Josh Lerner

Josh Lerner

Making Democracy Fun

Discover a new way to view civic engagement. 


Bernard Kerik

Bernard Kerik

The Urgent Need for Justice Reform

Learn about the justice system— inside and out.


Harry Carson

Harry Carson

Captain for Life

What happens when the game is over?


Eric Barron

Eric Barron

Meet Penn State’s 18th President

Learn more about Penn State’s new leader.


David Teplica

David Teplica

Architecture of the Body

What do plastic surgery and photography have in common?


Nina Jack

Nina Jack

Behind the Scenes

Learn about the role of 1st AD


Jonathan Jansen

Jonathan Jansen

The Future of the Rainbow Nation

Learn the true meaning of reconciliation.


Dennis Jett

Dennis Jett

Insights on U.S. Foreign Policy

Recollections from a diplomat


Inge Auerbacher

Inge Auerbacher

Surviving the Holocaust

Listen to the memories of a child survivor.


John Sanchez

John Sanchez

American Indian Identity in the 21st century

Dispel the myths.


Joe Galloway

Joe Galloway

Life of a War Correspondent

Listen to the recollections of “a soldier’s reporter.”


Bob Zellner

Bob Zellner

A Freedom Rider Remembers

Experience the Civil Rights Movement through a first-hand account.


Victoria Wyeth

Victoria Wyeth

The Life and Work of Andrew Wyeth

Find out what it’s like to grow up in the “first family of American art.”


Jennie Noll

Jennie Noll

The Lasting Impact of Child Maltreatment

How does chlildhood abuse impact life as an adult?


Guy Bluford

Guy Bluford

Reaching for the Stars

What’s it like to travel through space?


Pedro Noguera

Pedro Noguera

Closing the Gap

What can be done to help students achieve success?


Nicholas Jones

Nicholas Jones

Second in Command

Meet Penn State’s Executive Vice President and Provost.


Eyal Press

Eyal Press

Beautiful Souls

What does it mean to be a hero?


Majora Carter

Majora Carter

Home(town) Security

What does it mean to “green” a neighborhood?


Beverly McIver

Beverly McIver

Worthy of Winning

Learn about one woman’s journey as both artist and caregiver. 


Chip Kidd

Chip Kidd

What the Stories Look Like

Maybe you can judge a book by its cover…


Charles Figley

Charles Figley

The Trauma Paradox

Explore the field of traumatology.


Linda Patterson Miller

Linda Patterson Miller

Writers of the Lost Generation

How did the relationships of America’s great writers affect their work?


Flynt Leverett

Flynt Leverett

Going to Tehran

Get an inside perspective on US Foreign Policy.


Kathy Mattea

Kathy Mattea

Coal Journey

Discover how music can change the world. 


Michael Maglaras

Michael Maglaras

Capturing the American Artistic Experience

Discover American Modernism


Tyrone Werts

Tyrone Werts

After Life

Find out with it’s like to live life “after life.”


Gillian Sorensen

Gillian Sorensen

Beyond Borders: The UN in a Changing World

What is the role of the UN?


Janet Rosenzweig

Janet Rosenzweig

The Sex-Wise Parent

The way you talk with your children about sex could save them from serious harm.


Richard Ross

Richard Ross

Juvenile In Justice

Learn about the juvenile justice system.


Amy McCready

Amy McCready

Positive Parenting

Learn how to raise happy, healthy, and resilient children. 


Richard Schuhmann

Richard Schuhmann

Water Wars: A Global Crisis

Are water wars inevitable?


Mia Bloom

Mia Bloom

The New Face of Terrorism

Who do you picture when you think of a terrorist?


Joseph Valente

Joseph Valente

The Makings of a Superhero

Discover the truth about what it means to be deaf.


Mara Keisling

Mara Keisling

The “T” Community

Gain a better understanding of what it means to be a transgender person.


Don Roy King

Don Roy King

The Serious Art of TV Comedy

Behind the scenes of live TV.


Michael Mann

Michael Mann

Confronting the Climate Change Challenge

Get the latest research.


