25 June 2021


In support of speaking softly

Emma Ashford of the Atlantic Council and Zack Cooper of the American Enterprise Institute discuss whether it's counterproductive for American leaders to talk tough on China. Play entire video

Outlawing critical race theory

Robert Wright and Mickey Kaus discuss ways that Texas’ controversial anti-CRT law could backfire.

The Tucker Carlson experience

Glenn Loury discusses his recent appearance on Tucker Carlson Today.

The gothic and the sentimental in recent American history

Book critic Christian Lorentzen discusses his recent essay using literary analysis to understand the Trump and Biden eras.

The crackdown in Russia

Robert Wright and Nikita Petrov discuss how Alexey Navalny’s return to Russia and the Belarusian political crisis led to Russia’s most recent crackdown on political freedoms.

We come in peace

In a conversation with Mickey Kaus, Robert Wright argues that humans are in trouble if aliens don’t show up sooner or later.

What is it about Kamala?

Bill Scher and Matt K. Lewis discuss why Vice President Kamala Harris seems to attract an outsized amount of attention and criticism.

Is “information” the key to quantum mechanics?

John Horgan and science writer Philip Ball discuss the roles of consciousness and calculation in quantum mechanics.

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Tea Party 2.0?

In a conversation with Robert Wright, Mickey Kaus makes the case for an anti-woke Tea Party.


Did RCV make it in NYC?

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Bill Scher and Matt K. Lewis discuss the New York City mayoral primary and its national implications.

The Wright Show

State minus

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Robert Wright and New York Times columnist Bret Stephens debate whether Israel has ever offered a sovereign state to the Palestinians.

Culturally Determined

The failures of Hebrew School education

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Aryeh Cohen-Wade speaks with Rabbi Ari Hart about Jewish religious instruction in America.

The Glenn Show

In praise of Black humanity

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Glenn Loury, Cornel West, and Teodros Kiros discuss the global cultural impact of Black Americans and the problems of internalized despair that they still confront.


Dissecting Darwin

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Robert Wright and anthropologist Agustín Fuentes, author of a controversial article on The Descent of Man, try to unpack Darwin’s attitudes on race and genocide.

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Why is Trump so bad at blogging?

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Matt Lewis and Bill Scher explore the meaning behind Trump’s blog bust.