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The Wright Show

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The Wright Show

The Wright Show

Bloggingheads.tv

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168
Plays
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Conversations with a series of people who have nothing in common except that program host Robert Wright is curious about what they’re thinking.

Latest Episodes

In Defense of Donald J. Trump (Robert Wright & Daniel McCarthy)

Daniel, a Trump supporter, says the politics of impeachment favor the GOP ... Debating Trump's alleged Ukraine transgressions ... What liberals don't get about the nature of Trump's support ... Pat Buchanan and the politics of cultural difference ... The case against "good government" ... Daniel touts Trump's "personalized" foreign policy ... What Daniel doesn't like about Trump ...

68 MIN1 d ago
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In Defense of Donald J. Trump (Robert Wright & Daniel McCarthy)

Iran After the Suleimani Assassination (Robert Wright & Eli Lake)

Eli: Trump wants "regime disruption" in Iran ... Assessing Iranians’ reactions to Suleimani’s death ... Is Iran playing offense or defense in the Middle East? ... What do "death to America" and "death to Israel" really mean? ... Weighing whether Iraq will actually expel US forces ... Optimistic and pessimistic regime change scenarios ... How likely is war with Iran and what would it look like? ...

88 MIN1 w ago
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Iran After the Suleimani Assassination (Robert Wright & Eli Lake)

Optimism vs. Pessimism About the World’s Future (Robert Wright & Zachary Karabell)

Zachary’s new group of (mainly) optimistic thinkers, the Progress Network ... What many missed about the effects of globalization ... What good comes from highlighting the good stuff? ... A case study in the dangers of alarmism: Trump and the Resistance ... Bob on the perils of not nurturing global governance ... Lessons from past periods of rapid change in infotech ... Bob on the Quincy Institute, a new non-Blob foreign policy think tank ... Are there too many doomsayers? ...

71 MIN1 w ago
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Optimism vs. Pessimism About the World’s Future (Robert Wright & Zachary Karabell)

Does Moral Truth Exist? (Robert Wright & Gideon Rosen)

Defining "moral realism" ... Cognitivists vs. noncognitivists ... Are moral beliefs just expressions of human desires? ... Human happiness is better than human suffering...right? ... Considering whether you can be both a Darwinian and a moral realist ... Moral progress, teleology, and mysticism ... Why you "have to take something for granted" in any philosophical system ... The bedrock sources of meaning in life ... If life has meaning, does moral realism logically follow? ...

73 MIN2 w ago
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Does Moral Truth Exist? (Robert Wright & Gideon Rosen)

Gala End-of-Decade Episode (Robert Wright & Mickey Kaus)

If Trump wins re-election, will Democrats "go berserk," as Mickey says? ... The top 1% vs. the next 29% ... What are Bernie's chances? ... Bob: Negative partisanship is the decade's most alarming psycho-political trend ... Mickey floats some UFO theories ... An under-the-radar scandal at the world’s chemical weapons watchdog agency ... Bob and Mickey mystified by influence of Twitter elites on presidential campaign ... Silicon Valley: What’s not to hate? ... The past decade’s glimmer of hope: growing awareness of cognitive biases ... Who's crazier, Bob or Mickey? ...

108 MIN3 w ago
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Gala End-of-Decade Episode (Robert Wright & Mickey Kaus)

Mindfulness and Racial Justice (Robert Wright & Rhonda Magee)

Rhonda's path to meditation and Buddhism ... Rhonda's new book, The Inner Work of Racial Justice ... Is equanimity the enemy of activism? ... Using mindfulness to overcome biases and stereotypes ... How Rhonda deploys contemplative practices in her law school classroom ... Can one feel compassion for a cop who shot an unarmed black man? ...

48 MIN2019 DEC 25
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Mindfulness and Racial Justice (Robert Wright & Rhonda Magee)

How “Negativity Bias” Leads to War (Robert Wright & Dominic Johnson)

Dominic’s paper, “Bad World: The Negativity Bias in International Politics” ... Why politicians overestimate threats to national security ... The cognitive bias of “loss avoidance” as fuel for war ... Do international actors give too much weight to past failures? ... World War I as a case study in negativity bias ... Arguments against Dominic’s argument ... Can we use our growing knowledge of cognitive biases to avoid unwise conflicts? ...

