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19 August 2017

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How do you solve a problem like General Lee?

B.D. McClay, editor at The Hedgehog Review, contends that making the argument about Confederate monuments into a national debate is misguided. Play entire video

Is this really America?

Bill Scher explains why the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville both represents and rejects basic American values.

Wrestling with determinism

Ted Chiang, the writer behind Arrival, argues you should try to make an effort even if your future is set. Plus: Meet the Predictor.

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Get over it!

Robert Wright and Massimo Pigliucci on what Buddhism and Stoicism say about dealing with regret. Plus: Anxious? Embrace it.

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Mining for controversy

Aryeh Cohen-Wade and Kat Rosenfield, author of a new piece on controversies in young adult fiction, consider why outrage fuels online discourse.

The end of the axis of adults

Heather Hurlburt and Daniel Drezner say there’s no reason to think Trump’s advisers can save him from himself.

The GOP’s Trump-shaped future

Bill Scher and Matt Lewis on why cosmopolitan conservatives won’t win back control of the party any time soon. Plus: Jeff Flake’s big mistake.

About that rebirth

Gil Fronsdal, author of The Buddha before Buddhism, talks about values Buddhism doesn’t quite share with its founder. Plus: What we need to let go of.

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Trump’s nightmare scenario

Journalist Sarah Posner explores the potential legal consequences of Mueller’s Russia investigation.

The DMZ

Fighter pilots win wars, not elections

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Bill Scher says that the surge in veterans running for office isn’t necessarily a boon for Democrats. Plus: Does biology beat culture?

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The surprising appeal of “many worlds”

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Brian Greene explains why a bizarre-sounding interpretation of quantum physics is taken seriously.

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The Glenn Show

When is a cop’s fear defensible?

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Glenn Loury considers the circumstances of Philando Castile’s death from a police officer’s point of view. Plus: Driving while black.

Culturally Determined

When reality surpasses satire

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Sean Gandert, author of the new novel Lost in Arcadia, on the challenges of writing satire in an age of absurdity. Plus: The life of Donald Trump’s mind.

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Anxious? Embrace it

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Robert Wright and Massimo Pigliucci give the Buddhist and Stoic recipes for overcoming anxiety.

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The Glenn Show

Bad speech, smart politics

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Glenn Loury on how Trump’s rhetoric when addressing Long Island police officers serves to invigorate his base. Plus: A better Dem healthcare strategy.