27 October 2021


Steve Bannon, public enemy

Robert Wright and Mickey Kaus discuss Bannon’s role in ramping up the January 6 riot. Play entire video

In defense of whataboutism

Robert Wright and Steven Pinker, author of the book Rationality: What It Is, Why It Seems Scarce, Why It Matters, discuss the usefulness of a much-derided rhetorical maneuver.

The case for Jewish anger

Aryeh Cohen-Wade speaks with Dara Horn, author of the new book People Love Dead Jews: Reports from a Haunted Present.

Is Trump a rational actor?

Robert Wright and Mickey Kaus ask whether Trump’s threat to undermine Republicans in the midterms is a calculated move or just a bid for attention

Behind the New York Times “megaphone”

Glenn Loury and John McWhorter discuss how John is perceived now that he writes for the Times.

Is journalistic neutrality obsolete?

Robert Wright and Aryeh Cohen-Wade debate whether the ideal of objectivity in reporting is a concept whose time has passed.

Is Biden fostering a MAGA resurgence?

Robert Wright and Mickey Kaus discuss whether Biden’s falling popularity will galvanize a 2024 Trump run.

The corrosive influence of low-dollar donors

Matt K. Lewis argues that politicians who rely primarily on small donations tend to be more hardline and partisan than those with big donors.

Russian Cosmism

Nikita Petrov and John Horgan discuss Russian philosopher Nikolai Fyodorov, who claimed that immortality can be reached through science, but we will only deserve it if we resurrect all previous generations.

The Glenn Show

What’s happening to New York’s top high schools?

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Glenn Loury and Wai Wah Chin, Charter President of the Chinese American Citizens Alliance of Greater New York, discuss recent attempts to change admissions standards for New York City exam schools.


Keeping infrastructure on track

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Bill Scher and Matt K. Lewis discuss whether Democrats can get the infrastructure deal done by the November 1 deadline.


Is Dave Chappelle serious?

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Bill Scher and Matt K. Lewis debate whether Chappelle should be held responsible for the political content in his latest stand-up special.

Culturally Determined

The Bard of Twitter

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Aryeh Cohen-Wade speaks with the anonymous person who tweets as William Shakespeare.

The Glenn Show

The truth about redlining

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Glenn Loury and historian David E. Kaiser discuss the history of redlining and black wealth accumulation after World War II.

The Wright Show

From My Lai to Abu Ghraib

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Robert Wright and historian Samuel Moyn, author of the new book Humane, discuss how the reaction of activists to wartime atrocities has changed.