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Public Affairs

Issues and stories about matters of social or political concern.

August 5 at 5pm:
"Testimonies," hosted by Meg Luther Lindholm, creates a space for vibrant and open conversation with people who share a similar life experiences and challenges. In this episode, we delve into the plight of missing and murdered indigenous women and children. Learn about the challenges of raising and protecting children in this kind of climate, and how historical human trafficking and discriminatory and indifferent law policing contributed to the thousands of Native women who have gone missing and have never been found.

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 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.