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Sit down with Viewpoints each week as we report on social issues, the environment, history, food – you name it. What’s it like to give birth in prison? Could the plague resurface with climate change? How has politics been permanently reshaped by the Trump era? Candid stories on topics you should kno… read more

828 Episodes | 2015 - 2020

Culture Crash: The Life Of Alex Trebek

November 22nd, 2020

2:33

Alex Trebek, the host of Jeopardy, passed away at age 80 earlier this month. We remember his finesse, humor, genuine personality and decades-long …

Relationships: The Human Experience In 2020

November 22nd, 2020

11:19

Technology has shaped the way we stay in touch, fall in love and even have kids. Dr. Debora Spar joins Viewpoints this week to share how innovation …

Surviving Parkland: The Perspective Of One Teacher

November 22nd, 2020

12:03

The 2018 massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High in Parkland, Florida was the deadliest high school shooting in U.S. history. A teen gunman opened …

The History of Football as the NFL Celebrates its 100th Anniversary

November 15th, 2020

13:00

The National Football League was founded in 1920 – and it’s no surprise that a lot has changed since then. Viewpoints speaks with three sports …

The State of Science

November 15th, 2020

12:31

Before the pandemic, roughly 4 in 10 people across the world believed that if science didn’t exist their lives would be no different, according to a …

Culture Crash: Re-Exploring Old Sitcoms

November 15th, 2020

2:33

It’s a good time to tuck in and explore some of our favorite, most comforting shows. We discuss a few recommendations now available to stream.

The Life And Career Of Christopher Nolan

November 8th, 2020

2:37

Tom Shone has released a new book, The Nolan Variations highlighting some of the lesser-known details about director Christopher Nolan and his films.

Holiday Shopping 2020: Do You Need To Buy It?

November 8th, 2020

12:06

Compulsive buying disorder affects around five percent of Americans. With prime shopping season fully underway, the number of ads and limited-time …

The State Of Climate Science In The U.S.

November 8th, 2020

12:56

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, greenhouse gases trap heat in the atmosphere leading to a warmer planet. The largest source of greenhouse gas emissions due to human activities is from burning fossil …

Watching Film Festivals From Home

November 1st, 2020

2:11

We discuss the upsides of film festivals going digital this year as well as some of our favorite hidden gems in the lineup.

The Native American Vote: A Group Plagued By Voter Marginalization

November 1st, 2020

13:39

There are more than 5.2 million Native Americans living in the U.S., yet only a small fraction cast a ballot each election cycle. What factors lead to this low turnout? Viewpoints speaks with two experts about how …

Good Morning Zoom

November 1st, 2020

10:07

You may be familiar with the classic children’s book, Goodnight Moon, but what about Good Morning Zoom? One mom living in New York City wanted to help her children better understand the pandemic, so wrote a parody based …

Culture Crash: The Haunting Of Hill House & Bly Manor

October 25th, 2020

2:40

Mike Flanagan’s popular miniseries is back for a sequel with the Haunting of Bly Manor that was released earlier this month on Netflix. We dive into …

Halloween 2020: The Kickoff To This Year’s Holiday Season

October 25th, 2020

13:36

Halloween is just around the corner, falling on Saturday, October 31st. this year. Whatever your plans are this weekend, it’s important to stay safe …

Examining The Death-Care Industry

October 25th, 2020

9:27

Planning for death is an important part of life. Getting your affairs in order and communicating your final wishes to your loved ones are two vital steps in this process. We speak with John Keith, the owner of Keith …

The 12 Million Undocumented Immigrants In The U.S.

October 18th, 2020

9:31

In 2016, President Trump ran on a platform that vowed to deport all of the undocumented immigrants in the country. However, four years later and this …

White Collar Crime: The Players & Its Economic Consequences

October 18th, 2020

13:30

Each year, white collar crime results in losses that range between 300 and 800 billion dollars. Comparatively, other street-level crimes only total …

Culture Crash: Halloween 2020

October 18th, 2020

3:05

This year’s spooky festivities may look a little different on October 31st – and that’s okay. We share some of our favorite frightening films for the …

The Life Of A Modern Private Eye

October 11th, 2020

13:34

The field of private investigation is rapidly changing. And not entirely for the good. We speak with Tyler Maroney – a journalist turned private eye …

Why Is English So Hard To Learn?

October 11th, 2020

16:51

We all know the rule: “I before E, except after C,” but it’s not applicable in “weird” or “science” or many other words. The English language has …

Culture Crash: A Solid Oscar Contender

October 11th, 2020

2:51

We discuss director Chloe Zhao’s upcoming film, Nomadland that’s already generating a lot of buzz ahead of its December release.

Inside U.S. College Admissions

October 4th, 2020

15:18

How will COVID-19 change the college admissions process? Will more students stay close to home? Will standardized tests be a thing of the past? …

Covid Testing On College Campuses

October 4th, 2020

10:04

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has developed a quick and affordable saliva-based test that makes it possible for students, faculty …

Culture Crash: Revisiting the German Netflix Series, “Dark”

October 4th, 2020

2:37

2020 has not been as full of new releases as in previous years due to the pandemic, so we’re rewinding back to some of our favorite selections from a …

Young Learners & Their Development During Covid

September 27th, 2020

8:09

The 2020 school year feels a bit different for the millions of students ‘back to school’ in whatever form that may be. We speak with two child …

Inside The Grocery Industry

September 27th, 2020

12:21

Americans spent 700 billion dollars on groceries in 2018. Across the U.S., there are more than 38,000 supermarkets, each stocking thousands and …

Culture Crash: Revisiting Our Favorite Films & Books

September 27th, 2020

2:17

2020 has not been as full of new releases as in previous years due to the pandemic, so we’re rewinding back to some of our favorite selections from a …

Culture Crash: The Theatre Release of “Tenet”

September 20th, 2020

3:08

The blockbuster release, “Tenet” by prominent director Christopher Nolan is one of the first major films to make a theatre release in several months. …

Back To School 2020: Learning Through Tech

September 20th, 2020

10:42

Navigating back to school this year has been challenging to say the least. With switching policies and protocols, everyone is just trying to get …

The Hidden Gems Across Chicago & In Every U.S. Town

September 20th, 2020

8:49

Suffering from a travel bug that can’t be quenched this year? Chicago writer, Jessica Mlinaric believes that if you look hard enough you don’t have to leave your town or city to experience something new. We cover some …

Peak Hurricane Season 2020

September 13th, 2020

13:17

Hurricane Laura ramped up to a Category 4 hurricane late last month and was the strongest storm to hit the Louisiana coast in more than a hundred and …

Fueling Creativity: Funding Modern, Independent Invention

September 13th, 2020

9:28

Without inventors like Benjamin Franklin or visionaries like Elon Musk, the world would look a bit different. Both of these people and countless …

Culture Crash: The Lasting Legacy Of Actor Chadwick Boseman

September 13th, 2020

3:10

Chadwick Boseman passed away from cancer at the age of 43 on August 28. We honor his legacy and his many contributions to film from starring in Black Panther to his portrayal of baseball player, Jackie Robinson in the …

The Current Scope Of Surveillance In The U.S.

September 6th, 2020

10:00

Today, ex-government employee, Edward Snowden is recognized around the world for his role in leaking highly classified information about government …

A Violent Wildfire Season In The West

September 6th, 2020

10:03

It’s only September and this year’s wildfires in California are already worse than last year with still months left in peak fire season. We explore …

Culture Crash: The Soothing Sounds Of Frank Ocean

September 6th, 2020

2:35

It’s no surprise that many of us are always looking for new ways to de-stress and relax this year. Whether you’re cooking, driving or just relaxing, the music of Frank Ocean is a fantastic choice.

Rehabilitation While in Prison: Getting to the Root of the Problem

August 30th, 2020

9:48

The U.S. has the largest prison population in the world with more than 2.3 million inmates. Each year, prisons cost taxpayers 80 billion dollars. But …

Sleeping Soundly: The Interconnected Benefits Of Getting Good Rest

August 30th, 2020

15:36

All humans need some amount of rest – whether that’s five hours or eight. But how we sleep and the quality of that slumber can vary widely. We speak with sleep expert, Matthew Walker, a professor at California-Berkeley, …

Culture Crash: Exploring the Works of Charlie Kaufman

August 30th, 2020

3:24

Writer & director Charlie Kaufman is known for several hit movies including Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and Synecdoche, New York. We explore some of his biggest career triumphs and the upcoming release of …

How To Travel Once We Can All Travel Again

August 23rd, 2020

11:39

For most people this year, traveling seems like a distant memory. Getting on a plane, taking a train or even using public transport on a daily basis has been largely abandoned with COVID-19. But once it is safe to …

Murder On The Herbert Fuller

August 23rd, 2020

11:38

Rewind back to 1896 aboard the voyager ship, the Herbert Fuller. Just a week into the journey, three people aboard were murdered and there were …

Culture Crash: Taylor Swift’s Surprise Album

August 23rd, 2020

2:38

The new summer release, Folklore, by artist Taylor Swift heads in a stylistically different direction than what she’s largely known for. We discuss …

Culture Crash: A Collection of Science Fiction

August 16th, 2020

2:34

The Forward is a new science fiction series of six short novellas written by prominent authors in the genre. We discuss the appeal and if the new release is worth the purchase.

Dot Con: Pranking The Authors Of Spam Emails

August 16th, 2020

10:58

We’ve all received spam calls and fishy-looking emails that promise us a free vacation or a great bargain that’s too good to pass up. Sometimes they even come from a phone contact or your boss asking for help or to …

The Holocaust: Surviving The German Occupation Of The Netherlands

August 16th, 2020

12:17

When Dutch forces surrendered to the Germans in May of 1940, the Nazis gained control of the Netherlands and set in action a plan to exterminate …

Culture Crash: A Father-Son Horror Novella

August 9th, 2020

2:07

Viewpoints speaks with father-son duo, Richard and Billy Chizmar about the combined process of writing the popular horror story, Widow’s Point.

The Invention Of Instant Photography

August 9th, 2020

10:44

In the early to mid 1900’s, capturing a picture was cumbersome and complicated and took weeks to process the film. Then, Edwin Land, the creator of …

Modern Contracts For NonTraditional Relationships

August 9th, 2020

13:00

There are millions of Americans who live together as husband and wife, but never become formally “married.” What are their rights? Who gets the house, the car and the bank accounts if the relationship ends or one of …

Culture Crash: Diving Into The New Indie Band And Album “Red Hearse”

August 2nd, 2020

2:20

We discuss the new debut album and band both called “Red Hearse”. The band is made up of musicians Jack Antonoff, Sam Dew and Mark Spears, better known as Sounwave.

Better Understanding Trauma

August 2nd, 2020

13:26

Trauma comes in many shapes and forms throughout life. Viewpoints speaks with psychiatrist, Dr. James S. Gordon in order to better understand a person’s reaction to trauma and the body’s resilience in dealing with these …

A Different Career: The Life Of A Professional Cuddler

August 2nd, 2020

12:08

Thousands of Americans are certified cuddlers. You might be asking - what does it mean to be a ‘certified cuddler’? Christina Hepburn joins Viewpoints this week to talk about this relatively new niche and how she’s …

Culture Crash: Film Highlights So Far In 2020

July 26th, 2020

3:08

This year has forced the film industry – like many other industries – to adapt and do things a little differently. This means a new resurgence of drive-in theatres or the option to buy new releases straight from your …

A Shift Towards Sustainable Construction & Design

July 26th, 2020

13:48

Glass, wood, stone. These are some of the natural materials that are on the forefront of construction. Today, a greater number of architects and developers are not only thinking about profit and supply, but the …

The Church Of Scientology

July 26th, 2020

11:00

Scientology – is it a religion, spiritual group, business organization? The group was created in the 1950’s and is headquartered in Los Angeles. …

Culture Crash: The Latest Blockbuster From Christopher Nolan

July 19th, 2020

3:03

Tenet, the newest movie from acclaimed director Christopher Nolan, is set to release next month. We take a look back at some of Nolan’s biggest film …

The Many Faces Of Homelessness

July 19th, 2020

9:00

On a single night in the U.S. there are more than 550,000 people homeless – and this number is only set to rise as COVID-19 has put millions out of work and shattered the stability of the U.S. economy. As a child or …

The World Of Cults

July 19th, 2020

11:31

When you think of a cult, what image pops into your head? Is it one of violence or extremism? Is it people in all white praying and worshipping a …

Culture Crash: The Passing Of Director Joel Schumacher

July 12th, 2020

2:38

Prominent Hollywood director Joel Schumacher died on June 22, 2020 at the age of 80. We discuss his legacy and some of the films he’s best remembered …

Poker: A Game Of Skill & Luck

July 12th, 2020

11:26

Texas Hold ‘Em is the most popular poker game in the U.S. today. It’s a game of strategy, psychology and quick decision-making. Writer and …

The Business Of Lab-Grown Meat

July 12th, 2020

9:31

Millions of Americans have embraced plant-based meat like the Impossible Burger, but how do you feel about real meat that’s grown in a petri dish in a lab? If the taste, texture and smell exactly resembled meat that was …

Culture Crash: Rewinding Back To Our Highschool Selves

July 5th, 2020

3:23

There’s a certain amount of nostalgia when we revisit our favorite music, show and movies from those young, teenage years. This week on Viewpoints we …

The Good And The Bad: A Brief History Of The Texas Rangers

July 5th, 2020

11:03

The Texas Rangers (no, not the baseball team) but the western law enforcement agency dating back to 1823 is known for patrolling the rugged Texas …

Is Instagram The New Online Diary For Generation Z?

