Politicology

Politicology

Politics in America is transforming. Ron Steslow hosts academics, behavioral economists, social psychologists, politicos, philosophers, anthropologists, journalists, poets, and storytellers—and more—to discuss America’s political present and future and dive into the deeper problems we face as a nation.

  • 1 hour 28 minutes
    ENCORE: Democracy Interventions with Prof. Robb Willer

    What are the psychological forces driving that partisan animosity?


    What’s causing Americans to vote for anti-democracy candidates? 


    Are there any interventions that might actually work  to turn down the heat and save our democracy? 


    Robb Willer, professor of sociology, psychology, and organizational behavior at Stanford University talks with Ron Steslow about Stanford’s Strengthening Democracy Challenge, reducing partisan animosity and support for anti-democracy candidates .


    (01:31) Robb’s background


    (02:46) The growth of polarization and partisan animosity 


    (15:08) The Strengthening Democracy Challenge


    (22:40) Negative partisanship and support for undemocratic candidates


    (29:46) How cues from leaders can reduce support for anti-democracy candidates


    (32:17) Working together and respectfully discussing differences reduces partisan animosity 


    (37:47) Misperceptions about how how you’re viewed by members of another party fuels animosity 


    (46:47) Is there hope for overcoming animosity and acceptance of undemocratic candidates? 


    (53:16) How to implement these ideas


    (59:23) The role of emotions in decision making


    You should check out the interventions we discussed: 


    Elite Cues: https://bit.ly/3TEeS6Z


    Positive Contact (Heineken Ad): https://bit.ly/3N74PEM


    Misperceptions: https://bit.ly/3W4iMaN


    Fear of Democratic Collapse: https://bit.ly/3W4awHO


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    https://twitter.com/RonSteslow

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    16 July 2024, 7:14 pm
  • 1 hour 20 minutes
    Yes, Biden Can Win—The Weekly Roundup

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    This week, we discuss the spectacle of the continuing Democratic attacks on Joe Biden’s candidacy that ignore or misunderstand his path to victory.


    We also show the contrast of Trump’s own top advisors seeming more concerned about the dark consequences of reelecting him than many Democrats.


    Then, we talk about how Bidenworld can repair their credibility with reporters after his inner circle worked to keep the signs of his aging under wraps.


    Finally, we head to Politicology+ where we discuss how conservative students benefit from liberal college campuses.


    Joining Ron Steslow on this week’s panel: 


    Hagar Chemali (Fmr. spokesperson for the U.S. Mission to the UN)


    Liam Donovan (Principal at Bracewell LLP; host of The Lobby Pod)


    Segments this week:


    (01:20) Democratic Backlash 


    (44:26) Biden’s decline and how his inner circle tried to keep it under wraps


    [Politicology+]  How conservative students benefit from liberal college campuses.


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    Send your questions and thoughts to [email protected] or leave a voicemail at ‪(202) 455-4558‬


    Check out Oh My World!: https://www.ohmyworld.tv/


    Listen to The Lobby Shop: https://bit.ly/3Y094tp


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    Related reading:

    Segment 1:

    Axios - 1 big thing: Biden resistance despairs

    Axios - Scoop: Biden rebels in Congress see their revolt crumbling

    Emerson Poll — July 2024 National Poll: Trump 46%, Biden 43%

    Mike Madrid Twitter Tread on whether Biden should be replaced


    Segment 2: 

    WSJ - How Biden’s Inner Circle Worked to Keep Signs of Aging Under Wraps - WSJ

    Deadline - White House And 'Morning Joe' Blast Wall Street Journal Report That Joe Biden "Shows Signs Of Slipping"

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    12 July 2024, 6:00 pm
  • 1 hour 2 minutes
    ENCORE: Your Face Belongs To Us — Part 2

    Have you ever thought about what it means to be anonymous? 


    Have you considered what it means that you can walk down the street or go to the grocery store or out to dinner without someone you’ve never met knowing your name, everything you’ve posted online, or your political leanings?


    Or when you go on a first date with someone, they’d walk in knowing your dating history, your political affiliations, your credit score or what groceries you buy?


    Advancements in facial recognition and a secretive startup could end privacy as we know it. 


    In this two-part conversation, New York Times Tech Reporter Kashmir Hill joins host Ron Steslow to discuss privacy, anonymity, facial recognition software and her book Your Face Belongs to Us: A Secretive Startup’s Quest to End Privacy as We Know It.



