Prairie Public Presents

Blue Dot: Wildfires

Sep 12, 2018

September 2 at 5pm:
The catastrophic wildfire season in the west has been called "the new normal?" But is it? And what could normal even mean when confronted by such extreme events. We asked three experts to weigh in on the science of wildfire.

July 15, 22, and 29 at 5pm:

July 1, 2018 at 5pm: Around the world, technology is disrupting the workforce, with automation poised to displace humans in the fields of medicine, agriculture, and beyond. Will the rise of robots fuel a new wave of “us versus them” populism capable of undermining democracy? Join us as Intelligence Squared debates whether automation will crash democracy.

June 24, 2018 Less than a decade old, Bitcoin is worth billions. The cryptocurrency promises to revolutionize global finance by placing control of currenty in the hands of users, not nations, and make financial exchanges more transparent, efficient, and democratic. Skeptics argue this highly volatile digital currency offers a platform for illicit activity, including money laundering and trafficking of humans and drugs, free from government oversight and regulation. 

June 17, 2018 Lucy Gebre-Egziabher and Christine Bozarth (Northern Virginia Community College) challenge students around the world to tackle a global issue through film. This year, the issue is climate change.  

November 5, 2017
From America's suburbs to the subways, from community centers to world-renowned stages, Chinese musicians are bringing the sounds of an ancient art form to our western tapestry. The  Passage to the Middle Kingdom One-Hour Special tells the stories of the instruments, the music, and the keepers of this oral tradition.