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

  • 32 minutes 23 seconds
    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 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.)

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    14 June 2024, 9:00 am
  • 35 minutes 44 seconds
    The ‘Empty Suit’ of Trump’s Masculinity

    Former President Donald J. Trump’s appearance at a U.F.C. match 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.)

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    7 June 2024, 9:00 am
  • 38 minutes 5 seconds
    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 and her editor, Max Strasser.

    A full transcript of this episode will be available within 24 hours of publication on the Times website

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    2 June 2024, 9:00 am
  • 28 minutes
    “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.

    31 May 2024, 9:00 am
  • 8 minutes 42 seconds
    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 [email protected] or leave a voice mail at (212) 556-7440.

    24 May 2024, 9:00 am
  • 40 minutes 11 seconds
    Why Do We Hate Kamala Harris? Do We?

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

    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
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