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LATEST SHOW | Friday, January 18, 2019

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Will Retail Alliances Fix the U.S. Health Care System?

Corporate behemoths are announcing mergers that, they say, are sure to shake up health care. But while these superpower alliances are making a splash in the headlines, will they actually be able to disrupt, and save, U.S. health care?

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Monday, December 17, 2018

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Has Silicon Valley Lost Its Soul?

Silicon Valley once promised to solve many of the world’s problems with a technological revolution. But now, the tech hub is the center of much scrutiny, and for many, that scrutiny is warranted.

Monday, September 3, 2018

Has Globalization Undermined The American Working Class?

In the U.S., jobs are disappearing. From construction zones to clerical offices to coal mines, the American working class is losing ground. Is globalization to blame? Or is it a scapegoat for a range of failed policies and advances in technology?

Friday, August 17, 2018

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Is Social Media Good For Democracy?

Will the power of social media yet be harnessed and used as an unprecedented force for good in the world? Or do systemic platform flaws pose an irreversible threat to the world’s democratic institutions?

Friday, July 20, 2018

Friday, July 6, 2018

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Is Bitcoin More Than A Bubble?

Less than a decade old, Bitcoin is worth billions. The cryptocurrency promises to revolutionize global finance by placing control of currency in the hands of users not nations, and make financial exchanges more transparent, efficient, and democratic.

Thursday, July 5, 2018

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Will Automation Crash Democracy?

Around the world, technology is disrupting the workforce, with automation poised to displace humans in many fields. Will the rise of robots fuel a new wave of “us versus them” populism capable of undermining democracy?

Friday, May 18, 2018

Friday, April 20, 2018