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24 February 2021

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The many ways the media mistreated Britney

Aryeh Cohen-Wade and Alana May Johnson talk about the new documentary Framing Britney Spears. Play entire video

How Rush tanked Trump’s 2020 campaign

Mickey Kaus argues that the late broadcaster is partly responsible for Trump losing the election.

How intellectual disagreements on race get personal

Glenn Loury and John McWhorter consider why it’s now so difficult to engage in debates on race and racism in the U.S.

Ted Cruz checks out

Is Cruz’s baffling trip to Cancun a sign that he’s given up his presidential ambitions? Bill Scher and Matt Lewis discuss.

Are schools necessary?

Robert Gressis and Kevin Currie-Knight discuss the success of students who learn outside of a traditional school environment.

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What happened to Slate Star Codex?

Will Wilkinson discusses the popular blog’s disappearance and the New York Times investigation that precipitated it.

The impeachment trial mismatch

Matt Lewis and Bill Scher discuss whether it matters that the House impeachment managers outclassed Trump’s lawyers.

The death of public discourse and the rise of Trump

Daniel Kaufman and David Ottlinger discuss how backlash against left-wing orthodoxies may have helped Trump get elected in 2016.

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Solving the mystery of dark matter

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Robert Wright talks with Nobel Prize-winning physicist Frank Wilczek, author of the new book Fundamentals, about the axion, a hypothesized particle that could explain why much of the universe’s mass seems to be missing.

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The far left, the far right, and the far out

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Nikita Petrov pitches a premise for a metaphysical system to John Horgan: ideas as living beings that enter this world through humans.

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Culturally Determined

Cleansing your timeline vs. doomscrolling

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Aryeh Cohen-Wade and Phoebe Maltz Bovy discuss pandemic Twitter trends.

The Glenn Show

What is postmodernism and why does it matter today?

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Glenn Loury and James Lindsay discuss the origins and current applications of postmodern philosophy.

The Wright Show

Once bitten, twice shy

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Robert Wright and political scientist Neta Crawford discuss how fear drives our foreign policy—and how to change that.