Dangerous Ideas

The atom bomb's ability to kill people makes it a literal dangerous idea. But there are other kinds of dangerous ideas — ideas that are contrarian, counterintuitive or just plain unconventional. In Dangerous Ideas, we ask guests to challenge conventional wisdom with a solution to a problem or an interpretation of the world that might seem confusing and scary, but just might also make perfect sense.

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Dangerous Ideas

Journalist Elizabeth Kolbert argues that human vices are just as important as human virtues in shaping evolution.More

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He’s one of the most frenetically productive, wired guys on the planet, but digital media theorist Douglas Rushkoff is backing away from the clock.More

Apps
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App Intelligence? Santa Fe Institute president David Krakauer says we're on the verge of abdicating our free will to everyday apps.More

Length: 
3:04
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After spending time with a real-life superhero in Seattle called Phoenix Jones, author Jon Ronson wonders if people like him can actually fight crime.More

Length: 
3:03
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Historian Iain McCalman’s Dangerous Idea? The Anthropocene — the idea that humans have fundamentally changed our global climate. It’s scary, but we’re also seeing people come together in unprecedented ways to solve planetary problems.More

Length: 
2:32
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Dangerous Ideas

Mary Kay Zuravleff's Dangerous Idea? Universal Recess.More

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Dangerous Ideas

Why do we keep dividing the world of books into different genres — like romance novels, science fiction and literary fiction? Novelist Lauren Beukes says we should simply get rid of the whole idea of genre.More

Length: 
1:46
Dangerous Ideas

Just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean they’re not after you.More

Dangerous Ideas

Philosopher Jason Brennan offers a provocative idea: let's bring back flogging as an alternative to imprisonment....More

Length: 
2:08
Alex Honnold
Dangerous Ideas

He may have already conquered El Capitan, but Alex Honnold can dream up far more daring and dangerous adventures.More

Length: 
2:05

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