On The DMZ: Why both sides think they lost the fiscal cliff battle. Matt asks Bill whether Obama truly wants entitlement reform. Who has the upper hand on the coming fight over the debt limit? Next, Bill and Matt analyze Andrew Sullivan’s move from The Daily Beast to an ad-free metered paywall. Will Sullivan lose his relevance? And are paywalls killing the promise of online media?
Josh and Glenn bring in the New Year on The Glenn Show. They discuss the larger significance of fiscal cliff showdown. Turning to a review of Campaign 2012, Glenn asks about the deeper meaning of Obama’s decisive victory. Poverty received little attention during the election—could the theory of justice advanced by philosopher John Rawls be a remedy? Next, a few of the best pieces published last year by Boston Review, the intellectual magazine Josh has edited for two decades: a forum on effective early childhood interventions, a report on the teaching of philosophy to high school students in Brazil, and an interview with author Junot Diaz.
On Foreign Entanglements, Rob and Matt run down the most important events of 2012. Matt reviews Egypt’s uneven transition to democracy. Is Egypt the center of gravity for the Arab Awakening, or should we be paying more attention to Qatar? Rob pivots to the Obama administration’s Asia pivot. Why have foreign policy liberals embraced the possible nomination of Chuck Hagel for Secretary of Defense? Plus: Rob and Matt debate their favorite movies of 2012 and Matt describes his favorite music of the year.