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22 September 2019

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The philosophy of aspiration

Robert Wright speaks with philosopher Agnes Callard, author of the book Aspiration: The Agency of Becoming, about how we change what we value.
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The role of the market in a socialist future

Robert Wright speaks with Bhaskar Sunkara, editor of Jacobin and author of the new book The Socialist Manifesto: The Case for Radical Politics in an Era of Extreme Inequality.

Is there something wrong with “you guys”?

Kat Rosenfield and Phoebe Maltz Bovy critique a viral video that says the phrase “you guys” is sexist and exclusionary.

Is civic nationalism enough?

Robert Wright speaks with Eric Kaufmann, author of the new book Whiteshift: Populism, Immigration, and the Future of White Majorities, about what kind of national identity Americans should embrace.

Critiquing the 1619 Project

Glenn Loury and John McWhorter cast a critical eye on the popular New York Times Magazine project that reconsiders the history of American slavery.

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The Bret Stephens bedbug affair

Daniel Bessner and Eli Lake debate whether the NYT columnist was treated unfairly during the Twitter brouhaha.

Climate change as culture war

Bill Scher and Matt Lewis discuss the political difficulties of finding consensus on fighting climate change.

Fighting the online war

Aryeh Cohen-Wade speaks with Joanna Mang, who wrote recently about the feminist blog Shakesville and its commenters, about what we think we’re doing when we argue online.

The DMZ

Biden and the black vote

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Bill Scher and Matt Lewis analyze why Joe Biden continues to poll so well with African-American voters.

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The Negative Mystical Experience

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Seattle-based artist David Poleski describes how a sudden feeling of “being stabbed in the psyche” set him off on a spiritual quest and led to a conflict with Sai Baba, India’s “miracle man.”

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Trump’s wavering on Iran

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Bill Scher and Matt Lewis discuss Trump’s changing positions on the Iran nuclear deal from the 2016 campaign to the present.

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The traits that make your self yourself

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Robert Wright speaks with psychologist Nina Strohminger about her research on the essential components of the self.

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The Glenn Show

Why Glenn Loury moved right (again)

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Loury, in a conversation with Robert Wright, discusses the issues that pushed him back toward conservatism in recent years.

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What comes after postmodernism?

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Daniel Kaufman and E. John Winner envision a future of cultural stagnation.

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