The Big Q

Questions - Ideas - Scholarship - Debates

Project for Public Interest Media

What do changes in Congress mean for the ongoing policy battles in the US? 🔊

With the historic changes in the American House of Representatives, what can we expect from the Congress and President in the ongoing policy and investigative battles? How will the power struggles play out? Will the Supreme Court weigh in and if so how?

How will climate change impact Aotearoa? ▶

How will climate change affect our natural world, our society, and our culture? And what can we do to halt the looming catastrophe? A panel of experts discuss how climate change will impact New Zealand.

Is it time for a law change on cannabis use in New Zealand?

A medicinal cannabis bill has just past its third reading in the New Zealand parliament. But is it time to also look at recreational use in the country?

Politics & Society

Q+A: How influential is the presidency of the United States?

How much does the U.S. presidency matter for the direction of the United States, and for the rest of the world? Maria Armoudian speaks with William F. Grover and Joseph G. Peschek about the power of the U.S. presidency and what they term the “unsustainable presidency.”

Q+A: How do fear, anger, and resentment lead to conflict?

How much do emotions impact or even dictate political outcomes like ethnic violence, wars, or even genocides? That is a key question posed by international relations theorists, political scientists, psychologists, and communications scholars

How will climate change impact Aotearoa? ▶

How will climate change affect our natural world, our society, and our culture? And what can we do to halt the looming catastrophe? A panel of experts discuss how climate change will impact New Zealand.

Science & Technology

How will climate change impact Aotearoa? ▶

How will climate change affect our natural world, our society, and our culture? And what can we do to halt the looming catastrophe? A panel of experts discuss how climate change will impact New Zealand.

How does culture affect mental health? 🔊

How does culture shape our understanding and treatment of mental illness? Maria Armoudian speaks with Roberto Lewis-Fernandez, Tanya Marie Luhrmann, and Andrew G. Ryder about culture and its impact on mental health.

Q+A: How does our unconscious mind alter political outcomes?

Scientists are finding more and more evidence that human behaviour is not rational, not conscious, and maybe completely programmed without our rational thinking. How does the unconscious mind and biological predispositions effect political outcomes and prejudice biases?

Business & Economics

Could a recession be just around the corner?

The U.S. economy is growing at the fastest pace in five years and unemployment is at the lowest level in almost half a century. So why are Wall Street and some economists suddenly worried about a recession?

What are the implications of the US-China trade war? 🔊

In 2018, the United States and China have been embroiled in a trade war with each country continuing to raise tariffs placed on goods traded between the two nations. But what exactly are Donald Trump’s tariff policies and what will be their effects?

Arts & Culture

Q+A: How influential is the presidency of the United States?

How much does the U.S. presidency matter for the direction of the United States, and for the rest of the world? Maria Armoudian speaks with William F. Grover and Joseph G. Peschek about the power of the U.S. presidency and what they term the “unsustainable presidency.”

How does culture affect mental health? 🔊

How does culture shape our understanding and treatment of mental illness? Maria Armoudian speaks with Roberto Lewis-Fernandez, Tanya Marie Luhrmann, and Andrew G. Ryder about culture and its impact on mental health.

Broken survivors: With them through hell

The thousands of New Zealand men who fought in the First World War went through hell. And right beside them was another fighting force. Anna Rogers explores the story of New Zealand’s medical services in WWI.