The Big Q

Questions - Ideas - Scholarship - Debates

Project for Public Interest Media

Q+A: Venezuela in crisis: how did we get here?

Venezuela is once again at a crossroads. But what is the historic context behind the ongoing political polarisation in Venezuela?

Q+A: How can our everyday decisions help alleviate the water crisis?

The world is fast running out of fresh water according and the results could be very grim. The causes are linked to overconsumption and a growing human population. Can we reverse the trend?

Where is the music industry’s #MeToo movement?

Sam Smith explores why a #MeToo type movement has not taken off in the music industry to the extent it has in the film industry.

Politics & Society

Science & Technology

What is love? 🔊

Today is Valentines Day but what exactly is love? How have notions of love changed over time? Can love be consciously developed? And how does love for partners, friends, children, and country differ?

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.

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.

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.