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Robert Wright and guests talk about politics and other matters, on Bloggingheads.tv

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English


Episodes

Robert Wright & Ted Chiang

8/11/2017
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How Ted's Story of Your Life became Arrival ... Experiential and theoretical grounds for determinism ... If the future is set… Why bother? ... The Predictor—an imagined device that will freak you out ... Wormholes and time travel ... Are free will and determinism compatible? ...

Duration: 01:29:29


Robert Wright & Massimo Pigliucci

8/10/2017
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Bob’s and Massimo’s complementary new books ... Bob and Massimo give Buddhist and Stoic advice on dealing with regret ... Buddhist and Stoic recipes for reducing anxiety ... Using meditative practices to fight ADD ... Building resilience, maintaining compassion ... The upside of distraction ...

Duration: 01:03:46


Robert Wright & Sarah Posner

8/8/2017
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Is Trump losing Congress? ... Why Trump voters have stayed loyal ... The Russia investigation: It ain't over 'til it's over ... Can Trump’s new chief of staff enforce order... ... …and does Trump even want order? ... Sarah on the true meaning of "Deep State" ...

Duration: 00:56:45


Robert Wright & Mickey Kaus

7/29/2017
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Why Mickey still backs Trump ... Are Trump’s Russia links really a “nothing burger”? ... Backstabbing and scheming in the White House ... Trump's neocon drift ... Bob’s “mindful resistance” initiative ... How people can join the Mindful Resistance ... When anti-Trump outrage helps Trump ... What is Trumpism? ...

Duration: 01:25:41


Robert Wright & Daniel Ingram

7/27/2017
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Daniel: Aim for enlightenment (even if you’ll never reach it) ... Levels of Buddhist awakening ... Daniel assesses Bob’s level of spiritual attainment ... Trump as an affront to Buddhism ... The awakened sociopath ... Daniel’s enlightened view of Trumpism ... How to leverage anger wisely ...

Duration: 01:06:28


Robert Wright & Brooke Gladstone

7/6/2017
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Brooke’s new book, The Trouble With Reality ... The erosion of the public square ... Orwell vs. Huxley: Whose dystopia are we living in? ... How people are wired for self-delusion ... Why liberals struggle to understand Trump voters ... Is the media unfair to Trump? ... Brooke’s theory of Trump ...

Duration: 00:52:04


Robert Wright & Jay Garfield

6/29/2017
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Teaching Buddhist philosophy ... Jay’s book, Engaging Buddhism ... Why “you” might not exist ... Buddhism and determinism ... When clarifying your view of reality makes you a better person ... The error of essentialism ...

Duration: 00:59:45


Robert Wright & Owen Ellickson

6/27/2017
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Comedy in the age of Trump ... Why Owen stopped writing his parody Trump tweets ... Is it pointless to mock Trump? ... Are liberal comedians hurting their cause? ... Twitter and partisan politics ... What it takes to become a podcasting juggernaut ... When breaking speech codes with comedy backfires ...

Duration: 01:05:44


Robert Wright & Massimo Pigliucci

6/24/2017
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Massimo’s new book, How to Be a Stoic, and Bob’s forthcoming book, Why Buddhism Is True ... Similarities between Buddhism and Stoicism ... The metaphysics of Stoicism ... Is there a Stoic version of the Buddhist “not-self” doctrine? ... Massimo’s Stoic advice column ... Seneca’s tips for anger management ... Achieving an objective awareness of your emotions ... Using meditation to cope with feelings of failure ...

Duration: 01:14:37


Robert Wright & Sharon Salzberg

6/19/2017
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Sharon’s new book, Real Love ... How lovingkindness meditation works ... What Buddhists mean when they advise against attachment ... The stories that shape our self-perception ... What real love looks like in relationships ... How to cultivate love for strangers ... Loving people you hate ...

