27 February 2015

Has Walker replaced Cruz as the conservative base’s candidate?

Betsy Woodruff and Daniel Strauss weigh the two politicians' narratives. Play entire video

Are we running out of innovation?

Glenn Loury and Brink Lindsey consider the sources of declining economic productivity.   Play entire video

The “Is Obama a Christian?” question

Aryeh Cohen-Wade and Michael Brendan Dougherty discuss Obama’s faith in light of the uproar over his comments about the Crusades. Plus: Why did Obama’s Crusades comments cause an uproar?   Play entire video

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Does Francis mark a new era for the Church?

Matthew Schmitz and Father James Martin consider. Plus: The soundbite papacy.   Play entire video

Why is American Sniper more “pro-family” than Boyhood?

Betsy Woodruff and Andrew Lapin discuss how the media slotted the films into the culture war. Plus: Oscar politics.   Play entire video

Jeb insists he’s his “own man”

Daniel Strauss and Rebecca Berg discuss Jeb Bush’s speech on foreign policy—and his unusual speaking style. Plus: Is Cruz getting ready to run?   Play entire video

Alternative scenarios for Hae Lee’s murder

Robert Wright speaks with Serial guru Susan Simpson. Plus: Did Adnan do it?   Play entire video

Is American Sniper bad for our brains?

George Johnson and John Horgan discuss how the film taps into the psychology of war. Plus: How random is cancer?   Play entire video

Humankind as an experiment

Robert Wright and Michael Shermer discuss whether a scientific outlook can lead humans to become more moral. Plus: Religion: Hero, villain, or innocent bystander?   Play entire video


Early and awkward

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Bill Scher and William Beutler wonder whether Scott Walker is ready for prime time.   Play entire video

The Wright Show

Is the MSM going weirdly easy on Bill O’Reilly?

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Robert Wright speaks with David Corn, who broke the story about O’Reilly’s “Brian Williams problem.”   Play entire video

Culturally Determined

The trouble with mocking Obama

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Aryeh Cohen-Wade and Oliver Morrison explore why there are fewer jokes about Obama than about Bush or Clinton. Plus: Why is there no conservative Jon Stewart?   Play entire video


Why Republicans should fear a DHS shutdown

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Matt Lewis argues that forcing a Homeland Security shutdown is a high-risk, low-reward gambit. Plus: Is Jeb the GOP’s only hope?   Play entire video

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Fashion sociology

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Aryeh Cohen-Wade and Phoebe Maltz Bovy analyze the “basic” charge and the normcore fashion trend. Plus: A tweet can ruin your life.   Play entire video

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Should Harper Lee’s new novel be shelved?

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Aryeh Cohen-Wade and Katy Waldman debate the strange case of Go Set A Watchman. Plus: Jon Stewart’s moral authority.   Play entire video