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22 October 2017

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Why is Sean Spicer a household name?

David Litt, author of the new book Thanks, Obama: My Hopey, Changey White House Years, explains why members of Trump’s White House have become infamous. Play entire video

Has there been progress since Jim Crow?

Glenn Loury and John McWhorter question the bleak outlook found in Ta-Nehisi Coates’s new book We Were Eight Years in Power.

Watch again: Drezburt Live

Heather Hurlburt and Daniel Drezner presented in person by the Stanley Foundation. Find the recording here.

When superstar thinkers fall from grace

Daniel Drezner, author of the recent book The Ideas Industry, explains the cycle of praise and rejection that shapes the careers of top public intellectuals.

Scientology’s secret abuse scandal

Journalist Tony Ortega explains how the organization has used its canonical texts to justify incidences of child sexual abuse. Plus: Scientology vs. the IRS.

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Biden’s political tightrope act

Bill Scher and Matt Lewis discuss whether Joe Biden can maintain populist appeal without making promises to the Sanders wing of the Democratic Party. Plus: Sunday Night Football, interrupted.

“Making friends with desire”

Ethan Nichtern, author of the new book The Dharma of The Princess Bride, offers a Buddhist take on the film’s themes of family, friendship, and romance.

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Is Richard Dawkins bad for secularism?

Sociologist Joseph Baker, author of the book American Secularism, contends that the New Atheism movement was influential, but doesn’t represent America’s growing non-religious population.

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Do comedians have a moral responsibility?

Daniel Kaufman and Daniel Tippens on what political scrutiny of stand-up comedy says about our collective morality.

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The DMZ

Against purity politics on the left

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Bill Scher argues the left should aim to win policy arguments instead of challenging Democratic party leadership at the ballot.

The Wright Show

The trouble with the ‘nut graph’

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John McPhee, author of the new book Draft No. 4: On the Writing Process, laments the reliance on formula in journalism. Plus: Build It And They May Come

The left’s nonviolent core

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Former Weather Underground member Mark Rudd explains why he can’t write off the Antifa movement completely. Plus: Not so fast, comrade.

The Wright Show

Disrupting the identity politics paradigm

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Andrew Sullivan argues that a new Democratic focus on wealth inequality could “scramble” the country’s ideological divisions.

The DMZ

Are the Pences on to something?

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In light of the recent Harvey Weinstein scandal, Bill Scher and Matt Lewis discuss Mike Pence’s old-fashioned rule for interacting with other women.

MeaningofLife.tv

Does world peace start with inner peace?

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Robert Wright and biologist Tyler Volk, author of the new book Quarks to Culture, on what might save the world.

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