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20 September 2017

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From Gamergate to white supremacy

YouTuber ContraPoints explains how the far right came to dominate political discussion on YouTube. Play entire video

Trump’s DACA debacle

Bill Scher and Matt Lewis on why Trump’s DACA repeal is a no-win situation for Republicans. Plus: Should Trump’s wall be a deal breaker?

Unfit in every sense

Aryeh Cohen-Wade and actress Zandy Hartig speculate on Trump’s mental and physical constitution. Plus: Coping with Trump.

What Peter Singer overlooks

Philosopher Stephen Asma, author of the new book The Evolution of Imagination, says that advocates of “effective altruism” should consider how imagination aids moral development. Plus: What came before consciousness?

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Military monks

Scholar of religion Michael Jerryson, author of Buddhist Fury, on responses to Muslim-Buddhist violence in southern Thailand. Plus: The Buddhist apocalypse.

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Why single-payer won’t be a slam dunk

Bill Scher argues that Bernie Sanders’ new “Medicare-for-All” bill can’t circumvent a treacherous legislative battle on popularity alone.

Whose heritage are we protecting?

Historian William R. Black explains how Confederate general Nathan Bedford Forrest came to replace Robert E. Lee as an icon of white dominance in the Neo-Confederate movement. Plus: Alternate histories of the South.

The promise of a “better deal”

Bill Scher explains why Democrats can’t seem to harness populist energy on the left or right. Plus: Trump’s last refuge.

A happy ending to Game of Thrones?

Aryeh Cohen-Wade and film editor Michael Sweeney speculate on possible conclusions to the series. Plus: Spoiler alert!

The Glenn Show

Why good grades aren’t everything

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Glenn Loury explains how academia could benefit from more flexible measures of merit. Plus: Is there a downside to social uplift?

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Turning your autopilot off

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Developmental psychologist Alison Gopnik and Robert Wright discuss how meditation can disrupt rigid patterns in adult cognition. Plus: Did Hume borrow from Buddhism?

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Are we doomed?

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Futurist Phil Torres tries to convince Robert Wright that the side-effects of artificial intelligence may include our extinction. Plus: Can climate change help terrorists?

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The meeting of musical minds

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Jazz pianist Aaron Goldberg on the importance of human connection in both music performance and the industry itself.

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Why class is key

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Penn Law professor Amy Wax identifies the bourgeois habits and virtues extolled in her controversial recent op-ed. Plus: Are upper-middle class values “superior”?

Culturally Determined

Coping with Trump

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Actress Zandy Hartig explains why many are adopting dogs as a therapy for the stress of life in the Trump era.