The Argument

15 EpisodesProduced by The New York Times Opinion

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 … read more

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How Trump Loses the G.O.P.

January 17th, 2019


An ongoing government shutdown. More Russia revelations. Ross, David and Michelle agree there’s a point at which Republicans could turn on Trump. But …

Why Do Powerful Women Make America Panic?

January 10th, 2019


The government shutdown continues as Trump and the Democrats battle over the border wall. Who is winning? Which side makes the stronger immigration …

Your Questions, Answered

January 3rd, 2019


Our listeners asked: what will be the negative consequences of social media on kids? How can we solve income inequality in America? Which Democrat …

Should Weed Be Legal?

December 20th, 2018


Has "big cannabis" downplayed the dangers of legalization? Michelle Goldberg debates author Alex Berenson, whose forthcoming book makes the case …

Will Trump's Presidency Survive 2019?

December 13th, 2018


Trump's mounting legal problems have the columnists wondering if he'll finish his first term. Michelle Goldberg visualizes President Pelosi. …

Is Donald Trump A Traitor?

December 6th, 2018


Trump's Russia entanglement has the columnists asking, "Is the president a traitor?" Ross Douthat sits down with Lawfare's executive editor Susan …

What Do We Do About Climate Change?

November 29th, 2018


How can climate change be solved if politicians can't even agree there's a problem? The columnists brainstorm. Then, David Leonhardt visits Capitol …

Do We Need A Third Party?

November 21st, 2018


A listener's voicemail asks the columnists, does America need a third party? Then, just in time for Thanksgiving, our argumentative trio dishes out …

Is Amazon Bad for America?

November 15th, 2018


After Amazon announced its uninspired new headquarters locations, the columnists are surprised to find they agree on the danger of the website's …

Did Trump Lose The Midterms?

November 8th, 2018


What do the Democratic gains in the House and Republican gains in the Senate mean for the country’s future? Ross Douthat dreams of a fantastic world of rainbows, child tax credits and a better president. David Leonhardt …

Who's to Blame for American Political Violence?

November 1st, 2018


Do Republicans have an anger problem? The columnists debate whether Trump incited the recent targeted attacks. After Michelle Goldberg reports back …

How Screwed Up Is American Democracy?

October 25th, 2018


How rotten has our democratic system has become, the columnists wonder, and what could fix it? David Leonhardt is furious about voter suppression in …

Is Trump Destroying the World Order?

October 18th, 2018


With the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, David Leonhardt asks guest Thomas Friedman about the strained future of U.S.-Saudi relations. Then, …

Is the Supreme Court Broken?

October 11th, 2018


Did Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation break the Supreme Court? Michelle Goldberg feels the patriarchy’s boot on her neck. David Leonhardt cautions …

Introducing The Argument, an Opinion podcast from The New York Times

October 4th, 2018


Coming Thursday, October 11, a new Opinion podcast from The New York Times that answers the question, "How could they possibly think that?" Join …

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