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21 January 2019

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Save the banks, not the bankers

Ten years after the Great Recession, economists Glenn Loury and Ross Levine consider how to prevent another financial collapse. Play entire video

Was Gillette’s ad a success?

Brand consultant Bill Gullan analyzes the controversial viral ad that criticizes toxic masculinity.

“Factually it’s completely wrong”

Glenn Loury speaks with Laurence Kotlikoff, who criticizes the narrative of the causes of the Great Recession presented by the book and film The Big Short.

The interpretation of dreams

Aryeh Cohen-Wade speaks with Alice Robb, author of the new book Why We Dream, about the meaning of events—such as one’s teeth falling out—that happen in our dreams.

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A postmodern view of the Bible

Philosopher and theologian John D. Caputo explains how he understands Scripture.

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Shutdowns are boring

Bill Scher argues that Trump’s base cares more about the fight over border security than the actual policy.

Is there a female psyche?

John Horgan speaks with economist and transgender woman Deirdre McCloskey about how her unique experience informs her understanding of the mind-body problem.

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Who’s better off, men or women?

Christina Hoff Sommers makes the case that mainstream feminists aren’t seeing the world clearly.

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On being canceled

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Daniel Kaufman and Oliver Traldi discuss the professional risk involved in expressing heterodox views in the field of philosophy.

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The Wright Show

What’s a little disastrous foreign policy between friends?

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Robert Wright and historian Stephen Wertheim discuss why Democrats welcomed neoconservatives into the Resistance after Trump’s election.

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Israel’s sense of siege

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Journalist Lisa Goldman, who lived in Tel Aviv during the second Intifada, describes how an atmosphere of fear and violence helped push Israelis to the right.

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Malcolm or Martin?

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Glenn Loury and John Wood, Jr., spokesman for the bipartisan dialogue group Better Angels, consider why young black activists look to Malcolm X for guidance instead of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Feminine Chaos

Does Louis C.K. deserve another chance?

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Kat Rosenfield speaks with writer and comedian Bridget Phetasy about C.K.’s leaked stand-up performance.

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The weird world of epigenetics

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Contrary to longstanding dogma, heredity can be influenced by the environment. Robert Wright and philosopher Massimo Pigliucci discuss.

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