What's on This Week

05.03.2015
Forget baseball. Boxing just might be our national sport. After all, the highest paid athlete in the country is a fighter. And a long awauted superfight between this generation's...
05.03.2015
Forty years ago, the U.S. ended its war in Vietnam, but we're still fighting over its legacy - in foreign policy and military strategy, and also in books and movies. But there's...

On Our Minds

Over the last few weeks, some of contemporary literature’s best known writers have debated the merits of Charlie Hebdo, the French satirical magazine set to receive an award...
From Newton and Einstein to Steve Jobs, we have an insatiable curiosity about geniuses. But do we actually know what “genius” is? Do we even understand “intelligence”?...
In many ways, we’re still hearing the echoes from the gunfire at Kent State University 45 years ago today. The deaths of those four students after the National Guard opened...
This week we're thinking about the much anticipated debut novel by Sabaa Tahir. Called "An Ember in the Ashes," it's an epic fantasy set in a world reminiscent of ancient...
One hundred years ago, Fritz Haber invented the first chemical weapon and convinced the German army to use it. His wife Clara, also a chemist, fiercely opposed her husband's...

What is Intelligence? [Video]

From Newton and Einstein to Steve Jobs, we have an insatiable curiosity about geniuses. But do we actually know what “genius” is? Do we even understand “intelligence”? Evolutionary theorist David Krakauer has his doubts. He also thinks we need a better understanding of “stupidity,” which he calls “the greatest problem facing the world today.” In these video excepts, he talks to Steve Paulson. See more videos here.