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S1 E16: Is the World Actually Getting Better?

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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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. 

Is #MeToo a West Only Movement?

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

In 2006, the slogan #MeToo started as a movement by American activist Tarana Burke as a way to show solidarity with victims of sexual assault. That slogan went viral overnight in the wake of Hollywood's Harvey Weinstein scandal last October, which prompted women around the world to break a lot of the silence around sexual assault and harassment and began to share their stories, with more than 12 million posts on Facebook in just 24 hours.

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Will Syria's War Criminals Ever Be Brought to Justice?

"UpFront" interviews former war crimes prosecutor Carla del Ponte, who last year quit the United Nations Commission of Inquiry on Syria in protest, saying that justice for Syria’s victims was not possible.

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.

Can Anwar Ibrahim Save Malaysia from Corruption?

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