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4 September 2015

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Show Me a Hero and solving the tragedy of the commons

Aryeh Cohen-Wade and Kriston Capps discuss how the HBO miniseries depicted the evolution of public housing. Play entire video

Why does God have to be perfect?

Robert Wright and David Corn contemplate a God who isn’t omnipotent and infinitely good. Plus: How to leave a meaningful legacy.

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What’s so great about volition?

Robert Wright and John Horgan discuss the pros and cons of believing in free will. Plus: Theology via drug trip.

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Showing sign language to non-signers

Brent Strickland describes his experiments testing whether we have an innate sense of whether verbs are “telic,” meaning they having a definite end point.

What makes homicide detectives different

Glenn Loury speaks with Jill Leovy, author of the book Ghettoside, about police psychology. Plus: The pettiness of homicide.

Is Russ Feingold coming back to the Senate?

Betsy Woodruff and Jessie Opoien preview the Wisconsin race, a rematch of 2010. Plus: What it now means to be conservative on immigration.

What economists know about the minimum wage

Glenn Loury speaks with David Neumark, who critiques writers like Paul Krugman. Plus: Do workers earn what they’re worth?

What the Koran says about the salvation of non-Muslims

Robert Wright speaks with Muslim theologian Jerusha Lamptey. Plus: A path toward Islam.

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The DMZ

Have the rules of politics changed?

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Bill Scher and Matt Lewis debate the deeper meaning of the rise of Donald Trump and Ben Carson.

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The GOP’s China follies

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Heather Hurlburt and Dan Drezner critique recent anti-China rhetoric by Republican presidential contenders.

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“Knowing how” vs. “knowing that”

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Daniel Kaufman and Massimo Pigliucci examine a key distinction raised by the philosopher Gilbert Ryle. Plus: The legacy of Bertrand Russell’s “Why I Am Not a Christian.”

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Confronting grief and loss in the humanist tradition

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Michael Price speaks with Greg Epstein, the humanist chaplain at Harvard. Plus: A humanist’s perspective on the meaning of life.

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Washington Monthly

The psychology behind “Benghazi fever”

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Paul Glastris lays out his theory of why the 2012 consulate attack continues to resonate on the right. Plus: The progressive case for President Trump.

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Do “core memories” exist?

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Psychologist Dacher Keltner, an adviser on the Pixar movie Inside Out, discusses the science of memory and emotion. Plus: Finding the positive in negative emotions.

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