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Viewpoints Radio

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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

1362 Episodes | 2015 - 2024

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February 22nd, 2024

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Culture Crash: Whether You’re A Swiftie Or Not, Here’s What We Can All Agree On

February 21st, 2024

3:09

We cover the one and only pop sensation: Taylor Swift. You can love her. You can hate her. But you can’t argue that’s she this.

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Viewpoints Explained: Heading To The Nail Salon Soon? Think Again

February 21st, 2024

2:39

A new study published in the scientific journal, Nature Communications, has found a potential link between gel nail treatments and skin cancer. We cover the latest research and how to advocate for your health when at …

Under The Radar Pt 2: A Love-Hate Relationship With America’s Space Shuttle

February 18th, 2024

9:54

In total, the NASA space shuttle program had 135 missions. You can’t argue that the birth of this shuttle launched us into a new era of space exploration and innovation. But – what’s not often mentioned are the …

Celebrating Black History Month: The Daredevil Stunt Pilot You’ve Never Heard Of

February 18th, 2024

10:33

Most Americans are well acquainted with the story of Amelia Earhart, but few have heard the name, Bessie Coleman. This fearless legend earned her …

Culture Crash: The Films We Wish The Oscars Nominated

February 14th, 2024

3:14

There’s no shortage of anger and frustration over the Oscars snub around Barbie. And while we agree, we feel like this has already been well-covered …

Viewpoints Explained: A Russian Figure Skater Disqualified & A New Precedent Set

February 14th, 2024

3:07

Russian figure skater Kamila Valieva wowed us all at the 2022 Winter Olympics. At just 15 years old, she jumped onto the international stage, earning …

Under The Radar Pt 1: An Alternate Perspective On The Famed Space Shuttle Program

February 11th, 2024

11:19

The space shuttle is seen as an engineering marvel and a symbol of human innovation, ingenuity, and collaboration. However, there’s a darker side to …

You’re Not Alone: Why The Average American Can No Longer Afford The Average Home

February 11th, 2024

9:14

Just 15.5 percent of homes on the market last year were within budget for the average American. That’s the lowest percent for housing affordability ever recorded in U.S. history, according to a new report from the real …

Culture Crash: What’s So Special About Grand Theft Auto VI?

February 7th, 2024

3:16

We discuss what gamers can expect from the latest release of Grand Theft Auto VI that’s set to drop next year.

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We All Experience Trauma: How To Best Work Through It

February 4th, 2024

11:11

Trauma comes in many shapes and forms – and nearly everyone experiences trauma at some point in their life. Viewpoints speaks with psychiatrist, Dr. James S. Gordon to better understand a person’s reaction to trauma and …

Why Divorce Rates Are Climbing Right Now & What To Know If You’re Ever In This Situation

February 4th, 2024

9:31

For many divorce attorneys, the beginning of the year is typically peak season for obtaining new clients. After the holiday season is over, …

Culture Crash: Love Jeremy Allen White From “The Bear”? Put This Title On Your List Of New Movies To Watch

January 31st, 2024

3:01

We cover the new drama “The Iron Claw” featuring Jeremy Allen White, Zac Efron and other leading names.

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Viewpoints Explained: Thinking Of Buying An Electric Car Soon? Keep This In Mind

January 31st, 2024

2:41

Frigid temperatures across the U.S. have been wreaking havoc for millions of drivers, especially electric car owners. We cover this unfolding crisis …

Why Mexico Is At A Critical Political Junction

January 28th, 2024

11:59

It’s not just a heated election year for Americans. Millions of Mexicans are also gearing up for a contentious election cycle to elect their next President and Congress. We cover Mexico’s ongoing struggle to maintain a …

New Year, Same Challenges: Why The American Education System Is At A Crossroads

January 28th, 2024

9:12

For years, the media has covered teacher burnout and how more and more teachers are resigning. Yet, despite this increased coverage, little has been done to improve pay, working conditions and autonomy on a large-scale …

Culture Crash: Looking For Something New To Watch? Dive Into This Five-Part Series

January 24th, 2024

4:32

Critics can’t decide whether Steve McQueen’s five-part series, “Small Axe” is a TV show or if it’s a series of short films. Either way, the release …

Viewpoints Explained: Why Did It Take Decades To Make Martin Luther King Jr. Day A Holiday?

January 24th, 2024

2:49

We highlight the decades-long political fight to pass state and federal legislation that officially made the third Monday of January Dr. Martin …

Why Are We Banning More Books Than Ever Before?

January 21st, 2024

11:17

Books have been taken off shelves since the colonial period, but, in recent years, more books than ever have been deemed unsuitable for young readers …

The Rise Of The Corporate Dispensary

January 21st, 2024

10:27

Cannabis has grown to become a multi-billion-dollar industry in the U.S. But how much of this revenue is going to small businesses rather than large …

Culture Crash: The Struggles Of Streaming Giants

January 17th, 2024

3:10

We talk about why most streaming platforms are struggling to make a profit at year’s end.

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Viewpoints Explained: Do You Have Rizz?

January 17th, 2024

2:22

We cover the Oxford English dictionary’s word of the year: rizz. What does it mean, and why has it become a mainstay in the Gen-Z vernacular?

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The Secrets Learned From A Fifth-Generation Beekeeper

January 14th, 2024

12:08

In Meredith May’s 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 …

A Pioneer In Paving Greater Diversity In Sci-Fi

January 14th, 2024

9:10

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 …

Viewpoints Explained: What Word Best Summed Up 2023?

January 10th, 2024

2:27

We cover what word best encapsulated 2023, according to dictionary giant Merriam Webster. Any guesses?

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Culture Crash: A Master Of Thrillers: A Look At Filmmaker Emerald Fennell

January 10th, 2024

3:04

Love a good, jumpy scare? Us too. We cover some old and new releases from acclaimed filmmaker Emerald Fennell.

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Speaking With The Artist Behind Some Of The Most Iconic Illustrations

January 7th, 2024

9:16

We speak with illustrator and artist Tim O’Brien who’s illustrated countless magazine covers over the decades. O’ Brien speaks with us about his long …

Are Humans Building Our End? The Debate Around Artificial Intelligence & Its Conscious State

January 7th, 2024

11:53

Would you consider complex, artificial intelligence systems like Open AI’s, Chat GPT-4 or Google’s newest release, Gemini, conscious minds? What …

Culture Crash: Why We Love The 180 That Is Andre 3000’S Newest Album

January 3rd, 2024

3:21

We dive into Andre 3000’s latest album release titled, “New Blue Sun”. 