July 5th, 2020

9:26

While some of us still prefer pen and paper, many younger people are shifting to everything digital. And it’s not just for to-do lists or communication, but also using platforms like Instagram, Twitter or Facebook as a …

The Calming Nature of Tending to a Garden

June 28th, 2020

10:44

Getting started gardening can seem like an overwhelming task, especially if you have trouble keeping a houseplant alive. But with some research and a …

Is Your Child Feeling Anxious Right Now? Giving Support Without Shielding Them From The World

June 28th, 2020

9:59

The days when election and campaign news dominated the news cycle seem so distant. It’s safe to say that no one could’ve imagined this year would be …

Culture Crash: The Difficulty of Placing Media & Literature Into Distinct Genres

June 28th, 2020

2:08

Sometimes a new release fits into multiple genres but has to be classified into one specific genre. Star Wars is labeled as a space opera – but what …

Culture Crash: The Rollout Of HBO Max

June 21st, 2020

2:48

The new streaming service, HBO Max can be a bit confusing. What does it cover that’s not already on HBO Go or HBO Now? We discuss the differences and the hottest shows and films on the platform.

Shakeups In The Salon & Skincare Industry

June 21st, 2020

11:13

Business owners have had an extremely stressful year as COVID-19 forced millions of shops to close their doors for two plus months. Now, as much of …

Exploring The World Of Wine One Glass At A Time

June 21st, 2020

9:52

Finding the right wine is intimidating. Strolling through the wine aisle, it can sometimes be easier to give up and choose a bottle based off whether …

The Murder Of George Floyd: A Deepening Public Health Crisis

June 14th, 2020

10:39

George Floyd was 46 years old when he was murdered on the street by ex-Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin. The father of five moved to the …

Navigating Peak Wedding Season During A Pandemic

June 14th, 2020

9:35

In April, May and June of this year, 550,000 weddings across the U.S. were set to take place. As the threat of COVID-19 swept much of the U.S., many …

Culture Crash: The Voices Of African American Authors

June 14th, 2020

2:20

Reading the works of black authors is an important part to better understanding why racial inequities still plague our country. We offer up some recommendations to add to your reading list.

One Country, Two Systems: The Deepening Political Crisis In Hong Kong

June 7th, 2020

11:44

Tensions between the people of Hong Kong and the Chinese communist government are quickly escalating in recent months. With the proposal of a new national security law in late May further tightening the grip on the …

The Many Firsts Throughout History

June 7th, 2020

9:24

Imagine finding a rough, circular rock-like object and spending many minutes, if not hours, trying to pry it open to see what’s inside. Once you …

Culture Crash: Remaking The Justice League

June 7th, 2020

2:38

Zack Snyder’s version of the movie The Justice League will premiere on streaming service HBO Max in 2021. We discuss the new release set to be a great improvement from the 2017 Warner Brothers version that was a …

Losing A Part Of Your Heart: Dealing With Loss

May 31st, 2020

12:44

Losing someone you love – whether that’s a partner, friend or a part of your family – can be devastating. Is there a way to ‘correctly’ deal with the process of death and grieve after the person has passed? This week on …

Served Up: Poetry With A Side Of Dark Humor

May 31st, 2020

8:19

The Epic of Gilgamesh is thought to be the oldest epic poem ever written, created in 2000 BCE. Throughout time, poetry has stayed constant, with …

Culture Crash: The Life Of Writer & Director Lynn Shelton

May 31st, 2020

2:30

Lynn Shelton passed away earlier this month at age 54. We discuss some of her biggest achievements and legacy in Hollywood.

Culture Crash: Parks And Recreation: Quarantine Edition

May 24th, 2020

2:36

The popular show, Parks and Recreation has returned for a special, one-time-only episode featuring the original cast. We discuss if the new release …

75 Years After WWII: The Men Of The 44th Bomb Group

May 24th, 2020

10:28

Memorial Day is on Monday, May 25 this year. It is a day that we remember those who have served and lost their lives protecting this country. To honor our veterans, we highlight a unique story from World War II about …

The Story of Apollo 8

May 24th, 2020

12:45

When we think back to the biggest space accomplishments in history, many of us instantly remember Apollo 11 – the mission that landed humans on the …

Culture Crash: The Athlete, The Legend: Michael Jordan

May 17th, 2020

2:33

The sports documentary, Save the Last Dance, has received high praise over the last several weeks. We discuss the 10-part docuseries now streaming on the ESPN app.

Millennial Money: Leveraging Your Worth

May 17th, 2020

11:34

Jessica Byrne is a 26-year-old software engineer from Portland that’s saved more than $300,000 in a very short span of time. We speak with Byrne …

The Inner Tolls Of Working In Dining – A Feature With Chef Iliana Regan

May 17th, 2020

11:52

Iliana Regan has worked in the restaurant industry for more than two decades in almost every position imaginable. From fast service to high-end fine dining, she’s a self-taught, Michelin-starred chef that’s known for …

Culture Crash: The Fate Of The Oscars

May 10th, 2020

2:39

How will the upcoming award’s season be affected by COVID-19? We discuss the state of the film industry and how the Academy is changing its rules …

An Essential Industry: Construction In The U.S.

May 10th, 2020

11:54

In most states, construction is deemed an essential service during the COVID-19 pandemic. With roadways fairly clear and schools temporarily closed, …

The Rise Of Coffee Capitalism

May 10th, 2020

9:18

Even as Americans shelter-in-place, coffee consumption is up in the first four months of 2020. Why is coffee a drink that is so popular across the …

Culture Crash: Exploring The Tech Show “Halt And Catch Fire”

May 3rd, 2020

2:35

Have you pretty much watched everything on your list at this point? All four seasons of the AMC series Halt and Catch Fire are now available on Netflix. While you’ve probably never heard of the show, it’s definitely a …

From Luxury Ingredients To Food Styling: The Quirky Inner Workings Of The Food Biz

May 3rd, 2020

10:34

Could you ever imagine that some imported white asparagus could cost upwards of $250? Neither did we. This week on Viewpoints, we delve into the …

To Eat Or Not To Eat? The Processed Food Conundrum

May 3rd, 2020

10:39

Complex ingredients like maltodextrin and ferrous sulfate can seem scary, but are they actually bad for you in the long-term? We speak with chemist …

Culture Crash: Ensuring The Accessibility of Independent films

April 26th, 2020

2:38

Older films are hard to find these days on mainstream streaming platforms like Netflix and Hulu. We delve into how to track down some of the best …

The Dire State Of Affordable Housing In America

April 26th, 2020

10:40

The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated the housing crisis as many millions of Americans can no longer afford to pay rent or their monthly mortgage. Viewpoints speaks with two housing experts about why so many people …

The Slow-Looming, Invisible Crisis Of Climate Change

April 26th, 2020

10:19

With billions across the world staying home right now due to coronavirus, air pollution in many major cities has cleared making way for blue skies …

A Dormant Family Secret Uncovered Through DNA Testing

April 19th, 2020

10:27

Imagine finding out at 54-years-old that the father who raised you wasn’t actually your biological dad. Novelist Dani Shapiro found herself in this …

Modern-Day Drones And The Implementation Of Remote Identification

April 19th, 2020

12:43

Drones are already a multi-billion-dollar business and only set to grow in revenue over the next five years, reaching an estimated 63 billion by …

Culture Crash: Getting Lost In The World Of Videogames

April 19th, 2020

2:29

Videogames are a great way to pass time. As many of us are trying to do exactly that these days, we delve into the fantasy world and discuss some of our favorite classic and new release picks.

Deploying School Meals To Those Who Need Them Most Right Now

April 12th, 2020

14:44

On a typical day, the National School Lunch Program serves 20.2 million free lunches to students in need, according to the USDA. With sweeping school …

Why Do Crosswords Never Go Out Of Style?

April 12th, 2020

10:50

The first published crossword was created in 1913 by journalist Arthur Wynne. Since then, the timeless puzzle has stayed in style and graces newspapers from the New York Times to USA Today. Self-acclaimed lovers of …

Culture Crash: Taking The Time To Tuck Into A Good Book

April 12th, 2020

2:21

During this period of social distancing, the constant screen time while working from home and watching Netflix can get to be a bit overwhelming. Viewpoints discusses some of our favorite classic reads by prominent …

Culture Crash: Hollywood Hitting Pause On Business

April 5th, 2020

3:01

Coronavirus has affected nearly every industry across the globe, including the entertainment biz. We discuss how several facets of Hollywood, from …

Drew Barrymore On Life, Love & Family

April 5th, 2020

13:48

Everyone remembers little Gertie from the movie E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial and the actress who played the part: Drew Barrymore. However, a lot has changed since then. Today, Barrymore is mother of two, accomplished …

Overcoming Uncertainty In The Midst Of COVID-19

April 5th, 2020

11:11

With many unknowns hanging above our heads during this global pandemic, it’s vital to stay present and positive. We discuss small steps you can take each day to find structure and the importance of looking at the …

Culture Crash: Passing The Time During This Period Of ‘Social Distancing’

March 29th, 2020

2:38

We discuss some of the best selections now streaming on Netflix as millions turn to movies right now for evening entertainment.

Falling Through A Cloud: Living With Cognitive Decline

March 29th, 2020

11:06

In a moment where many are practicing ‘social distancing’ it can be a good opportunity to put down your phones and pick up a stress-relieving solo …

Cannabis: A Complicated History

March 29th, 2020

12:14

Human use of cannabis dates back to tens of thousands of years ago. And the drug wasn’t just used in medicinal or recreational settings, but also part of religious ceremonies or used by warriors before wartime battle. …

Culture Crash: The New Sci-Fi Mystery Series “Devs”

March 22nd, 2020

2:19

Devs has only released a handful of episodes on Hulu so far, but the sci-fi thriller has already generated a lot of buzz for its gripping plot and …

The Wonders Of Removing Clothing Clutter

March 22nd, 2020

11:46

Ever feel like each morning you look at your closet, and despite the large number of clothes, never really have anything to wear? This abundance of extra fabric not only takes up space but also can be a burden to your …

The Resurgence Of Hand Embroidery: Craftivism Through Cross-Stitching

March 22nd, 2020

13:40

In a moment where many are practicing ‘social distancing’, it can be a good opportunity to put down your phones and pick up a stress-relieving solo …

Culture Crash: The Appeal Of Mystery Movies

March 15th, 2020

2:23

From the classic 1985 film, Clue to the more recent release, Knives Out, the mystery genre can be just the right pick-me-up when you fall into a post-Oscar season movie slump. Viewpoints’ discusses some of our favorites …

What You Didn’t Know About America’s Founding Father

March 15th, 2020

9:37

The white hair, rosy cheeks and stark complexion are what we often picture when we think of our first president. But behind his looks and historic accomplishments, what are some facts that are not as well publicized? …

Getting Things Done: Hints On How To Do It Better

March 15th, 2020

16:09

Does it ever seem like the more you try to finish, the less you accomplish? It may be that you’re expending too much energy on mindlessly doing rather than planning and prioritizing. Viewpoints’ speaks to two experts in …

Culture Crash: The Beauty Of “Better Call Saul”

March 8th, 2020

2:51

Better Call Saul is the show we never knew we needed after the hit show Breaking Bad came to a close. Season 5 of the show is now airing on AMC.

From Glossier To Warby Parker: Startups That Are Redefining The Retail Game

March 8th, 2020

11:25

If you take a look at some of the newer brands that are shaking up retail – from Dollar Shave Club to Casper mattresses – all of these ideas are …

Move Over Albert: Uncovering Female Science Geniuses Of The Past

March 8th, 2020

11:33

What exactly classifies a person as a genius? Are there biological differences between male and female geniuses? Viewpoints’ explores these questions …

Culture Crash: The Endless Twists In NBC’s This Is Us

March 1st, 2020

2:49

The hit drama, This Is Us has led its viewers down a puzzling, sometimes draining series of twists and turns throughout the last four seasons – but is the show finally fizzling out?

The Role Of Companies In Protecting The Planet’s Biodiversity

March 1st, 2020

11:13

1,000,000 animal and plant species now face the threat of extinction. As more than 80 percent of all global biodiversity lives on private land, what …

Body-Worn Cameras: Is Fast-Changing Tech Leading To Better Policing?

March 1st, 2020

13:46

Today, body-worn cameras are a mainstay in many police departments across the country. While the new technology increases transparency, is it leading …

Culture Crash: The Joy Of TV Comedy Specials

February 23rd, 2020

2:30

Sometimes you don’t want a critically acclaimed show or Oscar-worthy movie, but rather something funny like a cheesy rom-com or a bit of classic stand-up. We discuss two Bo Burnham comedy specials that are now streaming …

Redefining Sugar: Enjoying Sweet Treats Without The Guilt

February 23rd, 2020

15:03

From sugary lattes to grocery staples like yogurt and bread, sugar still seems to be lurking everywhere. Even with greater awareness, it can still be hard to avoid the cookies and cake if you’re craving something sweet. …

Born Into Slavery: Firsthand Perspectives Of Formerly Enslaved Men And Women

February 23rd, 2020

10:04

Imagine being born into slavery in the South. You have not a dime to your name, received no education and all you know are the surrounding fields of …

Culture Crash: The Broadway Hit “Hamilton” Comes Alive Again

February 16th, 2020

2:30

The writer of “Hamilton” Lin-Manuel Miranda is back at it again. Come October 2021, the Broadway play is set to hit theaters across the country. But will it be worth the watch?

Coloring Outside The Lines

February 16th, 2020

11:25

Coloring books aimed at children, adults and even seniors have been all the rage in recent years and are still trending in 2020. But what’s so …

Rethinking Healthcare: How Do You Fix A Flawed System?

