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Allen McDuffee of The Atlantic hosts a weekly podcast on power, politics and ideas. Read more of his reporting and learn more about this podcast at governmentality

Apr 10, 2018

Technology giants like Facebook, Google and Amazon are often praised for the jobs they create and high salaries they offer. But that praise may be misplaced because my guests this week say the tech sector is also responsible for many Americans losing their jobs.

On this episode, I talk with Ariana Tobin of ProPublica about the investigation she and colleague Peter Gosselin published looking into IBM’s age discrimination against thousands of employees. And in the book chat, I speak with Andrew Yang—founder of Venture of America and U.S. Presidential candidate. He’s also the author of the new book, The War on Normal People: The Truth About America’s Disappearing Jobs and Why Universal Basic Income Is Our Future.

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Ariana Tobin is an engagement reporter at ProPublica, where she works to cultivate communities for their coverage. She was previously at The Guardian, where she was an engagement editor and, before that, she worked at WNYC, producing the technology-focused Note to Self podcast. Follow her on Twitter: @Ariana_Tobin

Andrew Yang is an entrepreneur, author and presidential candidate. In 2011 he founded Venture for America, a national entrepreneurship fellowship program that pairs recent graduates with startups. He’s the author of The War on Normal People in which he makes the case for implementing a universal basic income: $1,000 a month for every American adult, no strings attached. Follow him on Twitter: @AndrewYangVFA

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The governmentality podcast was produced and edited by Michele Zipkin. The show’s music was composed and performed by Jeremy Carlstedt.

Apr 2, 2018

In George Orwell’s dystopian novel 1984, O’Brien, a leader in the Inner Party concludes that “Power is not a means; it is an end. One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes the revolution in order to establish the dictatorship.” In the 20th century, that may have been true. But in the 21st century, we’re seeing new power rules take shape before our very eyes.

On this episode, I talk with Mark Joseph Stern of Slate about the March For Our Lives Rally. And in the book chat, I speak with Jeremy Heimans, co-author with Henry Timms of the new book, New Power: How Power Works In Our Hyperconnected World—And How To Make It Work For You.

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Mark Joseph Stern covers courts and the law at Slate. Stern received his JD from the Georgetown University Law Center. Follow him on Twitter: @mjs_DC

Jeremy Heimans is co-founder and CEO of Purpose, a home for building 21st century movements and ventures that use the power of participation to change the world. In 2011, Jeremy received the Ford Foundation’s 75th Anniversary Visionary Award for his work as a movement pioneer and the World Economic Forum named him a Young Global Leader. With Henry Timms, Jeremy is co-author of the book New Power: How Power Works in Our Hyperconnected World—and How to Make It Work for You. Follow him on Twitter: @jeremyheimans

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Mar 26, 2018

In less than a year, California politician Jerry Brown will close out his political career. But Brown isn’t a member of the Republican Trump retirement club. He’s the Democratic governor of California who will bump up against his term limits after entering California politics more than 40 years ago. With a 28-year gap between the first time he served as the state executive and now, Brown is simultaneously one of youngest governors and currently the oldest.

On this governmentality short, I talk with Andy Kroll, who wrote a profile of Jerry Brown for The California Sunday Magazine. We discussed how pessimism guided Brown's politics, his role as a senior statesman in the Trump era and his uncomfortable relationship with his legacy.

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Andy Kroll is an investigative reporter for Mother Jones based in Washington, D.C., and a contributing writer for The California Sunday Magazine. His work has also appeared at Rolling Stone, The New Republic, Huffington Post Highline, and Men’s Journal. Follow him on Twitter: @AndyKroll

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Mar 19, 2018

During the 2016 election cycle, the ultra conservative white nationalist movement peddling anti-semitism and other forms of bigotry known as the alt-right emerged as a growing group with influence in the Trump camp. And once Steve Bannon became President Donald Trump’s chief strategist, the alt-right had a direct line to the Oval Office. But with the ouster of Bannon in August and some financial and organizational setbacks, does the alt-right have the same power they had just one year ago?

On this episode, I talk with Allegra Kirkland of Talking Points Memo about her ongoing reporting on the alt-right. And in the book chat, I speak with Jonathan Weisman of The New York Times about his new book, Semitism: Being Jewish In America In The Age of Trump.

