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24 January 2021

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Just drop the sanctions

Robert Wright critiques the U.S.’s aggressive use of sanctions in Venezuela. Play entire video

Human rights gone wrong

Robert Wright and Marissa Conway discuss how a feminist approach to foreign policy could help protect human rights without resorting to military force.

Sex, death, and science

Nikita Petrov talks to John Horgan about his new book, Pay Attention: Sex, Death, and Science, which contextualizes big philosophical questions within the everyday thoughts of a science writer.

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Wrang-wranging the rioters

Robert Wright and Mickey Kaus try to untangle what went on inside the Capitol on January 6.

How Obama enabled Trump

Glenn Loury and Daniel Bessner discuss how Obama’s missteps helped pave the way for Trump.

Arranged marriages for Millennials

Justin Murphy describes his new company that arranges marriages for Millennials and Zoomers.

“We’re storming the Capitol, it’s a revolution!”

Aryeh Cohen-Wade and historian Bill Black discuss the possible mindsets of the MAGA insurrectionists.

How did conservatives go from Burke to Alinsky?

Bill Scher and Matt K. Lewis explore how the right wing turned insurrectionist.

Quantum spookiness explained!

Science writer George Musser explains one of physics’ strangest concepts to John Horgan.

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The Glenn Show

Debating the merits of impeachment

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Glenn Loury and John McWhorter ask whether Trump should be impeached for inciting the Capitol riot.

The DMZ

The welcome platitudes of Joe Biden

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Bill Scher and Matt Lewis discuss the conciliatory tone of Biden’s inauguration address.

The DMZ

A MAGA scorned

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Matt Lewis and Bill Scher discuss whether the Republican Party is better off banning Donald Trump from running for president again.

The Wright Show

How close are we to China-level censorship?

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Robert Wright and Conor Friedersdorf discuss the unprecedented power that tech companies have over speech in the US.

The Wright Show

Trump’s assault on Mike Pence

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Robert Wright argues that Trump purposefully encouraged rioters in the Capitol to direct their ire toward his own vice president.

The Wright Show

Avoiding a eugenics arms race

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Robert Wright and Jamie Metzl, author of Hacking Darwin, discuss the challenges that genetic engineering poses for the international community.