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16 January 2018

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Narcissism on the rise

Josh Summers and Thomas Joiner, author of Mindlessness: The Corruption of Mindfulness in a Culture of Narcissism, discuss the origins of modern culture’s self-oriented nature.
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Oprah’s prosperity gospel

Bill Scher argues that Oprah Winfrey could win the 2020 election, but not without rigorous vetting from the left.

The evolution of emotion

Stephen Asma and Rami Gabriel present a puppet show telling the philosophical history of emotion, from Aristotle to Freud.

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Is philosophy going corporate?

Massimo Pigliucci on how philosophers can give practical advice without betraying their principles.

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Giving names to your inner voices

Dan Harris, co-author of the new book Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics, explains how thinking of troublesome parts of his mind as people helped drain them of power.

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How sexual harassment derailed a journalism career

Kate Havard describes her experience as an intern reporting from the Maryland State House.

The psychology of Harvey Weinstein

Paul Bloom on what people get wrong about the motivations of sexual predators.

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Is it healthy to think of yourself as a hero on a quest?

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Philip Menchaca speaks with psychologist Jonathan Young, an expert on the work of Joseph Campbell. Plus: Cinderella and mental health.

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Culturally Determined

Remembering “Leomania”

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Twenty years after the release of Titanic, Sarah Marshall explains Leonardo DiCaprio’s romantic appeal. Plus: Riding the emotional wave of Titanic.

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Trump can’t let well enough alone

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Bill Scher and Matt Lewis discuss Trump’s conservative policy victories and scary tweets.

The Wright Show

Why infrastructure is crumbling and public schools are in trouble

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Richard Vague examines the roots of the funding crisis facing state and local governments.

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The tenure-track blues

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Robert Wright and Kieran Setiya, author of the new book Midlife: A Philosophical Guide, discuss why disappointment so often accompanies great academic achievement. Plus: John Stuart Mill’s nervous breakdown.

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Winning hearts vs. turning stomachs

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Bill Scher argues that Doug Jones’s unremarkable policy record may have kept Republicans at home.