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The Lost Debate is a twice-weekly podcast that brings you news, ideas, and arguments from around the political spectrum, engaging in the good-faith discussions that too much of our society and media are missing. Hosts Ravi Gupta -- former Obama staffer turned school principal -- and New York Post columnist Rikki Schlott cut through the noise and bring you what's really going on all around the country.
 
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Ravi and Rikki start with the weight-loss drug that’s sweeping TikTok, Hollywood, and the nation: Ozempic. Then we turn to the dark side of your rewards card, and ask some oft-ignored questions about where all those points really come from. Finally, we check in on the latest iteration of the Fair Tax Act and what the saga that produced it says abou…
 
Ravi and Rikki first welcome today’s guest host, David Dayen, before turning to the Justice Department’s antitrust suit taking aim at Google’s digital ad business. Then we discuss the state of civics education in America, asking what schools should do to mold better citizens. Finally, we take a hard look at what we’re coining the Fake Reviews Indus…
 
Ravi and Rikki lead things off by discussing an emerging trend in white-collar work: the four-day week. Then we turn to hospice care and the little-known cottage industry beneath it, plagued with rampant fraud and abuse. Finally, we wrap things up with a big question facing K-12 education: are kids learning the practical skills they need to succeed…
 
Ravi and Rikki start by revisiting ChatGPT, the OpenAI platform with the potential to dramatically reshape society at every level. Then, the hosts bring in our graphic designer, Aidan, to guide them through another growing trend in America: non-monogamous relationships. Finally, Ravi and Rikki touch on the sobering teacher shortage in Mississippi a…
 
In 2022 the NFL's Buffalo Bills announced a deal with the state of New York to build a brand new $1.4 Billion stadium in Erie County. The passage of funding between the state, the Buffalo Bills, and the NFL requires that New York taxpayers front a whopping 60% of the project - or about $850 dollars. This reignited a debate that has been raging in t…
 
Ravi and Rikki begin with some hopeful new data in America’s push to eliminate cancer, while acknowledging how far we’ve yet to go. The hosts then take a long hard look in the mirror, reacting to a slowdown in the explosive growth of podcasting. Finally, Ravi and Rikki revisit two pieces of highly controversial legislation affecting classrooms in t…
 
Ravi and Rikki kick things off with a hot top(ic): gas stoves. We’ll talk about what the debate over the beloved kitchen appliance says about American politics. The hosts then turn to Biden’s visit to the southern border and how new shifts in his immigration policies are drawing flak from both the left and right. Finally, we discuss how the typical…
 
Ravi and Rikki begin by addressing two voicemails responding to their last episode, dealing with TikTok and pornography. The hosts then turn to the push and pull between two sides of an emerging debate: the power of public DNA in criminal investigations, and the privacy concerns around its use. Finally, the hosts respond to a provocative piece in t…
 
Ravi and Rikki kick things off with Congress’ new TikTok ban, over escalating fears that the app amounts to a “Trojan Horse” for pro-China propaganda. We look at how the app is impacting Americans before switching gears to one of the few forms of content with an even wider reach: pornography. We don’t like to talk about it – or write about it – but…
 
Long before Donald Trump, Ron DeSantis, or the birth of “fake news,” Americans had already started to lose their faith in American journalism. The feeling that something had shifted in the media’s discourse had become hard to ignore because mainstream news was no longer just liberal; it was “Woke.” In this episode of Regressives, Ravi interviews Ba…
 
Ravi and Joe start with the unprecedented leadership battle transpiring on Capitol Hill and its consequences on the House Republican majority. Ravi then talks with Harvard Law professor Lawrence Lessig about Mickey Mouse entering the public domain, what that means for everyday consumers and heavyweights like Disney. Finally, Ravi disentangles Apple…
 
Ravi and Rikki kick off the new year by addressing Rep.-elect George Santos’ list of lies, deceptions, and fabrications. Ravi delves into these revelations and debates if Congress can hold him accountable for his dishonesty. They then switch gears to address a provocative piece in The Atlantic, which argues that real estate should be treated as con…
 
