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The other side is dangerously wrong. They think you are too. But for democracy to work, we need to hear each other out. Each week New York Times Opinion columnists David Leonhardt, Michelle Goldberg and Ross Douthat explain the arguments from across the political spectrum. Their candid debates help you form your own opinion of the latest news, and learn how the other half thinks. Find the best ways to persuade in the modern search for common ground.

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Can corporate America be a force for social liberalism? Ross Douthat, Michelle Goldberg and David Leonhardt debate the corporatization of Pride Month, Nike's about-face on the Betsy Ross flag and the political efficacy of “woke capitalism.” Then they discuss the tensions roiling Democrats in the House of Representatives. By lobbing criticism at progressive members of the caucus, just what is Speaker Nancy Pelosi playing at? For background reading on this episode, visit nytimes.com/theargument.
Is Biden Doomed?

Is Biden Doomed?

2019-07-0300:32:293

Was Kamala Harris’s debate-stage takedown the beginning of the end for Joe Biden’s frontrunner status? Columnists Ross Douthat, Michelle Goldberg and David Leonhardt take stock of the 2020 Democratic primary so far. Then, are the presidential candidates moving too far to the left? How can the party build a winning coalition? How should they weigh economic versus cultural issues? And which candidates will be able to pivot for a general election audience? For background reading on this episode, visit nytimes.com/theargument.
One-on-One with Cory Booker

One-on-One with Cory Booker

2019-06-2600:42:175

Cory Booker has executive experience, bipartisan bona fides and a raft of ambitious policy goals. So why is he running in the middle of the 2020 Democratic pack — and how does he plan to distinguish himself? David Leonhardt sits down with the senator from New Jersey to discuss his plans to tackle America’s housing crisis, the racial wealth gap, gun violence and more. Then Ross Douthat and Michelle Goldberg join David to debate Booker’s candidacy. For background reading on this episode, visit nytimes.com/theargument
Is the United States barreling toward war with Iran? Op-Ed columnist Bret Stephens joins his colleagues to discuss the recent uptick in tensions between Washington and Tehran — and what can be done about them. Then, what are religious conservatives really fighting about? The columnists discuss the Sohrab Ahmari vs. David French debate over tactics, values and goals that’s roiling the right-wing intelligentsia. For background reading on this episode, visit nytimes.com/theargument
Democratic presidential contender Andrew Yang sits down with Ross Douthat for a one-on-one interview to discuss the future of work in America, universal basic income, Yang's unorthodox path to the presidency and whether he considers himself a traitor to the meritocratic class. Then Michelle Goldberg and David Leonhardt join Ross to debate Yang's candidacy and the idea of universal basic income. For background reading on this episode, visit nytimes.com/theargument
Why aren't the Democrats ready to impeach President Trump? The columnists ask Massachusetts Senator Ed Markey in this live episode recorded at WBUR CitySpace in Boston on May 29. They also talk about Robert Mueller’s first public remarks and the Democrats’ evolving approach to climate politics. Then, as right-wing populists and nationalist parties gain ground in countries around the world, is global liberalism on the decline? For background reading on this episode, visit nytimes.com/theargument
Why is socialism so popular in the United States right now? Michelle Goldberg talks with Bhaskar Sunkara, the editor of Jacobin magazine, to discuss democratic socialists vs. liberals, the failures of past socialist movements and Bernie Sanders vs. Elizabeth Warren. Then, Ross Douthat and David Leonhardt join Michelle to debate socialism’s role in the future of the political left. For background reading on this episode, visit nytimes.com/theargument
Why is the 37-year-old mayor of South Bend, Ind., running for president — and what would he do if he won? David Leonhardt sits down with Pete Buttigieg to discuss the radicalization of the Republican Party and his plan to resuscitate American democracy. Then, Ross Douthat, Michelle Goldberg and David debate Buttigieg’s unconventional candidacy. For background reading on this episode, visit nytimes.com/theargument
Is Trump Right About China?

Is Trump Right About China?

2019-05-1600:33:057

What's the right way for the United States to take on China? Ross Douthat, Michelle Goldberg and David Leonhardt debate Trump's trade war and China's economically aggressive, increasingly authoritarian behavior. Then, is America's labor movement, long in decline, finally enjoying a comeback? For background reading on this episode, visit nytimes.com/theargument
How strong is the American economy — and how much credit should President Trump get for it? Ross Douthat, Michelle Goldberg and David Leonhardt disagree on where the boom is coming from and what it means for America's future. Then, as the president asserts executive privilege over the unredacted Mueller report while his administration fights congressional subpoenas, is a constitutional crisis inevitable? For background reading on this episode, visit nytimes.com/theargument
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Tiferet

This episode did not do a good job at properly representing Yang. The interviewer seemed biased and close minded. I found that the Freakonomics podcast and The Ben Shapiro Show were much more informative and allowed Yang to properly represent his campaign.

