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Bots — accounts with no human oversight — rule Twitter. According to a Pew Research analysis of more than 1.2 million public tweets, an astounding 66 percent of links tweeted are shared from bots. Enter accidental tech superheroes Ash Bhat and Rohan Phadte who, in the spring of their sophomore year at UC Berkeley, launched a counterattack called Botchek.me. Hear how two 20-year-olds are changing the way we see news and filter out propaganda. Underwritten by Comcast NBCUniversal.

Featuring:
Ash Bhat, Rohan Phadte, Adrienne LaFrance

Donald Trump’s America First philosophy and his retreat from international alliances led pundits to dub Germany’s Angela Merkel the new leader of the free world, but today’s global leadership appears more muddled than ever, especially as Brexit and unrest in Italy threatens the integrity of the European Union. Across the Pacific and Africa, countries are being forced to reckon with — and are sometimes embracing — China’s rising influence.

Featuring:
John Dickerson, Elizabeth Economy, Peter Feaver, Kati Marton

Enter the world of Mike Burden (Garrett Hedlund), a taciturn repo man rising through the ranks of the Ku Klux Klan in small-town South Carolina. Loyal to the Klan for deeply personal reasons, Burden has a change of heart when he falls for a single mother who stirs his social conscience. His violent break from the Klan brings him to Reverend Kennedy (Forest Whitaker), an idealistic African American preacher.

Featuring:
Christian Picciolini, Andrew Heckler

In an industry so central to American culture — and one so publicly rocked by #MeToo — how do women in media move forward? And how can media organizations rebuild their reputations among women? A group of leading female journalists reflects on conditions that might have led to the scandals we watched unfold, and discuss what, if anything, has changed at work.

Featuring:
Katie Couric, Mona Charen, Adrienne Green, Shannon Van Sant, Susan Page, Rebecca Blumenstein

Humans are tribal. But in America today, the allure of tribalism takes us down one treacherous path after another. American political elites have ignored the group identities that matter most to ordinary Americans. Identity politics have seized both the left and right in an especially dangerous, racially inflected way to the point that every group now feels threatened.

Featuring:
Amy Chua, J.D. Vance

Over the past century, women have made significant strides in achieving leadership positions, but they still have a long way to go to achieve parity in jobs, pay, and representation in business, science, government, or academia. In this session, we’ll examine the embedded gender biases that bar women from leadership positions, and ask what strategies women (and men) can employ to promote greater levels of gender equality.

Featuring:
Rebecca Blumenstein, Deborah Rhode

On provocative topics from immigration to gender equality to gun control, corporate leaders are stepping into the public sphere like never before. Just a few years ago, highly placed business executives avoided controversial subjects, reasoning that the risk of offending customers was too high a price to pay. Suddenly, not taking a stance can seem like the more dangerous approach. What's at risk when the CEO takes a public stance? What's at risk if he or she doesn't speak up?

Featuring:
Kevin Delaney, Judith Samuelson, Dan Schulman, Franz Paasche

Too often, the decisions we make are driven by fear. With its companions worry and anxiety, it permeates our lives and wreaks havoc on our relationships and communities, holding us back from the very pursuits that promise fulfillment and joy. As senior pastor of a church in America’s heartland, Adam Hamilton has seen the costs of fear up close.

Featuring:
John Dickerson, Adam Hamilton

Nearly every tension across the Middle East — from the war in Syria to Saudi Arabia’s blockade of Qatar to the United States backing out of the Iran nuclear deal — seems to hinge on the rising animosity between largely Shia Iran and Sunni Saudi Arabia, which is undergoing a generational shift with the rise of its new, young leader Mohammed bin Salman. What does it take to understand the long-running shadow war between the two powers — and where are they taking us next?

Featuring:
Jeffrey Goldberg, Jane Harman, Ryan Crocker

Former treasury secretary Larry Summers has been vocal about his disagreements with the current direction of US economic policy, particularly in the areas of trade, tariffs, and the rethinking of international agreements on commerce and investment. What would he do differently? What do we need to do to really ensure economic growth?

