The Wright Show (audio)
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Conversations with a series of people who have nothing in common except that program host Robert Wright is curious about what they’re thinking.
||CleanRobert Wright & James Currier||Why James started a new spiritual community, Blue ... Coming-of-age in the Blue community ... Blue’s startup spirituality ... What’s a Blue service like? ... The future of Blue ...||1/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRobert Wright & Mark Juergensmeyer||How Mark got his start studying under Reinhold Niebuhr ... Using religion to justify violence ... The appeal of ISIS’s apocalyptic vision ... What Obama got right—and wrong—in his response to terrorism ... Will Trump’s war on terrorism lead to another 9/11? ... What would Reinhold Niebuhr say about religion and violence today? ... Reinhold Niebuhr’s Christian realism ...||1/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRobert Wright & Will Wilkinson||Was Trumpism inevitable? ... How did Trump the sinner capture the evangelical vote? ... How immigration made and strained U.S. culture ... The moral polarization of America ... What makes America great? ... Do progressive vs. conservative fights need a referee? ...||1/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRobert Wright & Mark Schmitt||Will Trump’s agenda stall in Congress? ... Can Trump become Mr. Popularity? ... How do you solve a problem like Obamacare? ... Where will DeVos take public education? ... The weirdness of the Trump-Russia thing ... Trump as symptom of a larger problem ...||1/5/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRobert Wright & Jim Lobe||How will U.S. foreign policy change in 2017? ... Hints about what’s to come from Trump’s cabinet picks ... "Mad Dog" Mattis, the realist? ... The puzzle of Steve Bannon ... Russia good, China bad? ... The apocalyptic visions that keep Bob and Jim up at night ...||12/31/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRobert Wright & John Paul Lederach||John Paul's job working toward peace on Earth ... How curiosity and creativity can ease conflicts ... The risks of peace-making ... Is there hope for Syria? ... Religion’s role in fueling—and calming—violence ... John Paul's advice for cultivating moral imagination ...||12/25/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRobert Wright & Michael Shermer||Bob’s NY Times article on evolution and purpose ... Was evolution likely to produce the Internet? ... The counter-entropic role of life ... Is moral progress built into history? ... Social and political dimensions of moral progress ... The psychology of terrorism ... What can we do to fight tribalist impulses? ...||12/21/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRobert Wright & Giulio Prisco||What is transhumanism? ... Is immortality possible? ... Using wormholes to resurrect the dead ... Could you rewind the universe? ... Transhumanism as a religion ... Why Giulio calls himself a theist ...||12/20/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRobert Wright & Michael McCullough||The controversy over the neurochemical basis for trust ... What causes "altruistic punishment?" ... How haste makes good people bad ... The nuts and bolts of forgiveness ... The psychology of political conflict ... What makes us care about strangers? ...||12/11/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRobert Wright & Paul Bloom||Paul’s brand new book, Against Empathy ... The damage empathy can do ... The difference between empathy and compassion ... Why our moral intuitions aren’t so moral ... Are low empathy people more likely to hurt others? ... Empathy as moral jet fuel ... The costs and benefits of feeling other people’s pain ...||12/6/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRobert Wright & Jay Michaelson||Jay’s anti-Trump appeals ... How the election unleashed hate ... When “love your enemy” just won’t work ... Is empathy a limited resource? ... Jay’s spiritual toolkit for coping with a Trump presidency ... Trump, the anti-Buddha ... Can mindfulness help save the world? ...||12/2/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRobert Wright & Gad Saad||How hormones drive consumer and mating behavior ... How your fingers give your testosterone level away ... Why some people seem taller than they are ... Why grandfathers get fewer gifts than grandmothers ... Is religion at the root of bad behavior? ... Is Islam more conducive to violence than other religions? ... Evolutionary perspectives on religion ...||11/21/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRobert Wright & Daniel Kaufman||Announcing a series of “sixty-second sermons” ... Tribalism and Trump’s success ... Apocalypse now? ... Dan vs. Bob on whether a global community is possible ... The moral dimensions of the election ... The backlash against political correctness ... What it feels like to be an outsider ... A closer look at MeaningofLife.tv’s “sermons" and other local news ...||11/14/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRobert Wright & Richard Vague||The world’s dangerous debt burden ... Richard’s plan for solving the debt crisis ... Trump, debt, and the loopholes he loves ... What caused China’s trade surplus? ... Ominous parallels between Japan in the 1980s and China today ... Hillary’s mediocre formula for economic revival ...||10/16/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRobert Wright & Michael Tracey||Hillary’s dangerous position on Russia ... The Hillary-friendly conservatives ... What a post-Trump political landscape might look like ... Do liberals have an unhealthy obsession with Trump’s crudeness? ... Does Trump stand for anything? ... The elite’s Trump-shaped blind spots ...||10/8/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRobert Wright & Megan McArdle||Megan's theory of Trumpism ... The revolt against speech codes ... Why Trump's vulgarity is a big selling point ... How Trump left social conservatives behind ... Is nationalism necessary? ... The double-edged sword of group loyalty ...||10/4/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRobert Wright & Max Abrahms||Hillary’s history of supporting regime change ... Why Neocons back Hillary and fear Trump ... Imagining a better handling of Syria ... Why terrorism poses a problem for Realists ... Max’s biggest concerns about Trump as president ... Looking at the Iran deal through a Realist lens ...||9/28/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRobert Wright & Ann Althouse||A defense of Gary Johnson's, "What's Aleppo?" ... Ann: Political-speak is evolving ... Does Trump deserve more credit than he gets? ... Does Hillary lie more than other politicians? ... Bob on Hillary's biggest mistake and Trump's hair ... The media's anti-Trump bias ... The possibility of party realignment (on both sides) ...||9/11/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRobert Wright & Mickey Kaus||Why Mickey supports Trump "in his heart" but not necessarily in his head. ... Does Mickey still trust Trump on immigration? ... Bob: Trump's lack of self-control makes him unfit to be President ... Does the Steve Bannon appointment mean Trump embraces the alt-right? ... Bob and Mickey agree: Trump has a real chance of winning ... Bob fears the media bias against Trump is counterproductively overt ...||8/29/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRobert Wright & Sam Tanenhaus||How Trump crushed the "true conservatives" ... A brief history of conservative populism ... A few kind words for Trump supporters ... Trump and the alt-right's revival of the old right ... Could Trump wind up being good for democracy? ... Is Trump's incompetence a blessing in disguise? ...||8/26/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
I have enjoyed listening to the conversations of Mr. Wright and his guests. Extended discussions on a single topic is a sorely needed format in the world of media. It cannot be found on cable television because the average viewer doesn't appreciate the valuable role of such discussions. I hope that the series, or a show like it, always continues.
My favorite podcast
My favorite podcast. Have listened to every episode for the last 6 months. Great mix of guests discussing everything from moral philosophy to Buddhism to "Trumpism" (is it just Authoritarianism? or Marxist unrest? or bigotry? or not easily categorized?). Really appreciate Bob's perspective and willingness to engage a diverse range of guests, and how good a job he does representing other peoples' positions. Easy way to learn a lot while going for a jog or doing chores around the house.
Turn off the news
And tune in to blogging heads. Highly recommended.