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20 November 2018

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Was Stan Lee our Shakespeare?

Aryeh Cohen-Wade and Jeet Heer assess the legacy of the work created by Lee with artists Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko for Marvel Comics. Play entire video

Don’t be the alpha dog

Animal behaviorist Rebecca Lohnes explains how a flawed study of wolves led to bad ideas about how to train dogs.

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Having a beer with Jesus

Stanford anthropologist Tanya Luhrmann talks about the phenomenon of a “hyper-real God” that she encountered in American evangelical churches.

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How to break up Google and Amazon

Tim Wu, author of the new book The Curse of Bigness: Antitrust in the New Gilded Age, discusses ways to implement a more aggressive antitrust policy.

What is beauty to humans, birds, and baboons?

Philosopher and novelist Rebecca Goldstein remembers a moment of awe she shared with a troop of baboons.

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How to survive a mugging

Dan Kaufman and David Ottlinger discuss the philosophy behind conservative pro-gun arguments.

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How to woo white voters

Bill Scher argues that non-white Democrats who won yesterday knew how to speak to their white constituents.

Post-election fears in Brazil

Hugo Godinho, speaking from São Paulo, describes fears on Brazil’s left about the country’s future under President-elect Jair Bolsonaro, who has drawn comparisons to Donald Trump.

The responsibilities that we bear to each other

Brandy Jensen discusses the core theme of her advice column, “Ask a F*ck-Up.”

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What is “compatibilism”?

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Philosopher Eddy Nahmias lays out the view that free will and determinism can be reconciled.

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The DMZ

“Be patient, young Democrats!”

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Bill Scher argues that after the midterm win, there’s no urgent need to replace Nancy Pelosi as a party leader.

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Explaining “neo-Shamanism”

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Daniel Pinchbeck, author of the book How Soon Is Now?, discusses the neo-Shamanic movement and whether it furthers the goals of capitalism.

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The Wright Show

Should Democrats run progressive rockstars or boring moderates?

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Robert Wright speaks with Sarah Posner and Mark Schmitt about the lessons Democrats should take from election night.

Feminine Chaos

The economics of online outrage

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Phoebe Maltz Bovy and Kat Rosenfield examine why so much contemporary cultural criticism involves extreme reactions.

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Does philosophy lead to practical wisdom?

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Philosopher Owen Flanagan draws on his experiences with mind-altering substances and a brain tumor to reflect on free will and responsibility.

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