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23 July 2017

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Is the state necessary?

Philosophers Crispin Sartwell and Daniel Kaufman debate whether social order is possible without coercion.
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“Volunteers for death”

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

What will Republicans do now?

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

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 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.

Can the working class become knowledge workers?

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

Skimming the surface of sleep

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

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?

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.

Global Dispatches

Humanitarian solutions to political problems

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Deepmala Mahla, Mercy Corps’ Country Director of South Sudan, on the uphill battle against famine in South Sudan. Plus: How direct cash transfers save lives.

The Glenn Show

In search of the “intelligence gene”

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

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Robots who reject polyamory

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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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The Glenn Show

Lies, damn lies, and the stories Trump tells

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

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Where is the public support for antitrust laws?

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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.

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The origin of free will

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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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