On this special Best Of episode, Rikki and Ravi take us back to their favorite segments of the year: a fiery debate over Edward Snowden, a lighter look at how dating apps are changing the way we interact, and a deep dive into an important question many take for granted: is the Supreme Court partisan? Subscribe to our channel: https://bit.ly/3Gs5YTF…
 
In our last Regressives episode, we went over affirmative action and why it might soon be a thing of the past. Today, we'll go through a less-discussed practice in college admissions: legacy admissions. For a century, it's allowed elite schools to cater to elite families, giving blatantly preferential treatment to the nation's wealthiest sons and d…
 
Ravi and Rikki start with a week’s worth of peak mayhem at Twitter, from the @ElonJet ban, to suspended reporters, to a poll (maybe) deciding Musk’s future at the platform. Then the hosts turn to yet more light on the recent topic of a Regressives episode: discrimination against Asian-American college applicants. Finally, we share some of our favor…
 
First, Ravi and Rikki chat about SBF’s insistence that he either get some vegan meals or stay out of prison. Then the hosts turn to the Fed’s latest rate hike, look back on the strange economic year that was 2022, and look forward to what’s coming in 2023. Finally, the hosts grapple with a heated debate playing out in Canada and here in the U.S. on…
 
First, Ravi and Rikki react to the breaking news on Sam Bankman-Fried’s fraud indictment. Then the hosts turn to the wide-ranging “Twitter Files” reporting, discussing why it’s such a political litmus test and which aspects they consider the most significant. Finally, Rikki and Ravi read us their college application essays as crafted by the revolut…
 
Ravi and Rikki start with a rundown of Moore v. Harper, the major Supreme Court case poised to shift election laws. Then the hosts turn to the meteoric rise and precipitous fall of a one-time titan of the internet: BuzzFeed. Finally, we head to Oklahoma, where religiously affiliated charter schools could soon be a major facet of the education lands…
 
Ravi and Rikki start with the the fierce legal challenges halting President Biden’s student loan relief plan, before turning to New York’s controversial solution to a hard problem to solve: involuntary hospitalizations for the mentally ill. Finally, we stay here in New York – sorry – to talk about an exciting new opportunity in the city’s governmen…
 
Ravi and Rikki start with the latest fallout from the spectacular downfall of FTX and Sam Bankman-Fried. The hosts then turn to the historic anti-lockdown protests in China with Pulitzer-winning journalist Ian Johnson and some startling inequities in New York City’s special education system. [3:37] SBF [15:08] China Protests [36:36] Inequity in Spe…
 
Ravi and Rikki start with all the moral relativism coloring this year’s controversial World Cup in Qatar, before opening their hearts to the many Swifties burned by Ticketmaster’s latest monopolistic debacle. The hosts then turn to the isolation epidemic facing America and what can be done to stem social disconnection. [0:27] Intro [3:58] World Cup…
 
Ransomware attacks are on the rise. Rikki and Ravi share where the attacks are coming from, laws put in place to combat them, and how to protect yourself from one. The hosts then take a look at which party – if either – won the education culture war based on midterm election results. That’s followed by a conversation about an inconspicuous activity…
 
Ravi and Rikki analyze the final results of the 2022 midterm and how both parties are assessing their performance. They then delve into the remarkable rise and fall of cryptocurrency exchange FTX and its enigmatic founder, Sam Bankman-Fried. That’s topped off by a discussion about struggling tech companies, and whether we’re on the cusp of the next…
 
Ravi and Rikki dive deep on their reactions to the 2022 midterms, setting out what we know vs. what’s still up in the air, which issues drove voters, which states surprised us, the importance of split-ticket voters this year, and what comes next for both political parties, including the stage now set for a big Republican showdown between FL Gov. Ro…
 
Ravi stayed up on election night to put together a quick midnight recap of all the big takeaways from the 2022 midterms. Not everything will hold by tomorrow, but here are the top 10 things you should know about the surprising early returns from a strange cycle, including who's winning the key races for Senate, House, and Governor around the countr…
 
