13 August 2020


The successor

Bill Scher and Matt Lewis discuss what picking Kamala Harris as VP means for the future of the Democratic Party. Play entire video

The case for reopening schools

Glenn Loury and educator Michele Kerr discuss sending students back to school this fall.

The great TikTok emergency

Robert Wright and Mickey Kaus discuss Trump’s campaign against the Chinese video app.

Defending the filibuster

Bill Scher and Matt Lewis discuss the place of the filibuster in American democracy.

Hamilton on the small screen

Aryeh Cohen-Wade and theater critic and director Isaac Butler compare the filmed version of the musical with the stage version.

The men who want to date women who know Ezra Klein

Kat Rosenfield and Phoebe Maltz Bovy analyze the so-called “Media Thirst Guys.”

In praise of social hierarchy

Glenn Loury and law professor Amy Wax debate whether marginalized people should accept their marginal status.

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Are nukes good?

John Horgan and Michael Shellenberger, author of the new book Apocalypse Never: Why Environmental Alarmism Hurts Us All, debate the pros and cons of nuclear weapons.

The ABCs of meaning

Robert Wright speaks with Bruce Feiler, author of the new book Life Is in the Transitions: Mastering Change at Any Age, about the roles played by “agency,” “belonging,” and “cause” in a meaningful life.

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Why does bad CGI make us feel weird?

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Daniel Kaufman and David Ottlinger apply a philosophical lens to the question.

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The Wright Show

A realist take on Russia’s annexation of Crimea

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Emma Ashford of the Cato Institute, who identifies with the realist school of foreign policy thought, discusses Russia’s 2014 intervention in Ukraine.


The mask and Herman Cain

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Bill Scher and Matt Lewis discuss whether Cain’s death from Covid will change conservative resistance to masks.

Examining Russian exceptionalism

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Nikita Petrov speaks with Gary Lachman, author of the new book The Return of Holy Russia: Apocalyptic History, Mystical Awakening, and the Struggle for the Soul of the World.