On Interrobang‽, Jillian and Katherine discuss Justine Sacco, whose offensive tweet about AIDS in Africa went viral. Did Sacco deserve to lose her job at a PR firm? They then turn to the recent federal court ruling against the NSA and consider whether privacy advocates should place their faith in politicians or in judges. Can the tech sector develop products to protect users’ privacy? Jillian condemns the United Arab Emirates for its crackdown on online satire. Should the American Studies Association boycott Israeli academics? Plus: How Egypt‘s military rulers continue to arrest civil society activists.
Glenn Loury, John McWhorter, and economist Richard Wolff debate the relative merits of planned economies and free markets, as well as the rights of workers to determine the fate of the companies they work for.
Glenn Loury and physicist Stephon Alexander, author of Fear of a Black Universe: An Outsider’s Guide to the Future of Physics, discuss the racial achievement gap in quantitative fields and how it might be closed.