Episode Archive for January 2015

Conservative for Climate Science, with Kerry Emanuel

January 26, 2015

Lindsay and Josh are off, but since the U.S. Senate recently voted 98-1 that climate change is not a hoax, and then failed to pass a resolution affirming that human beings are the cause of climate change, and with the massive blizzard about to pound the Northeastern United States, we thought it would be a good idea to revisit a classic Point of Inquiry from July 23, 2012. In this episode, atmospheric scientist Kerry Emanuel, a political conservative, talked about his attempts to bring his side of the aisle in line with reality when it comes to climate science.…

The Women Spies of the Civil War, with Karen Abbott

January 20, 2015

This week on Point of inquiry, New York Times bestselling author Karen Abbott talks to Lindsay Beyerstein about her newest book,  Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy, which tells the true story of four women who served as spies during the U.S. Civil War.

In a time when women had few of the rights they would later win for themselves, the need for espionage turned out to be an early and important step in the fight for women’s suffrage. These bold women went to extraordinary lengths to fight for their respective sides, taking on various roles to gain information,…

Before Charlie Hebdo: The Danish Cartoons That Shook the World, with Jytte Klausen

January 12, 2015

The terrorist attack on Charlie Hebdo was a human atrocity, as well as an assault on free expression. Yet numerous prominent news publications are still refusing to show the very Hebdo cartoons at the center of the story. Last year, in the midst of nebulous threats, Sony had removed their satirical film from theaters. How can we avoid yielding control to terrorism with censorship without putting ourselves in danger and subjecting groups to ethnic or religious discrimination?

Our guest this week is Jytte Klausen, a political scholar and professor at Brandeis University. In 2009 she…

Penalizing Pregnancy: Lynn Paltrow on the Fight for Reproductive Justice

January 05, 2015

The effort to overturn Roe v. Wade and criminalize abortion has spiraled into challenging not only women’s right to abortion, but a women’s right to carry her baby to term. Across the country, women who seek medical help for pregnancy complications are being met with incarceration and outrageous sentences, all without proper representation. According to this week’s guest, if a woman would like to give birth in America, she needs to be prepared to surrender her basic liberties.

Here to discuss the fight for women’s pregnancy rights is Lynn M. Paltrow, founder of National Advocates for Pregnant…