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8 December 2016

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Commander in Chief speaks to the troops in Afghanistan

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Beyond the philosopher’s stone

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Robert Place, author of The Alchemical Tarot, explains how ancient esoteric ideas gave rise to a variety of alchemical practices. Plus: The Fool’s journey.

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If aliens visited Earth, what would they find most surprising?

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Fifth 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 DMZ

Is democracy slipping away?

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Bill Scher and Matt Lewis on what a new study says about belief in our political system.

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Virus-proofing your genes

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Geneticist George Church on the future of genetic engineering. Plus: Resurrecting the mammoth.

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Immoral empathy

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Paul Bloom, author of the new book Against Empathy, argues that feeling other people’s pain can lead us astray.

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