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Viewpoints Explained: Breaking Plates? Eating 12 Grapes In 12 Seconds? How Other Cultures Ring In The New Year

January 3rd, 2024

2:34

How do people across the world celebrate New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day? We cover some interesting customs and traditions in other countries.

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Is There A Right Way To Grieve? Parenting & Picking Up The Pieces After Loss

December 31st, 2023

10:57

One in twelve children will lose a parent or sibling by the time they reach age 18. Experiencing grief of this kind is unbearable at any age, but in children it can present differently and may require more of a tailored …

An End To The 165 Million Year Reign Of Dinosaurs

December 31st, 2023

9:58

There’s something special about dinosaurs. These majestic creatures walked the Earth for more than 165 million years. Compare this to the span of humans who’ve only been around for five to seven million years so far. …

Culture Crash: A Terrifying Portrayal In The New Film, “GODZILLA Minus One”

December 27th, 2023

2:51

We review the new monster flick, “Godzilla Minus One” by Japanese writer & director Takashi Yamazaki now playing in theaters.

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Viewpoints Explained: Alabama Will Soon Be The First To Use This New Execution Method

December 27th, 2023

2:47

Last year, Alabama prison officials failed to execute Kenneth Eugene Smith via lethal injection. After more than four hours of prodding and poking him, they gave up on finding a viable vein. Smith has been on death row …

The Capitol Police Officers Who Held The Line, No Matter The Cost

December 24th, 2023

9:56

It’s been nearly three years since the attack on the U.S. Capitol. The January 6 insurrection marks the biggest assault on American democracy and the …

Fed Up With The Cycle Of Drinking? How To Build Healthier Habits

December 24th, 2023

11:15

More than 28 million people, ages 18 and older, reported an alcohol use disorder in 2022, according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health – a …

Viewpoints Explained: Why Are Less People Buying Homes?

December 20th, 2023

2:30

We cover what’s driving the U.S. housing market to experience a dip and why some markets are faring worse than others.

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Culture Crash: Why “May December” Should Be Your Next Watch

December 20th, 2023

2:56

We cover why scandalous stories historically draw in large audiences, and why the Netflix film, “May December” is a prime example of why this type of drama sucks us in so fast.

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Should Congress Enact Term Limits?

December 17th, 2023

11:50

With the 2024 presidential election right around the corner, it’s a good time to discuss a growing and debated trend in America: increasingly older …

~40 Percent Of People Will Get Cancer In Their Lifetime: A Former Olympian’s Story

December 17th, 2023

9:36

Shannon Miller holds many titles. Former Olympic gymnast. Seven-time Olympic medalist. Mother. Wife. But she also has another, unexpected title: …

Culture Crash: Can You Guess Who’s The Biggest Streaming Platform In The Game?

December 13th, 2023

3:26

We cover how this force in streaming maintains its dominance and what’s in the store for the future.

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Viewpoints Explained: Why We’re Failing Our Inmates

December 13th, 2023

2:27

So much focus has been placed recently on the importance of rehabilitation while incarcerated. Yet, the meals in served to inmates are often rotten, lacking in nutrients and not enough to sustain them throughout the …

Why We Fail Again And Again At New Year’s Resolutions

December 10th, 2023

10:47

People will soon be celebrating the start of 2024, and many will be resolving to change something in their lives – the ubiquitous “New Year’s …

Forget Amelia Earhart: The Story Of The First African American Female Pilot Who Succeeded Against All Odds

December 10th, 2023

10:18

Most Americans are well acquainted with the story of Amelia Earhart, but few have heard the story of Bessie Coleman - a courageous African American …

Culture Crash: The Beatles Song That’s Finally Seeing The Light Of Day

December 6th, 2023

3:30

We discuss the latest drop from “The Beatles” that was finally produced and released thanks to new technology powered by artificial intelligence.

Viewpoints Explained: What’s The Fastest Growing Platform In News?

December 6th, 2023

2:31

We cover how this app is quickly becoming a dominant platform for news sharing amidst an evolving media landscape.

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Could IUD’s & Other Contraceptives Increase Your Risk Of Developing An Autoimmune Disease?

December 3rd, 2023

11:51

Of the 24 million Americans with autoimmune diseases, about 80 percent are women. A 2020 paper in the American Journal of Nursing estimates that nearly 90 percent of women ages use contraception – which may worsen a …

Love Books? We Do Too: Why The Publishing Industry Is At A Crossroads

December 3rd, 2023

9:25

Last year, revenue in publishing exceeded 28 billion dollars. But - the reality is that just a handful of giant publishers hold much of the power in …

Culture Crash: The Oscar Campaigning Has Begun

November 29th, 2023

3:14

We discuss the weird year that is 2023 in Hollywood. As the year quickly wraps up, we highlight some early Oscar hopefuls that stand out from the …

Viewpoints Explained: The Authors Banding Together Against Chat GTP

November 29th, 2023

2:58

Some of the biggest names in the literary world are now suing the creator of Chat GPT, Open AI. We cover the unfolding lawsuit, what the authors are …

Revisiting Lost Flavors: A Return To The Roots Of American Cuisine

November 26th, 2023

11:19

Go back several decades and the items we eat today tasted a lot different. Viewpoints speaks with two food experts about the evolution of ingredients …

Is Your Pet The Healthiest They Can Be?

November 26th, 2023

9:22

As pet owners, many of us are guilty of sometimes treating our furry friends with too many treats - especially during the holidays. We speak with Dr. …

Culture Crash: Filmmaker David Fincher’s Latest Release

November 22nd, 2023

3:31

We cover the successful career of filmmaker, David Fincher and his newest movie, “The Killer”.

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Viewpoints Explained: Sam Bankman-Fried & The Multi-Billion Dollar Fraud That Changed Crypto

November 22nd, 2023

2:18

We cover the recent conviction of FTX founder & former CEO, Sam Bankman-Fried. Will people build up trust in cryptocurrency again?

