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Satellites and the Economy with Luis Martinez

12/13/2018
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Ep. 422 | Originally Aired: December 8, 2018 Publically available satellite images offer some of the most fascinating perspectives about life on Earth. Luis Martinez goes one step further and mines those images for the data and stories they contain about some of the world’s most repressive regimes. Luis Martinez is an assistant professor at the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy. His main research interest is in the empirical analysis of the political economy of...

Duration:00:28:22

The 2020 Commission Report with Jeffrey Lewis

12/6/2018
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Ep. 421 | Originally Aired: December 1, 2018 National security analysts typically ground their work in a deep appreciation of history, context, and contemporary politics. Jeffrey Lewis adds a sophisticated understanding of nuclear weapons and the states seeking them to describe a catastrophic potential future of the U.S. relationship with North Korea. Dr. Jeffrey Lewis is the director of the East Asia Nonproliferation Program at CNS. At the Middlebury Institute, he teaches courses on arms...

Duration:00:27:52

History of Law with Jed Shugerman

12/6/2018
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Ep. 420 | Originally Aired: November 24, 2018 The confirmation of Justice Bret Kavanaugh was a bruising episode for many Americans. Jed Shugerman views that confirmation process against the long history of America’s courts and essential debates over the constitutional limits on executive power. Shugerman is a Professor of Law at Fordham University. He attended Yale Law School and graduated in 2002, and went on to earned his PhD in History. Blending his two areas of study, Shugarman...

Duration:00:27:58

You are what you eat with Korsha Wilson

11/29/2018
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Ep. 419 | Originally aired: November 17, 2018 “You are what you eat” is an expression every grade school student has heard—either as a boast or as a taunt. Guest, Korsha Wilson says that “what we eat, what we cook, and the meals we share can tell us a lot about race, access, privilege, heritage, and culture.” Korsha Wilson writes about food, food media, race, class and more. “I’m especially fascinated by how all of those things intersect and play out in restaurant spaces. I also host a...

Duration:00:28:14

Stopping Killer Robots with Peter Asaro

11/22/2018
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Ep. 418 | Originally aired: November 10, 2018 For decades, Hollywood films and science fiction writers have told us ominous stories about the future dangers of killer robots and artificial intelligence. Peter Asaro warns that machines lack the essential human qualities required for operating weapons systems—and he’s working to ban them from doing just that. Dr. Peter Asaro is a philosopher of science, technology and media. His work examines artificial intelligence and robotics as a form of...

Duration:00:28:01

The Battle Between Science & Spirituality with Alan Lightman

11/15/2018
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Ep. 417 | Originally aired: November 3, 2018 The tension between faith and reason is an ancient one, made even more distinct in the West by the scientific revolution that preceded the era of the Enlightenment. Alan Lightman is a scientist whose personal transcendent experience shapes his view of spirituality today. Alan Lightman is an American writer, physicist, and social entrepreneur. Born in 1948, he was educated at Princeton and at the California Institute of Technology, where he...

Duration:00:27:41

Every Day is Extra with John Kerry

11/8/2018
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Ep. 416 | Originally aired: October 27, 2018 Over the last five decades, the United States has fought wars, worked for peace, achieved environmental breakthroughs, and struggled to pass on security—however, you might define that – to the next generation. More often, than not, you would have found guest, John Kerry in the middle of those fights. John Kerry is a visiting distinguished statesman at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, where he will focus on conflict resolution and...

Duration:00:28:11

The Future of Media with Justin Hendrix

10/25/2018
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Ep. 414 | Originally Aired: October 20, 2018 We live in a world awash with media of all types. If we’re honest, it seems like we have not yet mastered the current onslaught of social media in public life. Justin Hendrix warns that, for good or for bad, the future is coming. Justin Hendrix is Executive Director of NYC Media Lab, connecting media and tech companies with NYC universities to drive digital media innovation and entrepreneurship. Previously he was Vice President, Business...

Duration:00:28:03

Experiencing the World Through Reading with Padma Venkatraman

10/18/2018
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Ep. 413 | Originally Aired: October 13, 2018 The stories we tell ourselves shape who we are, as individuals, and as a society. Padma Venkatraman is a novelist whose stories explore enduring themes about the use of violence to resist evil, the meaning of family, and tension between tradition and modernity. Multiple award-winning author Padma Venkatraman was born in Chennai, India. She came to the U.S. at the age of 19, and became an American citizen after earning a Ph.D. in oceanography...

Duration:00:27:46

Heart: A History with Sandeep Jauhar

10/11/2018
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Ep. 412 | Originally Aired: September 29, 2018 We rely on physicians and the American healthcare industry to keep us healthy—and when we are gravely sick, we rely on them to keep us alive. Dr. Sandeep Jauhar has been on both sides of that equation, and his books give us an insight normally reserved for insiders. A practicing cardiologist, Jauhar has been writing regularly about medicine for The New York Times since 1998 and is currently a contributing opinion writer for the Times. Jauhar...

