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John Horgan (Stevens Center for Science Writings, Cross-Check) and George Johnson (The Cancer Chronicles, Raw Data)

John tells George about how he bonded with his son over horror writer H.P. Lovecraft, and then they turn to science news. Have scientists really discovered the Higgs boson? Even if they have, John and George say we’re a long way from a theory of everything. They argue against “boot-strap” physicists that try to explain how something can come from nothing. Finally, they wonder, with physics in a state of crisis, what will bright young minds study?

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Science Faction | Jul 7, 2012 | John Horgan & George Johnson

Foreign Entanglements

Make corporate America protect Bangladeshi garment workers

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Erik Loomis, author of the new book Out of Sight, explains how to hold multinational corporations accountable in the developing world.

Is “death with dignity” a distraction?

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Derek Ayeh and Dr. Sean Morrison discuss whether the medical profession should focus its energy on palliative care instead of on assisted suicide. Plus: The biggest problems with American healthcare.

Woodruff & Strauss

Distortions of the DC/NY media hive mind

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Betsy Woodruff and Jim Newell consider whether the national media overrates Chris Christie. Plus: The “hell no caucus” on gay marriage.

The Bernie Sanders coalition: A bunch of white people?

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Harold Meyerson and Jack Ross discuss whether Sanders’s class-based approach to politics may hinder his ability to form a racially diverse coalition.

The DMZ

A conservative’s lament: “When does it end?”

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Bill Scher and Matt Lewis debate progressive change in the wake of the legalization of gay marriage. Plus: Will Chris Christie play nationally?

The Glenn Show

Obama’s brilliant artifice

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Reflecting on the president’s eulogy for Rev. Clementa Pinckney, Glenn Loury and John McWhorter consider Obama’s racial self-presentation. Plus: The end of the Confederate flag.

Rational Actors

Passing the “ideological Turing test”

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Kevin Glass and Timothy Lee discuss the importance of seeing issues from the other side. Plus: The rich: Are they jerks?

The future of conservative healthcare reform

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With Obamacare subsidies secure, Brian Beutler and Yevgeniy Feyman discuss state waivers. Plus: Game over for judicial challenges to Obamacare.

The DMZ

Bringing “liberal” back

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Bill Scher and Matt Lewis discuss whether moderate voters are moving left. Plus: Will conservatives turn on John Roberts?