Matter of Opinion podcast

Matter of Opinion

Thoughts, aloud. Hosted by Michelle Cottle, Ross Douthat, Carlos Lozada and Lydia Polgreen. Every Friday, from New York Times Opinion. Listen to this podcast in New York Times Audio, our new iOS app for news subscribers. Download now at nytimes.com/audioapp

Thoughts, aloud. Hosted by Michelle Cottle, Ross Douthat, Carlos Lozada and Lydia Polgreen. Every Friday, from New York Times Opinion. Listen to this podcast in New York Times Audio, our new iOS app for news subscribers. Download now at nytimes.com/audioapp

 

#67

Trump Anoints Himself

The former president was expected to offer “unity” in his convention acceptance speech. But, after a wild week, the speech revealed the same old Donald Trump. In this episode, the hosts debate: Is Trump a “man of destiny”? (A full transcript of this episode will be available within 24 hours of publication on the Times website.) Recommended in this episode: --- [Donald Trump, Man of Destiny] (https://www.nytimes.com/2024/07/15/opinion/donald-trump-assassination-destiny.html) Thoughts about the show? Email us at matterofopinion@nytimes.com or leave a voicemail at (212) 556-7440. ... Read more

Yesterday

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Yesterday


#66

Who’s at the Wheel of the Democratic Party?

“The dam is breaking!” Have the Democrats reached their “break glass in case of emergency” moment? This week, Michelle, Ross and Lydia dig into the Democratic Party fissures, consider what could happen if President Biden refuses to bow out, and debate just how much this moment mirrors the Republican scramble against Trump in 2016. (A full transcript of this episode will be available within 24 hours of publication on the Times website.) Mentioned in this episode: --- [George Clooney: I Love Joe Biden. But We Need a New Nominee] (https://www.nytimes.com/2024/07/10/opinion/joe-biden-democratic-nominee.html) . --- [The Case for Joe Biden] (https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/27/opinion/sunday/joe-biden-2020.html) by Ross Douthat --- [Ezra Klein: A Path to Defeat] (https://www.thebulwark.com/p/ezra-klein-a-path-to-defeat) from “The Bulwark Podcast” Thoughts about the show? Email us at matterofopinion@nytimes.com or leave a voicemail at (212) 556-7440. ... Read more

12 Jul 2024

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12 Jul 2024


#65

Who Should Lead the Democratic Ticket? Six Columnists Weigh In.

Matter of Opinion is off this week, but the news hasn’t stopped. So this week we’re bringing you something from columnists across New York Times Opinion. With President Biden’s candidacy in question, we asked them: Who would you like to see as the Democratic nominee? These are their answers. ---Lydia Polgreen on the case for Vice President Kamala Harris ---Nicholas Kristof on the case for Gov. Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan ---Ross Douthat on the case for Senator Joe Manchin ---Pamela Paul on the case for Gov. Wes Moore of Maryland ---David French on the case for Gov. Josh Shapiro of Pennsylvania ---Charles Blow on the case for President Biden (A full transcript of this episode will be available within 24 hours of publication on the Times website.) If your opinion has changed on President Biden since the debate, we want to hear from you, too. What do you hope to see happen before the Democratic convention? Leave us a voice mail at 212-556-7440 or email us at matterofopinion@nytimes.com This audio essay was originally made for the NYT Audio App, free for Times subscribers in the Apple App Store.   ... Read more

04 Jul 2024

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04 Jul 2024


#64

Is Biden Too Old? America Got Its Answer.

Ezra Klein joins Ross and Michelle to dissect the first presidential debate of 2024: “At some point Democrats have to decide if they want to try to win this election, or it is simply too uncomfortable for them to do anything but be on this train as it derails.” (A full transcript of this episode is available on the Times website.)  Thoughts about the show? Email us at [matterofopinion@nytimes.com] (matterofopinion@nytimes.com) or leave a voicemail at (212) 556-7440. ... Read more

28 Jun 2024

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28 Jun 2024


#63

Can a MAGA Warrior Go Normie? Michelle Cottle Goes to a Biker Bar to Find Out.

