10 July 2020


Can faith help bind up the nation’s wounds?

Glenn Loury speaks with John Wood of Braver Angels, which seeks to combat political polarization. Play entire video

Plato’s wrestling ring

Robert Gressis speaks with Douglas Edwards, author of the new book Philosophy Smackdown, about the different layers of reality in professional wrestling.

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How should we remember the racists of American history?

Glenn Loury and John McWhorter consider Woodrow Wilson, Robert E. Lee, and John C. Calhoun.

Will the truth about Epstein ever come out?

Robert Wright and Mickey Kaus speculate on what could happen after Ghislaine Maxwell’s arrest.

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Why some Russians think Putin doesn’t exist

Nikita Petrov explains the strange phenomenon to John Horgan.

The life-changing magic of tidying up your whiteness

Kat Rosenfield and Phoebe Maltz Bovy speak with Leigh Stein, author of the new satirical novel Self Care, about anti-racism as self-improvement.

Were the ideals of the founding false from the start?

Glenn Loury speaks with historian David Kaiser about the central claims of the 1619 Project.

Defining “death anxiety”

Aryeh Cohen-Wade speaks with Abigail Nathanson about her research on psychological views of death.

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Don’t dance on Trump’s grave just yet

Despite Biden’s big polling lead, Matt Lewis says Trump’s defeat is far from a sure thing.


Are violence and war intrinsic to human nature?

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Robert Wright speaks with Rutger Bregman, author of the new book Humankind: A Hopeful History.

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Woodrow Wilson’s complicated legacy

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Bill Scher critiques the current conservation about Wilson and race.

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The secret origin story of the Christian Right

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Robert Wright speaks with Sarah Posner, author of the new book Unholy: Why White Evangelicals Worship at the Altar of Donald Trump, who argues that race was more important than abortion in bringing evangelicals into politics.

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Seeing the world from Beijing’s perspective

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Robert Wright speaks with Kaiser Kuo of the Sinica podcast about the origins of China’s “authoritarian turn.”