Current Affairs

By Pete Davis

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A podcast of politics and culture, from the editors of Current Affairs magazine.

Episode Date
Bonus excerpt: The Trust Busters with Lina Khan and Sandeep Vaheesan
00:02:45
An excerpt from today's bonus episode, available in full to our Patreon patrons, in which, continuing the conversation from Episode 9, social media editor Vanessa A. Bee talks tackling monopoly power with modern day trust busters Lina Khan and Sandeep Vaheesan.
Sep 18, 2018
#10: The Voicemailbag II
01:03:06
A Current Affairs megapanel opens up the Current Affairs voicemailbag again to answer listener questions on topics ranging from separation of powers to policy prioritization to workplace democracy to the lack of a recent Chomsky drop...and more.
Sep 10, 2018
Bonus excerpt: All's Well That Endzone
00:02:27
An excerpt from today's bonus episode, available in full to our Patreon patrons, in which, just in time for the beginning of the season, amusements editor Lyta Gold and legal editor Oren Nimni discuss all things football: its labor politics, its racial politics, and why (according to Lyta) it is the masculine version of drag.
Sep 06, 2018
Bonus excerpt: Blood, shot.
00:04:17
An excerpt from today's bonus episode, available in full to our Patreon patrons, in which Current Affairs finance editor Sparky Abraham and editor-in-chief Nathan J. Robinson discuss John Carreyrou's recent book about the Theranos scandal, Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup. Discussed: why you should be skeptical of prestige (and allegedly liberal lawyers); the importance of good investigative journalism; Silicon Valley boosterism; the cult of Steve Jobs; and more.
Sep 06, 2018
#9: Do Not Pass Go, Do Not Collect Your Social Wealth Dividend
00:52:27
Matt Bruenig enters the Shark Tank to pitch a sovereign wealth fund and Lina Khan and Sandeep Vaheesan stop by to explain antitrust. (Plus, the debut of the Current Affairs official Ben Shapiro diss track).
Aug 30, 2018
Bonus excerpt: Ian Samuel on being Left in the law
00:03:32
An excerpt from today's bonus episode, available in full to our Patreon patrons, in which Current Affairs legal editor Oren Nimni and social media editor Vanessa A. Bee interview Indiana Law professor, First Mondays host, and rising legal star Ian Samuel about being a lefty in the law. Discussed: the three's lefty origin stories, the consequences of a Kavanaugh nomination, why the law is a conservatizing profession, and more.
Aug 20, 2018
Bonus excerpt: "The West" and Other Myths with Daniel Walden
00:05:24
An excerpt from today's bonus episode, available in full to our Patreon patrons, in which amusements editor Lyta Gold and senior editor Brianna Rennix discuss myths with Classics scholar Daniel Walden, who recently wrote in the magazine about how the whole concept of “Western civilization" is a myth. Tune in to learn about why the myth of dragons may be a lefty one, why Jordan Peterson is confused about myths, what an anti-pope is, what myths can teach us about national origin stories, the purpose of trickster gods, and more.
Aug 20, 2018
#8: Dreams, Schemes & Time Machines
01:12:32
The Current Affairs panel discusses what the end of racism and sexism might look like, legal star Ian Samuel enters the Lefty Shark Tank to pitch Supreme Court packing, and we all share our favorite historical what-ifs. (Plus, the segment breaks are haunted by disturbing 20th century ghosts!)
Aug 15, 2018
Bonus episode excerpt: Michigan Facts
00:06:05
An excerpt from today's bonus episode, available in full to our Patreon patrons, in which editor-in-chief Nathan J. Robinson discusses all things Michigan with amusements editor (and Michigan native) Lyta Gold. Topics covered in under an hour: white flight, urban planning, the world’s largest porch, elk, college rivalries, pastries, the decline of local journalism, the Northern KKK, Henry Ford, and more.
Aug 08, 2018
Bonus episode excerpt: Kitchen Knightmares
00:04:52
An excerpt from today's bonus episode, available in full to our Patreon patrons, in which editor-in-chief Nathan Robinson and legal editor Oren Nimni discuss Gordon Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares, which they argue is, at least partially, a left-wing television show...or, at the very least, a useful spotlight on the petty tyranny of bad bosses.
