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26 September 2018

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What are thought leaders for?

Anand Giridharadas, author of the new bestseller Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World, discusses the role celebrity intellectuals play in sustaining American capitalism. Play entire video

What does #MeToo reveal about the Catholic Church?

Aryeh Cohen-Wade and Christopher White, national correspondent for the Catholic news site Crux, revisit the 2002 Church sex abuse scandal in light of the #MeToo movement.

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Affluenza at Georgetown Prep

Bill Scher and Matt Lewis discuss why some conservative women are reluctant to dismiss the claims made against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

“We should just cut each other some slack”

John Horgan explains how writing his new free e-book, Mind-Body Problems, made him embrace some wacky theories of consciousness.

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Is Trump scary or pathetic?

Robert Wright and Mickey Kaus debate whether creeping authoritarianism is a real danger.

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Market solutions to inequality

Economist Robin Hanson and social scientist Simon DeDeo debate the social and economic causes of the gender pay gap.

Being a fiction writer with a full-time job

Glenn Loury speaks with his son Glenn Loury II, a speculative fiction author.

Can free will exist in a deterministic universe?

Robert Wright and philosopher Gregg Caruso wrestle with the slippery notion of “compatibilism.”

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Democratic socialism vs. social democracy

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Noah Smith and socialist writer Meagan Day discuss the differences between the two ideologies.

The Wright Show

Is Alex Jones a free speech martyr?

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Robert Wright and David Kaye, the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to freedom of expression, discuss the conspiracy theorist’s banishment by Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.

Feminine Chaos

Redemption essays by #MeToo men

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Phoebe Maltz Bovy and Kat Rosenfield analyze whether the recent personal essays by Jian Ghomeshi and John Hockenberry should have been published.

The Wright Show

“I did not find the book to be surprising or shocking”

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National security reporter Marc Ambinder critiques Bob Woodward’s new book on the Trump administration.

The DMZ

The politics of hurricanes

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As Hurricane Florence nears the coast, Bill Scher and Matt Lewis discuss the political effect of massive storms.

The DMZ

Is Twitter a public utility?

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Bill Scher and Matt Lewis debate whether the “deplatforming” of figures like Alex Jones from social media is a matter of free speech.