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Allegra Kirkland is a New York-based reporter for Talking Points Memo. She previously worked on The Nation’s web team and as the associate managing editor for AlterNet. Follow her on Twitter @allegrakirkland

Jonathan Weisman is an editor in the Washington bureau of The New York Times and the author of (((Semitism))): Being Jewish in America in the Age of Trump. Follow him on Twitter: @jonathanweisman

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Mar 12, 2018

Political polarization has only been increasing over the last decade. From fights on Capitol Hill to discourse on social media, our union is divided and it goes beyond our two party system. On this episode, S. Mo Jang of the University of South Carolina discusses his new study on the relationship between mass shootings and political polarization, as well as the media's impact on that dynamic. And in the book chat, Amy Chua, Yale Law professor, discusses her new book: Political Tribes: Group Instinct and The Fate of Nations.

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S. Mo Jang is an assistant professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of South Carolina and previously worked as a network television journalist for the Seoul Broadcasting System in South Korea.

Amy Chua is the John M. Duff, Jr. Professor of Law at Yale Law School. Her expertise is in international business transactions, law and development, ethnic conflict, and globalization and the law. Her first book, World on Fire: How Exporting Free Market Democracy Breeds Ethnic Hatred and Global Instability was a New York Times bestseller and selected by both The Economist and the U.K.’s Guardian as a Best Book of 2003 and her 2011 memoir Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother was an international bestseller translated into 30 languages. Follow her on Twitter: @amychua

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Mar 5, 2018

Concerns about corporate civil rights and power over individual citizens isn’t exactly a new phenomenon. With the Supreme Court decisions on Citizens United and Hobby Lobby, Americans are increasingly aware of the special citizenship corporations possess. And that’s something that key members of the Trump administration are seeking to strengthen through deregulation and policy implementation.

On this episode, Michael Grunwald of Politico Magazine talks about his reporting on Mick Mulvaney, the director of the Office of Management and Budget and the acting director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. And in the book chat, Adam Winkler discusses his new book, We The Corporations: How American Businesses Won Their Civil Rights.

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Michael Grunwald is senior writer at Politico Magazine and the author of The New New Deal: The Hidden Story of Change in the Obama Era. Follow him on Twitter: @MikeGrunwald

Adam Winkler is a specialist in American constitutional law and history and is the author of We the Corporations: How American Businesses Won Their Civil Rights, as well as Gunfight: The Battle over the Right to Bear Arms in America. His scholarship has been cited in landmark Supreme Court cases, including opinions on the Second Amendment and on corporate free speech rights. Follow him on Twitter: @adamwinkler

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Feb 26, 2018

Since President Donald Trump stepped foot in the Oval Office a little more than a year ago, it seems a week can’t go by without scandal-soaked headlines. From Russian ties to Trump World to White House personnel catastrophes to financial conflicts of interest, this administration has no shortage of White House scandals.

On this episode, I talk with David Graham, staff writer for The Atlantic, about the scandals that are plaguing the White House. And in the book chat, Joseph Rodota and I discuss his new book on the history and power of The Watergate complex, The Watergate: Inside America’s Most Infamous Address.

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David Graham is a staff writer at The Atlantic covering politics. He previously edited The Atlantic’s politics section and has reported for Newsweek, The Wall Street Journal, and The National.Follow him on Twitter: @GrahamDavidA

Joseph Rodota is a writer and consultant who divides his time between California and Washington, DC. and has worked at the highest levels of federal, state, and local politics for more than 30 years. He served as a writer and communications manager in the Reagan White House and as a top campaign and government aide to California Governors Pete Wilson and Arnold Schwarzenegger. He has written columns for the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Huffington Post and other publications. Follow him on Twitter: @josephrodota

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Feb 13, 2018

Facebook news feed changes are coming after the Silicon Valley giant has increasingly come under fire for having a negative impact on politics and for making the proliferation of fake (and divisive) news that much easier. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said the changes are meant to make everybody “feel more connected and less lonely, and that correlates with long term measures of happiness and health." Publishers are among those bemoaning the changes, but so are Facebook users who say they want control over the network connections and choices they’ve made.

On this episode, I talk to Ethan Zuckerman, the director for the Center for Civic Media at MIT, about Facebook and how their changing your feed. And in the book chat, I speak with Niall Ferguson of the Hoover Institution about his new book on the (very long) history and power of networks, The Square and The Tower.

