July Programs

Jul 6, 2018

July 7, 2018

America Abroad -  Sowing Chaos: Russia's Disinformation Wars

Revelations of Russian meddling in the 2016 US presidential election were a shock to Americans. But it wasn't quite as surprising to people in former Soviet States and the EU. For years they've been exposed to Russian disinformation and slanted state media; and before that Soviet propaganda filtered into the mainstream. We don't know how effective Russian information warfare was in swaying the US election. But we do know how these tactics were developed — over many decades — and what to watch out for in the next election.

June Programs

Jun 1, 2018

June 30, 2018

Studio 360 American Icons: The Disney Parks

Studio 360's American Icons highlights milestones in American culture -- works that define and redefine what it means to be American. Hosted by Kurt Anderson. In this episode futurist Cory Doctorow explains the genius of Disney World, while novelist Carl Hiaasen even hates the water there. Kurt tours Disneyland with a second-generation “imagineer” whose dead mother haunts the Haunted Mansion. We’ll meet a former Snow White and the man who married Prince Charming — Disney, he says, is “the gayest place on Earth. It’s where happy lives.”

May Programs

May 4, 2018

May 26, 2018

The Pulse: The Difference a Gun Makes

A gun can change a moment, a life, a family, an entire neighborhood. Like a catalyst in a chemical reaction, guns have a unique ability to transform the calculus of a situation. A gun can make you feel safe. Sometimes it’s symbol of cultural identity. It also has the power to destroy. On this episode of The Pulse, a look at the difference a gun makes. We find out what a smart gun is — and why some people hate it. We meet an emergency doctor who says it’s time for her colleagues to get more comfortable with guns. We learn about Trigger Warning, an LGBTQ gun club founded by a former pacifist. And we hear the ways a gun changes a life — from a young man shot on the streets of Philadelphia, to a domestic violence survivor escaping her abuser.

April Programs

Apr 16, 2018

April 28, 2018

America Abroad: Islam and the Cosmos

Back in the Golden Age of Islam, Muslim astronomers began studying the skies to improve their religious practice: when to pray, how to face Mecca… Then, they solved more scientific questions, and European thinkers were drawn to learn from them. Now, in a new era of space exploration, how will Muslim scholars work with the rest of the world to advance scientific thought - while remaining faithful to their traditions?

Season 6, Episode 26: The Fish Betrayals

Apr 1, 2018

  For the third part of the now widely known and possibly admired Fish Trilogy, the story—as well as Season 6 itself—draws to a conclusion, the way third parts of trilogies typically do, and in a way that will satisfy all but the attentive listeners. We learn whether Kevin can become himself again, as well as how Manly Druthers became a giant blue treacherous floating magical fish in the first place. And the question of whether or not Men in Charge can re-masculize American culture on its own remains properly unaddressed.

Season 6, Episode 25: Mystery Fish Made Me Sick

Mar 25, 2018

  In this, the second in the partly well regarded Fish trilogy so recently almost nominated for an award, Tony may (or may not) have recovered from the one thousand fish sandwiches unwisely transported to his stomach as the result of an ill-thought-out wish by Kevin, who was too easily gulled by the promises of the Magic Fish and former 1940s radio host, Manly Druthers. Kevin makes yet another bad choice of wishes, and we learn more about what back-alley brawls were like in the 1940s.

Season 6, Episode 24: Fish for the Timid

Mar 18, 2018

As another gesture of conceptual cruelty, this episode title is slickly ambiguous. Is “Fish” a verb, referring to baiting and hooking the timid to yank them out of the stream? Or is “Fish” a noun, suggesting that bags of ripe fillets will be dumped on the porches of those too timid to venture out of doors? Too many options, right? So let’s just get to the episode, which is the first of three trilogic parts:

Season 6, Episode 23: A Time-Share Life!

Mar 11, 2018

Tony and Kevin are distracted from exploring the nuances, as well as the very substance, of this episode’s title because two cast members (we’ll call them “Liz” and “Luke”) had to be let back inside the studio because the rain was pouring hard and cold, and their noses had been pressed flat against the window for over an hour. After our hosts light Liz and Luke a little trash fire to stay warm in the station lobby, they’re able to proceed with the episode.

Season 6, Episode 22: Fortune Favors the Mold!

Mar 4, 2018

In this unfortunately titled episode, Kevin and Tony explain why, however bold the Bold are, Mold always wins out in the end because it’s, well, mold. Whether the mold has a shiny green sheen or a crumbly black quality, even the boldest get moldy. But we don’t want to give away the ending. The show’s first segment is “Tony and Kevin Invite Your Mom to Breakfast” because breakfast is the most important meal of the day if you want to start the day bloated.

March Programs

Feb 28, 2018

March 31, 2018

Intelligence Squared U.S.
Does Humanitarian Intervention Do More Harm Than Good?

The international community currently faces a global refugee crisis and mass atrocities in Iraq, Myanmar, Syria, Yemen, and beyond. How should the West respond? Proponents of humanitarian intervention – the use of force to halt human rights abuses – argue that the world’s most powerful militaries have a responsibility to protect innocent civilians around the world. But opponents argue that military intervention is a form of imperialism, and that it often worsens the conflicts it sets out to solve. The debaters are Frank Ledwidge, Bernard Kouchner, Rajan Menon, and Kori Schake.