Emily, David and Alexandra Petri discuss the Afghanistan withdrawal, with guest Annie Pforzheimer; California’s recall election; and personal pandemic ethics.
Here are some notes and references from this week’s show:
AnniePforzheimer for the Washington Post, “Leaving Afghanistan Will Lead to Yet Another Civil War There”
AnniePforzheimer for the Washington Post, “In Afghanistan, a Summer of Pain Awaits”
AnniePforzheimer for the New York Times, “The Long Road Out of Afghanistan”
Rachel Feintzeig for the Wall Street Journal: “These People Who Work From Home Have a Secret: They Have Two Jobs”
Daniel Lavery’s Substack newsletter: The Chatner
Nothing Is Wrong and Here Is Why, by Alexandra Petri
A Field Guide to Awkward Silences, by Alexandra Petri
The Best of Wodehouse: An Anthology
Clouds, by Aristophanes
Raymond Chandler: Collected Stories
Three Men In A Boat: (To Say Nothing of the Dog), by Jerome K. Jerome
Solutions and Other Problems, by Allie Brosh
Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened, by Allie Brosh
New Teeth, by Simon Rich
Ant Farm: And Other Desperate Situations, by Simon Rich
Simon Rich for the New Yorker: “Sell Out”
Simon Rich for the New Yorker: “The Big Nap”
Simon Rich for the New Yorker: “Raised by Wolves”
Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen
My Life and Hard Times, by James Thurber
Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, by Jules Verne
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, by Douglas Adams
Here’s this week’s chatter:
Emily: Meira Levinson, Alan C. Geller, and Joseph G. Allen for The Lancet: “Health Equity, Schooling Hesitancy, and the Social Determinants of Learning”
Alexandra: Never a Dull Moment: The Memoirs of Countess Marguerite Cassini
David: Dahlia Lithwick for Slate: “The Fierce Legal Battle at the Heart of the Fight Over Reclining Airline Seats”
Listener chatter from Lesley Gild: Bored Panda: “People Are Sharing ‘Alternate Angles’ of Iconic Events and Places in History, Here Are 30 of the Best”
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