Trump’s New York Jury

Finding 12 impartial people in a high-profile trial is challenging.

If Inflation is Down, Why Are Prices Up?

Shockingly, most people aren’t economists.

Whither Freakonomics?

The book spawned a cottage industry. But did it change the study of economics?

About That Cult Thing…

Cults of personality are not the same as cults.

Bob Edwards, 1947-2024

The longtime NPR host is gone at 76.

The Future of Streaming TV

The current business model is collapsing. It’s about time.

President Donald J. Trump participates in a FOX News Channel virtual town hall entitled America Together: Returning to Work, with co-moderators Bret Baier and Martha MacCallum live from the Lincoln Memorial Sunday, May 3, 2020, in Washington, D.C. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead) President Donald J. Trump participates in a FOX News Channel virtual town hall entitled America Together: Returning to Work, with co-moderators Bret Baier and Martha MacCallum live from the Lincoln Memorial Sunday, May 3, 2020, in Washington, D.C. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)

Why America’s News Networks Are So Bad

It’s Nixon’s fault?

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Should We Trade Our Smartphones for Flip Phones?

As much as we complain about them, they’ve become indispensable for most of us.

AM Radio’s Slow Demise

Car manufacturers are slowly removing an old format.

NPR Downsizing to Survive

A significant cut to staff and programming to stay afloat.

On Polling and Media Narratives

Some thoughts on polling and the news since 2016.

Democracy Dies in Dumbness

Paywalls are not our problem.

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