Fragmenting society, with disinformation
The rise of advanced information technologies has resulted in sophisticated efforts to fragment American society — from foreign actors like Russia, to conspiracy theorists and political campaigns — and these efforts are working.
Democracy’s roots: Equality, freedom and inclusion in ancient Greece
Democracy flourished in Athens 2500 years ago — but lasted only about a century. What did Athenian democracy look like — who was included as a citizen, who was excluded, and why has the idea and practice of democracy been so influential? We talk to scholar Catherine Zuckert.
How America was built on slavery
American capitalism was built on the backs of slaves and the slave economy — and not just in the South. Some of these practices are still with us.
On lynching and racial oppression
The practice of lynching was originally used against British loyalists. But after the Civil War it became a way of brutally suppressing the rights and agency of African American citizens.
Crises of their own: How nonprofits are creatively confronting COVID-19
Organizations serving the public during the crisis of COVID-19 are facing their own challenges.
Love Sickness: Shakespeare, medicine and metaphors in a world of plague
Romantic love was long considered an illness — with some bizarre and harrowing treatments
ASU’s Thought Huddle
I produce the Thought Huddle podcast for Arizona State University. It highlights thinkers and doers who are devoted to creating meaningful impact and explores ideas, tells stories, and helps make sense of our complicated and beautiful world.
This podcast is produced in collaboration with the Arizona State University.