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28 August 2015

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The pettiness of homicide

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

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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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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“She’s got some real problems”

Matt Lewis argues that Hillary Clinton is handling the email server story horribly. Plus: President Donald Trump.

Xena the gay icon

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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Complexity produces resilience

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

Grappling with the Buddhist doctrine of “emptiness”

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

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A humanist’s perspective on the meaning of life

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Michael Price speaks with Greg Epstein, the humanist chaplain at Harvard.

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Woodruff & Strauss

Is Russ Feingold coming back to the Senate?

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Betsy Woodruff and Jessie Opoien preview the Wisconsin race, a rematch of 2010. Plus: What it now means to be conservative on immigration.

The Wright Show

Does AIPAC really want to win the fight against the Iran deal?

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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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Trump’s weird kind of authenticity

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

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Changing paradigms in the cognitive sciences

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Daniel Kaufman and Ian Ground discuss the legacy of Wittgenstein. Plus: Why your money has value, and your mind has meaning.

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