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19 August 2019

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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?

Jun 9, 2013 — Matthew Duss & Hugh Pope
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Foreign Entanglements
On Foreign Entanglements, Matt talks to Hugh, who is in Turkey, about how protests started in a park in Istanbul and grew into something much bigger and broader. Hugh argues that Prime Minister Erdogan’s harsh reaction to the protests was a rare miscalculation, but that he can turn this crisis into an opportunity. What’s been the reaction of the mysterious Gülen movement? How has Erdogan handled the Kurdish problem? They end by discussing implications for the US-Turkey relationship.
Jun 7, 2013 — Sarah Posner & Betsy Woodruff
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The Posner Show
On The Posner Show, Sarah and Betsy talk about the political fallout from this week’s revelations about NSA communications surveillance. Will Rand Paul‘s pledge to reform the security state be a political asset for him, or will it damage his credibility with the GOP base? They then turn to the House GOP turmoil over immigration reform, and the role that evangelical support for immigrants might play. They also discuss Betsy’s piece on E.W. Jackson, the controversial GOP nominee for lieutenant governor in Virginia, and in particular his preaching of the prosperity gospel.
Jun 7, 2013 — Michael Brendan Dougherty & Craig Calcaterra
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The Score
On The Score, Michael and Craig discuss baseball’s burgeoning Biogenesis scandal. Is this a sign that MLB is finally serious about cracking down on performance-enhancing drugs? Craig wonders whether baseball is putting public relations ahead of effective punishment. They examine whether Tony Bosch, the key figure in the scandal, has damaged his credibility too much for the case to hold up. How are media leaks that accuse big names of misconduct shaping the case? They close by predicting how the story will play out, with Michael explaining why he wants to see a mass suspension of players.
Jun 6, 2013 — Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis
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The DMZ
On The DMZ, Bill and Matt tackle the big issues—like the difficulties of dressing for cable news appearances. They turn to Obama’s appointments of Susan Rice as National Security Adviser and Samantha Power as UN Ambassador, and how those picks will affect the situation in Syria. Bill calls on Chris Christie to consider his legacy when appointing a new senator from New Jersey. What is the Erick Erickson–Josh Barro feud really about? And how has Barro attracted so much attention so early in his career?

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