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29 July 2015

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Donald Trump and the end(?) of the religious right

Sarah Posner and Anthea Butler consider what Trump's popularity means for the long alliance between the GOP and religious conservatives. Play entire video

Is John Kasich the new Jon Huntsman?

Daniel Strauss and Dylan Scott analyze the conventional wisdom on the Ohio governor’s chances. Plus: Will the Clinton email scandal stick?

Is the Royal Air Force still beyond reproach?

Robert Farley and Tony Cumming discuss the persistent national mythology about the Battle of Britain. Plus: How Britain won the Battle Of Britain.

When theologians appeared on the cover of Time

Robert Wright and Gary Dorrien discuss the dramatic career of the influential mid-century theologian Paul Tillich. Plus: God as “the ground of being.”

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Racial “pabulum” at the New York Times

Glenn Loury inveighs against recent op-eds on race by Charles Blow and David Brooks. Plus:Ta-Nehisi Coates is no James Baldwin.”

Why only Limbaugh can take down Trump

Bill Scher and Matt Lewis discuss how to expel Trump from the GOP race. Plus: Is the Democratic coalition starting to crack up?

Donald Trump is not a joke

Paul Glastris talks to Matt Cooper about Trump’s unusual ideological appeal. Plus: Why the GOP should fear Trump going independent.

Synergy between science and religion?

David Sloan Wilson describes how evolutionary theory can inform a “meaning system” that accommodates moral values as well as science. Plus: What’s the use of religion?

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Faith and fairy tales

Judith Shulevitz argues that the Torah is true in the way that fairy tales are true. Plus: “God is in being good.”

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Washington Monthly

Race and transit

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Paul Glastris talks to Mike Grunwald about how transportation spending in many urban areas reinforces racial segregation.

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Yoga’s weird sort of non-attachment

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Michele Goldberg, author of the new book The Goddess Pose, discusses the teachings of Indra Devi, who helped bring yoga to the West. Plus: Is yoga more than just exercise?

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Meditation as medication

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Psychologist Miguel Farias, author of The Buddha Pill, argues that using meditation for therapy is misguided. Plus: The dark night of the soul.

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The Wright Show

How tough is the new Iranian inspection regime?

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Robert Wright and David Frum debate a central plank of the nuclear deal. Plus: Could Obama have gotten a better Iran deal?

Woodruff & Strauss

What should reporters do when candidates stay mum?

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Betsy Woodruff and Daniel Strauss consider candidates like Hillary Clinton who rarely answers press questions. Plus: Self-criticism at Netroots Nation.