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20 July 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

The DMZ

Open season on mocking the right

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In light of Sacha Baron Cohen’s latest stunts, Bill Scher and Matt Lewis discuss why the right is so vulnerable to satire.

Culturally Determined

Down the QAnon rabbit hole

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Aryeh Cohen-Wade and Will Sommer discuss the most popular right-wing conspiracy theory of the Trump era.

The Wright Show

Why does Trump like Putin so much?

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In the wake of the leaders’ joint press conference, Robert Wright and Jacob Heilbrunn consider the possibilities.

MeaningofLife.tv

Try this at home

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Philosopher Thomas Metzinger suggests using a hammer and a rubber glove to change your perception of your self.

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The DMZ

The wrong pick?

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Matt Lewis argues that Trump erred by choosing Brett Kavanaugh instead of Amy Barrett for the Supreme Court.

MeaningofLife.tv

Are the deepest questions unanswerable?

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Michael Shermer discusses his controversial Scientific American column on God, free will, and consciousness.

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Sex, labor, and moral panic

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Adult-film actress and activist Arabelle Raphael explains how the legal definition of “sex trafficking” is used to criminalize legal sex work.

MeaningofLife.tv

The “awakening universe”

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Theologian John Haught has a cosmic take on religion’s place in the scheme of things.

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