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3 August 2020

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The perfect storm that could get Trump reelected

Robert Wright and Mickey Kaus present their scenarios. Play entire video
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Are nukes good?

John Horgan and Michael Shellenberger, author of the new book Apocalypse Never: Why Environmental Alarmism Hurts Us All, debate the pros and cons of nuclear weapons.

The ABCs of meaning

Robert Wright speaks with Bruce Feiler, author of the new book Life Is in the Transitions: Mastering Change at Any Age, about the roles played by “agency,” “belonging,” and “cause” in a meaningful life.

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Examining Russian exceptionalism

Nikita Petrov speaks with Gary Lachman, author of the new book The Return of Holy Russia: Apocalyptic History, Mystical Awakening, and the Struggle for the Soul of the World.

Preserving the liberal tradition

Daniel Kaufman and Russell Blackford, author of The Tyranny of Opinion: Conformity and the Future of Liberalism, discuss John Stuart Mill’s vision of liberalism.

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Calling someone a racist vs. calling someone a witch

Glenn Loury and John McWhorter discuss what the accusation of racism really means.

Of monsters and men

Robert Wright speaks with David Livingstone Smith, author of the new book On Inhumanity: Dehumanization and How to Resist It, about the psychology of viewing another person as a monster.

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Panpsychism’s moral dimension

John Horgan and philosopher Philip Goff, author of the book Galileo’s Error: Foundations for a New Science of Consciousness, discuss the possible moral implications of the theory of universal consciousness.

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The Glenn Show

In praise of social hierarchy

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Glenn Loury and law professor Amy Wax debate whether marginalized people should accept their marginal status.

The DMZ

The mask and Herman Cain

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Bill Scher and Matt Lewis discuss whether Cain’s death from Covid will change conservative resistance to masks.

The DMZ

Destroy the GOP in order to save it?

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Bill Scher and Matt Lewis discuss NeverTrump conservative groups like the Lincoln Project that are campaigning against Republicans.

Culturally Determined

On being a white author writing a black character in 2020

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Aryeh Cohen-Wade speaks with Leigh Stein, author of the new novel Self Care.

The DMZ

Should progressives support the Lincoln Project?

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Bill Scher and Matt Lewis discuss the NeverTrump group that is producing viral campaign ads against the president and the GOP.