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Robert Wright (Bloggingheads.tv, The Evolution of God, Nonzero) and Matthew Yglesias (Vox)

Andrew Breitbart is dead, and Matt is already speaking ill of him. Should we abandon the taboo on criticizing the recently deceased? A new study says the wealthy are less ethical—but are they more jerky because they’re rich, or richer because they’re jerks? Bob thinks university admissions contribute to the jerk problem, and Matt suggests a possible solution. Bob asks Matt to help him overcome his Twitter phobia. Plus: Matt previews his forthcoming e-book, The Rent Is Too Damn High.

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The Wright Show | Mar 1, 2012 | Robert Wright & Matthew Yglesias

MeaningofLife.tv

Caveman ethics

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Robert Wright and Daniel Kaufman debate whether evolutionary psychology says anything useful about morality.

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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.

The DMZ

“There is no good outcome”

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Matt Lewis considers what anti-Trump Republicans should do at the upcoming convention.

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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.

The Glenn Show

Damage control for Trump?

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Glenn Loury suggests how the presumptive GOP nominee could gain support in black communities.

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.

Foreign Entanglements

Brexit’s empty promises

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Political science professor David Brockington says some British politicians have made false claims to garner support for leaving the EU. Plus: The British version of a Trump supporter.

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It’s not all about drugs

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Suzanne Koven and Jo Marchant, author of Cure, discuss how a focus on pharmaceuticals limits medicine. Plus: The real effects of “fake” medicine.

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God and salvation in a scientific age

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In the last of five lectures on a spiritual worldview grounded in science, Robert Wright considers the viability of ancient religious ideas in the modern world.

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