We’re getting ready for this week’s presidential debate. In the meantime, we wanted to share an audio essay from Michelle Cottle on a make-or-break vote for the MAGA warrior Lauren Boebert. The controversial lawmaker is facing a primary in Colorado that will determine her political future. Michelle visited a biker bar in Douglas County, Colo., to understand the ways Boebert is tweaking her image in a new district in hopes of winning over more traditional conservatives. Can she do it without losing hard-core Trump fans? This audio essay was originally made for the NYT Audio app, free for Times subscribers in the Apple App Store. ... Read more

25 Jun 2024

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25 Jun 2024


#62

What J.D. Vance’s Transformation Tells Us About the Future of Democracy

Populism, offered as a solution to economic and cultural woes, has gained ground in Europe following a slew of recent elections. Across the pond, the Ohio senator and potential Trump running mate J.D. Vance is championing an American version of populist politics that is also gaining traction. On this week’s episode, the hosts discuss Vance’s embrace of the ideology and consider why many voters find it so appealing. Plus, Ross shares a literary deep cut that not even Carlos has heard of. (A full transcript of this episode will be available within 24 hours of publication on the Times website.) Recommended in this episode: ---“ [What J.D. Vance Believes] (https://www.nytimes.com/2024/06/13/opinion/jd-vance-interview.html) ” by Ross Douthat in The Times ---“Lone Star: A History of Texas and the Texans,” “Fire and Blood: A History of Mexico” and “Comanches: The History of a People” by T.R. Fehrenbach ---“ [What Will Become of American Civilization?] (https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2024/07/phoenix-climate-drought-republican-politics/678494/) ” by George Packer in The Atlantic Thoughts about the show? Email us at matterofopinion@nytimes.com or leave a voicemail at (212) 556-7440. ... Read more

21 Jun 2024

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21 Jun 2024


#61

The ‘Disdain’ of Justice Alito and the Supreme Court

Amid politically charged flag flying, secret recordings, and eyebrow-raising financial disclosures, there’s something fishy about the behavior of the nation’s top judges. Are they ruining faith in the Supreme Court? Or is that the partisan reaction to the decisions coming from on high? Michelle, Carlos and Lydia are joined by the Times editorial board member [Jesse Wegman] (https://www.nytimes.com/by/jesse-wegman) to discuss just how low the bar has gotten for the justices, and what could be done to restore America’s faith in the court. Plus, Michelle weighs in on the beef of the summer. (A full transcript of this episode will be available within 24 hours of publication on the Times website.) Recommended in this episode: ---“ [Not Like Us] (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T6eK-2OQtew) ” by Kendrick Lamar Email us at [matterofopinion@nytimes.com] (matterofopinion@nytimes.com) or leave a voicemail at (212) 556-7440. ... Read more

14 Jun 2024

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32:23

14 Jun 2024


#60

The ‘Empty Suit’ of Trump’s Masculinity

Former President Donald J. Trump’s [appearance at a U.F.C. match] (https://www.nytimes.com/live/2024/06/02/us/biden-trump-election#trump-ufc-newark) this week seems to be part of a larger strategy to attract men — especially young men — to his cause. But what can President Biden do to change the narrative that “the left doesn’t like men”? This week, Michelle Cottle and Carlos Lozada are joined by their (male) Opinion colleagues Jamelle Bouie and David French to debate why men are becoming more conservative and whether Trump’s masculine appeal is about policy or his “manliness.” (A full transcript of this episode will be available within 24 hours of publication on the Times website.) ---“ [Audience of One: Trump, Television and the Fracturing of America] (https://wwnorton.com/books/9781631494420) ” by James Poniewozik ---“ [American Sniper] (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=99k3u9ay1gs&ab_channel=WarnerBros.Pictures) ” directed by Clint Eastwood --- [May 2024 Times/Siena poll] (https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2024/05/13/us/elections/times-siena-poll-registered-voter-crosstabs.html) of the presidential battlegrounds Thoughts about the show? Email us at matterofopinion@nytimes.com or leave a voicemail at (212) 556-7440.       ... Read more