February 16th, 2020

9:57

The topic of healthcare is one of the most debated issues so far in the 2020 election – but what’s the fix for the expensive, inefficient system that’s currently in place? So far it’s a murky answer. Millions are …

Culture Crash: Remembering The Legend: Kobe Bryant

February 9th, 2020

2:44

It can sometimes still feel unreal that NBA superstar Kobe Bryant is gone. The retired Los Angeles Lakers player was more than just an athlete, but a …

Voter Error: How A Trip To The DMV Turned Into Years Of Legal Woes

February 9th, 2020

13:21

Can it ever be too easy to cast a ballot in an American election? The answer is yes. Filipino immigrant Elizabeth Keathley mistakenly registered to vote while at a DMV in Illinois through a law best known as the Motor …

What Happens When Mathematical Calculations Go Wrong?

February 9th, 2020

9:39

The field of mathematics is still seen as a boring and overly complex field by many. But Matt Parker, a former math teacher turned popular YouTuber, …

Culture Crash: Scary Winter Reads

February 2nd, 2020

2:37

We explore Ian Reid’s horror novel, “I’m Thinking of Ending Things” that tops our list of scariest books of all time. It’s a quick read with a twisting plot that keeps you hooked all the way through.

World War II: The Women Of The OSS

February 2nd, 2020

11:06

More than 75 years ago, a diverse set of men and women making up the Office of Strategic Services were united together in their determination to win World War II. Some served as government spies or propagandists and …

Frustrated By The 24/7 Political News Machine? Get Involved Instead

February 2nd, 2020

12:07

It seems like lately political breaking news has hit an all-time high with all of the continuous impeachment coverage and campaign trail updates. …

A New Mindset On Exercise: Taking Small Stepsto Make A Big Difference

January 26th, 2020

11:34

Hate the stair master? Dread the treadmill? Exercise doesn’t have to be an anxiety-inducing, hour-long activity. It can be getting a group of friends together for an axe-throwing session or even going on a ten-minute …

Finding Joy Again Through Small Changes

January 26th, 2020

14:25

When life gets tough it can be hard to find gratitude and joy in the little things. We speak with two authors about how to take small steps each day in order to think positive and refocus on what’s important.

Culture Crash: Oscar Season

January 26th, 2020

2:43

This year’s Oscar nominations are out and there are some good contenders in the mix, but a few movies that were looked over. We delve into some of our favorite films from 2019 that didn’t make the nomination cut, but …

Culture Crash: Dave Eggers and his boundary-pushing writing

January 19th, 2020

2:13

Author Dave Eggers has been a cult hero since his 2000 memoir, "A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius" took readers on a wild and enthralling …

Arctic Exploration: The Demise Of The 1881 Greely Expedition

January 19th, 2020

15:00

In 1881, Lt. Adolphus Greely and 24 men set out on a voyage to explore the northernmost Polar Arctic where few had ventured before. The goal was to …

Why Are Young People Struggling More Than Previous Generations?

January 19th, 2020

10:40

Roughly 15 percent of 25 to 35-year-old’s are back living with their parents, according to a 2016 study by Pew Research Center – and this number is …

Spreading Word Of The 2020 U.S. Census

January 12th, 2020

9:49

The 2020 census is just around the corner. We speak with an employee from the U.S. Census Bureau about the importance of taking part in the nationwide survey and how the government is reaching students and their …

Addiction: Why It Happens And How To Help Addicts Back From The Edge

January 12th, 2020

14:45

Millions of Americans are addicted to alcohol and drugs, and many of them eventually end up unemployed, broken, separated from their families and …

Culture Crash: The WWI Epic, “1917”

January 12th, 2020

3:21

We explore the new release, 1917 now playing in theaters. The new film, which is filmed acclaimed cinematographer, Roger Deakins, has an action-packed storyline that does not disappoint.

Culture Crash: The 2020 Blockbuster Lineup

January 5th, 2020

3:01

A new year means a new lineup of highly anticipated movie releases. We cover some of the biggest films for 2020 from the new Top Gun sequel featuring …

The Pitfalls of Social Media as an Athlete

January 5th, 2020

11:34

Being a college or professional athlete is hard enough. Throw on top of that the constant commentary online and it can sometimes be hard to look away …

A Brief History Of Skin Marking

January 5th, 2020

13:26

Humans have always practiced various forms of self-expression, whether that’s through written word, music, art or some other outlet. The art of tattooing is one such form that dates back to thousands of years ago. We …

Culture Crash: Does Disney Plus Stack Up To The Hype?

December 29th, 2019

2:29

Disney+ debuted this past fall to a lot of speculation about what another streaming platform could really add to the already crowded marketplace. We …

Aging In America: The Senior Care Industry

December 29th, 2019

12:39

Each day, 10,000 Americans will hit retirement age. With millions of people aging, the need for home health aides is set to expand by 47 percent between 2016 and 2026, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. So, …

Harry Potter: More Than Just A Wizarding Tale

December 29th, 2019

12:43

The Harry Potter series is one of the most beloved stories of all time, unlocking a world of wizarding magic, adventure and intrigue to millions of young readers. We discuss how its unconventional storyline and …

Inside Look: Holiday Baking Championship

December 26th, 2019

3:43

A quick look into Viewpoints producer, Annie Krall's festive conversations with Holiday Baking Championship judge Lorraine Pascale, Season 4 champion …

Culture Crash: Uncovering Some Of The Decade’s Best Forgotten Films

December 22nd, 2019

3:21

Thousands of movies have been released over the last ten years. With the mind-boggling amount of films available, it can be easy to forget about a fantastic movie you may have watched years ago. We take a look at some …

Holiday Baking Cheer And Chaos: Inside Competitive Reality TV

December 22nd, 2019

14:38

There’s nothing quite like watching reality TV – and holiday-themed reality TV may be even better if you’re trying to de-stress during the month of …

The Annual Holiday Shopping Frenzy

December 22nd, 2019

9:52

Christmas is just a few days away. By now, most people have bought all of their presents and have tucked their worn-in credit cards away until the …

The Implications of A Shifting Climate

December 15th, 2019

14:04

Extreme forest fires in California; increased flooding throughout the Midwest; rising sea levels threatening much of the coastal United States. …

Tips And Tricks For Holiday Cooking Success

December 15th, 2019

16:22

Cooking during the holidays can be a major source of stress – but it doesn’t have to be. Viewpoints speaks with cookbook author Julia Turshen to get …

Culture Crash: Netflix Miniseries Based On True Stories

December 15th, 2019

2:42

We delve into two great true crime miniseries, “When They See Us” and “Unbelievable” that are now streaming on Netflix. The two shows take a deeper look into past crimes to uncover how the justice system failed the …

Top Dog: Helping Senior Dogs Find New Homes

December 8th, 2019

13:44

Did you know that only one out of every five dogs will finish their life with the family who originally took them home? Top Dog Foundation, specifically helps find new homes for senior dogs through a variety of …

Saving The Bully: Why We So Quickly Condemn ‘Troubled Children’

December 8th, 2019

11:52

While many schools have put in place comprehensive anti-bullying campaigns, we still seldom focus on ensuring that the child bullies get the help …

Culture Crash: Diving Into The New Movie “Waves”

December 8th, 2019

2:29

What it’s like to be a teenager in today’s hyper-competitive, tech-driven world? Trey Edward Shults’ new movie follows the dizzying lives of two …

Inside Look: The Double Lives of Doctors

December 5th, 2019

4:12

Viewpoints Producer Annie Krall spoke with Dr. Thomas Oden and Dr. James Webb who have both made side careers for themselves outside of medicine and in the recording booth.

The Panama Canal: An Engineering Mammoth & Its Implications On Workers

December 1st, 2019

12:35

The Panama Canal was one of the most treacherous builds in modern history. In the late 1800's, the French took on the project and failed. Then, the U.S. took over its construction with a new plan in 1904. The man-made …

What Can We Learn From How Other Cultures Approach Education?

December 1st, 2019

11:56

Have you other wondered how children in other countries are taught? What are classrooms like? How are teachers educated? Class sizes? Teru Clavel, …

Culture Crash: Exploring HBO’s “Watchmen”

December 1st, 2019

3:07

The new series stands apart from other superhero shows while also staying true to the original “Watchmen” graphic novel written by Alan Moore. We discuss the first season that’s now streaming on HBO.

Then & Now: Fashion Guru Carolyn Becker

November 26th, 2019

12:05

This is Then & Now with Amirah Zaveri & Annie Krall. We talk to a new guest each episode about what's changed in the industry they're in. …

A Life Undone: Falling Victim To Identity Theft

November 24th, 2019

13:32

What would it be like to feel crippled by identity theft for most of your young adult life? Axton Betz-Hamilton shares her surprising identity theft …

The Double Lives Of Doctors

November 24th, 2019

11:55

Everyone needs some kind of creative outlet. For two practicing doctors, they’ve turned their respective interests into separate and successful side …

Culture Crash: Exploring Hulu’s “Castle Rock”

November 24th, 2019

2:11

Season two of “Castle Rock” is now streaming on Hulu. The Stephen King-inspired show is full of spooky plotlines and a diverse mix of characters – …

Young Adults & Animals: The Similarities They Share In Development

November 17th, 2019

15:32

Being a teenager is tough these days – but being a parent to a teenager can be even be tougher sometimes. Over the last five years, two researchers, who are parents themselves, traveled across the world to observe …

Documenting A Presidency: Insights From An Obama White House Photographer

November 17th, 2019

11:53

What would it be like to photograph a sitting president? Viewpoints Radio speaks with Lawrence Jackson who was an official White House photographer …

Culture Crash: The Joys of ‘Junk Food TV’

November 17th, 2019

2:18

Sometimes you want to watch an expertly written and produced hour of television with central themes and a commentary on modern life - and sometimes, you just want to shut your brain off and watch something easy. This is …

Getting a Grip on Personal Finance in a One-Click World

November 10th, 2019

27:58

It’s almost too easy to purchase items these days. Need dinner? A ride? Groceries? A last-minute outfit? All of these items are just a click away with a credit card that’s saved online or in a mobile app. We speak with …

Colors: A Vivid History

November 10th, 2019

11:43

Have you ever wondered how to create the color purple using only natural pigments? Or why, amongst completely different languages, the third color …

Culture Crash: How Technology Has Changed Sports-Watching

November 10th, 2019

3:00

It used to be that you’d tune into a basketball game or tennis match with whoever was in the room. Now, social media and the internet allow us to watch, analyze data and connect in real-time commentary with people from …

The Undiscovered Photos Of WWII

November 3rd, 2019

12:04

It’s been almost 75 years since the end of World War II. With Veterans Day around the corner on Monday, November 11, we uncover some of the photographs taken from 1945, the final year of the conflict. These images show …

Culture Crash: The World of Foreign Language Films

November 3rd, 2019

2:54

Why do Americans tend to sway away from foreign language films? We discuss some of the best of this genre in recent years and what’s on our radar right now.

Why Are People Still Dumping Their Cigarettes On The Ground?

November 3rd, 2019

12:59

It’s almost 2020. While many Americans have grown to be more eco-conscious, some things still remain the same. It seems like almost everyday a smoker is seen stomping on a cigarette and leaving it on the pavement or …

Culture Crash: A Review of "Gemini Man"

October 27th, 2019

2:46

Directed by Ang Lee and starring Will Smith, Gemini Man employs new filming technology aimed at immersing audiences deeper into the film. We discuss …

The Complicated Role of Caregiving

October 27th, 2019

13:39

People place such a heavy emphasis on finding and arranging care for loved ones, whether that’s hiring professional care or becoming the caretakers …

A Shift in Sweden: Similarities and Differences to the U.S.

October 27th, 2019

11:34

International influence is increasingly pervasive in today’s interconnected, social media-driven world. Swedish author Elisabeth Åsbrink joins Viewpoints to discuss how Sweden has changed in recent years and the …

Culture Crash: Joaquin Phoenix’s “Joker”

October 20th, 2019

3:17

Directed by Todd Phillips, the newest installment in the “Joker” franchise was released earlier this month to mixed reviews. We cover the evolution …

Disease Detecting Dogs

October 20th, 2019

11:44

Did you know that dogs can smell up to 100,000 times better than the average person? Most of us are familiar with service or police dogs using their …

The Plight Of The Strawberries

October 20th, 2019

12:43

Strawberries are ubiquitous in the U.S. Supermarkets in every town stock cartons of fresh strawberries year round at an affordable price. But this widespread availability may come to a halt in the near future as the …

Culture Crash: Taking A Look At The Flurry Of Oscar Contenders

October 13th, 2019

3:12

Awards season is quickly approaching as we countdown the last few months of 2019. We discuss this year’s biggest blockbusters, new releases and what movies have high hopes for an Oscar win.

Disposable Fashion No More: Is The Industry Really Changing?

October 13th, 2019

14:27

The retail giant, Forever 21 was once a prominent leader in the trendy style category for teens and young adults, boasting the latest fashions at …

Discovering Death: A Mortician's Guide To Life

October 13th, 2019

14:12

What happens if you pass away on an airplane or in outer space? Why do bugs only eat certain parts of your body? These are some of the questions Caitlin Doughty answers everyday and in her new book "Will My Cat Eat My …

Culture Crash: The New Space Drama “Ad Astra”

October 6th, 2019

2:54

We discuss the new movie “Ad Astra” starring Brad Pitt as an interstellar astronaut, and why it’s more than your typical ‘on a mission to save the world’ space drama.