    In part 2:


    (01:40) “Technical sweetness” and the lack of ethical considerations by the people building these new technologies 


    (12:30) Privacy laws in the U.S. and Europe 


    (15:24) The trend of law enforcement agencies skirting constitutional protections by buying information from private companies.


    (27:20) Balancing security and privacy in the age of ubiquitous surveillance


    (30:50) What the future of privacy might look like 



    Read Your Face Belongs to Us: https://bit.ly/49qsbQm


    Follow Ron and Kashmir  on X (formerly Twitter):


    https://twitter.com/RonSteslow


    https://twitter.com/kashhill


    Email your questions and thoughts to [email protected] or leave us a voicemail at ‪(202) 455-4558‬.


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    10 July 2024, 12:00 pm
  • 1 hour 4 minutes
    Friendly Fire—The Weekly Roundup

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    This week we discuss the fallout from Joe Biden’s debate performance, the calls for him to end his campaign, and the electability argument for him to stay in. 


    Then we talk about the rising stakes of the election and how emboldened Trump will be in a second term. 


    Finally, we head to Politicology+ where we discuss Third Way’s initiative to create a talent bank of moderate and center-left to staff the next Democratic administration. 


    Joining Ron Steslow on this week’s panel: 


    Matt Bennett (Founder & Executive Vice President for Public Affairs at Third Way)


    Susan Del Percio  (MSNBC political analyst and crisis communications expert) 


    Hans Nichols (White House Reporter at Axios)



    Segments this week:


    (03:42) The Debate fallout 


    (37:20) An Emboldened Trump 


    [Politicology+]  Third Way’s talent bank 


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    Send your questions and thoughts to [email protected] or leave a voicemail at ‪(202) 455-4558‬



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    Related reading:

    Segment 1:

    WP - The Democrats who have called on Biden to drop out of the 2024 election

    CNN - CNN Poll: Most voters think Democrats have a better chance of keeping White House if Biden isn’t the nominee

    CBS - Increasing numbers of voters don't think Biden should be running after debate with Trump — CBS News poll

    NBC - Hunter Biden has joined White House meetings as he stays close to the president post-debate

    Semafor - Biden's Democrat debate crisis: Blame the media? | Semafor

    Mike Madrid Twitter Tread on whether Biden should be replaced


    Segment 2: 

    Axios - Behind the Curtain: Trump's imperial presidency in waiting

    NYT - Trump Amplifies Calls to Jail Top Elected Officials, Invokes Military Tribunals

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    4 July 2024, 12:00 am
  • 48 minutes 16 seconds
    ENCORE: Your Face Belongs To Us — Part 1

    Have you ever thought about what it means to be anonymous? 


    Have you considered what it means that you can walk down the street or go to the grocery store or out to dinner without someone you’ve never met knowing your name, everything you’ve posted online, or your political leanings?


    Or when you go on a first date with someone, they’d walk in knowing your dating history, your political affiliations, your credit score or what groceries you buy?


    Advancements in facial recognition and a secretive startup could end privacy as we know it. 


    In this two-part conversation, New York Times Tech Reporter Kashmir Hill joins host Ron Steslow to discuss privacy, anonymity, facial recognition software and her book Your Face Belongs to Us: A Secretive Startup’s Quest to End Privacy as We Know It.



    In part 1:


    (01:43 ) Ron and Kashmir discuss anonymity and privacy and the erosion of both in our daily lives 


    (00:00 ) Balancing convenience and privacy 


    (11:00) The origins of ClearviewAI 


    (13:30) Genetic determinism in the development of facial recognition 


    (18:20) Kashmir dives deep into the history of facial recognition software and how it developed. 


    (22:37) How Facebook crowdsourced training facial recognition technology


    (25:00) How much privacy should we have and who should be able to use facial recognition software? 


    Read Your Face Belongs to Us: https://bit.ly/49qsbQm


    Follow Ron and Kashmir  on X (formerly Twitter):


    https://twitter.com/RonSteslow


    https://twitter.com/kashhill


    Email your questions and thoughts to [email protected] or leave us a voicemail at ‪(202) 455-4558‬.

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    2 July 2024, 12:00 pm
  • 1 hour 13 minutes
    An Unmitigated Disaster—The Weekly Roundup

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    This week we discuss the first presidential debate between Biden and Trump. We also discuss the expectations game and the impact of the debate on undecided voters. Then we talk about the plausibility of a different Democratic nominee. We also get real about our frustration and embarrassment with the debate and the choice we’re facing in November. 


