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Opinion | The Freeing of the American Mind
  + stars: | 2021-06-15 | by ( The Ezra Klein Show | ) www.nytimes.com + 0.98   time to read: +1 min
Louis Menand’s “The Free World” is a 700-plus-page intellectual history of the Cold War period that traces the opening of the American mind to new ideas in art, literature, politics, music, foreign policy, criticism, higher education and campus activism. Thinkers like James Baldwin, Isaiah Berlin and Hannah Arendt were arguing over what it meant to be free. Liberatory movements were trying to actually make Americans free. Out of all this ferment and conflict, what forms of freedom did Americans secure, and which did we lose? It’s hard to think of a writer better suited to explain the art and intellectual culture of the Cold War than Louis Menand.
Persons: Louis Menand’s “, John Cage, Jackson Pollock, Pauline Kael, James Baldwin, Isaiah Berlin, Hannah Arendt, , Ezra Klein, Louis Menand, ” Menand Organizations: Caucus, Apple, Spotify, Google, New Yorker, Metaphysical
His argument is this: Since the 1970s, computers have gotten exponentially better even as they’re gotten cheaper, a phenomenon known as Moore’s Law. could get us closer to Moore’s Law for everything: it could make everything better even as it makes it cheaper. [You can listen to this episode of “The Ezra Klein Show” on Apple, Spotify, Google or wherever you get your podcasts.] But what struck me about his essay is that last clause: “if we as a society manage it responsibly.” Because, as Altman also admits, if he is right then A.I. And whether that world becomes a post-scarcity utopia or a feudal dystopia hinges on how wealth, power and dignity are then distributed — it hinges, in other words, on politics.
Persons: , Sam Altman, ” Altman, Altman, , Ezra Klein Organizations: Everything, Law, Apple, Spotify, Google
There has been a bit of panic lately over employers who say not enough people want to apply for open jobs. Have stimulus checks and expanded unemployment insurance payments created an economy full of people who don’t want to work — and who are holding back the economic recovery? But it’s leading to real policy change: 25 Republican governors have cut off expanded unemployment benefits early. The country likes cheap goods and plentiful services, and it can’t get them without a lot of people taking jobs that higher-income Americans would never, ever consider. When we begin to see glimmers of worker power in the economy, a lot of powerful people freak out, all at once.
Persons: , , Ezra Klein, can’t Organizations: Apple
Opinion | Is A.I. the Problem? Or Are We?
  + stars: | 2021-06-04 | by ( The Ezra Klein Show | ) www.nytimes.com + 1.00   time to read: +1 min
[You can listen to this episode of “The Ezra Klein Show” on Apple, Spotify or Google or wherever you get your podcasts.] A.I., after all, isn’t some force only future human beings will face. Brian Christian’s recent book “The Alignment Problem” is the best book on the key technical and moral questions of A.I. “Alignment problem” originated in economics as a way to describe the fact that the systems and incentives we create often fail to align with our goals. And that’s a central worry with A.I., too: that we will create something to help us that will instead harm us, in part because we didn’t understand how it really worked or what we had actually asked it to do.
Persons: , Ezra Klein, Brian Christian’s Organizations: Apple
Obama Sees Hope in Changes Under Biden - The New York Times
  + stars: | 2021-06-01 | by ( The Ezra Klein Show | ) www.nytimes.com + 0.00   time to read: +4 min
I think you try to drive it home as much as possible and get a reorientation of the body politic. So I think at the presidential level, you have a three or four-point advantage for Republicans in Electoral College. At the Senate level, it’s playing the range of five points. It’s one of those things that’s in the background of the folks in Washington and people who follow politics closely. It’s not surprising that the progressive party, the Democratic Party, is more of an urban party.
