6 July 2020


How should we remember the racists of American history?

Glenn Loury and John McWhorter consider Woodrow Wilson, Robert E. Lee, and John C. Calhoun. Play entire video

Woodrow Wilson’s complicated legacy

Bill Scher critiques the current conservation about Wilson and race.

The life-changing magic of tidying up your whiteness

Kat Rosenfield and Phoebe Maltz Bovy speak with Leigh Stein, author of the new satirical novel Self Care, about anti-racism as self-improvement.

The secret origin story of the Christian Right

Robert Wright speaks with Sarah Posner, author of the new book Unholy: Why White Evangelicals Worship at the Altar of Donald Trump, who argues that race was more important than abortion in bringing evangelicals into politics.

Were the ideals of the founding false from the start?

Glenn Loury speaks with historian David Kaiser about the central claims of the 1619 Project.

Defining “death anxiety”

Aryeh Cohen-Wade speaks with Abigail Nathanson about her research on psychological views of death.

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Seeing the world from Beijing’s perspective

Robert Wright speaks with Kaiser Kuo of the Sinica podcast about the origins of China’s “authoritarian turn.”

Scientology reacts to Covid-19

Nikita Petrov speaks with Tony Ortega about how Scientologists are turning to L. Ron Hubbard’s 1957 lecture on radiation as a state of mind.

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The Washington Post blackface debacle

Robert Wright and Mickey Kaus discuss the newspaper’s controversial article about a 2018 Halloween party.

The Wright Show

Will the truth about Epstein ever come out?

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Robert Wright and Mickey Kaus speculate on what could happen after Ghislaine Maxwell’s arrest.

Why some Russians think Putin doesn’t exist

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Nikita Petrov explains the strange phenomenon to John Horgan.


Don’t dance on Trump’s grave just yet

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Despite Biden’s big polling lead, Matt Lewis says Trump’s defeat is far from a sure thing.

The Glenn Show

Interviewing white nationalists

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Glenn Loury speaks with Carol M. Swain, author of the prescient 2002 book The New White Nationalism in America.


From the sublime to the Anthropocene

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Mark Sussman and John Brenkman, author of the new book Mood and Trope: The Rhetoric and Poetics of Affect, discuss the philosophical implications of climate change.

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