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3 May 2016

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Green magic

Scholar of religion Jenny Butler explains why many Pagans are ardent environmentalists.
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Bernie Sanders is underappreciated

Dylan Scott says the unexpected rise of a socialist senator has been overshadowed by The Donald. Plus: Why Carly Fiorina for VP?

Politicians are boring

Matt Lewis says most elected officials are in the business of getting reelected, and thus are risk-adverse. Plus: Trump’s female voter problem.

The existentialism of Metallica

David Masciotra and William Irwin get philosophical about heavy metal music. Plus: The libertarian safety net.

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Ease up on the Founding Fathers

Glenn Loury and John McWhorter say it’s unreasonable to judge people of the past using today’s moral standards.

Will Sanders call it quits?

Daniel Strauss and Jim Newell hash out how and when the candidate may throw in the towel. Plus: Is Trump a changed man?

God is love, literally

Writer Gregg Easterbrook wishes for more radicalism in Christian theology, and proposes “God is love” as a centerpiece for left-wing theology. Plus: Killing Hitler for God.

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Don’t despair

William Irwin, author of The Free Market Existentialist, challenges the stereotype that existentialism leads to pessimism. Plus: The compatibility of existentialism and capitalism.

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Surrendering the White Knight

Bill Scher and Matt Lewis consider whether Paul Ryan erred when he said the GOP nominee should only be someone who ran in the primaries.

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Do the right thing

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Massimo Pigliucci explains how Stoics deal with competing moral obligations. Plus: The ethics of eating.

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God-shaped hole

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Anne Klaeysen, humanist chaplain at NYU and Columbia, describes the challenges of non-theistic pastoral care.

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Do yogis dream of illusory sheep?

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Jay Mutzafi, host of The Lucid Dreaming Podcast, describes how Buddhists use lucid dreaming to subvert rigid perceptions of what’s real and what’s not. Plus: Virtual reality of dreams.

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The DMZ

Why are millennials so mad?

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Bill Scher and Matt Lewis discuss the false expectations of the younger generation. Plus: Aging out of the Bern.

Rational Actors

The cost of free trade

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Kevin Glass and Charlotte Allen discuss the history of Republican views on free trade from Reagan to Trump. Plus: Why support Trump.

Woodruff & Strauss

A Trump aide’s history with the “torturers’ lobby”

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Betsy Woodruff reports on Donald Trump’s new delegates-and-convention guru, Paul Manafort, and his ties to unsavory political figures abroad.