Persons: George Floyd’s, that’s, , Ezra, It’s, you’ve Organizations: Electoral College, Senate, Democrats, Democratic Party, America Locations: Washington, Southern, Wyoming, California
Early estimates find that in 2020, homicides in the United States increased somewhere between 25 percent and nearly 40 percent, the largest spike since 1960, when formal crime statistics began to be collected. And early estimates indicate that the increase has carried over to 2021. Violent crime is a crisis on two levels. It’s also a political crisis: Violent crime can lead to more punitive, authoritarian and often racist policies, with consequences that shape communities decades later. And just a few weeks ago, Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms of Atlanta, who was facing political challengers attacking her for being soft on crime, announced she would not seek re-election in the fall.
Persons: It’s, Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, Donald Trump —, There’s, Larry Krasner, Keisha Lance Bottoms Organizations: Democratic Locations: United States, New York City, Atlanta
Opinion | A Historian of Conservatism on Lies, Loyalty and Liz Cheney
  + stars: | 2021-05-18 | by ( The Ezra Klein Show | ) www.nytimes.com sentiment -0.72   time to read: +1 min
On May 12, House Republicans voted to remove Representative Liz Cheney, the third-ranking Republican in the House, from her leadership post. But Cheney’s ouster is just the latest plot development in a story about the contemporary G.O.P. that goes back farther than Nov. 3, 2020, and even Nov. 8, 2016. Cheney is just the latest victim of this ongoing party purge, and she certainly won’t be the last. So how did the Republican Party get here?
Persons: Liz Cheney, Donald Trump, John Boehner, Paul Ryan, Eric Cantor, George W, Bush, George H.W, John McCain, Cheney, Nicole Hemmer, , Obama Organizations: Republicans, Republican, Republican Party, Conservative Media
Agnes Callard is an ethical philosopher who dissects, in dazzlingly precise detail, familiar human experiences that we think we understand. Whether her topic is expressing anger, fighting with others, jockeying for status, giving advice or navigating jealousy, Callard provokes us to rethink the emotions and habits that govern how we live. I’m not so sure, but it’s a fantastic conversation I’m still thinking about. But as they say on the infomercials — that’s not all! And at the end I’ve got some music recommendations for you.
Persons: Agnes Callard, dissects, Callard, we’ve, I’ve
Opinion | Is the U.S. Learning All the Wrong Lessons From Covid-19?
  + stars: | 2021-05-11 | by ( The Ezra Klein Show | ) www.nytimes.com sentiment -0.98   time to read: +1 min
The villain of Lewis’s story is not Donald Trump; it’s the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. What we needed was earlier shutdowns, frank public messaging, a more decentralized testing regime, a public health bureaucracy more willing to stand up to the president. But I’m skeptical of whether the kind of pandemic response he lionizes in the book was ever possible for America. Put another way: How much of a constraint is the public on public health? I’m not sure Lewis and I came to agreement, but I’m still thinking about the conversation weeks later.
Persons: Michael Lewis’s, Donald Trump, Lewis, I’m Organizations: for Disease Control Locations: United States, America
One lesson of covering policy over the past 20 years is that whatever Elizabeth Warren is thinking about now is what Washington is going to be talking about next. So when I read Senator Warren’s new book, “Persist,” I read it with an eye toward that question: Where is Warren trying to drive the policy debate next? First, toward a truly pro-family progressivism, one that puts children’s well-being and care at the center of the agenda. And second, toward a view of inequality that puts wealth, not income, first, and builds a whole different set of economic priorities atop that analysis. Warren was a policy wonk before she was a politician, and that’s the kind of conversation we had here.
Persons: Elizabeth Warren, Warren’s, Warren Locations: Washington
Anna Sale is one of my favorite interviewers. The kinds of conversations Sale has on her show are hard to have in real life. So we rarely have them, even though our relationships and our society and even our politics desperately need them. Thankfully, Sale has written a new book, “Let’s Talk About Hard Things,” which distills the lessons she has learned over the years for the rest of us and offers wisdom for navigating the topics we too often shy away from: death, sex, money, family, identity. (A full transcript of the episode will be available midday.)
