Yascha Mounk

Airs Sunday, July 15, 2018, at 6 p.m. Around the world, technology is disrupting the workforce, with automation poised to displace humans in the fields of medicine, agriculture, and beyond. Will the rise of robots fuel a new wave of “us versus them” populism capable of undermining democracy? Some argue that as people lose jobs to artificial intelligence, the gap between the rich and poor widens, and distrust in government and democratic institutions grows. But others argue that humans have adapted to and benefited from new innovations for centuries.

Airs Sunday, November 5, 2017, at 6 p.m. Do populist and nationalist uprisings signal Western democracy’s certain decline? Or can recent events be seen as part of a healthy and regenerative antidote to policies that have challenged liberal institutions and marginalized the middle class? Some predict that a resilient liberal world order will rally to triumph over fear, xenophobia and fractured political parties – others say that support for autocratic alternatives is on the rise. Four leading thinkers debate the future of Western democracy.