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30 January 2023

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Artificial intelligence and conventional wisdom

Robert Wright and Mickey Kaus discuss the shortcomings of ChatGPT. Play entire video

A false flag in Ukraine?

Political scientist Ivan Katchanovski argues that the 2014 Maidan massacre was perpetrated mainly by snipers from far-right groups in hopes that the government would be blamed.

Biden’s chances in 2024

Robert Wright and Mickey Kaus debate the odds of reelection.

The false promise of net zero emissions

Glenn Loury and physicist Steven Koonin discuss how the push to halt carbon emissions obscures the limits of climate science.

Biden’s Classified Docs Scandal

Mishandled classified documents. Grounded planes. Gas stoves. Have Democrats lost their edge already in 2023? Bill Scher and Matt K. Lewis discuss in this week’s DMZ.

Goodbye Norma Desmond

Bill Scher and Matt K. Lewis discuss McCarthy’s election to House Speaker. Plus: The debt limit showdown, Dem in-fighting on immigration, and is Trump’s star fading?

Is Musk a “great man” of tech history?

Robert Wright and Mickey Kaus debate the value of the Twitter owner’s societal and historical contributions.

The Revolt against the elites

Glenn Loury and political philosopher Michael Sandel discuss working-class resentment against elites that gave rise to Trump’s presidency.

The Glenn Show

Is another Harlem Renaissance possible?

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Glenn Loury and John McWhorter discuss the achievements of the Harlem Renaissance writers and how they compare to the mindset of contemporary Black Studies programs.

The DMZ

Pat Buchanan Retires

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On this week’s DMZ, Bill Scher and Matt K. Lewis discuss the legacy of the newly-retired Pat Buchanan. Plus: Is White Lotus conservative?; The debt limit showdown; and will Haley take on Trump?

Nonzero (The Wright Show)

Pitfalls of perspective taking

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Robert Wright and meditation teacher Josh Summers discuss some of the challenges of employing cognitive empathy in daily life.

The Glenn Show

The unified field theory of non-whiteness

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In this excerpt from their 2022 “best of” episode, Glenn Loury and John McWhorter discuss the possible fragmentation of a political coalition of “people of color” in the US.

The Glenn Show

Against the victim mentality

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Glenn Loury, John McWhorter, and Jazz Leadership Project CEO Greg Thomas debate the through-lines of black tradition and identity.