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Recorded:Jul 18    Posted:Jul 18, 2012
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Worldwise | Jul 18, 2012 | Robert Wright & Miriam Elder

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Pondering free will before Thanksgiving’s excesses

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Robert Wright and philosopher Shaun Nichols discuss why people intuitively believe in free will.

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“The freedom not to starve”

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Historian Thomas Knock, author of The Rise of a Prairie Statesman, discusses George McGovern’s insight into the political conditions of South Vietnam. Plus: McGovern as the “first bleeding heart liberal“.

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The rise of Buddhist nationalism?

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Scholar of religion Michael Jerryson on what happens when Buddhism and politics mix. Plus: The Buddhists who hate.

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Culturally Determined

The televised Resistance 

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Writer Christa Blackmon explains why jokes made at Trump’s expense aren’t necessarily politically subversive.

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Time is money, or vice versa

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Mark O’Connell, author of To Be a Machine, discusses Silicon Valley’s inordinate interest in immortality. PlusSelf-made cyborgs.

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Does art have to elevate humanity?

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Daniel Kaufman questions Hegel on art’s inherent purpose.Plus: What art tells us.

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How Luther made Christianity personal

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Robert Wright and historian Craig Harline, author of A World Ablaze, discuss how Luther’s chronic remorse fostered the doctrine of salvation through faith. Plus: Protestantism celebrates its 500th anniversary.

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The DMZ

Should Al Franken step down?

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Bill Scher and Matt Lewis weigh the senator’s political options.

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Arguing the right way

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Social psychologist and 2017 MacArthur “Genius” grant winner Betsy Levy Paluck explains how narrative can open people to opposing worldviews.

What our laws say about who we are

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William R. Black and Jorge Juan Rodriguez V discuss how statecraft and religion can’t be separated in the telling of American and Puerto Rican history.