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2 September 2015

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The GOP’s China follies

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

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.

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How to leave a meaningful legacy

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Robert Wright and David Corn discuss confronting death in the absence of a belief in an afterlife.

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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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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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What the Koran says about the salvation of non-Muslims

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

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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.