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Robert Wright (Bloggingheads.tv, The Evolution of God, Nonzero) and Shadi Hamid (Brookings Institution, Islamic Exceptionalism)

Shadi details how the US should aid the Syrian rebels, and Bob asks if he’s really ready for all-out war. Bob asks whether intervening wouldn’t mean being on Al Qaeda’s side. Bob and Shadi disagree about the lessons of Libya. They close by discussing which is more naïve—believing that sanctions will topple Assad or believing that military intervention would bring stable peace.

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Recorded:May 27    Posted:May 28, 2012
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Worldwise | May 28, 2012 | Robert Wright & Shadi Hamid

MeaningofLife.tv

The hermit’s mind

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Howard Axelrod, author of The Point of Vanishing, explains how two years alone in the woods changed the way he sees the world.

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Erasing war memories

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Robert Wright and philosopher Matthew Liao raise ethical questions about using biotech to make better soldiers. Plus: Get cat vision, save the planet.

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The DMZ

Will Trump go big and then go home?

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Bill Scher and Matt Lewis on whether the president has promised too much. Plus: Trump to House: Be afraid.

The Glenn Show

The electorate has spoken

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Ann Althouse says the Resistance is resisting democracy, not just Trump.

The Wright Show

How do you say “quid pro quo” in Russian?

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Robert Wright and journalist Marcy Wheeler on possible Trump administration corruption. Plus: What Comey revealed about the Trump-Russia investigation.

MeaningofLife.tv

The errors of Daniel Dennett

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Massimo Pigliucci critiques the philosopher’s views on consciousness.

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The Wright Show

You’re what’s wrong with Twitter

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Emily Parker reflects on what running a “troll-free” site taught her about how human nature hinders civil discourse online.

The Glenn Show

Carrot or stick?

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Economists Glenn Loury and Robert Cherry on the debate over how social programs should shape behavior. Plus: Who needs college?

The Glenn Show

Medicaid the Republican way

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Glenn Loury and Harold Pollack discuss how block grants would affect health care for the poor.

Trump, Storyteller-in-Chief

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Robert Wright and economist Andrés Rondón on why political narratives don’t need much in the way of facts. Plus: Is Trump America’s Hugo Chávez?