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Bloggingheads.tv videos — August 2013

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Aug 29, 2013 — Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis
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The DMZ
On The DMZ: On Syria, is Obama emulating George Bush or Woodrow Wilson? Is the media beating the war drums? What happens if limited military strikes don’t work? Is Obama taking a page from Reagan’s foreign policy playbook? Plus, the real issue: Does the backlash to Miley Cyrus’s VMAs performance indicate that American culture is turning against vulgarity? And how should parents handle the rawness of popular culture?
Aug 28, 2013 — Glenn Loury & John McWhorter
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The Glenn Show
On The Glenn Show, Glenn and John discuss John’s Wall Street Journal column on the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. Glenn describes the extent to which he agrees and disagrees with John’s premise that African-Americans should feel less constrained by white racism. They recall a conservative strain in black culture that seems to have collapsed in the past generation. Glenn bemoans “black exceptionalism,” by which he means the belief that black people are uniquely constrained by their history, but also questions American exceptionalism. John responds that America is ahead of most of the world when it comes to race relations. Finally, Glenn suggests that President Obama is not Martin Luther King’s true heir.
Aug 28, 2013 — Glenn Loury & Ryan P. Haygood
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The Glenn Show
On The Glenn Show, Glenn talks to Ryan about his work at the NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund. Ryan explains why he doesn’t want a post-racial society, but a post-racist one. They debate the recent Supreme Court decision invalidating a key provision of the Voting Rights Act. Ryan argues that the decision failed to take America’s ugly racial history into account. How well did the legal regime established by the VRA serve the political interests of blacks? What should we make of the extreme racial polarization seen in voting in the South? Finally, fifty years after the March on Washington, what would a new civil rights movement look like?
Aug 26, 2013 — Kevin Glass & Francesca Chambers
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Rational Actors
On Rational Actors, Kevin and Francesca discuss voter ID and the Justice Department’s lawsuit to overturn Texas’s recently implemented law. Are left and right having an honest conversation about the benefits and drawbacks of voter ID? Is the GOP shooting itself in the foot by pursuing these laws? Francesca outlines President Obama’s proposals to make college more affordable. But will anything actually get done? And are too many people going to college in the first place?
Aug 22, 2013 — Matt K. Lewis & Justin Green
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The DMZ
On The DMZ, Matt and guest host Justin discuss Ted Cruz: The College Years (and the prequel Ted Cruz: The Canadian Years.) Matt argues that Cruz’s abrasive political style could hurt him—politicians are wise to placate their foes. Justin makes the case for Chris Christie in 2016. Is Christie to Obama as Clinton was to Reagan? They discuss the political prospects of libertarian populism. Do Republicans secretly fear that Obamacare will succeed? Plus: Is Al Jazeera America doomed?

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