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18 April 2021

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Over the horizon

Will the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan just lead to a different kind of American warfare there? Robert Wright and Mickey Kaus discuss. Play entire video

The agnosticism of the novelist

John Horgan talks with novelist and neuroscientist Erik Hoel, author of the new novel The Revelations, about how to reconcile science and fiction.

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The Chauvin trial’s false choice

Robert Wright argues that even if George Floyd was overdosing, Derek Chauvin is accountable for his death.

Is Manchin for real?

Is Sen. Joe Manchin’s latest call for bipartisanship a roadblock to an infrastructure bill, or is it more political kabuki? Bill Scher and Matthew Cooper discuss.

Reframing the DMT experience

Nikita Petrov describes his conflicted relationship with “DMT entities” and how encountering them changed his thoughts on Scientology.

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Why is Saudi Arabia so afraid of Iran?

In a conversation with Connor Echols, scholar Madawi al-Rasheed argues that the Saudi monarchy uses its rivalry with Iran to justify repression at home and antagonism abroad.

Is “election integrity” code for “disenfranchisement”?

Glenn Loury and John McWhorter debate whether new election regulations are aimed at suppressing the Black vote.

Can there be a Trumpism without Trump?

Aryeh Cohen-Wade speaks with Matthew Sitman, cohost of the podcast Know Your Enemy.

To catch a hacker

Robert Wright asks cyber security expert Tim Stevens how confident we can be that Russia was behind the Solar Winds hack.

The DMZ

Should we be mad about the J&J pause?

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Bill Scher talks with Matt Lewis about coming to terms with losing out on a J&J vaccine appointment.

The Wright Show

Behind enemy lines

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Robert Wright and Alexander Wolff, author of the new book Endpapers, compare the World War II experiences of their fathers, who fought on opposite sides at the Battle of the Bulge.

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The replication crisis in experimental psychology

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Robert Wright talks with Jesse Singal, author of the new book The Quick Fix, about why so many highly touted findings from psychology haven’t panned out.

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The political risks of racial equity legislation

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Robert Wright and Mickey Kaus discuss how race-based public policy could backfire against Democrats.

The DMZ

“Everything is Jim Crow”

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Matt Lewis takes issue with Democrats’ invocation of Jim Crow’s legacy in the current voting rights debate.

Beating a dead horse

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Connor Echols and Jessica J. Lee discuss why crippling sanctions haven’t brought North Korea to the table.