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19 January 2021

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Human rights gone wrong

Robert Wright and Marissa Conway discuss how a feminist approach to foreign policy could help protect human rights without resorting to military force. Play entire video

How Obama enabled Trump

Glenn Loury and Daniel Bessner discuss how Obama’s missteps helped pave the way for Trump.

A MAGA scorned

Matt Lewis and Bill Scher discuss whether the Republican Party is better off banning Donald Trump from running for president again.

Arranged marriages for Millennials

Justin Murphy describes his new company that arranges marriages for Millennials and Zoomers.

How close are we to China-level censorship?

Robert Wright and Conor Friedersdorf discuss the unprecedented power that tech companies have over speech in the US.

Trump’s assault on Mike Pence

Robert Wright argues that Trump purposefully encouraged rioters in the Capitol to direct their ire toward his own vice president.

Quantum spookiness explained!

Science writer George Musser explains one of physics’ strangest concepts to John Horgan.

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How young is too young for movement conservatism?

Daniel Kaufman and Kevin Currie-Knight air their worries about the young intellectual Coleman Hughes’ career path.

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“I wasn’t anybody’s pet”

Glenn Loury talks about the pride he took in being a uniquely situated Black public intellectual in the 80s.

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Sex, death, and science

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Nikita Petrov talks to John Horgan about his new book, Pay Attention: Sex, Death, and Science, which contextualizes big philosophical questions within the everyday thoughts of a science writer.

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The Wright Show

Wrang-wranging the rioters

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Robert Wright and Mickey Kaus try to untangle what went on inside the Capitol on January 6.

Culturally Determined

“We’re storming the Capitol, it’s a revolution!”

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Aryeh Cohen-Wade and historian Bill Black discuss the possible mindsets of the MAGA insurrectionists.

The DMZ

How did conservatives go from Burke to Alinsky?

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Bill Scher and Matt K. Lewis explore how the right wing turned insurrectionist.

The Wright Show

Avoiding a eugenics arms race

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Robert Wright and Jamie Metzl, author of Hacking Darwin, discuss the challenges that genetic engineering poses for the international community.

Culturally Determined

The case against “backlash”

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Aryeh Cohen-Wade speaks about “hydraulic politics” with Tommy Craggs, author of the recent essay “What’s the Matter With Cultural Politics?”