26 June 2017


TV that Americans used to share

Daniel Kaufman and David Ottlinger lament the social and political implications of television fragmentation. Play entire video

Seneca’s tips for anger management

Massimo Pigliucci, author of the new book How to Be a Stoic, offers some classical self-help advice.

What’s harder: Loving yourself or loving your enemy?

Sharon Salzberg, author of the new book Real Love, on how mindfulness and meditation can help you do both.

Making new friends through common enemies

Psychologist Jay Van Bavel on the roots of partisanship. Plus: How cognitive biases shape our reality.

Ancient self-help

Philosopher Massimo Pigliucci uses Stoicism to counsel people on letting things go. Plus: Stoicism—the Swiss Army knife of philosophies!

Stop the binge-watching!

Psychologist Adam Alter, author of Irresistible, offers advice on how to break your addiction to the screen. Plus: How Facebook gets you hooked.

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How free are we?

Psychologist David Barash, invoking karma and genes, revises the existentialist view of freedom. Plus: Existentialist bio-Buddhism.

What we talk about when we talk about consciousness

Robert Wright and astrophysicist Adam Frank on the difficulty of understanding what is inside our heads. Plus: The ultimate weirdness.

What do feelings do?

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Linda Blanchard, author of Dependent Arising in Context, explains how meditation can give you a different perspective on grief.


Why don’t pigs fly?

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Massimo Pigliucci on the link between form, function, and “purpose” in natural selection. Plus: What Sam Harris gets wrong about science and morality.

The Wright Show

Siri says it’s terminal

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Robert Wright and ethicist Wendell Wallach, author of A Dangerous Master, imagine how AI will affect health care. Plus: DIY pandemics.