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John McWhorter (Time, Columbia UniversityTalking Back, Talking Black) and Glenn Loury (Brown University)

Glenn announces his new venture at Bloggingheads.tv, The Glenn Show. John also announces an exciting new venture: a baby daughter! John and Glenn talk about how GOP presidential candidates are using racial symbolism and racial stereotypes. Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum come in for especially close scrutiny, both positive and negative. Also under discussion: how race shapes the public’s perception of Michelle Obama.

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The Glenn Show | Jan 24, 2012 | John McWhorter & Glenn Loury

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Will a child prodigy be an unhappy adult?

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Robert Wright speaks with Ann Hulbert, author of the new book Off the Charts: The Hidden Lives and Lessons of American Child Prodigies.

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The DMZ

Should John Kelly stay or go?

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Matt Lewis argues that Kelly should keep his position as chief of staff for one reason: there’s no one better around to replace him.

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Mourning man’s best friend

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Tami Simon, editor of the book The Dharma of Dogs, explains why the loss of a pet has spiritual significance in human life.

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Clickbait and tribalism

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Robert Wright and Matthew Cooper, who just resigned from Newsweek, discuss how the emphasis on page views furthers polarization.

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Remembering ‘satanic ritual abuse’

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Anthropologist Tanya Luhrmann assesses the costs and benefits of letting imagination shape one’s reality. Plus: Schizophrenia as a spiritual calling.

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Culturally Determined

“I was worried Trump was going to tweet about me”

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Jesse Farrar’s joking tweet about waterboarding conservatives ended up on Fox & Friends. He discusses what it was like to briefly become an object of hate online.

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“Racism is an effective political message”

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Glenn Loury and Harold Pollack look back at the 2016 election and what it can teach Democrats going forward.

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Is radical life extension just bunk?

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Robert Wright speaks with Michael Shermer, author of the new book Heavens on Earth, about efforts to ward off aging. Plus: Why you’ll never be able to upload your brain.

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An emotional survival kit

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Stephen Asthma and Rami Gabriel discuss how emotions might have evolved to prepare humans for the imminent dangers of prehistoric life. Plus: Do animals have emotions?

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Trying to define “enlightenment”

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Jeff Warren, co-author of the new book Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics, explains how he understands the Buddhist term.

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