Anne-Marie Slaughter, foreign-policy scholar and accidental feminist firebrand. Anne-Marie Slaughter was best known for her adamant views on Syria when she accidentally became a poster girl for modern feminism. As it turns out, she can be pretty adamant in that realm as well. Below is a transcript of the episode, modified for your reading pleasure. For more information on the people, ideas, and music in this episode, see the links at the bottom of this post.
But, in the meantime, I just wanted to share some of the things that Freakonomics Radio listeners think should be put to death, or at least made over. Several of you also suggested that bicycle tires are overdue for improvement. Quite a few of you think that our procedure for boarding airplanes is idiotic; others feel the same way about democracyespecially the electoral process.
Many of you critiqued the standard classroom model of education. And I thought, Really? And then I re-read the e-mail: Indeed, there were many calls for a new, better bra. There were quite a few e-mails about everyday activities that are very resource-intensive: A listener named Amanda Hall had a fascinating suggestion: Couple that with the incentive to deliberately misrepresent the facts, and testimony seems to do more harm than good in the search for truth and justice.
I vote for birthday pie instead! Can women really have it all when it comes to career and to family? You know, it was misunderstood. It really was overwhelming. It was like a tsunami. But she was definitely not self-employed; she worked in the U. State Department in Washington, under Secretary Hillary Clinton, until she quit that job — her dream job — because her family needed her.
And then, she wrote about it. I was suddenly a public figure, with my views being distorted, with all sort of people writing very unpleasant things, but with lots of people saying wonderful things. And it really changed my life. Up to that point, Slaughter was a highly regarded, if not highly visible, academic and foreign-policy wonk. If she got a media request, it was to talk about her views on the Middle East — the revolution in Libya or the war in Syria.
But overnight, her more than 30 years as a foreign-policy scholar were trumped by this one article about work-life balance. And it created a new set of opportunities. So today on Freakonomics Radio, we continue that conversation. And I have been for much of my life a professor, a law professor originally at Chicago and Harvard, and then a dean of the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton.
And then I was director of policy planning from to at the State Department under Hillary Clinton. And what was your actual portfolio there? Yeah, so it is one of the great foreign policy jobs. It was a job that was created by George Marshall for George Kennan. And George Kennan then created the Marshall Plan. Meaning, if you had done something similar it would have been the Clinton Plan, yes?
And not the Slaughter Plan. Okay, just to clarify. I mean, what it is are the longer-term thinkers at the State Department for whatever the Secretary of State wants. When I was there, Secretary Clinton wanted a massive review of our diplomacy and our development to think about how we could shift our foreign policy to include more development. And it was a huge report. I worked on it for 18 months. But we did everything else too. So my portfolio included everything Secretary Clinton was working on or wanted us to work on.
And that extended from running the annual strategic dialogue with China to working on different parts of sanctions in the Middle East to thinking about Latin America. And we report directly to the Secretary. So it is a really wonderful job. Slaughter took the job with a reputation for arguing that American values are not only part of a national identity, but a strategy.
There are people who see me as — they call me a liberal hawk. I am a liberal, but I would say I focus on people, I focus on American values. How do we basically come together and solve problems in an intensely interconnected world when a lot of the institutions that we created after World War II are just not good enough. When I hear that, it very much resonates with me. The positive way of thinking about this is government officials of all kinds — from central bankers to justice ministers to environment ministers to judges — are talking to each other and trying to solve problems that are affecting all of our nations.
The flip side is that looks like a cabal; that looks like global technocracy, right? That looks like the elites meeting in secret places and making decisions. And both of those things are right. They are great potential tools, but the people who are getting left out of those networks are the citizens, right?
So within the country, we have ways of checking our central banker. She was an early advocate of American intervention in Syria and made her position known on a variety of news programs: Less than a year after this started, I called for arming the moderate opposition. It is possible to have no fly zones or safe zones. What we need first of all is to just end the killing.
The next thing we could do is we could take out their air force. Are we going to do nothing? It is just agonizing to see the paper every day because this was so completely predictable.
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But, this goes to a point that I have made over and over and over again that the divide between strategic interests and humanitarian interests is a false one.
Extremists will move in, and people will move out. And then that becomes a national security interest. But it was predictable. And we could have done something to stop it. And now the problem is so much worse. What is it not too late to do, assuming that the White House is susceptible to your suggestions and maybe you even have some leverage? Well, I think the White House is tired of hearing me on Syria.
But there are two things that we can do. It is still not too late to create a no-fly zone on the Turkish border, possibly the Jordanian border. We need to do that because there has to be some safe place for Syrians within the country to go. There is no safe place in Syria. We have to do — and not just we the United States — we and Turkey and other states in Europe and the region collectively — have got to create safe space within Syria or we will continue to see people flee Syria.
And that requires Russia and Iran, and Turkey and Saudi Arabia, and Jordan, and Lebanon, and European countries sitting around a table and brokering a political solution. We have been trying to do that for a long time. I argue that unless you make clear to Assad that you are prepared to use force, at least to stop him from massacring his own people, he will not come to the table. So I think these two things are connected. But this is just going to get worse and worse and worse unless we can find a way to create a political solution.
And then we still have to fight ISIL. A lot of your emails to and from your boss, your then-boss, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, have been released lately in the big release. Slappy Home Comedy Center A state-of-the-art alternative to late-night comedy.
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Cornelius chooses "Leaning Towers", gets a question about Italian history, and blows it. Charles chooses "Months Ending in 'Vember'" and gets the first straightforward question: Charles guesses "September" and is disqualified. Moving on to the board, Barb and Larry only get started moving their respective pieces before they run out of time.
