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22 September 2021

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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. Play entire video

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 spiritual challenges of climate change

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

The legacy of Norm MacDonald

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

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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A midpoint in the cultural battle of kids vs. parents

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

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.

A counternarrative on online disinformation

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

The case against The White Lotus

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

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The existential stakes of enlightenment

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

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Culturally Determined

NFTs and the question of authentication

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

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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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Did the Global War on Terrorism backfire?

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

The DMZ

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.

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Will the Texas abortion law backfire?

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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.