With the elections approaching, candidates and campaigns are working hard to get out the vote. But what would it take to get people politically involved all year round, and not just during election season?
We all know it's important to be involved in local government, but can political participation also be fun? Josh Lerner thinks so. He believes local governments could boost the fun factor in the political process by borrowing a few ideas from game design.
All across the world, young activists are mobilizing over the Internet and demanding change. In her new book, "Now I Know Who My Comrades Are," Emily Parker profiles a few of these online activists, and writes about how they're transforming life in China, Cuba and Russia. She spoke with Steve Paulson about how the Internet is helping to create a new generation of politically engaged citizens.
In his book "The Ethics of Voting," Georgetown philosopher Jason Brennan argues that we'd be better off if more people stayed home on Election Day. He says citizens don't have a civic duty to vote, and that some of us probably shouldn't vote at all.
In his new book, "Dataclysm," OkCupid co-founder and president Christian Rudder pores through online data to reveal some surprising truths about our society. He told Sara Nics what he discovered about people's dating preferences and race relations by looking at data from Facebook and Google.
"Sleep is the best meditation." -- Dalai Lama This week, we explore the secret life of sleep, in fiction and science. We'll talk about how big pharma has medicalized sleep, and we imagine a world in which sleep is slowly going extinct.
In her new novella, "Sleep Donation," Karen Russell mentions a documentary called "Is Sleep Going Extinct?" That got us wondering what this fictional documentary would sound like. Chances are it would NOT sound anything like this.