Beg to Differ with Mona Charen

Beg to Differ is a weekly roundtable podcast brought to you by TheBulwark.com. Host Mona Charen is joined by Linda Chavez of the Niskanen Center, Bill Galston of the Brookings Institution, and Damon Linker of The Week to discuss the news of the week in a respectful, rational forum.

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1
The Challenge of Diversity (with Yascha Mounk)
Yascha Mounk joins the panel to talk about the optimistic case for diverse democracies -- and primary results.
60 min
2
Voting Rights and Abortion Rights (with Ben Gin...
Election law expert Ben Ginsberg offers insight on threats to confidence in elections.
71 min
3
Abortion and Climate. Can We Get More Contentio...
MIT’s Robert Pindyck shares wisdom on climate and joins the discussion of the Roe draft opinion.
70 min
4
A Macron Moment in the US? (with guest host Jos...
Guest Host Josh Barro and the panel discuss the French elections, and the possibility of a centrist third party in the US. Plus, corporate free speech — and will Musk break Twitter?
65 min
5
Jared vs. Hunter
Arc Digital's Nicholas Grossman joins the group to consider the mask mandate, the corruption of presidential relatives, and James Carville's advice about "weird Republicans."
67 min
6
The Inflation Monster (with Noah Smith)
Noah Smith joins to consider whether inflation is really as bad as it looks and whether we can ever have a sensible immigration policy in our divided country.
73 min
7
Putin's American Friends (with Eric Edelman)
Eric Edelman joins to discuss war crimes, defense spending, and Putinists abroad and at home.
60 min
8
Lock Him Up?
The Atlantic’s Jonathan Rauch joins the group (including Cathy Young) to consider whether a federal judge saying Trump is a likely criminal should spur DOJ?
65 min
9
Monsters and Jackasses
The Washington Post's Charles Lane joins the group to mull whether Putin is intimidating the West with nuclear threats and if so, how to respond? Also, the KBJ hearings reveal a GOP deep into "jackassery."
59 min
10
Ukraine and the West Surprise Putin . . . and O...
Ukraine's brave stand against Russia has united Americans behind them. Will this new found bipartisanship mute extremists on the right and left?
61 min
11
Ukrainians Dodge Missiles. Can We Dodge Involve...
Attorney George Conway joins to discuss how war has changed America already. Also, the legal and political case for prosecuting Trump.
57 min
12
A Week Where Decades Happened (with Kori Schake)
60 min
13
Hinge Moment of History
AEI's Adam White joins the group to consider whether the invasion of Ukraine will shake the US from its decline into imbecility. Also whither the Supreme Court?
54 min
14
San Francisco Sends Democrats a Message
George Will joins to discuss the San Francisco warning, the Republicans' drift, and the inflation danger.
60 min
15
Open Everything?
Tom Nichols joins the panel to discuss whether it's time to end Covid restrictions, Ukraine and democracy, and "legitimate political discourse."
65 min
16
A Canceling We Will Go
Peter Wehner joins the group, which includes Bill Kristol this week, to discuss the Whoopi Goldberg and other cancel controversies, as well as Trump's acknowledgement of attempting a coup. nd who's really abandoning democracy, Republicans or Democrats?
56 min
17
Putin Wants to Turn Back the Clock
Stanford" Francis Fukuyama joins the group to discuss Ukraine and the impact of a new Supreme Court justice on politics and jurisprudence.
52 min
18
Do's and Don'ts of Democracy Protection
CATO's Walter Olson brings his libertarian insight to a discussion of voting rights and wrongs — and Biden's first year.
55 min
19
Biden's Nadir Week?
A.B. Stoddard and Ben Parker join the group to discuss Biden's kamikaze voting rights push and Putin's threats to Ukraine.
55 min
20
The Death of the Conservative Party
NY Times columnist Bret Stephens joins the panel, including Norm Ornstein, to discuss the GOP in the wake of Jan 6 and whether the Democrats are missing the boat on ECA and voting reform.
59 min
21
Were the Clintonites Right after All?
The centrist wing of the democratic party is making a bit of a comeback. With Joe Manchin calling the shots on BBB — and cultural issues like "defund the police" not winning even among Black and Hispanic voters — is it time for the Democratic leadership to stand up to the progressives? The Atlantic's Ron Brownstein is this week's special guest.
59 min
22
Was January 6 a Coup Attempt?
The Washington Post's Dan Balz joins the panel to discuss the January 6 committee, whether Biden will/should seek reelection, and how the pandemic has affected work/family balance.
