21 June 2021


Outlawing critical race theory

Robert Wright and Mickey Kaus discuss ways that Texas' controversial anti-CRT law could backfire. Play entire video

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.

The failures of Hebrew School education

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

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.

In praise of Black humanity

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

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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Tea Party 2.0?

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

China’s war on terror

In a conversation with Robert Wright, historian David Brophy explains how China justifies its repression of the Uyghurs as part of the international fight against terrorism.

“The Language of Privilege”

Nicholas Clairmont discusses his recent essay applying class analysis to “woke” language.

The Glenn Show

The Tucker Carlson experience

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Glenn Loury discusses his recent appearance on Tucker Carlson Today.

Culturally Determined

The gothic and the sentimental in recent American history

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


What is it about Kamala?

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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?

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

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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.

The Wright Show

Trump’s rigged election

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Robert Wright argues that Trump is partly responsible for the absence of moderate candidates in Iran’s upcoming presidential election (and that Biden may be, too).