We’re Damir Marusic and Shadi Hamid. We live in Washington DC and have been friends for a while. One of us works at a magazine, another thinks in a tank. In 2019, we started a podcast. In 2020, we decided to take what we’ve learned and try a different medium: a newsletter, but a deliberately odd one.
The idea behind the podcast is to try to do what we might do on Twitter—throw out ideas in the hope of getting considered push-back—but in real-time and verbally. Like we do on Twitter, we talk politics, ideas, culture, and current events. It’s “agonistic” but civil. It’s been a mentally refreshing project for both of us.
Increasingly frustrated with the toxicity of social media, we’re applying the same idea from the podcast back into a written medium. Substack felt right for this experiment.
We hope you’ll join us!