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21 April 2019

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A history of black poverty

In a panel discussion at Harvard with Glenn Loury, John McWhorter explains what led to endemic black poverty in America. Play entire video

The case against “sensitivity readers”

Kat Rosenfield and Phoebe Maltz Bovy critique the new publishing industry practice of reviewing manuscripts for potentially offensive content.

Is three a crowd?

Robert Wright speaks with evolutionary psychologist Geoffrey Miller about the logic and benefits of polyamorous relationships.

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Is Game of Thrones the last of its kind?

Aryeh Cohen-Wade and Michael Sweeney consider whether there will ever be another show with such cultural resonance.

Fingernail clippings and other problems with bodily resurrection

B. D. McClay discusses how early Christian thinkers tried to reckon with the body and the spirit.

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Analytic vs. continental philosophy

Philosophers Daniel Kaufman and Crispin Sartwell discuss the divide between the two schools of philosophical thought.

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Lessons from the streets

Glenn Loury speaks with leaders of the Rose Street Community Center, recently featured in the documentary Charm City, about efforts to reduce violence in East Baltimore.

Has Biden weathered the storm?

Bill Scher and Matt Lewis discuss whether accusations of personal misconduct will follow Joe Biden throughout the Democratic primary.

Does “the Blob” really exist?

Dan Drezner and Robert Wright debate the claim that the DC foreign policy establishment lacks ideological diversity.

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Beauty and the divine

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Robert Wright and theologian John Thatamanil discuss the role of beauty in the “process theology” of Alfred North Whitehead.

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Dating while desi

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Historians Bill Black and Varsha Venkatasubramanian discuss Varsha’s encounters with Hindu nationalists in the Bay Area dating scene.

The DMZ

The boundaries of journalism

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Bill Scher and Matt Lewis discuss the arrest of Julian Assange and the relationship between journalists and their sources.

The Wright Show

Why the Israeli election didn’t really matter

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Yousef Munayyer, executive director of the US Campaign for Palestinian Rights, says that whoever the next Israeli prime minister is, the two-state solution is dead.

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Eating meat without killing animals

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Robert Wright speaks with Paul Shapiro, author of Clean Meat, about the future of lab-grown meat.

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Feminine Chaos

The conjugal drama of the “soap dispenser husband”

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Kat Rosenfield and Phoebe Maltz Bovy discuss what a viral tweet about chores says about relations between men and women.