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18 November 2018

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Conor Friedersdorf (The AtlanticMeeting Triumph and Disaster) and Elizabeth Nolan Brown (Reason, elizabethnolanbrown.com, Feminists for Liberty)

On Friedersdorf, Conor and Elizabeth consider how Bushwick, Brooklyn quickly went from post-apocalyptic wasteland to hipster paradise. They discuss the new season of Arrested Development on Netflix and how binge watching has changed our relationship with TV. They move on to a controversial essay by a woman who chooses not to use birth control, which leads to a consideration of new ways that non-fiction writers can tell stories. Is Mark Bittman wrong about eating meat? And is a Northwestern student wrong to refuse to sing a song with lyrics by Walt Whitman?

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Recorded:May 30    Posted:Jun 5, 2013
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Friedersdorf | Jun 5, 2013 | Conor Friedersdorf & Elizabeth Nolan Brown

Culturally Determined

Was Stan Lee our Shakespeare?

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Aryeh Cohen-Wade and Jeet Heer assess the legacy of the work created by Lee with artists Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko for Marvel Comics.

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What is “compatibilism”?

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Philosopher Eddy Nahmias lays out the view that free will and determinism can be reconciled.

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The DMZ

“Be patient, young Democrats!”

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Bill Scher argues that after the midterm win, there’s no urgent need to replace Nancy Pelosi as a party leader.

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Don’t be the alpha dog

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Animal behaviorist Rebecca Lohnes explains how a flawed study of wolves led to bad ideas about how to train dogs.

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Having a beer with Jesus

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Stanford anthropologist Tanya Luhrmann talks about the phenomenon of a “hyper-real God” that she encountered in American evangelical churches.

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The Wright Show

How to break up Google and Amazon

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Tim Wu, author of the new book The Curse of Bigness: Antitrust in the New Gilded Age, discusses ways to implement a more aggressive antitrust policy.

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What is beauty to humans, birds, and baboons?

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Philosopher and novelist Rebecca Goldstein remembers a moment of awe she shared with a troop of baboons.

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Explaining “neo-Shamanism”

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Daniel Pinchbeck, author of the book How Soon Is Now?, discusses the neo-Shamanic movement and whether it furthers the goals of capitalism.

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How to survive a mugging

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Dan Kaufman and David Ottlinger discuss the philosophy behind conservative pro-gun arguments.

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The Wright Show

Should Democrats run progressive rockstars or boring moderates?

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Robert Wright speaks with Sarah Posner and Mark Schmitt about the lessons Democrats should take from election night.