Persons: Anna Sale, , Organizations: WNYC Studios
Opinion | How Chuck Schumer Plans to Win Over Trump Voters
  + stars: | 2021-04-30 | by ( The Ezra Klein Show | ) www.nytimes.com + 0.93   time to read: +1 min
The success of that agenda hinges on whether 50 Senate Democrats — ranging from Bernie Sanders to Joe Manchin — can come together and pass legislation. And the person responsible for making that happens is the New York senator and Senate majority leader, Chuck Schumer. Schumer has a theory of politics that he believes can hold or even win Democrats seats in 2022. It’s not a complicated theory: For Democrats to win over middle-of-the-road voters — including those who voted for Donald Trump — they need to prove that government is actually helping them. How do you win over Trump voters?
Persons: Joe Biden, George Floyd, Bernie Sanders, Joe Manchin —, Chuck Schumer, Schumer, It’s, Donald Trump, Organizations: Jobs Plan, George, George Floyd Justice, New York, Trump voters
Opinion | Shame, Safety and Moving Beyond Cancel Culture
  + stars: | 2021-04-27 | by ( The Ezra Klein Show | ) www.nytimes.com + 1.00   time to read: +1 min
I’ve been thinking lately about how to move beyond the binary debate over cancel culture. Her videos, on topics ranging from cancel culture to J.K. Rowling, are not only intellectually stimulating and aesthetically rich but also deeply humanizing. He was fired after a right-wing online mob attacked a clearly satirical tweet he’d sent. Since being canceled, Wilkinson has, surprisingly, become one of the most outspoken critics of the anti-cancel-culture discourse. He now writes the great newsletter Model Citizen, hosts a podcast of the same name and contributes to Times Opinion.
Persons: I’ve, , Natalie Wynn, Rowling, Wynn, Will Wilkinson, Wilkinson Organizations: Niskanen, Citizen
Opinion | Noam Chomsky’s Theory of the Good Life
  + stars: | 2021-04-23 | by ( The Ezra Klein Show | ) www.nytimes.com + 0.82   time to read: +1 min
How do you introduce Noam Chomsky? There are different sides to Chomsky. He’s a political theorist who’s been a sharp critic of American foreign policy for decades. He’s an anarchist who believes in a radically different way of ordering society. The problem in planning a conversation with Chomsky is how to get at all these different sides.
Persons: Noam Chomsky, , Chomsky, He’s, who’s, Joe Biden Organizations: The New York Times Locations: China
Opinion | Anxious? Me, Too. This Conversation Could Help.
  + stars: | 2021-04-20 | by ( The Ezra Klein Show | ) www.nytimes.com + 0.73   time to read: +1 min
This has been a bad year for the anxious among us — myself very much included. And many of us were trapped inside, with nothing we could do about it, severed from social connection and routine, with plenty of time to fret. This year, anyway, being anxious made sense. And just like with any addiction, you have to understand its rewards in order to begin addressing it. I’m not saying his book, or this conversation, cured me of anxiety.
Persons: Jud Brewer, I’ve, I’m Organizations: Brown University
Opinion | A Conversation About Human Minds, for Human Minds
  + stars: | 2021-04-16 | by ( The Ezra Klein Show | ) www.nytimes.com + 0.94   time to read: +1 min
Here’s a sobering thought: The older we get, the harder it is for us to learn, to question, to reimagine. But a mind tuned to learn works differently from a mind trying to exploit what it already knows. So instead of asking what children can learn from us, perhaps we need to reverse the question: What can we learn from them? In this conversation on “The Ezra Klein Show,” Gopnik and I discuss the way children think, the cognitive reasons social change so often starts with the young, and the power of play. researchers are borrowing from human children, the effects of different types of meditation on the brain and more.
