27 September 2022


The Russia-Ukraine paradox

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

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.

Putin’s predicament

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

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.

What is “social capital”?

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

Is Oz unfairly fettered?

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.

Did Biden blow it?

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

Republicans in disarray?

Bill Scher and Matt K. Lewis assess the current state of the GOP, with an eye toward the November midterms.

Polarized America

Glenn Loury and Steve McIntosh, president, co-founder, and director of the Institute for Cultural Evolution, discuss the US’s ongoing political fragmentation.


Where’s the GOP’s “Team Normal”?

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

The Glenn Show

Is marriage important?

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

Nonzero (The Wright Show)

Rules for thee but not for me?

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

The Glenn Show

John vs. Ibram X. Kendi on Twitter

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

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.

Nonzero (The Wright Show)

Should the Dems dump Biden?

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Robert Wright and Mickey Kaus discuss the prospect of DeSantis getting the GOP nomination.