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9 May 2021

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Letting pangolins off the hook

Robert Wright and Mickey Kaus discuss new evidence for the theory that COVID escaped from a lab. Play entire video

Do our intentions matter?

Robert Wright and psychologist Paul Bloom discuss why we punish people for unintentional transgressions.

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Tucker Carlson unmasked

Robert Wright and Mickey Kaus review the Fox News host’s anti-mask rant.

Are things as bad as they seem?

Glenn Loury and Nikita Petrov discuss viewers’ concerns about the current social and political climate.

What’s the truth about Philip Roth?

Aryeh Cohen-Wade speaks with literary critic Laura Marsh about the new biography by Blake Bailey, who was recently accused by multiple women of sexual assault.

Approaches to ultimate reality

Robert Wright and John Thatamanil, author of the new book Circling the Elephant, discuss how different religious traditions try to access divinity

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Aiding and abetting

Robert Wright argues that progressives who react reflexively to police shootings sometimes help the right.

Will the Iranian elections matter?

Robert Wright and Barbara Slavin discuss how much of an effect Iran’s upcoming presidential elections will have on nuclear negotiations.

Do Juggalos vote?

Magdalene Taylor discusses the politics of the oft-maligned fans of the horrorcore rap group Insane Clown Posse.

The Glenn Show

Destandardizing the standards for success

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Glenn Loury and John McWhorter discuss the problems with holding different groups to different standards.

The DMZ

Liz Cheney’s last stand

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Bill Scher and Matt K. Lewis discuss the Wyoming Republican’s loss of support from her congressional colleagues.

The DMZ

Does Biden’s speech matter?

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Bill Scher and Matt K. Lewis discuss whether we can learn anything from Biden’s address to the joint session of Congress.

The DMZ

Should Biden take the GOP infrastructure offer seriously?

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Bill Scher and Matt K. Lewis discuss what Biden should do with the $568 billion GOP infrastructure proposal.

The Glenn Show

The “badass m-f” problem

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Glenn Loury and John McWhorter discuss the social problems stemming from the idealization of toughness in Black culture.

The Wright Show

Over the horizon

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Will the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan just lead to a different kind of American warfare there? Robert Wright and Mickey Kaus discuss.