18 September 2021


Will the Biden budget “transform” America?

Robert Wright and Mickey Kaus debate whether Biden’s claims about his budget are lies or ordinary political hyperbole. Play entire video

James Lindsay climbs aboard the Trump train

David Ottlinger and journalist Cathy Young discuss the controversial anti-woke crusader’s support for Donald Trump.

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Crime and Punishment and Determinism

Robert Wright and journalist Oliver Burkeman ask whether a commitment to determinism would require us to rethink our approach to criminal justice.

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A midpoint in the cultural battle of kids vs. parents

Aryeh Cohen-Wade talks with Katie Baker about her recent essay on early ’90s Nickelodeon and how children’s entertainment has changed since then.

Did the Global War on Terrorism backfire?

Robert Wright and Mickey Kaus discuss whether the wars that followed 9/11 fueled homegrown terrorism.

Looking back at 9/11

Bill Scher and Matt K. Lewis discuss what they’ve learned about American politics since the 9/11 attacks.

The case against The White Lotus

Critic John Ganz found the widely praised HBO series tedious and hollow.

The “fight” against CRT

Glenn Loury and Nikita Petrov discuss whether it’s helpful to think of opposition to woke anti-racism in pugilistic terms.

Who’s onboard with the Texas abortion law?

Bill Scher and Matt K. Lewis debate whether Texas’ controversial new abortion law risks alienating the political center.

The Glenn Show

The spiritual challenges of climate change

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Glenn Loury and historian Daniel Bessner discuss the possibility that combating climate change will require rethinking what it means to live a meaningful life.


The legacy of Norm MacDonald

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Bill Scher and Matt K. Lewis discuss the late comic’s work and career.

The Glenn Show

Rocks and race at the University of Wisconsin

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Glenn Loury and John McWhorter discuss how the University of Wisconsin should have handled recent campus protests.

Culturally Determined

A counternarrative on online disinformation

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Joe Bernstein discusses his new Harper’s cover story reconsidering “fake news.”

The Wright Show

Will the Texas abortion law backfire?

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Robert Wright and Mickey Kaus discuss whether restrictions on abortion, including the possible overturning of Roe v. Wade, could eventually strengthen women’s reproductive rights.

The Wright Show

Can international law constrain great powers?

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Robert Wright and political scientist John Mearsheimer debate whether the US should try to establish a norm of strict compliance with international law.