07 Jun 2024

35 MINS

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07 Jun 2024


#59

South Africa Confronts Israel and Its Own Democracy

In a special intercontinental episode, Lydia Polgreen reports from South Africa as the country challenges Israel for its attack on Rafah in southern Gaza. The post-apartheid nation has emerged as a critical leader and a moral voice in some (but not all) superpower struggles. Yet back at home, South Africa’s 30 years of multiracial democracy is undergoing major political upheaval. What does the nation’s recent election offer young nations hoping for postcolonialist democracy? Lydia opens her reporter’s notebook and explores these questions with the South African journalist [William Shoki] (https://www.nytimes.com/2024/05/28/opinion/south-africa-election-anc.html) and her editor, Max Strasser. A full transcript of this episode will be available within 24 hours of publication on the Times website Mentioned in this episode: ---“ [Many voters are hooked on their abusive rulers] (https://www.timeslive.co.za/sunday-times/opinion-and-analysis/opinion/2024-05-26-many-voters-are-hooked-on-their-abusive-rulers/) ” by William Gumede in the Sunday Times ---“ [South African election turns populist as parties play anti-foreigner card] (https://www.ft.com/content/fab05c4c-27ea-49a5-8750-7649e6b08fd9) ” by David Pilling and Monica Mark in the Financial Times ---“ [Neither Settler Nor Native] (https://www.hup.harvard.edu/books/9780674987326) ” by Mahmoud Mamdani Thoughts about the show? Email us at matterofopinion@nytimes.com or leave a voicemail at (212) 556-7440 ... Read more

02 Jun 2024

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38:05

02 Jun 2024


#58

“If We Think There’s a Trump Cult Already …”

With Lydia in South Africa covering their election, Ross out on parental leave and Michelle  reporting from a saloon in Colorado, Carlos  turns the mic over to his Times Opinion colleagues to respond to the news about Donald Trump’s guilty verdict in the New York hush-money trial. The columnists Michelle Goldberg and David French — who calls himself “a recovering litigator” — join the deputy Opinion editor, Patrick Healy, to discuss Trump’s 34 guilty counts and debate what they mean for the former president, whether he’ll face jail time and how it will affect the 2024 presidential race. ... Read more

31 May 2024

28 MINS

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31 May 2024


#57

R.F.K. Jr. and the ‘Coalition of the Distrustful’

We’re taking a break to enjoy the Memorial Day weekend and will be back next week. Until then, enjoy an audio essay from NYT Opinion’s other Michelle — Michelle Goldberg — on what Robert F. Kennedy Jr.’s campaign could mean for President Biden and Donald Trump.  Thoughts about the show? Email us at [matterofopinion@nytimes.com] (mailto:matterofopinion@nytimes.com) or leave a voice mail at (212) 556-7440. ... Read more

24 May 2024

08 MINS

08:42

24 May 2024


#56

Why Do We Hate Kamala Harris? Do We?

This week, the hosts debate what the [latest Times/Siena poll] (https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2024/05/13/us/elections/times-siena-battleground-states-toplines.html) reveals about Joe Biden’s weaknesses and mull over the question of whether Vice President Kamala Harris is one of them. Plus, Carlos on some advice that’s gold, Jerry, gold. (A full transcript of this audio essay will be available within 24 hours of publication on the Times website.) Mentioned in this episode: ---“ [Biden’s Polling Denial: Why He Doesn’t Believe He’s Behind] (https://www.axios.com/2024/05/14/biden-polls-denial-trump-2024-election) ” by Hans Nichols and Alex Thompson in Axios ---“ [An Interview With Kamala Harris on What’s at Stake in 2024] (https://www.nytimes.com/2023/11/16/podcasts/the-run-up-kamala-harris-interview.html) ” from “The Run-Up” ---“ [Kamala Harris Should Try to Be Really Popular] (https://www.slowboring.com/p/kamala-harris-should-try-to-be-really) ” by Matthew Yglesias on his blog, Slow Boring ---“What Happened” by Hillary Rodham Clinton ---“ [Did the President Call?] (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dSb6RnFttdM) ” mash-up from HBO’s television series “Veep” ---“The Last Politician: Inside Joe Biden’s White House and the Struggle for America’s Future” by Franklin Foer ---“ [Democrats Have a Better Option Than Biden] (https://www.nytimes.com/2024/02/16/opinion/ezra-klein-biden-audio-essay.html) ” from “The Ezra Klein Show” ---“ [This New Book About ‘Seinfeld’ Is Worth Double-Dipping] (https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/book-party/wp/2016/08/04/this-new-book-about-seinfeld-is-worth-double-dipping/) ” by Carlos Lozada in The Washington Post ---Jerry Seinfeld’s [2024 Commencement Address] (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=76QV2SrSqgo) at Duke University ---“ [Why Conservatives Give Better Commencement Speeches Than Liberals] (https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/book-party/wp/2015/05/14/why-conservatives-give-better-commencement-speeches-than-liberals/) ” by Carlos Lozada in The Washington Post Thoughts about the show? Email us at [matterofopinion@nytimes.com] (mailto:matterofopinion@nytimes.com) or leave a voicemail at (212) 556-7440. ... Read more

