5 September 2015


The importance of being uncertain

Megan McArdle describes the virtues of self-doubt.
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Why does God have to be perfect?

Robert Wright and David Corn contemplate a God who isn’t omnipotent and infinitely good. Plus: How to leave a meaningful legacy.

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What’s so great about volition?

Robert Wright and John Horgan discuss the pros and cons of believing in free will. Plus: Theology via drug trip.

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“Knowing how” vs. “knowing that”

Daniel Kaufman and Massimo Pigliucci examine a key distinction raised by the philosopher Gilbert Ryle. Plus: The legacy of Bertrand Russell’s “Why I Am Not a Christian.”

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Confronting grief and loss in the humanist tradition

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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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?

Culturally Determined

Show Me a Hero and solving the tragedy of the commons

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Aryeh Cohen-Wade and Kriston Capps discuss how the HBO miniseries depicted the evolution of public housing.


Have the rules of politics changed?

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Bill Scher and Matt Lewis debate the deeper meaning of the rise of Donald Trump and Ben Carson.

Showing sign language to non-signers

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Brent Strickland describes his experiments testing whether we have an innate sense of whether verbs are “telic,” meaning they having a definite end point.

The Glenn Show

What makes homicide detectives different

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Glenn Loury speaks with Jill Leovy, author of the book Ghettoside, about police psychology. Plus: The pettiness of homicide.

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.


What the Koran says about the salvation of non-Muslims

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Robert Wright speaks with Muslim theologian Jerusha Lamptey. Plus: A path toward Islam.

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