On Our Minds

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Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim made headlines recently with his call for a three day work week. That got us thinking about our interview with economist Juliet Schor about...
James McBride won the National Book Award for "The Good Lord Bird," his novel about the abolitionist John Brown.  He explains why he doesn't like most fictional portraits of...
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Charles Eisenstein believes we need to get our economic systems back into alignment with our values. In his book,"Sacred Economics," he writes that indebtness, competition...
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The longlist for this year's Man Booker Prize has just been announced. Of the 13 books selected, 4 were written by Americans, marking the first time U.S. authors appeared on...
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The legendary hard-boiled detective fiction writer, Raymond Chandler, was born in Chicago on July 23rd, 1888.  We celebrate his literary legacy by revisiting Steve’s...

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Pragmatic.Problem-solving. And non-partisan -- Mayors just might be the next best hope for democracy.    
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Whatever happened to psychoanalysis?  It used to be the most influential science of the mind, but today its founder, Sigmund Freud, just looks like a sex-obsessed old man. ...

Kim Stanley Robinson on Science Fiction Realism

We recently had science fiction author Kim Stanley Robinson in town to judge our 3 Minute Futures competition. Watch this video to see what he had to say about the winning entries, as well as the role science fiction plays in shaping our understanding of the present and future.

You can also hear more on scifi and the future in Imagining Possible Worlds.

Kim Stanley Robinson: Science Fiction and the Realism of Our Time from Wisc Institute for Discovery on Vimeo.