63 MIN2019 DEC 21
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How “Negativity Bias” Leads to War (Robert Wright & Dominic Johnson)

What Should Be Out of Bounds? (Glenn Loury & Robert Wright)

Bob reminisces about the origins of Bloggingheads.tv ... Where The Glenn Show fits into the BhTV ecosystem ... Speech policing, the "n-word," and the uses of ridicule ... What's Trump's executive order on anti-Semitism really about? ... Does the IDW care about protecting speech critical of Israel? ... Bob critiques The Trayvon Hoax ... Bob: Be wary of throwing around the word "hoax" ... Quillette accuses Bob of palling around with tyranny apologists ...

77 MIN2019 DEC 19
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What Should Be Out of Bounds? (Glenn Loury & Robert Wright)

The Remaking of Journalism in the Digital Age (Robert Wright & Alan Rusbridger)

Alan's new book, Breaking News: The Remaking of Journalism and Why It Matters Now ... Alan on taking over the Guardian in 1995, at the dawn of the web ... Was giving news away for free the "original sin" of online journalism? ... Pros and cons of different media funding models ... The downsides of having lots of subscribers and traffic ... Alan: The British press has failed on Brexit ... A few kinds words about social media ... How the Guardian uses "open journalism" ... Will we soon enter a post-newspaper future? ...

69 MIN2019 DEC 14
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The Remaking of Journalism in the Digital Age (Robert Wright & Alan Rusbridger)

How to Be an Epicurean (Robert Wright & Catherine Wilson)

Catherine's new book, How to Be an Epicurean ... How Epicureanism is like and unlike utilitarianism ... How the ancient Epicureans viewed nature and reality ... Comparing Epicureanism with its big rival, Stoicism ... On suffering and death ... Epicurean influence on post-Enlightenment science and philosophy ...

60 MIN2019 DEC 9
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How to Be an Epicurean (Robert Wright & Catherine Wilson)

Latest Episodes

In Defense of Donald J. Trump (Robert Wright & Daniel McCarthy)

Daniel, a Trump supporter, says the politics of impeachment favor the GOP ... Debating Trump's alleged Ukraine transgressions ... What liberals don't get about the nature of Trump's support ... Pat Buchanan and the politics of cultural difference ... The case against "good government" ... Daniel touts Trump's "personalized" foreign policy ... What Daniel doesn't like about Trump ...

68 MIN1 d ago
Comments
In Defense of Donald J. Trump (Robert Wright & Daniel McCarthy)

Iran After the Suleimani Assassination (Robert Wright & Eli Lake)

Eli: Trump wants "regime disruption" in Iran ... Assessing Iranians’ reactions to Suleimani’s death ... Is Iran playing offense or defense in the Middle East? ... What do "death to America" and "death to Israel" really mean? ... Weighing whether Iraq will actually expel US forces ... Optimistic and pessimistic regime change scenarios ... How likely is war with Iran and what would it look like? ...

88 MIN1 w ago
Comments
Iran After the Suleimani Assassination (Robert Wright & Eli Lake)

Optimism vs. Pessimism About the World’s Future (Robert Wright & Zachary Karabell)

Zachary’s new group of (mainly) optimistic thinkers, the Progress Network ... What many missed about the effects of globalization ... What good comes from highlighting the good stuff? ... A case study in the dangers of alarmism: Trump and the Resistance ... Bob on the perils of not nurturing global governance ... Lessons from past periods of rapid change in infotech ... Bob on the Quincy Institute, a new non-Blob foreign policy think tank ... Are there too many doomsayers? ...

71 MIN1 w ago
Comments
Optimism vs. Pessimism About the World’s Future (Robert Wright & Zachary Karabell)

Does Moral Truth Exist? (Robert Wright & Gideon Rosen)

Defining "moral realism" ... Cognitivists vs. noncognitivists ... Are moral beliefs just expressions of human desires? ... Human happiness is better than human suffering...right? ... Considering whether you can be both a Darwinian and a moral realist ... Moral progress, teleology, and mysticism ... Why you "have to take something for granted" in any philosophical system ... The bedrock sources of meaning in life ... If life has meaning, does moral realism logically follow? ...

