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18 December 2018

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What is NATO for these days, anyway?

Ivo Daalder, coauthor of the new book The Empty Throne: America's Abdication of Global Leadership and a former US ambassador to NATO, answers the question. Play entire video

Is Paul Ryan a con artist?

Bill Scher and Matt Lewis discuss Ezra Klein’s essay on the former House speaker’s legacy.

Are you an NPC?

Aryeh Cohen-Wade and Dave Donovan discuss the new far-right meme that accuses liberals of lacking an inner life.

What if the Trump Organization is indicted?

Journalist Marcy Wheeler discusses how that could happen and what it could mean for Trump.

Is nationalism inherently white?

Glenn Loury argues that black identity and national pride aren’t mutually exclusive.

How to beat Trump in 2020

Matt Lewis argues that the Democrats’ presidential nominee should make Trump look old and out-of-touch.

The boy who said he was a cat

Kat Rosenfield and Katie Herzog discuss body modification, “otherkin,” and people who believe they are animals.

The case against the multiverse

Sabine Hossenfelder, author of the new book Lost in Math: How Beauty Leads Physics Astray, says the theory of multiple universes “isn’t science.”

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What is a “Green New Deal,” exactly?

Bill Scher and Matt Lewis discuss the recent push from Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and other progressive lawmakers.

The Wright Show

How PayPal got big fast

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Silicon Valley entrepreneur and investor Reid Hoffman, author of the new book Blitzscaling, recalls his days at PayPal—and the trial and error that led to the company’s winning strategy.

Explaining away faith

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Bill Black and Erin Bartram discuss patronizing attitudes that exist towards devout women and minorities.

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Varieties of contemplative experience

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Robert Wright and Michael Holleran, a Catholic priest and Zen teacher, discuss whether the Buddhist experience of “not-self” is really so different from experiences of Hindu and Christian mystics.

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Why brains aren’t billiard balls

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Philosophers Dan Kaufman and Massimo Pigliucci rethink the common assumptions in the question of free will.

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The Wright Show

When men misread women’s signals

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Robert Wright and evolutionary psychologist Diana Fleischman discuss miscommunication between the sexes and what to do about it.

Culturally Determined

Is Trump a secret Gen Xer?

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Aryeh Cohen-Wade and Dan Kaufman discuss Generation X’s political identity.