Ravi and Rikki start with an overview of where things seem to be heading in Tuesday’s midterm elections, forecasting some key Senate races all over the country. Then the hosts turn to a pressing education crisis hidden in plain sight – rising student homelessness – and discuss its causes and possible solutions. Finally, we sit down with the Nevada …
 
Ravi and Rikki start by briefly discussing the oral arguments before the Supreme Court that could decide the fate of affirmative action: the topic of our latest episode of the Regressives. Then the hosts turn to Elon Musk’s first week at the helm of Twitter, why Meta’s full-throttle investments in the Metaverse have investors in crisis mode, and an…
 
By all expectations, affirmative action is about to be a thing of the past. In a pair of landmark college admissions cases before the Supreme Court, a newly conservative majority is all but certain to roll back a major pillar of American life since the Civil Rights movement. Through talking to the plaintiffs in those cases, activists, legal experts…
 
Ravi and Rikki start with the latest fallout from Kanye West’s recent antisemitic rants, including this week’s decisions by companies like Adidas, GAP, and Balenciaga to sever their ties with the embattled rapper. Then the hosts move on to a wide-ranging discussion about trigger warnings: where they came from, where they’re appropriate and where th…
 
Introducing "The Citizen Stewart Show," which is taking over the Lost Debate feed for a special episode! “The Citizen Stewart Show” is an independent, pull-no-punches podcast about the perils and promise of education and democracy. Hosted by Chris “Citizen” Stewart, CEO of Brightbeam, a nonprofit national network of activists fighting for education…
 
Ravi and Rikki start by joining the renewed debate here in America over the value of national service as the global K-pop sensations BTS return to South Korea to serve their country. Then the hosts turn to the philosophical quandaries posed by AI art platforms like DALL-E 2 and discuss whether they’ll eventually supplant human-made art. Finally, Ra…
 
Ravi and Rikki start by asking what makes a good protest, in light of the much-derided demonstrations from groups like Just Stop Oil and Animal Rebellion recently. Then the hosts turn to a question many treat as settled: is the Supreme Court partisan? And if so, is it more partisan than it used to be? Finally, Ravi and Rikki discuss whether politic…
 
Ravi and Rikki start by discussing former President Obama’s appearance on Pod Save America and why his remarks on inclusivity seem so novel in today’s Democratic landscape. Then the hosts turn to a specific kind of deregulation that both Democrats and Republicans might be able to get behind: cutting back the red tape around licensing laws. Finally,…
 
Ravi and Rikki first welcome their guest for the day, Kmele Foster. Then the hosts briefly note today’s discouraging inflation numbers before turning to how violent crime rates are impacting midterm races around the country, PayPal’s much-criticized and quickly retracted misinformation policy, and a fascinating case before the Supreme Court with po…
 
Ravi and Rikki start with a quick chat on the whimsical sport that seems to be taking over the country: pickleball. Then they return to the neverending Musk-Twitter saga, now that the deal seems to finally be going through. Finally, the hosts discuss the ethical quandary of true crime as entertainment as well as the recent dismissal of an NYU profe…
 
Ravi and Rikki begin by discussing the proliferation of social media data in campaign ad targeting, before turning to two recently renewed debates: the legacy of Edward Snowden, and whether boys should start school a year later than girls. Finally, the hosts finish with a conversation around a recent Newsweek cover story on the growing number of “d…
 
Ravi and Rikki start with the aftermath of Hurricane Ian, reviewing the devastation before turning to the state of coastal development and the Biden-DeSantis politics underlying the storm response. Then the hosts move on to a business slowdown for Beyond Meat, a cooling housing market, and the advent of guilt tipping. [2:24] Hurricane Ian [22:04] F…
 
John White is an educator and public official who served as the Louisiana Superintendent of Education from 2012 to 2020. John arrived in Louisiana in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and was tasked with reinventing an education system that was routinely ranked at very bottom of the United States. He used the crisis to push through reforms that tr…
 
