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30 September 2022

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Where do progressives stand on civil liberties?

Glenn Loury discusses the contradictions of progressive positions on free speech and civil liberties with lawyer, law professor, and author Lara Bazelon. Play entire video

The Russia-Ukraine paradox

Robert Wright and Mickey Kaus discuss whether Ukraine’s military progress makes Putin more likely to usher in catastrophe.

Where’s the GOP’s “Team Normal”?

Bill Scher and Matt K. Lewis discuss whether non-Trumpist Republicans are normalizing election denying.

Is marriage important?

Glenn Loury, John McWhorter, and Ian Rowe, founder and CEO of Vertex Enterprise Academies, debate the meaning and significance of marriage.

Fifty shades of US-China relations

Sebastian Strangio, author of In the Dragon’s Shadow, explains why Sino-American relations look “grayer” when viewed from Southeast Asia.

What’s Lindsey Graham thinking?

Bill Scher and Matt K. Lewis question the wisdom of the Republican Senator’s introduction of a 15-week abortion ban bill.

Rules for thee but not for me?

Robert Wright and New York Times columnist Bret Stephens debate whether the US applies higher standards to China and Russia than to itself.

John vs. Ibram X. Kendi on Twitter

Glenn Loury and John McWhorter discuss John’s contentious online exchange with the Boston University professor and racial justice advocate.

Did Biden blow it?

Robert Wright and Mickey Kaus discuss the president’s “Soul of the Nation” speech.

The DMZ

Is Biden’s brain a problem?

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Bill Scher and Matt K. Lewis discuss whether the President is suffering cognitive decline or just being Joe Biden.

Nonzero (The Wright Show)

Putin’s downfall?

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Robert Wright and Anatol Lieven discuss whether Russia’s military failures could lead to regime change in Moscow.

Nonzero (The Wright Show)

Putin’s predicament

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Robert Wright and Mickey Kaus discuss the political and military pressures faced by the Russian leader.

The Glenn Show

What is “social capital”?

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Glenn Loury and economist Larry Kotlikoff discuss Glenn’s concept of “social capital” and how social inequality perpetuates itself.

The DMZ

Is Oz unfairly fettered?

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Bill Scher and Matt K. Lewis discuss whether John Fetterman’s health is a legitimate concern for voters and whether Dr. Mehmet Oz risks backlash for questioning it.

Nonzero (The Wright Show)

How common are dramatic spiritual experiences?

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Psychologist David B. Yaden—co-author of the new book The Varieties of Spiritual Experience—discusses the data with Robert Wright.