30 March 2017


The new party of “no”?

Bill Scher and Matt Lewis on when Democrats should compromise with Trump and when they should obstruct. Play entire video

What Trump means for the “privilege wars”

Aryeh Cohen-Wade and Phoebe Maltz Bovy, author of the new book The Perils of “Privilege”, on how the president changed the discussion about political correctness.

Keeping kids from committing violent crime

Harold Pollack explains his research on programs that actually work. Plus: Medicaid the Republican way.

The hermit’s mind

Howard Axelrod, author of The Point of Vanishing, explains how two years alone in the woods changed the way he sees the world.

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Erasing war memories

Robert Wright and philosopher Matthew Liao raise ethical questions about using biotech to make better soldiers. Plus: Get cat vision, save the planet.

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The electorate has spoken

Ann Althouse says the Resistance is resisting democracy, not just Trump.

Carrot or stick?

Economists Glenn Loury and Robert Cherry on the debate over how social programs should shape behavior. Plus: Who needs college?

Does Chicago need a crackdown?

Glenn Loury and Alden Loury debate how to stop the shootings. Plus: Life on the South Side.

The prison of belief

Journalist Tony Ortega talks about the literal and metaphorical bars that keep people in Scientology. Plus: The sci-fi religion.

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The Wright Show

How to save Twitter

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Robert Wright and Emily Parker discuss a plan for making Twitter both profitable and more civil. Plus: You’re what’s wrong with Twitter.


My brain made me do it!

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Daniel Kaufman and Massimo Pigliucci on why science alone can’t explain behavior. Plus: The errors of Daniel Dennett.

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Will Trump go big and then go home?

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Bill Scher and Matt Lewis on whether the president has promised too much. Plus: Trump to House: Be afraid.

The Wright Show

How do you say “quid pro quo” in Russian?

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Robert Wright and journalist Marcy Wheeler on possible Trump administration corruption. Plus: What Comey revealed about the Trump-Russia investigation.

Trump, Storyteller-in-Chief

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Robert Wright and economist Andrés Rondón on why political narratives don’t need much in the way of facts. Plus: Is Trump America’s Hugo Chávez?