The Summer of Spiked Seltzer

October 6th, 2019

12:34

If you were at a beach or barbecue this summer, there was probably a box of spiked seltzers somewhere in the vicinity. These canned, around …

Raising A Reader: The Importance of Books in Today’s Digital Age

October 6th, 2019

12:35

These days physical books have a lot of competition. From TV to smartphone use, it can be hard to switch it all off and dive into a new book. That’s why it’s so important to start a routine of reading and storytime from …

Inside Look: The Summer of Spiked Seltzer

October 6th, 2019

2:43

Viewpoints producer Annie Krall interviewed the founder of Samuel Adams, Jim Koch to learn about his Boston Beer Company’s mindset for the spiked seltzer TRULY. She also spoke with Anheuser Busch’s Vice President of …

Culture Crash: Stephen King’s latest novel, The Institute

September 29th, 2019

2:29

Stephen King’s latest novel, The Institute, sees the famed storyteller excelling at something he has done better than other writers for decades: telling a story from the perspective of a child.

Friends of the Children

September 29th, 2019

13:28

While some of us have fond memories of an idyllic childhood filled with joyous birthday parties and summer road trips, some children face a completely different home life. This instability can overtake a child or teen …

Think Before You Ink: The Strenuous Process of Tattoo Removal

September 29th, 2019

13:00

Most of us at one point in our lives have thought about spontaneously getting a tattoo. By the next morning, however, we’re glad we didn’t take the leap. Dr. Eric Bernstein is a board-certified laser surgeon with more …

Inside Look - American Rodeo Today

September 25th, 2019

2:50

Viewpoints producer Annie Krall interviewed the 2019-2020 National High School Rodeo Queen McKardy Kelly about her love of rodeo. and spoke to the …

Culture Crash: Noah Hawley's Novel "Before the Fall"

September 22nd, 2019

2:06

Noah Hawley is the man behind the TV shows “Fargo” and “Legion.” He also writes novels and his latest, “Before the Fall,” is a mystery thriller that has been winning awards and demands to be read.

The Boom of Fast-Food & It's Deep-Rooted Ties to American Culture

September 22nd, 2019

11:53

Most of us point to McDonald’s as the founding of fast food as we know it. But the American staple actually began nearly a hundred years ago with two chains, White Castle and A&W. We speak with Adam Chandler, …

American Rodeo Today

September 22nd, 2019

14:05

When most of us think of rodeo, we travel back in time to the Wild Wild West where cowboys roamed the streets. These days, the sport is still alive …

Culture Crash: Unlocking The Popularity of Netflix's Mindhunter

September 15th, 2019

2:49

The Netflix original “Mindhunter” is finally back for season two, and to celebrate its return we talk about what sets this true crime and thriller series apart from all of the others.

The Lasting Prevalence of Skin Whitening

September 15th, 2019

13:25

In the U.S., most women look to achieve that summery glow or bronzed tan. But in much of the world and in many ethnic cultures, having lighter skin …

One Woman's Account of Sexual Assault in the U.S. Army

September 15th, 2019

11:43

Ryan Leigh Dostie, author of Formation: A Woman’s Memoir of Stepping Out of Line, enlisted in the Army after graduating from high school and was …

Inside Look - The Lasting Practice of Skin Whitening

September 15th, 2019

3:14

Viewpoints producer Amirah Zaveri spoke with Dr. Carlos Charles a dermatologist who started Derma Di Colore in New York City - a dermatology practice …

Culture Crash: Fall Film Lineup

September 8th, 2019

2:28

Autumn is right around the corner, and with the changing of seasons comes several new movie releases that seem promising.

Gender & Sports: How Do These Distinctions Shape Who We Become?

September 8th, 2019

14:07

When we think of a typical high school football player, most of us imagine a muscled teenage boy in a uniform. We speak with K-Lani Nava, the first …

The Wonders Of Cave Diving

September 8th, 2019

9:09

What it’s like to swim inside of an iceberg the size of a small country? World-renowned cave diver Jill Heinerth led a team of divers inside the massive B-15 iceberg in Antarctica, and throughout her career has …

Inside Look: Gender & Sports: How Do These Distinctions Shape Who We Become?

September 8th, 2019

3:21

Viewpoints producer Annie Krall interviewed the first female high school football player in Texas to play, score, and win a state championship game: …

Culture Crash: Diving Into The New Indie Band And Album “Red Hearse”

September 1st, 2019

2:20

We discuss the new debut album and band both called “Red Hearse”. The band is made up of musicians Jack Antonoff, Sam Dew and Mark Spears a.k.a. better known as Sounwave.

Inside Look: One Scrub Does Not Fit All

September 1st, 2019

2:25

Viewpoints producer Annie Krall interviewed the President of the American Association for Men in Nursing Blake Smith to get a better understanding of …

Saving The Bully: Why We So Quickly Condemn ‘Troubled Children’

September 1st, 2019

11:57

While schools have put in place comprehensive anti-bullying campaigns, we seldom focus on ensuring the child bully gets the help they need to …

One Scrub Does Not Fit All: Male Nurses & The Future Of The Profession

September 1st, 2019

13:48

About 10 percent of nurses today are men. As aging Americans place a greater strain on healthcare, the nursing industry faces a rising demand and is already responding by finding ways to recruit early on. We dispel some …

Culture Crash: The Countdown To Football Season

August 25th, 2019

2:42

The NFL turns 100 this year. We discuss the American tradition of football and why the sport is so near and dear to our hearts.

The Price of News: Challenges Female Arab Journalists Face

August 25th, 2019

12:39

Diversity in reporting is vital to news that conveys differing perspectives. We speak with Zahra Hankir, journalist and author of Our Women on the Ground to learn more about this issue and some of the stories of these …

Plastic: Where Does It All Ultimately End Up

August 25th, 2019

12:27

Around 90 percent of the plastic we use is left unrecycled and dumped in a landfill. Over time, this waste seeps into our oceans, harming its ecosystems and creating islands of floating garbage. The Great Pacific …

Culture Crash: The Newest Release From Sci-Fi Author Blake Crouch

August 18th, 2019

2:20

We review the new science fiction book, “Recursion” written by American author Blake Crouch who’s widely known for the “Wayward Pines” trilogy.

How New Concepts Are Opening Up Access To Nutritious Food

August 18th, 2019

10:53

You want to eat healthy, but sometimes that’s not always possible. There’s nothing around that’s quick, affordable and above all, hits the spot. We cover how new models are creating a greater number of nutritious …

The Role of Non-Profits in Ending Human Trafficking

August 18th, 2019

13:18

It’s estimated that worldwide there are currently between 20 and 40 million people who are exploited through forced labor, marriage and prostitution, according to the International Labor Organization. We take a look at …

Inside Look - Human Trafficking in Nepal

August 18th, 2019

2:47

Viewpoints producer Amirah Zaveri chats with Sarah Bakker, director of operations at the American Himalayan Foundation, about the prevalence of human trafficking from Nepal into the brothels of India. So far, the AHA's …

Culture Crash: The Return of HBO's "Succession"

August 11th, 2019

2:13

Season two of the HBO show, “Succession” returns August 11. We discuss the basic premise of the ruthless family drama and the success of its first season.

The Woes and Pros of Living Life in a Digital Landscape

August 11th, 2019

13:37

Parenting in the online era can be quite confusing. At what age should you let your kid have a Facebook or Snapchat account? How closely should you …

The Complexities of Implicit Bias

August 11th, 2019

13:47

What exactly is implicit bias and how does it form? We break it down and talk about why it’s so important for parents to address this issue with kids through discussions and diverse environments early on.

Culture Crash: The Beginnings of "Spider-Man"

August 4th, 2019

3:27

We travel back in time to discuss the nostalgia of the very first “Spider-Man” movie and how it kicked off a series of sequels and superhero reboots produced by Marvel Studios.

The California Norco Shootout

August 4th, 2019

12:01

We cover the Norco shootout of 1980 – an extravagant bank robbery by five heavily armed criminals ending in multiple lives lost, several wounded and …

The Technology and Training of Non-Lethal Weapons

August 4th, 2019

12:29

In an ideal situation, a taser – an electrical weapon – allow law enforcement to subdue a subject without having to pull out their gun. But why do …

Inside Look - Bridesmaids

July 28th, 2019

2:36

Viewpoints producer, Annie Krall, speaks with professional "Bridesmaid For Hire" Jen Glantz about the difficulties that can come with being a …

Culture Crash: Ensuring The Accessibility of Independent films

July 28th, 2019

2:38

We discuss how the rise in streaming technology has impacted the availability of classic, foreign and indie films.

A Shifting Landscape: The Challenges Facing Suburbia Today

July 28th, 2019

13:01

Cookie cutter houses, large backyards and shopping centers took hold during the rapid rise of suburbia during the second half of the 20th century. …

Should You Really Say, "I Do" to Attending The Wedding?

July 28th, 2019

12:40

Summertime is prime wedding season, and if you have several weddings to attend or be involved in, the costs can quickly start to add up. We speak …

Inside Look - Toxic Masculinity

July 21st, 2019

1:19

Viewpoints Radio intern Annie Krall speaks to Jared Yates Sexton about toxic masculinity.

Culture Crash: What To Do When You Don't Really Like the Book You're Reading

July 21st, 2019

2:16

It happens to everyone. Despite your perseverance, you just can’t get into the book you’re reading. Do you push yourself to keep on going or give up and raise a white flag?

The Dark Side of Masculinity

July 21st, 2019

14:29

Author Jared Yates Sexton shares memories from his own turbulent childhood and accounts as a journalist and connects it to the larger discussion …

Navigating Collegiate Financial Aid

July 21st, 2019

10:57

Student loan debt is set to skyrocket to two trillion dollars by 2022. We talk two students about their differing perspectives on financial aid and …

Inside Look - Financial Aid

July 21st, 2019

1:52

Viewpoints producer, Annie Krall, speaks with student Mev Becoja, who's aid was cut during for her junior and senior years of college.

Casting A Wide Net: Why Generalism Matters

July 14th, 2019

12:54

Viewpoints Radio producer Amirah Zaveri chats with NYT bestselling author David Epstein who recently released his new book "Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World". Listen in for a short clip from the …

The Fall Of Theranos

July 14th, 2019

12:31

The rise and fall of the now defunct blood-testing company Theranos has captivated the attention of millions and exposed the dark side of the startup …

Culture Crash: The Continuation of Veronica Mars

July 14th, 2019

2:24

Season four of the TV show, ‘Veronica Mars’ premieres on Hulu July 24. We take a look back at the evolution of the series and its surprising survival …

Inside Look - Why Generalism Matters

July 14th, 2019

2:28

Amirah Zaveri, the producer of Viewpoints Radio, asks New York Times bestselling author David Epstein about his unique career path and what he learned along the way.

Inside Look - The Rise of Emojis: Why We Just Can't Stay Away

July 10th, 2019

2:41

Viewpoints Radio intern Annie Krall spoke with linguistic experts and psychologists about the prevalence of emojis today. How do emojis help us …

Culture Crash: The Year of Repetitive Sequels and Reboots

July 7th, 2019

2:55

2019 is flying by. From the good to the bad to the so-so, we discuss movie trends so far this year and what we hope is coming in the second half of 2019.

The Rise of Emojis: Why We Just Can't Stay Away

July 7th, 2019

10:34

Many of us throw an emoji or two in a text or social media message to help get our point across. But do you ever wonder how emojis came about and why we pick certain ones over others? We speak with three experts about …

The Alluring Mystery of Oak Island

July 7th, 2019

12:18

Canada’s Oak Island has mystified explorers for hundred of years, drawing many to its shores with the hope of finding buried pirate’s treasure under …

Culture Crash: The Rise of Writer and Actress Phoebe Waller Bridge

June 30th, 2019

2:43

Phoebe Waller Bridge has produced and starred in several hits ranging from “Killing Eve” to “Solo: A Star Wars Story”. Now, she’s working on the …

The Cost of Beauty: How Social Media is Changing Our Perceptrion

June 30th, 2019

13:36

Social media has become an all consuming way of life for many. It’s hard to get away from unconsciously opening Facebook or Instagram throughout the …

Stories from 9/11 And Its Effects Today

June 30th, 2019

9:25

Fall and Rise: The Story of 9/11 written by Mitchell Zuckoff shares numerous accounts from September 11, 2001. We highlight a few of the stories from the book and talk about modern implications today, including the …

Culture Crash: Our Connection to TV Theme Songs

June 23rd, 2019

2:50

The opening credits of a beloved television show evoke a certain sense of nostalgia for many. We hear the tune and we instantly connect it to a certain series. How have theme songs changed throughout the years and why …

Mind and Matter: One Man, Two Paths

June 23rd, 2019

11:44

John Urschel is not your typical doctoral candidate. Before studying mathematics at MIT, Urschel played college football for Penn State and then in …

The First U.S. Case of the Plague and Its Modern Implications

June 23rd, 2019

13:47

The first U.S. case of the plague presented in the early 1900’s in San Francisco. We speak with author, David Randall about the outbreak and how it changed sanitation practices and government response. Fast forward to …

No Happy Endings: Moving Forward After A Monumental Loss

June 16th, 2019

12:16

We speak with Nora McInerny, the author of No Happy Endings: A Memoir about enduring the loss of her husband and accidentally finding love again. McInerny discusses the grief and despair she felt and how she learned to …

Uncovering The Underbelly of Domestic Violence

June 16th, 2019

13:40

In the U.S., one in four women are victims of domestic violence. Between 2014 and 2017, the number of victims killed by their partners rose by 20 …

Inside Look: Domestic Violence

June 16th, 2019

2:55

Amirah Zaveri asks Rachel Louise Snyder, journalist and author of the new book “No Visible Bruises: What We Don’t Know About Domestic Violence Can …

Culture Crash: The Rise of The Supervillain in Brightburn

June 16th, 2019

2:23

We discuss the new movie produced by Sony Pictures titled “Brightburn”. The film is different than the typical storyline in that it chronicles the rise of a superhero that uses his power for evil rather than good.