Aug 08, 2018
#7: Pink Slips, Blue Lakes, Red Takes
01:14:39
The Current Affairs panel discuss whether demanding that opponents be fired is good strategy, hear a dispatch from Nathan about the Abdul for Governor campaign, and each share their most conservative opinions.
Aug 01, 2018
#6: The Voicemailbag
01:05:17
A Current Affairs megapanel opens up the Current Affairs voicemailbag to answer listener questions on topics ranging from lefty groupthink to ethical consumption to Lyta's theory of comedy to the origin of Nathan's Chomsky love.
Jul 17, 2018
Bonus episode excerpt: "Speech" Bubble
00:03:32
An excerpt from today's bonus episode, available in full to our Patreon patrons, in which Current Affairs legal editor Oren Nimni and social media editor Vanessa A. Bee break down the latest cases from the Supreme Court's 2018 term: why they're disappointing, why everything can't be "speech," and why Anthony Kennedy is overrated.
Jul 11, 2018
#5: Out of Left Field
01:01:21
The Current Affairs panel discusses the latest flare-ups in the left-liberal divide (civility, Ocasio-Cortez, and more), hears Pete's Lefty Shark Tank pitch for a universal government login, and share their favorite silver bullets for solving many problems in one fell swoop.
Jul 04, 2018
Bonus episode excerpt: Summer School
00:03:29
An excerpt from today's bonus episode, available in full to our Patreon patrons, in which Current Affairs finance editor Sparky Abraham and editor-in-chief Nathan J. Robinson discuss all things education: student loans, free college, and the lefty case for education (in response to libertarian Bryan Caplan's recent book, The Case Against Education).
Jul 02, 2018
Bonus episode excerpt: Handsome Fashs and Widening Gyres
00:02:58
An excerpt from today's bonus episode, available in full to our Patreon patrons, in which amusements editor Lyta Gold and senior editor Brianna Rennix wax (and wane) poetic about Irish poet William Butler Yeats, taking listeners on a rollicking ride from his strange diagrams to the failure of socialism in Ireland to... the mysterious appeal of Jordan Peterson.
Jun 27, 2018
Bonus episode excerpt: S. Chapin Domino, will you accept this rose?
00:03:29
An excerpt from today's bonus episode, available in full to our Patreon patrons, in which social media editor Vanessa A. Bee, contributing editor Briahna Joy Gray and amusements editor Lyta Gold give the Current Affairs take on reality television. Spoiler alert: they are very in favor!
Jun 21, 2018
#4: Smokey Eyes and Shady Lawyers
01:13:01
The Current Affairs panel discusses the humanitarian crisis at the border, debate Lyta's general theory of political comedy, and responds to some listener voicemails.
Jun 19, 2018
Bonus episode excerpt: Masterpiece Pieshop
00:01:53
An excerpt from today's bonus episode, available in full to our Patreon patrons, in which Current Affairs legal editor Oren Nimni and social media editor Vanessa A. Bee explain and comment on the recent Masterpiece Cakeshop decision that came down from the Supreme Court last week.
Jun 12, 2018
#3: What the P.C. Police Won't Tell You
01:23:08
The Current Affairs panel discusses why right-wing commentators feel so aggrieved, figures out what we mean by prison abolition, and make the complicated simple and the simple complicated.
Jun 06, 2018
Bonus episode excerpt: Freedom (of contract) isn't free
00:03:08
An excerpt from our first bonus episode, available in full to our Patreon patrons, in which Current Affairs legal editor Oren Nimni and editor-in-chief Nathan J. Robinson discuss their recent Current Affairs articles on mandatory arbitration and freedom of contract. (Plus, Nathan shares his love of pie and trials with learning to play the washboard).
Jun 03, 2018
#2: All Landlords, Apostates!
01:04:55
The Current Affairs panel unpacks the accusation of liberal bias, asks whether landlords are necessary, and shares their favorite lost historical hero.
May 30, 2018
#1: Board Shorts
01:16:03
The panel dives into the Jobs Guarantee vs. Universal Basic Income debate, Nathan pitches randomized college admissions, and everyone shares their worst past belief.
May 21, 2018
Trailer
00:01:02
A trailer for Current Affairs: The Podcast.
May 19, 2018