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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.
Jun 13, 2013 — Mike Konczal & Helaine Olen
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Fireside Chats
On Fireside Chats, Mike talks to Helaine about her new book on personal finance, Pound Foolish. Helaine explains why cutting coffee breaks won’t make you a millionaire. Mike asks how the financial crisis has changed the advice coming from Suze Orman and Dave Ramsey. Why have 401(k)s become so popular and Social Security so threatened? The two discuss a provocative case against financial literacy. Is there any way to stem the popularity of bad financial advice?
Jun 12, 2013 — Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis
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The DMZ
There’s a disturbance in the force of The DMZ, as the NSA leak story scrambles traditional notions of left and right. Do the last ten years of surveillance make the case that we’ve lost our freedoms or that we’ve struck the right balance? Even if Snowden is right, did he have to risk his own incarceration? Matt and Bill discuss Arnold Kling’s new e-book about why liberals, conservatives and libertarians don’t speak the same language. Have Obama’s actions as president betrayed his prior rhetoric about civil liberties?

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