17 May 2024

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40:11

17 May 2024


#55

Let the Trump Veep Auditions Begin

Donald Trump is searching for a running mate, and his list of potential candidates is getting smaller and smaller. This week, the hosts discuss whether Trump is considering other qualities beyond loyalty, and they debate what his eventual choice could mean for the future of Trumpism in the Republican Party. Plus, Michelle wants to worm her way into candidate medical records. (A full transcript of this audio essay will be available within 24 hours of publication on the Times website.) Recommended in this episode: ---“ [How Trump Plans to Wield Power in 2025: What We Know] (https://www.nytimes.com/article/trump-2025-second-term.html) ” by Jonathan Swan, Maggie Haberman and Charlie Savage in The Times   Thoughts about the show? Email us at [matterofopinion@nytimes.com] (mailto:matterofopinion@nytimes.com) or leave a voicemail at (212) 556-7440. ... Read more

10 May 2024

35 MINS

35:46

10 May 2024


#54

Untangling the Mess of Campus Protests

On this episode, the hosts get heated about the political divisions and contradictions revealed by the recent campus protests and ask why some in Washington seem so invested in perpetuating the demonstrations. (A full transcript of this audio essay will be available within 24 hours of publication on the Times website.) Thoughts about the show? Email us at [matterofopinion@nytimes.com] (mailto:matterofopinion@nytimes.com) or leave a voicemail at (212) 556-7440. ... Read more

03 May 2024

31 MINS

31:37

03 May 2024


#53

How Does Trump’s Violent Rhetoric End?

How worried should we really be about the threat of political violence? On this week’s episode of “Matter of Opinion,” columnist Jamelle Bouie joins the hosts to set the record straight on whether we’re actually living through an unusually violent era, and they discuss whether the new movie, “Civil War,” could come true. Plus, Keanu Reeves in his most beautiful form yet. (A full transcript of this audio essay will be available within 24 hours of publication on the Times website.) Recommended in this episode: ---“Oath and Honor: A Memoir and a Warning” by Liz Cheney ---“Johnny Mnemonic: In Black & White,” a 2022 rerelease of Robert Longo’s 1995 film Thoughts about the show? Email us at [matterofopinion@nytimes.com] (mailto:matterofopinion@nytimes.com) or leave a voicemail at (212) 556-7440. ... Read more

26 Apr 2024

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32:19

26 Apr 2024


#52

Thomas Friedman on Iran, Israel and Preventing a ‘Forever War’

Will Israel and Iran’s unprecedented attacks escalate into a wider mideast conflict? A “forever war”? This week, columnist Tom Friedman joins the hosts to unpack the latest developments, what it means for Gaza, and the implications for the region writ large. A full transcript of this audio essay will be available within 24 hours of publication on the Times website. Mentioned in this episode: ---“ [How to Be Pro-Palestinian, Pro-Israeli and Pro-Iranian] (https://www.nytimes.com/2024/04/16/opinion/israel-iran-gaza.html) ” by Thomas L. Friedman ---“ [Iran Just Made a Big Mistake. Israel Shouldn’t Follow.] (https://www.nytimes.com/2024/04/14/opinion/israel-iran-attack.html) ” by Thomas L. Friedman ---“ [A Biden Doctrine for the Middle East Is Forming. And It’s Big.] (https://www.nytimes.com/2024/01/31/opinion/biden-iran-israel.html) ” by Thomas L. Friedman ---“ [Netanyahu Must Go] (https://www.nytimes.com/2024/04/09/opinion/netanyahu-israel.html) ” by Bret Stephens Thoughts about the show? Email us at matterofopinion@nytimes.com or leave a voicemail at (212) 556-7440. ... Read more

