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10 December 2019

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Epicureanism vs. Stoicism

Robert Wright speaks with Catherine Wilson, author of the new book How to Be an Epicurean, about the rival ancient philosophies.
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Liz vs. Bernie on foreign policy

Daniel Drezner and Daniel Bessner analyze the differences between how Warren and Sanders view the world.

Varieties of mystical experience

Robert Wright speaks with Jay Michaelson, author of the new book Enlightenment by Trial and Error, about enlightenment in the Buddhist and Jewish traditions.

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The case for dragging out impeachment

Bill Scher and Matt Lewis discuss whether Democrats should wait for other shoes to drop.

How empathy can tear us apart

Robert Wright speaks with psychologist Paul Bloom about a new study on empathy and political polarization.

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How Booker struck out

Bill Scher and Matt Lewis analyze the senator from New Jersey’s inability to stick to his core brand.

How to get old people to care more about climate change

Glenn Loury talks to economist Laurence Kotlikoff, co-author of the new paper “Making Carbon Taxation a Generational Win Win.”

A thin membrane between life and magic

Robert Wright speaks with Michael Powell, author of the new book Canyon Dreams: A Basketball Season on the Navajo Nation, about the syncretism of traditional and Christian religion among the Navajo.

The Glenn Show

Racially charged hoaxes

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Glenn Loury and John McWhorter react to a new documentary alleging a conspiracy in the Trayvon Martin case.

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The disappointing personal morality of moral philosophers

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Daniel Kaufman and Massimo Pigliucci discuss whether philosophy makes one better at living.

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Feminine Chaos

Gen X feminists vs. Millennial feminists

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Kat Rosenfield and Phoebe Maltz Bovy speak with Meghan Daum, author of the new book The Problem with Everything.

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A changed heart vs. a false front

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David Ottlinger speaks with philosopher J.P. Messina about the distorting effects of social censorship.

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Culturally Determined

The meaning of “ok boomer”

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Aryeh Cohen-Wade and Daniel Kaufman analyze the meme that young people are using to dismiss their elders.