2014 Video Archive

Genetically Modify Food

Genetically Modify Food

December 04, 2014

Genetically modified (GM) foods have been around for decades. Created by modifying the DNA of one organism through the introduction of genes from another, they… more

Legalize Assisted Suicide

Legalize Assisted Suicide

November 14, 2014

In 1994, Oregon voters passed the Death with Dignity Act, which legalized physician-assisted suicide for the terminally ill. Since then, it has become legal in… more

Income Inequality Impairs The American Dream Of Upward Mobility

Income Inequality Impairs The American Dream Of Upward Mobility

October 23, 2014

Income inequality has been on the rise for decades. In the last 30 years, the wages of the top 1% have grown by 154%, while… more

Mass Collection of U.S. Phone Records Violates the Fourth Amendment

Mass Collection of U.S. Phone Records Violates the Fourth Amendment

October 08, 2014

Some say that the mass collection of U.S. phone records is a gross invasion of privacy. Others say that it is necessary to keep us… more

Flexing America's Muscles In The Middle East Will Make Things Worse

Flexing America's Muscles In The Middle East Will Make Things Worse

October 02, 2014

The rise of ISIS, the disintegration of Iraq, Syria’s ongoing civil war, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the promise and peril of the Arab Spring... What role… more

Embrace The Common Core

Embrace The Common Core

September 10, 2014

In K-12 education, there is nothing more controversial than the Common Core State Standards, national academic standards in English and math. Adopted by more than… more

Individuals and organizations have a constitutional right to unlimited spending on their own political speech

Individuals and organizations have a constitutional right to unlimited spending on their own political speech

June 27, 2014

Is independent political speech the linchpin of our democracy or its Achilles' heel? For democracy to work, some say, citizens (and corporations, and unions, and… more

Death Is Not Final

Death Is Not Final

May 07, 2014

If consciousness is just the workings of neurons and synapses, how do we explain the phenomenon of near-death experience? By some accounts, about 3% of… more

Millennials Don't Stand A Chance

Millennials Don't Stand A Chance

April 10, 2014

Millennials—growing up with revolutionary technology and entering adulthood in a time of recession—have recently been much maligned. Are their critics right? Is this generation uniquely… more

More Clicks, Fewer Bricks: The Lecture Hall Is Obsolete

More Clicks, Fewer Bricks: The Lecture Hall Is Obsolete

April 02, 2014

Is the college of the future online? With the popularity of MOOCs (massive open online courses) and the availability of online degree programs at a… more