Conversations with a series of people who have nothing in common except that program host Robert Wright is curious about what they’re thinking.
Harmonic Convergences (Robert Wright & Mickey Kaus)
Mickey denounces Rudy ... Is Trump damaging democracy? ... Hate speech vs. free speech ... Mickey says "the Left" doesn’t want a peaceful transfer of power ... Ezra Klein and Matt Yglesias leave Vox ... When exactly did the New York Times abandon objectivity? ... Will Trumpian election truthers be a major force for years to come? ... The Nonzero Newsletter’s Progressive Realism report card ...
The Roots of US Global Hegemony (Robert Wright & Stephen Wertheim)
Stephen’s new book, Tomorrow, the World: The Birth of US Global Supremacy ... How the term "isolationism" came to be ... Stephen: Most US foreign policy elites wanted to stay out of Europe through 1940 ... The fall of France and America’s decision to dominate the world ... Stephen: The UN was created to project American power ... What happened to making the world safe for capitalism? ... Bob puts Stephen’s arguments through the ringer ... Biden and the future of American hegemony ... Stephen says “restrainers” are gaining ground in foreign policy circles ...
How Does This End for Trump? (Robert Wright & Mickey Kaus)
Trump’s chances of overturning the election ... Revelations from Giuliani’s Four Seasons Landscaping press conference ... Mickey’s Freudian theory of guilt-fueled anti-Trump triumphalism ... The debut of the progressive realism report card ... Explaining down ballot Republicans’ outperformance of Trump ... What’s next for Trump and Trumpism? ... Jeffrey Toobin's punishment ...
The Radical Idea of Free Speech (Robert Wright & Greg Lukianoff)
Greg's book, The Coddling of the American Mind ... Greg: Paranoid parenting made today's college students fragile ... How social media increased polarization and mental illness ... Greg critiques the "hyper-bureaucratization" of universities ... Is the anti–cancel culture brigade hypocritical about free speech? ... Greg praises the American folk understanding of free speech ... How much should we respect the religious sensibilities of others? ... How cognitive behavioral therapy helped save Greg's life ... Twitter as meditative practice ...
The Butterfly Effect (Robert Wright & Mickey Kaus)
With Trump poised to lose, Mickey looks on the bright side ... Bob deplores Trump's unfounded election allegations ... Why were the polls so off? ... If Latinos are assimilating culturally by voting GOP, are Mickey's immigration fears kaput? ... Possible reasons for the tightness of the race ... Will Trumpism live on? ... Bob has some good news on the Covid front ... Mickey foresees a dreary Biden administration ... Bob foresees a Blob-ified Biden foreign policy ... Did Trump move the GOP to the left? ...
The Dharma of Bob: The Logos (Robert Wright & Josh Summers)
Philo of Alexandria, seminal Logos theorist ... Bob: Teleology is perfectly compatible with a scientific worldview ... A logic shaping the unfolding of life ... How Jordan Peterson understands the Logos ... Does order flow from consciousness? ... Moral progress and human interdependence ... Teleology without theology ... The Logos and the "simulation hypothesis" ...
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Robert has been having civil, deep, and sometimes difficult conversations with a broad range of guests since podcasting began. It’s an informative show that expands the mind and spirit. Unlike the egomaniacs of the IDW that jerk each other off about their bravery for engaging in intellectual conversations, Robert is down to earth and doesn’t seem to consider himself a persecuted saviour (cough Eric Weinstein cough). Thanks bob, you’re an international treasure
Great, meaningful conversations
Big fan of this podcast. It’s good a broad variety of guests discussing meaningful topics, including people across the political spectrum. And it can be funny too (though reading through other reviews I’m reminded that humour is subject to personal taste!). And apparently some people find certain individuals irritating too. I’m not sure what the problem is with Mickey Kaus! Mickey, if you ever read this, I think you’re ok.
One issue I have though: all the old episodes are gone and they only go back to September 2019. On the website there are conversations going back many years, and most if not all used to be available in the feed as well. Please bring back all the old episodes to the podcast!
Love the show, hate Mickey Kaus
Hi Bob, I love the show and your books but please please stop having Mickey Kaus on the show! Anyone else. Please.