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Weekly lecture podcast on public affairs, politics, science, technology, arts, culture, and more. Go on, live and learn by exploring our entire collection of great lectures.

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Party and Ideology

9/24/2012
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Anyone who has watched the bitter competition between the Democrats and Republicans in Congress in recent years, or the fight to win the Republican nomination for President this year, might be wondering how to explain the current political party system in the United States. It looks like a period of deep ideological cleavages between the parties, and strict enforcement of some form of ideological correctness at least in one of them. Yet for decades or even centuries, scholars of politics...

Duration: 01:32:31


Jodi Kantor: The Obamas

9/9/2012
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Jodi Kantor, New York Times correspondent, discusses The Obamas, her portrait of the first couple, and addresses the recent media attention and controversy around the book. In The Obamas, Jodi Kantor takes the reader inside the White House as the Obamas try to grapple with their new roles, change the country, raise children, maintain friendships, and figure out what it means to be the first black President and First Lady.

Party and Ideology

9/2/2012
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Anyone who has watched the bitter competition between the Democrats and Republicans in Congress in recent years, or the fight to win the Republican nomination for President this year, might be wondering how to explain the current political party system in the United States. It looks like a period of deep ideological cleavages between the parties, and strict enforcement of some form of ideological correctness at least in one of them. Yet for decades or even centuries, scholars of politics...

Paul Krugman: End This Depression Now!

8/26/2012
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Paul Krugman, Nobel Prize–winning economist and New York Times columnist discusses his latest book, "End This Depression Now!" The Great Recession is more than four years old—and counting. Yet, as Paul Krugman points out, "Nations rich in resources, talent, and knowledge—all the ingredients for prosperity and a decent standard of living for all—remain in a state of intense pain." How bad have things gotten? How did the U.S. get stuck in what Krugman argues can only be called a depression?...

Globalization of Labor: Is a Race to the Bottom Inevitable?

8/19/2012
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Out-sourcing. Off-shoring. Even before the Great Recession of 2008 pushed unemployment rates into double digits, Americans worried that traditional jobs were disappearing. Economist Robert Pollin addresses questions for American workers raised by the globalization of labor. How has globalization of the labor market affected American employment patterns? Is globalization responsible for the loss of domestic jobs that pay middle class wages? How can the United States respond to the...

Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty

8/12/2012
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Daron Acemoglu discusses his book, Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty at the Harvard Bookstore. Why Nations Fail answers the question that has stumped the experts for centuries: Why are some nations rich and others poor, divided by wealth and poverty, health and sickness, food and famine? Is it culture, the weather, geography? Perhaps ignorance of what the right policies are? Acemoglu argues that none of these factors is either definitive or destiny. Otherwise,...

The Future of the Post Office

8/5/2012
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The American postal service has an impressive history, but an uncertain future. Older than the Constitution, it was a wellspring of American democracy and a catalyst for the creation of a nationwide market for information and goods. Today, however, its once indispensable role in fostering civic discourse and facilitating personal communications has been challenged by the Internet and mobile telephony. How is the post office coping? What are its prospects in the digital age? An MIT...

Party and Ideology

7/29/2012
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Anyone who has watched the bitter competition between the Democrats and Republicans in Congress in recent years, or the fight to win the Republican nomination for President this year, might be wondering how to explain the current political party system in the United States. It looks like a period of deep ideological cleavages between the parties, and strict enforcement of some form of ideological correctness at least in one of them. Yet for decades or even centuries, scholars of politics...

Civility and Culture

7/22/2012
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Are calls for civility a distraction that marginalizes the individual and inhibits an honest examination of absolutes? Does the practice of civility evolve differently in different cultural experiences? What happens to civil discourse when ordinary political conversation becomes shrouded in the sacred? Can civil discourse lead zealots to reconciliation and mutual respect? This panel examines fundamental questions about the value of civility across cultures. Featuring Diana Eck, Mark Lilla,...

Evangelicals in the Electorate

7/15/2012
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How are Evangelical Christians impacting politics in the U.S.? Although some dismiss Evangelical Christians as zealots with uncommon social values and little regard for science, others argue that they are misunderstood. This panel explores this group that has become a powerful voting bloc in the U.S. John C. Green, senior research advisor at the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life, presents empirical data on what evangelicals actually believe based on surveys of clergy and parishioners....