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Ethan Zuckerman is director of the Center for Civic Media at MIT, and an Associate Professor of the Practice at the MIT Media Lab. His research focuses on the use of media as a tool for social change, the role of technology in international development, and the use of new media technologies by activists. He is the author of Rewire: Digital Cosmopolitans in the Age of Connection. Follow him on Twitter: @EthanZ

Niall Ferguson, MA, D.Phil., is the Milbank Family Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, and a senior fellow of the Center for European Studies, Harvard, where he served for twelve years as the Laurence A. Tisch Professor of History. His newest book is The Square and The Tower. Follow him on Twitter: @nfergus

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Jan 30, 2018

President Donald Trump is preparing to deliver his first State of the Union address. But what exactly goes into the making of this annual address? On this governmentality short, I spoke with Jennifer Grossman, CEO of the Atlas Society and former speechwriter for President George H.W. Bush. We discussed the importance of the State of the Union address, the power struggles that make the speech what it is and what the address means from a president who keeps the public updated via Twitter.

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Jennifer Anju Grossman is the CEO of the Atlas Society and a former White House speechwriter under the George H.W. Bush administration. Grossman is a former senior vice president at Dole Food Company and served as director of education at the Cato Institute. Follow her on Twitter: @JenAnjuGrossman

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The governmentality podcast was produced and edited by Michele Zipkin. The show’s music was composed and performed by Jeremy Carlstedt.

Jan 22, 2018

Liberalism may conjure up certain political leanings in American society, but its roots are in philosophy that predates the United States and while encompassing the norms, practices and principles of both major political parties and the overwhelming majority of American citizens. Despite this commonality,  liberalism—and its updated version, neoliberalism—may precisely be what's ailing America in terms of persistent racism, rising inequality, and rampant ideological polarization. 

On this episode, I talk to Ryan Cooper, national correspondent at The Week, about neoliberalism and how it’s hurting the Democratic Party. And in the book chat, I speak with Patrick Deneen, a political theorist at the University of Notre Dame about his new book, Why Liberalism Failed.

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Ryan Cooper is a national correspondent at The Week and his work has appeared in the Washington Monthly, The New Republic and The Washington Post. Follow him on Twitter: @ryanlcooper.

Patrick Deneen is the David A. Potenziani Memorial Chair in Constitutional Studies and associate professor of political science at the University of Notre Dame. His new book is Why Liberalism Failed. Follow him on Twitter: @PatrickDeneen.

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Jan 16, 2018

Earlier this month, when Michael Wolff released his book Fire and Fury, a number of bombshell reports broke about how President Trump conducts his business, how staffers routinely badmouth the commander-in-chief, and the mindset that fuels his fast food diet. The risk, of course, is that focus on the gossip of the inner workings of Trump World obscures the long-term repercussions of the administration. But David Cay Johnston’s It’s Even Worse Than You Think: What The Trump Administration Is Doing To America is a different book.

On this governmentality short, we talked about Donald Trump’s disregard of the emoluments clause, the damage being done by what he calls the “political termites” of the administration and his 30 years of covering Donald Trump.

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David Cay Johnston is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist and bestselling author of The Making of Donald Trump. He has lectured on economics, journalism, and tax policy on every continent except Antartica and is a former president of Investigative Reporters & Editors. He has been a frequent guest on television and radio shows and was a consultant on the Netflix series House of Cards.   Follow him on Twitter: @DavidCayJ

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Jan 1, 2018

This week, we return to Down Girl by Kate Manne, Cornell University philosophy professor. It was the subject of last week’s book chat, but the interview was so insightful that producer Michele Zipkin and I decided to publish my interview with her in its entirety. In it, we discussed the complex ways in which misogyny works, the persistent problem of how men are exonerated, how Donald Trump both is and is not a good example of a misogynist, and why this was such a difficult book for her to write.

You can find last week’s episode, Undoing Misogyny, with the New Republic’s Josephine Livingstone and Kate Manne here.

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Kate Manne is assistant professor at the Sage School of Philosophy at Cornell University and the author of Down Girl: The Logic of Misogyny. Before that, she was a junior fellow at the Harvard Society of Fellows from 2011 to 2013. She holds a Ph.D. in philosophy at MIT from 2006 to 2011. Follow her on Twitter: @kate_manne.

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The governmentality podcast was produced and edited by Michele Zipkin. The show’s music was composed and performed by Jeremy Carlstedt.

