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The other side is dangerously wrong. They think you are too. But for democracy to work, we need to hear each other out. Each week New York Times Opinion columnists David Leonhardt, Michelle Goldberg and Ross Douthat explain the arguments from across the political spectrum. Their candid debates help you form your own opinion of the latest news, and learn how the other half thinks. Find the best ways to persuade in the modern search for common ground.

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Is the United States barreling toward war with Iran? Op-Ed columnist Bret Stephens joins his colleagues to discuss the recent uptick in tensions between Washington and Tehran — and what can be done about them. Then, what are religious conservatives really fighting about? The columnists discuss the Sohrab Ahmari vs. David French debate over tactics, values and goals that’s roiling the right-wing intelligentsia. For background reading on this episode, visit nytimes.com/theargument
Democratic presidential contender Andrew Yang sits down with Ross Douthat for a one-on-one interview to discuss the future of work in America, universal basic income, Yang's unorthodox path to the presidency and whether he considers himself a traitor to the meritocratic class. Then Michelle Goldberg and David Leonhardt join Ross to debate Yang's candidacy and the idea of universal basic income. For background reading on this episode, visit nytimes.com/theargument
Why aren't the Democrats ready to impeach President Trump? The columnists ask Massachusetts Senator Ed Markey in this live episode recorded at WBUR CitySpace in Boston on May 29. They also talk about Robert Mueller’s first public remarks and the Democrats’ evolving approach to climate politics. Then, as right-wing populists and nationalist parties gain ground in countries around the world, is global liberalism on the decline? For background reading on this episode, visit nytimes.com/theargument
Why is socialism so popular in the United States right now? Michelle Goldberg talks with Bhaskar Sunkara, the editor of Jacobin magazine, to discuss democratic socialists vs. liberals, the failures of past socialist movements and Bernie Sanders vs. Elizabeth Warren. Then, Ross Douthat and David Leonhardt join Michelle to debate socialism’s role in the future of the political left. For background reading on this episode, visit nytimes.com/theargument
Why is the 37-year-old mayor of South Bend, Ind., running for president — and what would he do if he won? David Leonhardt sits down with Pete Buttigieg to discuss the radicalization of the Republican Party and his plan to resuscitate American democracy. Then, Ross Douthat, Michelle Goldberg and David debate Buttigieg’s unconventional candidacy. For background reading on this episode, visit nytimes.com/theargument
Is Trump Right About China?

Is Trump Right About China?

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What's the right way for the United States to take on China? Ross Douthat, Michelle Goldberg and David Leonhardt debate Trump's trade war and China's economically aggressive, increasingly authoritarian behavior. Then, is America's labor movement, long in decline, finally enjoying a comeback? For background reading on this episode, visit nytimes.com/theargument
How strong is the American economy — and how much credit should President Trump get for it? Ross Douthat, Michelle Goldberg and David Leonhardt disagree on where the boom is coming from and what it means for America's future. Then, as the president asserts executive privilege over the unredacted Mueller report while his administration fights congressional subpoenas, is a constitutional crisis inevitable? For background reading on this episode, visit nytimes.com/theargument
What’s the best way to solve America’s mass incarceration crisis? NYT Magazine writer and "Charged" author Emily Bazelon joins Michelle Goldberg to discuss the unchecked power of prosecutors as problem and potential solution. Then, the columnists debate what a better criminal justice system could look like. For background reading on this episode, visit nytimes.com/theargument
Robert Mueller's (redacted) report is out, but now what? Can the Democrats use it to impeach President Donald Trump? Ross Douthat, David Leonhardt and special guest Michelle Cottle of The Times's editorial board disagree about what comes next for the president and the country. Then David and Ross revisit one of their sharpest recurring disagreements: What can be done about climate change? For background reading on this episode, visit nytimes.com/theargumentFor tickets to our live show in Boston, visit https://timesevents.nytimes.com/theargumentboston
What should U.S. immigration policy look like? The columnists debate Kirstjen Nielsen's resignation, Trump's xenophobia and Obama's legacy on immigration live on stage at the Times Center in New York. Then, in response to listener voicemail, Ross, Michelle and David discuss the 2020 candidacies of Pete Buttigieg, Kirsten Gillibrand, Andrew Yang, Cory Booker and Amy Klobuchar. For background reading on this live episode, visit nytimes.com/theargumentFor tickets to our live show in Boston, visit https://timesevents.nytimes.com/theargumentboston
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Jason Huntley

I love this show, but I have a question. Why does Ross (39) sound like he's arguing against a 13 year old, Michelle (44)? Ross's argument that Conservatives have given an inch and the Left took a mile concerning gay rights is spot on. I don't need my kids being taught something I believe to be immoral at the public library. I don't need the government setting itself up as a moral arbiter. Today it's men dressed as women reading children's literature, and Arthur watching two gay characters marry on PBS. Tomorrow it will be kindergarten teachers teaching kids that a penis could be a "female penis" and men can get pregnant. My tax dollars should not be used to fuel insanity. And people wonder why mental illness is so prevalent.