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The Rosetta Stone: Why We Care So Much About A 2,000-Year-Old Slab Of Rock

November 19th, 2023

10:43

It’s an intriguing slab of rock, but why was finding and decoding the Rosetta Stone so important to scholars? In short, it’s the key to unlocking the …

Struggling To Get Into Running? Why This Change Could Make All The Difference

November 19th, 2023

10:05

Running clubs have exploded in recent years thanks to the pandemic. And there’s a different running club for everyone. You don’t have to be fast or extremely athletic to take part these days. We speak with two members …

Culture Crash: Reviewing Martin Scorsese’s New Blockbuster

November 15th, 2023

3:08

At 80 years of age, Martin Scorsese - one of the greatest film directors of his generation - is back with another blockbuster release with an all-star cast. We discuss why “Killers of the Flower Moon” is a definite …

Viewpoints Explained: Tensions Rising In The Migrant Crisis & Why One City May Shut Its Doors

November 15th, 2023

2:46

Chicago has received more than 20,000 migrants over the last 14 months. And it’s not alone. New York City, Washington D.C, Los Angeles and other areas are all dealing with an influx of several thousands of migrants from …

Do You Feel SAD? Us Too

November 12th, 2023

10:21

Experts estimate that about 10 million Americans deal with seasonal affective disorder, or SAD, each year. Interestingly, women are four times more likely to be diagnosed than men. And this number is also thought to be …

CEO Pay In The Auto Industry Rose 40% Over The Last Decade: How Fed-Up Auto Workers Are Fighting Back

November 12th, 2023

10:22

Almost 50,000 American employees - a third of the total workforce between GM, Ford and Stellantis - walked off the job and went on strike for six weeks earlier this fall. This coordinated effort marks the first time …

Culture Crash: Why Do We Love Vinyl Records So Much?

November 8th, 2023

2:29

Looking to get into vinyl records? We discuss why vinyl is making a comeback and will never really, in our opinion, go out of style.

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Viewpoints Explained: What’s The Biggest Scam Out There Today?

November 8th, 2023

2:53

Last year, Americans lost almost nine billion dollars to scams. This is a 30 percent increase from 2021. We discuss what’s one of the fastest growing …

Are We Alone In The Universe? U-F-O’s, U-A-P’s, And Aliens Explained

November 5th, 2023

12:27

There seems to be a lot of narratives, conspiracy theories and research funneling into if aliens really do exist. We speak with two experts about how the scientific community approaches this field of study and some of …

Tossing & Turning Each Night? How You May Be Sabotaging Your Sleep

November 5th, 2023

9:06

The Cleveland Clinic estimates that about 1 in 3 Americans struggle with sleep. The problems are wide-ranging, including trouble falling or staying asleep or just not feeling rested each morning. We speak with sleep …

Viewpoints Explained: A Parched Landscape: Why The Amazon Rainforest Is Facing An Uncertain Future

November 1st, 2023

2:48

The Amazon rainforest is in peril. After several decades of deforestation, the massive forest - home to millions of animal and insect species, trees and people - is now facing another critical challenge.

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Culture Crash: Writer & Director Mike Flanagan Is Back With Another Horror Hit

November 1st, 2023

3:31

We cover writer & director Mike Flanagan’s newest drop on Netflix, “The Fall of the House of Usher’. We also highlight some of our other favorites from this master of miniseries horror.

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Halloween 2023: Why Do We Love To Be Scared?

October 29th, 2023

9:22

It’s the time of year when we transform into a different character through costume, setup scary decorations and maybe check out a haunted house or two. Even though these things can be scary, we enjoy the fun and …

$13,000 Per Toddler For Annual Childcare: Why America Is Failing Its Parents

October 29th, 2023

11:08

Americans are struggling to bear the extremely large price tag of early childhood care. In some big cities, parents are paying upwards of $30,000 per year, per child, for this service. We speak with mother, Christina …

Culture Crash: Boo! Our Top Horror Film Recommendations Now Available To Stream

October 25th, 2023

2:46

We cover some of our favorite scary movies from big blockbusters to lesser-known indie films.

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Viewpoints Explained: Tackling Childhood Obesity

October 25th, 2023

2:58

The American Academy of Pediatrics has an updated set of guidelines urging pediatricians to take a more proactive and stringent approach on young patients struggling with obesity. We highlight some of these updated …

How Do You Deal With Loss? Speaking With Two People Who’ve Lost Spouses

October 22nd, 2023

10:02

Is there a right or wrong way to grieve the loss of someone you love? We speak with two adults who’ve dealt with the loss of a spouse to get a better …

A Mounting Loneliness Epidemic: Where Have Our Communities Gone?

October 22nd, 2023

10:56

Even before the pandemic hit, more than half of U.S. adults responded that they struggle with feelings of loneliness and isolation. Fast forward four …

Viewpoints Explained: An Influx of Southern Migrants: What’s Going On?

October 18th, 2023

2:33

Over the last year, hundreds of thousands of migrants seeking asylum have made their way into the U.S. and have been bussed to sanctuary cities across the country. We cover how this large influx is leading to chaos and …

Culture Crash: What’s Going On With Reality TV?

October 18th, 2023

3:17

Why does it seem like every person on a reality TV show is just trying to become an influencer these days? We talk about what’s wrong with reality TV in 2023 and why we’re fed up with these stale narratives.

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The Story Behind the Free Speech Organization Advertising Everywhere

October 15th, 2023

10:41

Have you seen an advertisement or commercial for the group, FIRE? The acronym stands for the Foundation for Individual Rights and Expression, but even after watching an ad, it can still be confusing to grasp what …

Breaking Down the Hidden Misconceptions of Two Classic Halloween Icons

October 15th, 2023

10:20

Spiders and bats are some of the most common symbols of Halloween spookiness. We speak with two experts to get the truth behind these traditionally …

Culture Crash: Why We Always Go Back To What We Loved In High Schoo

October 11th, 2023

3:13

We rewind back in time and talk about the power of nostalgia when it comes to the music, movies and shows we prefer.

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Viewpoints Explained: Why Are Halloween Candy Prices So Scary Right Now?