Democracy After Citizens United

7/8/2012
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Lawrence Lessig argues that the Supreme Court's decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission will lead to further corruption of Congress by making legislators more dependent on special interests rather than on voters. Panelists Allison R. Hayward, John Bonifaz, and Gabriel Lenz join the discussion. Stephen Ansolabehere moderates.

Duration: 00:10:29


Heather Rogers: Climate Change: Is Green Consumption a Solution?

6/24/2012
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Heather Rogers, author of Green Gone Wrong, discusses whether or not the consumption of earth-friendly products presents a solution to climate change. Science tells us that our consumption, what we eat, and the products and services we buy, contribute to the problem. What can be done about the products that contribute most? What if the answer lies in not just consuming differently, but consuming less? Heather Rogers has investigated whether earth-friendly products actually present a solution.

Duration: 00:13:53


Bradley Smith: Saving Elections from Politics

6/10/2012
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Having the government pay for political campaigns in order to level the playing field has been unpopular among liberal, conservative, and independent voters alike. Bradley A. Smith, Professor of Law at Capital University argues it is dangerous to give government control over electoral speech, because the tendency to use such control for partisan purposes is a constant temptation. He recommends a doctrine of “separation of campaign and state” similar to the separation of church and state or...

Globalization of Markets: Do Corporations Need American Consumers?

6/3/2012
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Harold Meyerson, editor-at-large of The American Prospect, explores the impact of "Globalization of Markets" on the American economy. When Henry Ford revolutionized American auto manufacturing a century ago, he not only introduced the assembly line; he also paid his workers enough to allow them to buy a Ford. This move was one of the first steps in creating an American economy that is driven by consumption. If globalization is keeping American incomes low, how can consumption rebound to...

Dani Rodrik: The Globalization Paradox

5/27/2012
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Harvard economist Dani Rodrik argues that we cannot simultaneously pursue democracy, national self-determination, and economic globalization. While the world economy is becoming an international system, the political systems of the world remain based in the construct of the nation-state. And while nations have organized some international political and economic governing authorities, such as the WTO, IMF, and World Bank, a comprehensive and widely accepted international system to regulate...

Duration: 00:10:47


Party and Ideology

5/20/2012
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Anyone who has watched the bitter competition between the Democrats and Republicans in Congress in recent years, or the fight to win the Republican nomination for President this year, might be wondering how to explain the current political party system in the United States. It looks like a period of deep ideological cleavages between the parties, and strict enforcement of some form of ideological correctness at least in one of them. Yet for decades or even centuries, scholars of politics...

Paul Krugman: End This Depression Now!

5/13/2012
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Paul Krugman, Nobel Prize–winning economist and New York Times columnist discusses his latest book, "End This Depression Now!" The Great Recession is more than four years old—and counting. Yet, as Paul Krugman points out, "Nations rich in resources, talent, and knowledge—all the ingredients for prosperity and a decent standard of living for all—remain in a state of intense pain." How bad have things gotten? How did the U.S. get stuck in what Krugman argues can only be called a depression?...

Globalization of Labor: Is a Race to the Bottom Inevitable?

5/6/2012
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Out-sourcing. Off-shoring. Even before the Great Recession of 2008 pushed unemployment rates into double digits, Americans worried that traditional jobs were disappearing. Economist Robert Pollin addresses questions for American workers raised by the globalization of labor. How has globalization of the labor market affected American employment patterns? Is globalization responsible for the loss of domestic jobs that pay middle class wages? How can the United States respond to the challenges...

Duration: 00:07:49


The Future of the Post Office

4/29/2012
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The American postal service has an impressive history, but an uncertain future. Older than the Constitution, it was a wellspring of American democracy and a catalyst for the creation of a nationwide market for information and goods. Today, however, its once indispensable role in fostering civic discourse and facilitating personal communications has been challenged by the Internet and mobile telephony. How is the post office coping? What are its prospects in the digital age? An MIT...

Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty

4/22/2012
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Daron Acemoglu discusses his book, Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty at the Harvard Bookstore. Why Nations Fail answers the question that has stumped the experts for centuries: Why are some nations rich and others poor, divided by wealth and poverty, health and sickness, food and famine? Is it culture, the weather, geography? Perhaps ignorance of what the right policies are? Acemoglu argues that none of these factors is either definitive or destiny. Otherwise,...
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