The “No Joe Mojo” Edition
Biden’s approval numbers, authoritarianism on the rise, and Jay Caspian Kang on The Loneliest Americans.
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Here are some notes and references from this week’s show:
FiveThirtyEight, Latest Polls
Isaac Chotiner for the New Yorker: “Can Biden’s Agenda Survive Inflation?”
Jason Furman for the Wall Street Journal: “Biden Can Whip Inflation and Build Back Better”
The Loneliest Americans, by Jay Caspian Kang
Pew Research Center: “Where Do You Fit In The Political Typology?”
Christopher Borrelli for the Chicago Tribune: “What We’re Reading: 4 Korean American Memoirs, From Personal Stories To An Unsettling Confrontation on Identity and Assimilation”
Anne Appelbaum for the Atlantic: “The Bad Guys Are Winning”
Freedom House: “Freedom in the World 2021: Democracy Under Siege”
The Dictator’s Learning Curve: Inside the Global Battle for Democracy, by William J. Dobson
Twitter and Tear Gas: The Power and Fragility of Networked Protest, by Zeynep Tufekci
Zeynep Tufekci for the Atlantic: “How the Coronavirus Revealed Authoritarianism’s Fatal Flaw”
Here’s this week’s chatter:
Emily: Ashley Southall and Jonah E. Bromwich for the New York Times: “2 Men Convicted of Killing Malcolm X Will Be Exonerated After Decades”
John: The Faber Book of Reportage, by John Carey; The Way We Live Now, by Anthony Trollope audiobook
David: Geoffrey Leavenworth for the New York Times: “One Chaste Marriage, Four Kids, and the Catholic Church”; Spencer Buell for Boston magazine: “New England Hidden Gems You’ll Find on the New Atlas Obscura App”; City Cast Houston
Listener chatter from Melissa Ocepek: A fox listens to the banjo
For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment Emily, John, and David discuss the most useful friend to have.
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Podcast production by Jocelyn Frank.
Research and show notes by Bridgette Dunlap.