22 January 2018


Judging Aziz Ansari

How bad are his offenses, and is the backlash to's article warranted? Aryeh Cohen-Wade and Liz Wolfe consider. Play entire video
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Schizophrenia as a spiritual calling

Anthropologist Tanya Luhrmann on the place of shamans in Christian societies in West Africa.

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Narcissism on the rise

Josh Summers and Thomas Joiner, author of Mindlessness: The Corruption of Mindfulness in a Culture of Narcissism, discuss the origins of modern culture’s self-obsession.

Is philosophy going corporate?

Massimo Pigliucci on how philosophers can give practical advice without betraying their principles.

Is “dehumanization” really the root of cruelty?

Psychologist Paul Bloom challenges conventional wisdom about the dark side of human nature. Plus: The psychology of Harvey Weinstein.

Giving names to your inner voices

Dan Harris, co-author of the new book Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics, explains how thinking of troublesome parts of his mind as people helped drain them of power.

From the funny pages to a journalist’s prose

Cullen Murphy, author of the new book Cartoon Country, discusses lessons he learned while writing the Prince Valiant comic strip.

Is it healthy to think of yourself as a hero on a quest?

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Philip Menchaca speaks with psychologist Jonathan Young, an expert on the work of Joseph Campbell. Plus: Cinderella and mental health.

The evolution of emotion

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Stephen Asma and Rami Gabriel present a puppet show telling the philosophical history of emotion, from Aristotle to Freud.

The Wright Show

The tenure-track blues

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Robert Wright and Kieran Setiya, author of the new book Midlife: A Philosophical Guide, discuss why disappointment so often accompanies great academic achievement. Plus: John Stuart Mill’s nervous breakdown.