August 25, 2018
Studio 360 American Icons:
Amazing Grace, Uncle Tom's Cabin, Spoon River Anthology
How “Amazing Grace,” a song written by a slave trader, came to be a civil rights anthem. Plus, a novel that featured “Amazing Grace” and helped popularize it, Uncle Tom’s Cabin. Harriet Beecher Stowe’s book helped promote the abolitionist cause, yet the term Uncle Tom became a pejorative for people who betray their race. And far from glorifying small-town life, Edgar Lee Masters’ Spoon River Anthology shocked readers when it came out in 1915 and tackled subjects like suicide and sex.
August 18, 2018
2018 Re:sound Specials from the Third Coast Audio Festival
The Mirrored Show - This hour, what we see - and what we want to see - when we gaze into our reflections in the mirror. Hosted by award-winning producer and writer Gwen Macsai, Re:sound presents unforgettable audio stories curated from all over the world.
August 11, 2018
Backlash: Europe’s Far Right and Muslim Migration
Populism is sweeping through Europe and it’s changing the political conversation, especially when it comes to Muslim immigration. In some cases these populist movements are also fueling extremist violence against immigrants. In Greece refugee centers have been firebombed. Brexit has emboldened white supremacists in the UK. Finland is forcing many Muslim migrants to return back to the Middle East where they face violence and persecution. But there’s also active resistance to this populism - in courtrooms and on the streets.
August 4, 2018
Intelligence Squared U.S.
Will Automation Crash Democracy?
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? Some argue that as people lose jobs to artificial intelligence, the gap between the rich and poor widens, and distrust in government and democratic institutions grows. But others argue that humans have adapted to and benefited from new innovations for centuries. The debaters are Ian Bremmer, Andrew Keen, Yascha Mounk, and Alina Polyakova.