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Science Faction | Aug 12, 2015 | John Horgan & George Johnson

The Wright Show

Obama and Trump vs. “the blob”

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Stephen Walt, author of the new book The Hell of Good Intentions, discusses the two presidents’ difficulties changing American foreign policy.

MeaningofLife.tv

An antidote to political tribalism: “lottocracy”

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Philosopher Alex Guerrero argues that a system where politicians are selected by lottery from the general populace would heal America’s fractured politics.

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How to use an “implementation intention”

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Psychologist John Bargh, author of Before You Know It: The Unconscious Reasons We Do What We Do, describes a technique that helps you do hard-to-do things.

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The DMZ

Will conservative anger last until November?

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Bill Scher and Matt Lewis debate whether Republican momentum from the Kavanaugh hearings will bear out on Election Day.

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Is what happens on Twitter real or fake?

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Aryeh Cohen-Wade speaks with Lauren Oyler, who recently wrote about social media’s effects in The Baffler.

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The Glenn Show

Costs now, possible benefits for our grandkids

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Glenn Loury and climate scientist Patrick T. Brown discuss the difficulties in fighting climate change.

The Wright Show

Who started the new Cold War?

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Robert Wright and Peter Beinart discuss the roles of Russia and the US in raising tensions between them.

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Buddhist wisdom for the Trump era

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Robert Wright speaks with Lama Surya Das about trying to view the turbulent events of the day with equanimity.

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Culturally Determined

Kavanaugh the choir boy vs. Kavanaugh the party boy

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Aryeh Cohen-Wade and Cathy Young consider the two versions of the nominee.

The DMZ

Not your typical job interview

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Bill Scher and Matt Lewis debate whether the level of scrutiny faced by Brett Kavanaugh or Christine Blasey Ford is justified.