18 July 2019

Apr 5, 2013 — Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis
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On The DMZ: Why political pundits should read more history. What books do conservatives read to understand Reagan? Should Republicans bet on Dr. Ben Carson for 2016? Is Hillary Clinton starting to look less inevitable? And are Republicans ready for the Mark Sanford comeback?
Apr 4, 2013 — Adam Serwer & Sahil Kapur
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On Adamize, Sahil tells Adam that the Supreme Court will likely avoid ruling on Prop 8 but strike down DOMA. Adam notes that the attorneys defending both laws seemed unwilling to substantively criticize same-sex marriage. They consider the parallels with the Court’s past rulings on interracial marriage and abortion. Could Clarence Thomas surprise liberals by voting to strike down DOMA? Adam says he was surprised that John Roberts was so hostile to gay-rights arguments. Sahil wonders whether the court’s conservatives were the ones who really wanted to take the marriage cases. Finally, what kind of legacy will the Roberts Court leave on gay rights?
Apr 3, 2013 — Conor Friedersdorf & Michael Brendan Dougherty
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On Friedersdorf, the conversation kicks off with a discussion of The Slurve, Michael’s new subscription-only newsletter about baseball. Is the era of the free/open web over? Michael and Conor agree that it’s reassuring for journalists to control a portion of their income. Michael argues that baseball itself is in a golden age, and they share their favorite baseball memories. They next consider the lobster-catching lobster claw, and what it tells us about humanity. They close with a discussion of the harmful effects of the NYPD’s surveillance of Muslims.
Apr 2, 2013 — Alyssa Rosenberg & Scott Meslow
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Critic Proof
On Critic Proof, Alyssa and Scott start by discussing the season premiere of Game of Thrones. Is the show just too complicated for the average viewer to follow? Alyssa thinks the show has responded intelligently to criticism of its frequent female nudity. Is it possible to imagine a happy ending to George R. R. Martin’s bleak fantasy landscape? Next, Alyssa explains why Mad Men is trying her patience. Has the show been about feminism all along? And what should we hope to see in the new season? [Spoilers throughout.]
Apr 1, 2013 — Robert Farley & Michael Cohen
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Foreign Entanglements
On Foreign Entanglements, Rob and Michael engage in a lively debate over the lessons learned from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. Michael thinks both the invasion of Iraq and the surge in Afghanistan were fueled by undue faith in military force, but Rob argues that the comparison is unjustified. How should the United States respond to Iran and North Korea? Rob and Michael next discuss President Obama’s trip to Israel; Rob has little hope for a US-brokered peace deal. Finally, they discuss the current state of Kentucky politics, including the careers of Senators Rand Paul and Mitch McConnell and the abortive campaign of Ashley Judd.