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Week of October 26, 2014

Do Nations Need States?

10.26.2014

 In this age of globalization, why would anyone want borders, an army, currency?  Isn’t that kind of … old school?   

  1. Do Nations Need States?

    Do nations need states? Do ethnic, religious, and/or linguistic groups of people – do they, in this age of globalization, do they need to form a country with borders and an army and all that comes along with that? Do they need to be a state?

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  2. Sonic Sidebar: Scotland Votes "No"

     “Should Scotland be an independent country?” That was the question on the September 18th referendum across the nation of Scotland. The NO side won, with 55% against independence. But how do the YES voters feel?

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  3. Lands in Limbo

    Photographer Narayan Mahon takes us to the Caucasus breakaway regions of Abkhazia, Transnistria, and Nagorno-Karabakh.  Three "Lands in Limbo."

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  4. The Islamic State

    First it was the Islamic State of Iraq, ISIS. Then the Levant Islamic State of Iraq, ISIL. And now IS – a self-described Islamic State. But what about the youth of the Arab World? What do they want?

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  5. BookMark: Lauren Beukes on “The Three” by Sara Lotz

    BookMark: Lauren Beukes on “The Three” by Sara Lotz

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  6. On Our Minds: Abortion

     Katha Pollitt is a columnist for The Nation and a pro-choice advocate who believes it’s time to reframe the whole abortion debate.  As she points out in her new book, “Pro” – an American woman today may have a legal right to an abortion…. But that doesn’t mean she can get one. 

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Looking for Beauty (Updated)

10.26.2014

Is there anything science won’t tackle? The latest question neuroscientists are taking on is, “What makes something beautiful?” We're checking in with scientists, philosophers and artists in this hour.

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    Is there anything science won't tackle? The lastest question, "What is beauty?" We talk with two neuroscientists and an art historian about the new field of neuroaesthetics.

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  2. Sonic Sidebar: Umberto Eco on Beauty

    Philosopher and novelist Umberto Eco wrote a history of beauty. A few years later, he followed it up with a study of ugliness. Here’s what he found

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  3. Beauty & Justice - Elaine Scarry

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    These days beauty’s got a complicated reputation. One professor of literature and aesthetics at Harvard is giving beauty a makeover.

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  4. Folksy Beauty

    Earlier this year a new show went up at the Milwaukee Art Museum, all about folk art. We stopped by to find the beauty behind folk art.

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  5. BookMark: Ruth Ozeki

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    Ruth Ozeki bookmarks "Kamikaze Diaries" by Emiko Ohnuki-Tierney.

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  6. On Our Minds: Russell Brand on Revolutionary Politics

    Over the last year or so, Russell Brand has increasingly used his celebrity status to advocate for changing our political systems. His new, best-selling book puts these ideas on paper, drawing on political theorists and his own personal experiences to reimagine society itself.

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