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24 February 2020

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Coverup at OPCW?

Robert Wright and Aaron Mate discuss allegations that the world’s chemical weapons watchdog suppressed evidence that an infamous attack in Syria, which drew US military retaliation, didn’t actually take place. Play entire video

Sympathy for Sandler

Daniel Kaufman and Milton Lawson discuss the immoral main character of Uncut Gems, played by Adam Sandler. (Contains spoilers.)

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The truth about foreign policy “realism”

Robert Wright speaks with Andrew Bacevich, president of the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft and author of The Age of Illusions: How America Squandered Its Cold War Victory.

“Conspiracies are logistically impossible”

Aryeh Cohen-Wade speaks with filmmaker Kirby Ferguson, who just completed his documentary This Is Not a Conspiracy Theory.

Is a contested convention looming?

Bill Scher and Matt Lewis discuss whether moderate Democrats will unite to deny Bernie Sanders the nomination.

Will Latinos become white?

And will blacks be left behind again? Glenn Loury speaks with Ernesto Cortés, Jr. and Peter Skerry.

How vulnerable are Democrats to Republican mischief?

Bill Scher and Matt Lewis survey GOP attempts to sow disunity in the Democratic primaries.

Remembering Tim Allen’s “masculinism”

Aryeh Cohen-Wade speaks with William R. Black, who recently wrote about the ideology that the Home Improvement star propounded in the mid-1990s.

“It simply isn’t true”

John McWhorter harshly critiques the New York Times’s 1619 Project, which placed slavery at the center of the American historical narrative.

The DMZ

Is Bloomberg toast?

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Bill Scher and Matt Lewis debate Mike Bloomberg’s debate performance.

The Glenn Show

Relations before transactions

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Glenn Loury and Rajiv Sethi discuss a framework that Loury developed to understand the effects of racial discrimination.

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What explains the taboo against the academic study of UFOs?

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Robert Wright speaks with political scientist Alexander Wendt, who recently delivered a TEDx talk titled “Wanted: A Science of UFOs.”

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Revisiting Plato’s Ring of Gyges

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Philosophers Daniel Kaufman and Spencer Case use the myth of a ring that grants invisibility to debate moral realism.

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Where Existentialists and Stoics agree

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Robert Wright speaks with Skye Cleary and Massimo Pigliucci, co-editors of the new book How to Live a Good Life and proponents, respectively, of Existentialism and Stoicism.

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The Wright Show

Making journalism better

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Robert Wright speaks with David Bornstein, co-founder of the Solutions Journalism Network.