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26 July 2021

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What Babe Ruth’s mother’s adultery teaches us about the history of profanity

Aryeh Cohen-Wade speaks with John McWhorter, author of the new book Nine Nasty Words: English in the Gutter: Then, Now, and Forever. Play entire video

Is Putin a mystic?

Following the revelation that Putin owns a float tank, Nikita Petrov and John Horgan speculate that he may be the Übermensch.

BIF! POW!

Bill Scher and Matt K. Lewis push back on bipartisan infrastructure deal pessimism.

“In this Ohio diner…”

Aryeh Cohen-Wade speaks with DougJ, who runs the parody Twitter account New York Times Pitchbot, about a lazy trope of reporting on Middle America.

Law and Order: Global Edition

Robert Wright and Eli Lake debate whether autocracies violate international rules and norms more than democracies.

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Talkin’ bout a revolution (in US foreign policy)

Stephen Wertheim of the Carnegie Endowment and Thomas Wright of the Brookings Institution debate whether the US should fundamentally reevaluate its military engagement abroad.

Is there anything to Eric Weinstein’s theory of everything?

Mathematician Timothy Nguyen, in conversation with Robert Wright, critiques Weinstein’s grand theory of physics.

The absurd exercise of ranking presidential greatness

Aryeh Cohen-Wade and historian Daniel Bessner critique C-SPAN’s recent ranking of the best and worst American presidents.

The Wright Show

Are we stuck with Covid?

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Robert Wright and Mickey Kaus discuss the possibility that Covid vaccines will become a permanent part of life.

The Glenn Show

Pushing back against “disinformation”

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Glenn Loury and Richard Epstein discuss critical race theory and the legal history of racial redress in the US.

Empire state of mind

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International relations scholars John Ikenberry and Patrick Porter debate whether America is an empire.

The Glenn Show

Defining CRT

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Glenn Loury and John McWhorter discuss the rhetoric and politics of the critical race theory debate.

The DMZ

Who is the main aggressor in the culture war?

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Bill Scher and Matt K. Lewis discuss a spate of recent pieces suggesting that the left, more than the right, has escalated the culture war.

The Wright Show

The anti-CRT panopticon

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Robert Wright and Mickey Kaus discuss Tucker Carlson’s suggestion that teachers be monitored by camera to keep classrooms free of critical race theory.