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17 June 2018

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Einstein and the speed of light

Robert Wright speaks with Jim Holt, author of the new book When Einstein Walked with Gödel: Excursions to the Edge of Thought, about how Einstein conceived his relativity theories.
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Rethinking cultural appropriation

Fashion journalist Connie Wang explains how her thoughts about cultural appropriation have changed.

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Why haven’t we heard from any space aliens?

Adam Frank, author of the new book Light of the Stars: Alien Worlds and the Fate of the Earth, speculates that climate change may be the “great filter” that stops extraterrestrial civilizations from reaching maturity.

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What is the “black experience”?

Glenn Loury and John McWhorter discuss whether John’s upbringing disqualifies him from speaking on blackness in America.

Jews vs. Muslims or Jews vs. Arabs?

Robert Wright speaks with Wajahat Ali, who wrote a controversial Atlantic article on visiting the West Bank, about how the Israeli/Palestinian conflict is framed.

Pardonpalooza

Bill Scher and Matt Lewis analyze Trump’s criminal pardons, including a rumored pardon for disgraced Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich.

Who would you fire?

Bill Scher and Matt Lewis review the latest media controversies around Roseanne Barr, Samantha Bee, et al.

Philip Roth and women

Aryeh Cohen-Wade and Phoebe Maltz Bovy evaluate the criticism that Roth only wrote stereotypical or one-dimensional female characters.

The DMZ

Milquetoast partisanship on North Korea

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Bill Scher and Matt Lewis make sense of partisan reactions to Trump’s summit with Kim Jong Un.

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Culture of personality

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Stephen Asma, author of the new book Why We Need Religion, and Rami Gabriel discuss the possible evolutionary origins behind Donald Trump’s demeanor and popularity.

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Less politics, more Hail Marys

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Ross Douthat, author of the new book To Change the Church: Pope Francis and the Future of Catholicism, speaks to Father William Dailey about the relevance of the Vatican to the lives of most Catholics.

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Culturally Determined

How David Letterman normalized Donald Trump

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Jason Zinoman, author of the biography Letterman: The Last Giant of Late Night, reviewed all of Trump’s appearances on Letterman’s shows over the past 30 years.

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Why is the US helping Saudi Arabia bomb Yemen?

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Shireen Al-Adeimi, an activist who was born in Yemen, offers an answer.

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Russia’s Keystone cops

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Bloggingheads.tv’s own Nikita Petrov describes his briefly successful attempt to escape a paddy wagon after an anti-Putin protest.