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5 February 2023

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Reckoning with Russiagate

Robert Wright and Mickey Kaus discuss recent developments in the Trump-Russia narrative and its handling in the media. Play entire video

Do most Russians support the Ukraine war?

Nikita Petrov talks about political repression, public opinion, and Kremlin propaganda in his home country.

Is another Harlem Renaissance possible?

Glenn Loury and John McWhorter discuss the achievements of the Harlem Renaissance writers and how they compare to the mindset of contemporary Black Studies programs.

Pat Buchanan Retires

On this week’s DMZ, Bill Scher and Matt K. Lewis discuss the legacy of the newly-retired Pat Buchanan. Plus: Is White Lotus conservative?; The debt limit showdown; and will Haley take on Trump?

Biden’s chances in 2024

Robert Wright and Mickey Kaus debate the odds of reelection.

Biden’s Classified Docs Scandal

Mishandled classified documents. Grounded planes. Gas stoves. Have Democrats lost their edge already in 2023? Bill Scher and Matt K. Lewis discuss in this week’s DMZ.

The unified field theory of non-whiteness

In this excerpt from their 2022 “best of” episode, Glenn Loury and John McWhorter discuss the possible fragmentation of a political coalition of “people of color” in the US.

The Glenn Show

The merits of meritocracy

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Glenn Loury and organizer Ernest Cortes debate the relationship between merit and social esteem under conditions of extreme inequality.

The DMZ

Nikki Haley for…Veep?

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On this week’s DMZ, Bill Scher and Matt K. Lewis discuss the news that Nikki Haley is running for prez—but is she actually angling for veep? Plus: GOP disjunctions over Ukraine and on the debt limit and will Paul Pelosi conspiracy theorists apologize?

Nonzero (The Wright Show)

A false flag in Ukraine?

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Political scientist Ivan Katchanovski argues that the 2014 Maidan massacre was perpetrated mainly by snipers from far-right groups in hopes that the government would be blamed.

The Glenn Show

The false promise of net zero emissions

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Glenn Loury and physicist Steven Koonin discuss how the push to halt carbon emissions obscures the limits of climate science.

Nonzero (The Wright Show)

Pitfalls of perspective taking

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Robert Wright and meditation teacher Josh Summers discuss some of the challenges of employing cognitive empathy in daily life.

The DMZ

Goodbye Norma Desmond

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Bill Scher and Matt K. Lewis discuss McCarthy’s election to House Speaker. Plus: The debt limit showdown, Dem in-fighting on immigration, and is Trump’s star fading?