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20 July 2018

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Open season on mocking the right

In light of Sacha Baron Cohen’s latest stunts, Bill Scher and Matt Lewis discuss why the right is so vulnerable to satire. Play entire video

Why does Trump like Putin so much?

In the wake of the leaders’ joint press conference, Robert Wright and Jacob Heilbrunn consider the possibilities.

Try this at home

Philosopher Thomas Metzinger suggests using a hammer and a rubber glove to change your perception of your self.

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The wrong pick?

Matt Lewis argues that Trump erred by choosing Brett Kavanaugh instead of Amy Barrett for the Supreme Court.

Are the deepest questions unanswerable?

Michael Shermer discusses his controversial Scientific American column on God, free will, and consciousness.

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Abolish ‘Abolish ICE’?

Bill Scher lays out the political perils of the push on the left to shutter the agency.

The path to becoming a “sex cult” leader

Vanessa Grigoriadis, who recently wrote about the controversial group NXIVM, describes its leader, Keith Raniere.

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Will Roberts become the new swing vote?

Bill Scher and Matt Lewis analyze how Kennedy’s departure could push the chief justice to the left.

Culturally Determined

Down the QAnon rabbit hole

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Aryeh Cohen-Wade and Will Sommer discuss the most popular right-wing conspiracy theory of the Trump era.

Sex, labor, and moral panic

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Adult-film actress and activist Arabelle Raphael explains how the legal definition of “sex trafficking” is used to criminalize legal sex work.

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The “awakening universe”

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Theologian John Haught has a cosmic take on religion’s place in the scheme of things.

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The Wright Show

Meet Judge Amy

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Journalist Sarah Posner explains why prospective Supreme Court pick Amy Coney Barrett appeals so strongly to both Trump and conservative Christians.

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Is this the dawn of a new psychedelic age?

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Michael Pollan, author of the new bestseller How to Change Your Mind, discusses recent findings about the therapeutic and spiritual effects of psychedelic drugs.

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