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Steven Pinker: Is the World Actually Getting Better?

In this week's UpFront, Hassan challenges author and Harvard professor Steven Pinker on his new book, "Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism and Progress," in which he argues that data shows the world is becoming a better place.

And in the Arena, journalist Afua Hirsch and Claire Fox, author and director of the U.K.-based think-tank the Academy of Ideas, discuss racism in the United Kingdom, and the kind of conversations needed to address it. 

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Has the World Abandoned the Uighur Muslims?

This episode of "Upfront" includes an interview with a Uighur refugee, and a debate on whether data theft, interference and illegal spending tainted the Brexit referendum.

In this week's Special Interview, Uighur activist and president of the Uyghur American Association, Ilshat Hassan, discusses China's detention of religious minorities, and the effect it has had on him and his family.

The Great Inequality Debate

Economist Arthur Laffer, who was an economic adviser to President Reagan, and author Anand Giridharadas discuss inequality, billionaires and oligarchy in the U.S.

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Upfront quizzes the Malaysia's former deputy Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim and speaks with investigative journalist Seymour Hersh.

Will There Be a U.S. Military Intervention in Venezuela?

In this episode, the political crisis in Venezuela is discussed with self-declared president Juan Guaido's envoy to London Vanessa Neumann.

In the Reality Check segment, we shed light on alternative ways to win the so-called war on drugs.

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A look at the #MeToo campaign, which has been criticised for excluding certain voices, is being received outside of the West. An UpFront special.

Did Africa's First Female President Do Enough for Liberia?

This week's episode features Liberia's former President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf discussing her 12 years in power and the accusations of nepotism and corruption against her.

In the Arena segment, we debate the controversial decision to rerun Istanbul's mayoral election with senior AK Party member Harun Armagan and Cato Institute fellow Mustafa Akyol.

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Steven Pinker: Is the World Actually Getting Better?

In this week's UpFront, Hassan challenges author and Harvard professor Steven Pinker on his new book, "Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism and Progress," in which he argues that data shows the world is becoming a better place.

And in the Arena, journalist Afua Hirsch and Claire Fox, author and director of the U.K.-based think-tank the Academy of Ideas, discuss racism in the United Kingdom, and the kind of conversations needed to address it.