Point Taken

Point Taken

United States

Enough shouting. Let’s use our inside voices. Each week, POINT TAKEN debates a topic Americans care about. We deliver smart, interesting guests who can disagree without being disagreeable. Come learn something you didn't know, and maybe laugh a little. Watch it Tuesdays starting April 5th at 11/10C on PBS, and listen to it here the day after.

Episodes

Live from Aspen: Can Sex Be Managed By Checklist?  

POINT TAKEN is on the road at the Aspen Ideas Festival, where host Carlos Watson leads a discussion about campus sexual assault with guests Leah Fessler, Nancy Gertner, Dianne Harrison, and Sean Decatur. Learn more at pbs.org/pointtaken

Should Organs Be Sold?  

The introduction of a market for organs would probably decrease waiting lists and decrease deaths, but a market could also incentivize dangerous behavior from both buyers and sellers and drop in the number of altruistic donations. Hosted by Carlos Watson with guests Abby Blanco, Amy Holmes, Michele Goodwin, and Nahel Elias.

Is Technology Making Us Smarter or Dumber?  

Is today's unprecedented access to technology improving human intelligence, or fueling a mindless dependency? Hosted by Carlos Watson with guests David Levitin, Emily Dreyfuss, Jeff Glasse, and Kathryn Finney.

Should Paying for Sex Be a Crime?  

Poverty and lack of opportunity are two of the main reasons people turn to sex work. Should the law punish them, or people on the other side of the transaction who create the demand? Hosted by Carlos Watson with guests Jenna Torres, Monica Mehta, Daniel Rivero, and David Talcott.

Is the US Moving Too Quickly or Too Slowly on Gender Rights?  

How will our country will perceive gender in the future? Hosted by Carlos Watson with guests Kmele Foster, Alex Myers, and iO Tillet Wright, and Dante Ramos.

Is the US Doing More Harm or Good in the Middle East?  

Has our military presence—and the hundred of billions of dollars in aid—improved the situation? Hosted by Carlos Watson with guests Maz Jobrani, Amy Holmes, Celeste Ward Gventer, and Charlie Sennott.

Should the US Pay Reparations to Black Americans?  

History can’t be rewritten, but can it be redressed? Hosted by Carlos Watson with guests Kmele Foster, Wendy Murphy, Tom Shattuck, and Valerie Rawlston Wilson.

Should Salaries Be Transparent?  

Should salaries be transparent, or is there a better way to achieve equitable pay? Hosted by Carlos Watson with guests Patrice Lee, Ijeoma Oluo, Dan Price and Matt Welch.

Is College Worth the Price Tag?  

Host Carlos Watson leads a debate about the value of college in today's job market. Guests: Margaret Hoover, Robert Kelchen, Randall Pinkston, Charles Taibi

Should the US Take in More Refugees or Fewer?  

In the second episode of POINT TAKEN, guests debate whether the US should accept more refugees or fewer. Learn more at pbs.org/pointtaken

Is the American Dream Dead or Alive?  

In the series premiere of POINT TAKEN, guests debate whether the American Dream is dead or still alive. Learn more at pbs.org/pointtaken

Coming Soon: Point Taken  

Premieres April 5 at 11/10C on PBS (check local listings). Each week, POINT TAKEN debates a topic Americans care about. We deliver smart, interesting guests who can disagree without being disagreeable. Listen to each debate here the following day.

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