Shyam Sundar

Shyam Sundar

Exploring Media Effects

What’s the impact of social media? 


Rodney Erickson

Rodney Erickson

Meet the President

Learn more about Penn State’s new President.


Jake Corman

Jake Corman

Jake Corman

Learn about pressing issues for Pennsylvania.


Lisa Genova

Lisa Genova

Still Alice

Understand early-onset Alzheimer’s Disease.


Veterans Day

Veterans Day

Veteran’s Day: A Shared Sacrifice

A look at U.S. servicemen and women.


Paul Taylor

Paul Taylor

Dancemaker

Delve into the creative process of a dance icon.


Chris Coppola

Chris Coppola

A Pediatric Surgeon in Iraq

Get a glimpse inside a military trauma hospital.


Scott Michael Robertson

Scott Michael Robertson

Life on the Spectrum

Discover what it’s like to be an autistic adult.


Sam Richards and Laurie Mulvey

Sam Richards and Laurie Mulvey

World in Conversation

Dare to explore your own beliefs.


Sean Patrick Griffin

Sean Patrick Griffin

Gaming the Game

Enter the world of illegal gambling.


Ruben Echemendia

Ruben Echemendia

Head Games

Understand the true danger of sports-related head injuries.


Alexander McCall Smith

Alexander McCall Smith

About the Author

Meet the man behind the “Ladies.”


Ben Feller

Ben Feller

Covering the White House

Go inside the briefing room.


Di Trevis

Di Trevis

Backstage

Find out what happens behind the scenes.


Ron Mallett

Ron Mallett

Time Traveler

What would you do to see a deceased loved one again?


Brian Ross

Brian Ross

Behind the Headlines

Explore the world of investigative reporting.


Mary Burke

Mary Burke

Slavery: Not a History Lesson

Delve into the world’s blackest market.


Victor Romero

Victor Romero

Race and Immigration

Delve into one of the nation’s most divisive issues.


Stephen Lewis

Stephen Lewis

AIDS-Free World

Learn about the AIDS pandemic.


Allen Sack

Allen Sack

Counterfeit Amateurs

Are amateur sports disappearing?


Ken Burns

Ken Burns

A Filmmaking Icon

Learn about the man behind the movies.


Lisa See

Lisa See

Discovering the Past

Journey to forgotten China.


Sir Ken Robinson

Sir Ken Robinson

Education Innovation

Discover what it really means to be creative.


Annie Leonard

Annie Leonard

The Story of Stuff

What is the true cost of your stuff?


Jeannie Magill

Jeannie Magill

Milking the Rhino

Explore new conservation strategies.


Barbara Franklin

Barbara Franklin

A Few Good Women

Learn about early efforts to recruit women to government.


Randall Robinson

Randall Robinson

The Life of an Activist

Discover one man’s crusade for justice.


Temple Grandin

Temple Grandin

Autism: Unlocking Potential

Hear how autism influenced her work.


Peter Matthiessen

Peter Matthiessen

An Author’s Reflections

Meet a great modern nature writer.


Ben Carson

Ben Carson

An Extraordinary Life

Be inspired to overcome all odds.


Judy Maltz

Judy Maltz

No. 4 Street of Our Lady

Hear how one woman saved her neighbors during WWII.


Chris Calkins

Chris Calkins

The Health Care Debate

Consider health care reform options.


Donna Kalajian Lagani

Donna Kalajian Lagani

Fun Fearless Female

Meet the woman behind Cosmo.


Bob Shaler

Bob Shaler

The CSI Effect

Uncover the importance of forensic science.


Richard Alley

Richard Alley

Climate Change Future

Understand the causes and implications of climate change.


LeeAnn DeReus

LeeAnn DeReus

Responding to Genocide

Find out what role you can play in ending world conflicts.


Grandma Aggie

Grandma Aggie

The 13 Indigenous Grandmothers

Discover a life dedicated to peace.


Mary Pattillo

Mary Pattillo

The Black Middle Class

Uncover the experiences of middle class African Americans.


