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27 May 2016

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Trump versus Bernie

Bill Scher and Matt Lewis on why an official debate would prove risky for the presumptive GOP nominee. Play entire video

China’s suspect security measures

Political scientist Lauren Dickey questions the motivation behind the nation’s counterterrorist policy.

Was Trump inevitable?

Bill Scher and Matt Lewis debate whether the intellectual branch of the GOP ever had a chance against Trump’s rhetoric. Plus: Is Sanders Nader 2.0?

The New Atheists vs. The New Agnostics

In the first of five lectures outlining a new spiritual worldview that’s compatible with science, Robert Wright critiques the “New Atheists.”

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The theist with a humanist soul

Unitarian Universalist minister Hank Peirce explains his unconventional understanding of God. Plus: Do Unitarians believe in anything?

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“There are cue makers, and cue takers”

Steven Teles, author of the new book Prison Break, explains how political movements change course.

Buddhists back from the dead

Annabella Pitkin and Alyson Prude discuss life-changing death experiences as recounted by Himalayan Buddhists. Plus: Life in Buddhist hell.

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The power of the Progressive

Thomas Leonard, author of the new book Illiberal Reformers, on how deeply an early-20th century movement shaped academia and politics. Plus: Judging Woodrow Wilson.

The science of willpower

Journalist Daniel Engber and psychologist Robert Kurzban take a skeptical look at the “ego depletion” theory. Plus: Is psychology in crisis?

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Woodruff & Strauss

America loves the rich

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Journalist Kevin Roose explains how Trump’s wealth has done more than fund his campaign.

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Taking candy from kids

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Dacher Keltner, author of The Power Paradox, lists some bad things privileged people tend to do.

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Foreign Entanglements

What if Bobby Kennedy had lived?

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Michael Cohen, author of the new book American Maelstrom, on the political con-sequences of an assassination. Plus: The ghost of George Wallace.

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Freedom in the world, not from the world

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Anantanand Rambachan, author of A Hindu Theology of Liberation, considers the spiritual quest for a life without suffering. Plus: Unifying “unity” and “emptiness.”

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The perilous joy of outrage

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Professor of Marketing Troy Campbell explains why it’s a mistake for social activists to use shame as a tool. Plus: The psychology of the global warming debate.

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The DMZ

Bernie Bros for Trump?

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Bill Scher considers whether the presumptive GOP nominee can steal Bernie supporters from Hillary. Plus: Can Trump bully the Clintons?