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The Wright Show | Oct 5, 2017 | Robert Wright & John McPhee

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.

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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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The Glenn Show

What is the “black experience”?

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Glenn Loury and John McWhorter discuss whether John’s upbringing disqualifies him from speaking on blackness in America.

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Jews vs. Muslims or Jews vs. Arabs?

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Robert Wright speaks with Wajahat Ali, who wrote a controversial Atlantic article on visiting the West Bank, about how the Israeli/Palestinian conflict is framed.

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Less politics, more Hail Marys

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Ross Douthat, author of the new book To Change the Church: Pope Francis and the Future of Catholicism, speaks to Father William Dailey about the relevance of the Vatican to the lives of most Catholics.

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