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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

What can you learn about yourself by understanding the animal mind? A lot, it turns out. In this deep dive, three professors explain how your personality, logic, and ability to love might be informed by our animalistic natures. Friendliness in canines and primates is a major advantage in their evolution, just as it is for humans acting as tolerant citizens in a democracy. Elephants are tremendously caring toward each other, and their extended families reveal fascinating gender dynamics.

Featuring:
Ross Andersen, Brian Hare, Laurie Santos, Phyllis Lee

“A form of funky-secular testifying,” according to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, with subgenres ranging from Motown to Memphis, soul music is many different things, depending on who you ask. Born out of gospel, R&B, and jazz in late 1950s America, soul has permeated music culture so thoroughly that its influence can be heard everywhere from modern country music to rock and hip-hop.

Featuring:
Clint Holmes, Kyla Jade, Adam Gopnik, Kirk Whalum

Populism is most simply defined as support for the concerns of ordinary people, and those who call themselves populists — whether on the right or left of the political spectrum — claim they represent the people’s interests, most often against a privileged elite. But today’s waves of populism across the United States and Europe seem to be reactions, perhaps to the ways globalization, multiculturalism, unfettered immigration, and/or wage stagnation have diminished populists’ status.

Featuring:
Arthur Brooks, James Manyika, Chad Bown, Kevin Delaney, Jason Furman, Rebecca Blumenstein, Danielle Allen

Will the boom in asset prices come to an end, and should it? How spectacular will the correction be? Will tax cuts boost the economy, leading us to better returns, or should we be more cautious investors? Significant investors share their perspectives with the managing editor of The Financial Times.

Featuring:
David Rubenstein, Gillian Tett, Paul Singer

A 1960’s counterculture icon who brought new ideas like computers and solar power into the American mainstream through The Whole Earth Catalogue is now on a new mission: turning back time. Stewart Brand’s team of biologists at Revive and Restore is building a tool kit for genetic restoration that would allow the rebirth of species that have long since disappeared — like the woolly mammoth — while also reversing the extinction process underway in many of our ecosystems.

Featuring:
Stewart Brand, Flora Lichtman

Song is an art form that is memorialized in a moment, draws on threads from the past, and grows in power as its message resonates through the future. Join Joe Henry — singer, songwriter, producer, and poet — as he examines how the process of songwriting has everything to do with discovery: discovering the past, discovering tradition, discovering influences, and discovering circumstance.

Featuring:
Joe Henry

Our laws and policies surrounding the protection of personal information were written for an earlier time, and they need to be completely overhauled for the Internet era. On the one hand, the collection of data — more widespread by business than by government, and impossible to stop — should be facilitated as an ultimate protection for society. On the other, standards under which information can be inspected, analyzed, or used must be significantly tightened.

Featuring:
Michael Chertoff

What does it mean for large companies to be classified as “100 percent renewable?" What kinds of challenges does industry faces when it comes to going green? As we look down the road at our nation’s changing energy scenarios, complete with new sources of natural gas and increasing demand for renewables, a number of companies are making the kinds of energy consuming shifts that will address both economic and climate dilemmas.

Featuring:
Thomas L. Friedman, Lisa P. Jackson

Institutions and communities across America are divided over politics, culture, identity, and the overall direction of the country. Are religious congregations any different? How do religious leaders today navigate deeply divisive issues — like the “Muslim ban” and terrorism, new American actions in the Middle East, gay marriage, abortion, the administration’s handling of undocumented immigrants, and the president’s most controversial tweets — in their own congregations?

Featuring:
Jeffrey Goldberg, Shira Stutman, Adam Hamilton, Khalid Latif

Many of us fear that sooner or later we’ll be considered disposable, that our absence won’t be noticed, that our opinions won’t matter. What’s more, this fear becomes particularly intense as we age. So what can we do to avoid being reduced to a state of paralysis and misery?

Featuring:
Arthur Brooks

Discussing her just-published book Sex Matters: How Modern Feminism Lost Touch with Science, Love, and Common Sense, author and political commentator Mona Charen takes aim at liberal assumptions around feminism and progress. She counts among feminism’s casualties family breakdown, declining female happiness, aimlessness among men, and increasing inequality.

Featuring:
Mona Charen, Inez Feltscher Stepman

Join an intimate conversation on modern racism, hate, and the growing alt-right social movement with one of America’s first neo-Nazi skinhead leaders.

Featuring:
Matt Thompson, Christian Picciolini

After his Sundance award-winning documentary Return to Homs, Talal Derki returned to his Syrian homeland to live for two years with a radical Islamist family. His camera focuses mainly on the children, providing rare insight into what it means to grow up with a father whose dream is to establish an Islamic caliphate. Osama (13) and his brother Ayman (12) love and admire their father, but while Osama seems to follow the path of jihad, Ayman wants to go back to school.

Featuring:
Graeme Wood

What does the future of the American Right look like in the wake of the populist rise of Donald Trump? A group of conservatives with very different answers will debate the future in this live recording of “The Federalist Radio Hour,” a popular center-right podcast on PodcastOne. What role has Trumpism played in redefining the Republican Party and the conservative movement, and what does it mean for domestic and foreign policy in the future? Is the party of Ronald Reagan lost forever?

Featuring:
Charles Sykes, Ben Domenech, David Azerrad, Inez Feltscher Stepman

As humans, we have an inherent and intense desire for connection. Social media and our always-on devices have simultaneously fulfilled and thwarted this desire, so what comes next as artificially intelligent companions become even more integrated into our lives? In this interactive conversation, two tech journalists will explore and demonstrate the technology that wants to be your best friend.

Featuring:
Kashmir Hill, Surya Mattu

Recent years have seen rising political extremism in both Europe and the United States, from Neo-Nazi rallies in Charlottesville to ISIS jihadists in Brussels. One of the hardest challenges facing counterterrorism officials is what to do with the thousands of extremists who, for a variety of reasons, decide to step back from the battlefield.

Featuring:
Graeme Wood, Jesse Morton, Shannon Martinez, Michael Davidson

Music exists in every human culture and drives a multibillion-dollar industry, and yet the vast majority of people who enjoy music do instinctively, without any formal training. So where does music come from, and what is is good for? Drawing from studies in neuroscience, psychology, clinical science, and data science, Dr. Psyche Loui will discuss why we feel emotions in response to music, and the surprising evolutionary advantages music might confer to humans.

Featuring:
Psyche Loui

Katie Couric sits down in conversation with James Comey to talk about decision making, principle, and the events leading up to the 2016 election. 

Featuring:
Katie Couric, James Comey

What divides us, and what do we share? When moments of mystic clarity come to us, what do they reveal? In this talk, art history professor and author Alexander Nemerov recounts a trip he took to Chico, California to visit the site where the Sherwood Forest scenes in the 1938 Hollywood movie The Adventures of Robin Hood were filmed.

Featuring:
Alexander Nemerov

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