    Then, in Politicology+ we talk about the increase in political text messages, how you can now get paid to tell your friends to go vote, and what they both show about the political exhaustion we’re seeing.


    Joining Ron Steslow on this week’s panel: 


    Lucy Caldwell  (Board Advisor to the Renew Democracy Initiative and advisor to the Forward Party)


    James Lynch (Communications Strategist)  


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    Send your questions and thoughts to [email protected] or leave a voicemail at ‪(202) 455-4558‬



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    28 June 2024, 8:30 pm
  • 59 minutes 28 seconds
    ENCORE: Democracy’s Christian Enemies — Part 2

    Are there tendencies within Christian tradition that put some versions of the faith in tension with core principles of democracy?


    What is “Authoritarian Reactionary Christianity?”


    How can a pluralistic society guard against the rise of political figures—including Donald Trump—aiming to weaponize this phenomenon?


    In this two-part conversation, we dive into these provocative questions with the Rev. Prof. David Gushee (Distinguished University Professor of Christian Ethics at Mercer University) and discuss his book Defending Democracy From Its Christian Enemies.


    Segments to look forward to in part 2:


    (02:12) Christianity in the reactionary politics of France and Germany in the 20th century  


    (07:54) The allure of authoritarian leaders who promise to fix cultural issues 


    (13:06) The idealization of a past Christian nation and the ubiquitous use of anti-LGBT rhetoric in policial mobilization


    (18:20) The difficulty of appealing to authoritarian-leaning Christians and the influence of leaders in those communities


    (32:30 ) “Covenantal democracy” rooted in the Baptist tradition


    (35:18) The importance of civic literacy and political ethics education among Christians to inoculate against authoritarian tendencies


    (40:00) The importance of long-term cultural and interpersonal work to build stronger democratic norms.


    For more of David’s work visit his website: https://www.davidpgushee.com/


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    https://twitter.com/RonSteslow


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    26 June 2024, 12:00 pm
  • 1 hour 25 minutes
    Depends On Your Lens—The Weekly Roundup

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    This week we discuss the recent viral videos of President Biden, deceptive editing, and spin. Then we talk about the report from Columbia University on antisemitism on its campus and the implications of GenZ’s struggle with conflict resolution. Then, we look at President Biden's executive order to give undocumented spouses of American citizens easier access to green cards and a pathway to citizenship. Finally, in Politicology+ we talk about the MAGA trend to deny that America is a democracy.


    Joining Ron Steslow on this week’s panel: 


    Hagar Chemali (Fmr. spokesperson for the U.S. Mission to the UN)


    Olivier Knox (Senior National Political Correspondent at U.S. News & World Report)


    Segments this week:


    (03:18) The Biden videos 


    (27:05) Columbia anti-Semitism Report


    (50:10) Immigration Executive Order 


    [Politicology+]  MAGA’s obsession with saying America is a republic and not a democracy


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    Send your questions and thoughts to [email protected] or leave a voicemail at ‪(202) 455-4558‬



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    Related reading:

    Segment 1:

    CNN- Right-wing media outlets use deceptively cropped video to misleadingly claim Biden wandered off at G7 summit | CNN Politics

    NY Post - Biden appears to freeze up, has to be led off stage by Obama at mega-bucks LA fundraiser

    CNN - Video: White House pushes back on GOP claims Biden froze during fundraiser | CNN Politics


    Segment 2: 

    Haaretz - Columbia Task Force Reveals Full Extent of Antisemitism on Campus Since Oct. 7, by Students and by Faculty - U.S. News - Haaretz.com

    CNN - Man arrested in New York City with a gun, 8 loaded magazines, an NYPD vest and other weapons, police say

    NYPost - Suspected NYC jihadist was caught near major airport as new details of averted 'disaster' are revealed


    Segment 3: 

    NYT- Biden Gives Legal Protections to Undocumented Spouses of U.S. Citizens - The New York Times

    Newsweek - Majority of Hispanics Now Favor Mass Deportation - Newsweek

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    21 June 2024, 7:52 pm
  • 59 minutes 7 seconds
    ENCORE: Democracy’s Christian Enemies — Part 1

    Are there tendencies within Christian tradition that put some versions of the faith in tension with core principles of democracy?


    What is “Authoritarian Reactionary Christianity?”


    How can a pluralistic society guard against the rise of political figures—including Donald Trump—aiming to weaponize this phenomenon?


