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20 May 2019

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The madness of online crowds

William Davies, author of the new book Nervous States: Democracy and the Decline of Reason, connects nineteenth-century theories of crowd behavior to today's social media. Play entire video

Is it ethical to not read the news?

Aryeh Cohen-Wade speaks with Leah Finnegan, who recently wrote about radically reducing her news consumption.

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“Social media brings out the worst in all of us”

The famously combative Glenn Greenwald discusses his experience on Twitter.

A good referee is an unhappy referee

Robert Wright speaks with author Michael Lewis, host of the new podcast Against the Rules, about why trying to be impartial brings so much suffering these days.

Should algorithms decide who we date?

Kat Rosenfield and Phoebe Maltz Bovy consider the ethics of dating apps and race.

The world is what it is. Or is it?

Philosophers Dan Kaufman and Crispin Sartwell debate the relationship between human senses and reality.

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Why happiness is fleeting

Robert Wright speaks with psychologist William von Hippel, author of the new book The Social Leap: The New Evolutionary Science of Who We Are, Where We Come From, and What Makes Us Happy.

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Wonks square off

Bill Scher and Matt Lewis discuss why Elizabeth Warren’s focus on policy will help her in the primary debates, but may ultimately prevent her from winning the nomination.

Are we on the road to civilizational collapse?

Robert Wright speaks with Luke Kemp of Cambridge University’s Centre for the Study of Existential Risk.

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The Glenn Show

Does social media magnify racism?

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Wilfred Reilly, author of Hate Crime Hoax, speaks with Glenn Loury about the state of racial animosity in America.

The DMZ

No progressives in foxholes

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Bill Scher and Matt Lewis discuss the voting habits of older Democrats.

The Glenn Show

Teaching with finesse

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Glenn Loury speaks with public school teacher Michele Kerr about how teachers adapt their instruction style to students of different backgrounds.

The Wright Show

What does Trump want from Iran?

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Robert Wright and John Glaser of the Cato Institute assess the administration’s Iran strategy.

Culturally Determined

Appraising the Marvel Cinematic Universe

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Aryeh Cohen-Wade and Milton Lawson assess the movies in the wake of Avengers: Endgame. (Contains spoilers.)

Culturally Determined

Satire and our surreal reality

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Aryeh Cohen-Wade speaks with philosopher Justin E. H. Smith, author of the recent NYT op-ed “The End of Satire.”