The Art of Illustration

June 9th, 2019

10:53

We speak with the Tim O’Brien who has illustrated numerous magazine covers throughout the years. O’Brien discusses his career, the history of …

Not Your Grandma's Co-op

June 9th, 2019

12:16

How we buy our food has drastically changed throughout the decades. We discuss the evolution of the grocery marketplace from local grocers to big-box …

Culture Crash: Chronicling The Nuclear Disaster At Chernobyl

June 9th, 2019

2:19

We discuss the new HBO miniseries, co-produced with Sky UK, titled “Chernobyl”. The show follows the chronological events of the 1986 nuclear …

Culture Crash: To Binge or Not to Binge

June 2nd, 2019

2:11

Binge-watching several seasons of a TV show all at once might not be the best idea after all. For some lighter shows like “Stranger Things” it may make sense, but it can be cumbersome and brain draining to get through …

The Storm On Our Shores: A Story of War, Loss, and Forgiveness

June 2nd, 2019

10:54

Mark Obmascik shares the incredible story of two men fighting for opposing sides and tangled in the complexities of World War II. He exposes how our enemy isn’t as different as we think, the lasting effects of war and …

One Meal At A Time: Reviving The American School Lunch System

June 2nd, 2019

14:29

School lunches in the U.S. have long been overlooked. Dan Giusti, the former head chef of Noma and founder of Brigaid, is gaining ground in his …

Inside Look - Reviving the School Lunch System

June 2nd, 2019

5:01

Amirah Zaveri speaks with Dan Giusti, chef and founder of Brigaid who's working to fix the American school lunch system.

Culture Crash: The New Album by Judah & The Lion

May 26th, 2019

2:25

We discuss the new album Pep Talks from the band Judah & The Lion, most known for their 2016 single “Take It All Back”. The album features a …

Appreciating the Beauty of Calculus

May 26th, 2019

10:50

For many, learning about mathematics can be a terrifying and daunting task. Steven Strogatz discusses the importance of learning the basics of …

The Color of Law

May 26th, 2019

12:09

Racial segregation still persists throughout the U.S. One factor contributing to this inequality is the structure of our town and cities. Richard Rothstein and Tonika Johnson talk about how past laws and our government …

Culture Crash: A Greater Diversity Within Television

May 19th, 2019

2:40

We examine how television series have grown to be more diverse and inclusive in the Peak TV era. One such show is Ramy, a new Hulu original, which …

Louisa Adams - The Extraordinary First Lady You've Never Heard Of

May 19th, 2019

12:23

We all know the names of famous First Ladies – Martha Washington, Mary Todd Lincoln, Eleanor Roosevelt, Nancy Reagan – and they all left their marks …

The End of Ice

May 19th, 2019

11:22

Journalist and author Dahr Jamail exposes how climate change is affecting our ecosystems and natural landscape, including the melting and disappearance of massive ice glaciers. We discuss the long- term consequences of …

First Impressions & their Pitfalls

May 12th, 2019

8:42

We all get gut instincts when we walk into a room of strangers. Do we fit in here? Do these people seem friendly? Snap judgments are simply a part of …

Culture Crash: A Review of Elisabeth Moss in "Her Smell"

May 12th, 2019

2:09

Elisabeth Moss stars in the new indie movie, “Her Smell” directed by Alex Ross Perry. The film follows Moss as she plays the chaotic role of …

The Boys in the Bunkhouse: Intellectually Challenged Men in Servitude

May 12th, 2019

13:31

If you came upon a rundown, roach-infested bunkhouse in the heartland of America, full of middle- aged and elderly men in poor health who worked all …

Culture Crash: Beyonce's Dominance in Pop Culture

May 10th, 2019

3:33

We examine Beyonce’s consistent influence throughout all sectors of media. The visionary artist is known for her fierce demeanor and powerhouse concert performances, rewriting traditional female and black stereotypes in …

The Honey Bus

May 8th, 2019

12:02

In Meredith May’s new book, she examines the parallels between the inner workings of beehives and our society, and how beekeeping taught her numerous life lessons as a child. She also discusses the threat to bees with …

Diversity In Sci-Fi

May 5th, 2019

8:46

For decades, science fiction was a genre written almost exclusively by white males. Now, the genre is flourishing with diverse voices, thanks in part to the trailblazing writer Octavia E. Butler. Historian Gerry Canavan …

Culture Crash: Adapting A Book Into A Movie

May 3rd, 2019

2:19

The new sci-fi adventure movie, Annihilation, is based on a book but the adaptation is looser than what we typically expect. How director Alex Garland created something new.

The Psychology of Fashion

May 1st, 2019

12:03

Fashion advertising raises issues about confidence, self esteem and body image. Our guest discusses why it’s important to look beyond the advertisements and find the fashions that are right for you, how cheap clothing …

Teaching Youth About Consent And Abuse

April 28th, 2019

12:04

In the 20 years since writing the young adult novel Speak, based on her own rape, author Laurie Halse Anderson has met with numerous audiences of …

Culture Crash: The End Of Game Of Thrones

April 26th, 2019

2:46

The wildly popular TV show Game of Thrones is set to wrap up its story with six episodes this season, yet its fans may be unsatisfied. The TV show …

The Lady From The Black Lagoon

April 24th, 2019

11:10

Horror movies are major box office. Some experts see the film “The Creature from the Black Lagoon” as a turning point. One reason is the Gill Man character, created by an often overlooked female trailblazer in monster …

The Gatekeeper: Missy LeHand and FDR

April 21st, 2019

12:35

Everyone knows about the presidency of Franklin D. Roosevelt, but not many know about the powerful and loyal confidant FDR relied on, Marguerite …

Culture Crash: The Increasing Cost of Cutting The Cord

April 19th, 2019

2:33

Streaming services are multiplying, and none of them carry everything. Many people are finding that satisfying their TV viewing desires through …

The Importance of Recess

April 17th, 2019

11:43

Recess helps kids unwind during the school day, but it’s much more than just a time to exercise. We talk to two recess “specialists” about the mental …

Removal Of Confederate Statues

April 14th, 2019

12:18

Statues commemorating the Confederacy remain in some towns in the US South, though its principles promoting slavery and oppression of blacks are in disrepute. Some towns have removed these statues in the face of heavy …

Culture Crash: Sketch comic becomes movies’ hottest horror director

April 12th, 2019

2:24

Jordan Peele used to be best known as a sketch comic, but his second film as a director, “Us,” is showing that the success of his first, “Get Out,” was no fluke.

Greener Gardening During Climate Change

April 10th, 2019

11:41

Gardeners always seek to get the most out of their plants, but some are finding that their plot of land doesn’t produce the way it used to because of wildly changing, extreme conditions torrential rain, then draught, …

The Role of a Literary Editor

April 7th, 2019

12:28

You see authors thank their editors all the time in the acknowledgements section of a book. But exactly what does an editor do? We talk to an editor himself who explains to us what an editor does to get the book from a …

Culture Crash: Summer Concerts

April 5th, 2019

2:30

Summer is almost here, which means the concert and music festival season in almost in full swing. We talk a look at why a day at an amphitheater can …

Using the 'voices in your head'

April 3rd, 2019

12:03

Hearing voices in your head comes with an unfortunate stereotype that you must be mentally ill. However, experts tell us the “voices in your head” can be used to talk to, and about, yourself in a healthy, productive …

Using YA fiction to help young people process the big issues

March 31st, 2019

12:59

For a few decades now, teens have flocked to YA novels like The Hunger Games or The Fault in Our Stars. Why are they so popular? We talk to two …

Junk Food TV

March 29th, 2019

2:19

Sometimes you want to watch an expertly written and produced hour of television with central themes and a commentary on modern life… and sometimes, you just want to shut your brain off and watch something easy. This is …

Raising Financially-minded Children

March 27th, 2019

10:50

All parents want their kids to succeed and live good lives, and part of accomplishing that is raising them to understand the value of a dollar. We …

Life in the Shadow of the Columbine High School Shooting

March 24th, 2019

13:21

On April 20, 1999, Sue Klebold’s son and his friend went into Columbine High School and committed one of the largest mass shootings in US history. …

Culture Crash: Do we all have the cultural taste of our 15 year-old selves?

March 22nd, 2019

3:23

Anecdotal evidence and some real data science both suggest that we never grow out of the things we loved at 15.

Harry Potter Therapy

March 20th, 2019

11:03

The Harry Potter series is full of creatures and storylines that parallel real-life adversities like depression, PTSD and grief in a heightened …

Mindfulness in life, leadership and collaboration

March 17th, 2019

12:14

The hustle and bustle of the world can overwhelm us all from time to time. Expert Marc Lesser talks about how we can embrace mindfulness to relieve …

Culture Crash: Netflix’s Russian Doll

March 15th, 2019

2:54

Netflix’s new show, Russian Doll is an ethical, mysterious, funny drama modeled after the Groundhog Day “waking up in the same moment” plot. It’s an …

A fantasy series that aims at teaching children to consider some big questions

March 13th, 2019

11:11

We grow up hearing nursery rhymes and fairy tales that deal with good and evil. All of us fondly remember the cartoons of our youth and the stories we grew up with. We talk to Soman Chainani about authoring a new entry …

A more ethical garden

March 10th, 2019

12:22

Spring is almost here! That means it’s time to start thinking about gardens and landscaping. Expert Benjamin Vogt has a new way to garden, so that your property can be a place that looks nice, and also contributes to a …

Culture Crash: Audiobooks

March 8th, 2019

3:06

Audiobooks used to be big, cumbersome collections of tapes. Now, they’re simply files on our phones, and their portability and convenience make them …

Exploring what it means for women to be ‘Brave, Not Perfect’

March 6th, 2019

13:28

Reshma Saujani is a lawyer, a former political candidate, an author and the founder of Girls Who Code. She says our society puts too much pressure on …

What big data can teach us about ourselves

March 3rd, 2019

10:02

These days, there is data on just about everything. Our social media presence, our careers, our web search history- it’s all crunched into data points. And author Seth Stephens Davidowitz says all that data can shed …

Culture Crash: Television Shows Creating “Expanded Universes” Of Their Own

March 1st, 2019

3:01

Superhero franchises have spent a decade carefully laying plans for big, expanded universes. But we look at “Veronica Mars” and “Breaking Bad,” two …

Education for Students With Autism

February 27th, 2019

13:49

The right to an education is guaranteed to all students, regardless of disability, by federal law. But experts and parents are now wondering if we are doing enough to help autistic students maximize their abilities to …

Pregnant and Incarcerated: Childbirth behind bars

February 24th, 2019

9:50

After working for years as an OB/GYN for inmates at San Francisco Jail, author Carolyn Sufrin wanted to tell the story of the women she helped. She …

Culture Crash: The Academy’s Unforced Errors

February 22nd, 2019

2:37

This year’s Academy Awards have been a series of mistakes, from suggesting a Best Popular Film award to the plan to award from of the evening’s …

Considering the Precarious Future of AI

February 20th, 2019

10:30

Between Alexa, Google and Siri, artificial intelligence is here. But looking forward, AI will only get more and more intelligent. Author and …

Facing Our Own Mortality: How to plan for a more peaceful death for yourself and loved ones.

February 17th, 2019

13:25

Facing the prospect of death isn’t pleasant, but it is the reality of being human. We talk to two experts about how people can get their affairs in order both personally and medically to ensure their wishes are …

Culture Crash: Missing gems in the deluge of ‘Peak TV’

February 15th, 2019

2:50

There is so much new TV content being made that it can be easy to fall behind or forget to check out a show you meant to watch. We look at a few of these overlooked gems, like Showtime’s “Escape at Dannemora”

The Written Word: A history of storytelling

February 13th, 2019

10:39

Throughout history, stories have been told but sometimes preserving them for future generations has proven difficult. We examine the ways stories …

The History of Pirates

February 10th, 2019

12:57

From Pirates of the Caribbean and Captain Hook to the Pittsburgh Pirates and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, pirates have a real foothold in our culture. But …

Culture Crash: On Ethan Hawke and Oscar Snubs

February 8th, 2019

3:13

Every year, there is some outrage over Oscar snubs. This year, many of us wish Ethan Hawke had been nominated for First Reformed. We look at why.

Parenting a Transgender Child

February 6th, 2019

11:02

We talk to the parent and the doctor of a transgender child to discover what science says about gender transitions and how one family navigated the …

The Unexpected Utility of a Well-Held Grudge

February 3rd, 2019

12:20

Grudges are something most of us think of as a negative feeling. They’re petty or vindictive or unforgiving. But we talk to author Sophie Hannah, who says grudges can be a really positive thing in our lives if we just …

Culture Crash: A New Future for Comic Book Movies

February 1st, 2019

2:43

For a decade now, it seemed like comic book movies had settled in to an existence based on these larger cinematic universes. Now, Spider-Man and The Joker are proving comic stories can have their cake and eat it, too.

Tips on Entrepreneurship

January 30th, 2019

12:25

Brian Scudamore founded 1-800-GOT JUNK when he was just 18. Now, it’s one of the biggest companies in the world. He talks about the lessons he learned and what advice he has for young entrepreneurs dreaming of creating …

The Truth Behind Faith-Based Prison Ministry

January 27th, 2019

11:24

Since the beginning of the US prison system, religion has been suggested as a way to help rehabilitate criminals. We talk to Tanya Erzen, a professor …

Culture Crash: Movies to Look Forward to in 2019

January 25th, 2019

3:17

With a new year comes new things to look forward to, and this year will offer an enormous slate of hotly anticipated new films, like Toy Story 4, It: Chapter 2, and a plethora of superhero offerings.