73 MIN2 w ago
Comments
Does Moral Truth Exist? (Robert Wright & Gideon Rosen)

Gala End-of-Decade Episode (Robert Wright & Mickey Kaus)

If Trump wins re-election, will Democrats "go berserk," as Mickey says? ... The top 1% vs. the next 29% ... What are Bernie's chances? ... Bob: Negative partisanship is the decade's most alarming psycho-political trend ... Mickey floats some UFO theories ... An under-the-radar scandal at the world’s chemical weapons watchdog agency ... Bob and Mickey mystified by influence of Twitter elites on presidential campaign ... Silicon Valley: What’s not to hate? ... The past decade’s glimmer of hope: growing awareness of cognitive biases ... Who's crazier, Bob or Mickey? ...

108 MIN3 w ago
Comments
Gala End-of-Decade Episode (Robert Wright & Mickey Kaus)

Mindfulness and Racial Justice (Robert Wright & Rhonda Magee)

Rhonda's path to meditation and Buddhism ... Rhonda's new book, The Inner Work of Racial Justice ... Is equanimity the enemy of activism? ... Using mindfulness to overcome biases and stereotypes ... How Rhonda deploys contemplative practices in her law school classroom ... Can one feel compassion for a cop who shot an unarmed black man? ...

48 MIN2019 DEC 25
Comments
Mindfulness and Racial Justice (Robert Wright & Rhonda Magee)

How “Negativity Bias” Leads to War (Robert Wright & Dominic Johnson)

Dominic’s paper, “Bad World: The Negativity Bias in International Politics” ... Why politicians overestimate threats to national security ... The cognitive bias of “loss avoidance” as fuel for war ... Do international actors give too much weight to past failures? ... World War I as a case study in negativity bias ... Arguments against Dominic’s argument ... Can we use our growing knowledge of cognitive biases to avoid unwise conflicts? ...

63 MIN2019 DEC 21
Comments
How “Negativity Bias” Leads to War (Robert Wright & Dominic Johnson)

What Should Be Out of Bounds? (Glenn Loury & Robert Wright)

Bob reminisces about the origins of Bloggingheads.tv ... Where The Glenn Show fits into the BhTV ecosystem ... Speech policing, the "n-word," and the uses of ridicule ... What's Trump's executive order on anti-Semitism really about? ... Does the IDW care about protecting speech critical of Israel? ... Bob critiques The Trayvon Hoax ... Bob: Be wary of throwing around the word "hoax" ... Quillette accuses Bob of palling around with tyranny apologists ...

77 MIN2019 DEC 19
Comments
What Should Be Out of Bounds? (Glenn Loury & Robert Wright)

The Remaking of Journalism in the Digital Age (Robert Wright & Alan Rusbridger)

Alan's new book, Breaking News: The Remaking of Journalism and Why It Matters Now ... Alan on taking over the Guardian in 1995, at the dawn of the web ... Was giving news away for free the "original sin" of online journalism? ... Pros and cons of different media funding models ... The downsides of having lots of subscribers and traffic ... Alan: The British press has failed on Brexit ... A few kinds words about social media ... How the Guardian uses "open journalism" ... Will we soon enter a post-newspaper future? ...

69 MIN2019 DEC 14
Comments
The Remaking of Journalism in the Digital Age (Robert Wright & Alan Rusbridger)

How to Be an Epicurean (Robert Wright & Catherine Wilson)

Catherine's new book, How to Be an Epicurean ... How Epicureanism is like and unlike utilitarianism ... How the ancient Epicureans viewed nature and reality ... Comparing Epicureanism with its big rival, Stoicism ... On suffering and death ... Epicurean influence on post-Enlightenment science and philosophy ...

60 MIN2019 DEC 9
Comments
How to Be an Epicurean (Robert Wright & Catherine Wilson)
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