Dec 19, 2017

The case of Harvey Weinstein and his sexual abuse of women opened the floodgates for the similar revelations in media, entertainment and politics that continue to fill the daily news. And while the reckoning of workplace harassment and assault is certainly a welcome development, there are still some larger political, social and cultural questions that remain unanswered.

On this episode, I talk to Josephine Livingstone, staff culture writer at The New Republic about a path forward for feminism since the Weinstein investigation and the #MeToo movement. And, in the book chat, I’ll speak with Cornell University philosophy professor Kate Manne about her new book, Down Girl: The Logic of Misogyny.

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Josephine Livingstone is staff culture writer at The New Republic. Follow her on Twitter: @Jo_Livingstone.

Kate Manne is assistant professor of philosophy at Cornell University and the author of Down Girl: The Logic of Misogyny. Follow her on Twitter: @kate_manne.

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Livingstone's "So You Married Your Flirty Boss"

Livingstone's "The Task Ahead for Feminism"

Manne's Down Girl: The Logic of Misogyny

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Dec 12, 2017

Before Donald Trump even took office, some of his most vocal detractors were already calling for impeachment. But after nearly a year of political, moral and legal controversies, that number has grown — with several polls showing that as many as half of Americans believe President Trump should be impeached. And that sentiment has been amplified by calls from Capitol Hill and a massive ad campaign by one billionaire — all who want Trump out of the Oval Office.

On this episode, I talk to Jim Newell, staff writer for Slate about the growth in impeachment rhetoric and how Democratic leaders are attempting to tamp that down. And, in the book chat, I’ll speak with Harvard Law School professor Cass Sunstein about his new book, Impeachment: A Citizen’s Guide.

Note: Since my interview with Jim Newell, Rep. Al Green has put an impeachment resolution on the House floor for a vote. It failed by a 364-58 vote.  

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Jim Newell is a staff writer at Slate covering Congress. His feature article, "Ixnay on Impeachmentay," covers the effort by Democratic leaders to tamp down on impeachment rhetoric within their own party. Follow him on Twitter: @jim_newell.

Cass Sunstein is the Robert Walmsley University Professor at Harvard Law School and the author of Impeachment: A Citizen's Guide. Follow him on Twitter: @CassSunstein.

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Rep. Al Green calling for the impeachment of Donald Trump. 

Ezra Klein's recent story: "The case for normalizing impeachment"

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Nov 27, 2017

Last week, a start-up in China said next year it plans to launch taxi drones in Dubai. And it’s just as it sounds—a flying car that will carry passengers in its tiny cockpit. As far fetched as that might sound, from warfare and espionage to photography and pizza deliveries, drones have become a part of our daily lexicon.

But can drones get out of these two lanes of destruction and amusement?

On this governmentality short, I spoke with Shira Efron, policy researcher at the RAND Corporation. We talked about how drones can bring meaningful change to difficult problems in Africa, the obstacles of drones and how that industry can beat its negative reputation.

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Shira Efron, Ph.D., is an associate policy researcher at the RAND Corporation, a special advisor on Israel with RAND's Center for Middle East Public Policy, and a professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. You can follow her on Twitter: @ShiraEfron.

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The governmentality podcast was produced and edited by Michele Zipkin. The show’s music was composed and performed by Jeremy Carlstedt.

Nov 21, 2017

A wave of Democratic electoral victories, particularly in state legislative seats and governorships, have been said to be a referendum on President Donald Trump. The gained seats may or may not be a sign of what’s to come in the 2018 elections, but the record numbers of individuals who volunteered, donated or otherwise became involved is undeniable.

On this governmentality short, I spoke with Gideon Lewis-Kraus, writer-at-large at The New York Times magazine. We talked about his coverage of one of those races in Virginia where enthusiasm for the Democratic candidate came from well outside his district and how a single campaign manager rode that energy all the way to victory.

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Gideon Lewis-Kraus is writer-at-large at The New York Times Magazine. His latest piece, “The Resistance Comes to Loudon County,” is in the current issue of the magazine.

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Nov 14, 2017

There is little question that technology brings about change. But how much of it is for the good? At their best, technology giants can save lives. But at their worst, they provide massive audiences for the most of deplorable human behavior. Silicon Valley leaders are quick to celebrate their successes, but often shirk their responsibilities in the eyes of many.

On this episode, we’ll discuss both the successes and responsibilities of Silicon Valley. First, I’ll talk with Derek Thompson of The Atlantic about X, Google secret research wing. And in then in the book chat, I’ll speak with Noam Cohen, former New York Times technology columnist about his new book about Silicon Valley, The Know It Alls.

