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To Fight Against This Age: On Fascism and Humanism, with Rob Riemen | 02/09/18
Rob Riemen
No more euphemisms and denials, says Rob Riemen in this frightening and inspiring talk. Call it by its name: fascism. Neither technology, nor economic growth, nor political activism can fix this, he continues. We must create a new counterculture that replaces kitsch and conformism with truth, empathy, beauty, and justice.

Clip of the Month: The Mindset of Fascism, with Rob Riemen | 02/08/18
Rob Riemen
Rob Riemen's recent book "To Fight Against This Age" comes at exactly the right moment. For some time now, we have been witnessing the gradual erosion of longstanding moral values, both in Europe and in America, a slow and steady weakening of critical institutions, a dismantling of what has been built rather than creating something new. In this clip, Riemen, founder of the Nexus Institute, goes even further and says what many politicians, pundits, and academics are afraid to say: We are looking at a new class of fascist leaders, from Putin to Erdoğan to Trump.

Iran: A Modern History, with Abbas Amanat | 01/31/18
Abbas Amanat, Joanne J. Myers
There are few countries in the world that are more misrepresented in the West than Iran. By exploring the imperial rivalries that played out there, the dynastic changes and revolutions, the population explosion, the role of religion, and Iran's relations with other nations in the Middle East, Abbas Amanat provides a context that helps us to demystify present-day Iran, one of the most powerful nations in the Middle East.

Just a Journalist: On the Press, Life, and the Spaces Between, with Linda Greenhouse | 01/29/18
Linda Greenhouse, Joanne J. Myers
Where is the line between the role of a citizen and that of a journalist? Should reporters be able to attend demonstrations as private citizens or give money to causes? What about "fair and balanced" and "objectivity" in reporting? Has this model become a trap to manipulate the press, especially in the Trump era? Veteran journalist Linda Greenhouse has strong views on these topics. Find out more.

Clip of the Month: Extreme Poverty & the U.S. Government with Philip Alston | 01/25/18
Philip Alston, Stephanie Sy
Philip Alston is the special rapporteur for extreme poverty and human rights for the United Nations. Recently, he spent two weeks traveling across the U.S. to investigate poverty and discovered appalling conditions. In this clip, he talks about his visit to a San Francisco church that provides a haven for the homeless—one of only two churches in the area to do so—and goes on to discuss the role of government. Today's policies are the reverse of the New Deal, he says, which assumed that government had a responsibility to look after those at the bottom as well as those at the top.

The Ukrainian Night: An Intimate History of Revolution, with Marci Shore | 01/24/18
Marci Shore, Magalie Laguerre-Wilkinson
"'Likes' don't count," was the rallying cry that first brought people to the Maidan. In this remarkable conversation, Marci Shore explores what it means "to experience revolution in your own skin": the human transformation, blurring of time, and destroying of boundaries during this "extraordinary coming together of men, of women, of young people, of old people, of Jews, of Armenians, of Russian speakers, of Ukrainian speakers."

Tackling Inequality in the United States, with "Born on Third Base" Chuck Collins | 01/22/18
Chuck Collins, Magalie Laguerre-Wilkinson
Chuck Collins grew up in a wealthy family and gave away his fortune at the age of 26, yet he realizes that he still has advantages accrued over generations. The current level of inequality is bad for society as a whole, he declares. "It is not in anyone's interest to keep moving toward a sort of economic and racial apartheid." But it doesn't have to be this way. It can be reversed.

Top Risks and Ethical Decisions 2018 with Eurasia Group's Ian Bremmer | 01/19/18
Ian Bremmer, Devin T. Stewart
Probably the most dangerous geopolitical environment in decades-China, AI, Trump, end of Pax Americana--yes, it's very bad. But all these challenges energize political scientist Ian Bremmer to do his best work! Don't miss this great talk.

Extreme Poverty in the United States, with the UN's Philip Alston | 01/18/18
Philip Alston, Stephanie Sy
The UN's Philip Alston traveled across the U.S. recently and found appalling conditions, from homelessness in California to open sewage in rural Alabama. He discusses the political choices that allow this to continue and proposes solutions.

Tunisia: An Arab Anomaly with Safwan M. Masri | 01/09/18
Safwan M. Masri
Did you know that Tunisia started championing women's rights in the eighth century, and is still far ahead of most Arab and Muslim-majority countries? Indeed Tunisia's trajectory on many fronts has been radically more progressive than that of other Arab nations. So while it it may serve as an inspiration, its unique history probably makes its success impossible to duplicate, says Safwan Masri.

Rescue: Refugees and the Political Crisis of Our Time, with David Miliband | 12/13/17
David Miliband
Today there are 65 million people who have fled their homes because of conflict or persecution, says the International Rescue Committee's David Miliband. These are refugees not economic migrants, and half of them are children. It's a long-term crisis that will last our lifetimes. Why should we care? And what can we do about it, both at a policy level and as individuals?

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