October 11th, 2023

2:49

Consumers are spending more on Halloween recently. Part of it stems from the holiday becoming more popular and people shelling out more on décor, …

30 Years Of The Motor Voter Law: Why This Act Has Trapped Countless Immigrants

October 8th, 2023

12:02

In 2006, Filipino immigrant Elizabeth Keathley mistakenly registered to vote while at the Illinois Department of Motor Vehicles. Keathley and her …

A Family Forever Changed: Rachel’s Struggle With Schizophrenia

October 8th, 2023

8:45

Deborah Kasdan’s sister, Rachel, had a bright future ahead of her. She was a natural creative, a talented student and loved to travel and meet new people. However, this future dimmed when Rachel was diagnosed with …

Culture Crash: Stepping Into A Film Director’s Shoes

October 4th, 2023

3:36

We highlight how it’s all too easy for prominent directors to fall into a rabbit hole of producing a series of not-that-good movies after their first …

Viewpoints Explained: ‘Less Than 10 Percent Of All Plastic Is Recycled’

October 4th, 2023

2:45

If we spend effort recycling items, it’s logical to assume that most of these bottles, cartons and boxes will be recycled and reused. However, for plastic, this is rarely the case. We talk about the plastic crisis and …

‘2/3 Of Students Are Testing Below Proficiency In Reading’: Why Are Literacy Rates So Low?

October 1st, 2023

12:24

Millions of kids are failing to meet reading comprehension standards. With so many young people falling through the cracks, we look at what’s broken …

’35 Percent Of All Food Ends Up In The Trash’: Why Is Food Waste Still So High?

October 1st, 2023

8:01

Each year, we throw away the equivalent of 130 billion meals. This wasted food could feed hundreds of millions of people and negatively impacts the …

Viewpoints Explained: Why Are Prison Breaks Becoming More Common?

September 27th, 2023

3:02

Aging infrastructure, fewer correctional officers, and a large inmate population. These are just some of the factors feeding into why prison breaks, …

Culture Crash: Our Fall Indie Film Picks

September 27th, 2023

3:02

We highlight some of our favorite, small-production movie picks as we head into fall film festival season.

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One After Another: Helping People Recover In A World Where Natural Disasters Are All Too Common

September 24th, 2023

10:40

The reality: Human-induced climate change is leading to more frequent and powerful extreme weather events. In the U.S. and around the world, millions …

Are You Making The Most Out Of Chat GPT?

September 24th, 2023

9:48

There’s been a lot of hype around Chat GPT and generative AI this year, but is the average person actually using the new tech? We highlight how …

Culture Crash: A Slow Calendar For Prime TV Season

September 20th, 2023

3:18

We cover how the screenwriter and actor’s strike in Hollywood is slowing down TV series releases this autumn.

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Viewpoints Explained: China’s Deepening Economic Woes: What’s Fueling This Decline?

September 20th, 2023

2:30

Less jobs. Lower property values. Tightened consumer spending. These are just some of the challenges China’s been facing over the past several …

School, Sports, Standardized Tests: When Is There Time To Build Life Skills?

September 17th, 2023

11:12

As an academic advisor, Ana Homayoun has had thousands of conversations with students, parents, and administrators. Many of these talks typically …

X (AKA Twitter) Vs. Threads: The Story Behind Meta’s New Social Platform

September 17th, 2023

9:48

Do you remember the hype when Threads, Meta’s new version of X, debuted earlier this summer? Everyone seemed to jump on the new platform at a moment’s notice. But what happened to all the buzz? We speak with two social …

Culture Crash: From Live Concerts To Film: The Dominance Of Taylor Swift

September 13th, 2023

3:18

It’s the end of summer and we’re still talking about Taylor Swift’s “Era’s Tour”. Swift is continuing the mania (and profits) with the upcoming release of the movie simply titled: “The Era’s Tour”.

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Viewpoints Explained: America’s Struggling Cities

September 13th, 2023

2:37

We highlight recent population trends across America in a post-pandemic world. Several once prominent cities have struggled to bounce back after a …

From Drug Trafficker To Informant: How Ex-Criminals Are Aiding Investigators

September 10th, 2023

11:53

We speak with ex drug trafficker, Margarito Flores Jr. about his entry into the illicit drug trade at an early age and when he decided to get out of the business and start working for the other side. We also speak with …

Why Does Everyone, Including Parents, Want To Be Influencers?

September 10th, 2023

9:06

Two out of three people on Earth are on social media. With so many eyeballs online, it’s big business to have a large social media following and work …

Viewpoints Explained: The Escalating Levels Of Caffeine In Energy Drinks

September 6th, 2023

2:53

Over the past two decades, caffeine levels have continued to creep higher and higher. We cover how much caffeine is packed inside many of these newer energy drinks and the consequences of consuming higher-than-needed …

Culture Crash: A New Era For Post Malone

September 6th, 2023

2:49

We give our review of American rapper, singer and songwriter, Post Malone’s newest album titled, “Austin”.


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Actors & Writers Are On Strike, But Why Aren’t Musicians Picketing As Well?

September 3rd, 2023

11:06

Screenwriters and writers aren’t the only ones feeling the pinch in this new media landscape dominated by streaming. Hundreds of thousands of musicians are struggling to make a living from the substandard pay they …

Drowning In Debt? You’re Not Alone: A New Wave Of Credit Card Debt In America

September 3rd, 2023

8:39

Credit card debt in the U.S. just surpassed one trillion dollars and payment delinquency rates are also on the rise. One factor that’s feeding into …

Viewpoints Explained: An Uncertain Future For Commuter Rails

August 30th, 2023

2:26

Covid-19 shook up norms for many public transit agencies including commuter rail companies that pre-pandemic largely catered to commuting office employees. We highlight how several businesses are re-framing their …

Culture Crash: Is Comedy Dead Or Does It Just Look A Little Different?

August 30th, 2023

4:26

Some people argue that the comedy genre is on its way out. But this week, we discuss how comedy isn’t going anywhere– it’s just adapting to the changing times.

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When Green Energy Turns Toxic: Re-Tooling Solar Panels

August 27th, 2023

11:09

Solar energy is big business in the U.S. and is only set to expand in the coming years, with an annual growth rate of 21 percent. But after these …

'Never Good Enough’: A Rise In Mental Health Issues Among Adolescents

August 27th, 2023

9:17

With summer break over and millions of students back in school, it’s a good time to talk about the importance of mental health. After all, …

Culture Crash: Why Do We Like Watching Sci-Fi So Much?

August 23rd, 2023

3:18

From Black Mirror to The Twilight Zone, we explore why the sci-fi genre has always been a hit amongst American audiences. We also touch on some of our favorite sci-fi series now streaming.

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Viewpoints Explained: The Secrets Of Venus

August 23rd, 2023

3:09

We highlight the deeper intricacies and theories behind Venus’ unusual surface.

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Separating Fact From Fiction: Are You A Victim Of Misinformation?

