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Brian Lehrer Weekend: David Brooks, Big Weed & the New Whitney Museum

Friday, April 24, 2015

Three of our favorite segments from the week, in case you missed them: David Brooks (First) | How To Sell (Legal) Pot (Starts at 49:12) | The New Whitney Museum (Starts at 1:20:37)
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The Brian Lehrer Show

The 'Moral Vocabulary' of Millennials

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Younger listeners: did your parents raise you to succeed -- financially or in your career -- or did they emphasize a sense of morality? And did they give you a moral vocabulary?

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Who David Brooks Calls a Worthy Role Model

Monday, April 20, 2015

David Brooks has a new book touting the moral rigor of people like Frances Perkins, who worked tirelessly for workers' rights after witnessing the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire.

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On Being

Arthur Zajonc + Michael McCullough — Mind and Morality: A Dialogue

Thursday, March 12, 2015

For several hundred years, much of scientific advance has been about exploring human beings, including their actions and choices, in terms of mechanism — our bodies, our brains, physical processes.

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[Unedited] Arthur Zajonc and Michael McCullough

Thursday, March 12, 2015

For several hundred years, much of scientific advance has been about exploring human beings, including their actions and choices, in terms of mechanism — our bodies, our brains, physical processes.

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To the Best of Our Knowledge

Dangerous Idea: Narcissism is Good

Friday, February 06, 2015

Elizabeth Lunbeck’s Dangerous Idea is narcissism is good.    

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The Brian Lehrer Show

When Good People Kill

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Those who commit violent acts often justify them as moral. Two authors explain how a sense of right and wrong, however misguided, are at the core of violence.

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Radiolab

Shattering Silence and An Eye of God

Thursday, July 10, 2014

In our Morality show, we tell the story of Eastern State Penitentiary -- a radical new kind of prison engineered to crack into the hearts and minds of 19th-Century criminals, and make them feel true remorse.

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On Being

Stuart Brown — Play, Spirit, and Character [remix]

Thursday, June 19, 2014

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On Being

[Unedited] Stuart Brown with Krista Tippett

Thursday, June 19, 2014

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On Being

Jonathan Haidt — The Psychology Behind Morality

Thursday, June 12, 2014

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On Being

[Unedited] Jonathan Haidt with Krista Tippett

Thursday, June 12, 2014

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Are Babies Born Good or Evil?

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

Philosophers and psychologists have long believed that we begin life as blank moral slates, but Paul Bloom argues that we have a deep sense of good and evil when we’re born. In Just Babies The Origins of Good and Evil, he draws on groundbreaking research at Yale, he demonstrates that babies have a rudimentary sense of justice before they can talk. He also examines the morality of chimpanzees, violent psychopaths, religious extremists, and Ivy League professors, and explores our often puzzling moral feelings about sex, politics, religion, and race.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Good and Evil; the Story of Dancer Tanaquil le Clercq; Roddy Doyle's Novel, The Guts; Brothers Who Shaped History

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

On today’s show: Cognitive scientist Paul Bloom explains why he thinks that a moral sense of good and evil is hardwired into our brains from birth. Director Nancy Biurski talks about her documentary about Tanaquil le Clercq, the ballet star who was a muse to George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins before she was paralyzed by polio at the age of 27. Roddy Doyle discusses his new novel The Guts, which picks up the story of his bestseller, The Commitments, almost 30 years later. And we’ll look at how John Foster Dulles and his brother Allen Dulles led the United States into foreign conflicts in the 1950s and how we’re still feeling the aftereffects today.

The Brian Lehrer Show

Are We Born Knowing Right from Wrong?

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Paul Bloom, professor of psychology at Yale and the author of Just Babies: The Origins of Good and Evil (Crown, 2013), argues that even though research shows we're born with a sense of justice, reason plays a part in how society defines morality.

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On Being

Alain de Botton — A School of Life for Atheists [remix]

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Alain de Botton is a philosopher who likes the best of religion, but doesn’t believe in God. So he’s created “The School of Life,” a secular community in London. He explains why wisdom and ritual shouldn’t be reserved just for believers.

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[Unedited] Alain de Botton with Krista Tippett

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Alain de Botton is a philosopher who likes the best of religion, but doesn’t believe in God. So he’s created “The School of Life,” a secular community in London. He explains why wisdom and ritual shouldn’t be reserved just for believers.

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Radiolab

Blame

Thursday, September 12, 2013

We've all felt it, that irresistible urge to point the finger. But why do we need blame and how is new technology complicating accountability? 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Need Advice? Ask Emily Yoffe

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Slate's advice columnist, Emily Yoffe, aka Dear Prudence, will be answering your manners and morals questions and offering her advice throughout the summer on the Brian Lehrer Show. Our plan is to take an advice question from one of you each week and put you on the air with Emily. We'll also gather advice for you from other listeners too. So if you would like to be that person who gets to ask the question, please ask your question here in the comments section. (Reminder: If you'd like to remain anonymous, just choose a fake name. But we would want you to come on the air, so include your real email address so we can get in touch with you. Your email address will not be public.)

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Humanism and Primates

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Drawing on his primate research, Frans de Waal, director of the Living Links Center at the Yerkes National Primate Research Center, professor of primate behavior at Emory University and author of The Bonobo and the Atheist: In Search of Humanism Among the Primates, argues morality comes from within, not from religious belief.

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