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31 August 2016

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Conor Friedersdorf (The Atlantic) and James Poulos (Forbes, Free Radicals, The Daily Beast)

Conor and James kick things off by musing on what the most radical social experiment in American history might be (hint: it’s not same-sex marriage). James argues that Europe is suffering from a crisis of political leadership and legitimacy, and that countries like Greece have been subsidizing their nationalism. Are idiosyncratic customs like the Spanish siesta doomed? James explains that being a parent is very different than he expected. Will we ever arrive at a science of raising children? Conor argues, contra Tom Friedman, that advertising makes America a more egalitarian country than it would otherwise be. And James explains how to go about being a rock star.

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Recorded:May 14    Posted:May 15, 2012
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Rational Actors

Rich in the Rust Belt

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Kevin Glass and journalist John Davidson discuss why poverty boosts support for Trump even among those with above-average incomes.

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A critique so nice he wrote it twice

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David Ottlinger tells the creation story behind Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason and Prolegomena. Plus: Kant the revolutionary.

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The Wright Show

In Trump we trust?

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Robert Wright and Mickey Kaus assess how much Trump can soften his immigration stance without alienating his base.

The Wright Show

Is Hillary really all that hawkish?

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Robert Wright and journalist Jim Lobe discuss whether Hillary’s interventionism has been overstated by the left. Plus: How neocons paved the way for Trump.

The Wright Show

A “fleeting unity” against Trump

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Sam Tanenhaus discusses the emerging alliance between the liberal and conservative establishments. Plus: Forgiving Trump.

Drezburt

Trump as national gatekeeper

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Heather Hurlburt and Daniel Drezner discuss the candidate’s attempted pivot on immigration policy. Plus: Has Trumpism maxed out?

MeaningofLife.tv

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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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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