• Jun 18, 2024

    Quiet on the Front

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    Putin visits North Korea, the US Surgeon General wants to place warnings on social media platforms to protect children, and Xochitl Gonzalez writes in The Atlantic about the upper class' distaste for working class "noise." Sohrab Ahmari and Geoff Shullenberger join Nina Power. ‎Compact Podcast: Quiet on

  • Jun 13, 2024

    Among the Elect

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    EU election results shake up the status quo, the Hunter Biden conviction threatens his father's campaign, and Compact is included on a list of allegedly "anti-Ukrainian" American groups and figures. Sohrab Ahmari, Matthew Schmitz, and Geoff Shullenberger join Nina Power. ‎Compact Podcast: Among the Elect on

  • Jun 6, 2024

    Compact Conversations: Juan David Rojas

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    Juan David Rojas joins Geoff Shullenberger to discuss his new Compact piece “Mexico's Political Revolution.” ‎Compact Podcast: Compact Conversations: Juan David Rojas on Apple Podcasts‎Show Compact Podcast, Ep Compact Conversations: Juan David Rojas - Jun 6, 2024Apple Podcasts

  • Jun 5, 2024

    Presidential Proceedings

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    Trump is found guilty on 34 felony accounts in NYC and Claudia Sheinbaum is elected president in Mexico.  Sohrab Ahmari, Matthew Schmitz, and Geoff Shullenberger join Nina Power. ‎Compact Podcast: Presidential Proceedings on Apple Podcasts‎Show Compact Podcast, Ep Presidential Proceedings - Jun 5, 2024Apple Podcasts

  • May 30, 2024

    Songs and Slurs

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    Elections are a month away in the UK, a controversial Eurovision song generates backlash, and the Pope apologizes for using an allegedly homophobic slur. Sohrab Ahmari, Matthew Schmitz, and Geoff Shullenberger join Nina Power. ‎Compact Podcast: Songs and Slurs on Apple Podcasts‎Show Compact Podcast, Ep Songs and Slurs -

  • May 22, 2024

    Taking the Bait

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    President Raisi of Iran is killed in a hellicopter crash, President Biden imposes new tariffs on electric vehicles, and Red Lobster goes bankrupt. Geoff Shullenberger and Matthew Schmitz join Nina Power. ‎Compact Podcast: Taking the Bait on Apple Podcasts‎Show Compact Podcast, Ep Taking the Bait - May 22, 2024Apple

  • May 18, 2024

    Blame Foucault? (Part 1)

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    This episode examines Michel Foucault’s History of Sexuality, vol. 1 and asks to what extent Foucault is to blame for contemporary progressive dogmas about sex, gender, and power. ‎Blame Theory: Blame Foucault? (Part 1) on Apple Podcasts‎Show Blame Theory, Ep Blame Foucault? (Part 1) - May 17, 2024Apple

  • May 16, 2024

    Presidents and Portraits

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    An assassination attempt is made on Slovakian President Robert Fico, Biden and Trump get ready to debate, and a controversial coronation portrait of King Charles III is presented. Sohrab Ahmari, Geoff Shullenberger, and Matthew Schmitz join Nina Power. ‎Compact Podcast: Presidents and Portraits on Apple Podcasts‎Show Compact Podcast, Ep

  • May 13, 2024

    Compact Conversations: Stephen G. Adubato

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    Stephen G. Adubato joins Geoff Shullenberger to discuss his essay "In Newark, A Progressivism That Works." ‎Compact Podcast: Compact Conversations: Stephen G. Adubato on Apple Podcasts‎Show Compact Podcast, Ep Compact Conversations: Stephen G. Adubato - May 13, 2024Apple Podcasts

  • May 9, 2024

    Assassinations and Alliances

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    Rumors about an alleged plot to assassinate President Zelensky surface, the New Left Review publishes  an interview with Germany's Reason and Justice Alliance founder Sahra Wagenknecht, and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis bans lab grown meat. Sohrab Ahmari and Matthew Schmitz join Nina Power. ‎Compact Podcast: Assassinations and Alliances

  • May 2, 2024

    Clashes and Convictions

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    Campuses clash over Palestine protests, Harvey Weinstein's conviction is overturned in New York, and author Paul Auster dies. Sohrab Ahmari, Nina Power and Geoff Shullenberger join Matthew Schmitz. ‎Compact Podcast: Clashes and Convictions on Apple Podcasts‎Show Compact Podcast, Ep Clashes and Convictions - May 2, 2024Apple Podcasts

  • Apr 25, 2024

    Rage and Aid

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    Protests at Columbia University spark controversy, the Ukraine aid bill is pushed through the house by Mike Johonson, and the FTC moves against non-compete clauses. Sohrab Ahmari, Nina Power and Geoff Shullenberger join Matthew Schmitz. ‎Compact Podcast: Rage and Aid on Apple Podcasts‎Show Compact Podcast, Ep Rage and Aid

  • Apr 18, 2024

    Compact Conversations: Hamilton Craig

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    Hamilton Craig joins Geoff Shullenberger to discuss his essay "What NatCon Can Learn From Metternich." ‎Compact Podcast: Compact Conversations: Hamilton Craig on Apple Podcasts‎Show Compact Podcast, Ep Compact Conversations: Hamilton Craig - Apr 18, 2024Apple Podcasts

