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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

An evil creator

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Father Anthony Silvia gives the Gnostic view of how the world came to be.

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Meditation for the masses

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Erik Braun, author of The Birth of Insight, explains how a practice that was long rare among Asian Buddhists went mainstream.

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The Glenn Show

Should politicians underestimate voter intelligence?

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Glenn Loury and write-in presidential candidate Larry Kotlikoff discuss how much of politics is the art of persuasion. Plus: Larry Kotlikoff for president?

Rational Actors

The grand delusion of the Grand Old Party

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Matthew Sheffield argues that conservative news outlets are not as influential as Republicans believe.

MeaningofLife.tv

Plant life as a spiritual ideal

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George Young explains why Soviet biologist Vladimir Vernadsky thought humans should become more like plants. Plus: Futurists from the past.

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The DMZ

The story about Jimmy Carter you’ve probably never heard

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Bill Scher and Matt Lewis discuss why some political stories don’t stand the test of time. Plus: Are we too concerned with Clinton’s health?

MeaningofLife.tv

What shapes our moral instincts?

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Daniel Kaufman and Massimo Pigliucci compare David Hume’s insights into human nature to those of modern psychology.

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The Glenn Show

Larry Kotlikoff for president?

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Economist and write-in presidential candidate Larry Kotlikoff on why you should vote for him in November.

The Glenn Show

Is racism getting worse?

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John McWhorter argues that the rise of movements like the alt-right is misleading. Plus: The trouble with Ta-Nehisi Coates’s white fans.