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Smart people talking about politics, policy, culture and other stuff

    Reckoning with China (Robert Wright & Edward Wong)

    Reckoning with China (Robert Wright & Edward Wong)

    Edward’s new book, At the Edge of Empire: A Family’s Reckoning with China ... What Americans get wrong about China ... Humiliation and China’s national psychology ... Why Edward’s father joined the People’s Liberation Army ... How Edward’s father fell out of favor with the PLA ... How draconian is Xi Jinping’s crackdown on Uyghurs? ... Famine, purges, and alienation in Mao’s China ... Heading to Overtime ...

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    The Endless Gaza and Ukraine Wars (Robert Wright & Andrew Day)

    The Endless Gaza and Ukraine Wars (Robert Wright & Andrew Day)

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    Trump Hates Milwaukee (Matt K. Lewis & Bill Scher)

    Trump Hates Milwaukee (Matt K. Lewis & Bill Scher)

    Matt's big announcement ... What's the import of "cheapfakes"? ... Has Trump set debate expectations too low? ... Does it matter that Trump insulted Milwaukee? ... Will attacking Trump as a criminal work? ... Why is Trump outsourcing GOTV to Charlie Kirk? ...

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    Elon, Sex, AI, and Free Will (among other things) (Robert Wright & Paul Bloom)

    Elon, Sex, AI, and Free Will (among other things) (Robert Wright & Paul Bloom)

    Bob re-enters reality ... Elon’s X-rated horse-trading ... What do LLMs really say about the “blank slate” view of the mind? ... Bob challenges Paul to meditate—will Paul retreat? ... Have Bob’s views changed since writing Nonzero? ... Paul’s and Bob’s (semi-compatible) views on free ... Heading to Overtime ...

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    Confessions of a Black Conservative (Robert Wright & Glenn Loury)

    Confessions of a Black Conservative (Robert Wright & Glenn Loury)

    Glenn’s very unvarnished memoir, Late Admissions: Confessions of a Black Conservative ... Glenn’s unusual urban upbringing ... Is Glenn’s sermon for black men hypocritical? ... Glenn’s double life at Harvard ... How it all came crashing down ... Is Glenn’s book *too* honest? ... Heading to Overtime ...

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    AI, Techno-optimism, and Cosmic Purpose (Robert Wright & Kevin Kelly)

    AI, Techno-optimism, and Cosmic Purpose (Robert Wright & Kevin Kelly)

    Kevin’s place in cyberspace history ... Are we grappling with the pace of tech progress rationally? ... Why Kevin identifies as a techno-optimist ... Is it too early to regulate AI? ... The noosphere, the technium, and species of mind ... Do AI doomers think too highly of thinking? ... Evolution and the question of cosmic purpose ... Should we see AIs as “artificial aliens”? ...

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Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
22 Ratings

22 Ratings

wantedtolearn ,

Diversity of views and unedited: 👌

Robert Wright is a gem of a public intellectual with deep thoughts on the nature of our existence (delivered with dry wit) and he does a fantastic job curating this podcast series. The viewpoints are diverse, often heterodox, and always thought provoking. But unlike the egomaniacal Eric Weinstein and other IDWers, Robert doesn’t jack himself off constantly for platforming or espousing controversial viewpoints. He’s been doing it since before podcasting was cool (in fact he co-created podcasts — a true hipster). Thanks for all you do Bob.

cellis1981 ,

One of the best pods around

Definitely my go-to for podcasts. Love Robert Wright and Glenn Loury (even though I never agree with him). Love the format too. Two smart folks talking. Topics are always interesting and the guests are very thoughtful and good talkers.

Lenka_A ,

One of my favourites podcasts

I find most of these conversations very enlightening and occasionaly even fun. Besides bringing new information, points of view, and approaches to various subjects, they give us an opportunity to "eavesdrop" interesting intellectuals in their more or less 'casual' conversations about various topics that interest them. I also appreciate the attempt to bring different points of view. (The same goes for their related podcast Meaning of live TV, which I like even more.)

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