  • Apr 17, 2024

    Drones and Hormones

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    Iran attacks Israel, the UK's Cass Report declares that allowing children to seek sex changes is dangerous, and NatCon riles up controversy in Brussels. ‎Compact Podcast: Drones and Hormones on Apple Podcasts‎Show Compact Podcast, Ep Drones and Hormones - Apr 17, 2024Apple Podcasts

  • Apr 10, 2024

    Eclipsing Death and Debts

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    Trump's pro-life politics generates buzz, Biden attempts to relieve student loan debt for a second time, and the solar eclipse captivates the country. Sohrab Ahmari, Nina Power and Geoff Shullenberger join Matthew Schmitz. ‎Compact Podcast: Eclipsing Death and Debts on Apple Podcasts‎Show Compact Podcast, Ep Eclipsing Death

  • Apr 9, 2024

    Compact Conversations: Gladden Pappin

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    Gladden Pappin joins Sohrab Ahmari and Matthew Schmitz to discuss his essay "A Bipolar World Spells European Doom." ‎Compact Podcast: Compact Conversations: Gladden Pappin on Apple Podcasts‎Show Compact Podcast, Ep Compact Conversations: Gladden Pappin - Apr 9, 2024Apple Podcasts

  • Apr 4, 2024

    Wrangling in the Country

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    Debates ensue over which candidate poses the greatest threat to democracy, Democrats gain the upper hand in the abortion wars, and Beyonce releases a country album that fuels predictable racial discourses. Nina Power and Geoff Shullenberger join Matthew Schmitz. ‎Compact Podcast: Wrangling in the Country on Apple Podcasts‎Show Compact

  • Mar 27, 2024

    Cheating the System

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    Florida restricts social media access for children, JD Vance proposes eliminating tax-free corporate mergers, and New York State legalizes adultery. Nina Power and Geoff Shullenberger join Matthew Schmitz. ‎Compact Podcast: Cheating the System on Apple Podcasts‎Show Compact Podcast, Ep Cheating the System - Mar 27, 2024Apple Podcasts

  • Mar 21, 2024

    Battling the Bloodbath

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    Donald Trump warns of a bloodbath if he's not re-elected, the Supreme Court hears a case for social media censorship, and Haiti confronts a wave of violence. Nina Power and Geoff Shullenberger join Matthew Schmitz. ‎Compact Podcast: Battling the Bloodbath on Apple Podcasts‎Show Compact Podcast, Ep Battling

  • Mar 13, 2024

    Bans, Brits, and Girl Bosses

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    Talk of banning TikTok surfaces once again, Dune 2 features insipid girl-bossery, and the British Royal Family makes waves in the tabloids. ‎Compact Podcast: Bans, Brits, and Girl Bosses on Apple Podcasts‎Show Compact Podcast, Ep Bans, Brits, and Girl Bosses - Mar 13, 2024Apple Podcasts

  • Mar 11, 2024

    Compact Conversations: Kyle Baasch

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    Kyle Baasch joins Geoff Shullenberger to discuss his essay "Too Late For 'Late Capitalism'." ‎Compact Podcast: Compact Conversations: Kyle Baasch on Apple Podcasts‎Show Compact Podcast, Ep Compact Conversations: Kyle Baasch - Mar 11, 2024Apple Podcasts

  • Mar 7, 2024

    Rejection, Retirement, and Releases

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    The US Supreme Court's rejects a distorted reading of the 14th Amendment, Victoria Nuland retires, and the buzzy new film American Fiction is released. Sohrab Ahmari, Nina Power, and Geoff Shullenberger join Matthew Schmitz. ‎Compact Podcast: Rejection, Retirement, and Releases on Apple Podcasts‎Show Compact Podcast, Ep Rejection,

  • Feb 26, 2024

    Kingdom of Dreams...and Nightmares

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    Alexei Navalny dies, Trump's troubles continue, Nayib Bukele builds his kingdom of dreams.

  • Feb 15, 2024

    Gone With the Anons

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    COMPACT launches a new Substack, featuring a new piece by Sohrab Ahmari on his experience at a "Twitter anon" fashion show, and inflation makes a come back. Sohrab Ahmari and Nina Power join Matthew Schmitz.

  • Feb 6, 2024

    Crossing Over

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    The senate border bill receives pushback, the SAT requirements return to Dartmouth, and Toby Keith passes.

  • Feb 1, 2024

    Beaus and Boarders

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    Three service members are killed in Jordan, the boarder crisis continues, and Taylor Swift's relationship with Travis Kelce attracts the public's attention.

  • Jan 25, 2024

    Nominations and Immigration

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    Trump wins New Hampshire, Nikki Haley perserveres, Texas standsoff with the federal government over boarder security, and Barbie garners Oscar nominations.

  • Jan 21, 2024

    Compact Conversations: Michael Cuenco

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    Michael Cuenco joins Geoff Shullenberger to discuss his essay "We Still Live in Lenin's World."

