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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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Psychologist Dacher Keltner on studies that reveal a paradoxical interplay between power and empathy. Plus: Bad things privileged people tend to do.

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The DMZ

Trouble for Trump?

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Bill Scher and Matt Lewis discuss whether the presumptive nominee’s cult of personality can compensate for a weak campaign infrastructure. Plus: Trump versus Bernie.

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Can computers get art?

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John Horgan and George Johnson question whether critical analysis can be simulated.

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No mere coincidence

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Psychiatrist Bernard Beitman, author of the new book Connecting With Coincidence, discusses the states of mind that make unlikely events seem meaningful.

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Foreign Entanglements

Challenging China

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Political scientist Lauren Dickey discusses how Taiwan’s new president disrupted the status quo. Plus: China’s suspect counterterrorist policy.

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America loves the rich

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Journalist Kevin Roose explains how Trump’s wealth has done more than fund his campaign.

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Was Trump inevitable?

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Bill Scher and Matt Lewis debate whether the intellectual branch of the GOP ever had a chance against Trump’s rhetoric. Plus: Is Sanders Nader 2.0?

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The New Atheists vs. The New Agnostics

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In the first of five lectures outlining a new spiritual worldview that’s compatible with science, Robert Wright critiques the “New Atheists.”

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The theist with a humanist soul

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Unitarian Universalist minister Hank Peirce explains his unconventional understanding of God. Plus: Do Unitarians believe in anything?

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What if Bobby Kennedy had lived?

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Michael Cohen, author of the new book American Maelstrom, on the political con-sequences of an assassination. Plus: The ghost of George Wallace.