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18 September 2018

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Is Trump scary or pathetic?

Robert Wright and Mickey Kaus debate whether creeping authoritarianism is a real danger. Play entire video

The politics of hurricanes

As Hurricane Florence nears the coast, Bill Scher and Matt Lewis discuss the political effect of massive storms.

Being a fiction writer with a full-time job

Glenn Loury speaks with his son Glenn Loury II, a speculative fiction author.

Can free will exist in a deterministic universe?

Robert Wright and philosopher Gregg Caruso wrestle with the slippery notion of “compatibilism.”

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Is Twitter a public utility?

Bill Scher and Matt Lewis debate whether the “deplatforming” of figures like Alex Jones from social media is a matter of free speech.

Is Trump’s tax reform secretly progressive?

Economist Larry Kotlikoff argues that measuring lifetime spending paints a more accurate picture.

Why “cultural appropriation” is a mixed-up idea

Robert Wright speaks with philosopher K. Anthony Appiah, author of the new book The Lies That Bind: Rethinking Identity.

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Is “white fragility” a real thing?

Phoebe Maltz Bovy and Kat Rosenfield discuss the idea, which has been popularized by a recent book of the same name by Robin DiAngelo.

How John McCain became the hawkiest hawk

Robert Wright and Matt Welch, author of the book McCain: The Myth of a Maverick, consider the late senator’s path from “Vietnam-syndrome realist” to committed interventionist.

The Wright Show

“I did not find the book to be surprising or shocking”

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National security reporter Marc Ambinder critiques Bob Woodward’s new book on the Trump administration.

Market solutions to inequality

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Economist Robin Hanson and social scientist Simon DeDeo debate the social and economic causes of the gender pay gap.

The Wright Show

What explains Trump’s foreign policy?

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Robert Wright and Ian Bremmer, author of the new book Us vs. Them: The Failure of Globalism, consider the question.

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Abandoning the “beauty suit”

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Lauren Shields discusses the “experiment” she conducted on herself, described in her new book, The Beauty Suit: How My Year of Religious Modesty Made Me a Better Feminist.

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The DMZ

A true “maverick”?

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Bill Scher and Matt Lewis weigh critiques of John McCain’s career from left and right.

The Glenn Show

Is the Intellectual Dark Web a right-wing brand?

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Glenn Loury and Douglas Lain of Zero Books consider the IDW and whether Glenn belongs in the group’s ranks.