69 min
23
Resentful Animosities
Peter Wehner joins the group to discuss threats to democracy, the GOP's gun fetish, and more.
61 min
24
If Roe Goes
Slate's Will Saletan joins the group, including Bill Kristol, to discuss the implications of a possible reversal of Roe and Biden's opportunities to recover.
53 min
25
How Scary Is Inflation?
Noah Smith helps the panel diagnose the inflation threat as well as the political peril for Democrats.
69 min
26
The DeSantis Temptation
The Atlantic’s David Frum joins to discuss inflation, the economy, immigration, and the call to back Ron DeSantis in 2024.
59 min
27
A Whiff of Maoism
NY Magazine’s Jonathan Chait joins, along with the Bulwark’s Amanda Carpenter, to discuss the BBB deal (if there is one) and cancel culture.
61 min
28
The Democrats’ Sinking Poll Numbers
Eric Edelman helps unpack China’s new missile, Democrats’ decline, and McAuliffe’s tone deafness.
56 min
29
Why You Can't Bracket Trump
Protect Democracy's Ian Bassin joins to discuss how he's working to counter threats. Also the VA governor's race.
61 min
30
“I Resent Being Called Cheerful."
George F. Will joins B2D panel to discuss his new book, and also whether Facebook should be regulated, and the Democrats' hopes for social welfare.
74 min
31
Democrats are Divided. Republicans are United ...
A.B. Stoddard joins to discuss why we can't have nice things in America.
70 min
32
Republicans are Dangerous. Can the Democrats Su...
Sarah Longwell sits in for Linda and Tom Nichols joins to discuss the Democrats' divisions, Haitians at the border, and Biden's foreign policy.
72 min
33
Insurrectionist Republicans, reflections on a s...
Heath Mayo, founder of Principles First, joins the regular panel to discuss abortion, insurrection, and whether the global war on terror was a mistake.
70 min
34
Can We Avoid Another January 6?
Greg Sargent joins to talk about vote counting reform, not vote casting reform. The group (including Tim Miller) then discuss refugees and Biden's sinking popularity.
66 min
35
Afghanistan: Not a mistake?
David Frum joins to shed light on the Afghanistan withdrawal and Congress's budget fandango.
69 min
36
Is the Country Calming Down?
Charlie Sykes joins the group to discuss the infrastructure Rubik's cube, the Republican governors' war on public health, and whether the big strife is past.
70 min
37
Whoa, those Cuomo woes.
The Washington Post's Megan McArdle returns to B2D to discuss Cuomo, the eviction moratorium, and whether the left's power in the Democratic party exceeds its grass roots popularity.
64 min
38
Back to January 6
Elliott Abrams joins to discuss Cuba. The gang then address the January 6 committee, vaccine wars, and the infrastructure bill.
71 min
39
Talking About Race Respectfully
Ted Johnson joins the panel to talk about his book: "When the Stars Begin to Fall: Overcoming Racism and Renewing the Promise of America." Is racism structural? Is it an existential threat?
72 min
40
How Bad Was CPAC?
Guest host Sarah Longwell joins the group this week to discuss CPAC, Trump's speech, anti-vaxxers, and Biden's voting rights agenda.
58 min
41
Will This Reform Save Our Democracy?
Katherine Gehl joins the panel for a meaty discussion of voting reform.
59 min
42
Lock Him Up?
Ron Radosh joins the panel (which includes Will Saletan sitting in for Damon) to discuss the Trump Co. indictments, the January 6 committee, and the brain behind Steven Miller.
56 min
43
Why Can't Democrats Take Yes for an Answer?
NY Times columnist Thomas Edsall joins the group to consider voting rights, the infrastructure negotiations, crime, and critical race theory.
62 min
44
Putin's MAGA Talking Points
Lawfare's Benjamin Wittes joins to discuss Biden's European trip, whether Garland is going soft on Trump, and the NY mayoral race.
66 min
45
Vaccinate the World
Eric Edelman joins to discuss Biden's trip, the ProPublica tax story, and the Democrats' Manchin mistake.
63 min
46
Labs, Cults, and Votes
NY Times contributor Peter Wehner joins the group to discuss the coronavirus lab leak theory, Qanon's status as a new religion, and voting rights and wrongs.
64 min
47
How Do We Know What's True?
Jonathan Rauch discusses his new book The Constitution of Knowledge and joins for a discussion of the threat of crime to Democrats' political health.
57 min
48
Three Cheers for Moderation
Brink Lindsey discusses his essay on the importance of moderation. The group also addresses the January 6 commission and the Gaza conflict.
