20 March 2019


Literary classics vs. demographics

Kat Rosenfield and Phoebe Maltz Bovy discuss how efforts to promote literature for women and minorities over “universal” literature can backfire. Play entire video

What happened to Beto?

Bill Scher and Matt Lewis consider why Beto O’Rourke’s momentum fizzled after the 2018 elections.

Farrakhan: “Spellbinder” or anti-Semite?

Glenn Loury speaks with Imam Alfred Mohammad about Louis Farrakhan’s inflammatory and anti-Semitic statements.

Is AIPAC really “all about the Benjamins”?

Robert Wright and journalist Ron Kampeas assess the controversial remarks of Rep. Ilhan Omar.

Adolescent politics

Aryeh Cohen-Wade speaks with Daniel Kaufman about his recent essay on why American politics have become so juvenile.

Biden’s messaging tightrope act

Bill Scher and Matt Lewis consider how Joe Biden could win the left’s vote while running on a message of bipartisan unity.

Teach your children well

Glenn Loury speaks with former public school teacher Mary Hudson about the role of parents in student success.

Are we ready for designer babies?

Robert Wright speaks with venture capitalist Jason Pontin about the consequences of a new and powerful gene editing technology.

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Remembering Nathan Glazer

Glenn Loury speaks with political scientist Peter Skerry, a former student of Glazer’s, the neoconservative intellectual who died last month at 95.

Culturally Determined

When Nazis rallied at Madison Square Garden

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Aryeh Cohen-Wade speaks with Marshall Curry, director of the Oscar-nominated documentary short A Night at the Garden.


You can’t measure human dignity

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Tripp Fuller, host of the Homebrewed Christianity podcast, critiques the worldview of some of the “New Atheists.”

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Feminine Chaos

Does #RetweetWomen undermine itself?

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Kat Rosenfield and Phoebe Maltz Bovy analyze the grassroots Twitter campaign.

The Wright Show

What should Bernie say about immigration?

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Robert Wright and Conor Friedersdorf offer advice to Sen. Sanders.


The world as a conversation

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Nikita Petrov and John Horgan contemplate the nature of reality and the mystery of human communication.

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Trump’s emergency and the GOP

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Bill Scher and Matt Lewis discuss the mild Republican opposition to Trump’s national emergency declaration.