August 20th, 2023

11:50

Conspiracy theories have been around for hundreds of years. From secret projects to secret government societies, these theories are prevalent are prevalent across society. We speak with two conspiracy experts about how …

From Cow’s Milk To Saltwater Oysters: The First People To Dive Into The Unknown

August 20th, 2023

8:00

Whoever thought, “This white, liquid substance from this animal look like its safe enough that I’m going to drink it.” Out of the many items we have today (whether its food, drink or something else) there was a person …

Culture Crash: Will Marvel Bounce Back?

August 16th, 2023

3:22

The Marvel Cinematic Universe has had a series of flops in recent years. In a landscape with so much content, will this production company be able to bounce back and rebuild its brand name?

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Viewpoints Explained: An End To Finding News Content On Social Media In Canada

August 16th, 2023

2:27

Meta – the parent company of Facebook and Instagram – has decided to ban all news content on these platforms in Canada. We talk about what’s driving this big move and how it’s going to impact both Canadians and media …

Feeling Distracted & Disconnected? Here’s How To Slow Down

August 13th, 2023

10:20

In 2012, researchers at the University of California-Irvine estimated that the average human’s attention span was around seventy-five seconds. in recent years, this number has dropped to forty-seven seconds. What’s …

The Growing Risk of Wildfires From Coast to Coast: Are You Prepared?

August 13th, 2023

10:08

It’s been the deadliest year on record for wildfires in Canada. While California is typically the focus point for these events, the new reality of human-caused climate change is that wildfires are becoming a greater …

Culture Crash: The Power Of “Barbenheimer”

August 9th, 2023

3:23

Millions of Americans rallied last month as two of the biggest film releases hit theaters. Yes, we’re talking about “Barbie” & “Oppenheimer” aka “Barbenheimer”. We discuss the massive revenues these two movies drew.

Viewpoints Explained: Can ChatGTP Perfectly Mimic Humans?

August 9th, 2023

3:21

ChatGPT, the generative artificial intelligence platform, has been dominating media headlines since its release late last year. We discuss what sets humans apart from this network created by OpenAI.

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What’s Happening In Hollywood? The Strike, Explained

August 6th, 2023

12:07

The screenwriters strike in Hollywood is now in its third month. Last month, the Screen Actors Guild joined forces with the Writers Guild of America …

How Artificial Intelligence Is Fueling The $1.1 Trillion In Online Retail Sales

August 6th, 2023

7:33

Online retail sales are set to surpass $1.6 trillion by 2027. With so much growth in the market, retailers are investing big in artificial intelligence software that improves customer interaction, usability, supply …

Viewpoints Explained: How Much Are You Paying For Subscriptions Each Month?

August 2nd, 2023

2:49

There seems to be a subscription for nearly every product or service these days. But how much is too much? And when you’re ready to cancel, why does it always seem like it’s a pain to go through the process? We uncover …

Culture Crash: Almost Three Months Later: Why The Strike In Hollywood Is Still Marching On

August 2nd, 2023

3:16

We discuss the ongoing screenwriters & actors strike that’s halting production on a large array of TV shows and films.

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Will Soccer Finally Score Big In The U.S.?

July 30th, 2023

10:28

Soccer has steadily gained a following in recent years in the U.S. Amongst Americans 18-29 years old, the sport is now more popular than baseball. We …

Looking Through A New Lens: The Largest & Most Powerful Telescope Ever Built

July 30th, 2023

12:56

The James Webb telescope is the largest and most powerful space telescope ever built. A year and a half ago hundreds of thousands of people cheered …

Culture Crash: Why We Can’t Get Onboard With CGI

July 26th, 2023

3:27

We talk about the abundance (and overuse) of computer-generated images in recent blockbuster film releases. We also highlight a couple new summer drops that we’re looking forward to.

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Viewpoints Explained: Why Is An End To Affirmative Action Such Big News?

July 26th, 2023

2:36

We break down how higher education will be affected by the Supreme Court’s recent ruling ending affirmative action.

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The Interesting Origins Of Cannabis

July 23rd, 2023

11:22

Did you know that cannabis use dates back tens of thousands of years? While its earliest use traces back to Asia, it eventually spread to Europe and then America and was used in a variety of capacities. We speak with …

Mary Lasker: A Public Health Pioneer

July 23rd, 2023

9:23

The National Institute of Health. National Cancer Institute. These are just some of the research foundations that are thriving today thanks to the work of health activist Mary Lasker. We speak with biographer, Judith L. …

Viewpoints Explained: Pedestrian Deaths Hit a 40-Year High

July 19th, 2023

2:47

What’s fueling the staggering increase in pedestrian deaths in recent years? We discuss this alarming upward trend.

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Culture Crash: Is the Late-Night Talkshow Format Dead?

July 19th, 2023

2:49

Jay Leno. David Letterman. Jimmy Fallon. Stephen Colbert. We highlight the rise and fall of late-night TV.

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Has Artificial Intelligence Forever Changed The Music Industry?

July 16th, 2023

10:30

Yes, ChatGPT isn’t dominating media headlines anymore, but the technology is still leading to massive changes across America. One area where its …

Avoiding Conversations Around Money? Here’s How To Get Started

July 16th, 2023

10:33

Only 1 in 4 Americans feels financially secure, according to a recent survey by consumer financial services firm, Bankrate. We speak with two financial experts about how more Americans can have productive conversations …

Viewpoints Explained: The 36-Hour Rebellion Within Russia

July 12th, 2023

2:49

Who is Yevgheny Prigozhin? The elusive leader of the mercenary force, The Wagner Group, is now globally known for the recent rebellion he launched against the Russian regime. We discuss the short-lived coup that’s now …

Culture Crash: Why Are Streaming Platforms Always Changing?

July 12th, 2023

3:13

It seems like there’s always a new streaming app coming or going lately. Take the creators of HBO for instance. In a short span of time, the subscription platform has been called HBO Now, HBO Go, HBO Max and now it’s …

Would You Ever Spend $63,000 On A Pound Of Rare Mushrooms? Some Chefs Say Yes

July 9th, 2023

10:35

Purveying for the top chefs across America is an ever-changing series of requests dependent on food trends and tastes. While some chefs are seeking out rare microgreens, others are looking for the finest cuts of beef. …

No Travel Plans This Summer? How To Make The Most Out Of Where You Are Already

July 9th, 2023

12:23

High demand for travel this summer is leading to exorbitantly high prices for flights, hotels and rental cars. If traveling out of state this summer is out of the question (or you just want to spend more time at home), …

Viewpoints Explained: What Does the Oceangate Disaster Signal About Extreme Tourism?