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Derek Thompson is senior editor at The Atlantic magazine and author of Hit Makers. Follow him on Twitter: @DKThomp.

Noam Cohen is author of The Know-It-Alls: The Rise of Silicon Valley as a Political Powerhouse and a Social Wrecking Ball. Follow him on Twitter: @noamcohen.

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Nov 7, 2017

Alfred Nobel, the Swedish chemist, engineer and innovator who used his enormous fortune to fund the Nobel Prizes, once said, “If I have a thousand ideas and only one turns out to be good, I am satisfied.”

Today, ideas are all around us. From tiny tweaks to mundane products to popularizing space travel, we are inundated with ideas from more channels than we can count. What used to live firmly in the world of academia and, later, think tanks is now the business of many and broadcast through a plethora of channels like TED talks, ideas festivals and media outlets dedicated to the world of ideas. We’ve become obsessed with this world of innovation, but it’s also come to resemble an industry all its own. On this episode, I talk with Chris Shea, senior editor at vox.com where he edits The Big Idea Section. And in the book chat, I’ll speak with Tufts University professor Daniel Drezner about his book, The Ideas Industry.

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Chris Shea is a senior editor at Vox.com where he edits The Big Idea section. Follow him on Twitter: @cshea4.

Daniel Drezner is professor of international politics at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and the author of The Ideas Industry: How Pessimists, Partisans and Plutocrats Are Transforming the Marketplace of Ideas. Follow him on Twitter: @dandrezner.

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Nov 1, 2017

The number of international migrants world wide has continued to rapidly grow over the past 15 years, reaching nearly 250 million in 2015, according to the United Nations. There's no sign of that slowing down as individuals and families seek economic opportunity and flee environmental and political disaster. In too many cases families and individuals are risking everything—including their very lives—to cross the waters from Africa to Europe or the border from Mexico to the United States. To learn more about the plight of migrants, we turned to Jason De Leon, professor of anthropology at the University of Michigan and founder of the Undocumented Migration Project who works on migration across the U.S.-Mexico border. And in this week’s book chat, we hear from Sasha Polakow-Suransky about his new book, Go Back to Where You Came From.

Oct 24, 2017

President Donald Trump may be unsure of exactly how presidential he wants to be, but what does it mean to "be presidential" anyway? In this episode, we look at Trump's presidential style with Alex Shephard, news editor of The New Republic. And we discuss the changes in the very office itself with University of Texas professor Jeremi Suri, whose new book is The Impossible Presidency. 

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Alex Shephard is the news editor at The New Republic and you can follow him on Twitter: @alex_shephard.

Jeremi Suri is the Mack Brown Distinguished Professor for Global Leadership, History and Public Policy at the University of Texas at Austin and the author of The Impossible Presidency: The Rise and Fall of America's Highest Office. You can follow him on Twitter: @JeremiSuri.

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Oct 16, 2015

In this episode of the governmentality podcast, journalist Allen McDuffee talks with Mike Pesca of Slate's The Gist about the power of podcasting, storytelling and humor — and why he wants to be the arbiter of TED Talks. And, in the book chat, Allen talks with Heath Brown about his book, The Tea Party Divided. 

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Oct 5, 2015

In this episode of the governmentality podcast, journalist Allen McDuffee talks with John Hudak of the Brookings Institution about the power dynamics of the 2016 election cycle. And, in the book chat, Allen talks with Kristin Soltis Anderson about her book about millennials, The Selfie Vote. 

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Sep 25, 2015

In this episode of the governmentality podcast, journalist Allen McDuffee talks with John Sides, professor of political science at George Washington University, about why it's okay to ignore the polls at this point in the 2016 election cycle and what those Trump poll numbers really mean. And, in the book chat, Allen talks with Will McCants of the Brookings Institution about his new book, The ISIS Apocalypse. 

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Sep 17, 2015

In this first episode of the governmentality podcast, journalist Allen McDuffee talks with Brooke Gladstone of WNYC's On The Media about the power of the media, the 2016 election cycle and a post Stewart and Colbert world, among other things. And, in the book chat, Allen talks with Arthur Brooks about his book, The Conservative Heart.

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Jun 9, 2015

Political journalist, investigative reporter and blogger Allen McDuffee launches his new podcast on power, politics and ideas. Learn more at www.governmentality.net.

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