Processing Unimaginable Grief

January 23rd, 2019

11:55

Grief is an innate part of human life, but how we process that grief varies from person to person. Tom Malmquist knows too much about grief after he lost his partner shortly after the birth of their first child. …

China's Family Policies And Their Impact on America

January 20th, 2019

11:18

In America, we may have an idea of how China’s one-child and two-child policies work, but the truth is more complicated than many of us imagine. We …

Culture Crash: True Detective

January 18th, 2019

2:43

In 2014, True Detective was a cultural juggernaut. In 2015, it was a laughing stock. Can the new season recapture the magic for HBO?

Marriage Maintenance

January 16th, 2019

10:36

Maintaining a relationship or a marriage is a wonderful thing, but sometimes it can be tricky. We hear tips from an expert clinical psychologist on …

Cybercrime in Real Life

January 13th, 2019

13:06

We’ve all seen how our fiction portrays cybercrime, but what does it really look like? Jonathan Lusthaus, the director of the Human Cybercriminal Project at the University of Oxford, joins the show to talk about the …

Culture Crash: Minding the Gap

January 11th, 2019

2:15

In a crowded field of great films from 2018, Bing Liu’s Minding the Gap, a documentary available on Hulu, stands above the pack.

Overcoming Anxiety and Feeling Joy

January 9th, 2019

11:22

Early January has long been a time for people to hit the re-set button and try to refocus their energy and attention for the year ahead. We talk to two experts about how to overcome anxiety to feel happier and more at …

Women in the United States Military

January 6th, 2019

12:46

Women have served in the US military dating all the way back to the Revolutionary War. Back then, they had to lie about their sex and their names in …

Culture Crash: Anthony Bourdain

January 4th, 2019

3:46

This year saw the passing of Anthony Bourdain, a chef, writer, and travel documentarian. We take a look at the impact and legacy of this cultural …

Celebrating New Year’s as a Night In

January 2nd, 2019

8:31

New Year’s Eve is a huge night for bars, but what if you’d rather not brave the elements and pay big cover charges? We discuss ways to ring in the new year on your couch with festive drinks, snacks, and maybe a movie.

Unlocking Creativity: Tips for sticking to your artistic New Year’s resolutions in 2019

December 30th, 2018

13:24

We’re about to enter the season of New Year’s resolutions. Maybe you want to write a book, make a short film, or paint your masterpiece. We talk to …

Culture Crash: Roma

December 28th, 2018

2:26

You may have noticed a new movie on your Netflix homepage called Roma. It’s Oscar-winning director Alfonso Cuarón’s most personal film yet and an …

The Pearl Harbor Christmas

December 26th, 2018

9:54

Christmas 1941 came just weeks after the devastating attack on Pearl Harbor dragged America into World War II. We talk to historian Stanley Weintraub about how America was getting ready for war while trying to celebrate …

Letters to Max: Two friends confront their mortality through letters

December 23rd, 2018

14:15

Sarah Ruhl is a MacArthur Fellowship recipient and a famed playwright. As a professor, she met Max Ritvo, who went on to become a published poet. She recounts the story of their friendship and how they used letters to …

Culture Crash: A look ahead at the movies set to dominate awards season

December 21st, 2018

2:58

The Golden Globe nominations are already out, and the next few months will be chalk full of top 10 lists and award nominees. We look at what movies …

Tips and Tricks for Holiday Cooking Success

December 19th, 2018

10:34

Cooking for holiday parties can be a major source of stress. We have big groups at our house for hours at a time, and you want to impress them with …

The Many Planets Outside Our Galaxy And The Search for Extraterrestrial Life

December 16th, 2018

13:00

We know about the planets within the Milky way galaxy, but what about planets outside of our neighborhood? We talk to Dr. Donald Goldsmith about …

Culture Crash: The Disappointing Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

December 14th, 2018

3:06

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald has been mystifying and disappointing fans around the globe. We take a look at why the movie simply does not work.

Winter Reads for 2018

December 12th, 2018

11:17

It’s getting cold outside, which means it’s time to cuddle up with some good books to pass the time. Or maybe you’re just on the prowl for some …

The Need for Investigative Journalism

December 9th, 2018

9:57

Investigative journalism is a necessity in a democracy. Independent journalists putting in long hours to serve as watch-dogs for our government can have long-lasting ramifications, just look at the impact Woodward and …

Culture Crash: Watching Sports With a Second Screen

December 7th, 2018

3:00

It used to be that you’d watch sports with whoever was in the room. Now, our phones and tablets allow us to watch sports with the entire internet, and look up statistics and names in an instant.

Sleeping Soundly: How getting quality sleep can enhance our health

December 5th, 2018

10:32

We all sleep, it’s human evolution. But the amount of sleep we get and the quality of that sleep can vary greatly. We talk to Matthew Walker, a …

Learning Math Simpler

December 2nd, 2018

10:48

It’s no secret: American students are way down the international list when it comes to math scores. Why is this? Is there something we could be doing …

Culture Crash: Amazon Prime’s "Homecoming"

November 30th, 2018

2:29

Director Sam Esmail has taken Gimlet’s hit podcast "Homecoming" and infused it with a whole lot of cinematic flair in his new Amazon Prime series …

Intrinsic Hope

November 28th, 2018

12:49

It can easy to get the blues, especially with all of the division and turmoil in the world. But author Kate Davies has a different way of look at the …

Shame and Bullying

November 25th, 2018

13:04

Bullying is nothing new, but that doesn’t make it any easier to deal with. Plus, in the social media era, the techniques are getting more public and …

Culture Crash: Filling the Thanksgiving movie void with Stuck in Love

November 23rd, 2018

2:10

Halloween and Christmas both have a plethora of holiday classics to create a mood, but Thanksgiving doesn’t have those. We offer a modest proposal to …

How Pre-Kindergarten Can Prepare Our Children

November 21st, 2018

11:46

From the moment a child is born, parents are working to get them off on the best possible foot in everything from sports to academics. We look into how families can best evaluate good pre-kindergarten programs for …

How Craft Beer Became King

November 18th, 2018

13:20

For decades, choosing what beer to drink was really just a decision between a few big players. Now, there are thousands of breweries across the country. We talk to two experts about how and why craft beer came to the …

Culture Crash: Dave Eggers and his boundary-pushing writing

November 16th, 2018

2:13

Author Dave Eggers has been a cult hero since his 2000 memoir took readers on a wild ride. Now, almost two decades later, he’s still finding new ways …

One Woman’s Life in Beatlemania, From Youthful Innocence to Personal Tragedy and Beyond

November 14th, 2018

12:29

Ann Hood was a Beatles fan all her life. Then, tragedy struck and she found herself unable to listen to the band at all. She tells the true story of how she re-gained her love for the iconic group, and how she channeled …

Terrorism in America, 1920

November 11th, 2018

11:53

Over 95 years ago, New York City was the target of a terrorist attack that has yet to be solved. No suspects have ever been named in the attack that …

Culture Crash: Serial, the podcast that captivated America, returns for its most important season yet

November 9th, 2018

2:28

The podcast that captured the minds of countless Americans back in 2014 is back with an in-depth look at the criminal justice system in Cleveland, offering a detailed look at such a vital American system.

Body Image and Weight Problems

November 7th, 2018

12:50

Body image, food addition, societal pressure and obesity can be tricky problems to talk about. Author Kristan Higgins tries to do just that in her novel Good Luck With That. She talks about her experiences, her …

Looking Into Our Minds: How our brains perceive the world

November 4th, 2018

11:09

There are all sorts of myths about how we can avoid dementia or how to best brainstorm a new idea. We talk to a psychologist and author to get the …

Netflix’s Binge-worth Horror Drama, The Haunting of Hill House

November 2nd, 2018

1:41

With Halloween this week, many of us are looking for something spooky to watch. Well look no further than Netflix’s The Haunting of Hill House, a show that’s like This Is Us meets The Shining.

Halloween Frights & Traditions

October 31st, 2018

12:19

It’s the time of year when we dress up in costumes, head to haunted houses, and shell out candy to trick-or-treaters. But why do we do those things? We take a look at the traditions of Halloween and what makes being …

Spiders & Bats: The truth behind the Halloween icons of fear

October 28th, 2018

12:25

Spiders and bats are two of the most indelible symbols of Halloween fear across the country. We talk to experts to get the truth behind these …

Culture Crash: The Old Man & The Gun Allows Robert Redford to Age Gracefully

October 26th, 2018

2:50

The Old Man & The Gun is a movie about bank robberies, so it may come as a surprise that it’s a touching drama and may be the perfect way for Robert Redford to bid farewell to film fans.

What We Can Learn From Lists

October 24th, 2018

12:32

Lists are a part of our everyday. Often, they are a forgotten part of our everyday. But Shaun Usher read through countless lists to compile a …

The Art of Video Games

October 21st, 2018

11:06

Video games are often considered child’s play, or at least something below “real” art. Author Andrew Ervin argues that’s not true, and that video games are now big-business for TV networks and advertisers, as well as a …

Culture Crash: Better Call Saul’s unique pacing and why it works so well.

October 19th, 2018

2:09

Television shows often rely on a fast pace to keep audiences engaged. AMC’s Better Call Saul takes the opposite approach to rousing success.

Growing Up Poor in Rural America

October 17th, 2018

12:23

Sarah Smarsh is a journalist and author who grew up poor on a farm in Kansas. She discusses life in rural America, how our culture treats people …

Stutters, Stammers, and Vocal Fillers

October 14th, 2018

11:39

If you’ve had to speak in public, you know the nerves that come with public speaking. So you probably also know the pain of umming, uhhing, or misspeaking. We explore where these vocal blunders come from and what they …

Culture Crash: An Absolutely Remarkable Thing and the difficulty of classifying art

October 12th, 2018

2:08

Sometimes, art doesn’t fit neatly in one box. Such is the case with Hank Green’s novel, An Absolutely Remarkable Thing. We explore its story and …

When a Young Person Gets Sent to Adult Prison

October 10th, 2018

12:44

There are millions incarcerated in American prisons, even many juveniles who were sentences to long terms alongside adults. We talk to guests about …

The Joy of Retirement

October 7th, 2018

13:29

Retirement can be bittersweet. On one hand, it’s something you build toward your whole life, but it can also be intimidated to lose your purpose in …

Culture Crash: 2018 Fall Films

October 5th, 2018

2:18

This is the time of year film buffs look forward to: the fall season is when the movies hoping to vie for accolades are released. We look at a few of …

Spies and Soldiers: The roles women held during the Civil War

October 3rd, 2018

12:58

We know so much about the men of the Civil War, but the women from the war are all but forgotten in our history. Historian Karen Abbott decided to change that. She tells the story of several women who helped their sides …

Hank Green on The Internet, Fame, and Our Reaction Culture

September 30th, 2018

10:59

Hank Green has a massive internet presence as a podcaster, vlogger, tweeter, and more. Now, he’s become an author. His new book, An Absolutely …

Culture Crash: The funny and philosophical TV comedy, The Good Place

September 28th, 2018

2:35

This week marks the return of one of the best shows on TV. With a high-concept and a stellar cast, The Good Place has become a critical darling and a …

Losing it all: The Collapse of the Stroh Brewing Company

September 26th, 2018

11:58

Frances Stroh grew up in the family that owned America’s third biggest brewer, Stroh Brewing Company. As she aged into adulthood, she watched as both …

The Uncertain Future of Cash

September 23rd, 2018

10:54

For generations, cash was the way Americans paid for things. But in the age of debit cards, credit cards, Venmo, and Bit Coin, cash is becoming less and less necessary for most of us. We explore why that is, and who is …

Culture Crash: Fall Sports

September 21st, 2018

2:46

With summer behind us, for many Americans, it’s the time to really focus on sports. The NFL season is underway, the MLB Playoffs are about to begin, and the drama is intensifying.

The Sex Offender Reintegration Crisis

September 19th, 2018

10:58

Sexual offenders have to live by a very particular set of rules. They can’t live near playgrounds, they’re on a registry for life. These rules exist …

Learning Happiness

September 16th, 2018

11:39

With social media streams dominating our time, sometimes our self-esteem can plummet. We talk to two experts on what we can do to get in touch with ourselves and learn to have a happier, more positive disposition …

Culture Crash: American Animals

September 14th, 2018

1:49

We have found a perfectly 2018 movie: American Animals. It’s a stylish heist film with a stellar young cast and a catchy soundtrack that is interspersed with a true-crime documentary.

Privacy Online

September 12th, 2018

13:00

Thanks to online shopping, internet banks and social media, our information has never been more vulnerable to theft. We explore what exactly is in …

Soldier Poetry

September 9th, 2018

10:30

There’s a long history of soldiers processing their experiences through poetry. We talk to Adam Gilbert, a war history and author of A Shadow on Our …

Culture Crash: TV Revivals

September 7th, 2018

1:59

Reviving old TV shows has been all the rage lately, and more are on the way with Murphy Brown and Veronica Mars in the works. We look at how writers …

How One Couple Confronted a Mental Health Crisis

September 5th, 2018

12:28

One morning without warning, Giulia Lukach experienced a psychotic break. We talk to her husband Mark about Gulia’s journey, his own experience as a …

The Use of Polygraph Machines

September 2nd, 2018

10:44

We have all heard of polygraph machines or ‘lie detectors.’ But are they truly reliable? Their results are inadmissible in court and yet some …

Culture Crash 18-34: The Joys of 'Junk Food TV'

August 31st, 2018

2:18

While we often celebrate the prestigious TV shows that win awards, we rarely reflect on our appreciation for ‘junk food TV,’ the purely entertaining shows that can help get us through our weeks.

