For years humanities scholars have avoided talking about genes. But now, in the midst of a social genomics revolution, Professors Dalton Conley and Jason Fletcher say it’s time for social scientists to join the conversation.
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At Crosstown Clinic, doctors are turning addiction treatment on its head: they’re prescribing heroin-users the very drug they’re addicted to. This is the story of one clinic’s quest to remove the harms of addiction, without removing the addiction itself.
This week we talk to two community organizers who work from within academia. Gordon talks to Matt Hern about his book What a City Is For and Alex talks to Funmilola Fagbamila about Black Lives Matter and being an Activist-in-Residence at UCLA.
In 1927, the Supreme Court of the United States decided certain “undesirables” could be sterilized against their will. And American academics were all for it.
Another chapter in the continuing battle between wonks and Christian conservatives, this time in Canada. In 2010, a small but influential group of Catholics forced Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty into scrapping his government’s proposal for updating the sexual education curriculum. In 2015, Premier Kathleen Wynne decided to try again.
This week, Sam and Alex talk Trump, Harper and science muzzling. Sam asks theoretical physicist Lawrence Krauss about the difference between a good and a bad public intellectual. Alex talks to science journalist Carl Zimmer about tough choices in science storytelling.
What are numbers? Did we make them, or were we given them? How do they affect us? Are there people who do not have numbers? Gordon interviews Anthropologist Caleb Everett, author of a forthcoming book that gives a sweeping study of numbers and how they radically shape the way we understand our world. Read More