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20 February 2018

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“Now, he belongs to the ages”

Bill Black and historian Ted Miller discuss how John F. Kennedy’s assassination continues to shape Lyndon B. Johnson’s presidential legacy. Play entire video

Will a child prodigy be an unhappy adult?

Robert Wright speaks with Ann Hulbert, author of the new book Off the Charts: The Hidden Lives and Lessons of American Child Prodigies.

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Should John Kelly stay or go?

Matt Lewis argues that Kelly should keep his position as chief of staff for one reason: there’s no one better around to replace him.

Mourning man’s best friend

Tami Simon, editor of the book The Dharma of Dogs, explains why the loss of a pet has spiritual significance in human life.

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Clickbait and tribalism

Robert Wright and Matthew Cooper, who just resigned from Newsweek, discuss how the emphasis on page views furthers polarization.

“I was worried Trump was going to tweet about me”

Jesse Farrar’s joking tweet about waterboarding conservatives ended up on Fox & Friends. He discusses what it was like to briefly become an object of hate online.

Is radical life extension just bunk?

Robert Wright speaks with Michael Shermer, author of the new book Heavens on Earth, about efforts to ward off aging. Plus: Why you’ll never be able to upload your brain.

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Trying to define “enlightenment”

Jeff Warren, co-author of the new book Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics, explains how he understands the Buddhist term.

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The best diet is no diet

Noah Rasheta and Paige Smathers explain why diet restriction is often counterintuitive for maintaining good health. Plus: Meditation at mealtime.

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The Wright Show

A legacy of ruin

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David Frum, author of the new book Trumpocracy: The Corruption of the American Republic, on the lasting damage Trump could inflict on American norms and institutions.

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Can truth survive Trump?

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Aryeh Cohen-Wade and David Ottlinger discuss the relevance of truth and objectivity in ostensibly “postmodern” politics.

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Remembering ‘satanic ritual abuse’

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Anthropologist Tanya Luhrmann assesses the costs and benefits of letting imagination shape one’s reality. Plus: Schizophrenia as a spiritual calling.

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The Glenn Show

“Racism is an effective political message”

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Glenn Loury and Harold Pollack look back at the 2016 election and what it can teach Democrats going forward.

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An emotional survival kit

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Stephen Asthma and Rami Gabriel discuss how emotions might have evolved to prepare humans for the imminent dangers of prehistoric life. Plus: Do animals have emotions?

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The DMZ

The Nunes memo: “a waste of time”

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Matt Lewis criticizes the controversial GOP House Intelligence Committee memo.