12 July 2024

Apr 30, 2013 — Matthew Duss & Robert Farley
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Foreign Entanglements

On Foreign Entanglements, Matt and Rob discuss the possible use of chemical weapons in Syria. Rob says Assad is probing the “pink line.” Has the Syrian civil war really hurt US interests? What happens if Assad wins? Matt argues that maintaining the taboo against using chemical weapons is worthwhile. They discuss the George W. Bush Rehabilitation Project, and close with the neoconservative reaction to Ron Paul’s new institute.

Apr 28, 2013 — Conor Friedersdorf & Freddie deBoer
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On Friedersdorf, Conor and Freddie begin by discussing the Boston marathon bombing, and critiques of how the media covered it. Freddie recommends that the US stop its drone program in the name of national security. Conor sketches the evolution of journalism in digital media. After discussing Matthew Yglesias’s controversial piece on the economics of the deadly Bangladeshi factory collapse, they conclude with a spirited debate about the proper way to be angry on the Internet.
Apr 26, 2013 — Adam Serwer & Daveed Gartenstein-Ross
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On Adamize, Adam and Daveed explore whether it’s too early to decisively determine motive in the Boston bombings. They debate whether “religion” can be the motive for violent acts, or whether it’s really “religious identity politics.” Daveed acknowledges that discourse on religion and terrorism is often ugly, but argues that trying too hard to be politically correct stifles real conversation on the subject. They examine the roles of theology vs. structural factors in the behavior of believers. With reference to Malcolm X, Scientology, and Ayaan Hirsi Ali, they discuss whether there’s a double standard towards certain religions. Daveed and Adam agree that, for all its mistakes, the media has done a relatively responsible job covering the bombings—whereas much of the commentariat has gone off the rails.
Apr 25, 2013 — Matt K. Lewis & Justin Green
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On a special all-conservative edition of The DMZ, Matt talks to Justin about the White House Correspondents’ Dinner and his theory that the geeks have inherited the earth. They next turn to conservative attacks on Marco Rubio over his immigration reform bill. They delve into the weeds of the bill and debate whether the GOP should support amnesty for immigrants. Turning to the Boston Marathon bombings, were the Tsarnaevs motivated by radical Islam, or were they just angry young men? Plus: Ronald Reagan’s legacy.
Apr 23, 2013 — Sarah Posner & Wajahat Ali
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The Posner Show
On The Posner Show, Sarah talks with Wajahat about Islamophobia in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings. What does it mean when press accounts describe Tamerlan Tsarnaev as an increasingly “devout” Muslim? Wajahat explains the vast gulf between the perception and the reality of American Muslims. Why are some terrorists described as “lone wolves” but, without organizational links to an international terror organization, the Tsarnaev brothers are described as “self-radicalized” terrorists? Wajahat explains the Bugs Bunny/Daffy Duck dynamic to Americans’ reaction to terrorism. Plus: Why aren’t we talking about the Tsarnaevs and gun control? UPDATE: Reaction to the AP’s reporting on Tamerlan’s radicalization and the mysterious “Misha.”
Apr 22, 2013 — Glenn Loury & Corey Brettschneider
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The Glenn Show
On The Glenn Show, Glenn and Corey consider how gay marriage moved from an abstract rights issue to a mainstream political cause. Does equal protection under the law provide a constitutional basis for marriage equality? Do African-Americans and the LGBT community face analogous levels of discrimination? Is there any rational basis for banning gay marriage? Glenn argues that gay people have experienced prejudice, but nothing analogous to the history of slavery.