Ravi and Rikki start with the 10-year anniversary of Tinder and how dating apps have changed the way people interact, before turning to the lackluster early returns from Oregon’s move to decriminalize hard drugs and the cultural appropriation uproar over the once-celebrated and since-cancelled Meg Smaker documentary “Jihad Rehab.” [3:26] Dating App…
 
Ravi and Rikki begin with the persistent national security concerns around TikTok, before turning to the riches of non-profit-in-name-only hospitals, New York’s failure to follow through on converting vacant hotels into affordable housing, and a deep dive on the conventional wisdom around underpaid teachers. [2:32] TikTok Security [14:40] “Non-Prof…
 
Ravi and Rikki start with the two legal setbacks facing Trump’s lawyers this week, before turning to the shifting vaccine mandates in New York, the growing popularity of charter schools since the pandemic, and the ethical perils of self-checkout shopping. [2:44] Trump Updates [14:52] FDNY Vaccine Mandate [32:30] Charter Schools [43:30] Self-Checkou…
 
Ravi and Rikki start with FL Gov. Ron DeSantis transporting migrants to Martha’s Vineyard, MA, before turning to the Patagonia founder’s decision to donate the company to climate change efforts, growing calls for Congress to ban its members from trading stocks, and how the CBP is holding a secret trove of Americans’ device data. [2:15] DeSantis' Mi…
 
Ravi and Rikki start off with a bombshell report from the New York Times on underperforming Hasidic schools, before turning to Hall of Fame quarterback Brett Favre and his role in Mississippi’s welfare fraud scandal, renewed debate around the efficacy of the TSA, and Sen. Lindsey Graham’s reversal on who should govern abortion access. [01:32] NYT H…
 
Ravi and Rikki start with the latest legal drama from the Mar-a-Lago investigation, before turning to new data showing single women without children are making more money than their male counterparts, President Biden’s pro-labor jab at California Gov. Gavin Newsom, and why more and more economists now think China may never outgrow the U.S. economy.…
 
Ravi and Rikki start this special Back to School episode by discussing a new series from The New York Times asking authors a simple yet expansive question: What Is School For? Then the hosts turn to the “Nation’s Report Card,” a bleak look at the extent and severity of COVID learning losses. FIRE is out with its annual college free speech rankings;…
 
Ravi and Rikki start with Ravi’s reporting from Jackson, MS, where a historic crisis has left more than a hundred thousand people without running water indefinitely. Then the hosts turn to the shake-up at CNN under the network’s new leadership, some more on-the-road reporting on the Pennsylvania midterms, and renewed debate over the sustainability …
 
Ravi and Rikki start by unpacking the internet’s hottest new buzzword: quiet quitting. Then they move on to Mark Zuckerberg’s long sitdown with Joe Rogan, a heated fight over equity in admissions at a prestigious Virginia high school, the unredacted revelations from the Mar-a-Lago affidavit, and Novak Djokovic sitting out the U.S. Open over his vac…
 
Ravi and Rikki start with President Biden’s decision to forgive student loan debt, discussing whether it’s the right approach to addressing the problem. Then they turn to two big changes in American public health – an overhaul at the CDC, and Dr. Anthony Fauci announcing his retirement – as well as the gaps between what Americans say aloud and what…
 
Ravi and Rikki lead things off with a lighthearted review for a pretty rough watch: the Netflix phenomenon Purple Hearts. Then the hosts turn to diversity standards and training in schools, companies, and broader society, as well as the turmoil in the teaching profession and a major tort case in Ohio blaming pharmacies for the opioid epidemic. [1:5…
 
Rikki and Ravi start by discussing the return of disgraced WeWork founder Adam Neumann before turning to the growing trend of “worker productivity scores,” Liz Cheney’s resounding defeat in Wyoming, and a few fascinating sets of data on student progress and performance. Finally, Ravi hits us with another one of his radical ideas. [03:15] Adam Neuma…
 
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