  • Jan 17, 2024

    Rivals and Trials

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    Trump trounces his rivals in the Iowa primary, Iran escalates the situation in the Middle East, and Bill Ackman's plagiarism saga continues. Sohrab Ahmari and Nina Power join Geoff Shullenberger.

  • Jan 8, 2024

    Compact Conversations: Geoff Shullenberger

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    Geoff Shullenberger joins Sohrab Ahmari to discuss his essay "The Poverty of Anti-Wokeness."

  • Jan 3, 2024

    The Fall of Harvard's President—and China's Birthrate

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    Claudine Gay resigns as Harvard's president, and China struggles to get its citizens to have babies. Sohrab Ahmari and Nina Power join Geoff Shullenberger.

  • Dec 21, 2023

    Santa, Satan, and the Supreme Court

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    Trump is disqualified by the Colorado Supreme Court, Santa gets cancelled, a Satan statue gets beheaded, and the best of books and film in 2023.

  • Dec 14, 2023

    Headlines and Hearings

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    Sohrab Ahmari and Nina Power join Geoff Shullenberger for an in-person podcast episode on the occassion of Compact's Christmas Party in Berkely, California. Topics of discussion include the recent hearings over free speech on college campuses and the general state of academia.

  • Dec 5, 2023

    Rising and Falling

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    George Santos gets booted, Henry Kissinger's death sets X ablaze, and Nikki Haley rises in the rankings.

  • Dec 5, 2023

    Compact Conversations: Philip Cunliffe

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    Philip Cunliffe joins to discuss his new Compact piece “Why Ukraine Realists Lost It Over Gaza.”

  • Nov 30, 2023

    Compact Conversations: Angela Nagle

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    Angela Nagle joins to discuss her new Compact piece “The Rage Behind the Dublin Riots.”

  • Nov 28, 2023

    Cuts and Tears

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    Geert Wilders wins Dutch Election, American labor unions are internally torn over the Israel-Palestine conflict, and Eric Adams cites influx of refugees as reason for slashing New York City Budget.

  • Nov 24, 2023

    Compact Conversations: Juan David Rojas

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    Juan David Rojas joins to discuss his new Compact piece “How Javier Milei Defeated Peronism.”

  • Nov 15, 2023

    Revert and Convert

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    The center-establishment reclaims ground in both American and British politics, and Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a devout ex-Muslim/New-Atheist announces her conversion to Christianity, with criticism from many Christians online.

  • Nov 11, 2023

    Compact Conversations: David Leonhardt and Ryan Zickgraf

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    David Leonhardt (New York Times) joins to discuss his new book “Ours Was The Shining Future: The Story of the American Dream,” and Ryan Zickgraf joins to discuss his new Compact piece “The Quest for a New New Deal.”

  • Nov 9, 2023

    Rifts and Shifts

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    Pro-Palestine Protests scheduled for Armistice Day cause controversy and concern in the UK, Biden is polling beneath Trump, but the rest of the GOP has poor showing on local and ballot measure election night 2023, and several marijuana legalization measures pass even in Red States.

  • Oct 31, 2023

    Cancellation and Containment

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    Cancel Culture hits left-wing anti-Zionists in the worlds of art and academia, the US stays firm in it’s policy of discouraging escalation to regional war in Israel, and American GDP rose by 4.9% last quarter.

  • Oct 28, 2023

    Wars and Workers

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    Israel’s delay in invading Gaza reaches a head, war-hawks in the GOP re-emerge hungering for war with Iran while the Biden admin seems even headed, and a new agreement is reached in the Auto-Workers Union strike.

  • Oct 20, 2023

    Conflicting Interests

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    The war in Israel continues to provoke wildly conflicting reports. Sohrab Ahmari, Nina Power, and Geoff Shullenberger join Matthew Schmitz.

  • Oct 19, 2023

    Compact Conversations: Alex Perez

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    Alex Perez joins Geoff Schullenberger to discuss his latest Compact contribution “Why Literary Elites Love POC Pain.”

  • Oct 12, 2023

    Axioms and Abstractions

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    The attack on Israel causes an international incident, as parts of the American left sympathize with Hamas and the rest of the nation recoils. Sohrab Ahmari, Nina Power, and Geoff Shullenberger join Matthew Schmitz.

  • Oct 10, 2023

    Compact Conversations: Matthew Gasda

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    Matthew Gasda joins Geoff Shullenberger to discuss his latest Compact contribution “Downtown Demons."

  • Oct 3, 2023

    Zone Blocking Schemes

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    Ethnic Armenians flee Azerbaijan, Matt Gaetz challenges Kevin McCarthy’s leadership in the US House, and Bloomberg reports 94% of all new hires in the S+P 100 went to people of color in 2021. Sohrab Ahmari and Geoff Shullenberger join Matthew Schmitz.

  • Sep 29, 2023

    Driving it Home

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    The 2nd Republican debate makes a lot of noise while Biden and Trump zero in on the auto strike to battle over the labor vote, skepticism of Green politics begins to rise, and Russel Brand gets #MeToo’d. Nina Power and Geoff Shullenberger join Matthew Schmitz.

  • Sep 23, 2023

    Compact Conversations: Geoff Shullenberger

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    Geoff Shullenberger joins Matthew Schmitz to discuss his latest Compact contribution “What BAP Learned From Feminism.”

