Wednesday, March 28, 2012

When does art with sexual content become pornographic (and does it stay art)? (QOTW)

Photo by Robert Mapplethorpe

Question of the Week: When does art with sexual content become pornographic (and does it stay art)?
The question of the week is posed by our intern Caitlin and is presented here without comment from PQED. Our hope is that people will talk to one another as they seek an answer. Discussion also takes place on WHY? Radio's Facebook page.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Join WHY? as an audience member at a special live performance: "Love, Hate, or Eat: How Humans Relate to Animals" with guest: Hal Herzog

Be a member of the audience at a special, live-taping of WHY?
Why? Radio Presents:

“Love, Hate, or Eat: How Humans Relate to Animals.”
with guest: Hal Herzog
Thursday, March 29th at 2:00 p.m.
University of North Dakota Memorial Student Union: River Valley Room
Fine the location via Google map.

(Part of the free, UND Writers Conference)

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

PQED, WHY? Radio, and IPPL need your help!

A few of the guests at WHY?'s birthday party.
Dear, WHY? Radio and IPPL supporters,

A couple of weeks ago, about sixty people gathered in a small Grand Forks, North Dakota restaurant to celebrate the third birthday of WHY? Radio. In Chicago or Los Angeles this might not be a huge crowd, but in Grand Forks and to celebrate a call-in philosophy show,… well something very big is happening.

This is only the tip of the iceberg. WHY? Radio has over 12,000 regular live listeners and tens of thousands more who listen via podcast and syndication. The show has audience members in every county in North Dakota, every state in the U.S.A, and in over one hundred countries around the world. It is rebroadcast on public radio in Michigan and we’re negotiating the possibility of bringing it to Minnesota radio as well. WHY? is proving that there is no ivory tower.
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Sunday, March 18, 2012

Does affirmative action do more harm than good? (QOTW)

Question of the Week:
Does affirmative action do more harm than good?
This week's question comes from the suggestion box located on University of North Dakota campus. We look forward to seeing your answers, and thanks for the question!

Monday, March 12, 2012

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Next Episode of WHY? -- "What Do We Talk About When We Talk About Economics?" with guest Deirdre McCloskey

For a free high-definition poster of this episode, click here

Next Episode of WHY? Radio

"What Do We Talk About When We Talk About Economics?"
with guest Deirdre McCloskey

Sunday, March 11, 2012
5:00 p.m. (central time) 

Listen live from anywhere in the world at and in North Dakota at 89.3 (Grand Forks), 91.9 (Fargo), 90.5 (Bismarck), and on Prairie Public radio stations across the state.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Do human rights exist? (QOTW)

IPPL's philosophy intern Caitlin has been posting Questions of the Week (QOTW) for about two months now. We’ve tried them out on Facebook and on our campus bulletin board. It’s time now for her to hit the big time – we are going to start to post them on PQED. The question of the week is special because we won’t comment on them at all, we’ll just ask them, sit back, and see how people answer. There has already been lots of response on Facebook itself. Hopefully, some of them will make it to this blog.

Here is what Caitlin has written this week:
"It is time once again for the question of week. This time I am going to choose a question that was asked and placed from an anonymous person in our suggestion envelope on campus. If you have any questions that you would like to see as the question of the week, shoot us a message!

Question of the Week: Do (human) rights exist? If yes, what are they based on?

Friday, March 2, 2012

How do we think about ethics in research? (Video)

Last night, I was a guest on Studio One, the University of North Dakota's daily news show. They asked me to do an interview presenting an introductory account of ethics in research. It's only about seven minutes long. As always, your comments are welcome.

(And just for the record, I call the IRB an "Internal Review Board." That was an odd slip of the tongue. It's an "Institutional Review Board.")