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2 December 2016

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Trump and tribalism

Introducing a new MeaningofLife.tv feature: Sixty-Second Sermons.
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In this video:

Is Trump falling for the wrong people?

Bill Scher and Matt Lewis consider what the president-elect’s cabinet picks reveal about his priorities.

Working in Freud’s shadow

Journalist Oliver Burkeman and psychologist Jonathan Shedler on how the first psychotherapist’s ideas still haunt the field. Plus: Can thoughts change emotions?

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Religion: Good or evil?

Robert Wright and evolutionary scientist Gad Saad debate whether religions actually cause acts done in their name. Plus: Does your car make you look shorter?

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The Fool’s journey

Robert Place, author of several decks of Tarot cards, explains how the cards depict a path to enlightenment.

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What was your happiest moment of the past week?

Second in a series of video mashups in which some people you know, and some people you don’t know, are put on the spot.

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The future of the Iran deal

Robert Farley and Daniel Nexon on what a Trump administration means for the nuclear agreement. Plus: A case for Bolton.

Did progressive gains on social issues happen too fast?

Robert Wright and Daniel Kaufman on the link between liberal moralizing and Trumpism. Plus: The tribe of Trump.

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What does blue look like to you?

Robert Wright and philosopher Keith Frankish struggle with the fundamentally private nature of consciousness. Plus: Folk psychology and the brain.

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Foreign Entanglements

A clash of civilizations?

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Matthew Duss and Daveed Gartenstein-Ross consider whether opposing Islam will define Trump’s foreign policy. Plus: Could Trump get Syria right?

The Glenn Show

Does flying a Confederate flag equal hate speech?

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Glenn Loury and Joshua Cohen consider the line between unpopular opinions and bigotry. Plus: When is deportation justified?

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Do you have a motto you live by?

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Third in a series of video mashups in which some people you know, and some people you don’t know, are put on the spot.

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Rational Actors

No free pass for Trump

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Ben Howe cautions Republicans against putting party above principles. Plus: What happens to #neverTrump now?

The DMZ

Is this the GOP’s big break?

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Bill Scher and Matt Lewis on what Trump’s victory means for establishment Republicans. Plus: Democrats in crisis.