  • Sep 20, 2023

    Losing Steam

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    Trump announces he will skip the second Republican Primary debate to visit striking auto workers, the Biden Administration distances itself from 2010s progressivism, and NGOs and academic groups centered around identity politics are losing funding. Sohrab Ahmari, Nina Power, and Geoff Shullenberger…

  • Sep 15, 2023

    Compact Conversations: Hamilton Craig

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    Hamilton Craig joins Geoff Schullenberger to discuss his latest Compact contribution "Why Oliver Anthony Hates Welfare."

  • Sep 14, 2023

    Denial Issues

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    Mitt Romney retires from the Senate, Elon denies Ukrainian government requests to activate Starlink, and the debate over the “happily childless” continues. Sohrab Ahmari, Nina Power, and Geoff Shullenberger join Matthew Schmitz.

  • Sep 6, 2023

    Decline on the Rise

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    Higher education is losing it’s prestige, Biden’s support from Black and Hispanic voters is dropping, Woody Allen’s new movie is not being distributed in the US, and child revenants have been discovered in Poland. Sohrab Ahmari, Nina Power, and Geoff Shullenberger join Matthew Schmitz.

  • Sep 2, 2023

    Compact Conversations: Ari Gandsman

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    Ari Gandsman joins Geoff Schullenberger to discuss his latest Compact contribution "How COVID Killed Utopia."

  • Aug 30, 2023

    Masking the Mug

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    Masks make a comeback, Trump's mugshot goes viral, and David Cronenberg's films are dug out of the archives for analysis. Sohrab Ahmari, Nina Power, and Geoff Shullenberger join Matthew Schmitz.

  • Aug 23, 2023

    Entitlements and the Entitled

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    Chris Christie calls to cut entitlements, Maui is set ablaze by wildfires, and Hunter Biden makes forays into the art world. Sohrab Ahmari, Nina Power, and Geoff Shullenberger join Matthew Schmitz.

  • Aug 18, 2023

    Compact Conversations: Juan David Rojas

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    Juan David Rojas joins Geoff Schullenberger to discuss his latest Compact contribution "Can a Gonzo Libertarian Save Argentina?"

  • Aug 17, 2023

    Where There's Trump, There's Fire

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    The Trump indictments continue, the war in Ukraine rages on, and Javier Milei rises to power in Argentina. Nina Power and Geoff Shullenberger join Matthew Schmitz.

  • Aug 11, 2023

    Compact Conversations: Katherine Dee

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    Katherine Dee (Default Friend) joins Geoff Schullenberger to discuss her latest Compact contribution "Why You're Never Leaving Twitter."

  • Aug 10, 2023

    Exorcising the Tyrants

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    Sohrab's new book "Tyranny, Inc." drops, Alexei Navalny's setence is extended by 19 years, and "Exorcist" director William Friedkin dies. Sohrab Ahmari, Nina Power, and Geoff Shullenberger join Matthew Schmitz.

  • Aug 3, 2023

    Compact Conversations: Jon Askonas

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    Jon Askonas joins Geoff Schullenberger to discuss his latest Compact contribution "Why Conservatism Failed."

  • Jul 26, 2023

    Compact Conversations: Chris Rufo

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    Chris Rufo joins Geoff Schullenberger to discuss his latest Compact contribution "What Conservatives See in Hungary."

  • Jul 25, 2023

    Barbie Girls in Elon's World

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    Twitter transitions to X, Barbie and Oppenheimer jumpstart a theater-going revolution, and DeSantis protestors thrive off of meme energy. Sohrab Ahmari, Nina Power, and Geoff Shullenberger join Matthew Schmitz.

  • Jul 19, 2023

    Out with babies, in with gay frogs

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    The birth rate is declining in nearly all 50 states, America's blockade against China risks provoking war, and pollution is propelling the boom of gay frogs. Sohrab Ahmari, Nina Power, and Geoff Shullenberger join Matthew Schmitz.

  • Jul 18, 2023

    NATO and DeSantis and Populism, Oh My!

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    NATO welcomes Sweden as a member while Ukraine remains on the fringe and the DeSantis campaign continues to sputter out. The editors discuss the use of identity politics as a smoke screen for establishment figures on both the right and the left as they avoid class divisions and rising populist sent…

  • Jul 7, 2023

    Race, Rage, and Riots

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    The Supreme Court pushes back on the "diversocracy" of Affirmative Action, and COMPACT editor Sohrab Ahmari breaks down his article pushing back against the "solution" of meritocracy. And as riots rage on in France, the editors ponder whether Houellebecq's Submission is more than a work of fiction.…

  • Jul 4, 2023

    Compact Live: Can the Arts Be Saved?

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    This is Compact's first-ever live podcast at Icarus Fest in Rutherford, NJ. Where does art thrive, what are the consequences of legibility, and can the arts be saved? Matthew Gasda, Valerie Stivers, Adam Lehrer, Emmalea Russo join Geoff Shullenberger.

