27 September 2021


#MeToo and Philip Roth

Jacques Berlinerblau discuss how the #MeToo movement shaped his new book, The Philip Roth We Don't Know: Sex, Race, and Autobiography. Play entire video

Oh what a feeling, when you’re voting on the debt ceiling

Bill Scher and Matt K. Lewis discuss the possibility that we’re headed for another government shutdown.

The existential stakes of enlightenment

Robert Wright and Josh Summers discuss how mindfulness can help humankind overcome potentially disastrous cognitive biases.

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NFTs and the question of authentication

Aryeh Cohen-Wade and critic Sophie Haigney discuss the connection between digital art and signed baseballs.

Will the Biden budget “transform” America?

Robert Wright and Mickey Kaus debate whether Biden’s claims about his budget are lies or ordinary political hyperbole.

The legacy of Norm MacDonald

Bill Scher and Matt K. Lewis discuss the late comic’s work and career.

Crime and Punishment and Determinism

Robert Wright and journalist Oliver Burkeman ask whether a commitment to determinism would require us to rethink our approach to criminal justice.

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Did the Global War on Terrorism backfire?

Robert Wright and Mickey Kaus discuss whether the wars that followed 9/11 fueled homegrown terrorism.

Rocks and race at the University of Wisconsin

Glenn Loury and John McWhorter discuss how the University of Wisconsin should have handled recent campus protests.

The Wright Show

Fighting for infrastructure

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With infrastructure week actually approaching, Robert Wright and Mickey Kaus discuss the political incentives facing members of Congress.

The Glenn Show

Overcoming tribalism

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Glenn Loury and Robert Wright discuss the necessity and difficulty of tamping down tribalistic behavior and thought.

The Glenn Show

The spiritual challenges of climate change

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Glenn Loury and historian Daniel Bessner discuss the possibility that combating climate change will require rethinking what it means to live a meaningful life.


James Lindsay climbs aboard the Trump train

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David Ottlinger and journalist Cathy Young discuss the controversial anti-woke crusader’s support for Donald Trump.

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Culturally Determined

A midpoint in the cultural battle of kids vs. parents

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Aryeh Cohen-Wade talks with Katie Baker about her recent essay on early ’90s Nickelodeon and how children’s entertainment has changed since then.


Looking back at 9/11

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Bill Scher and Matt K. Lewis discuss what they’ve learned about American politics since the 9/11 attacks.