Public Affairs

Issues and stories about matters of social or political concern.

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.

January 14, 2018
Host Jack Russell Weinstein and his guest Al Gini discuss “Why We Need More Jokes In Our Lives” on Why: Philosophical Discussions About Everyday Life.

December 31, 2017 and
January 7, 2018
Third Coast Festival is back with our annual Best of the Best broadcast featuring the winners of our 2017 documentary competition. In this two-part special, host Gwen Macsai presents the top radio and podcast stories of the year!

December 10
Host Jack Russell Weinstein and his guest Heather Douglas discuss “What Does Science Policy Have to do With Democracy?” on Why: Philosophical Discussions About Everyday Life.

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