Duration: 00:58:28


Robert Wright & Darren Beattie

6/8/2017
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Why Darren was among the few academics who supported Trump ... Trump: Incipient interventionist? ... How identity politics transformed the meaning of “liberal” and “conservative” ... Darren’s “contempt” for elites ... Debating Trump’s travel ban ... Is Trump’s rhetoric dangerous? ... Assessing domestic policy under Trump so far ... Does Trump’s alleged incompetence and instability worry Darren? ...

Duration: 01:21:26


Robert Wright & Freddie deBoer

6/2/2017
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How Freddie used the internet to become a public voice ... Does the “alt-left” exist? Is Freddie part of it? ... The cozy relationship between Democrats and Wall Street ... Why Freddie supports a universal basic income ... How liberals are getting the Trump-Russia story wrong ... IQ: Is it in the genes? ...

Duration: 01:01:05


Robert Wright & Jay Van Bavel

5/23/2017
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The partisanship that bolsters Trump ... Jay’s favorite experiments on the psychology of tribalism ... Is the anti-Trump movement its own worst enemy? ... What’s going on in Trump’s brain? ... How a sports fan’s brain warps reality ... Is there hope for overcoming our tribal psychology? ... Want a retweet? Stoke moral outrage. ...

Duration: 00:57:30


Robert Wright & Jeffrey Lewis

5/17/2017
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Is North Korea behind the global malware attack? ... The surprisingly long range of the missile North Korea just tested ... Why China won't solve the North Korea problem ... Options for dealing with North Korea, from bad to worst ... How Japan and South Korea are responding to escalating tensions ... Jeffrey’s advice on what to do about North Korea’s nuclear program ... The outlook for arms control under Trump ...

Duration: 00:55:47


Robert Wright & Damon Linker

5/12/2017
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The Comey firing as confirmation of Trump’s disastrousness ... Was the Syria bombing politically calculated or just Trump being Trump? ... Trying to read Trump’s mind presupposes that he has one ... Did liberal dogmatism fuel the populist revolt? ... Could global governance moderate populist nationalism rather than fuel it? ... Why a universal basic income won’t work ...

Duration: 00:57:46


Robert Wright & Aryeh Cohen-Wade

5/10/2017
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WTF at the FBI ... The coming Comey blowback ... How Aryeh found peace of mind in the age of Trump ... Wondering how you can help Bloggingheads.tv? No? We’ll tell you anyway! ... Join Bob’s war on political polarization and the psychology of tribalism! ...

Duration: 00:53:49


Robert Wright & Robert Jervis

5/4/2017
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Why Kim Jong-un is unimpressed by U.S. attempts to intimidate ... What good are nuclear weapons if you can’t use them? ... Trump’s flashes of insight ... Rex Tillerson’s remarkable error rate ... The Trump administration’s dangerous stance on Iran ... When playing defense gets mistaken for offense ...

Duration: 01:00:49


Robert Wright & Adam Alter

5/3/2017
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The bad effects of addictive tech ... How much time do you spend on your phone? ... You might be addicted if... ... The World of Warcraft as a case study in tech addiction ... The tricks Silicon Valley uses to get you hooked ... Adam’s advice for breaking your screen addiction ...

Duration: 00:49:59


Robert Wright & Daniel Drezner

5/2/2017
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Dan's new book, The Ideas Industry ... Why thought leaders are prevailing over public intellectuals ... The new ecosystem of for-profit think tanks ... Asset bubbles in the marketplace of ideas ... A case study in thought leadership ... Improving the ideas industry ...

Duration: 01:04:34


Robert Wright & Conor Friedersdorf

4/29/2017
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The inevitability of authoritarians ... Conor: Want to stop an authoritarian? Woo the conservatives. ... Is the U.S. addicted to neoconservatism? ... Failings of the Trump resistance ... How some on the left strengthen Trump ... The challenge of reporting on Trump ... Conor’s question for the Bloggingheads audience ...

Duration: 01:03:15

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