  • Jun 22, 2023

    Sinking the Enemy

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    RFK Jr. announces his candidacy, the Ukrainian counteroffensive slowly trudges on, and the Titan submersible seizes the public’s attention. Nina Power and Geoff Shullenberger join Matthew Schmitz.

  • Jun 13, 2023

    The Indictment Strikes Back

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    Trump is indicted again, Britain's NHS bans puberty blockers for minors, and Elizabeth Gilbert's new book is pulled for being set in Russia. Sohrab Ahmari, Nina Power, and Geoff Shullenberger join Matthew Schmitz.

  • Jun 8, 2023

    Phones and Whistles

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    Geoff Shullenberger and Nina Power discuss Prince Harry's phone hacking suit and the UFO whistleblower.

  • May 31, 2023

    Beau and Peace

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    Zelensky proposes a peace summit and the latest film from visionary director Ari Aster is "Beau is Afraid". Sohrab Ahmari, Nina Power, and Geoff Shullenberger join Matthew Schmitz.

  • May 28, 2023

    Compact Conversations: Helen Andrews

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    Helen Andrews joins Geoff Shullenberger to discuss her latest Compact contribution "What Soviet Nostalgia Gets Right."

  • May 28, 2023

    Crash and Earn

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    Ron DeSantis announces his 2024 presidential campaign, and Biden discussed using the 14th Amendment to circumvent the debt ceiling showdown. Sohrab Ahmari, Nina Power, and Geoff Shullenberger join Matthew Schmitz.

  • May 21, 2023

    Compact Conversations: Christian Parenti

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    Christian Parenti joins Geoff Shullenberger to discuss his latest Compact contribution, "Durham's Report Should Outrage the Left".

  • May 18, 2023

    Collapse of Collusion

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    The border crisis ramps up as Title 42 expires, the Durham report disappoints Trump-Russia collusion narrative, and "the Lifestyle" gains public attention after killing of Bob Lee. Sohrab Ahmari, Nina Power, and Geoff Shullenberger join Matthew Schmitz.

  • May 11, 2023

    Compact Conversations: Ben Burgis

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    Ben Burgis joins Geoff Shullenberger to discuss his latest Compact contribution "A Worker Triumph at Rutgers."

  • May 10, 2023

    Pills and Pinochet

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    Jordan Neely is killed on New York subway, Chile's constitutional assembly swings right, and the abortion drug mifepristone's FDA approval is challenged. Sohrab Ahmari, Nina Power, and Geoff Shullenberger join Matthew Schmitz.

  • May 3, 2023

    Prophet and King

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    Michael Cuenco claims "We Must Declare Jihad Against A.I." in his recent Compact contribution, and Charles III is to be crowned King of the United Kingdom. Sohrab Ahmari, Nina Power, and Geoff Shullenberger join Matthew Schmitz.

  • May 3, 2023

    Compact Conversations: Adam Lehrer

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    Adam Lehrer joins Geoff Shullenberger to discuss his latest Compact column "A Humorless Comedian Scolds Picasso."

  • Apr 25, 2023

    Tuckered Out

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    Tucker Carlson leaves Fox, Mary Harrington releases her book "Feminism Against Progress", and conservatives call to boycott Bud Light. Sohrab Ahmari, Nina Power, and Geoff Shullenberger join Matthew Schmitz.

  • Apr 18, 2023

    Classification of Species

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    Controversy erupts over immigrant child labor, media is tracking down a leaker of classified documents, and life teems in Pacific Ocean garbage patch. Sohrab Ahmari, Nina Power, and Geoff Shullenberger join Matthew Schmitz.

  • Apr 16, 2023

    Compact Conversations: Thomas Fazi

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    Thomas Fazi joins Geoff Shullenberger to discuss his latest Compact contribution "Russia's Rational Invasion of Ukraine."

  • Apr 12, 2023

    Freedom of Chat

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    The White House considers new restrictions on AI, Biden makes trans compromise, and the US proposes to add Middle Eastern and North African races to federal classification. Sohrab Ahmari, Nina Power, and Geoff Shullenberger join Matthew Schmitz.

  • Apr 4, 2023

    Compact Conversations: Seneca Scott

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    Seneca Scott joins Geoff Shullenberger to discuss his recent Compact column "Did the FBI Kill MLK?"

  • Apr 3, 2023

    Triumph and Treason

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    Donald Trump is to be arraigned in New York City, the Nordstream explosion narrative is challenged, and the president of Hamline University is removed for controversy over Islam. Sohrab Ahmari, Nina Power, and Geoff Shullenberger join Matthew Schmitz.

  • Apr 1, 2023

    Compact Conversations: Mary Harrington

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    Mary Harrington joins Geoff Shullenberger to discuss her debut contribution to Compact "We Need a Class Politics of Biotech."

  • Mar 23, 2023

    Compact Conversations: Toby Green

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    Toby Green joins Geoff Shullenberger to discuss his recent Compact column "Lockdown Colonialism."

  • Mar 23, 2023

    Interpretation of Regimes

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    Compact Magazine turns one year old, Trump has yet to be arrested, China and Russia hold summit in Moscow, and Freud is making a comeback. Sohrab Ahmari and Nina Power join Geoff Shullenberger.

