25 April 2018


Is Trump a side effect of capitalism?

Robert Wright and Jonah Goldberg, author of the new book Suicide of the West, discuss the roots of Trump’s support. Play entire video

“Secular” meditation as sacred

Jon Kabat-Zinn, creator of mindfulness-based stress reduction, discusses the practice’s deep Buddhist roots.

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What the Stoics thought about revenge

Ryan Holiday, author of Conspiracy, a new book on the destruction of Gawker, discusses how the Stoics might have viewed the conflict between Peter Thiel and Nick Denton. Plus: A genuine conspiracy

Comey wrestles with a pig

Bill Scher and Matt Lewis weigh whether James Comey’s memoir has sullied his reputation.

Whither the nerd?

Aryeh Cohen-Wade and Miles Klee consider the place of the social outcast after nerd culture has gone mainstream.

Flirting with impeachment

Bill Scher and Matt Lewis discuss whether it would be smart politics for Trump to fire Robert Mueller or Rod Rosenstein. Plus: Did Paul Ryan fail in his vision?

Will good television stand the test of time?

Aryeh Cohen-Wade and media critic Sonny Bunch discuss the past and future of the changing medium.

What brain imaging doesn’t tell us

Stephen Asma and Rami Gabriel discuss the limits of neuroscience in understanding human emotion and cognition.

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The Wright Show

Tribalism and the welfare state

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David Roberts on what Trump’s policy positions say about the GOP base.


What happened to the KKK?

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Philip Menchaca and Kelly J. Baker discuss the decline of the Ku Klux Klan and the incorporation of its rhetoric into mainstream politics.

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Are conservatives getting the “out-group” treatment?

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Mark Kleiman and Megan McArdle discuss perceived prejudice against conservatives in academia and other fields.

Culturally Determined

Sex and the death of Backpage

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Aryeh Cohen-Wade and Elizabeth Nolan Brown discuss how sex workers will adapt to the federal government’s recent closure of the controversial website.

Why Medicare for All is not as simple as it sounds

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Harold Pollack and David Perry point to services for the disabled as something often overlooked by supporters of single-payer healthcare.


Why impeachment isn’t going to happen

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Bill Scher argues that pushing for impeachment is a waste of effort and that a criminal indictment of the president is a surer outcome.