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22 September 2021

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The existential stakes of enlightenment

Robert Wright and Josh Summers discuss how mindfulness can help humankind overcome potentially disastrous cognitive biases.
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The spiritual challenges of climate change

Glenn Loury and historian Daniel Bessner discuss the possibility that combating climate change will require rethinking what it means to live a meaningful life.

The legacy of Norm MacDonald

Bill Scher and Matt K. Lewis discuss the late comic’s work and career.

James Lindsay climbs aboard the Trump train

David Ottlinger and journalist Cathy Young discuss the controversial anti-woke crusader’s support for Donald Trump.

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Crime and Punishment and Determinism

Robert Wright and journalist Oliver Burkeman ask whether a commitment to determinism would require us to rethink our approach to criminal justice.

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Did the Global War on Terrorism backfire?

Robert Wright and Mickey Kaus discuss whether the wars that followed 9/11 fueled homegrown terrorism.

Looking back at 9/11

Bill Scher and Matt K. Lewis discuss what they’ve learned about American politics since the 9/11 attacks.

The case against The White Lotus

Critic John Ganz found the widely praised HBO series tedious and hollow.

Will the Texas abortion law backfire?

Robert Wright and Mickey Kaus discuss whether restrictions on abortion, including the possible overturning of Roe v. Wade, could eventually strengthen women’s reproductive rights.

Culturally Determined

NFTs and the question of authentication

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Aryeh Cohen-Wade and critic Sophie Haigney discuss the connection between digital art and signed baseballs.

The Wright Show

Will the Biden budget “transform” America?

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Robert Wright and Mickey Kaus debate whether Biden’s claims about his budget are lies or ordinary political hyperbole.

Culturally Determined

A midpoint in the cultural battle of kids vs. parents

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Aryeh Cohen-Wade talks with Katie Baker about her recent essay on early ’90s Nickelodeon and how children’s entertainment has changed since then.

The Glenn Show

Rocks and race at the University of Wisconsin

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Glenn Loury and John McWhorter discuss how the University of Wisconsin should have handled recent campus protests.

Culturally Determined

A counternarrative on online disinformation

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Joe Bernstein discusses his new Harper’s cover story reconsidering “fake news.”

The Glenn Show

The “fight” against CRT

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Glenn Loury and Nikita Petrov discuss whether it’s helpful to think of opposition to woke anti-racism in pugilistic terms.