July 5th, 2023

2:48

A couple weeks ago, millions across the world were stuck to news reports focused on the search of the missing submersible vessel, Titan, which had fallen off the radar during its descent down to see the Titanic …

Culture Crash: A New Season of “Black Mirror”

July 5th, 2023

2:53

For over a decade, British satirist Charlie Brooker has been writing/producing his hit Netflix anthology "Black Mirror." We highlight the recent drop …

“You Need To Lose Weight Or You’re Going To Die”: What One Man Did Next

July 2nd, 2023

12:29

When you imagine who’s a runner – who do you picture? Most Americans would describe a person who’s lean, muscled, and fits into a certain body type …

“95 Percent Left To Discover”: The People Tasked With Uncovering The Many Mysteries Of Our Universe

July 2nd, 2023

10:40

We speak with Egyptian-American astrophysicist Sarafina El-Badry Nance about her experience earning a PhD in astrophysics. Before specializing in this field, she had to gain a good understanding of math, physics, and …

Viewpoints Explained: Will SF Bounce Back?

June 28th, 2023

3:00

We discuss the sharp decline of San Francisco - a once-golden and in-demand tech hub where startups, social media and tech ruled.

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What We Do & Still Don’t Know About Black Holes

June 25th, 2023

11:21

Black holes have always intrigued and captured the imagination of millions since they were first theorized and coined by German physicist Karl …

Isaac Murphy: A Forgotten Sports Legend

June 25th, 2023

10:13

A couple months back, millions of Americans dressed up, donned their hats and blazers, and went to the racetrack for the biggest horse racing event of the year: The Kentucky Derby. This week – we discuss the early …

Culture Crash: A Foray Back Into Zelda

June 25th, 2023

3:07

We dive into the popularity of the new videogame, “Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom."

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Viewpoints Explained: Still Don't Know What Juneteenth Stands For?

June 23rd, 2023

2:23

Millions of Americans now get Juneteenth off each year because of its classification as a federal holiday (which officially went into effect in …

Cities Left Behind: The Reality of Population Decline

June 18th, 2023

10:51

The COVID-19 pandemic shook up how Americans work, where they live and what they value in life. But, as people move past the pandemic, demographers wonder if certain migration trends are here to stay or will eventually …

Cannabis & Profit: A Need To Make Reparations

June 18th, 2023

11:44

It’s expected that the U.S. cannabis industry will surpass 50 billion dollars in revenue by 2028, according to top cannabis research firm, …

Culture Crash: Our Love For “Spider-Man”

June 18th, 2023

2:45

In a time where “superhero fatigue” is setting in, “Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse,” now in theatres, is still breaking through.

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De-Bunking the Misconceptions & Stigmas of ADHD

June 11th, 2023

12:45

Nearly 10% of American children have ADHD. We speak with a clinical child psychologist at Harvard Medical School, Dr. Ellen Braaten, about the …

The 10,000 Year Relationship: Our Long-Held Fascination & Love For Cats

June 11th, 2023

10:45

Cats get a lot of hate across the world for being un-trainable, moody, and, at times, hard to figure out. This week – we cover all things cats and why these furry felines (who’ve long been human companions) are unique.

Culture Crash: A Triumphant End to a Brilliant Show

June 11th, 2023

2:56

“Succession” has all the elements of a prime family drama. An ultra-rich, very public family that has no shortage of drama, conflict, and greed. We …

Bridging The Gap For Low-Income Families

June 4th, 2023

10:39

Over 40 percent of U.S. households struggle to afford necessities like groceries, gas, rent, Internet and healthcare. With rising costs, stagnating …

Climate Change In Full Bloom: The Impact Of An Earlier Spring & Summer

June 4th, 2023

10:03

If you live in the Midwest or Northeast, you probably enjoyed that brief stretch of 80-degree days this past April. While the warmer weather can be a nice change, this unusual and sudden shift has countless consequences …

Culture Crash: A Review of the Thriller, “Missing”

June 4th, 2023

2:46

We talk about the new-to-Netflix movie, “Missing” – a thriller that follows one daughter’s quest to find her missing loved ones who vanish while on a …

The Toll of Excess Clothes Production

May 28th, 2023

9:57

Despite increased media coverage on fast fashion, the industry continues to thrive and expand. We speak with fashion activist and expert Maxine Bedat (who we’ve previously had on as a guest on Viewpoints) about the …

“Um, What?”: The Hidden Purpose Behind Filler Words

May 28th, 2023

11:08

We’ve all been there. You’ve given a presentation or had a conversation with someone and realized after-the-fact that you could’ve added in fewer …

Culture Crash: A New Season of Summer Blockbusters (2023)

May 28th, 2023

2:37

We highlight a few of the blockbuster films that we’re most looking forward to during the the upcoming summer of 2023.


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The Allure Of The Four-Day Workweek

May 21st, 2023

10:28

There’s been a lot of media coverage this year around the 4-day workweek, but does it really make sense long-term? We discuss the pros, cons and if this shift is feasible for America’s complex and varied workforce.


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Why Don’t More Schools Teach Financial Literacy?

May 21st, 2023

10:12

Currently, only about 40 percent of students in the U.S. take a personal finance course before graduation. This means that most teenagers leave high …

Culture Crash: One of Our Favorite Sci-Fi Reads

May 21st, 2023

3:18

We highlight the six-part series “The Forward” – a riveting sci-fi read that’s full of twists and turns.

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Culture Crash: Our Favorite Films To Watch With Our Mom’s

May 14th, 2023

3:17

We touch on a few recent movie releases that are perfect picks to watch with your mom this Mother’s Day.

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The Trials & Tribulations Of Balancing Motherhood & Career

May 14th, 2023

10:39

NPR journalist and co-host of “All Things Considered” Mary Louise Kelly joins us this Mother’s Day to share her story of balancing motherhood with a …

Understanding Lab-Created Ingredients

May 14th, 2023

10:36

Monosodium glutamate. Niacin. Riboflavin. We’ve all seen these labels at the end of ingredient lists on our favorite chips or frozen meals – but what …

The Importance of America’s Social Workers

May 7th, 2023

9:13

There are more than 700,000 social workers across America. We speak with longtime social worker and professor, Dr. Anthony Estreet about the vital …

RV Life: The Classic American Way Of Road-tripping

May 7th, 2023

10:49

Thinking of getting away this summer? With flight and hotel prices skyrocketing, we speak with travel expert Bonnie Sinclair about the many benefits of road tripping via RV. Sinclair has traveled across the U.S. with …

Culture Crash: The Coachella Let Down

May 7th, 2023

3:22

We discuss musician, Frank Ocean’s recent performances - or lack thereof.

