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26 August 2016

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Conor Friedersdorf (The Atlantic) and Michael Brendan Dougherty (The Slurve, The Week)

Conor and Michael kick things off by discussing the trial of Anders Breivik, the far-right Norwegian terrorist, who is trying to turn his trial into an attack on multiculturalism. They next turn their attention to Katie Roiphe’s controversial Newsweek cover story about female submission fantasies. Conor argues that there is a bipartisan interest in making women feel bad. Do American voters have a psychological need to be frightened? Both diavloggers muse on why Republicans continually fail to nominate the most conservative candidates in presidential primaries. And Michael heretically argues that Pete Campbell is his favorite character in Mad Men.

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The Wright Show

Forgiving Trump

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Journalist Sam Tanenhaus explains how Trump supporters process his most offensive remarks.

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Combating the “narcissism epidemic”

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Robert Wright and Katherine Ozment, author of Grace Without God, consider the need for moral education in a secular age. Plus: Death deserves discussion.

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Will Trumpism survive Trump?

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Heather Hurlburt and Daniel Drezner consider how the candidate’s campaign will shape the GOP’s future.

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How to talk about religious beliefs

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Professor Daniel Ogilvie shares his experience getting students to reflect on their ideas about the soul. Plus: When the afterlife became a reward.

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The DMZ

How the GOP can rebuild

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Matt Lewis outlines what must happen for the Republican party to “correct itself.” Plus: Is Trump’s endgame Trump TV?

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What’s religion good for?

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Philip Menchaca and Jessica Sherry consider what “cargo cults” show about the function of religion. Plus: The unique beliefs of the John Frum movement.

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What is Psychedelic Buddhism?

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Douglas Osto, author of Altered States, describes a new kind of American spirituality that has emerged since the 1960s. Plus: Gateway drugs to Buddhism.

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Will AI lead to greater inequality?

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Robin Hanson and James Hughes consider the economic effects of future tech. Plus: Robot “zombies” vs. conscious AI.

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The importance of philosophy

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Daniel Kaufman and Massimo Pigliucci on why the discipline is more than a series of intellectual exercises. Plus: Making progress in ethics.

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The DMZ

Why political narratives matter

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Matt Lewis argues that the post-election story Republicans tell themselves will determine whether the GOP successfully modernizes. Plus: The possible damage of a protest vote.