Public Affairs

Issues and stories about matters of social or political concern.

May 13, 2018 Host Jack Russell Weinstein and his guest Rutger Bregman ask "Is a universal basic income too Utopian to work?" on Why: Philosophical Discussions About Everyday Life.

May 6, 2018 In this hour, mothers in all their beautiful, complicated glory.

April 29, 2018 Richard Jones was sentenced to 19 years in prison for a crime he didn’t commit. Seventeen years in, he discovers he has a look-alike, with the same first name, who may have committed the crime. Richard’s conviction hinged on eyewitness testimony from Tamara Scherer, the victim of the crime, who testified that Richard was her attacker.

April 23, 2018, The international community currently faces a global refugee crisis and mass atrocities in Iraq, Myanmar, Syria, Yemen, and beyond. How should the West respond? Proponents of humanitarian intervention – the use of force to halt human rights abuses – argue that the world’s most powerful militaries have a responsibility to protect innocent civilians around the world. But opponents argue that military intervention is a form of imperialism, and that it often worsens the conflicts it sets out to solve.

April 8, 2018
Host Jack Russell Weinstein and his guest Cathy O’Neil ask "Does Big Data Threaten Our Democracy?" on Why: Philosophical Discussions About Everyday Life.

March 18, 2018
March 25, 2018
April 1, 2018
Invisibilia is Latin for "invisible things." The program explores the unseen forces that shape human behavior -- things like ideas, beliefs, assumptions and emotions -- interweaving narrative storytelling with scientific research that will ultimately make you see your own life differently.

February 25, 2018
Starring Elizabeth Ashley, "Come in from the Cold" features a wintry trio of short plays about connection, lost and found.

February 11, 2018
Host Jack Russell Weinstein and his guest Kieran Setiya take a philosophical look at midlife crisis on Why: Philosophical Discussions About Everyday Life.

January 28, 2018
Louise Erdrich talks about her award-winning novels.

January 21, 2018
Narratives from prairie region Vietnam veterans help to foster understanding around the lasting impact of the Vietnam War.