  • Mar 16, 2023

    Compact Conversations: Philip Cunliffe

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    Philip Cunliffe joins Geoff Shullenberger to discuss his debut Compact essay "Why Brexit Has Stalled."

  • Mar 15, 2023

    Shifting Sands

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    Republicans clash over Ukraine, China brokers deal between Iran and Saudi Arabia, and the Oscars decline in viewership and quality. Sohrab Ahmari, Nina Power, and Geoff Shullenberger join Matthew Schmitz.

  • Mar 8, 2023

    Plead the 6th

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    New footage of Jan. 6 is released, Israel begins reforms to its judiciary, and Stephen Elliot defamation suit reaches settlement. Sohrab Ahmari, Nina Power, and Geoff Shullenberger join Matthew Schmitz.

  • Mar 1, 2023

    Riots and Relocation

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    Geoff Shullenberger and Nina Power discuss the Biden administration's attempts to reshore the semiconductor industry, transatlantic Covid politics, and TikTok riots in the UK.

  • Feb 26, 2023

    Compact Conversations: Christine Baumgarthuber

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    Christine Baumgarthuber joins Geoff Shullenberger to discuss her recent Compact column "Raw Egg Nationalist's One Weird Trick."

  • Feb 25, 2023

    Fantastic Mr Trump

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    The Ukraine War marches on after one year, Donald Trump visits East Palestine, Ohio, and Roald Dahl's books face censorship. Sohrab Ahmari, Nina Power, and Geoff Shullenberger join Matthew Schmitz.

  • Feb 16, 2023

    Compact Conversations: Carmel Richardson

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    Carmel Richardson joins Geoff Shullenberger to discuss her Compact report "Pro-Lifers in the Crosshairs."

  • Feb 16, 2023

    Populism Derailed

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    Ohio train crash causes chemical spill, Giorgia Meloni disappoints populists, and Scottish PM Nicola Sturgeon announces her resignation. Sohrab Ahmari, Nina Power, and Geoff Shullenberger join Matthew Schmitz.

  • Feb 6, 2023

    From China with Love

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    The Chinese spy balloon is shot down, DeSantis wages war on wokeness in universities, and the Grammys feature Satanism. Sohrab Ahmari, Nina Power, and Geoff Shullenberger join Matthew Schmitz.

  • Feb 3, 2023

    Compact Conversations: Gord Magill

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    Gord Magill joins Geoff Shullenberger to discuss his latest Compact column "The De-Banking of Dissent."

  • Jan 31, 2023

    Boycotts and Brutality

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    The death of Tyre Nichols sparks protests and Europe confronts the possibility of nuclear war. Sohrab Ahmari, Nina Power, and Geoff Shullenberger join Matthew Schmitz.

  • Jan 26, 2023

    Compact Conversations: Leila Mechoui

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    Compact columnist Leila Mechoui joins Geoff Shullenberger to discuss her latest piece "No to 'Health Communism'."

  • Jan 23, 2023

    Bending and Spending

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    The trans movement wars against tomboys and Donald Trump defends entitlements. Nina Power and Geoff Shullenberger join Matthew Schmitz.

  • Jan 19, 2023

    Compact Conversations: Seneca Scott

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    Seneca Scott joins Geoff Shullenberger to discuss his latest contribution to Compact "A Masturbatory 'Homage' to My Family."

  • Jan 17, 2023

    Natalist v. Fatalist

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    China faces demographic decline, the debt ceiling stand-off in the House continues, and the new Boston MLK statue receives criticism. Sohrab Ahmari, Nina Power, and Geoff Shullenberger join Matthew Schmitz.

  • Jan 10, 2023

    Compact Conversations: Julius Krein and Will Hild

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    Julius Krein and Will Hild join Geoff Shullenberger to discuss ESG.

  • Jan 9, 2023

    Compact Conversations: Musa al-Gharbi

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    Musa al-Gharbi joins Geoff Shullenberger to discuss his recent Compact column "Woke-ism is Winding Down."

  • Jan 9, 2023

    Transatlantic Discontent

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    Thomas Fazi covers the deglobalization movement in COMPACT, Biden's think tank obtains classified documents, and drama within the British royal family continues. Sohrab Ahmari, Nina Power, and Geoff Shullenberger join Matthew Schmitz.

  • Jan 5, 2023

    Compact Conversations: Emma Freire

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    Emma Freire joins Geoff Shullenberger to discuss her recent Compact article "The Privatization of Policing."

  • Jan 3, 2023

    Endings and Entropy

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    Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI passes and the House fails to elect a speaker. Sohrab Ahmari, Nina Power, and Geoff Shullenberger join Matthew Schmitz.

  • Dec 21, 2022

    Classes, Crimes, And Crossroads

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    Sohrab Ahmari, Nina Power, and Geoff Shullenberger join Matthew Schmitz to reflect on cultural landmarks of 2022.

  • Dec 14, 2022

    Compact Conversations: Batya Ungar-Sargon

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    Newsweek editor Batya Ungar-Sargon joins Geoff Shullenberger to discuss her latest Compact column "On Trade, Biden Follows Trump."

  • Dec 13, 2022

    Mass Compensation

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    Migrants are predicted to flood the US when Title 42 expires, and the cause for reparations makes progress. Sohrab Ahmari, Geoff Shullenberger, and Nina Power join Matthew Schmitz.

