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Public Affairs

Issues and stories about matters of social or political concern.

September 23 at 5pm:
This one-hour special goes way beneath the #MeToo to explore like "How, and when, did male dominance get started in the first place? (Spoiler: The cave men didn't invent patriarchy, and it's been around for only a fraction of human history.) From the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University and PRX.

ND U.S. House Debate

Sep 12, 2018

September 16 at 5pm:
This one-hour debate between candidates Kelly Armstrong (R) and Mac Schneider (D) will be moderated by Dave Thompson.

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.

August 12 at 5pm:

This month's Why: Philosophical Discussions About Everyday Life show is recorded live with host Jack Russell Weinstein at the Concordia Language Village. They'll discuss the controversy around the naming of one of the language villages.  

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.