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24 November 2017

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Pondering free will before Thanksgiving’s excesses

Robert Wright and philosopher Shaun Nichols discuss why people intuitively believe in free will.
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The televised Resistance 

Writer Christa Blackmon explains why jokes made at Trump’s expense aren’t necessarily politically subversive.

Time is money, or vice versa

Mark O’Connell, author of To Be a Machine, discusses Silicon Valley’s inordinate interest in immortality. PlusSelf-made cyborgs.

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Does art have to elevate humanity?

Daniel Kaufman questions Hegel on art’s inherent purpose.Plus: What art tells us.

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How Luther made Christianity personal

Robert Wright and historian Craig Harline, author of A World Ablaze, discuss how Luther’s chronic remorse fostered the doctrine of salvation through faith. Plus: Protestantism celebrates its 500th anniversary.

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Arguing the right way

Social psychologist and 2017 MacArthur “Genius” grant winner Betsy Levy Paluck explains how narrative can open people to opposing worldviews.

Challenging the narrative on race and police brutality

Philippe Lemoine argues that state violence against blacks is exaggerated by the media.

Who deserves credit for Northam’s win?

Bill Scher and Matt Lewis discuss the Virginia governor’s race.

How Obama ended up Between Two Ferns

David Litt, author of the new book Thanks, Obama: My Hopey, Changey White House Years, tells the stories behind Obama’s appearances with comedians like Keegan-Michael Key and Zach Galifianakis. Plus: Why is Sean Spicer a household name?

“The freedom not to starve”

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Historian Thomas Knock, author of The Rise of a Prairie Statesman, discusses George McGovern’s insight into the political conditions of South Vietnam. Plus: McGovern as the “first bleeding heart liberal“.

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The rise of Buddhist nationalism?

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Scholar of religion Michael Jerryson on what happens when Buddhism and politics mix. Plus: The Buddhists who hate.

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The DMZ

Should Al Franken step down?

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Bill Scher and Matt Lewis weigh the senator’s political options.

What our laws say about who we are

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William R. Black and Jorge Juan Rodriguez V discuss how statecraft and religion can’t be separated in the telling of American and Puerto Rican history.

Culturally Determined

Being nice online

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Information privacy expert Danielle Citron disputes the notion that online anonymity creates an environment of harassment and abuse. Plus: When do online threats cross the line?

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More atheists, fewer foxholes

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Historian of science Peter Harrison asserts that basic personal security, rather than science, is responsible for religious decline around the world. Plus: The elusive “rational” religion.

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