23 February 2019


Disentangling poverty and inequality

Historian Samuel Moyn says the conventional wisdom about globalization and poverty reduction is too kind to neoliberalism. Play entire video
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Toward a new center-right

Joshua Cohen speaks with Brink Lindsey, co-author of the new report “The Center Can Hold.”

Moving on from the minstrel show

Glenn Loury and John McWhorter discuss whether blackface should be forbidden.

What’s the big emergency?

Bill Scher and Matt Lewis discuss the potential effects of Trump’s national emergency order.

Trump’s Trojan horse

Journalist Max Blumenthal, reporting from Caracas, explains why Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro refused to accept a US aid shipment.

What is truth, anyway?

Philosophers Daniel Kaufman and Crispin Sartwell discuss the “true” meaning of truth according to different branches of philosophy.

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Madame Bovary, Gone Girl, and the likeability backlash

Kat Rosenfield and Hillary Kelly discuss the representation of “terrible women” in literature.

Who survives a public scandal?

Bill Scher and Matt Lewis discuss Virginia Governor Ralph Northam’s political fate in an era of rapid online news.

A parable about talent

Juliet Lapidos describes the origins of her new novel, Talent, which uses the biblical Parable of the Talents as a frame for a literary detective story.

Feminine Chaos

Diversity, but on whose terms?

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Kat Rosenfield and Phoebe Maltz Bovy discuss the latest controversy in the world of Young Adult literature.


Why Bernie is “scary”

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Bill Scher and Matt Lewis compare Bernie Sanders’s appeal to Donald Trump’s appeal in the 2016 GOP primary.

The Glenn Show

Can we take race out of the criminal justice equation?

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Glenn Loury speaks with Kelly Suzanne Saulsberry of the Chicago Commission on Human Relations.

The Wright Show

American hypocrisy

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How important is moral consistency in foreign policy? Robert Wright and Heather Hurlburt consider.


How Facebook manipulates us

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Douglas Rushkoff, author of the new book Team Human, explains.

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The power of fictional thinking

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Stephen Asma and Rami Gabriel discuss the essential role of narrative in art, literature, and human life.

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