Racial Segregation in ‘Sundown Towns’

August 29th, 2018

9:49

James W. Loewen explains ‘sundown towns,’ towns where minorities were not welcomed after sun down, and he says some of them are still unofficially ‘sundown’ due to their lasting reputations.

Orbiting the Moon: The Mission of Apollo 8

August 27th, 2018

14:04

Though Apollo 11 gets all the fame and Apollo 13 was made into a thrilling Ron Howard movie, author and historian Jeffrey Kluger says the Apollo 8 …

Culture Crash: The Academy’s ‘Best Popular Film’ Snafu

August 24th, 2018

2:28

In a wild moment, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences announced its intention to honor popular films at the Oscars. We explore why …

Seeking the Origins of Creativity

August 22nd, 2018

9:09

We grow up with visions of creative genius: the divine power to create stories from whole cloth and write symphonic masterpieces. But is that how it …

Modern American Immigration

August 19th, 2018

9:45

When people discuss “the immigrant narrative,” you may picture Ellis Island. But what is that process like today? We talk to two writers about the more modern immigrant journey.

Culture Crash 18-32: Blindspotting

August 17th, 2018

2:31

One of this year’s gems at the cinema is in theaters now. It’s called Blindspotting, and it explores racial dynamics and gentrification in American cities.

Overcoming The Fear of Speaking in Public

August 15th, 2018

9:18

We’ve all been in the position at some time in another where we have to give a presentation at school or at work, and often times, it can make us …

Maximizing Your Charity Donation’s Impact

August 12th, 2018

9:31

Everyone has different causes that are close to their hearts. We talk to a philanthropy specialist about how we can donate to those causes and ensure that our contribution makes the biggest impact possible.

Culture Crash: TV Episode Bloat

August 10th, 2018

3:32

Streaming networks have opened up the length an episode of television can run. Gone are the days when writers needed to accommodate advertisements. But episodes that run long often present a new slate of problems – …

Racial Diversity in Opera

August 8th, 2018

10:17

Opera is a beloved art form, but its racial history is as flawed as the rest of our culture. We talk to Naomi Andre, a professor at the University of …

The Shocking Truth Of Who We Really Are

August 5th, 2018

7:30

Have you ever lied on a survey or a social media post? Stephens-Davidowitz says that almost all of us do. He researched the data of big websites like Google and Facebook to discover that what people say or post about …

Culture Crash: The Life of Funnyman Robin Williams

August 3rd, 2018

1:56

A new documentary from HBO, Come Inside My Mind, explores the life of actor Robin Williams as told by his friends and family. The documentary is …

The Power of Picture Books

August 1st, 2018

13:15

Picture books can teach children valuable lessons that will stick with them for life. Our guests discuss the importance of producing books about social issues like race, gender, and disability. And how as a combination …

Serious Play: Using tactical performance as protest

July 29th, 2018

10:09

We all love a good theater performance. But are theater and performance good strategies to affect social change? Our guest thinks so. He’s a performer, writer and educator who uses serious play and theater to help …

Bo Burnham’s Brilliant New Film, Eighth Grade

July 27th, 2018

2:20

Bo Burnham has followed in the footsteps of Jordan Peele and Greta Gerwig, transforming from a performer to the director of a terrific debut film. …

Learning How To Identify and De-bunk Actual Fake News

July 25th, 2018

9:43

Fake news’ has remained a headline mainstay for years now…but politicians seem to be skewing its meaning. We talk to two teachers about what is and …

The Italian Mothers Who Stood Up To The Mafia

July 22nd, 2018

9:15

Most of us have heard of the Cosa Nostra, but there’s another powerful mafia in Italy: the ‘Ndrangheta. We talk to an expert about this lesser-known …

Culture Crash 18-28: The Dark Knight 10 Years Later

July 20th, 2018

4:10

Christopher Nolan’s landmark superhero epic, The Dark Knight was released a decade ago this week, but its effects on our culture are still being felt.

Breaking Down the Pesky English Language

July 18th, 2018

8:51

We all know the rule: “I before E, except after C,” but it’s not applicable in “weird” or “science” or many other words. The English language has …

Culture Crash: HBO's Westworld

April 25th, 2018

2:20

Westworld, the show that mystified audience when it stormed onto the scene in 2016, is back tonight. We discuss the show and take a look at the perils of reading fan theories online.

The Rise of Confrontational Politics

April 15th, 2018

8:10

Politicians have always stirred up controversy as a way to get ahead. What is the attraction to these high-conflict politicians, and how do they …

Empowering Students To Be Leaders

March 4th, 2018

9:26

Experts talk about how schools are teaching young adults to think critically at a time when when students are taking an active role in political …

Culture Crash: A Father and Son Duo’s New Creepy Ghost Story

February 28th, 2018

2:08

Authors Richard and Billy Chizmar aren’t just partners, they’re family. Their new horror novella, Widow’s Point, tells the story of a haunted lighthouse. Despite its scary plot, the father and son say writing it was a …

Making Your New Year’s Resolutions Stick

December 31st, 2017

9:19

We talk to an expert in the field of habit-making about how we can make our resolutions last all year round.

Going Offline in a Digital Age

December 24th, 2017

9:03

Author Christina Crook discusses her 31-day vacation from the internet to reconnect with her physical life.

Culture Crash: 2017’s “Little” Horror Movies

December 20th, 2017

2:43

This year, low-cost horror movies like “Get Out” made big noise at the box office. We discuss one man responsible for the trend: producer Jason Blum.

Creating Great Teams with Diverse Thought

December 17th, 2017

8:31

We talk to one expert about how cognitive diversity can improve the results for a school, business, or even an entire society.

The Role of a Literary Editor

December 10th, 2017

9:56

We talk to a literary editor who explains to us what an editor does to get the book from a manuscript to the finished copy on store shelves.

Making an Impact as a Citizen Scientist

December 3rd, 2017

10:44

We talk to two experts about the need for average citizens to be the eyes and ears of big data collecting projects.

Giving Back This Holiday Season

November 26th, 2017

10:17

We talk to a mom and an author who together have created a children’s book and game designed to make giving back to others a fun pursuit.

Terrorism in America, 1920

November 19th, 2017

10:05

Americans pride themselves on never forgetting the attacks and terrorism of our history, but somehow a 1920 attack on New York City has slipped through the cracks.

How To Make Learning Math Simpler

November 12th, 2017

10:16

Our guests have suggestions for kids-and adults-struggling to master mathematics.

Gardening Differently

November 5th, 2017

10:55

We think of gardens as a place meant to look nice or grow some vegetables, but author Benjamin Vogt says gardens can be about cultivating a better …

Stutters, Stammers, and Vocal Blunders

October 29th, 2017

11:46

If you’ve had to speak in public, you know the nerves that come with public speaking. We explore where vocal blunders come from and what they might mean.

Memory Loss and Alzheimer's Disease

October 22nd, 2017

10:50

As we get older, we all will suffer from some memory loss. The question becomes what memory loss is a normal byproduct of getting older and when is …

The Vital Role of Pre-Kindergarten

October 15th, 2017

10:23

We explore the importance of high-quality pre-k schooling, and tips for parents on how to spot a good program from a bad one.

Mythology and Fairy Tales, Good and Evil

October 8th, 2017

10:43

Author Soman Chainani talks about a new entry into the catalogue of mythology and his attempt to course-correct the lessons more modern stories have …

Unconventional Vacation Destinations

October 1st, 2017

10:43

Author Dylan Thuras talks about a few of the places you probably never heard about but which offer unique vacation experiences, educational opportunities and a lot of fun.

Culture Crash: The Future of Football in America

September 27th, 2017

2:52

Football has been facing a head trauma crisis for years. Now, youth football enrollment and NFL TV ratings are both down. We explore the future of …

The Pursuit of Happiness

September 24th, 2017

9:42

Two experts talk about how to overcome fears, withstand constant change, and feel more happiness in our everyday lives.

NBC's The Good Place and Serialized Comedy

September 17th, 2017

2:55

Traditionally, a sitcom show is episodic: you don’t necessarily need to see every episode. But NBC’s The Good Place embraces a serialized structure, which gives it a unique feel.

Culture Crash: The Cinema of 2007

September 10th, 2017

3:19

On the 10th anniversary of 2007, we take a look at some of the films from a decade ago that have proved to stand the test of time and make 2007 a year in film worth remembering.

Finding Happiness

September 10th, 2017

8:39

We explore the science behind happiness, how our brain achieves the elusive emotion, and how it all depends on who you are and where you are.

Bobby Kennedy’s Legacy

September 3rd, 2017

10:05

Biographer Larry Tye talks about Bobby Kennedy's personal side, how he helped his brother John become president, and how his legacy inspires liberals and conservatives to this day.

Culture Crash: Breaking Bad and the Shortcoming of Binge-watching

August 30th, 2017

3:06

Breaking Bad is a modern classic of TV, and insanely compelling. But is binge-watching such shows really the best idea or do the best plots take time?

Culture Crash: Noah Hawley's novel Before the Fall (2017)

August 23rd, 2017

2:09

Noah Hawley is the man behind the TV shows Fargo and Legion. He also writes novels and his latest, Before the Fall, is a mystery thriller that has been winning awards and demands to be read.

The Complications of Spelling English

June 11th, 2017

12:05

The rules of the English language always seem to have an exception or ten. We explored how the language got so complicated.

Culture Crash: Rap with a Message

May 24th, 2017

2:35

Rapper Logic’s song “1-800-273-8255” is a mental health anthem, designed to help suicidal listeners realize the value of their life.

Culture Crash: The Impact of “Hamilton: An American Musical”

April 30th, 2017

2:50

Culture Crash is a segment where we examine literature, film and entertainment to explore issues and trends affecting the country.

Bob Marley’s Legendary Life

March 26th, 2017

11:28

It has been decades since Bob Marley’s death, but his music is still played and his face still shows up on tee shirts.

What Goes Into a Spy Thriller Series

March 12th, 2017

12:12

Mark Greaney is a New York Times bestselling author perhaps best known for collaborating with Tom Clancy on three books, but Greaney’s own spy series …

Life in the Shadow of the Columbine High School Shooting; Teaching Your Kids About Money

March 5th, 2017

27:55

Life in the Shadow of the Columbine High School Shooting; Teaching Your Kids About Money

Can post-election protests create real change?

February 26th, 2017

11:20

Two political science experts discuss how movements in the past have brought about change and how they compare to the Women's March, the March for …

The Funny Side of Philosophy

February 19th, 2017

11:09

Authors Thomas Cathcart and Daniel Klein authors join the show to tell stories, crack jokes, and clarify some of the big ideas of philosophy.

History, Not Precedent: America’s Internment Camps

February 5th, 2017

10:49

Photo historian Richard Cahan talks about the history of the Japanese internment camps, and why we should look at them as a cautionary tale not as …

Fighting Fair and Productively

January 8th, 2017

10:32

We talk to two experts on conflict about how to make disagreements with anyone, from your work life to your home life, into a more peaceful, …

Solving crimes with new technology

January 1st, 2017

12:01

With new gadgets and programs being invented every day, the technologies used in solving crimes are changing constantly.

Teaching Kids To Give Back

November 27th, 2016

13:15

We talk to a mom and an author who together have created a children’s book and game designed to make giving back to others a fun pursuit.

Remembering the Activism of Tom Hayden

November 13th, 2016

13:55

In 2004 we spoke with activist Tom Hayden, who passed away last month. His hopeful, yet controversial, thoughts on gangs and violence can still be …

Citizen Scientists

October 9th, 2016

11:15

We talk with two citizen scientist advocates about the importance of having average citizens be the eyes and ears of large research projects.

The Holocaust Remembered

August 14th, 2016

11:09

A Holocaust survivor discusses the need for young people to learn about the Holocaust and the reasons why it happened.

Gun Violence and Gun Control

August 7th, 2016

14:00

Two gun specialists talk about the history of guns in the U.S. and give suggestions on how to strengthen gun laws to promote safety and still guarantee American gun owners’ rights.

Using tactical performance as protest

July 31st, 2016

12:21

This week's guest, Larry Bogad is a performer, writer and educator who uses serious play and theater to help change people’s minds and change society for the better.

A Veteran Reporter Talks About His Life at Life magazine

July 31st, 2016

12:52

Our guest, Gerald Moore, was a reporter and editor for one of these publications and talks about what it was like to work there.

Financial Anxiety

July 24th, 2016

11:58

A new survey shows that many Americans are suffering from financial anxiety and it’s affecting their health and happiness.

Remembering the true meaning of Memorial Day

May 15th, 2016

11:07

Two former Navy Seals talk about the march they created to honor those who served and raise money to help vets, their families and first responders around the country.

The Business of Legalized Marijuana

May 1st, 2016

14:01

We talk to a journalist to find out just how extensive the legalized marijuana industry is now, and how it could grow in the future.

Encouraging Young People to Vote

April 17th, 2016

14:14

We talk to two political specialists about how to encourage America’s youth to vote.

Louisa Adams: The extraordinary First Lady you’ve never heard of

April 17th, 2016

13:06

Our guest discusses the strength, political savvy and resilience of America’s only foreign-born First Lady, Louisa Adams.

Getting it Right: The art of writing historical fiction

April 10th, 2016

15:19

We talk to three best-selling authors of historical fiction about how they write their books and why.

The Importance of Recess

April 10th, 2016

12:04

We talk to two recess specialists about the benefits of recess, and learn about some recess activities that help a child be more social and physically active.

Astronomical Wonders: What’s coming up this year?

April 3rd, 2016

13:39

Our guests discuss upcoming astronomical events and how you can watch them with the naked eye or with inexpensive binoculars and telescopes.