Richard Butler

Richard Butler

America’s Role in the World

Learn about the relationship between foreign policy and nuclear weapons.


Peter Hudson

Peter Hudson

Emerging Diseases

Discover what’s being done to stop the spread of infectious diseases.


Gregory McNeal

Gregory McNeal

Closing Guantanamo

Consider the pros and cons to closing Guantanamo Bay.


Jonathan Moreno

Jonathan Moreno

Mind Wars

Find out how neuroscience is changing modern warfare.


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Show Open

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Lessons from Ice

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Introduction

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History of U.S. Health Care

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Introduction

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Beginnings

7:30

Adventures in Paris

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Early Days

6:36

Introduction & Developing Interests

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The Early Years

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Making the Movie

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The Film

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Early Interests

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Going Home

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College Years

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Playing for Notre Dame

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Introduction and Reflections on Africa

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Introduction and Overview

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Then and Now

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Early Stories

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Deciding to Alter Time

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Introduction and A Director’s Life From Boalsburg to Washington

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Introduction and Mma Ramotswe

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Introduction and Concussions

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Introduction and Police to Professor

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Open and SOC 119 Class

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Understanding Differences

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Intro and Impact of 9/11

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Intro and Beginnings

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Intro and Joining Up

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Intro and Learning to Write

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Balancing the Budget

4:46

Intro and Media Research Lab

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Introduction

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Introduction

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Beginnings

6:20

Mara’s Story

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Joe’s Story and Growing Up Deaf

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Early Influences

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Reality Check

2:34

A Conversation with Richard Ross A Conversation with Amy McCready

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A Conversation with Gillian Sorensen

28:17

A Conversation with Janet Rosenzweig

28:17

A Conversation with Tyrone Werts A Conversation with Michael Maglaras

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A Conversation with Kathy Mattea

26:32

A Conversation with Flynt Leverett

26:35

A Conversation with Linda Patterson Miller

26:29

A Conversation with Charles Figley

26:46

A Conversation with Chip Kidd

26:37

A Conversation with Beverly McIver

26:11

A Conversation with Eyal Press

26:42

A Conversation with Nicholas Jones

26:17

A Conversation with Pedro Noguera

26:46

A Conversation with Guy Bluford

26:30

A Conversation with Jennie Noll

26:38

A Conversation with Victoria Browning-Wyeth

26:33

A Conversation with Penn State President Eric Barron

26:46

A Conversation with Bob Zellner

26:45

A Conversation with Joe Galloway

26:38

Leadership Web Exclusive

1:19

A Conversation with John Sanchez

26:24

A Conversation with Igne Auerbacher

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A Conversation with Dennis Jett

26:41

A Conversation with Jonathan Jansen

26:46

Guiding Principles Web Exclusive

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A Conversation with Nina Jack

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A Conversation with David Teplica

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A Conversation with Harry Carson

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A Conversation with Bernie Kerik

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Preview: A Conversation with Josh Lerner

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The Military’s Interest

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Difficulties Closing Guantanamo

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Leading Cause Of Death Worldwide

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1945 Vs. Modern Day

3:59

Defining “Middle”

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Meet the Grandmothers

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Travels

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Optimistic Outlook

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Career Highlights

4:52

Road to Success

8:41

Critical Shortages

2:23

Discovering the Past

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Surgical Achievements

5:29

Crazy Horse

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A Different Way of Thinking

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Human Rights

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Reactions Then and Now

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A New Approach

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Early Interests

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POLL QUESTION

Do you know a transgender person?

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Do you know someone with a spectrum disorder?

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Which do you think has a greater capacity to influence people: fiction or non-fiction?

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Do you believe there will be meaningful health care reform in the next year?

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Is there still a glass ceiling for women?

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Does “going green” make a difference?

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Is the CSI effect real?

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Does the U.S. have a responsibility to intervene in Sudan?

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Do you think the grandmothers can make a difference?

POLL QUESTION

Is affirmative action still necessary?

POLL QUESTION

Ambassador Butler suggests that goodwill towards the U.S. has declined; do you think the damage is repairable?

