Beast, MattLewis.org)

On The DMZ, Matt explains why the right isn’t rallying to defend Chris Christie during the bridge scandal. Bill thinks the story highlights that electability is a thin reed on which to base a presidential candidacy. They note that ruthlessness is often rewarded in politics, but only if you get away with it. Next, Matt argues that the right has something important to learn from MSNBC. Do conservatives have a soft spot for monarchies? Plus: On Bob Gates’s new memoir, Bill says we should consider history’s long view.

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Recorded:Jan 10    Posted:Jan 10, 2014
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The DMZ | Jan 10, 2014 | Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis

The DMZ

Should Al Franken step down?

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Bill Scher and Matt Lewis weigh the senator’s political options.

The Wright Show

Arguing the right way

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Social psychologist and 2017 MacArthur “Genius” grant winner Betsy Levy Paluck explains how narrative can open people to opposing worldviews.

MeaningofLife.tv

Buddhists who hate

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Scholar of religion Michael Jerryson, author of the forthcoming book If You Meet the Buddha on the Road, explains why Buddhists are attacking Muslims in Myanmar.

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What our laws say about who we are

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William R. Black and Jorge Juan Rodriguez V discuss how statecraft and religion can’t be separated in the telling of American and Puerto Rican history.

The first “bleeding heart” in politics

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Journalist Ryan Cooper and historian Thomas Knock, author of The Rise of a Prairie Statesman, compare George McGovern’s 1972 presidential campaign and Bernie Sanders’s 2016 primary run.

The Glenn Show

Challenging the narrative on race and police brutality

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Philippe Lemoine argues that state violence against blacks is exaggerated by the media.

Culturally Determined

Being nice online

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Information privacy expert Danielle Citron disputes the notion that online anonymity creates an environment of harassment and abuse. Plus: When do online threats cross the line?

The DMZ

Who deserves credit for Northam’s win?

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Bill Scher and Matt Lewis discuss the Virginia governor’s race.

Culturally Determined

How Obama ended up Between Two Ferns

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David Litt, author of the new book Thanks, Obama: My Hopey, Changey White House Years, tells the stories behind Obama’s appearances with comedians like Keegan-Michael Key and Zach Galifianakis. Plus: Why is Sean Spicer a household name?

MeaningofLife.tv

More atheists, fewer foxholes

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Historian of science Peter Harrison asserts that basic personal security, rather than science, is responsible for religious decline around the world. Plus: The elusive “rational” religion.

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