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1 June 2016

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Mathematics and the real world

Massimo Pigliucci, author of The Nature of Philosophy, explains how developments in the natural sciences affect mathematical systems.
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Is the idea of “evil” outmoded?

In the second of five lectures on his spiritual worldview, Robert Wright offers a modern interpretation of evil and proposes “moral imagination” as its antidote.

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Experimenting with empathy

Psychologist Dacher Keltner on studies that reveal a paradoxical interplay between power and empathy. Plus: Bad things privileged people tend to do.

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Trouble for Trump?

Bill Scher and Matt Lewis discuss whether the presumptive nominee’s cult of personality can compensate for a weak campaign infrastructure. Plus: Trump versus Bernie.

Can computers get art?

John Horgan and George Johnson question whether critical analysis can be simulated.

America loves the rich

Journalist Kevin Roose explains how Trump’s wealth has done more than fund his campaign.

The New Atheists vs. The New Agnostics

In the first of five lectures outlining a new spiritual worldview that’s compatible with science, Robert Wright critiques the “New Atheists.”

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What if Bobby Kennedy had lived?

Michael Cohen, author of the new book American Maelstrom, on the political con-sequences of an assassination. Plus: The ghost of George Wallace.

Freedom in the world, not from the world

Anantanand Rambachan, author of A Hindu Theology of Liberation, considers the spiritual quest for a life without suffering. Plus: Unifying “unity” and “emptiness.”

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The Glenn Show

Liberal reform through conservative ideology

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Steven Teles, author of the new book Prison Break, explains how the Tea Party led the way to a more liberal GOP stance on criminal justice. Plus: How movements change course.

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Making sense of Carl Jung

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Bernard Beitman, author of the new book Connecting With Coincidence, on the famous psychotherapist’s archetype and synchronicity theories. Plus: The states of mind that make unlikely events seem meaningful.

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Foreign Entanglements

Challenging China

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Political scientist Lauren Dickey discusses how Taiwan’s new president disrupted the status quo. Plus: China’s suspect counterterrorist policy.

The DMZ

Was Trump inevitable?

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Bill Scher and Matt Lewis debate whether the intellectual branch of the GOP ever had a chance against Trump’s rhetoric. Plus: Is Sanders Nader 2.0?

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The theist with a humanist soul

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Unitarian Universalist minister Hank Peirce explains his unconventional understanding of God. Plus: Do Unitarians believe in anything?

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Buddhists back from the dead

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Annabella Pitkin and Alyson Prude discuss life-changing death experiences as recounted by Himalayan Buddhists. Plus: Life in Buddhist hell.

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