  • Dec 12, 2022

    Compact Conversations: Sohrab Ahmari

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    Founding Editor Sohrab Ahmari joins Geoff Shullenberger to discuss his recent long-form report "Armenia's Race for Survival."

  • Dec 8, 2022

    Compact Conversations: Jacob Shell

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    Jacob Shell joins Geoff Shullenberger to discuss his latest Compact column "The Betrayal of the Critical Theorists"

  • Dec 6, 2022

    Rails and Emails

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    Elon Musk releases the "Twitter Files", Biden thwarts railworkers, and "Jeanne Dielman" tops the 2022 Sight & Sound poll. Sohrab Ahmari, Nina Power, and Geoff Shullenberger join Matthew Schmitz.

  • Dec 1, 2022

    Compact Conversations: Nina Power

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    Compact editor Nina Power joins Geoff Shullenberger to discuss her latest column "Long Live Blue Labor."

  • Nov 29, 2022

    Picket Power

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    COVID protests erupt across China, the Biden administration moves to block a railway strike, and a London museum shutters a permanent exhibition. Sohrab Ahmari, Nina Power, and Geoff Shullenberger join Matthew Schmitz.

  • Nov 22, 2022

    Elon on Offense

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    The email caste is divided by Musk's Twitter takeover, NYU professor is fired for being too difficult, and the World Cup ensues. Geoff Shullenberger and Sohrab Ahmari join Matthew Schmitz.

  • Nov 16, 2022

    Cryptohypocrisy

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    Sam Bankman-Fried's crypto empire collapses and Trump announces his 2024 bid for the presidency. Sohrab Ahmari, Nina Power, and Geoff Shullenberger join Matthew Schmitz.

  • Nov 16, 2022

    Compact Conversations: Malcom Kyeyune

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    Malcom Kyeyune joins Geoff Shullenberger to discuss his latest column "There is No Trumpism Without Trump."

  • Nov 3, 2022

    Compact Conversations: Ashley Frawley

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    Ashley Frawley joins Geoff Shullenberger to discuss her latest Compact column "Mindfulness is Mind Control."

  • Nov 2, 2022

    Forgive and Fact-Check

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    The Department of Homeland Security plans to police disinformation, Pierre Manent critiques Alasdair MacIntyre for Compact, and Emily Oster calls for COVID amnesty in The Atlantic.

  • Oct 27, 2022

    Compact Conversations: Aaron Kheriaty

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    Aaron Kheriaty joins Geoff Shullenberger to discuss his new Compact column "The Rise of Biodigital Surveillance."

  • Oct 26, 2022

    Dome of the Brave

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    The Congressional Progressive Caucus flip flops on Ukraine diplomacy, and author Mike Davis passes away. Nina Power and Sohrab Ahmari join Matthew Schmitz.

  • Oct 19, 2022

    Compact Conversations: Valerie Stivers

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    New Compact columnist Valerie Stivers joins Geoff Shullenberger to discuss her latest piece "Against Kindness."

  • Oct 19, 2022

    Idiocy and Isolation

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    Neocons are dwindling in America, UK financial policies are changing, and the Supreme Court hears new copyright case. Nina Power, Geoff Shullenberger, and Sohrab Ahmari join Matthew Schmitz.

  • Oct 13, 2022

    Compact Conversations: A.B. Crowder

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    A.B. Crowder joins Geoff Shullenberger to discuss his latest Compact column "How Unions Fight Wokeness."

  • Oct 11, 2022

    Lingua Americana

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    Reports emerge on foreign language misinformation, New York Magazine diagnoses child depression, and Bruno Latour passes away. Nina Power and Geoff Shullenberger join Matthew Schmitz.

  • Oct 6, 2022

    Compact Conversations: Catherine Liu

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    Catherine Liu joins Geoff Shullenberger to discuss her recent Compact column "The Girlboss's Guide to Good Sex."

  • Oct 4, 2022

    War Sirens

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    American intellectuals call for regime change in Russia, transgender organization "Mermaids" faces scandal, and controversy surrounds Marilyn Monroe biopic. Sohrab Ahmari and Nina Power join Matthew Schmitz.

  • Sep 29, 2022

    Explosions and Exhibitions

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    The Nordstream 1 pipeline explodes, Iran sees continued unrest, and child prodigy Andres Valencia paints six-figure artwork. Nina Power, Geoff Shullenberger, and Sohrab Ahmari join Matthew Schmitz.

  • Sep 26, 2022

    Compact Conversations: Christopher Caldwell

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    Christoper Caldwell joins Geoff Shullenberger to discuss his recent Compact column "The Contradictions of Giorga Meloni."

  • Sep 22, 2022

    Compact Conversations: Mark Movsesian

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    Mark Movsesian joins Geoff Shullenberger to discuss his recent Compact column "Why Armenia Stands Alone."

  • Sep 21, 2022

    Selective Equality

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    The Atlantic challenges separating sports by gender, Eric Adams ends the vaccine mandate for the private sector, and influential director Jean-Luc Godard passes away. Nina Power, Geoff Shullenberger, and Sohrab Ahmari join Matthew Schmitz.

