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Philosophy Talk: 2017 – The Examined Year

Dec 28, 2017

Because the unexamined year is not worth reviewing. 


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 A work of art sparking protest is nothing new, but Padmavati takes the art of taking offence to another level.

Philosophy Talk: When Democracies Torture

Nov 28, 2017

What's wrong with a little torture between sworn enemies?


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Philosophy Talk: Democracy in Crisis

Nov 14, 2017

Government shutdowns, gerrymandered voting districts, unfettered campaign spending -- are these the inevitable outcomes of our nation's founding principles?


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More women than ever are raising their hands to run for office. But what does it actually take to to win? 

Philosophy Talk: Race Matters

Oct 27, 2017

What could be controversial about a movement insisting that Black lives matter too?  


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70 years after Independence it sometimes feels as if Indians are still to develop a funny bone.

Philosophy Talk: Cyber-Activism

Sep 15, 2017

What are the biggest challenges for activists in the digital age?


Do we really need to be governed by a formal state, or is that merely something the state has convinced us we need?

  

While Donald Trump’s outrageous tweets and speeches make headline news, his administration is fundamentally reshaping US health, safety, and environmental rules. A New York Times series explores the “reshaping of regulations under the Trump administration.” Every week, Politico reports on “5 things Trump did while you weren’t looking.”

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Chickens cannot fly.  That’s according to Air India, India’s national airline. 

Philosophy Talk: Habermas and Democracy

Jun 23, 2017

Could rational communication really be the foundation of democracy?   


Sandip Roy: The Sellout

Jun 21, 2017

Almost every week when I open the newspaper in Kolkata I see something about Donald Trump on the first page. It might be trivial like covfefe, but more often that not it feels unreal.

Philosophy Talk: Queerness

Jun 2, 2017
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Is queerness just a marker of sexual orientation, or is it a political and social identity?


Philosophy Talk: Machiavelli

May 2, 2017

Was Machiavelli an unscrupulous theorist and advisor, or one of the most widely misunderstood political philosophers ever?


Representative Ro Khanna jumps into the fray

Apr 26, 2017
RESIZED AND CROPPED

Ro Khanna is the freshman representative for California’s 17th district. A former college educator from Fremont, he was appointed by former President Obama to work with the U.S. Department of Commerce. He ran for Congress and lost to Mike Honda in 2014, but ran again and defeated Honda last November.

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President Donald Trump is unlike any president in modern times. We often hear that his behavior and his statements are unprecedented. While that may be true on the national stage, there was a prominent figure in San Francisco in the 1870s who Trump could have used as a role model.

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Perhaps an unwelcoming America is not such a bad thing for the rest of the world.

Philosophy Talk: 2016 – The Examined Year

Jan 9, 2017

John and Ken present their annual look back at the ideas and events of the past year that have challenged our assumptions and made us think about things in new ways.


Philosophy Talk: Election Special

Nov 8, 2016
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Question your electoral assumptions as John and Ken look beyond the horse race at some of the philosophical issues raised by this year’s campaign.


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Donald Trump thinks the way to the Indian Diaspora's heart is through Modi and the bogeyman of the Islamic terrorist. 

Choreographer Nicole Klaymoon uses movement to honor the human stories often overlooked by mainstream media.  Through her company, Embodiment Project, she tries to enact social change through street dance, live song, theater, and spoken word. 

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According to the leaders of the Peace Innovation Lab at Stanford, there may be a path to global peace.  

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Actress and comedian Katie Goodman has a message for you, dammit.

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Jess has worked to get pro-choice female Democrats elected while at on the team at Emily's List.

Just northeast of Lake Merritt, across the 580 freeway, you really can’t miss it. It's big, it's public, it often contains inflammatory messages, and it's neon. 

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Liberal activist Joan Blades co-founded MoveOn.org, Moms Rising and Living Room Conversations and has teamed up with Republican John Gable

 

On the September 15th edition of Your Call, Ian Haney López joins us to discuss his book Dog Whistle Politics: How Coded Racial Appeals Have Reinvented Racism and Wrecked the Middle Class.

Khizr Khan did something few have been able to do in this bitter and vulgar election.

Whether or not Trump makes it to the White House he's already proving very useful to those who were until dismissed as the fringe.

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