23 August 2019


Complicating the “race vs. economics” debate

Robert Wright and Francis Fukuyama, author of Identity: The Demand for Dignity and the Politics of Resentment, discuss the challenge of teasing out the sources of Trump's appeal. Play entire video

Bernie or Warren?

Robert Wright and Mickey Kaus consider which non-frontrunner has the better shot at becoming president.

The case of Roland Fryer

Glenn Loury and John McWhorter discuss the punishment that Harvard levied on Fryer, the renowned African-American economist who was accused of sexual harassment.

The real villains in the medical establishment

Brink Lindsey argues that Democrats have erred by attacking health insurance companies instead of the real malefactors—doctors and hospitals.

Cracking jokes about Epstein

Aryeh Cohen-Wade and Daniel Bessner discuss how the shock at Jeffrey Epstein’s death quickly turned into a gleeful jokefest on social media.

Chris Christie and Tony Soprano

Aryeh Cohen-Wade speaks with Erin Schwartz, who recently wrote about viewing The Sopranos through the lens of New Jersey politics and culture.

The trouble with corporate mindfulness

Robert Wright speaks with Ronald Purser, author of the new book McMindfulness: How Mindfulness Became the New Capitalist Spirituality.

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Jeffrey Epstein and the failures of capitalism

Aryeh Cohen-Wade and Daniel Bessner debate capitalism, socialism, and hierarchy through the lens of the Epstein scandal.


The (possibly nonexistent) Nikki Haley VP rumors

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Bill Scher and Matt Lewis consider Haley’s denial that she was interested in replacing Pence as vice president.

Feminine Chaos

Can I speak to your manager?

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Kat Rosenfield and Phoebe Maltz Bovy analyze the meme of the middle-aged white woman who makes a fuss.

The Wright Show

Jeffrey Epstein and the corruption of academia

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Robert Wright and psychologist Paul Bloom discuss Epstein’s history of giving money to academics.

The Glenn Show

Privileging Western culture

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Glenn Loury talks with Penn Law professor Amy Wax about the idea of giving preferential treatment to immigrants from Western nations.


Western philosophy and white supremacism

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Philosopher Crispin Sartwell lays out his argument comparing mind-body dualism with racism.

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