With celebrity gurus pitching pseudoscientific nonsense, conflicting news stories about what will and won't kill you, and an entire culture of hyper-privilege teaching people to be suspicious of science, people are being made to be afraid of their food. And there's a lot of money to made off of that fear.
The Washington Post's Margaret Sullivan joins host Paul Fidalgo to talk about the crises facing journalism today.
Lee Billings, space reporter for Scientific American and author of "Five Billion Years of Solitude," talks to Paul about the pitfalls and paradoxes of our noble and often frustrating search for life in the cosmos.
James Croft of the Ethical Society of St. Louis joins Paul Fidalgo to bring a humanist perspective to the events in Charlottesville, and how humanism can confront injustice wherever it arises.
What's the fate of the space program in the age of Trump? Will Elon Musk get humans to Mars? What exactly did Mike Pence touch at the Kennedy Space Center, and did he ruin space forever?
Find out as host Paul Fidalgo talks to the brilliant Loren Grush, space reporter for The Verge, on the latest episode of Point of Inquiry.
Elizabeth Kolbert, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History and New Yorker staff writer talks to Point of Inquiry host Paul Fidalgo about how we as a society and as individuals think and talk about climate change and the inevitable environmental and political disruptions to come.
PLUS: Paul chats with outgoing POI producer Nora Hurley to talk about the show and what's next for her.
On June 1, President Donald Trump declared that he was withdrawing the United States from the Paris climate accord. For those who accept the reality of the threat posed by climate change, the news has sparked a good deal of anger, outrage, and not a small amount of despair for the fate of our planet. Despair not, says our guest, Carl Pope, the former Executive Director of the Sierra Club, and the co-author of the optimistic new book Climate of Hope: How Cities, Businesses and Citizens Can Save the Planet, co-written with former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
In this quick update the hosts-to-be will tell us a little bit about themselves and preview what they have planned for Point of Inquiry’s new direction.
Jill Tarter holds the Bernard M. Oliver Chair for SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) at the SETI Institute in Mountain View, CA where she also served as the former director of the Center for SETI Research. In this conversation with Josh Zepps, Tarter discusses the possibility of intelligent life elsewhere in the universe, how we go about looking for it, and why the search is so important to humanity. Zepps presses Tarter on the possible dangers of finding life outside our world, what it means to be alive in the first place, and the potential threats we face with artificial intelligence on our own planet.
How did a man living an ostensibly godless, hedonistic life become the champion of the very groups who one would expect to denounce his behavior? A man who’s had several wives, owned casinos and bars, and had multiple accusations of sexual assault leveled against him is hardly the pinnacle of virtue the religious right professes to yearn for. Investigative journalist Sarah Posner, joins us to unravel the reasoning behind Trump’s success with evangelical Christians.
Dr. Paul Offit joins Point of Inquiry host Josh Zepps for a vital discussion about the prognosis for science under the Trump administration, the dangers of the anti-vaccination movement, the probability of future pandemics, and much more.
"Privilege" usually refers to the systemic advantages some groups of people have over others, by virtue of their race, gender, or orientation. Having social awareness of privilege like this is an important part of fostering a more equal and inclusive society. Why then do people who value inclusiveness feel insulted when their own privilege is pointed out? Writer and editor Phoebe Maltz Bovy joins us to discus her new book, The Perils of “Privilege”: Why Injustice Can’t be Solved by Accusing Others of Advantage.
People living at mountainous high altitudes account for only 10 percent of the world’s population, spread out over roughly 25 percent of the Earth’s surface, and yet they also are responsible for a huge portion of the world’s most violent and persistent conflicts. Journalist and foreign correspondent Judith Matloff has spent her career covering conflict across the world. In this eye opening discussion with Josh Zepps, Matloff explains the various reasons why these relatively small and isolated areas see so much trouble, and shares her thoughts on the growing dangers to journalists around the world.
President Trump’s travel ban aimed at select Muslim-majority countries (with exceptions for Christian minorities) was first framed this past January as an urgent action to protect the nation from the imminent danger of foreign terror attacks. With airports in disarray over the unprompted and unclear executive order, the directive was quickly taken to court, and it became clear that Trump’s dire warnings about national security threats were lacking one very important thing: evidence.
Here to offer insight on what we can expect with the new ban’s rollout is Slate senior editor Dahila Lithwick. Specialized in writing about courts and law, Lithwick gives us a thorough overview of the new and original travel bans, and considers the many possible outcomes as we wait on the courts to rule.
Laurence Krauss is a theoretical physicist, cosmologist, professor, author, and science communicator, and an honorary member of the Center for Inquiry Board of Directors. His newest book is The Greatest Story Ever Told… So Far, a look at the standard model of particle physics and its implications for our existence. Krauss not only delves into how we’ve reached our current understanding of the universe, but also celebrates the wonders and beauty of the natural world and our accidental existence. The universe, says Krauss, is not fine-tuned for life, but rather life is fine tuned for the universe.
Americans are known for being sue-happy. Any disagreement no matter how small, wind up in court and we will sue the pants off our neighbors at the slightest scrape or bump. David M. Engel, author and law professor at University at Buffalo, objects. His newest book is The Myth of the Litigious Society: Why We Don’t Sue, where he explains that contrary to popular belief, most American injury victims never so much as contact a lawyer, let alone file a claim.
One of the most important figures at the height of the civil rights movement was activist and journalist Ethel Payne, who played a pivotal role as a trailblazer for both women’s rights and civil rights in general, rising to become the first black female commentator employed by a national television network. We honor Payne’s tenacity and her reputation for asking questions that no one else thought to ask, thereby arriving at the truth without the need to editorialize. #blackhistorymonth