10 June 2023


The Dam Breaks in Ukraine

Robert Wright and Mickey Kaus discuss the crowded GOP primary, Trump's indictment, Ukraine's counteroffensive, Timothy Snyder's Ukraine analysis, Tucker's new Twitter show, and more. Play entire video

The New World Disorder

Robert Wright and New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman discuss Iran-Saudi Arabia, Israel-Palestine, Russia-Ukraine, and other geopolitical conundrums.

Does African American history need African American studies?

Glenn Loury speaks with education activist Charles Love and Florida public high school teacher Donique Rolle about African American history in the classroom.

Who Won The Debt Ceiling Deal?

Who came out ahead in the debt limit deal? Biden? McCarthy? Both? Neither? Bill Scher and Matt K. Lewis discuss on this week’s DMZ.

Is it time for an AI-safety Manhattan Project?

Samuel Hammond of the Foundation for American Innovation explains his ambitious plan to Robert Wright.

The Jordan Neely problem

Glenn Loury and John McWhorter discuss the killing of Jordan Neely on the New York City subway and the sometimes alarming nature of encounters with the homeless and mentally ill.

Why do we cry?

Robert Wright and Rev. Benjamin Perry—author of the new book “Cry, Baby”—discuss the functions of weeping.

The “triple scam” of wokeness

Glenn Loury and Norman Finkelstein compare the life and work of W.E.B. Du Bois to that of Ibram X. Kendi.

14th Amendment Remedy

On this week’s DMZ, Bill Scher tells Matt K. Lewis why he thinks Homeland Security head Mayorkas deserves a medal for his work on the border. Plus: Will Biden use the 14th amendment on the debt ceiling? And has DeSantis gotten his groove back?

The Glenn Show

How did MLK become MLK?

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Glenn Loury and John McWhorter discuss the historical circumstances that led to Martin Luther King’s rise in the Civil Rights Movement.

Nonzero (The Wright Show)

Ukraine and the Western Media

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Robert Wright talks to Branko Marcetic about Kyiv’s offensive, the western media’s coverage of the war, and whether the US could have prevented the war.

Nonzero (The Wright Show)

DeSantis’s and Ukraine’s Incursions

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Robert Wright and Mickey Kaus discuss worrisome Ukraine war developments, Putin’s chances of going nuclear, DeSantis’s bumpy declaration, the debt ceiling fight, and more!


It’s Ron DeSantis Day!

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On this week’s DMZ, Bill Scher and Matt K. Lewis go deep on DeSantis: Did he miss his moment? Is his gubernatorial record all that good? And why he is spending so much time with Elon Musk?

Nonzero (The Wright Show)

Sam Altman and senate softballs

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Robert Wright and Mickey Kaus discuss what senators should have asked the OpenAI CEO at this week’s AI hearing.

Nonzero (The Wright Show)

The singularity is… ne’er?

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Timothy B. Lee, author of the newsletter Understanding AI, tells Robert Wright why he’s skeptical of superintelligent AI takeoff theories.