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The Philosophy and Psychology of A-Holery

Mike Burns
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A hole.

Jerks. Jackasses. A-holes. Some people are just... the worst. Aren't they? But so: Why? And what do we do about it?

In a world where that guy from The Apprentice is the president-elect, shouldn't we spend some time figuring out what we can figure out about the assholes around us, the assholes among us, and maybe even the asshole within us?


  • Henry Alford - Investigative humorist and the author of Would It Kill You To Stop Doing That? A Modern Guide to Manners
  • Aaron James - Author of Assholes: A Theory and Assholes: A Theory of Donald Trump; professor and chair of the Philosophy Department at the University of California, Irvine
  • Daniel Jones - Assistant professor of psychology at the University of Texas at El Paso; expert in anti-social personalities

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Colin McEnroe and Chion Wolf contributed to this show.

Jonathan is a producer for ‘The Colin McEnroe Show.’ His work has been heard nationally on NPR and locally on Connecticut Public’s talk shows and news magazines. He’s as likely to host a podcast on minor league baseball as he is to cover a presidential debate almost by accident. Jonathan can be reached at jmcnicol@ctpublic.org.

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