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16 February 2019

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What’s the big emergency?

Bill Scher and Matt Lewis discuss the potential effects of Trump's national emergency order. Play entire video

What is truth, anyway?

Philosophers Daniel Kaufman and Crispin Sartwell discuss the “true” meaning of truth according to different branches of philosophy.

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American hypocrisy

How important is moral consistency in foreign policy? Robert Wright and Heather Hurlburt consider.

Madame Bovary, Gone Girl, and the likeability backlash

Kat Rosenfield and Hillary Kelly discuss the representation of “terrible women” in literature.

How Facebook manipulates us

Douglas Rushkoff, author of the new book Team Human, explains.

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A parable about talent

Juliet Lapidos describes the origins of her new novel, Talent, which uses the biblical Parable of the Talents as a frame for a literary detective story.

The hidden variable beneath America’s political divide

Will Wilkinson discusses the underappreciated importance of population density.

How far left is too left?

Bill Scher and Matt Lewis talk about the ideological balancing act that Democratic primary candidates face.

In defense of puns

James Geary, author of the new book Wit’s End: What Wit Is, How It Works, and Why We Need It, argues that puns are a perfect example of human creativity.

The Wright Show

Trump’s Trojan horse

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Journalist Max Blumenthal, reporting from Caracas, explains why Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro refused to accept a US aid shipment.

The Glenn Show

Can we take race out of the criminal justice equation?

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Glenn Loury speaks with Kelly Suzanne Saulsberry of the Chicago Commission on Human Relations.

The DMZ

Who survives a public scandal?

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Bill Scher and Matt Lewis discuss Virginia Governor Ralph Northam’s political fate in an era of rapid online news.

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The power of fictional thinking

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Stephen Asma and Rami Gabriel discuss the essential role of narrative in art, literature, and human life.

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Is physical stuff all there is?

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Robert Wright and philosopher Gideon Rosen discuss the doctrine of materialism.

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The Glenn Show

What America owes

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Glenn Loury suggests that Ta-Nehisi Coates’s argument for slavery reparations has a nationalist appeal.