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3 August 2015

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Can AIPAC sink the Iran nuclear deal?

Heather Hurlburt and Daniel Drezner evaluate the campaign to scuttle the agreement. Play entire video

Why should we punish people who do bad things?

Robert Wright and Paul Bloom ponder whether our intuition leads us to penalize wrongdoers for the wrong reasons. Plus: The demonization instinct.

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How Rand Paul lost the courage of his convictions

Bill Scher and Matt Lewis consider Paul’s sputtering presidential prospects. Plus: Why Donald Trump is no Herman Cain.

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Tapping into evangelical anger

Sarah Posner and Anthea Butler discuss Donald Trump’s surprising appeal to the religious right. Plus: Donald Trump and the end(?) of the religious right.

Debating the federal loan guarantee system

Paul Glastris, Ed Kilgore, and Mike Grunwald consider the Export-Import Bank and other ways the government lends money. Plus: Race and transit.

Is John Kasich the new Jon Huntsman?

Daniel Strauss and Dylan Scott analyze the conventional wisdom on the Ohio governor’s chances. Plus: Will the Clinton email scandal stick?

When theologians appeared on the cover of Time

Robert Wright and Gary Dorrien discuss the dramatic career of the influential mid-century theologian Paul Tillich. Plus: God as “the ground of being.”

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Meditation as medication

Psychologist Miguel Farias, author of The Buddha Pill, argues that using meditation for therapy is misguided. Plus: The dark night of the soul.

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Why only Limbaugh can take down Trump

Bill Scher and Matt Lewis discuss how to expel Trump from the GOP race. Plus: Is the Democratic coalition starting to crack up?

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The God of natural selection

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Karl Giberson, author of a new book on the biblical Adam, discusses Christian attempts to integrate evolution into theology.

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Charter school teachers who want a union

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Micah Uetricht and Rachel Cohen discuss the benefits (and drawbacks) of unionization.

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Yoga’s weird sort of non-attachment

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Michele Goldberg, author of the new book The Goddess Pose, discusses the teachings of Indra Devi, who helped bring yoga to the West. Plus: Is yoga more than just exercise?

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Foreign Entanglements

Is the Royal Air Force still beyond reproach?

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Robert Farley and Tony Cumming discuss the persistent national mythology about the Battle of Britain. Plus: How Britain won the Battle Of Britain.

The Glenn Show

Racial “pabulum” at the New York Times

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Glenn Loury inveighs against recent op-eds on race by Charles Blow and David Brooks. Plus:Ta-Nehisi Coates is no James Baldwin.”