The Big Q

Questions - Ideas - Scholarship - Debates

Project for Public Interest Media

What caused the Tongan volcano eruption and what will happen next?

Why the volcanic eruption in Tonga was so violent, and what to expect next. 

What role did Facebook play in the January 6 insurrection?

A ProPublica/Washington Post analysis of Facebook posts, internal company documents and interviews, provides the clearest evidence yet that the social media giant played a critical role in spreading lies that fomented the violence of Jan. 6.

How is Omicron affecting global vaccine distribution efforts and issues of inequity? 🔊

The lack of global vaccinations ode partially to uneven distribution to poorer nations and partially to vaccine hesitancy among certain populations has seemingly given rise to this new variant.

Politics & Society

What role did Facebook play in the January 6 insurrection?

What role did Facebook play in the January 6 insurrection?

A ProPublica/Washington Post analysis of Facebook posts, internal company documents and interviews, provides the clearest evidence yet that the social media giant played a critical role in spreading lies that fomented the violence of Jan. 6.

Why have protests erupted in Kazakhstan? 🔊

Why have protests erupted in Kazakhstan? 🔊

On January 2nd, protests erupted throughout the Central Asian nation of Kazakhstan. The proximate cause was a drastic increase in fuel prices and a popular discontent against the three-decade rule of former President Nursultan Nazarbayev.

Science & Technology

How can we make cyberspace safer?

How can we make cyberspace safer?

As our dependence on being connected to the internet grows, so does our need to protect our data and improve our resilience to cyber-attacks.

Are oceans the key to combating climate change?

Are oceans the key to combating climate change?

Oceans have already slowed the rate of global warming for decades, but unless we shift our approach to focus on them we will lose that capacity to solve the planetary overheating problem.

Business & Economics

What’s causing inflation? 🔊

What’s causing inflation? 🔊

Since the COVID pandemic, the United States and other countries have faced challenges in terms of economic recovery. This has resulted in issues such as supply chain disruptions and what has been reported as high rates of inflation.

Do we need a right to repair?

Do we need a right to repair?

Legislative changes must be made quickly to avoid New Zealand becoming a dumping ground for products unable to be sold overseas.

How do rich politicians avoid paying tax?

How do rich politicians avoid paying tax?

IRS records reveal how Gov. Jim Justice, Gov. Jared Polis, former Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and other wealthy political figures slashed their taxes using strategies unavailable to most of their constituents.

Arts & Culture

Why do some people believe the Earth is flat?

Why do some people believe the Earth is flat?

By Anders Furze Although scientific evidence says the Earth is a sphere orbiting the Sun, there are some people around who still think our planet is flat... and social media plays a role.  If you type ‘flat Earth’ into Google, you’d be joining a group of people that...