18 September 2018


Is Trump scary or pathetic?

Robert Wright and Mickey Kaus debate whether creeping authoritarianism is a real danger. Play entire video

The politics of hurricanes

As Hurricane Florence nears the coast, Bill Scher and Matt Lewis discuss the political effect of massive storms.

Being a fiction writer with a full-time job

Glenn Loury speaks with his son Glenn Loury II, a speculative fiction author.

Can free will exist in a deterministic universe?

Robert Wright and philosopher Gregg Caruso wrestle with the slippery notion of “compatibilism.”

Play this clip on MeaningofLife.tv

Is Twitter a public utility?

Bill Scher and Matt Lewis debate whether the “deplatforming” of figures like Alex Jones from social media is a matter of free speech.

Is Trump’s tax reform secretly progressive?

Economist Larry Kotlikoff argues that measuring lifetime spending paints a more accurate picture.

Why “cultural appropriation” is a mixed-up idea

Robert Wright speaks with philosopher K. Anthony Appiah, author of the new book The Lies That Bind: Rethinking Identity.

Play this clip on MeaningofLife.tv

Is “white fragility” a real thing?

Phoebe Maltz Bovy and Kat Rosenfield discuss the idea, which has been popularized by a recent book of the same name by Robin DiAngelo.

How John McCain became the hawkiest hawk

Robert Wright and Matt Welch, author of the book McCain: The Myth of a Maverick, consider the late senator’s path from “Vietnam-syndrome realist” to committed interventionist.

The Wright Show

“I did not find the book to be surprising or shocking”

playvideo screenshot

National security reporter Marc Ambinder critiques Bob Woodward’s new book on the Trump administration.

Market solutions to inequality

playvideo screenshot

Economist Robin Hanson and social scientist Simon DeDeo debate the social and economic causes of the gender pay gap.

The Wright Show

What explains Trump’s foreign policy?

playvideo screenshot

Robert Wright and Ian Bremmer, author of the new book Us vs. Them: The Failure of Globalism, consider the question.


Abandoning the “beauty suit”

playvideo screenshot

Lauren Shields discusses the “experiment” she conducted on herself, described in her new book, The Beauty Suit: How My Year of Religious Modesty Made Me a Better Feminist.

Play this clip on MeaningofLife.tv


A true “maverick”?

playvideo screenshot

Bill Scher and Matt Lewis weigh critiques of John McCain’s career from left and right.

The Glenn Show

Is the Intellectual Dark Web a right-wing brand?

playvideo screenshot

Glenn Loury and Douglas Lain of Zero Books consider the IDW and whether Glenn belongs in the group’s ranks.