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Culture Crash: The Sequels And Spin-Offs That Keep On Coming

April 30th, 2023

2:51

We discuss how sequels and new adaptations of films and TV shows have become more of the norm in Hollywood.

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Why Is the Gender Pay Gap in America Still So Wide?

April 30th, 2023

11:56

As of 2022, the average American woman earned 82 cents for every dollar earned by a man. While it may not seem like much of a pay difference, this …

The Secrets Found Through DNA Testing

April 30th, 2023

15:50

What would you do if you suddenly found out you weren’t related to the parent that raised you? This is exactly what happened to author Dani Shapiro …

Part II: Helping America’s Educators

April 23rd, 2023

9:52

More than a third of educators in America are considering leaving their positions, according to recent research from consulting firm, McKinsey. We …

TikTok Isn’t the Only App With a Data Privacy Problem

April 23rd, 2023

11:52

While TikTok has been getting a lot of heat lately for its connections to China, there’s also a larger privacy and data problem across all social …

Culture Crash: A Review of “BEEF”

April 23rd, 2023

2:40

We discuss the popular new Netflix series, “BEEF,” starring Steven Yeun and Ali Wong, that’s become a Top 10 watch on the platform.

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Culture Crash: The Final Season

April 16th, 2023

3:11

We highlight the last season of the hit HBO series, Succession and why other shows that have outlasted their prime should take note of the upsides of …

Spring: A Time Of Flight For Birds

April 16th, 2023

10:29

As the weather warms up, you may be hearing and seeing more birds in your backyard. Spring is peak migration for this species, but in recent decades, there’s been a 30 percent decline in North American bird varieties. …

A Different Viewpoint: Speaking With Actress, Drew Barrymore

April 16th, 2023

10:50

The Barrymore family has a long and storied history in Hollywood. For actress, Drew Barrymore, she grew up surrounded by the ups and downs of being …

A History: The Beginnings Of Mass Transit In America

April 9th, 2023

10:15

Millions of Americans rely on mass transit each day to get to where they need to be. While mass transit has had its up and downs in recent decades - and especially during the COVID-19 pandemic - there will always be a …

Culture Crash: The New Show, “Shrinking”

April 9th, 2023

2:40

We discuss the new Apple TV+ series, “Shrinking” featuring Jason Segel and Christa Miller.

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Understanding The Unknown: Psychopathic Tendencies

April 9th, 2023

11:07

Who do you think of when you read or hear the word, psychopath? Rarely does anyone think of the neuroscientist next door. We speak to two experts about what the term means in the medical world and why many people who …

Culture Crash: Revisiting The Classics

April 2nd, 2023

3:37

We explore some of the older, classic TV series that are now available on streaming platforms.

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Failing America’s Teachers

April 2nd, 2023

9:19

Between February 2020 and May 2022, around 300,000 teachers left teaching to pursue another profession. While the COVID-19 pandemic is no longer a …

Is Hollywood Really Changing? The Diversity Debacle

April 2nd, 2023

10:59

Asian-American actress Michelle Yeoh won her first Oscar at this year’s Academy Awards for her performance in Everything Everywhere All At Once. We speak with media expert April Reign about the continued push to improve …

The Untold Story Of Edith Wilson

March 26th, 2023

12:03

Women’s History Month is a time to look back and honor the women of the past who’ve made a difference. One of these stories is that of Edith Wilson. On paper, she’s known as Woodrow Wilson’s second wife and first lady, …

Culture Crash: Back To The Theatre

March 26th, 2023

3:01

The box office is on a hot streak. We highlight some of our favorites so far this year.

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A Withholding Of Public Information

March 26th, 2023

8:52

Did you know that our federal government classifies more than 50 million pieces of documents each year? Why are so many documents marked as classified? And why is there such a long lag time for them to be unsealed? We …

Food’s Connection To Our Mental Health

March 19th, 2023

12:31

You’re probably familiar with the saying: ‘You are what you eat.’ It’s no secret that the foods we consume directly correlate to how we feel, look and more. But there’s more to food than just providing us with energy …

What Led To The Largest Higher Education Strike In U.S. History?

March 19th, 2023

9:11

Late last year, more than 48,000 graduate students, researchers and teaching assistants unionized and went on strike against the University of …

Culture Crash: The Popularity Of The Netflix Series, “Wednesday”

March 19th, 2023

2:50

We discuss why “The Addams Family” spinoff, “Wednesday” is fairing so well with younger audiences.

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Culture Crash: The Release Of Creed III

March 12th, 2023

3:05

That’s right – Creed III is the newest installment in the boxing drama. We cover whether this early 2023 blockbuster is worth the watch.

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Animal Control And Rescue

March 12th, 2023

11:23

More than six million companion animals enter U.S. shelters each year, and a little over four million are adopted. Sadly, shelters still rely on euthanizing when facilities are overcrowded, and an animal has been there …

Real Self-Care Is Setting Boundaries

March 12th, 2023

9:24

Acclaimed therapist & social worker Nedra Glover Tawaab joins us this week to talk about boundaries. We often don’t think about our own boundaries and the boundaries we need in our relationships – whether it be with …

A New Viewpoint: Speaking With Acclaimed Pastry Chef Joanne Chang

March 5th, 2023

10:15

A young Joanne Chang envisioned a prominent career in business. She graduated from Harvard University with a degree in applied mathematics and …

Online Sports Betting: A Lucrative New Industry Or A Gateway To Gambling Addiction?

March 5th, 2023

10:58

Online sports betting is a multi-billion-dollar industry and is only increasing in size year over year. We cover this burgeoning sector, the lack of …

Culture Crash: How We Feel About “You” Season 3

March 5th, 2023

3:01

We discuss why Season 3 of the Netflix show, “You” threw us for a surprise.

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Green Burials

February 26th, 2023

11:02

Have you thought about end-of-life planning? Would you like to be buried or cremated – or possibly have a green burial? While death may be a topic …

A Return To Paramore

February 26th, 2023

2:58

We discuss Paramore’s latest album release after a long hiatus.

