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14 August 2018

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A counternarrative on microaggressions

Glenn Loury and John McWhorter consider the effects of minor racial insults. Play entire video

What ’90s kids did and didn’t learn about sex

Aryeh Cohen-Wade and Eve Fairbanks, author of a recent essay on how the 1990s shaped #MeToo, discuss the messages they were taught growing up about sex.

Liberal Islamism?

New York Times correspondent David Kirkpatrick, author of the new book Into the Hands of the Soldiers, describes the diversity of Islamist thought seen during and after the 2011 Egyptian revolution.

Trickle-down metaphysics

Gary Lachman, author of Dark Star Rising, says Nietzsche predicted the post-truth reality that made Trump’s presidency possible.

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The real story of the Stanford Prison Experiment

Journalist Ben Blum discusses new findings that raise big doubts about one of the most famous studies in the history of psychology.

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Vietnam as a cause of right-wing extremism

Historian Kathleen Belew discusses her new book about the origins of the modern white power movement, Bring the War Home.

Dissenting from the racial orthodoxy at Columbia

Coleman Hughes, an undergraduate at Columbia University, describes what it’s like to disagree with the prevailing opinion on race at his school.

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The weirdest thing in physics

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Robert Wright and philosopher Tim Maudlin discuss quantum non-locality.

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Yielding to belief

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Stephen Asma, author of the new book Why We Need Religion, says the positive effects of religion in one’s life are more important than verifying its eternal truths.

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Culturally Determined

Is DSA the Tea Party of 2018?

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Aryeh Cohen-Wade and James Martin Cole, secretary of the Austin chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America, compare the two political movements.

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Is corporate diversity a wolf in sheep’s clothing?

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Philosophers Dan Kaufman and Brian Leiter discuss the capitalist motivations behind diversity initiatives in business and academia.

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Is Jordan Peterson peddling bunkum?

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Aryeh Cohen-Wade and Katie Herzog, who recently wrote about a Peterson show she attended in Seattle, consider.

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The DMZ

Presidential confidence

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Bill Scher and Matt Lewis consider the implications of Michael Cohen’s secret recording of a conversation with Donald Trump.