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Recorded:Dec 7    Posted:Dec 20, 2015
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Science Faction | Dec 20, 2015 | George Johnson & John Horgan

MeaningofLife.tv

Minds on lockdown

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Dan Kaufman and Crispin Sartwell discuss whether the high-security environment of modern schooling hurts the cultivation of good citizenship.

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George Wallace and Donald Trump

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Historians William Black and David Walsh look for modern parallels in the famous 1968 debate between William F. Buckley and George Wallace.

The Wright Show

Is Trump a side effect of capitalism?

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Robert Wright and Jonah Goldberg, author of the new book Suicide of the West, discuss the roots of Trump’s support.

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Tribalism and the welfare state

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David Roberts on what Trump’s policy positions say about the GOP base.

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What happened to the KKK?

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Philip Menchaca and Kelly J. Baker discuss the decline of the Ku Klux Klan and the incorporation of its rhetoric into mainstream politics.

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“Secular” meditation as sacred

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Jon Kabat-Zinn, creator of mindfulness-based stress reduction, discusses the practice’s deep Buddhist roots.

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The Wright Show

What the Stoics thought about revenge

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Ryan Holiday, author of Conspiracy, a new book on the destruction of Gawker, discusses how the Stoics might have viewed the conflict between Peter Thiel and Nick Denton. Plus: A genuine conspiracy

The DMZ

Comey wrestles with a pig

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Bill Scher and Matt Lewis weigh whether James Comey’s memoir has sullied his reputation.

Culturally Determined

Whither the nerd?

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Aryeh Cohen-Wade and Miles Klee consider the place of the social outcast after nerd culture has gone mainstream.

Are conservatives getting the “out-group” treatment?

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Mark Kleiman and Megan McArdle discuss perceived prejudice against conservatives in academia and other fields.