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25 July 2017

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Conor Friedersdorf (The AtlanticMeeting Triumph and Disaster) and James Poulos (Forbes, Free Radicals, The Daily Beast)

Conor and James kick things off by discussing the Republican primary, and hoping their home state of California will matter for the first time in memory. Weighing in on the Rush Limbaugh controversy, Conor posits that the radio host is losing advertisers because he attacked a class of people that is larger than his usual targets. Conor suggests an alternative argument that the right might marshal against birth control subsidies. James argues that Americans need to educate children in a more holistic way that affords them the ability to cultivate and appreciate down time. Shifting gears, he explains how Napoleon’s legacy is relevant to the future of Europe. And they close by pondering a modern techno-dilemma: If waiters are replaced by iPads, have we lost an important part of our culture?

 

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Friedersdorf | Mar 6, 2012 | Conor Friedersdorf & James Poulos

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