2 October 2022


The Russia-Ukraine powder keg

Robert Wright and Mickey Kaus discuss ways things could escalate in Ukraine after Putin’s annexation. Play entire video

Putin’s downfall?

Robert Wright and Anatol Lieven discuss whether Russia’s military failures could lead to regime change in Moscow.

The Russia-Ukraine paradox

Robert Wright and Mickey Kaus discuss whether Ukraine’s military progress makes Putin more likely to usher in catastrophe.

Where’s the GOP’s “Team Normal”?

Bill Scher and Matt K. Lewis discuss whether non-Trumpist Republicans are normalizing election denying.

Is marriage important?

Glenn Loury, John McWhorter, and Ian Rowe, founder and CEO of Vertex Enterprise Academies, debate the meaning and significance of marriage.

Putin’s predicament

Robert Wright and Mickey Kaus discuss the political and military pressures faced by the Russian leader.

What is “social capital”?

Glenn Loury and economist Larry Kotlikoff discuss Glenn’s concept of “social capital” and how social inequality perpetuates itself.

Is Oz unfairly fettered?

Bill Scher and Matt K. Lewis discuss whether John Fetterman’s health is a legitimate concern for voters and whether Dr. Mehmet Oz risks backlash for questioning it.

John vs. Ibram X. Kendi on Twitter

Glenn Loury and John McWhorter discuss John’s contentious online exchange with the Boston University professor and racial justice advocate.

The Glenn Show

Where do progressives stand on civil liberties?

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Glenn Loury discusses the contradictions of progressive positions on free speech and civil liberties with lawyer, law professor, and author Lara Bazelon.


Is Biden’s brain a problem?

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Bill Scher and Matt K. Lewis discuss whether the President is suffering cognitive decline or just being Joe Biden.

Nonzero (The Wright Show)

Fifty shades of US-China relations

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Sebastian Strangio, author of In the Dragon’s Shadow, explains why Sino-American relations look “grayer” when viewed from Southeast Asia.


What’s Lindsey Graham thinking?

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Bill Scher and Matt K. Lewis question the wisdom of the Republican Senator’s introduction of a 15-week abortion ban bill.

Nonzero (The Wright Show)

Rules for thee but not for me?

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Robert Wright and New York Times columnist Bret Stephens debate whether the US applies higher standards to China and Russia than to itself.

Nonzero (The Wright Show)

Did Biden blow it?

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Robert Wright and Mickey Kaus discuss the president’s “Soul of the Nation” speech.