Duration:00:27:47

Dead Man Walking with Sister Helen Prejean

10/4/2018
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Ep. 411 | Originally Aired: September 24, 2018 Since 1976, nearly 1500 Americans have been executed in the name of justice. Sister Helen Prejean, though, cautions about the human cost of the death penalty and the innocent victims wrongfully put to death. Sister Helen Prejean was born on April 21, 1939, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She joined the Sisters of St. Joseph of Medaille in 1957 (now know as the Congregation of St. Joseph) and received a B.A. in English and Education from St. Mary’s...

Duration:00:27:38

Why American Debt is Good with Mark Blyth

9/27/2018
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Ep. 410 | Originally Aired: September 15, 2018 One of the most persistent ideas in the politics of the West, whether we’re talking about Europe or the United States, is that government debt is best attacked through reducing government spending. Mark Blyth, warns though, that “austerity,” as such plans are known, is a historically dangerous idea. Blyth received his PhD in political science from Columbia University in 1999 and taught at the Johns Hopkins University from 1997 until 2009....

Duration:00:28:20

A New Look at Native America with Gary Glassman

9/20/2018
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Ep. 409 | Originally Aired: September 8, 2018 One of America’s persistent myths is that the first European migrants to the so-called “new world,” found a largely uninhabited continent. In a new documentary, Gary Glassman brings alive the thriving cities, social networks, art, and science of Native America. Gary Glassman is a producer and director whose documentaries aired on NOVA/PBS, The History Channel, the BBC, National Geographic and The Discovery Channel, among other places. His Rhode...

Duration:00:28:00

Julie Marron Brings Us Social Justice Documentaries with a Twist

9/13/2018
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Ep. 408 | Originally Aired: September 1, 2018 “Four games in Fall” lingers in the sports’-fan’s ear like a claxon in the night. It was the punishment Tom Brady served for his role in “deflate-gate.” Julie Marron argues, however, that Brady, despite his iconic status, was not treated fairly or justly—and the reasons why matter to all of us. Marron is the writer and director of Lemon Martini Productions. Learn more.

Duration:00:28:15

Pastimes Meet Politics with Emmy-winning Sports Anchor & Reporter Trenni Kusnierek

9/6/2018
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Ep. 407 | Originally Aired: August 25, 2018 Sports have the power to unify people from diverse backgrounds, to give us something to be excited about and to talk about, together, no matter who we are, what we do, or where we’re from. But in the last couple of years, politics intruded in our pastimes. As an Emmy-winning sports anchor and reporter, Trenni Kusnierek has a unique perspective on sports in American culture. Kusnierek is an Emmy Award-winning sports anchor/reporter for NBC Sports...

Duration:00:28:15

Stepping into Battle with Pulitzer Prize Winning Journalist C.J. Chivers

8/29/2018
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Ep. 406 | Originally Aired: August 18, 2018 Since September 11, 2001, more than 2.7 million Americans have fought America’s battles in Iraq and Afghanistan. Chris Chivers has written a searing, new account of those wars and the men and women who have served in them. Chris (C.J.) Chivers is a senior writer at The New York Times and a writer-at-large for the New York Times Magazine. He contributes to the Foreign and Investigative desks and frequently posts on the At War blog, writing on war,...

Duration:00:27:38

Optimism in the Age of Fear with Gregg Easterbrook

8/7/2018
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Ep. 401 | Originally aired: July 14, 2018 The conventional wisdom—the story that dominates public life—is that the world is falling apart. Literally, our infrastructure is crumbling. Our politics are devolving. Sea levels are rising. Gregg Easterbrook reminds us, however, that the reality of human experience is not that bleak and that there is opportunity in tackling the great issues we face. Gregg Easterbrook is the author of eleven books, including The New York Times bestseller, The...

Duration:00:27:41

Caroline Orr Gets to The Core of Disinformation

8/3/2018
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Ep. 403 | Originally Aired: July 23, 2018 According to the Director of National Intelligence, Russia attacked American democracy in 2016, and the attacks continue to this day. The information the intelligence community used to draw that conclusion is classified—but guest, Caroline Orr uses an incredible array of open-source information and data analytics to produce a sophisticated understanding of the political warfare targeting the United States. Caroline Orr is a freelance journalist,...

Duration:00:28:04

Death of the Grand Old Party with Jay Bookman

8/3/2018
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Ep. 402 | Originally Aired: July 21, 2018 American politics seemed sufficiently combustible even before the images and stories of immigrant children being separated from their parents pushed our temperature even higher. Jay Bookman argues the super-heated politics of 2018 are a reflection of the death of the GOP as a moderate, governing party. Jay Bookman is a columnist and blogger at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, specializing in foreign relations, national politics, environmental and...

Duration:00:28:13

The Fate of Western Democracy with Edward Luce

7/11/2018
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Ep. 324 | Originally Aired: June 30, 2018 Generally speaking, the history of Western democracy is relatively short. After the Cold War ended, some celebrated, triumphantly, the so-called “end of history.” But, Edward Luce argues the experience of the last 25 years has given rise to populist politicians on both sides of the Atlantic who threaten the liberal democratic order we built after World War II. Edward Luce is the Washington columnist and commentator for the Financial Times. He...

Duration:00:27:33