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Glenn Loury and Bret Weinstein on the turmoil at Evergreen State College

Covering: Bret’s work in evolutionary biology. Bret’s inside take on the turmoil at Evergreen State College. Attempts to limit faculty autonomy at Evergreen. The problem of self-censorship. Bret explains why he went on Tucker Carlson’s show. The clash with the “Patriot Prayer” group at Evergreen. How protestors targeted Bret.

The Slow Death Of European Culture, Politics, And Identity

Douglas Murray spells out how migration, declining birth rates, and a confused culture have led Western Europe astray.

The Establishment's Russia Fixation Takes A Dark Turn

TYT Politics Reporter Michael Tracey (https://Twitter.com/mtracey) sits down with NYU & Princeton Professor, Stephen F. Cohen, to discuss the establishment's response to the Russia investigation. What role has the establishment played in the Russia hysteria?

After Words with Stuart Taylor

Journalist Stuart Taylor examines campus sexual assault policies. Mr. Taylor is interviewed by Beth Frerking, editor in chief of the [National Law Journal] and [Legal Times].

Sarah Haider on Leaving Islam

In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Sarah Haider about her organization Ex-Muslims of North America, how the political Left is confused about Islam, "rape culture" under Islam, honesty without bigotry, stealth theocracy, and immigration.

Ajit Pai on Net Neutrality

Ajit Pai, Chairman of the United States Federal Communications Commission, joins Matt and Josh Finestone to discuss net neutrality–and why John Oliver likened him to a serial killer.

Forbidden Knowledge: Sam Harris and Charles Murray

In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Charles Murray about the controversy over his book "The Bell Curve," the validity and significance of IQ as a measure of intelligence, the problem of social stratification, the rise of Trump.

Christy Ford Chapin on the Evolution of the American Health Care System

Christy Ford Chapin talks with host Russ Roberts about her book, Ensuring America's Health, a history of how America's health care system came to be dominated by insurance companies or government agencies paying doctors per procedure.

Aryeh Cohen-Wade and Phoebe Maltz Bovy on Phoeb's book The Perils of "Privilege"

Covering: Phoebe’s new book, The Perils of “Privilege.” The origins of “check your privilege.” How internet culture fuels the privilege wars. Anti-Semitism and Jewish privilege. The three types of attacks on White Feminism. Lena Dunham, queen of privilege? What Trump means for the privilege wars.

Christopher Caldwell on the Situation in Europe

Christopher Caldwell discusses Europe's demographic decline, economic stagnation, the migrant crisis, immigration, and the presence of Islam.

Lisa Servon on her book The Unbanking of America

Professor Lisa Servon talked about her book The Unbanking of America: How the New Middle Class Survives, in which she reports on alternatives to traditional banking. Professor Servon worked as a teller at a check cashing company and a payday lender, and in her book she explores how these new methods of banking are serving consumers. She was interviewed by Rohit Chopra.

Rationally Speaking #176 - Jason Brennan on "Against democracy"

Julia chats with professor Jason Brennan, author of the book "Against Democracy," about his case for why democracy is flawed -- philosophically, morally, and empirically.

Bill Kristol, Christopher DeMuth and Adam White on Reforming the Administrative State

On how the president, Congress, & courts might go about reforming the administrative state.

Professor Jordan Peterson on Gender Identity and Political Correctness

Jordan Peterson is a clinical psychologist and tenured professor of psychology at the University of Toronto.

Dr. Stuart Ritchie on Intelligence, IQ Testing and Genetics

Dr. Stuart Richie is an expert in human intelligence differences and their relations to the brain, genetics, and education. This episode distills some of the most important and interesting ideas in intelligence, IQ testing, genetics and their affects on society at large.

Aryeh Cohen-Wade and John Ziegler on Right-wing Media

Topics covered: Deconstructing Trump's improbable ascension; What exactly happened to Scott Walker? The power of the Drudge Report; Real journalism is dead.

A Gender Identity Clinic and an Internet Firestorm

Jesse's article on the closure of a gender identity clinic. The rise of #firejessesingal. The real-world consequences of abusive online discourse. The social dynamics driving internet vitriol. Why engage at all? Life lessons from being shamed on Twitter.

Stephen F. Cohen: The Ukrainian Crisis - It's not All Putin's Fault

The consensus view in Washington and in the U.S. mainstream media is that the Ukrainian crisis, which some have called the worst international crisis of our time, is due solely to Russian aggression under President Vladimir Putin.

Glenn Loury and Jilly Levoy about her book Ghettoside

Topics covered: Jill's book, Ghettoside. The logic of inner-city violence. Why petty disputes lead to high murder rates. Diverging homicide rates among blacks and Latinos. What makes homicide detectives different. Glenn expresses sympathy for the cops.

Glenn Loury and Peter Moskos on Policing, Criminals, and Justice

Topics covered: Police, criminals and the search for moral justice. What explains Baltimore's recent spike in violent crime? What explains NYC's sharp reduction in violent crime? Peter: Al Sharpton has been good for NYC policing. The most important lessons Peter learned as a cop. Peter defends flogging.

Robert Wright and Matt Ridley: A Climate Luke-warmer

Topics covered: Matt: Climate change is real, but not catastrophic. The "denier" label. Why are media reports on climate change so scary? Future theoretical pain versus present actual pain. Matt's beef with climate models. Critiquing Al Gore and An Inconvenient Truth.

Glenn Loury and John McWhorter on riots, Ferguson, and Al Sharpton

Topics covered: Disturbing polarization in the wake of Ferguson. Glenn: imputing racial motives is a slippery slope. John on the trouble with "disowning your own." Al Sharpton and the murder of two NYC cops. Why the '60s riots were an unmitigated disaster. Glenn: people are playing with fire here.

Robert Wright and Scott Atran on Al Qaeda and the War on Terror

Topics covered: Scott gives the war on terrorism a grade: D+. How does a nice young man become a jihadist? How to starve Al Qaeda. Bob: The most dangerous guy in Al Qaeda will always exist. How should we have responded to 9/11? Why can’t we be friends?