15 September 2014

Democracy demotion in Hong Kong

Robert Wright speaks to Edward C.K. Chin, a Hong Kong democracy activist whose newspaper column was recently terminated, about how Beijing controls information. Play entire video

The GOP targets the center

Bill Scher and Matt Lewis wonder if a Republican-controlled Senate would be influenced by the more moderate positions some GOP candidates are taking on issues like birth control and the minimum wage. Plus: Has Obama stuck to his guns?   Play entire video

As Scotland goes, so goes Quebec?

On the eve of the Scottish independence referendum, Robert Wright and Alex Massie talk about a “yes” vote’s potential domino effect on secessionist movements around the world. Plus: Will Great Britain break up?   Play entire video

When journalists take sides

Kevin Glass and Steve Gutowski debate whether gaming journalists and politics journalists have something in common: an inability to see their own biases. Plus: GamerGate and the feminist critique of video-game culture.   Play entire video

The evolution of lying

Humans aren’t the only liars in the animal kingdom. Tom Flower describes the treachery of the fork-tailed drongo.   Play entire video

Do we need ICBMs for deterrence in Europe?

Robert Farley and Al Mauroni debate whether the U.S. can afford to shed some of its nuclear arsenal, and what message it would send to other countries. Plus:  Nuclear calculus in Ukraine.   Play entire video

A shocking upset in Illinois?

On the premiere of Woodruff & Strauss, Betsy Woodruff and Daniel Strauss analyze the Illinois governor’s race. Plus: Sexual harassment on Capitol Hill.   Play entire video

Do you ever click?

Ethan Zuckerman explains why Internet advertising doesn’t work. Plus: Buying and spying.   Play entire video

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A cold peace in the culture war

Timothy Noah says that liberals have won the culture wars, but Matthew Schmitz isn’t sure conservatives will go quietly. Plus: The case against first ladies.   Play entire video

Science Faction

Flukiness is next to Godliness

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John Horgan and George Johnson lament being likened to creationists for embracing the improbability of life’s existence. Plus: Programmed for war?   Play entire video

Woodruff & Strauss

The GOP Senate’s first move

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Betsy Woodruff and Sahil Kapur predict what will happen if Republicans win the Senate. Plus: A Republican wave?   Play entire video

The Glenn Show

The case against MOOCs

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William Deresiewicz, author of Excellent Sheep, on the downside of massive open online courses. Plus: What’s wrong with elite universities.   Play entire video


Skin in the game

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Bill Scher and Matt Lewis discuss the 2016 Republican contenders, and Matt outlines the most important trait for winning: getting back up after being knocked down. Plus: The optics of foreign policy.   Play entire video

The Glenn Show

Mean cops

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In the wake of Michael Brown’s death, Glenn Loury and John McWhorter consider bad police officers (NSFW). Plus: Is it time to take Al Sharpton seriously?   Play entire video


Irrational fear of Ebola

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Mark Leon Goldberg speaks with Jina Moore, who recently reported from Liberia, about unnecessarily canceled flights to the region. Plus: Can the Liberian health system survive Ebola?   Play entire video