Teaching Politics in Schools

March 27th, 2016

14:21

We talk to two educators about how some schools are teaching students how to debate correctly and the benefits for students who engage in thoughtful, …

Everyone’s a Critic!

March 20th, 2016

10:43

A.O. Scott talks about why it’s good to be a discerning viewer of the arts, how to be a better critic and how criticism makes us see things in a different light.

How To Have a Really Good Day

March 13th, 2016

11:18

People tell us all the time to “have a good day,” but what does that really mean? How do you work on having a really good day? Our guest has …

David Axelrod on Obama and Politics

March 6th, 2016

13:25

David Axelrod offers insight into President Obama's terms in office, the candidates on the stump now, and the parties’ strategies in this campaign season.

Saving the Cheetahs

February 28th, 2016

13:04

We speak with a wildlife expert and a wildlife photographer about why it’s important to protect cheetahs for future generations.

Teens and Dystopian Literature

February 21st, 2016

12:05

We talk with two young adult authors about how kids work out issues through the genre and learn valuable lessons about hope, trust, friendship, good …

Keeping Your New Year's Resolution

February 14th, 2016

10:16

About this time of year, New Year’s resolutions begin to wane -- and most die. How do you keep them going? And how can you make better ones that …

The Wage Gap: Why We Have It and How to Narrow It

February 7th, 2016

12:11

What is the gap? When did it begin to develop and why? And what can we do to narrow it? Our guests offer their opinions on the subject and some …

Biohacking

February 7th, 2016

11:15

Do humans have more than five senses? Our guest wanted to know, so she spoke to scientists and biohackers about our five senses and perhaps even finding a 6th sense.

Super Bowl 50: A Look Back

January 31st, 2016

12:18

We take a look back at the game and some of its stars, coaches and dynasties.

Selling the Super Bowl

January 31st, 2016

13:09

We talk to three marketing specialists about how to craft a good ad, how ads are effectively measured and what makes an ad memorable.

Lab-Grown Diamonds and Gems: Are They Real?

January 24th, 2016

12:25

We talk to a spokesperson for lab-grown diamonds and to a geologist about how mined diamonds and gemstones compare to those grown in a lab.

Immigrants: Why We Need Them in the U.S.

January 17th, 2016

13:33

Our guests talk about what immigrants to this country offer to all of us and how we should create a plan to allow them to become full members of the …

Little Victories: Taking Joy in the Little Things in Life

January 17th, 2016

12:05

Our guest shows us through stories from his own life that we should take joy in the little victories that make life happy and fulfilling.

Drew Barrymore: A child actress talks about life, love and family

January 10th, 2016

11:42

Barrymore talks about what she’s learned on the way to becoming an accomplished actress and a mature and loving mother.

The Importance of Music and Arts Education

January 3rd, 2016

12:27

We talk to two arts experts about the value of music education and hear from some students about their experiences playing and studying music in and …

The American Revolution: When did it really begin?

January 3rd, 2016

10:57

In school we learn that the American Revolution began with the battles of Lexington and Concord. But did it?

Photographing the Beatles

December 27th, 2015

11:48

We talk to a photographer who not only took many memorable pictures of The Beatles, but who also became their good friend.

A Pearl Harbor Christmas

December 20th, 2015

13:24

We talk to an author about how after the attack on Pearl Harbor FDR, Churchill and others planned for the war during the weeks before the Christmas …

Henry Clay: America's Greatest Statesman That You Don't Know

November 22nd, 2015

12:05

Our guest says that Henry Clay was just as important to our nation as the founding fathers, and he discusses the great contributions this Speaker of the House made.

Somewhere There Is Still a Sun: A young boy’s Holocaust memoir

November 15th, 2015

11:15

Although their numbers are dwindling every year, there are still many people alive today who remember and lived through the Holocaust during World …

In the Kingdom of Ice: The Voyage of the USS Jeannette

November 8th, 2015

12:05

We talk to an author whose new book chronicles an exhibition to the North Pole and the men who risked their lives to find out what was actually on …

How To Get More of What You Want in Workplace Negotiations

September 13th, 2015

11:59

We talk to two negotiation specialists about how to approach a salary increase request and get some psychological advice on how to gain the upper …

Belonging: Why It’s Important to Be From Somewhere

September 13th, 2015

11:23

When you ask an American, “where are you from?” most of them will say it’s where they live now or where they were born. We talk to one man who thought long and hard about that question and went on a journey around the …

The New Look and Sound of Resumes and Job Interviews

September 6th, 2015

12:32

We talk to two employment specialists about how the interview and resume processes have changed, and how applicants can get the edge in the digital job search market.

Social Media and the Presidential Election

August 23rd, 2015

12:20

Snapchat is quickly rising to the top of the social media hierarchy, and presidential candidates want to tap into its growing audience. But how exactly do you reach young voters on social media without sounding “too …

George Washington and Presidential Powers

July 26th, 2015

11:57

We talk to a historian about how executive powers and privilege for the President were created not by Congress but by the first man to hold the …

The Life and Music of Jazz Legend Sheila Jordan

July 19th, 2015

12:59

We talk to jazz legend Sheila Jordan and her biographer about Jordan’s career, the racism that jazz musicians experienced, and the need to preserve this music for future generations.

Human Trafficking

July 12th, 2015

13:12

We talk to two specialists in human trafficking about the issue and what’s being done to help the survivors of this horrible crime and their families.

Comedy and Comedians

July 5th, 2015

11:29

We talk to a veteran comedy writer about the process of writing funny stuff and the successes and failures that make a comedian a star.

Over-involved Parents and Kid's Creativity

July 5th, 2015

11:49

We talk to a self-proclaimed “odd child” and imaginative artist and also to a psychotherapist about the pitfalls of over-involved parenting and the …

The Psychology of Climate Change

June 7th, 2015

13:41

We talk to a researcher and author about how the framing of climate change can skew the message and create attitudes that affect how we think of global warming and how we become motivated to do something about it.

The Empty Nest

June 7th, 2015

10:41

When the last child leaves home for college, marriage or that first job, parents are often sad and at loose ends about how the rest of their lives …

Big, Bad Botany

May 31st, 2015

10:40

We talk to a man who has researched the unusual side of gardening and find out about some very interesting plants, and how they were cultivated and …

Getting Things Done

May 24th, 2015

14:09

Does it ever seem like the more you try to get stuff done, the less you accomplish? We talk to two experts about some simple strategies you can use to make more of the time you have to get things done.

The Importance of Letter Writing

May 17th, 2015

11:27

We talk to a writer and editor about the importance of letter writing, and what we can learn from reading letters from notables and unknowns of the past.

Ethnic Cooking and Baking Without All the Guilt

May 17th, 2015

11:27

America is a melting pot with its many traditions and cuisines. Some of the food that is so loved by families across the country isn’t the healthiest. Two cooks and a baker share how they are making ethnic dishes …

Becoming Steve Jobs

May 10th, 2015

12:04

We talk to one of Steve Jobs's biographers about how he changed his ways after he left Apple, and how his experiences with NeXt Computer, Pixar, and becoming a husband and father helped him develop into a more …

Unsung Women of the Nuclear Age

May 10th, 2015

11:51

There were many women who contributed knowledge and sometimes their health and lives to the Atomic Age, but who are overshadowed by the men. We talk to two authors whose books give these women the recognition they …

Baseball and the Movies

May 3rd, 2015

12:09

There are movies about a lot of sports and athletic competitions, but for some reason baseball outnumbers them all. Why is that?

A New Look at the Bill of Rights

May 3rd, 2015

13:18

We’ll hear how the Bill of Rights is, indeed, a cohesive and carefully plotted document, how it captures the essence of liberty our forefathers …

Astrotwins

April 26th, 2015

10:21

Our guest, a former U.S. astronaut admits he wasn’t the best young student in school in those subjects, but later on he grew fascinated by them and …

Creativity in Technology and Art

April 26th, 2015

13:28

We talk to two creative people – one an artist and the other a business consultant – about the essence of creativity, how they foster creativity in …

Spring and Summer Travel Tips And Tricks

April 19th, 2015

12:39

Two travel experts about where the action is this season, how to get more for your travel dollars, and hear some tips for making your travel more fun.

The Joy of Missing Out: Getting Off the Internet

April 19th, 2015

11:42

Our guest took a 31-day vacation from the Internet to reconnect with her loved-ones and learn about how online life needs to be balanced with face-to-face communications and relaxation

Future Crimes: Privacy, Law and Criminal Activity

April 12th, 2015

13:34

We talk to a cyber-security expert and a technology attorney about the new threats to privacy and how we can protect ourselves from intrusions.

Learning to incorporate your dreams into your life

April 12th, 2015

11:42

Our guest says that he’s talked to people who have found ways of incorporating their dreams into their lives in very creative and he’ll pass along some advice on just how to do it.

Race and Diversity

April 5th, 2015

13:31

Can race be taught as a school subject, like chemistry and foreign language? And if so, what kinds of curricula are best for making students …

Liar, Liar: How to get to the truth

April 5th, 2015

12:20

How do professionals question people to get the information they want? We talk to a specialist on interrogation and lying about this topic.

The Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest

March 29th, 2015

12:42

Everyone knows the line “It was a dark and stormy night” from Snoopy’s exploits as a budding novelist. But do you know the real author of that famous line, and why he has a literary competition named after him?

Mindful Work: Meditation and Business

March 29th, 2015

11:43

What can we do to keep our bosses happy, our client's needs fulfilled, and ourselves from pulling out our hair? We talk to two men who have found …

Stolen Art and Art Fraud

March 22nd, 2015

14:44

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Gardner Museum heist of millions of dollars in paintings by Rembrandt, Vermeer and others. Nobody knows …

What the Dog Knows - Navigating the World Through Scent

March 22nd, 2015

10:37

Search dogs will follow a scent for miles and even put their lives in danger looking for survivors of mudslides and building collapses. How do they …

The Art of Quitting

March 15th, 2015

13:18

Many people remain in bad situations because they are afraid to quit, but they shouldn’t. We’ll hear about steps anyone can take when it’s time to …

Lying or Memory Lapse?

March 15th, 2015

12:33

A few weeks ago, veteran news anchor, Brian Williams, was suspended because he had embellished a story. We talk to a psychologist and a news veteran …

Choosing the Boss: What Makes A Good CEO?

March 8th, 2015

11:21

A number of high-profile companies have appointed new CEOs lately. What is it that makes one candidate better than another to lead a corporation and make it innovative and profitable? We talk to two management …

The Most Human Human

March 8th, 2015

13:02

The Academy Award-nominated film, “The Imitation Game” brought to light the contributions of Alan Turing in breaking the Enigma code during WWII. …

The History of Physics

March 1st, 2015

10:38

The history of physics is a long and extremely interesting one, littered with the names of some of the most famous scientists in the world, like Galileo, Newton, Copernicus, Einstein, Curie, and others. It is also the …

Addiction: Why it happens and how to prevent it

March 1st, 2015

14:45

Millions of Americans are addicted to alcohol and drugs, and many of them end up unemployed, broken away from their families and homeless. We talk to …

Changing the Conversation: Resolving Conflicts at home and at work

February 22nd, 2015

13:28

Conflict is part of life, but it doesn’t have to be a negative experience. We talk to two experts on conflict about how to make disagreements with a …

Art and Enrichment: Learning to draw can enhance creativity in other parts of life

February 22nd, 2015

11:54

All of us drew pictures as children, but as we grew older, we saw that we either did or did not have real talent. Those of us who were not skilled …

Tomlinson Hill: A story of the two Tomlinson families

February 15th, 2015

11:43

Civics classes in many grade schools and high schools aren’t the same as they were back 20 years ago, when teachers lectured on “how a bill becomes a …

Presidential Sidekicks: The great men behind the greatest men

February 15th, 2015

11:40

The next presidential campaigns are gearing up and GOP and Democratic hopefuls are already testing the waters more than 18 months before the …

How Are Those Resolutions Going?

February 1st, 2015

11:41

Many of us make resolutions on New Year’s Day to lose weight, exercise more or maybe save more money. How are those going a month later? Most …

The Future of the Mind

February 1st, 2015

11:42

It’s amazing that in the 21st century, science knows so much about all of the organs of the body save one: the brain. We talk to a scientist and author about the unbelievable abilities of the brain, how memories help us …

Using Humor to Discuss Serious Subjects

January 25th, 2015

12:43

Sometimes talking about serious subjects, even with friends and family, can cause arguments and bad feelings. But just as Mary Poppins said, “…a …

Face Time vs. Screen Time: Why kids and adults need more personal contact

January 25th, 2015

11:37

Kids are always on their phones, tablets or computers – even when they’re sitting across from one another at the lunch table! Does communicating via screens hurt kids? We talk to two researchers who found that too much …

Stress and Hope: Dealing successfully with life’s negatives

January 18th, 2015

10:15

We’ve all heard stories about people who overcome tremendous odds and end up becoming a success. Or they’re faced with a serious illness, but they manage to come through it healthier and happier. How do they do it? We …

The History of and Changes in Late Night Television

January 18th, 2015

13:06

Late night television has changed dramatically during the past year with younger hosts such as Jimmy Fallon, Seth Meyers, Stephen Colbert and James …

Super Storms and America’s Aging Weather Infrastructure

January 11th, 2015

12:32

Super Storm Sandy was a devastating event that caused death, destruction and billions of dollars in property damage in its wake. One fact that was …

Making Masterpiece: Behind the scenes at the PBS drama

January 4th, 2015

12:20

The PBS series, “Downton Abbey” premieres this week, and it’s one in a long line of very popular programs that the network has produced. How do they …

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