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29 June 2016

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Glenn Loury (Brown University) and Joshua Cohen (Boston Review, Stanford University)

Josh and Glenn bring in the New Year on The Glenn Show. They discuss the larger significance of fiscal cliff showdown. Turning to a review of Campaign 2012, Glenn asks about the deeper meaning of Obama’s decisive victory. Poverty received little attention during the election—could the theory of justice advanced by philosopher John Rawls be a remedy? Next, a few of the best pieces published last year by Boston Review, the intellectual magazine Josh has edited for two decades: a forum on effective early childhood interventions, a report on the teaching of philosophy to high school students in Brazil, and an interview with author Junot Diaz.

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The Glenn Show | Jan 2, 2013 | Glenn Loury & Joshua Cohen

The Glenn Show

Stop saying “structural racism”

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John McWhorter argues that “race-based disadvan-tage” is a more accurate and useful term for the problem. Plus: How Trump could gain black votes.

Foreign Entanglements

Is Brexit for real?

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Political scientist Nick Clark considers the likelihood of a Leave reversal.

MeaningofLife.tv

How do you know what’s real?

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Robert Wright and researcher David Yaden wonder if self-transcendence is a truer state than everyday reality. Plus: Mystical states aren’t just for mystics.

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Culturally Determined

Rational ignorance

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Aryeh Cohen-Wade and journalist Robby Soave discuss the mentality of the average American voter.

MeaningofLife.tv

Sunni vs. Shia, Protestant vs. Catholic

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Robert Wright and Daniel Kaufman discuss whether religion is the root cause of “sectarian” conflicts. Plus: Caveman ethics.

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The DMZ

What is Marco Rubio thinking?

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Bill Scher and Matt Lewis discuss the Senator’s surprise decision to run for reelection in Florida. Plus: What GOP elites should do at the convention.

Culturally Determined

The trouble with numbers

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Aryeh Cohen-Wade and journalist Michael Tracey discuss Nate Silver’s failure to predict Trump’s triumph in the primaries. Plus: The reality of Never-Trumpers.

MeaningofLife.tv

Online actions that hurt IRL

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Robert Wright and Virginia Heffernan, author of Magic and Loss: The Internet as Art, discuss the emotional permeability of the Internet. Plus: Trump as angry poet.

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The Wright Show

The ISIS legacy

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Shadi Hamid, author of Islamic Exceptionalism, explains how the Islamic State has changed the aspirations of extremists groups. Plus: Understanding sectarian conflict.

Rational Actors

Charles Koch’s Republic of Science

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Journalist Jim Tankersley on the roots of the billionaire’s passion for funding academic research. Plus: The power of money in academia.