On the Radio

Week of October 19, 2014

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Political Engagement

10.19.2014

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?

  1. Making Democracy Fun

    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.

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  2. Voices From The Internet Underground

    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.

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  3. Against Voting

    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.

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  4. Dangerous Idea: Differential Technological Development

    Nick Bostrom's Dangerous Idea? Societies should limit the development of harmful technologies while promoting beneficial ones.

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  5. On Our Minds: Dataclysm

    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.

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Zzz (Sleep) Repeat

10.19.2014
(was 04.27.2014)

"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.

  1. The Secret Life of Sleep - Kat Duff

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    Kat Duff talks about her book, "The Secret Life of Sleep."

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  2. The Politics of Sleep - Matthew J. Wolf-Meyer

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    Matthew J. Wolf-Meyer talks about his book, "The Slumbering Masses: Sleep, Medicine and Modern American Life."

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  3. Sleep Donation - Karen Russell

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    Karen Russell talks about her new e-novella, "Sleep Donation."

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  4. Sonic Sidebar: Is Sleep 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.

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  5. Dangerous Idea: Life Roller Coaster

    B.J. Novak's Dangerous Idea?  The artist Christo designing a roller coaster inspired by life.

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  6. On Our Minds: Josh Ruxin

    The 20th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide is in our minds these days.   But instead of looking back, we look forward with Josh Ruxin.  He talks to Anne about the role he's played in Rwanda's recovery.

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