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Bloggingheads.tv videos — February 2013

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Feb 10, 2013 — Sarah Posner & Corey Robin
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The Posner Show

Sarah brings Corey on The Posner Show to talk about the controversial “boycott, divestment and sanctions” (BDS) panel recently held at Brooklyn College. Corey tells the story of the backlash against the panel, and the threat to academic freedom that it posed. Sarah and Corey debate the wisdom of the backlash, and Corey describes the BDS event itself. Would this type of event cause as much controversy at a different school? Finally, Corey argues that Brooklyn College is changing—and that this isn’t a bad thing.

Feb 8, 2013 — Glenn Loury & Mark Kleiman
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The Glenn Show
On The Glenn Show, Glenn and Mark talk crime and punishment. Mark points out that few people in the larger social service world consider crime prevention to be part of their mission. They debate NYC’s “stop and frisk” policing and that city’s low homicide rate compared to Chicago. Mark reviews his research on crime prevention, where he aims to get the criminal justice system to “act like a halfway decent parent.” Mark argues that his methods, while effective, are not politically popular because they’re neither mean nor generous. Finally, Glenn challenges Mark on the moral aspects of his theory of crime reduction.
Feb 7, 2013 — Matthew Duss & Yousef Munayyer
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Foreign Entanglements
On Foreign Entanglements, Matt talks to Yousef about Obama’s upcoming trip to Israel, which will be his first as president. Matt wonders how the trip will affect Obama and Netanyahu’s tense relationship. Yousef worries that the Israeli public doesn’t actually support a two-state solution. How could the existence of a Palestinian state advance the interests of the US? And how did the Chuck Hagel hearings affect international opinion of America? Finally, Yousef and Matt consider how strongly the American public supports Israel.
Feb 6, 2013 — Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis
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The DMZ
On The DMZ: Drone strikes—have liberals been looking the other way? Bill argues that drone warfare is less lethal than the alternatives, but Matt wants to see a formalized process to prevent abuse. Are drone strikes the kind of warfare that Americans want? Turning to domestic politics, Matt decries Karl Rove’s new effort to meddle in GOP Senate primaries, while Bill thinks that absolutism and unwillingness to compromise have hurt GOP candidates the most.
Feb 5, 2013 — Adam Winkler, Jacob Sullum, and Robert Wright
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On the first-ever Bloggingheads triavlog, Bob moderates a debate on gun control between Adam and Jacob. What does the Second Amendment really mean? Adam and Jacob agree that banning assault weapons wouldn’t be very effective, but disagree about the constitutionality of limits on high-capacity magazines. Jacob criticizes New York’s new gun control law as “magical thinking.” Bob asks Jacob where he draws the line on banning weapons (machine guns? Shoulder-fired missiles?), and Jacob and Adam debate universal background checks. Finally, when we talk about the right of self-defense, whom are we talking about defending ourselves against?
Feb 5, 2013 — Glenn Loury & Pat Nolan
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The Glenn Show
On The Glenn Show, Pat describes his work as a minister in prison. Glenn asks how Pat reconciles his support for convicts with the rights of their victims. Pat explains some of the major incarceration policy reforms he has supported. Pat explains why even sensible reforms have often been controversial to enact. What role should morality play in the political process? Glenn points out that race is also a major factor in how we think about prison populations. Finally, why did former Senator Jim Webb‘s prison reform push never gain traction?
Feb 3, 2013 — Alyssa Rosenberg & Michael C. Moynihan
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Critic Proof
On Critic Proof, Alyssa talks to Michael about race on television. Michael discovers that HBO’s Girls isn’t just for girls, and Alyssa argues that Lena Dunham’s not racist, but her show’s first season had a race problem. Alyssa argues that better racial portrayals would lead to TV that is more interesting, and Michael is skeptical that writers should worry about their audience’s self-esteem. Is shallow criticism trivializing the charge of racism? In closing, Michael and Alyssa applaud Donald Glover’s appearance on Girls as a black Republican.

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