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20 September 2018

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“We should just cut each other some slack”

John Horgan explains how writing his new free e-book, Mind-Body Problems, made him embrace some wacky theories of consciousness.
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Is Trump scary or pathetic?

Robert Wright and Mickey Kaus debate whether creeping authoritarianism is a real danger.

“I did not find the book to be surprising or shocking”

National security reporter Marc Ambinder critiques Bob Woodward’s new book on the Trump administration.

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Market solutions to inequality

Economist Robin Hanson and social scientist Simon DeDeo debate the social and economic causes of the gender pay gap.

The politics of hurricanes

As Hurricane Florence nears the coast, Bill Scher and Matt Lewis discuss the political effect of massive storms.

Can free will exist in a deterministic universe?

Robert Wright and philosopher Gregg Caruso wrestle with the slippery notion of “compatibilism.”

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What explains Trump’s foreign policy?

Robert Wright and Ian Bremmer, author of the new book Us vs. Them: The Failure of Globalism, consider the question.

Abandoning the “beauty suit”

Lauren Shields discusses the “experiment” she conducted on herself, described in her new book, The Beauty Suit: How My Year of Religious Modesty Made Me a Better Feminist.

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Why “cultural appropriation” is a mixed-up idea

Robert Wright speaks with philosopher K. Anthony Appiah, author of the new book The Lies That Bind: Rethinking Identity.

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Feminine Chaos

Redemption essays by #MeToo men

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Phoebe Maltz Bovy and Kat Rosenfield analyze whether the recent personal essays by Jian Ghomeshi and John Hockenberry should have been published.

The Glenn Show

Being a fiction writer with a full-time job

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Glenn Loury speaks with his son Glenn Loury II, a speculative fiction author.

The DMZ

Is Twitter a public utility?

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Bill Scher and Matt Lewis debate whether the “deplatforming” of figures like Alex Jones from social media is a matter of free speech.

The Glenn Show

Is Trump’s tax reform secretly progressive?

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Economist Larry Kotlikoff argues that measuring lifetime spending paints a more accurate picture.

The DMZ

A true “maverick”?

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Bill Scher and Matt Lewis weigh critiques of John McCain’s career from left and right.