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Conor Friedersdorf (The AtlanticMeeting Triumph and Disaster) and Michael Brendan Dougherty (The Slurve, The Week)

Conor and Michael kick things off by discussing the trial of Anders Breivik, the far-right Norwegian terrorist, who is trying to turn his trial into an attack on multiculturalism. They next turn their attention to Katie Roiphe’s controversial Newsweek cover story about female submission fantasies. Conor argues that there is a bipartisan interest in making women feel bad. Do American voters have a psychological need to be frightened? Both diavloggers muse on why Republicans continually fail to nominate the most conservative candidates in presidential primaries. And Michael heretically argues that Pete Campbell is his favorite character in Mad Men.

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Recorded:Apr 16    Posted:Apr 18, 2012
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The rise of Buddhist nationalism?

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Scholar of religion Michael Jerryson on what happens when Buddhism and politics mix. Plus: The Buddhists who hate.

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The televised Resistance 

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Writer Christa Blackmon explains why jokes made at Trump’s expense aren’t necessarily politically subversive.

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Time is money, or vice versa

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Mark O’Connell, author of To Be a Machine, discusses Silicon Valley’s inordinate interest in immortality. PlusSelf-made cyborgs.

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Does art have to elevate humanity?

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Daniel Kaufman questions Hegel on art’s inherent purpose.Plus: What art tells us.

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How Luther made Christianity personal

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Robert Wright and historian Craig Harline, author of A World Ablaze, discuss how Luther’s chronic remorse fostered the doctrine of salvation through faith. Plus: Protestantism celebrates its 500th anniversary.

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The DMZ

Should Al Franken step down?

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

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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.

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.