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19 October 2021

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In defense of whataboutism

Robert Wright and Steven Pinker, author of the book Rationality: What It Is, Why It Seems Scarce, Why It Matters, discuss the usefulness of a much-derided rhetorical maneuver. Play entire video

Behind the New York Times “megaphone”

Glenn Loury and John McWhorter discuss how John is perceived now that he writes for the Times.

Is Dave Chappelle serious?

Bill Scher and Matt K. Lewis debate whether Chappelle should be held responsible for the political content in his latest stand-up special.

Is journalistic neutrality obsolete?

Robert Wright and Aryeh Cohen-Wade debate whether the ideal of objectivity in reporting is a concept whose time has passed.

The Bard of Twitter

Aryeh Cohen-Wade speaks with the anonymous person who tweets as William Shakespeare.

The truth about redlining

Glenn Loury and historian David E. Kaiser discuss the history of redlining and black wealth accumulation after World War II.

Russian Cosmism

Nikita Petrov and John Horgan discuss Russian philosopher Nikolai Fyodorov, who claimed that immortality can be reached through science, but we will only deserve it if we resurrect all previous generations.

Debunking the myth of Rommel

Gershom Gorenberg, author of the new book War of Shadows: Codebreakers, Spies, and the Secret Struggle to Drive the Nazis from the Middle East, explains why the Nazi general was neither a military genius nor a “good German.”

Replacement in theory and practice

Robert Wright and Mickey Kaus discuss whether, and in what sense, workers wary of being displaced by immigrant labor should feel threatened by “replacement”.

Culturally Determined

The case for Jewish anger

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Aryeh Cohen-Wade speaks with Dara Horn, author of the new book People Love Dead Jews: Reports from a Haunted Present.

The Wright Show

Is Trump a rational actor?

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Robert Wright and Mickey Kaus ask whether Trump’s threat to undermine Republicans in the midterms is a calculated move or just a bid for attention

The Wright Show

Is Biden fostering a MAGA resurgence?

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Robert Wright and Mickey Kaus discuss whether Biden’s falling popularity will galvanize a 2024 Trump run.

The DMZ

The corrosive influence of low-dollar donors

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Matt K. Lewis argues that politicians who rely primarily on small donations tend to be more hardline and partisan than those with big donors.

The Wright Show

From My Lai to Abu Ghraib

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Robert Wright and historian Samuel Moyn, author of the new book Humane, discuss how the reaction of activists to wartime atrocities has changed.

The Glenn Show

The road not taken for Obama

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Glenn Loury and John McWhorter debate Barack Obama’s presidential track record on race.