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Robert Wright on Politics, Tribalism, and Mindfulness: Half Hour of Heterodoxy #28

Robert Wright is a former senior editor at The New Republic, and he currently hosts The Wright Show. He’s also the author of several bestselling books on evolution and society. His latest book Is Why Buddhism Is True.


Heather Heying on Life After Evergreen: Half Hour of Heterodoxy #27

My guest today is Heather Heying. She and her husband Bret Weinstein formerly taught biology at Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington. After some highly publicized protests in the middle of 2017, both Heather and Bret left the college. Heather now describes herself as a professor in exile. You can find out more about her at heatherheying.com.


John Inazu on Confident Pluralism: Surviving and Thriving Through Deep Difference: Half Hour of Heterodoxy #26

John Inazu is professor of law and religion at Washington University in St. Louis. His scholarship focuses on the First Amendment freedoms—specifically speech, assembly, and religion. His first book is about freedom of assembly. His second book, which we discuss, is Confident Pluralism: Surviving and Thriving Through Deep Difference. It was published in 2016 and a paperback edition with a new introduction comes out this year.


Arthur Sakamoto on Conventional Wisdom about Asian Americans: Half Hour of Heterodoxy #25

Arthur Sakamoto (@sakamoto_arthur), sociologist at Texas A&M, discusses three myths about Asian Americans. 0:00 The questionable claim of a high Hmong dropout rate 08:00 The poverty rate and wealth of Asians and non-Asians 14:01 Are Asians disadvantaged by living in costly neighborhoods? 20:10 Assimilation and the mobile labor market 23:40 Why do sociologists selectively talk about cost of living? 25:31 White privilege and the alleged bamboo ceiling


Caroline Mehl and Raffi Grinberg on Open Mind: Half Hour of Heterodoxy #24

Show Notes Caroline Mehl and Raffi Grinberg direct the OpenMind Platform, an interactive tool to help individuals learn perspective taking and intellectual humility using principles from psychology. There are beta versions of Open Mind for use in corporations, organizations, and religious communities. You can check out Open Mind at openmindplatform.org and follow Open Mind on..


Richard Reeves on J.S. Mill and Liberalism: Half Hour of Heterodoxy #23

My guest today is Richard Reeves. He’s a social and political commentator and he has written for several newspapers and magazines in both the US and the UK, including The Guardian and The Atlantic. He has also written a biography of John Stuart Mill and between 2010 and 2012, Richard was Director of Strategy to the UK’s Deputy Prime Minister.


David Frum on Trumpocracy: The Corruption of the American Republic: Half Hour of Heterodoxy #22

Show Notes David Frum (@davidfrum) is a senior editor at the Atlantic Magazine and a frequent contributor at MSNBC. He is a former speechwriter for George W. Bush. and is known for coining the phrase “axis of evil.” He has been a fellow at the American Enterprise Institute and a contributor at the National Review...


Musa Al-Gharbi on Social Research: Half Hour of Heterodoxy #21

Show Notes Musa Al-Gharbi (@musa_algharbi) is a research associate at Heterodox Academy and a PhD student in sociology at Columbia University. He is a writer whose work has been featured in The New York Times, the Washington Post, The Atlantic, and several other venues. The topics of his research include terrorism, extremism, war, antiracism, and,..


Deb Mashek on Heterodox Academy in 2018: Half Hour of Heterodoxy #20

Show Notes Deb Mashek (@DebMashekHXA) is the new executive director of Heterodox Academy. She is currently professor of psychology at Harvey Mudd College, but will be leaving that position to serve full time as executive director. We talk about her career and her three priorities for 2018. Selected Quote I regularly have students and colleagues swinging..


Frank Lechner on the Symmetric Polarization vs. Republican Radicalism Debate: Half Hour of Heterodoxy #19

Show Notes Frank Lechner is a professor of sociology at Emory University. He did his undergraduate work in sociology at Tilburg University in the Netherlands, and then moved to the U.S. for his PhD. He’s the author of four books and two edited volumes—his most recent book is The American Exception, a book about American..


Jonathan Haidt on Heterodox Academy’s 2nd Anniversary: Half Hour of Heterodoxy #12

Half Hour of Heterodoxy #12: Jonathan Haidt (@JonHaidt) is a co-founder and executive director of Heterodox Academy. He is a professor of business ethics at New York University’s Stern School of Business, and has written The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom (2006) and The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion (2012), which became a New York Times bestseller.