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Strongly-held opinions. Open-minded debates. A weekly ideas show, hosted by Jane Coaston.

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Can a New University Really Fix Academia’s Free Speech Problems?

Dec 8 • 40:34

A group of scholars and journalists announced last month that they were founding the University of Austin on the belief that free speech is being stifled on college campuses across America....

Could Breaking Up Meta Make Things Worse?

Dec 1 • 40:08

Facebook, Meta — whatever you want to call it, the tech titan has drawn a lot of ire, and not just from privacy advocates and people fighting misinformation. Antitrust regulators are sharpening their knives, too....

How to Find Common Ground With Your Most Problematic Family Members

Nov 24 • 37:44

It’s holiday time again, and this year feels different. Unlike the shelter-in-place aesthetic of 2020’s holiday celebrations, many people are now vaccinated and hoping to take part in the sort of family and friend events that are more reminiscent of the prepandemic time. With that warmth and community, we all may find ourselves in another seasonal tradition: getting into a...

Is It Time to Abandon the Idea of an ‘Asian American’ Identity?

Nov 17 • 38:16

Asian Americans are the fastest-growing racial group in the United States, and understanding their representation in culture, politics and society is getting increasingly complex....

Got Climate Doom? Here’s What You Can Do To Actually Make A Difference

Nov 10 • 41:13

It’s no wonder so many people feel helpless about averting climate catastrophe. This is the era of dire warnings from many scientists and increasing natural disasters, record-breaking temperatures and rising tides. Fossil-fuel executives testify before Congress while politicians waver on whether they’ll support urgently needed changes to make American infrastructure sustai...

Why Do We Still Change Clocks Twice A Year?

Nov 3 • 35:13

On Nov. 7, most of us will fall back an hour and restart the decades-old discussion of why we shift time twice a year....

Is It So Wrong to Love True Crime?

Oct 27 • 43:46

Does our culture have a true crime problem?...

If Cannabis Is Legalized, Should All Drugs Be?

Oct 20 • 40:25

Medical marijuana is now legal in more than half of the country. The cities of Denver, Seattle, Washington and Oakland, Calif., have also decriminalized psilocybin (the psychedelic element in “magic mushrooms”). Oregon went one step further, decriminalizing all drugs in small quantities, including heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine....

What Biden Is Still Getting Wrong on Immigration

Oct 13 • 38:33

Our immigration system is broken. So is the way we talk about it....

Are You Contributing to America’s Affordable Housing Crisis?

Oct 6 • 36:13

Rent is soaring, but close to two-thirds of renters remain on leases because of financial reasons. In 2019, nearly 70 percent of millennials surveyed said that they could not afford to buy a home on account of rising prices,and the number of people in the United States without shelter has increased by about 30 percent in the past five years. We’re in a housing crisis....

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