4 June 2023


The New World Disorder

Robert Wright and New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman discuss Iran-Saudi Arabia, Israel-Palestine, Russia-Ukraine, and other geopolitical conundrums. Play entire video

Is it time for an AI-safety Manhattan Project?

Samuel Hammond of the Foundation for American Innovation explains his ambitious plan to Robert Wright.

DeSantis’s and Ukraine’s Incursions

Robert Wright and Mickey Kaus discuss worrisome Ukraine war developments, Putin’s chances of going nuclear, DeSantis’s bumpy declaration, the debt ceiling fight, and more!

The Jordan Neely problem

Glenn Loury and John McWhorter discuss the killing of Jordan Neely on the New York City subway and the sometimes alarming nature of encounters with the homeless and mentally ill.

It’s Ron DeSantis Day!

On this week’s DMZ, Bill Scher and Matt K. Lewis go deep on DeSantis: Did he miss his moment? Is his gubernatorial record all that good? And why he is spending so much time with Elon Musk?

Sam Altman and senate softballs

Robert Wright and Mickey Kaus discuss what senators should have asked the OpenAI CEO at this week’s AI hearing.

14th Amendment Remedy

On this week’s DMZ, Bill Scher tells Matt K. Lewis why he thinks Homeland Security head Mayorkas deserves a medal for his work on the border. Plus: Will Biden use the 14th amendment on the debt ceiling? And has DeSantis gotten his groove back?

Putin’s prickly chef, Trump’s town hall

Robert Wright and Mickey Kaus discuss signs of division in Moscow, Ukraine’s battlefield chances, the GOP presidential campaigns, and more.

The Verdict Is In

On this week’s DMZ: Will being found liable for sexual abuse bring down Trump? Bill Scher and Matt K. Lewis discuss. Plus: Why did Biden change tack on the debt limit? And should we take the Hunter Biden investigation seriously?

The Glenn Show

Does African American history need African American studies?

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Glenn Loury speaks with education activist Charles Love and Florida public high school teacher Donique Rolle about African American history in the classroom.


Who Won The Debt Ceiling Deal?

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Who came out ahead in the debt limit deal? Biden? McCarthy? Both? Neither? Bill Scher and Matt K. Lewis discuss on this week’s DMZ.

Nonzero (The Wright Show)

Why do we cry?

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Robert Wright and Rev. Benjamin Perry—author of the new book “Cry, Baby”—discuss the functions of weeping.

The Glenn Show

The “triple scam” of wokeness

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Glenn Loury and Norman Finkelstein compare the life and work of W.E.B. Du Bois to that of Ibram X. Kendi.

Nonzero (The Wright Show)

The singularity is… ne’er?

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Timothy B. Lee, author of the newsletter Understanding AI, tells Robert Wright why he’s skeptical of superintelligent AI takeoff theories.

Nonzero (The Wright Show)

The epic failures of US foreign policy

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Robert Wright and economist Jeffrey Sachs discuss America’s missed opportunity to create a more just and peaceful post-Cold-War world.