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27 March 2017

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The errors of Daniel Dennett

Massimo Pigliucci critiques the philosopher’s views on consciousness.
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Carrot or stick?

Economists Glenn Loury and Robert Cherry on the debate over how social programs should shape behavior. Plus: Who needs college?

Medicaid the Republican way

Glenn Loury and Harold Pollack discuss how block grants would affect health care for the poor.

Trump to House: Be afraid

Bill Scher and Matt Lewis discuss whether the president can scare Republicans into backing the health care bill.

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Trump, Storyteller-in-Chief

Robert Wright and economist Andrés Rondón on why political narratives don’t need much in the way of facts. Plus: Is Trump America’s Hugo Chávez?

Does Chicago need a crackdown?

Glenn Loury and Alden Loury debate how to stop the shootings. Plus: Life on the South Side.

Does Trump want to stay short-staffed?

Heather Hurlburt and Daniel Drezner consider whether there’s a strategy behind the slow pace of appointments. Plus: Send in “The Kushner“!

How healthy is American democracy?

Political scientist Brendan Nyhan describes a project that detects signs of authoritarianism. Plus: Do facts still matter?

The Wright Show

How do you say “quid pro quo” in Russian?

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Robert Wright and journalist Marcy Wheeler on possible Trump administration corruption. Plus: What Comey revealed about the Trump-Russia investigation.

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You’re what’s wrong with Twitter

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Emily Parker reflects on what running a “troll-free” site taught her about how human nature hinders civil discourse online.

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Get cat vision, save the planet

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Philosopher Matthew Liao looks at ways to combat climate change through genetic engineering.

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The prison of belief

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Journalist Tony Ortega talks about the literal and metaphorical bars that keep people in Scientology. Plus: The sci-fi religion.

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What Trump should learn from Bill Clinton

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Bill Scher explains how the former president’s legislative failures could guide the administration on health care. Plus: Paul Ryan’s bubble.

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The art of cutting a deal on the health plan

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Bill Scher and Matt Lewis consider whether Trump will intervene or pass the buck. Plus: A health plan divided against itself