Persons: Alison Gopnik, she’s, Carpenter, Ezra Klein, ” Gopnik, Gopnik, William Blake Organizations: University of California, Cognitive Locations: Berkeley
Opinion | Tressie McMillan Cottom on the Moral Panics of Our Moment
  + stars: | 2021-04-13 | by ( The Ezra Klein Show | ) www.nytimes.com sentiment -0.67   time to read: +1 min
Prepping for a conversation with Tressie McMillan Cottom is intimidating. McMillan Cottom is a sociologist at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, a 2020 MacArthur fellow, co-host of the podcast “Hear to Slay,” and the author of the essay collection “Thick,” which was a National Book Award finalist. I barely made it through a third of my planned questions because so many interesting topics came up in each answer. This is one of those conversations that could’ve gone on for four more hours. (A full transcript of the episode will be available midday Tuesday.)
Persons: Tressie McMillan, McMillan Cottom, Dolly Parton, could’ve Organizations: University of North, MacArthur Locations: University of North Carolina, Hill, America, smartness
And it’s one of the great export opportunities to build in the United States and make us a leader. It requires laying the foundation in a way that will unlock that private capital. So if your goal was to try to drive down emissions in the transportation sector, you would need a very different pricing structure. And the idea is you can’t just walk up to people and ask them for sacrifice. Most car companies in the world are saying they’re going to electric vehicles.
Persons: they’re, We’re Locations: United States, America
Opinion | Did the Boomers Ruin America? A Debate.
  + stars: | 2021-04-06 | by ( The Ezra Klein Show | ) www.nytimes.com + 0.92   time to read: +2 min
Donald Trump was the fourth member of the baby boomer generation to be elected president, after Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton. We’re living in the world the boomers and nearly boomers built, and are still building. One 2018 poll found that just over half of millennials said that boomers made things worse for their generation; only 13 percent said they made things better. Then there was the rise of the “OK Boomer” meme in 2019, an all-purpose dismissal of boomer politics and rhetoric. Filipovic and Andrews, both of whom are millennials (as am I), agree that the boomers left our generation worse off; but they disagree on just about everything else, which makes this conversation all the more interesting.
Persons: Donald Trump, Barack Obama, George W, Bush, Bill Clinton, Chuck Schumer, John Roberts, Jerome Powell, Joe Biden, Nancy Pelosi, Mitch McConnell, millennials, boomers, boomer, Jill Filipovic, , Helen Andrews, , Filipovic, Andrews Organizations: Federal Reserve, American Conservative, “ Boomers
When future generations look back on this moment in history, will they remember the daily political fights — or will everything just look like a sideshow compared to humans being able to edit genetic code? The technology I’m referring to, known as CRISPR, could cure genetic diseases like sickle-cell anemia and Huntington’s. And, one day, it has the potential to imbue human beings with superhuman characteristics — making us stronger, faster, smarter. CRISPR lets us edit other animals and plants, with all kinds of beckoning possibilities, some wonderful, some terrible. Will we witness the rise of a superhuman genetic elite?
Persons: I’ve, CRISPR, Walter Isaacson, Albert Einstein, Benjamin Franklin, Steve Jobs, Jennifer Doudna, Gene, It’s, , Ezra Klein, , Isaacson Organizations: CNN
For years, I’ve kept a list of dream guests for “The Ezra Klein Show.” And as long as that list has existed, Ted Chiang has been atop it. Chiang is a science fiction writer. Chiang doesn’t like to talk about himself. will do to humans, the way capitalism turns people against technology, and much more. The ideas Chiang offered in this conversation are still ringing in my head, and changing the way I see the world.
Persons: I’ve, , Ezra Klein, Ted Chiang, Chiang, , Chiang doesn’t
‘The Ezra Klein Show’: A New Podcast by New York Times Opinion - The New York Times
  + stars: | 2021-01-19 | by ( ) www.nytimes.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +2 min
I’m Ezra Klein, host of “The Ezra Klein Show,” which is now at The New York Times. So I figure the best way to preview the show is to simply tell you some of those questions. There are so many shows right now to do on coronavirus, but I want to call this one out. And one reason we don’t, I fear, is that we don’t talk about that question very much. “The Ezra Klein Show” will launch on January 26 at The New York Times.
Persons: I’m Ezra Klein, Ezra Klein, Joe Biden’s, Organizations: The New York Times, FDA Locations: California, New York
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