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10 December 2018

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Is nationalism inherently white?

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

Why brains aren’t billiard balls

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

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The boy who said he was a cat

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

When men misread women’s signals

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

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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Is Trump a secret Gen Xer?

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

“The emperor has no clothes”

Glenn Loury and John McWhorter consider whether the dominant American ideology on race is primed to change.

The prescience of Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

Robert Wright interviews theologian John Haught about the early-twentieth-century Catholic mystic, whose vision of an emerging “noosphere” foreshadowed the information age.

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The misguided fifty-three percent

Phoebe Maltz Bovy and Kat Rosenfield discuss the oft-repeated claim that white women who voted for Trump need correction, particularly from other white women.

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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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The DMZ

How to beat Trump in 2020

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

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What is a “Green New Deal,” exactly?

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

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Women, men, and intelligence

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Evolutionary biologist Robert Trivers looks at gender and intelligence.

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The Wright Show

Give Trump some credit

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Robert Wright and Mickey Kaus discuss the role of Trump’s presidency in sparking conversation about globalization and Middle American despair.

The Glenn Show

The black politicians who embraced the war on drugs

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Glenn Loury speaks with James Forman, author of the Pulitzer Prize–winning book Locking Up Our Own, about how black leaders dealt with the crime wave that started in the late ’60s.