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Politics & Society
Freedom to or freedom from? In part one of a five-part series, Beth Owens explores the issue of gun control in the United States.
When former US President Barack Obama articulated his plan to destroy Islamic State he was invoking what is known in political philosophy circles as just war theory. However, at the same time, he alluded to the idea that a new conception of just war theory was needed. But what exactly is just war theory?
In an extract from her new book “Talking Truth in a Post-Truth World,” Jess Berentson-Shaw discusses whether we can teach critical thinking in what many deem to be a post-truth world.
Science & Technology
Do dogs really, truly understand what we tell them? Scientists trained some pups to endure MRIs to help find out as Lauren Makenzie Reynolds explains.
We know how to fight wildfires effectively. Why don’t we do it? Microbial ecology expert Michael Graw discusses what we should be doing to combat wildfires.
Business & Economics
With the rise in ‘greening’ activities, so too the public debate about the notion of ‘greenwashing’ is on the increase. Joya Kemper looks at this growing global issue.
Climate change, pesticide contamination, soil-depletion, loss of land, power politics, mass pollinator die-offs, and a host of big business practices threaten the long-term availability of healthy food. In part two of this symposium on the future of food, Maria Armoudian speaks with a panel of experts about the possible solutions to the food crisis the world faces.
Arts & Culture
In a lecture given at the University of Auckland, Taner Akçam talks about his new book “Killing Orders,” a book which brings to light documents that show the Turkish Government did order the Armenian Genocide.
Music and politics have always had a strong relationship going back to the days of the Civil Rights Movement, the anti-war movement, and campaigns to combat racism. These days, artists such as Childish Gambino are pushing the boundaries visually and musically when it comes to using their art as a political vehicle. Sam Smith spoke with Patrycja Rozbicka about the intersection between music and politics.
After the recent success of American artist Childish Gambino’s music video “This is America,” Patrycja Rozbicka explores whether pop music can still be political in the face of censorship.