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21 January 2018

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Judging Aziz Ansari

How bad are his offenses, and is the backlash to babe.net's article warranted? Aryeh Cohen-Wade and Liz Wolfe consider.
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A cynical take on Kushner’s “peace plan”

Marcy Wheeler explains how Jared Kushner’s Middle East maneuvers could help bail out his family’s ailing real estate business.

Is it healthy to think of yourself as a hero on a quest?

Philip Menchaca speaks with psychologist Jonathan Young, an expert on the work of Joseph Campbell. Plus: Cinderella and mental health.

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Remembering “Leomania”

Twenty years after the release of Titanic, Sarah Marshall explains Leonardo DiCaprio’s romantic appeal. Plus: Riding the emotional wave of Titanic.

Narcissism on the rise

Josh Summers and Thomas Joiner, author of Mindlessness: The Corruption of Mindfulness in a Culture of Narcissism, discuss the origins of modern culture’s self-oriented nature.

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Is philosophy going corporate?

Massimo Pigliucci on how philosophers can give practical advice without betraying their principles.

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Why infrastructure is crumbling and public schools are in trouble

Richard Vague examines the roots of the funding crisis facing state and local governments.

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Dems borrow from Ted Cruz’s playbook

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Bill Scher and Matt Lewis discuss why the Democrats’ maneuver on DACA is bad political strategy.

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Schizophrenia as a spiritual calling

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Anthropologist Tanya Luhrmann on the place of shamans in Christian societies in West Africa.

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Oprah’s prosperity gospel

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Bill Scher argues that Oprah Winfrey could win the 2020 election, but not without rigorous vetting from the left.

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The evolution of emotion

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Stephen Asma and Rami Gabriel present a puppet show telling the philosophical history of emotion, from Aristotle to Freud.

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Trump can’t let well enough alone

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Bill Scher and Matt Lewis discuss Trump’s conservative policy victories and scary tweets.

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Giving names to your inner voices

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Dan Harris, co-author of the new book Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics, explains how thinking of troublesome parts of his mind as people helped drain them of power.

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