Public Affairs

Issues and stories about matters of social or political concern.

July 15, 22, and 29 President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066 on February 19, 1942, just months after Japan bombed Pearl Harbor. Some 120,000 people of Japanese ancestry were forced from their homes on the West Coast and sent to one of ten "relocation" camps, where they were imprisoned behind barbed wire for the length of the war.

July 1, 2018 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 10, 2018 Host Jack Russell Weinstein and his guest Jason D. Hill discuss "An Immigrant Defends America" on Why: Philosophical Discussions About Everyday Life.

June 3, 2018 Will all of the recent goodwill gestures between North and South Korea lead to the one thing Washington wants most? Can a deal be struck that denuclearizes North Korea? And what will they want in exchange for giving up that leverage? Presented in partnership with Georgetown University, LIVE at the first Georgetown University Women’s Forum. With Suzanne DiMaggio, Sue Mi Terry, Bonnie Jenkins, and Mira Rapp-Hooper, featuring a keynote conversation with award-winning investigative journalist Suki Kim. 

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.

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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.

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