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Robert Wright (Bloggingheads.tv, The Evolution of God, Nonzero, Why Buddhism Is True) and Shadi Hamid (Brookings Institution, Islamic Exceptionalism)

Shadi details how the US should aid the Syrian rebels, and Bob asks if he’s really ready for all-out war. Bob asks whether intervening wouldn’t mean being on Al Qaeda’s side. Bob and Shadi disagree about the lessons of Libya. They close by discussing which is more naïve—believing that sanctions will topple Assad or believing that military intervention would bring stable peace.

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Recorded:May 27    Posted:May 28, 2012
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Worldwise | May 28, 2012 | Robert Wright & Shadi Hamid

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The gothic and the sentimental in recent American history

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Book critic Christian Lorentzen discusses his recent essay using literary analysis to understand the Trump and Biden eras.

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The crackdown in Russia

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Robert Wright and Nikita Petrov discuss how Alexey Navalny’s return to Russia and the Belarusian political crisis led to Russia’s most recent crackdown on political freedoms.

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The failures of Hebrew School education

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Aryeh Cohen-Wade speaks with Rabbi Ari Hart about Jewish religious instruction in America.

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We come in peace

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In a conversation with Mickey Kaus, Robert Wright argues that humans are in trouble if aliens don’t show up sooner or later.

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In praise of Black humanity

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Glenn Loury, Cornel West, and Teodros Kiros discuss the global cultural impact of Black Americans and the problems of internalized despair that they still confront.

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What is it about Kamala?

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Bill Scher and Matt K. Lewis discuss why Vice President Kamala Harris seems to attract an outsized amount of attention and criticism.

MeaningofLife.tv

Dissecting Darwin

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Robert Wright and anthropologist Agustín Fuentes, author of a controversial article on The Descent of Man, try to unpack Darwin’s attitudes on race and genocide.

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Is “information” the key to quantum mechanics?

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John Horgan and science writer Philip Ball discuss the roles of consciousness and calculation in quantum mechanics.

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Tea Party 2.0?

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In a conversation with Robert Wright, Mickey Kaus makes the case for an anti-woke Tea Party.

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Why is Trump so bad at blogging?

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Matt Lewis and Bill Scher explore the meaning behind Trump’s blog bust.