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The Doorway to Hell sequence is totally off the wall: The resulting set of bits is the most unusual in the SCTV canon, and in the end, the dummy steals the show. Gordon Lightfoot no longer sings every song ever written, as Supercalifragalisticexpialidotious has been cut. Double Love Two cock-eyed lovers find each other. Microwave Ovens Should you cook back bacon in microwave ovens obviously not, eh.
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Bobby introduces his brother Skip, who does a routine that bombs. Joining the panel, Skip starts getting on Bobby's nerves and they argue in imperfect Yiddish translation courtesy James Gray: Vos tutsu tzu mir? What are you doing to me? Vos sich zehn mir? Verzogt tzu mir a tchainik! Gedenkst gevesen tzu bringen sie oyf dem Maudlin Show! Not very good grammar, but essentially he is saying "Remember, it was me who brought you on the Maudlin Show!
Ver vays fun Maudlin Show? Who cares about the Maudlin Show? Du vayst uz siiz network. Du machts gelach fun mir! You know this is network. You're making fun of me!
Du bist a nar! You are a fool! After an uncomfortable pause, William B says some words about real families, and the brothers briefly make up. His break comes when he plays for a society party, but his mother warns him against society dames. Paul plays at the party "Dance of the Goblins" and impresses a society dame.
They exchange some witty repartee. She becomes his patron and teaches him about living, takes him to the top, and then drags him down in high-style living. His concert at Carnegie Hall is cancelled. Paul plays Carnegie Hall at last. Al Peck's Sanitone Drycleaning We've got steam heat. The dummy asks him to get on with it, and insists they go through the door.
They end up in hell - and go through the only door, into a psychiatrist's office. They ask him the way out, and he says 'the way you came in'. But the door is gone. Wilcox goes mad and kills the psychiatrist. Suggestions Lacking a budget and ideas, Guy asks the crew for some suggestions on how to continue the show. The lighting director tells him to go to hell. So Guy goes to Tang and persuades him to extend Doorway to Hell. Tang, Wilcox and the dummy return through the door.
They leave the elevator, but are running out of ideas. Guy comes out and asks them to keep going, then takes another suggestion from the crew, this time to do with Rome. She leaves her country and tours the world, her eye-wear changing with each destination.
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Tommy Shanks - Candy; announcer - staff announcer 8b Doorway to Hell Part 3 Tang, Wilcox and the dummy, fleeing elephants, pass through a door to Caligula's hell. They get conflicting directions out of hell from Caligula and his men. They flee Hannibal's elephants. Gordon Lightfoot - Moranis; Announcer: Half Legs R3 'For the woman in you.
In his office, Guy takes another suggestion, this time from his new lighting director, to wrap up the show. Tang, Wilcox and the dummy walk through a door into Guy's office. Tang and Wilcox walk. Guy gives up and tells the viewers the show is over and to turn off their sets. The sequence where Guy takes the broadcasting oath is an incredible indictment of network television.
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Vikings and Beekeepers announcer - alternate announcer 2 The Godfather Prologue: Apparently Guy is attending to family matters The Wedding Floyd the barber asks Guy to punish Opy and the thugs that broke his barber pole. Outside, Guy's daughter Connie's wedding is in progress. Johnny Pavarotti arrives and goes straight for the lasagna. He sings a song. Later, Pavarotti asks Guy to get him a part in Bernstein's latest opera.
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Network War 1 The network newscasts all lead with the news of network war. Network War The television news headlines: Earl gives an editorial, but SCTV is hit before he can finish. Earl Camembert - Levy; Floyd Robertson - Flaherty; gangsters, crew - extras Prickley informs Sonny and Ricky that SCTV's license is up for renewal, and that Guy, who is in hospital, has to take the broadcasting oath or they will lose the station. While he takes the oath, all the networks are hit. The Truce Guy meets with the other network heads and they make peace.
After they leave, Turk emerges from the back room, and Guy proposes they split this pay TV thing and squeeze the network jerks right out of the picture. Long Underwear and Backbacon Doug explains long underwear, and Bob shows some overcooked backbacon.
Dr Tongue welcomes us. We enter and sign the guest book. Dr Tongue takes us to a table and shows us the menu. He calls the waiter Bruno to take our order. Bruno explains he's not just a lackey. Dr Tongue introduces Count Floyd, who will host the evening. Floyd tries to move some 3D glasses for 26 bucks and introduces The Polyesters opening act. In the kitchen, Floyd, Tongue and Bruno argue. The Polyesters are bombing, so they get James Ingram out of his air-conditioned dressing room.
James Ingram performs 'Just Once'. James refuses to play another and goes after Tongue for his money. A Johnny LaRue Production. Birkney's Diamonds Diamonds can mean anything. The Vikings and The Beekeepers The Vikings, tired of the routine of sacking England, attempt to torment the English even more by bringing over bees.
But the voyage proves difficult as the beekeepers insist the bees may only travel East at night. Broomhilde, goddess of compromise, offers a solution: The Orson Welles dialog was inspired by an actual tape of out-takes of Orson doing voiceovers for television commercials. Fireside Chat was cut from syndication; the Staff Party and Sammy Maudlin sketches were edited in syndication; the closing music was changed to Bach. Gerry Todd is shooting some video of the event, a video record, if you will.
Tex and Edna arrive, passing out Boil Bucks, and start off the evening's entertainment with the Auctioneer's Song. Some other vignettes - Earl trying to cut into the liquor line; the N Neat Guy at the bar. LaRue arrives with some gerbils, half in the bag. Caballero sends him out into the street to do Streetbeef.