21 August 2014

Depressing news, silver linings

Bill Scher and Matt Lewis consider the effect of recent disturbing news stories. Play entire video
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Post-empirical science

Physicists been working on string theory for a few decades, but they don’t have much to show for it. Dan Kaufman and Massimo Pigliucci discuss where science can go from here. Plus: Physicists vs. philosophers.   Play entire video

Keeping the peace in Gaza

Yousef Munayyer argues that Hamas deserves more credit than it’s gotten for maintaining the 2012 ceasefire. Plus: Does Hamas mean what it says?   Play entire video

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The politics of Clinton’s hawkishness

Daniel Larison and Zack Beauchamp discuss Hillary Clinton’s controversial Atlantic interview. Plus: Should we fear mission creep in Iraq?   Play entire video

Why the GOP should tank the midterms

Bill Scher and Justin Green debate Bill’s controversial advice for Senate Republicans. Plus: Is Bernie Sanders a threat to Clinton?   Play entire video

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The cool/nauseating experience of virtual reality

William Beutler and Cotton Delo describe wearing the Oculus Rift VR headset. Plus: Is virtual reality a novelty, or revolutionary?   Play entire video

Legalization in the heart of the Drug War

Mark Leon Goldberg speaks with Mike McDonald, reporting from Guatemala, on President Otto Perez’s proposal to legalize drugs. Plus: Why Central American children are fleeing north.   Play entire video

What the House immigration fight was really about

Bill Scher and Matt Lewis explain. Plus: Why is Ann Coulter bashing the American Ebola doctor?   Play entire video

Our mixed up moralizing about drugs

Glenn Loury talks to Carl Hart, author of the new book High Price, about how society views different drugs. Plus: Why cocaine isn’t as bad as you think.   Play entire video

What’s keeping the Ferguson protests going?

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Betsy Woodruff and Daniel Strauss discuss what continues to fuel the unrest in Ferguson.   Play entire video

The Wright Show

Is China a ticking time bomb?

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Richard Vague, author of The Next Economic Disaster, says China is exhibiting some of the symptoms that preceded the 2008 US economic collapse. Plus: The case for more debt relief.   Play entire video

The Glenn Show

Why there’s more criticism of Israel in Israel than in America

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Glenn Loury and Rajiv Sethi discuss the differences between debates within a group and debates in “mixed company.” Plus: The hidden importance of “tokenism.”   Play entire video

Democracy in America

Can public media save journalism?

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As traditional media outlets cut staff, some investigative reporters are working with public media outfits. Greg Marx and Kevin Davis discuss. Plus: The rise of non-profit journalism.   Play entire video

Foreign Entanglements

Did Netanyahu shut the door on two states?

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Matt Duss talks to Israeli journalist Amir Tibon about the future of the peace process. Plus: Why John Kerry failed to get a Mideast peace deal.   Play entire video

Rational Actors

What happens when you film a cop?

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Kevin Glass and Lucy Steigerwald discuss the new trend of filming encounters with the police in order to deter abuse. Plus: Cruel and unusual punishment.   Play entire video