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16 October 2017

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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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Culturally Determined

When superstar thinkers fall from grace

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Daniel Drezner, author of the recent book The Ideas Industry, explains the cycle of praise and rejection that shapes the careers of top public intellectuals.

MeaningofLife.tv

Scientology’s secret abuse scandal

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Journalist Tony Ortega explains how the organization has used its canonical texts to justify incidences of child sexual abuse. Plus: Scientology vs. the IRS.

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The left’s nonviolent core

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Former Weather Underground member Mark Rudd explains why he can’t write off the Antifa movement completely. Plus: Not so fast, comrade.

The DMZ

Biden’s political tightrope act

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Bill Scher and Matt Lewis discuss whether Joe Biden can maintain populist appeal without making promises to the Sanders wing of the Democratic Party. Plus: Sunday Night Football, interrupted.

The Wright Show

Disrupting the identity politics paradigm

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Andrew Sullivan argues that a new Democratic focus on wealth inequality could “scramble” the country’s ideological divisions.

MeaningofLife.tv

“Making friends with desire”

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Ethan Nichtern, author of the new book The Dharma of The Princess Bride, offers a Buddhist take on the film’s themes of family, friendship, and romance.

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The DMZ

Are the Pences on to something?

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In light of the recent Harvey Weinstein scandal, Bill Scher and Matt Lewis discuss Mike Pence’s old-fashioned rule for interacting with other women.

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Is Richard Dawkins bad for secularism?

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Sociologist Joseph Baker, author of the book American Secularism, contends that the New Atheism movement was influential, but doesn’t represent America’s growing non-religious population.

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Do comedians have a moral responsibility?

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Daniel Kaufman and Daniel Tippens on what political scrutiny of stand-up comedy says about our collective morality.

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Does world peace start with inner peace?

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Robert Wright and biologist Tyler Volk, author of the new book Quarks to Culture, on what might save the world.

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