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15 September 2019

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Is civic nationalism enough?

Robert Wright speaks with Eric Kaufmann, author of the new book Whiteshift: Populism, Immigration, and the Future of White Majorities, about what kind of national identity Americans should embrace. Play entire video

The traits that make your self yourself

Robert Wright speaks with psychologist Nina Strohminger about her research on the essential components of the self.

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The Bret Stephens bedbug affair

Daniel Bessner and Eli Lake debate whether the NYT columnist was treated unfairly during the Twitter brouhaha.

Why Glenn Loury moved right (again)

Loury, in a conversation with Robert Wright, discusses the issues that pushed him back toward conservatism in recent years.

Climate change as culture war

Bill Scher and Matt Lewis discuss the political difficulties of finding consensus on fighting climate change.

What comes after postmodernism?

Daniel Kaufman and E. John Winner envision a future of cultural stagnation.

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Who needs local journalism?

Bill Scher speaks with Graham Vyse of Governing, which went out of business today, about journalism and the decline of local media.

Does #MeToo infantilize women?

Robert Wright talks with Kat Rosenfield and Phoebe Maltz Bovy, hosts of Feminine Chaos.

Shakespeare and CGI

Aryeh Cohen-Wade and David Ottlinger consider the effect that verisimilitude has on art, from the CGI Lion King remake and special effects blockbusters like Avengers to King Lear.

The DMZ

Trump’s wavering on Iran

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Bill Scher and Matt Lewis discuss Trump’s changing positions on the Iran nuclear deal from the 2016 campaign to the present.

The Glenn Show

Critiquing the 1619 Project

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Glenn Loury and John McWhorter cast a critical eye on the popular New York Times Magazine project that reconsiders the history of American slavery.

Culturally Determined

Fighting the online war

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Aryeh Cohen-Wade speaks with Joanna Mang, who wrote recently about the feminist blog Shakesville and its commenters, about what we think we’re doing when we argue online.

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Can quantum physics solve the free will and mind-body puzzles?

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Robert Wright speaks with Alexander Wendt, author of the book Quantum Mind and Social Science, about two of philosophy’s most intractable problems.

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Are stereotypes rational?

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Glenn Loury speaks with Rajiv Sethi, co-author of the new book Shadows of Doubt: Stereotypes, Crime, and the Pursuit of Justice.

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Why does Freud persist?

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John Horgan speaks with Frederick Crews, author of Freud: The Making of an Illusion, about why Freud is still a cultural icon long after his ideas have been discredited.

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