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15 January 2019

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The interpretation of dreams

Aryeh Cohen-Wade speaks with Alice Robb, author of the new book Why We Dream, about the meaning of events—such as one's teeth falling out—that happen in our dreams.
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Malcolm or Martin?

Glenn Loury and John Wood, Jr., spokesman for the bipartisan dialogue group Better Angels, consider why young black activists look to Malcolm X for guidance instead of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Shutdowns are boring

Bill Scher argues that Trump’s base cares more about the fight over border security than the actual policy.

Does Louis C.K. deserve another chance?

Kat Rosenfield speaks with writer and comedian Bridget Phetasy about C.K.’s leaked stand-up performance.

Is there a female psyche?

John Horgan speaks with economist and transgender woman Deirdre McCloskey about how her unique experience informs her understanding of the mind-body problem.

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The weird world of epigenetics

Contrary to longstanding dogma, heredity can be influenced by the environment. Robert Wright and philosopher Massimo Pigliucci discuss.

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Did Warren miss her window?

Bill Scher and Matt Lewis assess Elizabeth Warren’s presidential chances.

Is punk dead or forever young?

Philosopher Dan Kaufman asks writer E. John Winner, a veteran of the NYC punk scene, whether the well of youthful rebellion springs eternal.

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The science of the inexplicable

Theoretical biologist Stuart Kauffman recounts how a premonition of his daughter’s tragic death shaped his ideas about consciousness.

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Israel’s sense of siege

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Journalist Lisa Goldman, who lived in Tel Aviv during the second Intifada, describes how an atmosphere of fear and violence helped push Israelis to the right.

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A postmodern view of the Bible

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Philosopher and theologian John D. Caputo explains how he understands Scripture.

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Who’s better off, men or women?

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Christina Hoff Sommers makes the case that mainstream feminists aren’t seeing the world clearly.

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The Incredible Hulk and the dangers of individualism

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Aryeh Cohen-Wade talks to Travis Smith, author of Superhero Ethics, which uses comic book characters as a lens to examine ethics and values.

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MeaningofLife.tv presents: Changing your mind

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We asked people around the country about opinions they once held but have since abandoned.

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MeaningofLife.tv presents: Difficulty communicating

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This year, we talked to people around the country about their greatest challenges in communicating with other people.

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