Radio Lab: Tit for Tat

In the early 60s, Robert Axelrod was a math major messing around with refrigerator-sized computers. Then a dramatic global crisis made him wonder about the space between a rock and a hard place, and whether being good may be a good strategy. With help from Andrew Zolli and Steve Strogatz, we tackle the prisoner’s dilemma, a classic thought experiment, and learn about a simple strategy to navigate the waters of cooperation and betrayal. Then Axelrod, along with Stanley Weintraub, takes us back to the trenches of World War I, to the winter of 1914, and an unlikely Christmas party along the Western Front.

William Barr has a History of Withholding Key Information from Congress (Audio)

Attorney General William P. Barr delivers a redacted version of the Mueller report on Thursday. This is nearly a month after Barr released a summary of the report’s key findings, immediately after it was submitted by Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

But House Democrats, among others, have raised questions about the Attorney General’s intent, and whether or not he’s used summaries and redactions to provide political cover to President Trump.

In 1989, when Barr was head of the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel, he penned a memo that defended President George HW Bush’s abduction of General Manuel Noriega during the 1989 invasion of Panama.

When lawmakers wanted to see the memo, he instead provided a summary, one that, with the benefit of hindsight, withheld key information in an attempt to mislead Congress.

Ryan Goodman is the editor-in-chief of Just Security and former special counsel to the Department of Defense, and he’s been writing about the lessons we can take from 1989 on the day of the Mueller report’s release.