19 Apr 2024

28 MINS

28:13

19 Apr 2024


#51

Abortion, Trump and Religion in Politics

This week, the hosts debate how religious voters will react to Donald Trump’s betrayal of anti-abortion positions, the evolution of Christianity as the domain of the right and whether religion is actually as powerful as it seems in modern U.S. politics. Plus, Ross finds aliens, again. (A full transcript of this audio essay will be available within 24 hours of publication on the [Times website] (https://www.nytimes.com/column/matter-of-opinion) .) Mentioned in this episode:  ---“ [This Is Probably Not the Deal the Pro-Life Movement Bargained for With Trump] (https://www.nytimes.com/2024/04/10/opinion/trump-abortion-pro-life.html) ” by Ross Douthat ---“ [Can the Left Be Happy?] (https://www.nytimes.com/2024/04/06/opinion/leftists-happy-coates-haidt.html) ” by Ross Douthat Thoughts about the show? Email us at [matterofopinion@nytimes.com] (matterofopinion@nytimes.com) or leave a voicemail at (212) 556-7440. ... Read more

12 Apr 2024

36 MINS

36:12

12 Apr 2024


#50

Are Smartphones Just a Scapegoat for Our Unhappy Children?

It’s not just bad vibes — America’s kids are not OK. As study after study shows worsening youth mental health, a popular theory has emerged: The rise of smartphones and the addictive nature of social media is making young people miserable. But can it really be that simple? This week, the hosts debate the myriad possible factors contributing to teenagers’ unhappiness, and discuss how parents, schools and the government can protect kids without doing further harm. Plus, a sui generis Lozada family vacation. (A full transcript of this audio essay will be available within 24 hours of publication on the Times website.) Recommended in this episode: ---“ [The Anxious Generation] (https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/729231/the-anxious-generation-by-jonathan-haidt/) ,” by Jonathan Haidt ---“ [Reclaiming Conversation] (https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/313732/reclaiming-conversation-by-sherry-turkle/) ,” by Sherry Turkle ---“ [A Canticle for Leibowitz] (https://www.newyorker.com/books/page-turner/science-fiction-classic-still-smolders) ,” by Walter M. Miller Jr. Thoughts about the show? Email us at [matterofopinion@nytimes.com] (mailto:matterofopinion@nytimes.com) or leave a voicemail at (212) 556-7440. ... Read more

05 Apr 2024

36 MINS

36:10

05 Apr 2024


#49

Finding the Line Between Celebrity and Politician With Tressie McMillan Cottom

The sociologist and New York Times columnist Tressie McMillan Cottom joins the hosts this week to discuss the role of celebrity in politics. Could Beyoncé and Taylor Swift, with their tens of millions of fans, sway the presidential election? And beyond brand-name pop stars, what role does celebrity play within the political system? Plus, Tressie goes a little “Dr. Oz” on us. (A full transcript of this audio essay will be available within 24 hours of publication in the audio player above.) Thoughts about the show? Email us at [matterofopinion@nytimes.com] (mailto:matterofopinion@nytimes.com) or leave a voicemail at (212) 556-7440. ... Read more

29 Mar 2024

35 MINS

35:14

29 Mar 2024


#48

Texts From the Swamp

It can often feel as if politicians use a lot of words without saying much of anything. So how do journalists and citizens make sense of what’s said (and unsaid) in the many congressional reports, court decisions and campaign memoirs that pour out of Washington? This week, Carlos makes the case for reading the Capitol, and uses insights from his new book, “ [The Washington Book] (https://www.simonandschuster.com/books/The-Washington-Book/Carlos-Lozada/9781668050736) ,” to help his co-hosts decode everyone from Donald Trump to Mike Pence to Barack Obama. (A full transcript of this audio essay will be available within 48 hours of publication in the audio player above.) Recommended in this episode: ---“ [The Washington Book] (https://www.simonandschuster.com/books/The-Washington-Book/Carlos-Lozada/9781668050736) ” by Carlos Lozada ---“ [What Were We Thinking] (https://www.simonandschuster.com/books/What-Were-We-Thinking/Carlos-Lozada/9781982145637) ” by Carlos Lozada ---“The Woman at the Washington Zoo” by Marjorie Williams ---“Postwar” by Tony Judt ---“The Emerging Republican Majority” by Kevin Phillips ---“The Emerging Democratic Majority” by John Judis and Ruy Teixeira ---“Chain Reaction” by [Thomas B. Edsall] (https://www.nytimes.com/column/thomas-b-edsall) and Mary D. Edsall ---“Dead Right” by David Frum ---“ [The Grand New Party] (https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/42417/grand-new-party-by-ross-douthat-and-reihan-salam/) ” by Ross Douthat and Reihan Salam ---“The Speechwriter” by Barton Swaim Thoughts about the show? Email us at matterofopinion@nytimes.com or leave a voicemail at (212) 556-7440. ... Read more

