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18 July 2019

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Stranger Things and the spirit of Gen X

Daniel Kaufman and Milton Lawson discuss whether the Netflix hit signals a turn in popular culture toward the concerns of Generation Xers.
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AOC vs. Pelosi

Bill Scher and Matt Lewis analyze the intra-Democratic feud.

Is there consciousness after death?

John Horgan talks to author Bernardo Kastrup about what happens after we die.

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What is grace?

Theologian Serene Jones, author of the new book Call It Grace: Finding Meaning in a Fractured World, offers an answer.

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Shifting the focus from racial disparity

Glenn Loury talks to Coleman Hughes about his recent essay, “Black American Culture and the Racial Wealth Gap.”

“The truth hurts”

Glenn Loury talks with John McWhorter about the challenges he faces in writing his memoir.

Addressing the “mob”

Matt Lewis responds to criticism after his comments about Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s border visit went viral on Twitter.

Is it time for the humanities to strike?

Philosopher Daniel Kaufman speaks with Nathan Eckstrand, author of a recent essay arguing for an international labor strike in college humanities departments.

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It’s Kamala time

Bill Scher and Matt Lewis argue about whether Kamala Harris’s performance in last night’s debate will kill Joe Biden’s lead in the primary race.

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Searching for the science behind ASMR

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Aryeh Cohen-Wade speaks with Jamie Lauren Keiles, who recently wrote about ASMR (autonomous sensory meridian response) for the New York Times Magazine.

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Is meditation “for” something?

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Robert Wright, who just returned from a meditation retreat, talks with Josh Summers.

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Was Prince genderqueer?

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Philosophers Daniel Kaufman and Jane Clare Jones discuss the late rock star’s expression of gender.

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What’s going on in the heads of Flat Earthers?

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Lee McIntyre, author of the new book The Scientific Attitude: Defending Science from Denial, Fraud, and Pseudoscience, explains why no amount of evidence can convince a certain kind of science skeptic.

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Feminine Chaos

The author who lost her book contract because of a tweet

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Kat Rosenfield and Phoebe Maltz Bovy discuss the recent case of a woman whose publisher canceled her book after she tweeted an unusual photo.

Culturally Determined

Are college students customers?

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Aryeh Cohen-Wade and Robby Soave, author of the new book Panic Attack: Young Radicals in the Age of Trump, discuss how the ever-increasing cost of tuition is changing power dynamics on campus.