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31 August 2015

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Showing sign language to non-signers

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

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.

The psychology behind “Benghazi fever”

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.

What the Koran says about the salvation of non-Muslims

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

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

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.

Xena the gay icon

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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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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The legacy of Bertrand Russell’s “Why I Am Not a Christian”

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Massimo Pigliucci describes the personal impact of the philosopher’s famous defense of atheism.

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The Glenn Show

What economists know about the minimum wage

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

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Do “core memories” exist?

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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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The DMZ

“She’s got some real problems”

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

Washington Monthly

Trump’s weird kind of authenticity

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Ed Kilgore and Steven Waldman consider why he isn’t tagged as a flip-flopper. Plus: How Trump could actually win.