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Jun 21, 2013 — Alyssa Rosenberg & Sonny Bunch
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Critic Proof

On Critic Proof, Alyssa and Sonny talk Man of Steel (includes spoilers) and offer an intellectual defense of Zack Snyder, the film’s much-maligned director. They discuss what Man of Steel gets right about female characters, and whether mass-casualty action sequences have gotten out of hand. Can Hollywood drop the three-part origin story and start telling superhero stories in better ways? Plus: Could patrons like Samsung and Megan Ellison make pop culture more interesting?

Jun 20, 2013 — Sarah Posner & Haroon Moghul
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The Posner Show

On The Posner Show, Sarah discusses the protests in Turkey with Haroon, who just returned from Istanbul. Haroon talks about why the protests are not as the American media has portrayed them, and how he got tear-gassed and saw Man of Steel on the same weekend. They discuss the lack of an effective political opposition to Prime Minister Erdogan. Haroon recounts his surprising discussions with conservative and religious Turks, and explains why the protests in Turkey are not like the Arab Spring. Is Erdogan going for the political “death blow“? Plus: What it feels like to be tear-gassed.

Jun 20, 2013 — Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis
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The DMZ

On The DMZ, Bill and Matt discuss Bobby Jindal‘s recent op-ed encouraging Republicans to quit the introspection. Has conservatism given up on solving problems? What’s the deal with Jindal’s red meat about liberals? Turning to immigration reform, they consider why top Senate Republicans are threatening to kill their own bill. Plus: Matt asks Bill how his feelings about Ronald Reagan have evolved.

Jun 17, 2013 — Matthew Duss & Meir Javedanfar
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Foreign Entanglements
On Foreign Entanglements, the topic is Iran’s presidential election. Meir thinks Hassan Rouhani’s victory signals that the Supreme Leader wants better relations with the West. Matt wonders whether international sanctions had an impact on the election. Meir argues that nuclear enrichment is not going to stop. Is this a real chance to reform Iran? Meir says Israel needs to change its line on Iran. Plus: Is Iran winning in Syria?
Jun 16, 2013 — Glenn Loury & Mark Kleiman
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The Glenn Show
On The Glenn Show, Mark talks about his work helping the state of Washington to legalize marijuana. Mark explains why marijuana sales clerks might need pharmacological training. Glenn is skeptical that the state needs to control the amount of the drug sold by a firm, but Mark is more worried that a few companies will grow like weeds to become Big Pot, and hopes that smart regulation can nip it in the bud. Mark says the state might still have to do drug busts. Finally, they consider how much money Washington will be able to raise by taxing marijuana.
Jun 14, 2013 — Glenn Loury & Mark Blyth
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The Glenn Show
On The Glenn Show, Mark talks about his new book Austerity: The History of a Dangerous Idea. Mark explains why the austerity craze pisses him off. Glenn asks Mark how to define austerity, which leads to a discussion of who’s really responsible for the national debt and how to talk about government fiscal consolidation. Mark provides a brief intellectual history of the austerity idea. The two end with a discussion of the current sovereign debt crisis in Europe and the failures of austerity policies there.

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