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19 October 2019

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A Nobel winner!

Science writer John Horgan explains the "long bet" he just won over string theory and the Nobel Prize in Physics.
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Did “Putin win” in Syria?

Max Blumenthal offers a dissenting view on the effects of Turkey’s incursion into Syria.

Millennials and magic

Aryeh Cohen-Wade speaks with Cait Raft and Drew Spears, the cohosts of This Podcast Is Self Care, about why many young people are embracing tarot, astrology, and crystals.

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Should we fear violent civil unrest?

Glenn Loury and John McWhorter examine the extreme risks of impeaching and convicting Trump.

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Is free college a good idea?

Noah Smith and Ben Burgis debate the pros and cons of Bernie Sanders’s proposal for free tuition at all public universities.

Is Trump worth impeaching?

Bill Scher and Matt Lewis discuss whether Democrats are taking a major risk by pushing for Trump’s impeachment.

Describing “ultimate reality”

Daniel Kaufman and Massimo Pigliucci discuss whether physicists will be ever able to describe the structure of reality.

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Does it matter that the whistleblower is a CIA agent?

Robert Wright and Michael Tracey debate the importance of the identity of a key player in the Ukraine scandal.

Feminine Chaos

The Rihanna interview gone wrong

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Kat Rosenfield and Phoebe Maltz Bovy discuss the bizarre Twitter backlash to Rihanna’s recent interview in Vogue.

The Wright Show

A magazine of ideas in an online world

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Robert Wright speaks with Chris Lehmann, the new editor of The New Republic.

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Watch what you say!

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Bhikkhu Bodhi, a translator of ancient Buddhist texts, discusses the demanding Buddhist ideal of “right speech.”

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The Glenn Show

What happens if affirmative action is eliminated?

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Glenn Loury considers the question at an event hosted by the St. Olaf College Institute for Freedom and Community.

Culturally Determined

Why cancel culture is both real and fake

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Aryeh Cohen-Wade and Mellie Macker consider the power dynamics of “cancellation.”