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6 April 2020

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After April

Is phase two of the war against COVID a creepy surveillance state? Robert Wright and Mickey Kaus discuss. Play entire video

The role of radicals in a crisis moment

Bill Scher and Micah Uetricht debate Scher’s recent Politico essay, “No, Coronavirus Isn’t Proof We Need Socialism.”

How homogeneity distorts groups

Daniel Kaufman speaks with philosopher Robert B. Talisse, author of the new book Overdoing Democracy: Why We Must Put Politics in its Place.

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President Cuomo?

Glenn Loury and John McWhorter entertain a hypothetical.

Is COVID-19 telling us to strengthen national borders?

Robert Wright and Mickey Kaus discuss pandemics and the backlash against globalization.

The danger of trauma becoming an identity

Aryeh Cohen-Wade speaks with Jesse Singal, author of the recent article “The Rise of PTSD.”

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Comparing catastrophes

Robert Wright and psychologist Paul Bloom discuss how the COVID-19 pandemic is and isn’t like climate change.

Buddhist wisdom via snakes and lizards

Narayan Helen Liebenson, author of the book The Magnanimous Heart: Compassion and Love, Loss and Grief, Joy and Liberation, recalls her months of meditation in a jungle in Thailand.

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Culturally Determined

Is a pivot to austerity inevitable?

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Aryeh Cohen-Wade asks economist Karl Smith about what happens once the viral outbreak has subsided.

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Why are Mormons so happy?

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Robert Wright speaks with Ruth Whippman, author of the book America the Anxious.

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The Glenn Show

A massive recession vs. 600K deaths

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Glenn Loury and Harold Pollack engage in a grim thought experiment.

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Debating universal basic income

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Economists Glenn Loury and Rajiv Sethi debate regular payments from the government in the wake of coronavirus.

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A mandatory testing regime?

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Economist Larry Kotlikoff describes his plan to contain the coronavirus, but Glenn Loury is skeptical.