The “Double Bazelon” Edition
Approaching midterms, inflation, and whether social media is imperiling U.S. democracy—with guest Simon Bazelon.
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Here are some notes and references from this week’s show:
Simon Bazelon for Slow Boring: “Democrats Are Sleepwalking Into a Senate Disaster”
Thomas B. Edsall for the New York Times: “Trump Poses a Test Democracy Is Failing”
Matthew H. Graham and Milan W. Svolik for the American Political Science Review: “Democracy in America? Partisanship, Polarization, and the Robustness of Support for Democracy in the United States”
Jonathan Haidt for the Atlantic: “Why The Last Ten Years of American Life Have Been So Stupid”
Paul Krugman for the New York Times: “Inflation Is About to Come Down—but Don’t Get Too Excited”
Stolen Focus: Why You Can’t Pay Attention–and How to Think Deeply Again, by Johann Hari
The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom, by Jonathan Haidt
Here are this week’s chatters:
David: Little Dorrit, by Charles Dickens
John: Macbeth on Broadway
Emily: Christine Charnosky for Law.com: “A University of Arizona Law Grad on How the GRE Changed Her Life”; University of Arizona Law’s Innovation for Justice work
Listener chatter from Nick Gaffney: Alex Hanson for the Valley News: “Croydon School Budget Cut Sets Up High-Stakes Battle Over Future of Town’s Education System”; Alex Hanson for the Valley News: “Budget Cut Looks Bleak for Schools After Croydon Meeting”
For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment Emily, John, and David discuss what constitutes time well spent.
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Podcast production by Jocelyn Frank.
Research and show notes by Bridgette Dunlap.