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Making sense of the post-Trump political landscape… Both the Republican and Democratic parties are struggling to defend the political center against illiberal extremes. America must put forward policies that can reverse our political and governmental dysfunction, advance the social welfare of all citizens, combat climate change, and confront the other forces that threaten our common interests. The podcast focuses on current politics seen in the context of our nation’s history and the persona ...
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Seth D. Kaplan gained an international reputation early in his career as an expert in fixing fragile states — lawless places around the globe with deeply flawed political, economic, and legal structures. The United States is not a fragile state in that sense. But it is a fragile society in which too many areas (rich and poor alike) are suffering fr…
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After EIGHT Cartoon Clashes pitting the most fearsome fighters of cartoon-dom against each other in head-to-head tournament style competition, the Ani-Mates now proudly present the first ever Cartoon Clash Battle Royale, featuring the eight previous winners squaring off against each other. Who is the best of the best? Find out on this week’s episod…
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It’s time for another edition of “Katie Watches Disney”, where we introduce Katie to all the classic Disney films they never saw as a child. This week, friend of the pod Caleb joins us to talk about one of his favorite Disney films, The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Gather ‘round and listen to us talk about this masterpiece of animated cinema and why it…
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David Leonhardt, a senior writer for the New York Times, has tracked the U.S. economy for decades. Starting in the late 2000s, he began to notice that the statistical evidence was telling him a disheartening story about the decline of the American dream. Whether it was stagnating wages for most workers, the decreasing likelihood of children born in…
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It’s this podcast's three-year anniversary! Since we started this show in honor of the Animaniacs reboot, it feels fitting that we’re here this week discussing the reboot of another beloved early 90s Looney Tunes inspired series, Tiny Toons Looniversity! Does this reboot hold up to the original Tiny Toons? Or will it have to stay after class?…
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In 2013, Katherine Gehl was a young CEO when she crossed paths with Harvard Business School professor Michael Porter, who revolutionized corporate strategy with his famed “Five Forces” analysis. Through working with Porter on efforts to revive U.S. economic competitiveness, Gehl — who describes herself as “politically homeless” — realized that the …
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This week, the Ani-Mates meet up with another group of meddling kids as they watch Scooby-Doo and the Witch’s Ghost! This 1999 film holds a special place in Scarlett’s heart, but will her childhood nostalgia hold up to the actual quality of the film? Is Tim Curry at his Curriest? And are the Hex Girls still the ultimate Icons of Halloween Gays? Fin…
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In decades past, most Americans married, and most American children were raised within two-parent families. But now marriage rates have fallen; 40% of American children are born outside of wedlock, and approximately a quarter live in single-parent homes. The United States has by far the world’s highest rate of children living in single-parent house…
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What do we mean when we talk about freedom? Jefferson Cowie, a professor of history at Vanderbilt University, addressed this question in his monumental work Freedom’s Dominion: A Saga of White Resistance to Federal Power, which won this year’s Pulitzer Prize for History. The book focuses on Southern white resistance to federal authority — in the na…
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It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s…our guest Ani-Mate Jack, taking over in Katie’s absence to talk about the new Adult Swim series, My Adventures with Superman. Jack and Scarlett talk about the first season of this animated superhero show and what makes it different from past Superman cartoons. Does it hold up to the DC cartoons of their childhoods? W…
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Presidential aides were in a state of nervous anticipation in the weeks leading up to the publication of Franklin Foer's new book, The Last Politician: Inside Joe Biden's White House and the Struggle for America's Future. The book is the first insider account of President Joe Biden's first two years in office, based on nearly 300 deep background in…
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On this week’s episode of Cartoon Time Machine, Katie ad Scarlett pitch their ideas for a reboot of the beloved miniseries, Over the Garden Wall. Will anything they pitch live up to the high standard set by the original? Will Katie buck tradition and pitch something other than a CW show? Journey into the Unknown to find out!…
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It’s officially Autumn! Well…it’s September at least, which is good enough for the Ani-Mates to start talking about their favorite Fall-themed or Fall-adjacent cartoons! Is this just yet another excuse for them to obsess over Over the Garden Wall? …yes. But also there’s other cartoons too! Give a listen to find out which ones!…
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For many years, millions of Americans across the political spectrum have been asking: What is going on with the Republican Party? The answers, to the extent they can be determined, are caught up with the party's relationship with the conservative movement and developments on the broader political Right. Matthew Continetti explores these questions i…
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On this week’s episode of Cartoon Time Machine, the Ani-Mates return to the sewers to discuss the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles theatrical animated film, Mutant Mayhem. Will the movie live up to Katie’s nostalgia? Is Splinter #DadGoals? And does the Turtles’ pizza still look better than any other cartoon food?…