POLL QUESTION

How would you describe the media coverage of the swine flu?

POLL QUESTION

Should evidence obtained through waterboarding be admissable in detainee trials?

DISCUSSION

Guilt-Free Soldiers?

Jonathan Moreno discusses the application of beta-blockers, which could be used to eliminate Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in military personnel. However, these drugs raise serious ethical concerns, as they would essentially create “guilt-free” soldiers.

In your opinion, do the benefits of relieving PTSD outweigh the potential consequences of creating an army without a conscience?


“Neurosecurity”

In this chapter of Mind Wars, Jonathan Moreno says, “Medical and science breakthroughs can also be used for purposes unrelated to the goals of the researchers.” What do you think about this dual use possibility?


Innocent Detainees?

What, if anything, do we owe detainees who were later discovered to be in the wrong place at the wrong time?


Can a pandemic be predicted?

“The answer to this question is a qualified no,” according to Ottar Bjornstad.

Read the full answer at Research Penn State.


Nuclear Weapons in Modern Society

Ambassador Butler refers to nuclear weapons as “dinosaurs” whose day is done. What role do nuclear weapons play in modern society?


Racial Dialogue

Has political correctness impaired racial dialogue?


Papal Bulls

The International Council of Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers traveled to the Vatican in 2008 to address papal bulls. (Read the full article.)

Do you think the Pope should rescind the papal bulls?


Neuroscience Arms Race

Ian Sample from the Guardian blogs about the science of the brain and its role in the wars of the future. Read the article and join the discussion.


Lifestyle Changes

What lifestyle changes have you made because of the swine flu?


International Genocide

What role should the international community play in regards to genocide?


Media Portrayal

How accurately do shows like CSI portray forensic science?


Environmental Issues

With the many problems facing the U.S. government, how high a priority should environmental issues be?


Traditional Print Media

What is the future of traditional print media (magazines, newspapers, etc.)?


Debate

Where do you stand on the health care debate?


Chat

Submit your questions now for Thursday’s chat with Chris Calkins.


Brave Woman

If your neighbors were being hunted down and came to your door begging for help, would you risk your life to save theirs?


Attitude

Can a positive attitude overcome any circumstance?


Literature

Which do you think has a greater capacity to influence people: fiction or non-fiction?


A Gift

Temple Grandin does not regret being autistic; in fact, she considers her autism a gift. Should we be trying to “cure” autism or instead focus our efforts on acceptance and accommodations?


Black and White

In his 1999 autobiography, Randall Robinson said, “Blacks and whites understand almost nothing of each other in America.”

Do you agree? And to what extent have things changed? 


Responsibilities

In 1969, President Nixon created the Task Force on Women’s Rights and Responsibilities that aimed to recruit and train women for upper-level governmental position.

Does the government have a responsibility to actively create opportunities for minority groups?


Conservation

Does community-based conservation have a better chance of succeeding than others that have come before it?


Consumer Habits

If more people knew what went into making stuff, and what went into disposing of it, would consumer habits change?


Learning Styles

There are generally considered to be three types of learners: visual, auditory, and kinesthetic. Should schools tailor curriculum to suit the style of the learner?


Personal Heritage

How does a person’s heritage impact his/her sense of self?


Impact

Which Ken Burns film had the greatest impact on you?


Unionization

Should college athletes be able to unionize?


Responsibility

What responsibility does the world have in fighting the AIDS pandemic?


Immigration Reform

Where should immigration reform rank on the nation’s list of priorities?


Your Choice

Would you be willing to pay more for a product (such as chocolate, diamonds, or silk) if you were guaranteed that it was produced without slave labor?


Reliable News

What do you consider to be today’s most reliable source for news?


Time Travel

Scientists are getting closer to making time travel a reality. If a time machine were to be created, how would it best be put to use?


Ticket Prices

Beginning in 2004, the Royal National Theatre began to offer a fixed number of $18 tickets, turning people who had never gone to the theatre into enthusiastic audience members. Would lower ticket prices in the U.S. make you a theatre-goer?