  • Sep 14, 2022

    Compact Conversations: Emmet Penney

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    Emmet Penney joins Geoff Shullenberger to discuss his recent Compact essay "The Revolt of the Green Elites."

  • Sep 14, 2022

    Hasidic Blues

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    Sanctions are hurting European manufacturing, the sustainability of "Red States" is questioned, and Hasidic schools in New York are struggling. Geoff Shullenberger and Sohrab Ahmari join Matthew Schmitz.

  • Sep 9, 2022

    Austerity and Arraignment

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    "Flatten the curve" returns, Steve Bannon is indicted, and NYC subway mask requirements are lifted. Sohrab Ahmari and Geoff Shullenberger join Matthew Schmitz.

  • Aug 30, 2022

    Big Tech, Bigger Debts

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    Biden announces student loan debt forgiveness and Zuckerberg reveals details of the Hunter Biden story's censorship. Sohrab Ahmari and Nina Power join Matthew Schmitz.

  • Aug 22, 2022

    Lizzie and the Old Man

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    Dr. Fauci retires and Elizabeth Cheney loses Wyoming election. Sohrab Ahmari and Nina Power join Matthew Schmitz.

  • Aug 18, 2022

    Feminism and Fatwas

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    Anti-feminism gains momentum and Salman Rushdie is attacked in New York. Nina Power joins Matthew Schmitz.

  • Aug 9, 2022

    Decadents v. Decadence

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    Dime Square Catholicism gets media attention and the FBI raids Trump's home in Mar-a-Lago. Nina Power and guest Julia Yost join Matthew Schmitz.

  • Aug 2, 2022

    TERF Wars

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    Nancy Pelosi visits Taiwan and gender identity clinic Tavistock is closed. Nina Power joins Matthew Schmitz.

  • Jul 26, 2022

    Guilt by Investigation

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    DOJ investigates Donald Trump, lesbian feminist Allison Bailey challenges the trans movement, and Gawker.com tries to defame Thomas Chatterton Williams for attending Alex Jones film premiere. Nina Power and Sohrab Ahmari join Matthew Schmitz.

  • Jul 19, 2022

    Weather and Leather

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    Energy concerns roil Europe and kink app "Feeld" is featured in a New Yorker column. Nina Power joins Sohrab Ahmari.

  • Jul 12, 2022

    The Tory Space Race

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    British conservatives race to lead the party and NASA releases James Webb telescope images. Nina Power joins Sohrab Ahmari.

  • Jul 4, 2022

    Transamerica

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    A shooting occurs in Chicago, and opposition to the trans movement grows. Sohrab Ahmari and Nina Power join Matthew Schmitz.

  • Jun 28, 2022

    Let Them Eat Tanks

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    Roe V Wade is overturned, Americans don't care about Jan. 6, and NATO and the US escalate military presence in Europe. Nina Power and Sohrab Ahmari join Matthew Schmitz.

  • Jun 20, 2022

    Notes on Labor

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    Sohrab attends Labor Notes 2022, progressive organizations begin to self-destruct, and Pope Francis is rumoured to retire. Sohrab Ahmari and Nina Power join Matthew Schmitz.

  • Jun 15, 2022

    What Is Democracy?

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    Matt Walsh releases new documentary "What Is A Woman" and the Jan. 6 hearings commence. Sohrab Ahmari and Nina Power join Matthew Schmitz.

  • Jun 6, 2022

    BoJo and WaPo

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    Boris Johnson narrowly wins confidence vote and internal conflicts at the Washington Post raise questions about reactions to workplace misconduct. Sohrab Ahmari, Edwin Aponte, and Nina Power join Matthew Schmitz.

  • May 31, 2022

    Manhattan v. Brooklyn

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    Canada bans guns, disorder rises in New York, and war breaks out between two boroughs. Sohrab Ahmari, Edwin Aponte, and Nina Power join Matthew Schmitz

  • May 25, 2022

    Disambiguation

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    Biden abandons strategic ambiguity, gas prices go up, and the Nina and Sohrab watch the Northman. Sohrab Ahmari, Edwin Aponte, and Nina Power join Matthew Schmitz.

  • May 16, 2022

    Cryptozoology

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    Crypto crashes, liberal nationalism returns, and Congress talks about UFOs. Sohrab Ahmari, Edwin Aponte, and Nina Power join Matthew Schmitz.

  • May 9, 2022

    Abortion Rights and Christian Rites

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    Biden revives Lend-Lease, pro-Roe protestors disrupt Catholic masses, and dietary fads spread from left to right. Sohrab Ahmari, Edwin Aponte, and Nina Power join Matthew Schmitz.

  • May 3, 2022

    Hillbilly Victory

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    J.D. Vance wins in Ohio, and the Supreme Court leaks. Sohrab Ahmari, Edwin Aponte, and Nina Power join Matthew Schmitz.

  • Apr 25, 2022

    Of Musk and Men

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    Sohrab Ahmari, Edwin Aponte, Nina Power, and Matthew Schmitz discuss Elon Musk’s purchase of Twitter and Nina Power’s new book “What Do Men Want?”