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3 September 2015

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Have the rules of politics changed?

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

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.

“Knowing how” vs. “knowing that”

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

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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The psychology behind “Benghazi fever”

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.

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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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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Why does God have to be perfect?

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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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The Glenn Show

What makes homicide detectives different

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

Woodruff & Strauss

Is Russ Feingold coming back to the Senate?

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

The Glenn Show

What economists know about the minimum wage

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

The Wright Show

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

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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.