Politics & Society

How have social movements changed in the twenty-first century? 🔊

How have social movements changed in the twenty-first century and how have new communication technologies facilitated that change? What makes some social movements sustainable and successful while others are more short-term? What is the future for social movements? Maria Armoudian discusses these pressing questions with James M. Jasper, Todd Wolfson, and Anita Lacey.

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What are the differences between race and ethnicity? 🔊

What are the differences between race and ethnicity? How is race distinct from ethnicity? What has race and ethnicity meant in politics, education, and society? Maria Armoudian discusses the concepts of race and ethnicity with David Livingstone Smith and Garrett Albert Duncan.

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How has Hollywood influenced American politics? 🔊

In 1918 the leaders of the FBI William Burns and J Edgar Hoover expressed deep concern about the power of movie stars to affect politics. As a result, they began a surveillance program to watch over those they thought might be radicals. Since then it has long seemed the Hollywood crowd was ideologically left, however, Steven Ross says that is actually not true.

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What needs to be done about Guantanamo Bay? 🔊

Closing Guantanamo Bay Detention Facility was one of former US President Barack Obama’s campaign promises. In 2009 he decreed that Guantanamo Bay would be closed within a year. It never was and now President Donald Trump intends to keep it open. What are the obstacles to closure? And what has it meant for the United States, for international law, and for the detainees themselves to have left this issue unresolved for so long?

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How can we help alleviate the water crisis? 🔊

The world is fast running out of freshwater according to experts and the results could be very grim in the form of wildfires, droughts, rationing, less food, and more hunger. The causes are linked to overconsumption and a growing human population. Thomas Kostigen says we can reverse the trend and he has quantified how much each of us contributes to continuing the water crisis or averting it.

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What are the realities facing our water? 🔊

While water is a basic human right, some three billion people face water scarcity and some countries are running out of water. Maria Armoudian explores the realities of water with Barbara Cosens and Rick Hogeboom.

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What are the Effects of War on Society? 🔊

When will the wars be over and lives returned to normal? Those times seem elusive as the lines between wartime and peacetime become increasingly blurred. The so-called time of war affects every aspect of life. It changes laws, civil liberties, and the public’s relationship to the law. But what about when war seems to go on endlessly? What exactly is wartime? And how does that blurring of lines effect law and society? Maria Armoudian discusses the effects of war on society with Mary Dudziak, Patrick James, and Christopher McKnight Nichols.

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What does it mean to have Political Power? 🔊

New global developments are changing the structures and holders of power. With new technology and greater interconnectedness, states are losing power and non-state actors are gaining power. But what exactly does it mean to have power? Where does power come from? Maria Armoudian explores the concept of political power with Giulio M. Gallarotti, Joseph S. Nye Jr., and Erica Chenoweth.

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What next for American Politics? 🔊

What might be next in American politics in light of the latest developments? Where is the US heading under the Trump Presidency? Will it begin to resemble an authoritarian state? What will the consequences be if Robert Mueller’s investigation comes to a head? Maria Armoudian discusses these impending issues with Louis Michael Seidman, Sanford Levinson, and Mark Peterson.

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How is the Truth Gated and Gagged?

In an extract from his new book Complacent Nation, former New Zealand Herald editor-in-chief Gavin Ellis looks into how restrictions are applied when it comes to printing the truth in the news media.

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What Are the Ethics of Modern Medicine and Healthcare? 🔊

Many observers argue that economic forces are corrupting medical care and eroding the trust between patients and their doctors. The problems in healthcare delivery have wide implications related to how healthcare should function, particularly when there are limited resources. Maria Armoudian discusses the ethics of medicine and healthcare with Thomas Pogge, Martin Wilkinson, and Richard Cookson.

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Is the United States Facing an Existential Crisis? 🔊

Unprecedented times for the United States. Is the country facing an existential crisis? And if so what might affect the outcome? Maria Armoudian discusses the political context behind the current political climate in America with Louis Michael Seidman, Sanford Levinson, and Mark Peterson.

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Will the events of 2018 change the US forever? 🔊

The year 2018 may be one of the most important years in American history. Constitutional law professor Michael Simon argues that what happens in 2018 may determine whether or not the United States remains a coherent country. What are those determinants and what might actually happen?

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How Did The Right-wing Movement in the United States Develop? 🔊

How does the current right-wing political movement in the United States fit into American history? How did it develop? How has the movement been changing politics and policy in America? Maria Armoudian sits down with Kathleen Blee, Lawrence Rosenthal, and Martin Cohen to discuss the history of right-wing movements in the United States .

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What Goes On Inside Intelligence Agencies? 🔊

The inner workings of intelligence gathering agencies has long been a black box to the public. How many are there? How do they cooperate and function? How have they changed? Glenn Carle served twenty-three years in the Central Intelligence Agency and he sat down with Maria Armoudian to discuss what goes on inside the intelligence agencies of the United States.

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What Needs To Be Done To Solve The Fake News Crisis? 🔊

Some call it a post-truth society. With increased media consolidation, fake news, and plummeting trust in the media, what needs to be done to solve our epistemological crisis? Maria Armoudian speaks to Robert Entman and Victor Pickard about fake news and what can be done about it.

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What Have We Learned From Past Genocides? 🔊

Scholars of genocide have identified nearly three-dozen situations around the world that could be considered pre-genocidal. These are states that could attempt to annihilate their ethnic and religious minorities. What have we learned from past genocides, including the one that occurred in Rwanda in 1994?

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How Can We Address Sexual Harassment and Abuse? ▶

Sexual Harassment and Abuse: Online and Off Public lectures by visiting scholars: Beyond 'Revenge Porn': Responding to Image-Based Abuse in a Digital Era - Associate Professor Nicola Henry Nicola Henry is the Principal Research Fellow at the Centre for Global Research...

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What does the future hold for universities? 🔊

What does the future hold for universities and why does this matter for the rest of society? Cris Shore is co-editor of a new book entitled Death of the Public University? Uncertain Futures for Higher Education in the Knowledge Economy. In this episode of What IF? He discusses his hopes and fears for universities and their role in society over the coming decades.

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