26 June 2019


That “analytic swing”

Josh Summers speaks with jazz pianist Aaron Goldberg about his time working as a full-time musician while studying in a philosophy graduate program under Daniel Dennett.
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A thought experiment about free will and moral responsibility

Philosopher Gideon Rosen considers an ancient slaveholder who has no idea that slavery is wrong.

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Sorry, not sorry

Bill Scher and Matt Lewis discuss Joe Biden and the emerging political advantage in refusing to apologize after gaffes or personal misconduct.

Mourning on Twitter

Aryeh Cohen-Wade speaks with Rachel Vorona-Cote, who recently wrote about grieving her mother’s death in the essay “The Fraught Culture of Online Mourning.”

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The “black silent majority”

Michael Fortner describes his book Black Silent Majority: The Rockefeller Drug Laws and the Politics of Punishment, about support for draconian drug laws in the black community in the 1970s.

Anti-interventionism isn’t isolationism

Chris Preble, author of the new book Peace, War, and Liberty: Understanding U.S. Foreign Policy, explains why his libertarian skepticism about military intervention isn’t the same as isolationism.

How do Iranians view Trump?

Iranian-American journalist Negar Mortazavi explains.

“This is my home”

Chris Arnade, author of the new book Dignity: Seeking Respect in Back Row America, discusses why many Americans don’t move away from where they grew up to seek better opportunities.

Abuse in the yoga community

Josh Summers speaks with Matthew Remski, author of the new book Practice and All Is Coming, about the prevalence of sexual assault in highly devoted yoga communities.

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The Glenn Show

How Clarence Thomas views race

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Glenn Loury speaks with legal historian Scott Gerber, author of the book First Principles: The Jurisprudence of Clarence Thomas.


Embrace the strange

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Jeffrey Kripal, author of the new book The Flip: Epiphanies of Mind and the Future of Knowledge, argues that strict materialism does more to encourage religious fundamentalism than to stem it.

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Envisioning a post-Trump foreign policy

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Heather Hurlburt and Dan Drezner discuss what the next Democratic president would do if Trump loses in 2020.


Into the Amash pit

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Matt Lewis explains why he would readily vote for libertarian GOP congressman Justin Amash, who is weighing a presidential run.

The Wright Show

The downside of civic engagement

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Oliver Burkeman, author of the recent Guardian essay “How the news took over reality,” says viewing the world through a political lens may ultimately be bad for democracy.