66 min
49
Cheney Out; Births Down; Ranked Choice Voting In?
A.B. Stoddard returns to talk about hope for reducing our political dysfunction. Group also addresses the birth dearth and Liz Cheney's fate.
69 min
50
Cheney: Too Honest for the GOP
David French helps the panel diagnose the GOP's sickness. The group also talks about voter ID and the Biden daycare plan.
70 min
51
FDR Redux?
E.J. Dionne helps the panel unpack Biden's first 100 days, plus, racial and class messaging.
65 min
52
Reading the Riot Act
Eugene Volokh (The Volokh Conspiracy) joins to discuss the anti-riot laws in several states, whether libel law should be upended, and the Chauvin verdict.
68 min
53
Don’t Pack the Court
AEI’s Norm Ornstein joins to discuss police violence, court packing, and Afghanistan.
65 min
54
Manchin's Ultimatum
On this week’s Beg to Differ, Sarah Longwell sits in for Mona Charen, and discusses with the panel the future of the filibuster, GOP fundraising tactics and their new embrace of boycott culture, H.R. 1 and election law, and China and the Olympics.
63 min
55
Will Biden Bucks Defeat Culture Wars?
Bret Stephens joins to consider the latest multi-trillion dollar spending bill, the GOP workers' party strategy, and the decline in church membership.
63 min
56
Report Card
George F. Will joins to discuss lessons of the pandemic, whether Biden is creating a new New Deal, and how to handle China.
60 min
57
Build Biden Better
The Niskanen Center's Samuel Hammond joins to discuss improving Biden's child allowance and border policies. Plus: eliminate the filibuster?
69 min
58
Is There a Trapdoor in the Recovery Plan?
AEI's Desmond Lachman analyzes the inflation risk in our gargantuan spending and loose money policies. The panel then considers the border crisis and the GOP's outreach to the working class.
69 min
59
2020 Warnings for Democrats
AEI’s Kori Schake joins to discuss Biden’s Iran policy, non-white voters’ move right, and whether HR1 can solve the Democratic party’s geography problem.
64 min
60
Is the Stimulus a Clunker?
Maya MacGuineas of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget offers her insights. The group also discusses prospects for a Jan 6 commission, and Europe's response to Biden.
58 min
61
Powerless Texas
Slate's Will Saletan returns to consider the McConnell/Trump GOP, Texas's woes, and Limbaugh's legacy.
66 min
62
Convict Him
Jay Nordlinger joins to discuss the impeachment trial, the Romney plan for families, and the firing of Don McNeill from the NYTimes.
61 min
63
Is Compromise Alive?
Tom Nichols joins to consider the state of governance and GOP self-policing.
70 min
64
Can We Live Together in Peace?
Anne Applebaum joins to discuss options for reconciliation. Also, brave Navalny and cowardly Republicans.
61 min
65
Unity?
EPPC's Peter Wehner joins this week to review the inauguration and look forward to the first priorities of the Biden administration. Also impeachment 2.0.
70 min
66
The Biggest Lie
Jonathan V. Last and Catherine Rampell join the group to discuss impeachment 2.0, deplatforming (pro and con), and prospects for Biden.
68 min
67
Crisis
Eric Edelman joins to discuss the Trump mob’s storming of the Capitol.
65 min
68
Farewell to All That
A.B. Stoddard joins the group on New Year's Eve to discuss the lows (many) and highs (there were some) of 2020.
78 min
69
Are Things Normal Yet? No.
Bulwark founder Sarah Longwell joins the group to discuss Trump’s sabotage of the relief bill, reforms to Trump-proof the presidency, and recommendations for holiday viewing/listening.
68 min
70
GOP Crack-Up
Charles Lane joins this week to discuss how Biden is doing. Is GOP terminally Trumpy? A look at the Georgia run-off. Plus, is huge gov’t debt actually ok?
66 min
71
Beg to Agree
Author and foreign correspondent Michael J. Totten joins the group to discuss conspiracy thinking at home and abroad, the Biden cabinet so far, and Stop the Steal.
64 min
72
Can Normal Elbow Out Crazy?
Bill Kristol joins B2D to discuss the normal (!) congressional Covid compromise, Biden’s cabinet so far, and the insanity on the Trump right.
69 min
73
Nearly There
Jon Fasman of The Economist joins all of the regulars to discuss what we know and what we don’t about the election. Deep breaths.
61 min
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Welcome to Beg to Differ!
Charlie Sykes and Mona Charen introduce Beg to Differ, a new podcast from The Bulwark.
10 min