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Empathy is an inherently good human quality. So, why is Yale psychologist Paul Bloom against it? We talk with him about why feeling others’ pain makes for bad public policy. Read more....

Parag Khanna believes technocrats get a bad rap in America and the country could actually improve, stopping what he calls its “degenerative politics,” if it had more of them in office. Read more....

A town hall meeting.

Already tired of the 2016 election? Well, you’re not alone. Social scientist Kate Krontiris tells us why Americans don’t really care about civic engagement, and how we can fix that. Read More...

Larry Summers

Former Treasury Secretary Larry Summers gives a candid conversation about why we aren’t funding science the way we need to, what’s wrong with our education system, and how his views on women in tech have changed since those controversial comments ten years ago. Read More...

doctor with tablet

Jon Gruber, the Director of the Health Care Program at the National Bureau of Economic Research, explains how little innovations might save trillions of health care dollars. Read More...

Converse Lost

Once the elections are over, the techies who helped candidates get elected often take off for larger salaries and hoodie-filled offices. Harper Reed, the CTO for Obama’s re-election campaign, explains what the government’s really up against. Read More...

Harper Reed

Last year's rollout of Healthcare.gov was not what you'd call a "smooth process." But was it really the disaster that many claimed? Read More...

Constitution

Remember civics? Probably not. For most students, civics class sounds like a relic of the Stone Age. But if we want engaged citizens, civics is going to have to be recreated. Read More...

Wifi

If you’re looking to push government out of its funk, try technology. According to Aneesh Chopra, America's first Chief Technology Officer, young techies are coming up with ingenious solutions to government problems in their spare time. Read More...

U.S. Capitol

Think tanks are a quiet, powerful player that continue to shape American government and public opinion. We look at where they come from - and how they get their money - with Andrew Selee of the Wilson Center. Read More...

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