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Bill Scher (Real Clear Politics, Politico) and Matt K. Lewis (The Daily Beast, MattLewis.org)

On The DMZ, Bill and Matt debate what the embassy attacks in Egypt and Libya tell us about Obama’s policies in the Arab world. Has the Arab Spring been a positive or a negative development? Bill suggests neither Obama nor Romney wants to engage in a general debate about foreign policy. They disagree over whether it makes sense to compare Obama to Jimmy Carter. Matt argues that despite Obama’s post-convention bounce, the election will still come down to the wire. Plus: Are Obama and Romney introverts?

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The DMZ | Sep 14, 2012 | Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis

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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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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.