Featuring:
Gillian Tett

Three experts discuss how science and technology are impacting Israel’s economy and security. This session will examine recent breakthroughs in quantum science in a way that is understandable to those without a background in the topic. In what ways are these recent discoveries promising, and what are the challenges that lie ahead? How powerful of an impact could they have on Israel’s economy and security when implemented on a national scale?

Featuring:
Alexis Madrigal, Daniel Zajfman, Adiel Stern, Mordechai "Moti" Segev

What is a university if not a true marketplace of ideas — a place where scholarly pursuits in history, science, literature, philosophy, art, and mathematics can be nurtured and questioned, where crosscurrents of diverse thought and perspectives can co-exist? Today, students are challenged by the notion of an open society, tested on the one hand by values of free expression and on the other by a profound belief in inclusion.

Featuring:
Robert Zimmer, Christina Paxson, Dan Porterfield, David L. Cohen

Around the world, people who are angry at stagnant wages and growing inequality have rebelled against established governments and turned to political extremes. Liberal democracy, history's greatest engine of growth, now struggles to overcome unprecedented economic headwinds — from aging populations to scarce resources to unsustainable debt burdens. Democracies risk falling prey to nationalism and protectionism that are historically proven to deliver declining living standards.

Featuring:
Kevin Delaney, Dambisa Moyo

The spring of 2013 marked the 15th anniversary of the US invasion of Iraq, and the war in Afghanistan has gone on long enough that children born after 9/11 are now old enough to enlist in the military. Is there any path out of conflict for Iraq and Afghanistan — for the United States, or for the citizens of the war-weary countries?

Featuring:
Jane Harman, David Petraeus, Dan Senor, Douglas Lute, Ryan Crocker

What do your dogs think about? How do they perceive you and the world around them? And what exactly do they do all day? Two of the foremost researchers of canine cognition share what the dog knows, understands, and believes. There’s been tremendous growth in this new field, and in their respective labs these scientists are gaining valuable insight into the minds of America’s most popular pet.

Featuring:
Ross Andersen, Brian Hare, Alexandra Horowitz

Far too many students in the United States and around the world face challenges when seeking a quality education; this untapped potential is a waste of societal and economic resources. In this session, education and civil society leaders will talk about their efforts to engage underserved and refugee youth, and their successes and failures in helping those youth overcome barriers to success.

Featuring:
Mohamed Abdel-Kader, Robert Runcie, Zeenat Rahman

Increasingly, companies are gaining reputation for decisions that extend well beyond the bottom line. How they are doing this varies from industry to industry, but the philosophies of corporate leaders who take time to consider “the right thing to do” offer lessons for all of us.

Featuring:
Tom Wilson, Judith Samuelson, Jeff Harmening

US officials have cited North Korea as the hardest intelligence collection target in the world; the problem of understanding its opaque leadership has challenged two generations of policymakers. Today, the rambunctiousness of its nuclear program belies a bleak, troubled economy, where millions face starvation and the regime faces such cash and technology shortfalls that it wasn’t clear it had a plane capable of flying to a Trump-Kim summit.

Featuring:
John Dickerson, Kevin Rudd, Victor Cha

Bestselling author Andrew Solomon praises Danielle Allen’s 2017 memoir Cuz: The Life and Times of Michael A., saying, “In this narrative of freedom and incarceration, education and disadvantage, rehabilitation and punishment, Allen paints an unforgettable portrait of a cousin she loved.

Featuring:
Danielle Allen

In the age of big data and the rise of the digital economy, no government agency plays a more central — or less understood — role than the mysterious National Security Agency. For years, the so-called Puzzle Palace was so secret that officials joked its acronym stood for “No Such Agency,” — until Edward Snowden published many of its biggest secrets online. Hear one of the NSA’s most senior officials explain the reality of what the NSA is — and what it isn’t.

Featuring:
Anne Neuberger, Jason Pontin

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