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16 February 2020

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The truth about foreign policy “realism”

Robert Wright speaks with Andrew Bacevich, president of the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft and author of The Age of Illusions: How America Squandered Its Cold War Victory. Play entire video

What explains the taboo against the academic study of UFOs?

Robert Wright speaks with political scientist Alexander Wendt, who recently delivered a TEDx talk titled “Wanted: A Science of UFOs.”

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Will Latinos become white?

And will blacks be left behind again? Glenn Loury speaks with Ernesto Cortés, Jr. and Peter Skerry.

Revisiting Plato’s Ring of Gyges

Philosophers Daniel Kaufman and Spencer Case use the myth of a ring that grants invisibility to debate moral realism.

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How vulnerable are Democrats to Republican mischief?

Bill Scher and Matt Lewis survey GOP attempts to sow disunity in the Democratic primaries.

Remembering Tim Allen’s “masculinism”

Aryeh Cohen-Wade speaks with William R. Black, who recently wrote about the ideology that the Home Improvement star propounded in the mid-1990s.

Making journalism better

Robert Wright speaks with David Bornstein, co-founder of the Solutions Journalism Network.

Should we fear scientific certainty?

Science journalist John Horgan and philosopher of science Massimo Pigliucci consider.

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Culturally Determined

“Conspiracies are logistically impossible”

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Aryeh Cohen-Wade speaks with filmmaker Kirby Ferguson, who just completed his documentary This Is Not a Conspiracy Theory.

The DMZ

Is a contested convention looming?

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Bill Scher and Matt Lewis discuss whether moderate Democrats will unite to deny Bernie Sanders the nomination.

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Where Existentialists and Stoics agree

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Robert Wright speaks with Skye Cleary and Massimo Pigliucci, co-editors of the new book How to Live a Good Life and proponents, respectively, of Existentialism and Stoicism.

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The Glenn Show

“It simply isn’t true”

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John McWhorter harshly critiques the New York Times’s 1619 Project, which placed slavery at the center of the American historical narrative.

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Meritocracy, race, and NYC’s elite public schools

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Glenn Loury speaks with Wesley Yang, author of the new book The Souls of Yellow Folk, about the high academic performance of Asian-American students.

Culturally Determined

When Trump said he would never run for president

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James Poniewozik, author of the new book Audience of One: Donald Trump, Television, and the Fracturing of America, discusses a 1980 TV interview with the young Trump.