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The Options and Obligations in the Fight against ISIS

Friday, May 22, 2015

Dexter Filkins and Nicholas Schmidle join Dorothy Wickenden to discuss the options and obligations in the fight against ISIS.
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Drilling in the Arctic

Friday, May 15, 2015

Elizabeth Kolbert and Ryan Lizza join Dorothy Wickenden to discuss the potential environmental and political impacts of drilling for oil in the Arctic.
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The Progressive Public

Thursday, May 07, 2015

Ryan Lizza and John Cassidy join Dorothy Wickenden to discuss the changing political leanings of the American public and the political response to it.
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The Justices and the Joke

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Jeffrey Toobin and Margaret Talbot join Amelia Lester to discuss the Supreme Court and the gay-marriage case that it is currently considering.
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The Libyan Migrant Disaster

Friday, April 24, 2015

Mattathias Schwartz and Jon Lee Anderson join Dorothy Wickenden to discuss the ongoing Mediterranean migrant crisis, its causes, and its effects.
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Wrongful Imprisonment

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Ariel Levy and Jennifer Gonnerman talk with Dorothy Wickenden about wrongful imprisonment and prison abuse in the United States.
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Sexual Assault on Campuses

Thursday, April 09, 2015

Margaret Talbot and George Packer join Dorothy Wickenden to discuss the University of Virginia sexual-assault case, the discredited Rolling Stone article, and the ongoing outcry over sexual violence on college campuses.
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The Legacy of Reconstruction

Friday, April 03, 2015

Jelani Cobb and Eric Foner talk with Dorothy Wickenden about the ways in which Reconstruction still affects American life.
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The Legacy of Reconstruction

Friday, April 03, 2015

Most Americans look back at Reconstruction as a blemish on our shared history—an era of oppression, corruption, and systemic racism. A hundred and fifty years later, though, the United States is grappling with many of the same issues that plagued our country during Reconstruction. Jelani Cobb and Eric Foner talk with Dorothy Wickenden about the ways in which Reconstruction still affects American life.
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Obama and Netanyahu

Thursday, March 26, 2015

David Remnick and Nathan Thrall talk with Dorothy Wickenden about the rocky relationship between Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu, and the possibility of a two-state solution.
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The Republicans and the Federal Budget

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Jeffrey Toobin and John Cassidy join Dorothy Wickenden to discuss what Democrats and Republicans have and haven’t learned about economics over the past thirty years.
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The Rhetoric Of Inequality

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Jill Lepore and George Packer join Dorothy Wickenden to discuss the language that politicians are using to address economic inequality.
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The View from Iran

Thursday, March 05, 2015

Laura Secor joins Steve Coll and Dorothy Wickenden to discuss the current international climate from the Iranian perspective.
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The Immigration Backlash

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Jeffrey Toobin and Ryan Lizza talk with Dorothy Wickenden about President Obama's executive action on immigration and the backlash in Congress and the courts.
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Israel and America’s Difficult Friendship

Monday, February 23, 2015

David Remnick and Bernard Avishai talk with Amelia Lester about the strained relationship between Israel and the United States, negotiations on Iranian disarmament, and the impact of both for the upcoming Israeli elections.
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Instability in Ukraine

Friday, February 13, 2015

George Packer and Evan Osnos join Dorothy Wickenden to talk about the U.S. and Europe’s ongoing struggle against Vladimir Putin.
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Fear of Vaccines

Friday, February 06, 2015

“Where is my child’s liberty if she is made sick by the freedom of someone else not to be vaccinated?” says New Yorker staff writer Michael Specter about the politics of falling inoculation numbers. Specter joins fellow staff writer Ryan Lizza and host Dorothy Wickenden on this week’s Political Scene podcast to discuss the anti-vaccination movement and American hostility to science. The discuss the origins of suspicions about vaccines, the history of government responses to epidemics [http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2011/05/30/resistant​], the change in popular attitudes toward science during the George W. Bush Administration [http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2010/09/06/the-covenant], and President Obama’s inability to convince some Americans that vaccinations are safe for their children. “When he champions something, it polarizes the issue,” says Lizza. “If he says the sky is blue, people may start to question that.” ​
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The Evolution of Islamic Extremism

Saturday, January 31, 2015

On this week’s Political Scene podcast, the New Yorker staff writer Jon Lee Anderson joins host Dorothy Wickenden to talk about the current status of the war against Islamic radicalism. The two discuss the ways in which terrorism is expanding across the Middle East, the dystopian vision of the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), and the limited impact of ISIS’s defeat in the Syrian town of Kobani. “Once again they have been stopped on the Turkish border, but they have found ways in which to appear to be important,” says Anderson. “In this rarefied media world that we live in, what gets more headlines: The fact that ISIS was pushed out of Kobani or this horrific hostage situation with the Japanese journalist and the Jordanian pilot?”
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Obama's Legacy

Thursday, January 22, 2015

“For obvious reasons, there was a lot of bragging in that speech and there was a lot of emphasis on the good economic news,” says Ryan Lizza about the State of the Union. Lizza joins fellow staff writer Hendrik Hertzberg and host Dorothy Wickenden on this week’s Political Scene podcast to talk about President Obama’s speech and how it might shape political debate during his last two years in office. They discuss what the President can accomplish without the support of Congress, the growing bipartisan agreement that income inequality is a major problem, and the likelihood that a failure to act on climate change will detract from Obama’s legacy. “Ten years from now, fifteen years from now, he may be seen as the guy who had the big chance to do something about the catastrophes now engulfing the world and didn’t do enough,” says Hertzberg.
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After Charlie Hebdo

Friday, January 16, 2015

In the early aughts, “there was a genuine panic about how capable Al Qaeda was of creating events on the scale of 9/11,” the New Yorker staff writer Steve Coll says. “The real capacity of the transnational jihadist movement is a lot more like what you saw in Paris.” Coll joins his fellow-writer John Cassidy and the host Dorothy Wickenden on this week’s Political Scene podcast to talk about the international campaign against Islamic extremism following the attack on the French magazine Charlie Hebdo. They discuss France’s difficulty in assimilating Arab immigrants, the evolution of terrorism over the past decade, and the use of secret warrants for surveillance under the Patriot Act. “Whatever policies we pursue, we’ve got to take a two-part approach: Are they going to be effective in the short term, but are they going to have counterproductive effects in the long-term, in generating a bigger flow of disaffected young Muslims?” Cassidy says.
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