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Michael Brendan Dougherty (The Slurve, The Week) and Adam Serwer (Mother Jones)

On Washington Squares, Michael and Adam discuss John Derbyshire’s firing from National Review. Adam contends that much “race realism” is just a set of assertions to confirm already existing prejudices, and Michael searches for where to draw the line between intellectual inquiry about racial differences and racism. Michael worries that intellectual racism is likely to grow in the future, but Adam is more optimistic. The conversation then turns to the flap about Hilary Rosen and Ann Romney, where Michael defends political nonsense as a way for non-political junkies to engage in a debate and probe candidates. Finally, Michael launches an epic rant against the Catholic League for their attack on Rosen and their strategy of playing a victim.

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Recorded:Apr 12    Posted:Apr 13, 2012
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Washington Squares | Apr 13, 2012 | Brenda Talbot

Global Dispatches

The economic benefits of humanitarianism

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Alexandra Bilak, Director of the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre, argues that low-income nations can boost their GDP by doing more to help their displaced populations. Plus: The refugees who can’t get out.

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Selflessness through selflessness

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Philosopher Jay Garfield, author of Engaging Buddhism, explains why Buddhists think the “self” is an illusion that leads to bad behavior.

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The art of letting go

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Sharon Salzberg, author of the new book Real Love, on what Buddhists mean when they warn against emotional attachments. Plus: What’s harder: Loving yourself or loving your enemy?

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The origin of suffering

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Linda Blanchard, author of Dependent Arising in Context, explains a central Buddhist teaching. Plus: What do feelings do?

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The DMZ

The siren song of anti-anti-Trumpism

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Matt Lewis says the desire to oppose liberals is leading conservatives down a path of intellectual corruption. Plus: Does Karen Handel’s win mask a threat to GOP dominance?

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Loving a country that doesn’t love you back

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Eboo Patel, founder of Interfaith Youth Core, on America’s struggle to build a diverse society.

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Drezburt

The future of European defense

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Heather Hurlburt and Daniel Drezner discuss how Trump could inspire Europe to take its defense into its own hands. Plus: Has the populist wave crested?

The Wright Show

Humor in the age of Trump

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Comedy writer Owen Ellickson on why it’s hard to make good jokes at the president’s expense.

Foreign Entanglements

Connecting dots across the pond

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Political scientists Robert Farley and David Brockington discuss whether it makes sense to compare election trends across the UK, France, and the US. Plus: Jeremy Corbyn as a case for compromise.

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TV that Americans used to share

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Daniel Kaufman and David Ottlinger lament the social and political implications of television fragmentation.

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