What are the politics of humour? 🔊

What are the politics of humour? 🔊

Humour affects many things: our health, our disposition, our relationships, and our organisations. Can it also help change politics in society? Maria Armoudian discusses the origins, philosophy, and politics of humor with Amber Day, John Morreall and Peter McGraw....
What is the current state of comedy in the media? 🔊

What is the current state of comedy in the media? 🔊

The Daily Show founder Lizz Winstead and Maria Armoudian discuss the birth of The Daily Show, the death of Air America Radio, and the state of the media and comedy today. Lizz Winstead is co-creator and former head writer of The Daily Show and the co-founder of Air...
Are obesity-reducing policies effective? ▶

Are obesity-reducing policies effective? ▶

Sugar and fat taxes, controlling density of fast food outlets, and mandatory portion sizes are examples of policies that aim to reduce obesity by raising costs. Assume such policies would be effective. While they typically raise ethical questions about whether they...
Why do genocides occur? Can they be prevented?  🔊

Why do genocides occur? Can they be prevented? 🔊

Why do genocides occur and can they be prevented? Ben Kiernan, Alex Hinton, and Simon Baron-Cohen join Maria Armoudian in this panel discussion. Ben Kiernan is Whitney Griswold Professor of History and Director of the Genocide Studies Program at Yale University....
What is happiness?

What is happiness?

The recently-published World Happiness Report shows New Zealand ranks eighth in the world for happiness, behind Norway, Denmark, Iceland, Switzerland, Finland, the Netherlands, and Canada. Six key variables help predict levels of happiness – GDP per capita, healthy...
Is Trumpism the end of globalism? 🔊

Is Trumpism the end of globalism? 🔊

The new mood of anti-globalism around the world often focuses on the fear of immigrants and the effects of global trade. From Brexit to the rise of the right in Europe and the triumph of Trump in the United States, citizens of the very regions of the world that have...

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