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27 August 2015

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A humanist’s perspective on the meaning of life

Michael Price speaks with Greg Epstein, the humanist chaplain at Harvard.
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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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Do “core memories” exist?

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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Does AIPAC really want to win the fight against the Iran deal?

Robert Wright and Stephen Walt wonder whether the lobby might do better to put up a good fight and lose. Plus: What some Iran deal opponents fear more than a nuclear Iran.

Trump’s weird kind of authenticity

Ed Kilgore and Steven Waldman consider why he isn’t tagged as a flip-flopper. Plus: How Trump could actually win.

Grappling with the Buddhist doctrine of “emptiness”

Robert Wright speaks with theologian John Thatamanil. Plus: Why people of different faiths are not all “climbing the same mountain.”

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Changing paradigms in the cognitive sciences

Daniel Kaufman and Ian Ground discuss the legacy of Wittgenstein. Plus: Why your money has value, and your mind has meaning.

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Woodruff & Strauss

Is Russ Feingold coming back to the Senate?

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

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.

The DMZ

“She’s got some real problems”

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Matt Lewis argues that Hillary Clinton is handling the email server story horribly. Plus: President Donald Trump.

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Xena the gay icon

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Lucy Lawless, who portrayed the title character on Xena: Warrior Princess, discusses why the show developed a cult following. Plus: How Lucy Lawless makes herself happy.

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Foreign Entanglements

Complexity produces resilience

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Robert Farley and Brandon Valeriano discuss, in reference to both WWII and cyber warfare. Plus: Deterrence doesn’t work in cyberspace.

The DMZ

How Bernie became the punching bag for the left

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Bill Scher and Alexis Levinson discuss why Sanders is catching so much flack from activists—especially compared to Hillary Clinton. Plus: Among the Trump superfans.