• June 20, 2022: Jessica White

    In 2021 online video games produced more than $180 billion in revenue for more than 2.8 billion users. Dr. Jessica White warns that hidden in all of that cash and among all of those users are extremists who encourage and often inspire real-world violence.

  • June 6, 2022: Saskia Wilson-Brown

    Noses—and their ability to detect smell—may not be as celebrated in words and songs as our other human senses—but Saskia Wilson-Brown says scents tell stories, too.

  • May 30, 2022: Anton Troianovski

    Russia’s war in Ukraine has killed thousands while displacing millions of Ukrainians. For many Western journalists, the war has made it untenable to report from Russia amid a crack-down on independent journalism. Anton Troianovski has seen Russia up close, reporting there first for The Washington Post and, now, as the bureau chief for The New York Times.

  • May 23, 2022: Darren Linvill

    It’s been said that truth is the first casualty of war. As Russia wages its war in Ukraine, Darren Linvill sounds the alarm that social media, which has long had its own problems with the truth, is again a platform for Russian disinformation.

  • May 16, 2022: Rachel Kleinfeld

    Democratic backsliding isn’t limited to weak governments abroad. Rachel Kleinfeld warns about the dangers facing American democracy, including the growing acceptance of intimidation and even political violence in some communities.

  • May 9, 2022: Eve Valera

    Traumatic brain injuries can have lifelong impacts on cognitive and psychological function. Dr. Eve Valera studies these injuries among survivors of domestic violence and says they have serious mental health impacts.

  • May 2, 2022: John Atkinson

    Cartoons communicate ideas in ways words cannot. Canadian artist and humorist John Atkinson shares his unique take on the world through his cartoon series, “Wrong Hands” creations.

  • April 25, 2022: Katie Harbath

    A decade ago, social media could be seen as a well-spring of democratic innovation and potential. Events of the last six years may have changed the public’s perception on that score, but Katie Harbath warns that social media platforms have much more work to do to protect democracy in the United States and around the world.

  • April 18, 2022: Ruth Ben-Ghiat

    Tyranny comes in many forms, but its central elements of violence, lost glories, and corruption seem to repeat. Ruth Ben-Ghiat warns that autocrats have risen frequently from democracy over the last century by relying on a simple playbook that has proved as durable as it is menacing.

  • April 11, 2022: Azar Nafisi

    So much of our modern life is built upon simplifying the complex. We reduce social interactions to likes and follows on social media and dilute the “news” in our favorite echo chambers. But Azar Nafisi warns that life is not simple and the complexity found in great literature is ultimately liberating of the mind and essential to the health of our democracy.