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28 August 2015

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The legacy of Bertrand Russell’s “Why I Am Not a Christian”

Massimo Pigliucci describes the personal impact of the philosopher's famous defense of atheism.
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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.

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 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?

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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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.

Trump’s weird kind of authenticity

Ed Kilgore and Steven Waldman consider why he isn’t tagged as a flip-flopper. Plus: How Trump could actually win.

Complexity produces resilience

Robert Farley and Brandon Valeriano discuss, in reference to both WWII and cyber warfare. Plus: Deterrence doesn’t work in cyberspace.

The Glenn Show

The pettiness of homicide

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Glenn Loury speaks with Jill Leovy, author of the book Ghettoside, about what causes high murder rates.

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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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Do “core memories” exist?

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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 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.

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Xena the gay icon

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Lucy Lawless, who portrayed the title character on Xena: Warrior Princess, discusses why the show developed a cult following. Plus: How Lucy Lawless makes herself happy.

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Grappling with the Buddhist doctrine of “emptiness”

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Robert Wright speaks with theologian John Thatamanil. Plus: Why people of different faiths are not all “climbing the same mountain.”

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