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20 January 2019

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On being canceled

Daniel Kaufman and Oliver Traldi discuss the professional risk involved in expressing heterodox views in the field of philosophy.
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“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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Israel’s sense of siege

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.

Malcolm or Martin?

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.

Does Louis C.K. deserve another chance?

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

Who’s better off, men or women?

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

The weird world of epigenetics

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

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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.

Culturally Determined

Was Gillette’s ad a success?

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

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A postmodern view of the Bible

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

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The DMZ

Shutdowns are boring

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

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Is there a female psyche?

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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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The Incredible Hulk and the dangers of individualism

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Aryeh Cohen-Wade talks to Travis Smith, author of Superhero Ethics, which uses comic book characters as a lens to examine ethics and values.

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