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23 May 2019

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Can adversity be quantified?

Glenn Loury and John McWhorter discuss the College Board's controversial new "adversity index," which provides colleges with socioeconomic data about a student's school and family life. Play entire video

The madness of online crowds

William Davies, author of the new book Nervous States: Democracy and the Decline of Reason, connects nineteenth-century theories of crowd behavior to today’s social media.

Does social media magnify racism?

Wilfred Reilly, author of Hate Crime Hoax, speaks with Glenn Loury about the state of racial animosity in America.

No progressives in foxholes

Bill Scher and Matt Lewis discuss the voting habits of older Democrats.

Is it ethical to not read the news?

Aryeh Cohen-Wade speaks with Leah Finnegan, who recently wrote about radically reducing her news consumption.

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A good referee is an unhappy referee

Robert Wright speaks with author Michael Lewis, host of the new podcast Against the Rules, about why trying to be impartial brings so much suffering these days.

Teaching with finesse

Glenn Loury speaks with public school teacher Michele Kerr about how teachers adapt their instruction style to students of different backgrounds.

What does Trump want from Iran?

Robert Wright and John Glaser of the Cato Institute assess the administration’s Iran strategy.

Why happiness is fleeting

Robert Wright speaks with psychologist William von Hippel, author of the new book The Social Leap: The New Evolutionary Science of Who We Are, Where We Come From, and What Makes Us Happy.

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The need to “complete the Darwinian revolution”

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Robert Wright speaks with David Sloan Wilson, author of the new book This View of Life: Completing the Darwinian Revolution.

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Culturally Determined

A controversial finale

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Aryeh Cohen-Wade and Michael Sweeney react to the final episode of Game of Thrones, which left many fans unhappy.

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“Social media brings out the worst in all of us”

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The famously combative Glenn Greenwald discusses his experience on Twitter.

Feminine Chaos

Should algorithms decide who we date?

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Kat Rosenfield and Phoebe Maltz Bovy consider the ethics of dating apps and race.

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The world is what it is. Or is it?

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Philosophers Dan Kaufman and Crispin Sartwell debate the relationship between human senses and reality.

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Appraising the Marvel Cinematic Universe

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Aryeh Cohen-Wade and Milton Lawson assess the movies in the wake of Avengers: Endgame. (Contains spoilers.)