Frank Bruni is a journalist and author who has reported on national politics, food, and religion. He is currently an op-ed columnist for The New York Times. Previously, Bruni was a metropolitan reporter, then a Washington reporter, and then chief restaurant critic for the NYT. Before that, Bruni wrote for the New York Post, then the Detroit Free Press. Bruni has written and co-written five books, including "Ambling Into History," published in 2002, "Born Round," published in 2009, and "Where You Go Is Not Who You'll Be," published in 2015. He is a CNN contributor. His freelance work has appeared in several magazines, including Conde Nast Traveler. Bruni received a B.A. in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he wrote for the student paper. He received his M.Sc. from Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism.
David Leonhardt returns to the podcast to celebrate its 100 episodes and two years on the air. Together, the O.G. “Argument” hosts dissect the final presidential debate, argue over the validity of the Hunter Biden allegations, and discuss Joe Biden’s campaign strategy in its final 11 days. Then, David looks into his crystal ball and makes election predictions — both national and state. Finally, David recommends finding the joy of a daily routine with family through the soothing tones of Alex Trebek. For background reading on this episode, visit nytimes.com/theargument
For the podcast’s two-year anniversary, Michelle and Ross start with a rousing debate over why Joe Biden isn’t saying he’d pack the courts, should he beat President Trump in November. Ross asks Michelle if she’d concede that court packing would be a significant escalation in the “judicial wars,” and Michelle asks Ross what happens to the anti-choice movement if and when Roe is overturned.Then, the hosts listen to the show’s voice mails and dig into the inbox to answer some listener questions. They respond to your questions about the open Supreme Court seat, who the heck is still undecided, Republicanism’s evolution to Trumpism, and whether “WAP” is a feminist anthem. Finally, both hosts suggest you dive into the Nxivm cult’s backstory through HBO’s new documentary series, “The Vow.” For background reading on this episode, visit nytimes.com/theargument
So President Trump caught the coronavirus. But with just weeks left in the 2020 campaign, what impact will his ill health — and subsequent spin — have on the election? Columnist David Brooks joins Michelle and Ross to talk about masculinity, sympathizing with someone you hate, and how the virus’s spread within Republican circles will play out among the electorate. Plus, Ross recites some medieval political theology. Then, what happens after Nov. 3? The columnists debate three possible outcomes for the election, ranging from dragging Trump out of the Oval Office with his “tail between his legs,” to secession and civil war. Finally, David is vindicated in a repeated recommendation of the lyricism of Taylor Swift, with some septuagenarian Springsteen on the side. For background reading on this episode, visit nytimes.com/the-argument.
In the aftermath of the first presidential debate, Michelle Goldberg and Ross Douthat try to answer the question, “What was that?” They discuss whom President Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden were talking to, how much it’ll move the needle for yet undecided voters, and what to look for in the remaining debates. Then, the editorial board writer Michelle Cottle joins the podcast for a comprehensive look at the last week of news: Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination to the Supreme Court, Trump’s tax revelations, the debate and what it all means for the state of the race. Finally, Michelle recommends you enjoy the outdoors while you still can.For background reading on this episode, visit nytimes.com/the-argument.
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Creator Details

Birthdate
Oct 31st, 1964
Location
New York, New York, United States of America
Episode Count
25
Podcast Count
6
Total Airtime
19 hours, 8 minutes
PCID
Podchaser Creator ID logo 931624