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Recorded:Jul 12    Posted:Jul 14, 2012
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The Wright Show | Jul 14, 2012 | Robert Wright & Lawrence Krauss

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Following the dharma loosely

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Stephen Batchelor, author of After Buddhism: Rethinking the Dharma for a Secular Age, on the perils of ascribing too much authority to traditional Buddhist teachings.

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How to write a bill Trump will sign

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Bill Scher and Matt Lewis argue whether Dems should compromise on a partial border wall in exchange for other immigration goals. Plus: Dems borrow from Ted Cruz’s playbook.

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Judging Aziz Ansari

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How bad are his offenses, and is the backlash to babe.net’s article warranted? Aryeh Cohen-Wade and Liz Wolfe consider.

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Schizophrenia as a spiritual calling

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Anthropologist Tanya Luhrmann on the place of shamans in Christian societies in West Africa.

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A cynical take on Kushner’s “peace plan”

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Marcy Wheeler explains how Jared Kushner’s Middle East maneuvers could help bail out his family’s ailing real estate business.

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Is it healthy to think of yourself as a hero on a quest?

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Philip Menchaca speaks with psychologist Jonathan Young, an expert on the work of Joseph Campbell. Plus: Cinderella and mental health.

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Culturally Determined

Remembering “Leomania”

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Twenty years after the release of Titanic, Sarah Marshall explains Leonardo DiCaprio’s romantic appeal. Plus: Riding the emotional wave of Titanic.

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Narcissism on the rise

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Josh Summers and Thomas Joiner, author of Mindlessness: The Corruption of Mindfulness in a Culture of Narcissism, discuss the origins of modern culture’s self-oriented nature.

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Oprah’s prosperity gospel

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Bill Scher argues that Oprah Winfrey could win the 2020 election, but not without rigorous vetting from the left.