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Glass Half Full

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One of the greatest modern political leaders explains what COVID means for the political and economic shape of the future.

  Michael Abramowitz on freedom and COVID

The (Not So) Free World

An Interview with Michael Abramowitz

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The Freedom House director takes a hard look at the state of civil rights and the rule of law around the world -- the U.S. not exempted.

Don't Know Much

An Interview with David Dunning

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The eminent psychology professor and co-discoverer of the Dunning-Kruger Effect on what we know, what we don't, and what we don't know we don't know.

  President Jorge Quiroga on Bolivia and its future

Latin American Future

An Interview with President Jorge Quiroga

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Bolivia's former president explains why, after some short term pain, he sees his nation having a bright future.

Soul Singer

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Contemporary fado star Cristina Branco explains what fado is and why this mysterious folk music from Portugal is so powerful.

  Mario Vargas Lllosa on culture and democracy

The Storyteller

An Interview with Mario Vargas Llosa

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The Nobel Prize-winning novelist spoke with us about how the erosion of culture means the erosion of political liberty.

Going Viral

How phages can save the world from superbugs

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Phages are the latest weapon (and may be our last hope) in our fight against superbugs, argues a prominent epidemiologist in her new book The Perfect Predator.

Impostor Syndrome

Hany Farid on How to Fight the Threat of Deepfakes

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The world's leading expert on digital forensics explains where deepfakes come from and how we can defeat them.

  Tim Marshall on flags, maps, and border walls

Grand Old Flag

An Interview with Tim Marshall

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The politics of flags are an integral part of the world. A journalist and historian explains.

  Jan-Werner Müller on populism, democracy, and Trump

Mobocracy

An Interview with Jan-Werner Müller

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This Princeton professor quite literally wrote the book on modern populism. We spoke with him about the real menace this political phenomenon presents.