Jun 20th
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Jason Huntley

Dan Jo Way to engage with the argument and refrain from Ad-hominen. You said it so convincingly it must be true.

Jun 21st
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Dan Jo

Jason Huntley Indeed, reading your comment I see why mental illness is prevalent in this country. A complete strawman argument it is.

Jun 21st
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Jared Poulter

I think Ross should always be the interviewer for these presidential candidates on the show. While I think he pushed back too much at the end (it doesn't make sense to repeatedly ask the same question and you should just let the interviewee have the last word), the interviews without any pushback are kind if boring like the Buttigieg episode. Now, as far as Yang is concerned, I love that he recognizes the problems in the economy that got Trump elected and is creating solutions to the problems. He said something that you almost never hear the left say. He said, "Trump was right." And he was. Trump recognized a symptom of sickness in the economy. He provided the wrong diagnosis and treatment, however. Trump blamed factories and mines closing on immigrants and government regulations, but the real problem lies in the market shifting toward clean energy and automation. This is something that Yang recognizes and he is looking to tackle these problems in ways that nobody else is talking about, which is refreshing.

Jun 18th
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Matthew DeJonge

#YangGang

Jun 17th
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Alex Diviney

Hell Yeah! #yanggang

Jun 17th
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Waldo Alvarado Jr

I'm 100% voting for Andrew Yang & I've already donated money to his campaign twice!

Jun 14th
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Francesco Vultaggio

minute 23:00, the statistics they are looking for -in order to determine if and how a true sudden automation is occurring- is the so called "Gini index" or any similar indicator of economic segregation. If more profit are reinvested in better technologies then, as the presentor said, we should see gdp growth but in a market at saturation this is not the case and we just have accumulation of wealth measurable as economic segregation growth.

Jun 13th
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Kevin Bell

yang 2020!! ❤️❤️

Jun 13th
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Jason Huntley

You're telling me Trump obstructed an investigation into a crime where there was no crime. Uh huh...

Jun 12th
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Alex Mercedes

actually, it isn't "race" that creates fissures. It's "racism".

Jun 3rd
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Jared Poulter

Ross denies that there is anyone to his right, but he is really pretty centrist. Really, this show has a moderate on the right, a moderate on the left, and then someone on the far left. That socialist guy was only left of Michelle on economic issues, but Michelle's real extremes come from the social issues, not the economic ones, and she was far past that guy on those issues.

May 30th
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Sean Millard

oh boy, you really did this....the false dilemma that Republicans perpetuate :/

May 30th
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Linda Susan Erickson

I am really disappointed with the lack of political diversity of the hosts. Ross is not well representing Conservative thought. He's a Moderate at best. You need a decent Conservative for a true Argument. This program is more of a Liberal/Leftist jam echo chamber. 😞

May 28th
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Alex Mercedes

Barack Obama didn't make a special appeal to black voters. he ran as himself. similarly, Buttigieg should continue being himself, running for reasons based on what he believes. I'm a black voters and I see him and like him already. I like beer and wine.... it's the content of platform and the character of the candidate that persuades me and wins my vote.

May 28th
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Mike Bonnell

A mayor can't be Prez?!?! But a failed businessman, misogynist, misanthrope has and is. Of all the candidates, PB is by far the smartest.

May 26th
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Ryan Pena

mayor Pete: I'm a man of substance and policy so what's your policy for climate and healthcare? mayor Pete: we need generational change! so whats your policy? mayor Pete: we need to have huge reform! but what does that mean?!? gaaahhhh

May 24th
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Ryan Pena

Alex Mercedes good to know! thanks for the heads up!

May 29th
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Alex Mercedes

Ryan Pena BTW Pod Save America is doing extended conversations with each contestant. maybe more like what you're looking for.

May 29th
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Ben Williams

Jeez. at least challenge him on some of his answers. Fanboy interviews are the worst

May 23rd
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Alex Mercedes

Ben Williams I think this was more like an introduction. in-depth will come later for those that survive the debates.

May 28th
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Bookshopedreams

enjoyed the debate !

May 19th
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Jared Poulter

I feel like Michelle hurts her argument when she calls the Trump administration authoritarian. The president still does not have enough power to be able to call this an authoritarian regime. Overall, I agree with her argument about the US decline in global power, but she loses credibility when she sensationalizes her hate for Trump. And this is coming from someone who hates Trump.

May 16th
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Tadas Simokaitis

Jared Poulter Potato, potato.

May 21st
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Jonathan Tremonte

what was the directors name that was mentioned at the end again?

May 10th
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Jason Huntley

Another episode where Michelle did exactly what she would criticize Republicans for doing in calling the President illegitimate. I wish David had let her reply to Ross when he basically said that if it's not about prosecution, then all Dems are left with concerning Barr is not liking his summary. David poisons the well concerning the potential Court decision when he says the Justices can either be Republican functionaries or Judges. That's a false dichotomy and again shows how this show is clearly 2v1. I'd love to have a more unbiased host who actually moderates and asks both sides tough questions. Nice job Ross. Continue to be reasonable.

May 9th
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