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?
“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?
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.
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.
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.