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Bill Scher (Washington Monthly) and Matt K. Lewis (The Daily Beast, MattLewis.org)

On The DMZ, Bill and Matt discuss the intra-conservative battle over Ted Cruz’s attempt to defund Obamacare. Matt says the conservative rank and file is being manipulated and misled. Is a government shutdown imminent? Matt argues that the GOP is stuck with a message that appeals to its base, but not to the media or the larger public. Bill explains how John Boehner could make an unorthodox play for greatness. Turning to foreign policy, Bill touts the importance of Obama’s address to the UN. Has the president pursued a consistent foreign policy vision? Plus: Why “taking the fight to Obama” may be a poor political strategy for Republicans.

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Recorded:Sep 25    Posted:Sep 25, 2013
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The DMZ | Sep 25, 2013 | Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis

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Just ONE MAGA Juror is All TRUMP Needs

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Can Trump get one secret partisan on the hush money trial jury to thwart a guilty verdict? Bill Scher and Matt K. Lewis discuss on this week’s DMZ.

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How Iran’s Attack Benefits Israel

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Iran’s strike on Israel was an “own goal,” Middle East expert Joshua Landis tells Robert Wright.

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Thinking Back on Kahneman, Fast and Slow

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Robert Wright and Paul Bloom discuss the late Nobel laureate’s life and legacy.

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Can Abortion Sink Trump?

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Can Donald Trump move to the center on the issue of abortion? Or will Joe Biden’s ads effectively tie him to the overturning of Roe v. Wade? Bill Scher and Matt K. Lewis discuss on this week’s DMZ.

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Israel out of control

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Robert Wright and American Prestige hosts Derek Davison and Daniel Bessner discuss attacks on aid workers and Iran’s embassy.

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AI, Rationalism, and the “Great Filter”

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Robert Wright and economist and futurist Robin Hanson discuss Robin’s solution to the Fermi Paradox and how AI fits into it. Plus: where rationalist culture gets “cultish”, seeing AI as offspring, and more.

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Things to know about the noosphere

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Robert Wright and Sister Ilia Delio—theologian, author, and expert on Jesuit priest and scientist Pierre Teilhard de Chardin—discuss what Teilhard described as the “thinking envelope of the Earth.”

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RFK Jr.’s Bad VEEP Pick

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Is RFK Jr’s VP pick an affront to democracy? Bill Scher and Matt K. Lewis discuss on this week’s DMZ.

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Meditation Tips for Beginners (and Non-Beginners)

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Neuroscientist Kathryn Devaney of the Berkeley Alembic and Robert Wright discuss meditative best practices, how meditation aids cognitive empathy, whether mindfulness can save us from AI doom, and more.

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What Does Putin Want?

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Robert Wright talks to Nikolay and Kirill of the Russians with Attitudes podcast about Russian politics, the Ukraine war, and Putin’s moderation compared to other Russian elites.