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Recorded:Jul 16    Posted:Jul 18, 2010
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Communitas | Jul 18, 2010 | John McWhorter & Richard Thompson Ford

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Can we phase out suffering by tackling its genetic roots?

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Robert Wright and transhumanist philosopher David Pearce consider the question.

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The Glenn Show

“Good people on both sides”

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Glenn Loury and Bret Weinstein discuss Trump’s knack for baiting the left into opposing regular people’s “common sense” beliefs.

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Not a “skin problem,” but a “sin problem”

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Bill Black and Jemar Tisby discuss the role of racism in the “quiet exodus” of black Christians from white evangelical congregations.

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Culturally Determined

The double-edged sword of looking at bodies on Instagram

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Aryeh Cohen-Wade speaks with Amanda Mull, author of the recent essay “Body Positivity Is a Scam,” about how the social network can shape one’s self-image.

The Wright Show

Critiquing media coverage of Israel/Palestine

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Omar Baddar of the Arab American Institute outlines which media outlets do a good job at illuminating the Palestinian perspective.

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Einstein and the speed of light

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Robert Wright speaks with Jim Holt, author of the new book When Einstein Walked with Gödel: Excursions to the Edge of Thought, about how Einstein conceived his relativity theories.

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The DMZ

Milquetoast partisanship on North Korea

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Bill Scher and Matt Lewis make sense of partisan reactions to Trump’s summit with Kim Jong Un.

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Culture of personality

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Stephen Asma, author of the new book Why We Need Religion, and Rami Gabriel discuss the possible evolutionary origins behind Donald Trump’s demeanor and popularity.

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Rethinking cultural appropriation

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Fashion journalist Connie Wang explains how her thoughts about cultural appropriation have changed.

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Why haven’t we heard from any space aliens?

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Adam Frank, author of the new book Light of the Stars: Alien Worlds and the Fate of the Earth, speculates that climate change may be the “great filter” that stops extraterrestrial civilizations from reaching maturity.

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