Matter of Opinion

New York Times 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

  • 40 minutes 11 seconds
    Joe Biden and Kamala Harris Ride the ‘Pollercoaster’

    This week, the hosts debate what the latest Times/Siena poll 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.)

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    17 May 2024, 9:00 am
  • 35 minutes 46 seconds
    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.)

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    10 May 2024, 9:00 am
  • 31 minutes 37 seconds
    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 [email protected] or leave a voicemail at (212) 556-7440.

    3 May 2024, 9:00 am
  • 32 minutes 19 seconds
    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 [email protected] or leave a voicemail at (212) 556-7440.

    26 April 2024, 9:00 am
  • 28 minutes 13 seconds
    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.

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    19 April 2024, 9:00 am
  • 36 minutes 12 seconds
    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.)

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    12 April 2024, 9:00 am
  • 36 minutes 10 seconds
    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.)

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    5 April 2024, 9:00 am
  • 35 minutes 14 seconds
    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 [email protected] or leave a voicemail at (212) 556-7440.

    29 March 2024, 9:00 am
  • 35 minutes 29 seconds
    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,” 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” by Carlos Lozada
    • What Were We Thinking” 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 and Mary D. Edsall
    • “Dead Right” by David Frum
    • The Grand New Party” by Ross Douthat and Reihan Salam
    • “The Speechwriter” by Barton Swaim

    Thoughts about the show? Email us at [email protected] or leave a voicemail at (212) 556-7440.

    22 March 2024, 9:00 am
  • 6 minutes 21 seconds
    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.

    18 March 2024, 9:00 am
  • 33 minutes 12 seconds
    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 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.)

     

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    15 March 2024, 9:00 am
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