18 September 2020


Who gets access to affirmative action data?

Glenn Loury and economist Peter Arcidiacono discuss why universities only permit some people to study their admissions data. Play entire video

Preventing bad interventions

Robert Wright and Robert Kagan debate whether America would be better off if it consistently respected international law.

How can there be persons?

Philosophers Daniel Kaufman and Joshua Rasmussen consider.

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The cadaver factor

Robert Wright and Mickey Kaus consider Biden’s alleged cognitive decline.

Discrimination at Harvard?

Glenn Loury speaks with economist Peter Arcidiacono, an expert witness for a group of Asian-American applicants suing Harvard for alleged racial bias.

Mindfully coping with anger on social media

Robert Wright speaks with meditation teacher Sharon Salzberg, author of the new book Real Change: Mindfulness to Heal Ourselves and the World.

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What makes the Marvel films great

Daniel Kaufman speaks with comic book writer Milton Lawson.

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Are liberal democracies more likely to play by the rules?

Robert Wright and international relations scholar John Ikenberry debate the question.

The anti-racist “bluff”

Glenn Loury and John McWhorter discuss the sincerity of white support for Black uprisings.


Staying on the front porch

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Bill Scher and Matt Lewis assess Biden’s travel-light campaign strategy.

Culturally Determined

Interrogating Trump as “performance artist”

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Aryeh Cohen-Wade speaks with Christopher Grobe, author of a recent scholarly article on Trump’s connections to performance art.


The non-incumbent president

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Bill Scher and Matt Lewis discuss Trump’s unusual strategy of running as the challenger.

Feminine Chaos

The disaster of college reopenings

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Kat Rosenfield and Phoebe Maltz Bovy discuss the fatally flawed attempt to bring students back to residential colleges.