    In this two-part conversation, Ron Steslow and Rev. Prof. David Gushee (Distinguished University Professor of Christian Ethics at Mercer University) discuss these provocative questions and more as they dive into David’s book, Defending Democracy From Its Christian Enemies.


    In part 1:


    (04:40) Ron shares a personal note with David about the impact he’s had on Ron’s journey  


    (07:24) David discussed a few of the transformative moments in his career 


    (13:08) The historical and current challenges Christianity poses to democratic values 


    (16:30) Why some Christians are skeptical of democracy and the nuanced reasons behind it


    (22:02 ) Authoritarian Reactionary Christianity and why it’s a better term for what we’re seeing  than Christian Nationalism 


    (28:38) How certain Christian groups prioritize their beliefs over democratic norms and values 


    (34:02) The cycle of secular revolutions followed by religious counter-revolutions 


    For more of David’s work visit his website: https://www.davidpgushee.com/


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    https://twitter.com/RonSteslow


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    19 June 2024, 2:41 pm
  • 1 hour 24 minutes
    The Part-Time Boom—The Weekly Roundup

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    This week we discuss the discrepancy between the positive headlines and the reality of people struggling with part-time jobs and rising prices, Israel rescuing hostages, and new Russian sanctions. 


    Joining Ron Steslow on this week’s panel: 


    Zack Czajkowski (Fmr. Lincoln Project Political Director)


    Molly McKew (writer and lecturer on Russian influence and information warfare)


    Segments this week:


    (03:46)  Jobs numbers and economic concerns


    (21:09) Israel hostage rescue 


    (32:08) Russia


    [Politicology+]  What could happen if Trump wins?


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    Send your questions and thoughts to [email protected] or leave a voicemail at ‪(202) 455-4558‬



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    Related reading:

    Segment 1:

    Reuters - The 'good' and 'bad' news inside the US jobs report | Reuters

    CNBC - Jobs report May 2024: U.S. job gains totaled 272,000 in May

    NYT - Trump Vows to Lower Prices. Some of His Policies May Raise Them.

    FT - Joe Biden cuts Donald Trump’s lead on handling of US economy


    Segment 2: 

    WSJ - How Israel Saved a Hostage Rescue Mission That Nearly Failed - WSJ

    WSJ - Gaza Chief’s Brutal Calculation: Civilian Bloodshed Will Help Hamas - WSJ

    NBC - U.N. Security Council passes Gaza cease-fire proposal drafted by the U.S.


    Segment 3: 

    Axios - U.S. expands sanctions against Russia

    NYT - At the G7, Biden Will Push for Frozen Russian Assets to Help Ukraine - The New York Times

    AP - Russian warships conduct Atlantic drills en route to Cuba. New hypersonic missiles are on board | AP News

    NYT - 46 Children Were Taken From Ukraine. Many Are Up for Adoption in Russia. - The New York Times

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    14 June 2024, 8:21 pm
  • 1 hour 18 minutes
    ENCORE: Holy War—Part 1

    Amid the sea of Trump flags outside the Capitol on January 6th, there were signs that read “Jesus is my Savior, Trump is my President.” A group of protestors carried a giant cross as they marched around the Capitol. 


    Why were these Christian images on prominent display? 

    What role did Charismatic Christianity play in the buildup to the riot at the capitol? 

    How is it continuing to shape our politics? 


    In this two-part episode, Matthew Taylor (writer and creator of the audio-documentary series “Charismatic Revival Fury: The New Apostolic Reformation” ) joins Ron Steslow to discuss how the non-denominational Charismatic Christianity built to the attack on January 6th and what it will mean going forward. 


    Segments to look forward to:


    (04:55) Matt’s Background 


    (10:42) Why January 6th made him examine this brand of Charismatic Christianity 


    (17:00) Why he used “Charismatic Revival Fury”


    (21:21) How January 6th intersected with Charismatic Christianity 


    (26:19) How independent Charismatic leaders became early Trump supporters


    (35:18) Why “Christian Supremacy” is a better than “Christian Nationalism” 


    (38:38) How the term “White Christian Nationalism” misses the multi-racial makeup of the movement 

    (44:47) The theology that led to an increase in political engagement among Charismatic Christians 


    Listen to the full Charismatic Revival Fury series: https://bit.ly/49jqqVb


    Follow Ron and Matt on Twitter:


    https://twitter.com/RonSteslow


    https://twitter.com/TaylorMatthewD


    Email questions and thoughts to [email protected]

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    13 June 2024, 3:19 pm
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