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14 December 2018

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How PayPal got big fast

Silicon Valley entrepreneur and investor Reid Hoffman, author of the new book Blitzscaling, recalls his days at PayPal—and the trial and error that led to the company’s winning strategy. Play entire video

Are you an NPC?

Aryeh Cohen-Wade and Dave Donovan discuss the new far-right meme that accuses liberals of lacking an inner life.

What if the Trump Organization is indicted?

Journalist Marcy Wheeler discusses how that could happen and what it could mean for Trump.

Is nationalism inherently white?

Glenn Loury argues that black identity and national pride aren’t mutually exclusive.

Varieties of contemplative experience

Robert Wright and Michael Holleran, a Catholic priest and Zen teacher, discuss whether the Buddhist experience of “not-self” is really so different from experiences of Hindu and Christian mystics.

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Why brains aren’t billiard balls

Philosophers Dan Kaufman and Massimo Pigliucci rethink the common assumptions in the question of free will.

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When men misread women’s signals

Robert Wright and evolutionary psychologist Diana Fleischman discuss miscommunication between the sexes and what to do about it.

What is a “Green New Deal,” exactly?

Bill Scher and Matt Lewis discuss the recent push from Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and other progressive lawmakers.

Is Trump a secret Gen Xer?

Aryeh Cohen-Wade and Dan Kaufman discuss Generation X’s political identity.

Explaining away faith

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Bill Black and Erin Bartram discuss patronizing attitudes that exist towards devout women and minorities.

The DMZ

Is Paul Ryan a con artist?

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Bill Scher and Matt Lewis discuss Ezra Klein’s essay on the former House speaker’s legacy.

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How to beat Trump in 2020

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Matt Lewis argues that the Democrats’ presidential nominee should make Trump look old and out-of-touch.

Feminine Chaos

The boy who said he was a cat

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Kat Rosenfield and Katie Herzog discuss body modification, “otherkin,” and people who believe they are animals.

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The case against the multiverse

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Sabine Hossenfelder, author of the new book Lost in Math: How Beauty Leads Physics Astray, says the theory of multiple universes “isn’t science.”

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Women, men, and intelligence

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Evolutionary biologist Robert Trivers looks at gender and intelligence.

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