November Programs

Nov 2, 2017

November 25, 2017

Intelligence Squared U.S.
Is Western Democracy in Danger?

Do populist and nationalist uprisings signal Western democracy’s certain decline? Or can recent events be seen as part of a healthy and regenerative antidote to policies that have challenged liberal institutions and marginalized the middle class? Some predict that a resilient liberal world order will rally to triumph over fear, xenophobia and fractured political parties – others say that support for autocratic alternatives is on the rise. Four leading thinkers debate the future of Western democracy.

November 18, 2017

The Invention of Race
from The Center for Documentary Studies

This special traces the development of racial, and racist, ideas, from the ancient world -- when "there was no notion of race," as historian Nell Irvin Painter puts it -- up to the founding of the United States as, fundamentally, a nation of and for white people (despite the "all men are created equal" language of the Declaration of Independence).  Host and reporter John Biewen relates a story that names names and tells us about the construction of race, and racism, as we live with them today.

November 11, 2017

The Pulse: Veterans Day Special
From the Front Lines -
On Veterans Day, we salute those who have served in the Armed Forces. In this special episode we explore how wars have shaped and spurred scientific discoveries and innovation. We look at health issues among soldiers and veterans, and celebrate the contributions of individuals who served in the armed forces and went on to have careers in health and science.

November 4, 2017

Truth, Politics and Power: A Foreseeable Future Edition

While details of the future obviously remain unknowable, we can predict that the next few decades will be profoundly affected by climate change, that unmanned weapons systems - drones - will come to play bigger and bigger roles in war and that changes in the populations of Japan and China will be a major factor in the destiny of East Asia and the Pacific Rim. In a “Foreseeable Future” Edition of Truth Politics and Power, host Neal Conan holds in depth conversations with leading climatologist Michael Mann, Missy Cummings, an expert on the development of unmanned systems and Howard French, author of “Everything Under the Heavens.”