22 Mar 2024

35 MINS

35:29

22 Mar 2024


#47

Lydia Finds Hope in a Moment of Crisis

We’re working on this week's episode. While you wait, listen to this audio essay from one of our hosts, Lydia Polgreen, on the situation unfolding in Haiti.  This audio essay was originally made for the NYT Audio App, free for Times subscribers in the Apple App Store. ... Read more

18 Mar 2024

06 MINS

06:21

18 Mar 2024


#46

The Election of Our Discontent

Many voters from both parties are less than enthusiastic about their likely options this November. This week the Opinion writer and editor [Katherine Miller] (https://www.nytimes.com/by/katherine-miller) joins Michelle, Lydia and Carlos to talk about uncommitted voters, double haters and how they could affect the election, whether they turn out or not. Plus, Lydia makes a plea against the tyranny of clean lines and interior design monoculture. (A full transcript of this audio essay will be available within 24 hours of publication on the Times website.)   Mentioned in this episode: ---“ [Black Pastors Pressure Biden to Call for a Cease-Fire in Gaza] (https://www.nytimes.com/2024/01/28/us/politics/black-pastors-biden-gaza-israel.html) ,” by Maya King for The Times ---“ [Joe Biden’s Last Campaign] (https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2024/03/11/joe-biden-profile) ,” by Evan Osnos in The New Yorker   Thoughts about the show? Email us at matterofopinion@nytimes.com or leave a voicemail at (212) 556-7440. ... Read more

15 Mar 2024

33 MINS

33:12

15 Mar 2024


#45

Trump 2.0: ‘A Blueprint for Retribution’

Could Donald Trump’s promise to be a dictator on day one come true? On this episode of “Matter of Opinion,” the hosts debate which policies could be most consequential in a potential second Trump term and whether a proposal set out by conservative allies could provide the tools to execute his vision. And Michelle Cottle shares her passion for a trend that can only be achieved with lots of volume. (A full transcript of this audio essay will be available within 24 hours of publication on the Times website.)   Mentioned in this episode: --- [February 2024 Times/Siena Poll of Registered Voters Nationwide] (https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2024/03/05/us/elections/times-siena-poll-registered-voter-crosstabs.html) ---“ [Mandate for Leadership: The Conservative Promise] (https://thf_media.s3.amazonaws.com/project2025/2025_MandateForLeadership_FULL.pdf) ,” edited by Paul Dans and Steven Groves ---“ [What I Learned When I Read 887 Pages of Plans for Trump’s Second Term] (https://www.nytimes.com/2024/02/29/opinion/project-2025-trump-administration.html) ,” by Carlos Lozada in The Times ---“Border Wars: Inside Trump’s Assault on Immigration,” by Julie Hirschfeld Davis and Michael D. Shear ---“The Divider: Trump in the White House, 2017-2021,” by Peter Baker and Susan Glasser ---“Confidence Man: The Making of Donald Trump and the Breaking of America,” by Maggie Haberman ---“ [Trump Can’t Be Dictator on ‘Day One’ — Or in a Second Term. Here’s Why,] (https://www.politico.com/news/magazine/2024/01/28/a-trump-dictatorship-is-possible-but-not-in-four-years-00137949) ” by Asli Aydintasbas in Politico   Thoughts about the show? Email us at matterofopinion@nytimes.com or leave a voicemail at (212) 556-7440. ... Read more

08 Mar 2024

39 MINS

39:02

08 Mar 2024


#44

The Pro-Life Movement Had a Plan Post-Roe. The G.O.P. Didn’t.

