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16 September 2021

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James Lindsay climbs aboard the Trump train

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

Looking back at 9/11

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

A counternarrative on online disinformation

Joe Bernstein discusses his new Harper’s cover story reconsidering “fake news.”

Will the Texas abortion law backfire?

Robert Wright and Mickey Kaus discuss whether restrictions on abortion, including the possible overturning of Roe v. Wade, could eventually strengthen women’s reproductive rights.

Who’s onboard with the Texas abortion law?

Bill Scher and Matt K. Lewis debate whether Texas’ controversial new abortion law risks alienating the political center.

The Netanyahus, a novel

Joshua Cohen discusses his new novel, a fictionalized account of a meeting between the literary critic Harold Bloom and Benzion Netanyahu, father of the future Israeli prime minister.

What is “Black conservatism”?

In a conversation from 2007, Glenn Loury and John McWhorter discuss the delicate position of Black intellectuals in the conservative mediasphere.

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Crime and Punishment and Determinism

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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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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.

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The case against The White Lotus

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Critic John Ganz found the widely praised HBO series tedious and hollow.

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The “fight” against CRT

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Glenn Loury and Nikita Petrov discuss whether it’s helpful to think of opposition to woke anti-racism in pugilistic terms.

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Can international law constrain great powers?

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Robert Wright and political scientist John Mearsheimer debate whether the US should try to establish a norm of strict compliance with international law.

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Is the world ready for the Taliban?

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Robert Wright and Mickey Kaus discuss whether a Taliban-run Afghanistan can be incorporated into the global community.