10 December 2017


Machine. Ghost optional.

Robert Wright and science journalist John Horgan discuss the range of thought on the mind-body problem, from pure materialism to panpsychism.
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When unions show no sign of return

Brink Lindsey, co-author of the new book The Captured Economy, argues that the decline of labor unions necessitates a modern solution to worker representation.

After the purge

Judith Shulevitz on whether the sexual misconduct scandals will usher in a woman-friendly workplace.

Pro-choice in Alabama

Bill Scher and Matt Lewis analyze Doug Jones’s chances against the scandal-engulfed Roy Moore in the Alabama Senate race

Surviving college as a conservative

Philippe Lemoine explains how conservative students can learn to thrive on liberal college campuses. Plus: Changing the narrative on police brutality.

Reevaluating Biden in the wake of Weinstein

Bill Scher and Matt Lewis discuss Joe Biden’s 2020 chances in light of his history with women.

Does Trump deserve respect?

Glenn Loury and political scientist Steve Teles, co-author of the new book The Captured Economy, debate whether popular culture’s open rejection of Trump does harm to the legitimacy of the presidential office.

The televised Resistance 

Writer Christa Blackmon explains why jokes made at Trump’s expense aren’t necessarily politically subversive.

Pondering free will before Thanksgiving’s excesses

Robert Wright and philosopher Shaun Nichols discuss why people intuitively believe in free will.

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Chelsea for Senate?

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Bill Scher defends his controversial piece suggesting that the Clintons return to Arkansas politics.


Organized distraction

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Ellen Leanse, author of the new book The Happiness Hack, describes what happens to the brain during a social-media binge session.

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“Are you 18 or older?”

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Kate Lister, author of the upcoming book A Curious History of Sex, explains how overexposure to pornography is changing sex norms for teenagers.

Send a message: Don’t vote

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Jorge Juan Rodriguez V explains how voter abstention made a powerful political statement in Puerto Rico’s recent independence plebiscite. Plus: What our laws say about who we are.

Culturally Determined

‘An exercise in tolerance for self-loathing’

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Omar El Akkad discusses the work of writing his dystopian novel, American WarPlus: Where fossil fuels lead to civil war.

“The freedom not to starve”

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Historian Thomas Knock, author of The Rise of a Prairie Statesman, discusses George McGovern’s insight into the political conditions of South Vietnam. Plus: McGovern as the “first bleeding heart liberal“.