17 October 2021


Is Trump a rational actor?

Robert Wright and Mickey Kaus ask whether Trump’s threat to undermine Republicans in the midterms is a calculated move or just a bid for attention

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Is journalistic neutrality obsolete?

Robert Wright and Aryeh Cohen-Wade debate whether the ideal of objectivity in reporting is a concept whose time has passed.

The Bard of Twitter

Aryeh Cohen-Wade speaks with the anonymous person who tweets as William Shakespeare.

Is Biden fostering a MAGA resurgence?

Robert Wright and Mickey Kaus discuss whether Biden’s falling popularity will galvanize a 2024 Trump run.

The truth about redlining

Glenn Loury and historian David E. Kaiser discuss the history of redlining and black wealth accumulation after World War II.

Russian Cosmism

Nikita Petrov and John Horgan discuss Russian philosopher Nikolai Fyodorov, who claimed that immortality can be reached through science, but we will only deserve it if we resurrect all previous generations.

Debunking the myth of Rommel

Gershom Gorenberg, author of the new book War of Shadows: Codebreakers, Spies, and the Secret Struggle to Drive the Nazis from the Middle East, explains why the Nazi general was neither a military genius nor a “good German.”

The road not taken for Obama

Glenn Loury and John McWhorter debate Barack Obama’s presidential track record on race.

What happened to Glenn Greenwald?

Bill Scher and Matt K. Lewis discuss the controversial journalist’s appearances on Fox News and his support for some parts of Trump’s agenda.

The Glenn Show

Behind the New York Times “megaphone”

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Glenn Loury and John McWhorter discuss how John is perceived now that he writes for the Times.


Is Dave Chappelle serious?

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Bill Scher and Matt K. Lewis debate whether Chappelle should be held responsible for the political content in his latest stand-up special.


The corrosive influence of low-dollar donors

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Matt K. Lewis argues that politicians who rely primarily on small donations tend to be more hardline and partisan than those with big donors.

The Wright Show

From My Lai to Abu Ghraib

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Robert Wright and historian Samuel Moyn, author of the new book Humane, discuss how the reaction of activists to wartime atrocities has changed.

The Wright Show

Replacement in theory and practice

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Robert Wright and Mickey Kaus discuss whether, and in what sense, workers wary of being displaced by immigrant labor should feel threatened by “replacement”.

The Wright Show

The grievance-based world of the Weinsteins

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Robert Wright talks with Matthew Browne and Christopher Kavanagh, hosts of the Decoding the Gurus podcast, about Eric and Bret Weinstein’s tendency to draw outsized conclusions from their personal experiences.