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8 February 2016

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Why your parents really matter

Glenn Loury and Sandy Darity discuss the critical long-term financial implications of inherited and gifted wealth. Play entire video

How Rubio’s caution could be hurting him

National Review’s Alexis Levinson says Marco Rubio’s avoidance of saying anything wrong can make it seem like he’s not saying anything at all. Plus: Too early to write off Jeb?

Finding meaning inside the Beltway

Heather Hurlburt on the hidden spiritual lives of public servants. Plus: the importance of being hokey.

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A defense of hypocrisy

Mathematicians Glen Whitney and John Allen Paulos consider why we should expect people to be inconsistent. Plus: Are we ruled by coincidence?

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Just toughen up?

Philosophers Massimo Pigliucci and Daniel Fincke consider the difference between being stoic and being a Stoic. Plus: Advice on dealing with loss.

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Why reporters shouldn’t be nice

Bill Scher and Alexis Levinson say hard-hitting questions from debate moderators are totally fair. Plus: Why Trump’s debate boycott was a “great call.”

MIA: The Trump and Sanders foreign policy teams

Daniel Drezner says there seems to be a groundswell of support for candidates who reject expertise. Plus: Would you work for Trump?

Is natural selection just a corollary?

Physicist Jeremy England argues that Darwinism is a “special case” of more general physical laws. Plus: Does physics leave room for free will?

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The case for boredom

Robert Wright and Maria Popova discuss the benefits of “fruitful monotony.” Plus: Do social networks undermine the spirit of friendship?

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Woodruff & Strauss

Who’s surging in New Hampshire?

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Betsy Woodruff and Daniel Strauss talk about the Republican candidates jostling for position in the upcoming primary. Plus: Clinton’s Wall Street speaking fees.

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No time for death anxiety

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Sociologist Paul Froese, author of On Purpose, discusses the upside and downside of the modern preoccupation with to-do lists.

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Foreign Entanglements

Why you shouldn’t be afraid of ISIS

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Michael Cohen says GOP fear mongering has reached new heights in the foreign policy arena. Plus: Why Iowa doesn’t matter.

Woodruff & Strauss

Does Jeb still have a shot?

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Daniel Strauss says Jeb Bush may still have a path to the nomination. Plus: Who will take down Trump?

Is Trump winning in the post-ideological game?

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Katherine Mangu-Ward and Mark Schmitt try to explain the Trump phenomenon. Plus: What are the chances for criminal justice reform?

Where free-market economics gets it way wrong

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Bob Frank discusses the discrepancies between laissez-faire economic theory and what he considers common-sense realities. Plus: The foundational flaw of standard economics.