Democracy Dies in Dumbness

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Podcast Recommendation (Plus: More on US Democracy)

Ezra Klein discusses the dynamics of American conservatism in historical perspective. Plus, he helps illustrate a key problem that we have in thinking about American politics (IMHO).

More Rogan (but not Just Rogan)

Musings about US politics and culture.

Joe Rogan, Experienced

Out of a sense of fairness, I gave a listen.

Civil Servants Aren’t in the Administration

An irresponsible Trump-era practice continues.

Podcast Recommendation

SLT guests on Peaceful Political Revolution in America to talk American democracy.

Podcast Recommendation

Arend Lijphart on the “Peaceful Political Revolution in America” podcast.

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Truck and Bus Driver ‘Shortages’

Working conditions rather than labor supply seems to be the issue.

Election 2021 Context, Part 1: New Jersey

Providing a little bit of electoral history.

More Sinema

Continuing and expanding on thoughts from the previous post.

Book Corner: The Three-Body Problem

A review and an invitation to discuss.

The Radicalization of Ross Douthat

An interesting podcast conversation.

Book Review: Kill Switch

Discussing the filibuster.

Obama on the State of American Politics

A podcast recommendation.

Reflections on Reflecting

An artist engages with her critic.

Podcast Recommendation

SLT talking Colombia.

Podcast Recommendation

The Ezra Klein show on the “infrastructure” bill.

Did the Boomers Ruin America?

An interesting but uneven debate.

Socialize Music?

A really weird proposal to solve a problem that probably doesn’t exist.

Performative Leadership

The downfall of Andrew Cuomo shines a light on toxic workplaces and governance styles.

Podcast Recommendation

Understanding Moral Disagreements

Still the Party of Trump

The disgraced loser remains as popular as ever with his base.

The Lincoln Project Grift

Its founders are laughing all the way to the bank.

We Are Not QAnon Nation

Most Americans have never even heard of it.

NPR Hit Hard by Pandemic

Telecommuting has taken a bite out of an industry built on commuting.

Podcast Recommendation

The Daily on the Russia bounty story.

Podcast Recommendation

The Daily: “The History and Meaning of Juneteenth”

Podcast Recommendation

1619, Episode Three

Podcast Recommendation

Codeswitch.

Podcast Recommendation

“Oh, Hello: the P’dcast”

Working Longer During the Pandemic

Contrary to some expectations, Americans are logging three extra hours of work a day.

Podcast Recommendation

The Daily: “Alone Together”

Podcast Recommendation

“The Daily” on Covid-19 and Italy.

A White Guy in His 70s Will Be President in 2021

The women, minority, and non-geriatric candidates have been all but eliminated from the race.

Podcast Recommendation

Trek edition

Podcast Recommendation

A podcast about podcasting

Joe Rogan, Bernie Sanders, and the Intellectual Dark Web

Politics makes strange bedfellows.

Trump’s Misconduct and the Boiling Frog

Ben Wittes succinctly describes a phenomenon that I’ve been struggling with for three years.

Is Twitter a Breeding Ground for Thoughtlessness and Contempt?

Glenn Reynolds announced via his USA Today column that he has deleted his Twitter account.

Facts v. Fox

The continued problem cause by a lack of shared reality.

Forty Years Ago Tonight: The Star Wars Holiday Special

Forty years ago tonight, the Star Wars universe came to television in a production so bad that it makes Jar Jar Binks seem positively Shakespearean by comparison.

Comedy is Not Funny

Is political satire even possible in the age of Trump?

Alex Jones Loses Access To Social Media

Facebook, Google, and several other companies have closed down accounts associated with conspiracy theorist Alex Jones.

NPR’s Carl Kasell Dead at 84

The long-time public radio host has died of complications from Alzheimer’s disease.

Late Night OTB – Goddamn Lonely Love

I’m relaunching the old Late Night OTB music video series with a live version of a modern classic.

ESPN’s Massive Layoffs

The Worldwide Leader fired over 100 on-air personalities yesterday.

Supreme Court Considers Whether There Is A Right To Access Twitter And Facebook

The Supreme Court will now consider a case regarding whether or not a state can bar a former felon from accessing social media sites.

Norway Begins Getting Rid Of FM Radio

Norway is switching from FM Radio to digital broadcasting. A similar transition in the United States seems unlikely for the time being.