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31 August 2015

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Why Biden won’t run

Paul Glastris and Ed Kilgore pour cold water on the idea that Biden is poised to enter the presidential race. Play entire video

“Knowing how” vs. “knowing that”

Daniel Kaufman and Massimo Pigliucci examine a key distinction raised by the philosopher Gilbert Ryle. Plus: The legacy of Bertrand Russell’s “Why I Am Not a Christian.”

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What makes homicide detectives different

Glenn Loury speaks with Jill Leovy, author of the book Ghettoside, about police psychology. Plus: The pettiness of homicide.

Confronting grief and loss in the humanist tradition

Michael Price speaks with Greg Epstein, the humanist chaplain at Harvard. Plus: A humanist’s perspective on the meaning of life.

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Is Russ Feingold coming back to the Senate?

Betsy Woodruff and Jessie Opoien preview the Wisconsin race, a rematch of 2010. Plus: What it now means to be conservative on immigration.

What economists know about the minimum wage

Glenn Loury speaks with David Neumark, who critiques writers like Paul Krugman. Plus: Do workers earn what they’re worth?

Do “core memories” exist?

Psychologist Dacher Keltner, an adviser on the Pixar movie Inside Out, discusses the science of memory and emotion. Plus: Finding the positive in negative emotions.

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“She’s got some real problems”

Matt Lewis argues that Hillary Clinton is handling the email server story horribly. Plus: President Donald Trump.

Showing sign language to non-signers

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Brent Strickland describes his experiments testing whether we have an innate sense of whether verbs are “telic,” meaning they having a definite end point.

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Theology via drug trip

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John Horgan describes how an intense psychedelic experience affected his view of reality.

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Washington Monthly

The psychology behind “Benghazi fever”

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Paul Glastris lays out his theory of why the 2012 consulate attack continues to resonate on the right. Plus: The progressive case for President Trump.

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What the Koran says about the salvation of non-Muslims

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Robert Wright speaks with Muslim theologian Jerusha Lamptey. Plus: A path toward Islam.

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The Wright Show

Does AIPAC really want to win the fight against the Iran deal?

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Robert Wright and Stephen Walt wonder whether the lobby might do better to put up a good fight and lose. Plus: What some Iran deal opponents fear more than a nuclear Iran.

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Xena the gay icon

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Lucy Lawless, who portrayed the title character on Xena: Warrior Princess, discusses why the show developed a cult following. Plus: How Lucy Lawless makes herself happy.

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