Jul 16th
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Joanna Francis

Tiferet really? I want to have a try

Jul 17th
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Tiferet

10:07 - 10:18 😂

Jul 16th
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Sarthak Aneja

Tiferet 😐

Jul 16th
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Jennifer Arabella

Tiferet : )

Jul 16th
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km

Yang gets it.

Jul 9th
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Jason Huntley

I already wasn't a fan of Michelle, but now that I know she doesn't know what corn hole is.... I hate her.

Jul 7th
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Barret Giehl

Sounds like the interviewers/hosts did fully understand Yang's policies at the end. His plan specifically talks a out how to pay for the Freedom Dividend but the hosts act like Yang hasn't fully thought through policies.

Jul 3rd
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Jason Huntley

This guy is just straight up dishonest.

Jul 2nd
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Jason Huntley

I love this show, but I have a question. Why does Ross (39) sound like he's arguing against a 13 year old, Michelle (44)? Ross's argument that Conservatives have given an inch and the Left took a mile concerning gay rights is spot on. I don't need my kids being taught something I believe to be immoral at the public library. I don't need the government setting itself up as a moral arbiter. Today it's men dressed as women reading children's literature, and Arthur watching two gay characters marry on PBS. Tomorrow it will be kindergarten teachers teaching kids that a penis could be a "female penis" and men can get pregnant. My tax dollars should not be used to fuel insanity. And people wonder why mental illness is so prevalent.

Jun 20th
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Balitong

Wes I don't get it. I have to read minds to not argue like a child? but I can't read minds?

Jul 2nd
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Wes

Balitong you can't read minds get over it.

Jul 1st
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Jared Poulter

I think Ross should always be the interviewer for these presidential candidates on the show. While I think he pushed back too much at the end (it doesn't make sense to repeatedly ask the same question and you should just let the interviewee have the last word), the interviews without any pushback are kind if boring like the Buttigieg episode. Now, as far as Yang is concerned, I love that he recognizes the problems in the economy that got Trump elected and is creating solutions to the problems. He said something that you almost never hear the left say. He said, "Trump was right." And he was. Trump recognized a symptom of sickness in the economy. He provided the wrong diagnosis and treatment, however. Trump blamed factories and mines closing on immigrants and government regulations, but the real problem lies in the market shifting toward clean energy and automation. This is something that Yang recognizes and he is looking to tackle these problems in ways that nobody else is talking about, which is refreshing.

Jun 18th
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Matthew DeJonge

#YangGang

Jun 17th
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Alex Diviney

Hell Yeah! #yanggang

Jun 17th
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Waldo Alvarado Jr

I'm 100% voting for Andrew Yang & I've already donated money to his campaign twice!

Jun 14th
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Francesco Vultaggio

minute 23:00, the statistics they are looking for -in order to determine if and how a true sudden automation is occurring- is the so called "Gini index" or any similar indicator of economic segregation. If more profit are reinvested in better technologies then, as the presentor said, we should see gdp growth but in a market at saturation this is not the case and we just have accumulation of wealth measurable as economic segregation growth.

Jun 13th
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Kevin Bell

yang 2020!! ❤️❤️

Jun 13th
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Jason Huntley

You're telling me Trump obstructed an investigation into a crime where there was no crime. Uh huh...

Jun 12th
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Alex Mercedes

actually, it isn't "race" that creates fissures. It's "racism".

Jun 3rd
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Jared Poulter

Ross denies that there is anyone to his right, but he is really pretty centrist. Really, this show has a moderate on the right, a moderate on the left, and then someone on the far left. That socialist guy was only left of Michelle on economic issues, but Michelle's real extremes come from the social issues, not the economic ones, and she was far past that guy on those issues.

May 30th
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Sean Millard

oh boy, you really did this....the false dilemma that Republicans perpetuate :/

May 30th
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Linda Susan Erickson

I am really disappointed with the lack of political diversity of the hosts. Ross is not well representing Conservative thought. He's a Moderate at best. You need a decent Conservative for a true Argument. This program is more of a Liberal/Leftist jam echo chamber. 😞

May 28th
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Alex Mercedes

Barack Obama didn't make a special appeal to black voters. he ran as himself. similarly, Buttigieg should continue being himself, running for reasons based on what he believes. I'm a black voters and I see him and like him already. I like beer and wine.... it's the content of platform and the character of the candidate that persuades me and wins my vote.

May 28th
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Mike Bonnell

A mayor can't be Prez?!?! But a failed businessman, misogynist, misanthrope has and is. Of all the candidates, PB is by far the smartest.

May 26th
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