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*Spoilers begin in the season by season discussion* This week the time machine hosts guest Ani-Mates to discuss THE Clone Wars. A show that took around 12 years to come to completion. Hop on in as these Ani-Mates discuss its importance to Star Wars media, their favourite episodes, and why there are so many pieces of media with almost the same name.…
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For most of our ten thousand years on the planet, the vast majority of humanity endured lives of dire poverty and extreme material deprivation. Most people spent most of their time worrying about securing the bare minimum of food and shelter. The Industrial Revolution began to change that dynamic. Still, the British economist and philosopher John S…
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Welcome back to another round of “Where’s That Voice Actor?”, our favorite “Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon”-style game of tracking down prolific voice actors through their IMDB credits. This week, it’s Phil LaMarr’s turn to bring his incredible resume to the table as the Ani-Mates compete to see who can find the fewest degrees of separation from differ…
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Come spend your summer vacation with the Ani-Mates as they crank up the AC in the Cartoon Time Machine to talk about their favorite summer cartoons. What makes these shows the epitome of summer? Are they worth staying inside in front of the TV instead of venturing outside? And how did we end up talking about caribou??…
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On the penultimate day of June 2023, the Supreme Court ruled 6-2 to overturn race-based affirmative action programs in college admissions. Chief Justice John Roberts, in the opinion issued by the Court’s conservative members, declared that the racially determined admissions policies of Harvard University and the University of North Carolina violate…
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For decades, the public’s approval ratings for Congress have been abysmal. Even members of Congress struggle to justify and defend the value of their institution — or even seek applause by attacking and denigrating it. And yet the Framers intended the legislature to be the pillar of the American constitutional system, allocating it more power and r…
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It’s time to dive into the Spider-Verse as the Ani-Mates talk about the new animated film, Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse. Can this movie live up to the high-expectations set by the first film? Or will it be a swing and a miss? Not stick the landing? Another Spider-Man pun? Find out in this week's episode of Cartoon Time Machine!…
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Why does government so often fall short of its goals — or even fail catastrophically? Jennifer Pahlka, in her important new book Recoding America: Why Government Is Failing in the Digital Age and How We Can Do Better, offers what is perhaps the most incisive explanation yet for government failure, particularly in the realm of technology. This is a …
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In 2002, sociologist Ruy Teixeira (and co-author John Judis) published The Emerging Democratic Majority, a diagnosis and prescription for the Democratic Party that the New York Times later called “one of the most influential political books of the 21st century.” The book argued that the United States was changing demographically, economically, and …
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The Ani-Mates head back to the world of Netflix animated series with Dragon Age: Absolution, the fantasy mini-series based on the popular video game franchise. Will Katie’s love of video games rub off on Scarlett? Or will they just vibe on the Big D(nD) Energy of the series? Find out on this week’s episode of Cartoon Time Machine!…
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Many Americans whose beliefs are somewhere in the great political middle are tired of the false dichotomies of left and right. What would a radical centrist agenda — a purple-state alternative to the ideologies forced upon populations in deep-red and deep-blue states — look like? Isabel Sawhill, a senior fellow in Economic Studies at the Brookings …
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Who doesn’t love a good crossover episode? It’s only a shame there aren’t more of them… Well, hop into our Cartoon Time Machine where the Ani-Mates are coming up with ideas for all the best cartoon crossovers that could never be. Would Molly McGee and Danny Phantom get along? Is Mystery, Inc. qualified to tackle the mysteries of Gravity Falls? And …
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Did U.S. President Ronald Reagan end the Cold War? Or did the war end because Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev abandoned it? William Inboden argues forcefully for the former interpretation in his new book, The Peacemaker: Ronald Reagan, the Cold War, and the World on the Brink. Reagan's strategy in dealing with the Soviet Union and ending the Cold W…
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This week, the Ani-Mates discuss the season’s biggest animated film, The Super Mario Brothers Movie! Will Katie be able to explain the intricacies of the Nintendo universe to known video game hater Scarlett? Will Scarlett be able to give an accurate review of a film she slept through 60% of? Find out on this week’s episode of Cartoon Time Machine!…
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In October 1958, Robert Welch, a wealthy retired businessman with extreme anti-communist beliefs, held a secret meeting in Indianapolis with eleven like-minded men to found the John Birch Society, named after a young American missionary and intelligence officer killed by Mao’s Communist troops in 1945. Welch and his confederates detested not only l…
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“Let me make the songs of a nation,” the Scottish patriot Andrew Fletcher once declared, “and I care not who makes its laws.” The eminent political journalist Ronald Brownstein makes a similar case in his recent book Rock Me on the Water — 1974: The Year Los Angeles Transformed Movies, Music, Television, and Politics. Brownstein’s narrative history…
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