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30 May 2016

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Can computers get art?

John Horgan and George Johnson question whether critical analysis can be simulated. Play entire video

No mere coincidence

Psychiatrist Bernard Beitman, author of the new book Connecting With Coincidence, discusses the states of mind that make unlikely events seem meaningful.

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Challenging China

Political scientist Lauren Dickey discusses how Taiwan’s new president disrupted the status quo. Plus: China’s suspect counterterrorist policy.

America loves the rich

Journalist Kevin Roose explains how Trump’s wealth has done more than fund his campaign.

Was Trump inevitable?

Bill Scher and Matt Lewis debate whether the intellectual branch of the GOP ever had a chance against Trump’s rhetoric. Plus: Is Sanders Nader 2.0?

The theist with a humanist soul

Unitarian Universalist minister Hank Peirce explains his unconventional understanding of God. Plus: Do Unitarians believe in anything?

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“There are cue makers, and cue takers”

Steven Teles, author of the new book Prison Break, explains how political movements change course.

Buddhists back from the dead

Annabella Pitkin and Alyson Prude discuss life-changing death experiences as recounted by Himalayan Buddhists. Plus: Life in Buddhist hell.

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The perilous joy of outrage

Professor of Marketing Troy Campbell explains why it’s a mistake for social activists to use shame as a tool. Plus: The psychology of the global warming debate.

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Experimenting with empathy

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Psychologist Dacher Keltner on studies that reveal a paradoxical interplay between power and empathy. Plus: Bad things privileged people tend to do.

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The DMZ

Trouble for Trump?

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Bill Scher and Matt Lewis discuss whether the presumptive nominee’s cult of personality can compensate for a weak campaign infrastructure. Plus: Trump versus Bernie.

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The New Atheists vs. The New Agnostics

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In the first of five lectures outlining a new spiritual worldview that’s compatible with science, Robert Wright critiques the “New Atheists.”

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Foreign Entanglements

What if Bobby Kennedy had lived?

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Michael Cohen, author of the new book American Maelstrom, on the political con-sequences of an assassination. Plus: The ghost of George Wallace.

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Freedom in the world, not from the world

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Anantanand Rambachan, author of A Hindu Theology of Liberation, considers the spiritual quest for a life without suffering. Plus: Unifying “unity” and “emptiness.”

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The Glenn Show

The power of the Progressive

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Thomas Leonard, author of the new book Illiberal Reformers, on how deeply an early-20th century movement shaped academia and politics. Plus: Judging Woodrow Wilson.