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21 July 2017

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In search of the “intelligence gene”

Glenn Loury and John McWhorter discuss what future genetics research could tell us about human aptitude. Play entire video

What the hell is a law?

Crispin Sartwell, author of Entanglements, describes a materialist view of social realities. Plus: Penetrated by reality.

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How to save lives in South Sudan

Deepmala Mahla, Mercy Corps’s Country Director of South Sudan, on how direct cash transfers help communities.

How the U.S. enables kleptocracy

Political scientist Alexander Cooley on how lax regulations help corrupt foreign officials hide their money. Plus: Trump, the tycoon president.

Robots who reject polyamory

Bioethicists James Hughes and Regina Rini explain how artificial intelligence could shape the future of human morality. Plus: Raising moral machines.

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Lies, damn lies, and the stories Trump tells

Glenn Loury and Harold Pollack debate whether we should worry about the White House’s looseness with truth. Plus: The illegitimate president?

Where is the public support for antitrust laws?

Matt Stoller, Fellow at New America, says there’s rare bipartisan support for greater regulation of the tech industry but no pressure to make it happen. Plus: Reining in the tech giants.

Orwell vs. Huxley: Whose dystopia are we living in?

Brooke Gladstone, author of The Trouble With Reality, on parallels between 1984, Brave New World, and our current age. Plus: This is your brain on partisanship.

The origin of free will

Philosopher Jay Garfield puts the notion of “free will” in historical context and explains why it doesn’t get much attention in Buddhist philosophy. Plus: Selflessness through selflessness.

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“Volunteers for death”

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Journalist Murtaza Hussain and Olivier Roy, author of the new book Jihad and Death, on what ISIS really wants. Plus: The future of ISIS.

The DMZ

What will Republicans do now?

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Bill Scher and Matt Lewis consider whether the party will move on now that the Senate health bill has failed.

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Can the working class become knowledge workers?

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Matt Lewis says that offering free college won’t fix what’s wrong in rural America. Plus: Don’t hold your breath for impeachment.

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Skimming the surface of sleep

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Jason Siff, author of Thoughts Are Not The Enemy, explains why he allows his students to fall asleep during meditation. Plus: Think again, meditators!

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Trump’s attack playbook

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Matt Lewis on parallels between the way Trump treats the media and the way he treated his opponents in the GOP primary. Plus: Did CNN do wrong?

Culturally Determined

Could “The Rock” win the White House?

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Aryeh Cohen-Wade and Owen Ellickson on speculation that the pro-wrestling superstar has what it takes to become president. Plus: What Trump learned from professional wrestling.