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18 October 2018

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Has the “blue wave” already crested?

Bill Scher and Matt Lewis debate whether Democrats still have a chance to win in November. Play entire video

Obama and Trump vs. “the blob”

Stephen Walt, author of the new book The Hell of Good Intentions, discusses the two presidents’ difficulties changing American foreign policy.

An antidote to political tribalism: “lottocracy”

Philosopher Alex Guerrero argues that a system where politicians are selected by lottery from the general populace would heal America’s fractured politics.

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How to use an “implementation intention”

Psychologist John Bargh, author of Before You Know It: The Unconscious Reasons We Do What We Do, describes a technique that helps you do hard-to-do things.

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Will conservative anger last until November?

Bill Scher and Matt Lewis debate whether Republican momentum from the Kavanaugh hearings will bear out on Election Day.

Costs now, possible benefits for our grandkids

Glenn Loury and climate scientist Patrick T. Brown discuss the difficulties in fighting climate change.

Buddhist wisdom for the Trump era

Robert Wright speaks with Lama Surya Das about trying to view the turbulent events of the day with equanimity.

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Not your typical job interview

Bill Scher and Matt Lewis debate whether the level of scrutiny faced by Brett Kavanaugh or Christine Blasey Ford is justified.

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Assessing a “social wealth fund”

Maha Rafi Atal and Samuel Hammond analyze the new proposal by Matt Bruenig of the People’s Policy Project.

Culturally Determined

Politainment

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Aryeh Cohen-Wade and David Ottlinger discuss what is lost when politics merges with entertainment.

Feminine Chaos

White women as victims vs. white women as oppressors

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Phoebe Maltz Bovy and Kat Rosenfield discuss how race and gender intersected in the aftermath of the Kavanaugh hearings.

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Is what happens on Twitter real or fake?

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Aryeh Cohen-Wade speaks with Lauren Oyler, who recently wrote about social media’s effects in The Baffler.

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Who started the new Cold War?

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Robert Wright and Peter Beinart discuss the roles of Russia and the US in raising tensions between them.

Culturally Determined

Kavanaugh the choir boy vs. Kavanaugh the party boy

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Aryeh Cohen-Wade and Cathy Young consider the two versions of the nominee.