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25 July 2016

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Television as a social good

Daniel Kaufman argues that cable television unified the country in ways that online media can't. Play entire video
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The nitty gritty of being president

David Frum argues that sound policy alone does not make for a com-petent leader. Plus: Is Trump confused about power?

Sauna as a spiritual experience

Religious scholar Jack Tsonis, founder of the “Saunatarian movement,” talks ritual and transcendence.

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Don’t count on Cruz 2020

Bill Scher on why Ted Cruz likely won’t unite the party should Trump lose in November.

Why bad cops aren’t the real problem

Criminologist and former police officer Peter Moskos says unnecessary police shootings are more about failed systems than bad policing. Plus: Stopping death by cops.

The ills of the elite

Helen Andrews critiques America’s meritocratic ruling class. Plus: Are the Ivies ruining America?

Trump’s dearth of women (for veep)

Bill Scher and Matt Lewis consider why no female politicians made The Donald’s short list.

The case for materialism

Phoebe Maltz Bovy argues that there’s nothing inherently wrong with valuing possessions over experiences. Plus: Has anti-Semitism gone main stream?

The Glenn Show

An “impossible dilemma”

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Glenn Loury and Heather Mac Donald discuss pleas for increased policing among communities that also distrust the cops. Plus: The facts on race-based police shootings.

Foreign Entanglements

Olympic-sized woes

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Historian Colin Snider discusses the dreary national mood in Brazil before the upcoming Summer Games.

The Glenn Show

The police are shooting unarmed white men, too

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Glenn Loury and John McWhorter on the seldom-discussed list of white men wrongfully killed by cops.

MeaningofLife.tv

What would Spinoza say about modern-day USA?

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Spinoza scholar Steven Nadler argues that American politics is infected by religion. Plus: Spinoza and Buddhism.

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Why Trump gets to be Trump

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Philosopher Cristina Bicchieri on how fear changes social norms. Plus: Analyzing entrenched traditions.

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The trouble with generals in politics

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Heather Hurlburt and Daniel Drezner discuss our tendency to assume former military personnel make strong political leaders.