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22 October 2018

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The desire for a loathsome enemy

Robert Wright speaks with Sally Kohn, author of the new book The Opposite of Hate: A Field Guide to Repairing Our Humanity, about how we view our political adversaries. Play entire video

Politainment

Aryeh Cohen-Wade and David Ottlinger discuss what is lost when politics merges with entertainment.

White women as victims vs. white women as oppressors

Phoebe Maltz Bovy and Kat Rosenfield discuss how race and gender intersected in the aftermath of the Kavanaugh hearings.

Obama and Trump vs. “the blob”

Stephen Walt, author of the new book The Hell of Good Intentions, discusses the two presidents’ difficulties changing American foreign policy.

An antidote to political tribalism: “lottocracy”

Philosopher Alex Guerrero argues that a system where politicians are selected by lottery from the general populace would heal America’s fractured politics.

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Will conservative anger last until November?

Bill Scher and Matt Lewis debate whether Republican momentum from the Kavanaugh hearings will bear out on Election Day.

Costs now, possible benefits for our grandkids

Glenn Loury and climate scientist Patrick T. Brown discuss the difficulties in fighting climate change.

Buddhist wisdom for the Trump era

Robert Wright speaks with Lama Surya Das about trying to view the turbulent events of the day with equanimity.

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Kavanaugh the choir boy vs. Kavanaugh the party boy

Aryeh Cohen-Wade and Cathy Young consider the two versions of the nominee.

The Glenn Show

Two megalomaniacs, or something more?

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Glenn Loury and John McWhorter debate the significance of Kanye West’s visit to the White House.

The DMZ

Has the “blue wave” already crested?

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Bill Scher and Matt Lewis debate whether Democrats still have a chance to win in November.

MeaningofLife.tv

How to use an “implementation intention”

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Psychologist John Bargh, author of Before You Know It: The Unconscious Reasons We Do What We Do, describes a technique that helps you do hard-to-do things.

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Is what happens on Twitter real or fake?

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Aryeh Cohen-Wade speaks with Lauren Oyler, who recently wrote about social media’s effects in The Baffler.

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The Wright Show

Who started the new Cold War?

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Robert Wright and Peter Beinart discuss the roles of Russia and the US in raising tensions between them.

The DMZ

Not your typical job interview

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Bill Scher and Matt Lewis debate whether the level of scrutiny faced by Brett Kavanaugh or Christine Blasey Ford is justified.