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15 June 2021

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The failures of Hebrew School education

Aryeh Cohen-Wade speaks with Rabbi Ari Hart about Jewish instruction in America. Play entire video

What is it about Kamala?

Bill Scher and Matt K. Lewis discuss why Vice President Kamala Harris seems to attract an outsized amount of attention and criticism.

Dissecting Darwin

Robert Wright and anthropologist Agustín Fuentes, author of a controversial article on The Descent of Man, try to unpack Darwin’s attitudes on race and genocide.

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Is “information” the key to quantum mechanics?

John Horgan and science writer Philip Ball discuss the roles of consciousness and calculation in quantum mechanics.

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Tea Party 2.0?

In a conversation with Robert Wright, Mickey Kaus makes the case for an anti-woke Tea Party.

China’s war on terror

In a conversation with Robert Wright, historian David Brophy explains how China justifies its repression of the Uyghurs as part of the international fight against terrorism.

Trump’s rigged election

Robert Wright argues that Trump is partly responsible for the absence of moderate candidates in Iran’s upcoming presidential election (and that Biden may be, too).

Hitting the existential brick wall

Over a slideshow of his work, the artist David Poleski describes a devastating “negative mystical experience” he had in 1974.

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Will crime make Biden pay?

Bill Scher and Matt K. Lewis explore the political implications of the recent increase in crime.

The Wright Show

We come in peace

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In a conversation with Mickey Kaus, Robert Wright argues that humans are in trouble if aliens don’t show up sooner or later.

The Glenn Show

In praise of Black humanity

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Glenn Loury, Cornel West, and Teodros Kiros discuss the global cultural impact of Black Americans and the problems of internalized despair that they still confront.

The DMZ

Why is Trump so bad at blogging?

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Matt Lewis and Bill Scher explore the meaning behind Trump’s blog bust.

Culturally Determined

“The Language of Privilege”

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Nicholas Clairmont discusses his recent essay applying class analysis to “woke” language.

The Glenn Show

Our COVID debt

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Glenn Loury talks to economist Laurence Kotlikoff about the dangers of inflation caused by debt-financed COVID relief.

MeaningofLife.tv

It’s time for a psychological revolution!

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In a conversation with Rob Wiblin, a leader of the effective altruism movement, Robert Wright argues that unchecked cognitive biases are pushing the world toward disaster.

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