When the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade in 2022, the Republican Party declared victory. But the Alabama Supreme Court’s decision last month that frozen embryos are considered “extrauterine children,” which prompted hospitals to suspend I.V.F. procedures, has complicated that victory. Given Americans’ overwhelming support for in vitro fertilization, conservative politicians have tried to distance themselves from the ruling. The hosts discuss that political scramble and ask whether the Republicans have made up their minds over what it means to be “pro-life.” The hosts also consider how much public opinion should influence the decisions of lawmakers and judges, and where the debate over reproductive rights is headed. Plus, listeners weigh in on how much the economy is going to affect their vote. (A full transcript of this audio essay will be available within 24 hours of publication on the Times website.) Mentioned in this episode: ---The [Alabama Supreme Court’s ruling] (https://publicportal-api.alappeals.gov/courts/68f021c4-6a44-4735-9a76-5360b2e8af13/cms/case/343d203a-b13d-463a-8176-c46e3ae4f695/docketentrydocuments/e3d95592-3cbe-4384-afa6-063d4595aa1d) that frozen embryos should be considered children   Thoughts about the show? Email us at matterofopinion@nytimes.com. And tell us your thoughts on where you think the abortion debate is headed by leaving a voicemail at (212) 556-7440. ... Read more

01 Mar 2024

34 MINS

34:35

01 Mar 2024


#43

Paul Krugman on the Economy as a Voting Issue

Why does the economy look so good to economists but feel so bad to voters? The Nobel laureate economist Paul Krugman joins the hosts to discuss why inflation, interest rates and wages aren’t in line with voters’ perception of the economy. Then, they debate with Paul how big of an influence the economy will be on the 2024 presidential election, and which of the two presumed candidates, Joe Biden and Donald Trump, it could benefit. Plus, Ross's lessons on aging, through Michael Caine impressions. Mentioned in this episode: ---“ [Believing Is Seeing] (https://www.nytimes.com/2024/02/20/opinion/economy-putin-tucker-carlson.html) ,” from Paul Krugman’s newsletter ---“ [The Age of Diminished Expectations] (https://mitpress.mit.edu/9780262611343/the-age-of-diminished-expectations/) ,” by Paul Krugman ---“The Trip” scene: “ [This Is How Michael Caine Speaks] (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HFIQIpC5_wY) ” (A full transcript of this audio essay will be available within 24 hours of publication on the Times website.) Thoughts about the show? Email us at matterofopinion@nytimes.com. And tell us how the state of the economy will – or won’t – affect your 2024 vote and why in a voice mail message by calling (212) 556-7440. ... Read more

23 Feb 2024

35 MINS

35:57

23 Feb 2024


#42

The Presidential Fitness Test

Who’s your ideal American president? A strategic thinker who is calm in a crisis? A charmer with boundless aplomb? Perhaps a principled leader with an unwavering moral compass? This week, the hosts discuss what voters expect from “America’s daddy” and whether concerns about President Biden’s and Donald Trump’s fitness are overblown, given the history of the office they each hope to keep or retake. (A full transcript of this audio essay will be available within 24 hours of publication on the Times website.) Mentioned in this episode: ---“Unmaking the Presidency: Donald Trump’s War on the World’s Most Powerful Office,” by Susan Hennessey and Benjamin Wittes ---“Joe Biden: The Life, the Run, and What Matters Now,” by Evan Osnos   Thoughts about the show? Email us at matterofopinion@nytimes.com. ... Read more

16 Feb 2024

32 MINS

32:04

16 Feb 2024


#41

Our Super Bowls, Ourselves

What do Princess Diana’s wedding, the “Survivor” first season finale and Prince’s 2007 Super Bowl halftime show all have in common? They were huge cultural moments that brought millions of Americans together. In an era of streaming, social media bubbles and sharp political divides, are unifying events like these becoming relics of the past? On today’s episode, the hosts make a case for the secular ritual of the Super Bowl and ask whether we need more mass cultural events to bring Americans together. (A full transcript of this audio essay will be available within 24 hours of publication on the Times website.) Mentioned in this episode: ---“Bowling Alone,” the 1995 [essay] (https://muse.jhu.edu/article/16643) in the Journal of Democracy and 2000 book by Robert D. Putnam ---“ [The Wiz] (https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0078504/) ,” the 1978 American musical featuring Diana Ross and Michael Jackson ---Tracy Chapman and Luke Combs perform “ [Fast Car] (https://www.grammy.com/videos/tracy-chapman-luke-combs-fast-car-2024-grammys-performance-66th-annual-grammy-awards) ” at the 2024 GRAMMY Awards Thoughts about the show? Email us at [matterofopinion@nytimes.com] (mailto:matterofopinion@nytimes.com) . ... Read more

09 Feb 2024

33 MINS

33:01

09 Feb 2024