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Glenn Loury (Brown University) and John McWhorter (The Daily Beast, Columbia University)

On The Glenn Show, John describes the book he’s writing on how language does and doesn’t shape our view of the world. Glenn reports on the economists’ annual conference, including a caucus of African-American scholars who gathered there. John and Glenn reminisce about being declared “outcasts” by their black professional peers. Glenn remembers the work of the great and recently deceased social scientist Albert Hirschman, and they speculate on what “true loyalty” to one’s group, nation or culture might mean. Has the era of the towering public intellectual passed? They conclude by expressing their very different views about the affirmative action case pending before the Supreme Court.

Recorded:Jan 8    Posted:Jan 10, 2013
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The Glenn Show | Jan 10, 2013 | Glenn Loury & John McWhorter

The Glenn Show

If John Edwards were president, would there be a Tea Party?

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Glenn Loury and John McWhorter consider to how race has fueled opposition to Obama’s policies.   Play entire video

Science Faction

The problem with a “universe from nothing”

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John Horgan and George Johnson critique Lawrence Krauss’s explanation for why there is something rather than nothing. Plus: Honorable agnosticism.   Play entire video

Friedersdorf

What’s behind the achievement gap?

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Conor Friedersdorf and Freddie deBoer debate whether it’s poverty, property values, or something else. Plus:No excuses,” no credibility?   Play entire video

Worldwise

Can Iran be reintegrated into the world?

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Robert Wright speaks with Hooman Majd, who recently reported from the Iranian nuclear negotiations in Vienna. Plus: Will there be an Iranian nuclear deal?   Play entire video

Rational Actors

Can people live without a government?

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Kevin Glass talks to Ben Terris, who recently visited Porcfest, a libertarian gathering in New Hampshire. Plus: Visiting the “libertarian Burning Man.”   Play entire video

Drezburt

Is the two-state solution really and truly dead?

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Heather Hurlburt and Daniel Drezner analyze the future of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Plus: Putin gets trapped by his own propaganda.   Play entire video

Worldwise

Did China just snub North Korea?

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Yong Kwon and Steven Denney consider whether tension is brewing between North Korea and China. Plus: Being pro-Japanese in South Korea.   Play entire video

Worldwise

How will the world react to MH17?

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Volodymyr Yermolenko, from Kiev, talks to Robert Wright. Plus: Who are the “Cossacks” who allegedly shot down MH17?   Play entire video

The DMZ

Should the Dems go hard populist?

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Bill Scher and Matt Lewis consider whether Democrats should play it safe or follow Elizabeth Warren’s lead. Plus: How going on cable news is like doing heroin.   Play entire video