Aired: January 9, 2016

Predicting War


  • Predicting War (13 min.)

    With: Thomas Flores (George Mason University)

    New research shows that when elections are forced on a country within five years of the end of a war, a new war will break out. Flores’ forthcoming book is Elections in Hard Times: Building Stronger Democracies in the 21st Century.

  • Filipino-American Patriotism (10 min.)

    With: April Faye Manalong (Norfolk State University)

    One scholar says that the concept of ‘indebtedness’ to their new home in the United States is a prime motivating factor among the Filipino community. It’s also a factor in the communities’ strong ties to military service.

  • The Failures of Charity Work (5 min.)

    With: Shawn Humphrey (University of Mary Washington)

    One-for-one models of giving purport to offer consumers a simple way to fight poverty. But the work of doing good is a complex process and one that requires constant humility.

  • Political Textbooks (8 min.)

    With: Emile Lester (University of Mary Washington)

    A commission of experts has determined that new history textbooks approved by the Board of Education in Texas were pushing a specific ideology. One of the experts says parts of the textbooks weren’t just misleading; they were false.

  • Misunderstanding Magna Carta (8 min.)

    With: Thomas McSweeney (College of William and Mary)

    Has the Magna Carta’s 800-year legacy been a snowball of misinterpretations? One expert says he doesn’t think its authors intended it to be the foundational text for common law that it became.

  • Secrecy in the Sunshine Era (9 min.)

    With: Jason Ross Arnold (Virginia Commonwealth University)

    In the 1970s, a series of laws ushered in a new “sunshine era” of unprecedented government transparency. A scholar investigates how government officials have developed new workarounds, including over-classification, concealment, shredding, and burning.

  • Predicting War Feature

    A few short years after the fall of Saddam Hussein, the first democratic elections in decades were held in Iraq. But now more than ten years later, Iraq is once again in chaos. Experts say that’s not surprising–in fact, democracy might hurt more than it helps. Allison Quantz has the story.


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