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24 April 2019

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Apr 18, 2013 — Sarah Posner & Kathryn Joyce
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The Posner Show

On The Posner Show, Sarah talks to Kathryn Joyce, author of a new book on evangelical adoption, The Child Catchers. Kathryn describes how adoption has developed as an expansion of anti-abortion politics. Who is responsible for making adoption go viral among evangelicals in the past decade? Is there really an “orphan crisis?” Kathryn recounts an episode of adoption fraud from Ethiopia, and explains the trouble with adoptions from Liberia. Finally, has the evangelical community reassessed some of the systemic problems with international adoptions?

Apr 17, 2013 — Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis
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The DMZ

On The DMZ, Bill and Matt react to the bombings at the Boston Marathon. They discuss how the attack brought out the best and worst of Twitter, and consider the unseemliness of certain punditry in the face of senseless violence. Bill argues that the obsession with whether Obama labeled the attack “terrorism” is absurd. Turning to the Gosnell murder trial, are charges from conservatives that the media ignored the story valid? Matt says the Gosnell story screams “newsworthy,” and senses a subtle media bias at work.

Apr 15, 2013 — Mike Konczal & Monica Potts
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Fireside Chats
On Fireside Chats, Mike speaks with Monica about her reporting on poverty. Monica talks about intergenerational poverty in Kentucky, as well as working-class families living in motels in Denver. How can there be both a glut of foreclosed homes and a lack of rental apartments? They discuss how these families see themselves in the Great Recession, and why it’s expensive to be poor. Monica describes her experience on the ground reporting these stories, and explains the “last-mile problem” of designing effective welfare programs.
Apr 12, 2013 — Glenn Loury & Harold Pollack
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The Glenn Show
On The Glenn Show, Glenn and Harold, inspired by a recent NPR series, discuss the startling rise in the number of Americans on disability insurance. They ponder the best way to define disability, and use the parable of the “dog bone economy” to examine the position of marginal workers. How should Medicare deal with the divergence in longevity between rich and poor? Glenn offers a libertarian rebuttal to Harold’s arguments about the moral claims of less productive members of society. Finally, they examine the retirement savings mess and explain why you probably shouldn’t listen to your investment adviser.
Apr 11, 2013 — Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis
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The DMZ
On The DMZ: Republicans aren’t the only ones divided: Bill lays out the five big issues splitting the Democrats. Did Pat Toomey betray conservatives on guns? Is the Heritage Foundation hurting its credibility by attacking immigration reform? And did Melissa Harris-Perry reveal the sinister truth about liberalism?
Apr 9, 2013 — Robert Farley & Colin Snider
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Foreign Entanglements
On Foreign Entanglements, Rob and Colin discuss Latin American reactions to the death of Margaret Thatcher. Colin describes how the Malvinas/Falklands War is remembered in Argentina. Rob recalls how the war began and how Argentina was surprised at Britain’s willingness to fight it. How has the war’s role in ending Argentina’s dictatorship shaped the way Argentines remember it? How is Thatcher remembered in Chile, where she backed the dictator Augusto Pinochet? And what role did the Catholic Church, and specifically future Pope Francis, play in Latin America’s transition to democracy in the 1980s?
Apr 8, 2013 — Sarah Posner & Maysoon Zayid
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The Posner Show
On The Posner Show, Sarah talks with comic, writer, and activist Maysoon Zayid about whether talking about politics and religion can be funny (and how Al Gore destroyed her life). Maysoon explains why she tries to change the language Palestinians use to describe the occupation—a word she says has lost its meaning. Maysoon describes the tour she would have given President Obama during his trip to Israel-Palestine. Plus: Maysoon’s charity, Maysoon’s Kids, which helps children with disabilities living in the occupied territories.

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