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27 June 2016

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Rational ignorance

Aryeh Cohen-Wade and journalist Robby Soave discuss the mentality of the average American voter. Play entire video

Mystical states aren’t just for mystics

David Yaden discusses research showing that self-transcendent experiences are surprisingly common.

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The trouble with numbers

Aryeh Cohen-Wade and journalist Michael Tracey discuss Nate Silver’s failure to predict Trump’s triumph in the primaries. Plus: The reality of Never-Trumpers.

Online actions that hurt IRL

Robert Wright and Virginia Heffernan, author of Magic and Loss: The Internet as Art, discuss the emotional permeability of the Internet. Plus: Trump as angry poet.

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The ISIS legacy

Shadi Hamid, author of Islamic Exceptionalism, explains how the Islamic State has changed the aspirations of extremists groups. Plus: Understanding sectarian conflict.

Charles Koch’s Republic of Science

Journalist Jim Tankersley on the roots of the billionaire’s passion for funding academic research. Plus: The power of money in academia.

It’s not all about drugs

Suzanne Koven and Jo Marchant, author of Cure, discuss how a focus on pharmaceuticals limits medicine. Plus: The real effects of “fake” medicine.

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It’s less than a whisper

Meditation teachers Josh Summers and Kamala Masters discuss the meditation technique of “noting.” Plus: It’s not about you.

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Third-party interference

Bill Scher and Matt Lewis discuss how Jill Stein and Gary Johnson could affect the debates. Plus: Don’t fear government watch lists.

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Sunni vs. Shia, Protestant vs. Catholic

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Robert Wright and Daniel Kaufman discuss whether religion is the root cause of “sectarian” conflicts. Plus: Caveman ethics.

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The DMZ

What is Marco Rubio thinking?

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Bill Scher and Matt Lewis discuss the Senator’s surprise decision to run for reelection in Florida. Plus: What GOP elites should do at the convention.

The Glenn Show

Damage control for Trump?

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Glenn Loury suggests how the presumptive GOP nominee could gain support in black communities.

Foreign Entanglements

Brexit’s empty promises

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Political science professor David Brockington says some British politicians have made false claims to garner support for leaving the EU. Plus: The British version of a Trump supporter.

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God and salvation in a scientific age

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In the last of five lectures on a spiritual worldview grounded in science, Robert Wright considers the viability of ancient religious ideas in the modern world.

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The Wright Show

The durability of Islam

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Shadi Hamid, author of the new book Islamic Exceptionalism, on how the religion’s adaptability has affected its trajectory. Plus: The trouble with universalism.