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25 July 2016

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Olympic-sized woes

Historian Colin Snider discusses the dreary national mood in Brazil before the upcoming Summer Games. Play entire video

Sauna as a spiritual experience

Religious scholar Jack Tsonis, founder of the “Saunatarian movement,” talks ritual and transcendence.

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Don’t count on Cruz 2020

Bill Scher on why Ted Cruz likely won’t unite the party should Trump lose in November.

The police are shooting unarmed white men, too

Glenn Loury and John McWhorter on the seldom-discussed list of white men wrongfully killed by cops.

What would Spinoza say about modern-day USA?

Spinoza scholar Steven Nadler argues that American politics is infected by religion. Plus: Spinoza and Buddhism.

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Why Trump gets to be Trump

Philosopher Cristina Bicchieri on how fear changes social norms. Plus: Analyzing entrenched traditions.

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The case for materialism

Phoebe Maltz Bovy argues that there’s nothing inherently wrong with valuing possessions over experiences. Plus: Has anti-Semitism gone main stream?

The trouble with generals in politics

Heather Hurlburt and Daniel Drezner discuss our tendency to assume former military personnel make strong political leaders.

The Glenn Show

An “impossible dilemma”

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Glenn Loury and Heather Mac Donald discuss pleas for increased policing among communities that also distrust the cops. Plus: The facts on race-based police shootings.

The nitty gritty of being president

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David Frum argues that sound policy alone does not make for a com-petent leader. Plus: Is Trump confused about power?

The Glenn Show

Why bad cops aren’t the real problem

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Criminologist and former police officer Peter Moskos says unnecessary police shootings are more about failed systems than bad policing. Plus: Stopping death by cops.

Culturally Determined

The ills of the elite

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Helen Andrews critiques America’s meritocratic ruling class. Plus: Are the Ivies ruining America?

The DMZ

Trump’s dearth of women (for veep)

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Bill Scher and Matt Lewis consider why no female politicians made The Donald’s short list.

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Awakening to one’s flaws

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Meditation teacher Kenneth Folk explains why seeing the roots of our biases is both useful and difficult. Plus: Meta-okayness.

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