White House Coverage

If you could have covered the White House during one presidential administration, which would it be?


Favorite Book

What’s your favorite book by Alexander McCall Smith?


Young Athletes

What measures are needed to protect young athletes from concussive brain injuries, especially in the game of football?


Regulations

What regulations would help prevent illegal sports gambling in the future?


Issues

When is it necessary to focus on issues of race, culture, and diversity? At what point does it become problematic?


Autism Friendly Society

What steps could society take to be more “autism-friendly?”


What obligation does the military have to caring for civilian victims of war?


Social Commentary

What is the role of art in social commentary? 


Support

Some Americans say they support our troops, but not the war. Do you think it’s possible to do both?


Genetic Predisposition

Would you want to know if you had a genetic predisposition for Alzheimer’s disease?


Pressing Issues

What do you consider the most pressing issue facing Pennsylvania today?


The Future

What do you think Penn State administrators need to do to move forward?


Technology

Some say it’s “the technology most adapted to the essence of the human species—sociability.”  But is technology making us free—or permanently tethered?


What do you believe?

Do you believe in human-induced global warming? Why or why not?


Favorite Skit

What is your favorite Saturday Night Live skit?


Employment Non-Discrimination Act

Keisling advocates for congress to pass the comprehensive Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), which would protect workers based on sexual orientation and gender identity. How important are such laws in changing attitudes?


A Disability?

Joseph Valente says his deafness is NOT a disability. Do you consider deafness a disability? Why or why not?


Fighting Terrorists

What’s your opinion of the often made assertion: “We fight terrorists in Iraq/Afghanistan so we don’t have to fight them here?”


Selling Water

Should water-rich countries such as the United States and Canada take advantage of their bountiful supply of water by selling it for profit—like gas, oil and timber? Or should water trade be banned because “water belongs to everyone and no one”?


Parenting Strategies

There have been many parenting experts and strategies through the years; which helped you most with your children?


Your Opinion

Under what circumstances, if any, should youth be tried as adults?


Sex Education

The overwhelming majority of Americans want sex education in schools, but what and how should it be taught?


United Nations

Is the United Nations still relevant after all of these years?  Why or why not?


Incarceration

The United States represents 5% of the world’s population and 25% of the world’s prisoners. What reforms would you advocate to reduce our nation’s incarceration rate?


The Next Documentary

Which visual artist would you like to see Michael Maglaras focus his camera on for his next documentary?


The Role of Coal

What role should coal play in America’s energy future?


War

Under what, if any, circumstances would you support U.S. war against Iran?


The Great Gatsby

What makes The Great Gatsby such a timeless story with such cross-generational appeal?


PTSD

What can we do to reduce the stigma associated with PTSD and other psychological disorders?


The Future of Books

Are the days of bound pages of ink-on-paper numbered? Will they be replaced by e-readers and e-books?


Care and Sacrifice

Of her mother’s request that she care for her disabled sister upon their mother’s death, Beverly McIver once said, “No human being has a right to ask another human being for something like that. It is too much sacrifice.” How do you feel about that?


Environmental Equality

Majora Carter believes that it’s more productive to call for “Environmental Equality” rather than for the end of “Environmental Racism” in her fight to stop the practice of overburdening poor communities with a disproportionate number of polluting industries. What’s your opinion? Do words matter?


Moral Conscience

How should society deal with whistle blowers, “Inconvenient truth-tellers,” and those who act out of moral conscience?


The Value of Education

A college education is often touted as the ticket to wealth and happiness, but today’s college graduates are leaving school with an average debt of more than $30,000. Is the value of college education overstated today? In terms of future earning power, is it worth what it once was?


Educational Reforms

What educational reforms would you support so that assessment is used as a tool and not a weapon?


Space Exploration

What role should private industry and the federal government play in the future of space exploration?


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Discussion

Vietnam, from the first day, was the most openly covered war in American history. How does coverage of the Vietnam War compare with coverage of the Iraq War or the war in Afghanistan?


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