6 May 2021


Do our intentions matter?

Robert Wright and psychologist Paul Bloom discuss why we punish people for unintentional transgressions.
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What’s the truth about Philip Roth?

Aryeh Cohen-Wade speaks with literary critic Laura Marsh about the new biography by Blake Bailey, who was recently accused by multiple women of sexual assault.

Does Biden’s speech matter?

Bill Scher and Matt K. Lewis discuss whether we can learn anything from Biden’s address to the joint session of Congress.

Approaches to ultimate reality

Robert Wright and John Thatamanil, author of the new book Circling the Elephant, discuss how different religious traditions try to access divinity

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Should Biden take the GOP infrastructure offer seriously?

Bill Scher and Matt K. Lewis discuss what Biden should do with the $568 billion GOP infrastructure proposal.

The “badass m-f” problem

Glenn Loury and John McWhorter discuss the social problems stemming from the idealization of toughness in Black culture.

Do Juggalos vote?

Magdalene Taylor discusses the politics of the oft-maligned fans of the horrorcore rap group Insane Clown Posse.

Should we be mad about the J&J pause?

Bill Scher talks with Matt Lewis about coming to terms with losing out on a J&J vaccine appointment.

Behind enemy lines

Robert Wright and Alexander Wolff, author of the new book Endpapers, compare the World War II experiences of their fathers, who fought on opposite sides at the Battle of the Bulge.

The Wright Show

Tucker Carlson unmasked

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Robert Wright and Mickey Kaus review the Fox News host’s anti-mask rant.

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Are things as bad as they seem?

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Glenn Loury and Nikita Petrov discuss viewers’ concerns about the current social and political climate.

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Aiding and abetting

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Robert Wright argues that progressives who react reflexively to police shootings sometimes help the right.

The Wright Show

Will the Iranian elections matter?

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Robert Wright and Barbara Slavin discuss how much of an effect Iran’s upcoming presidential elections will have on nuclear negotiations.

The Wright Show

Over the horizon

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Will the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan just lead to a different kind of American warfare there? Robert Wright and Mickey Kaus discuss.


The agnosticism of the novelist

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John Horgan talks with novelist and neuroscientist Erik Hoel, author of the new novel The Revelations, about how to reconcile science and fiction.

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