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23 June 2018

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Can we phase out suffering by tackling its genetic roots?

Robert Wright and transhumanist philosopher David Pearce consider the question.
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The double-edged sword of looking at bodies on Instagram

Aryeh Cohen-Wade speaks with Amanda Mull, author of the recent essay “Body Positivity Is a Scam,” about how the social network can shape one’s self-image.

Critiquing media coverage of Israel/Palestine

Omar Baddar of the Arab American Institute outlines which media outlets do a good job at illuminating the Palestinian perspective.

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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Milquetoast partisanship on North Korea

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

Rethinking cultural appropriation

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

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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.

Less politics, more Hail Marys

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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Pardonpalooza

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

The Glenn Show

“Good people on both sides”

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Glenn Loury and Bret Weinstein discuss Trump’s knack for baiting the left into opposing regular people’s “common sense” beliefs.

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Not a “skin problem,” but a “sin problem”

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Bill Black and Jemar Tisby discuss the role of racism in the “quiet exodus” of black Christians from white evangelical congregations.

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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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Why haven’t we heard from any space aliens?

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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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The Wright Show

Jews vs. Muslims or Jews vs. Arabs?

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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.

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.