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Looking Up: The Path To Financial Wealth

February 26th, 2023

9:58

For Scarlett Cochran, money management wasn’t a topic of conversation growing up. Her parents never went to college and money was always a touchy …

The Unseen Faces Of Homelessness

February 19th, 2023

10:59

At the beginning of 2020, there were about 580,000 Americans homeless on a given night, according to the National Alliance to End Homelessness. Fast forward almost three years and this number has stayed about the same. …

In Awe: A Renewed Lens On Life

February 19th, 2023

11:10

It can be hard to explain what it’s like to feel in awe. For me, I can remember feeling this way after reaching the top of a mountain after an hours-long climb and looking onto the vast horizon, or after watching the …

Culture Crash: A New Murder Mystery

February 19th, 2023

2:42

We talk about the new murder mystery TV show, “Poker Face” that’s now streaming on Peacock.

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Forging Opportunity: The Early Women Of The West

February 12th, 2023

10:53

The Wild, Wild West: cowboys, shootouts, open prairies & gold mines galore. While this is a common stereotype surrounding the colonial West, …

Culture Crash: Academy Award Nods

February 12th, 2023

2:58

The Oscars are right around the corner. Here are some of our favs that’ve received an Oscar nod.

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A Distengrating Framework

February 12th, 2023

11:04

Last month, the Federal Aviation Administration grounded all departing flights across the U.S., leading to thousands of delayed flights and major headaches for travelers. In short, this outage was caused by a widespread …

The Many Causes of Supply Chain & Inflation Woes

February 5th, 2023

9:06

Economic uncertainty is on the minds of millions of Americans. Part of this uncertainty stems from continuing inflation and instability plaguing global markets. We speak with longtime economist and banker, James …

A Changing Palate Across Periods of Economic Uncertainty

February 5th, 2023

12:27

Higher prices at the grocery store – from eggs to meat to specialty items – dictate what many Americans buy and cook throughout the week. While it …

Culture Crash: Getting Back in the Game

February 5th, 2023

2:43

Some of our favorite throwback bands are back together in 2023. From Blink 182 to Fall Out Boy, these are just a few big names that are putting out new music out after years away from the limelight.

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For the Love of Crosswords

January 29th, 2023

9:20

The first crossword was published 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 crosswords …

Banned Books: Two Sides to the Story

January 29th, 2023

13:30

Books have been taken off shelves since the colonial period| but| in recent years| more books than ever have been deemed unsuitable for young …

Culture Crash: How ChatGTP Is Changing the Arts Scene

January 29th, 2023

3:15

We discuss how new AI technology platforms like DALL-E and ChatGPT are making waves in the creative landscape.

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The Damaging World Of Women’s Elite Running

January 22nd, 2023

10:19

Long-distance runner Lauren Fleshman won five NCAA championships and two U.S. national championships in women’s track and field. Early on in her …

How Did Past Civilizations Keep Time?

January 22nd, 2023

11:05

From sundials to mechanical clocks to atomic clocks, humans – throughout the centuries – have kept track of time using many different methods. Physics and astronomy professor Chad Orzel joins us this week to highlight …

Culture Crash: A Tough Month for the NFL Ahead of the Super Bowl

January 22nd, 2023

2:48

Ahead of the year’s biggest game, we discuss the state of American football following the serious injury suffered by Bills player Damar Hamlin …

How To Better Deal With Stress This Year

January 15th, 2023

12:56

A new year bring new stressors. We speak with University of California – San Francisco professor and health psychologist Dr. Elissa Epel about how …

A Key Vulnerability: U.S. Power Grids

January 15th, 2023

8:58

In recent years, power attacks on electric power stations in the U.S. have become more common. We discuss what’s driving this uptick, how power …

Culture Crash: A Review of "Glass Onion"

January 15th, 2023

2:45

We discuss the new film, “Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery” now streaming on Netflix.

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Falling Asleep in Space

January 8th, 2023

10:39

Do you have trouble falling or staying asleep? If so, you’ll know that not getting good rest can take a big toll on how you feel both physically and …

A Pathway to Exoneration

January 8th, 2023

10:31

Experts estimate that between 4-6 percent of prisoners behind bars are innocent. We explore what factors feed into these wrongful convictions and how …

The Fallout From Industry Monopolies

January 1st, 2023

12:12

his past November, thousands of Taylor Swift fans were left frustrated and disappointed after Ticketmaster’s platform failed to deliver on general sale tickets for her upcoming tour. We discuss how this recent failure …

Who Is Gen-Z?

January 1st, 2023

9:46

There are more than 68 million young people in the U.S. who makeup Generation Z – that is anyone born between 1997 and 2012. Research shows that this cohort is the most racially and ethnically diverse than any other …

Culture Crash: 2023 Film Releases

January 1st, 2023

2:50

We highlight some of the movies we’re looking forward to in 2023.

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Giving Birth Behind Bars

December 25th, 2022

9:25

Dr. Carolyn Sufrin worked for years as an OB/GYN for inmates at a San Francisco Jail. She joins us this week to talk about the challenges pregnant …

The Fight To Survive On The Brink Of Extinction

December 25th, 2022

12:21

Extinction is a normal part of evolution| but the speed at which the Earth is losing species is abnormal. Scientists estimate that today’s extinction …

Culture Crash: Tim Burton Strikes Again

December 25th, 2022

2:50

The new show, “Wednesday” is topping Netflix charts this season. We explore why this TV spinoff of “The Addams Family” movie is fairing so well with younger audiences.

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Culture Crash: Can Authors Predict The Future?

December 18th, 2022

3:18

Amazon has recruited popular authors to take a stab at creating a Twilight Zone-esq, six-part book series.

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Is Living In The Age Of The Internet A Right Or Privilege?

December 18th, 2022

10:22

Internet has become a necessity in our lives, but not everyone has access. With serious issues, like politics and education, being discussed almost …

How To Skip The Sugar Without Giving Up Dessert

December 18th, 2022

10:38

Many people think leading a healthy lifestyle means giving up sweets, but our two guests today prove them wrong. They explain how you can make easy substitutes when baking that produce decadent desserts without all the …

Grieving Amidst The Holidays

December 11th, 2022

9:58

Just because it’s the holidays doesn’t mean it’s a time of joy and happiness for everyone. Millions of Americans during this period struggle to just …

The Effects Of Extreme Weather Felt Across The Globe

December 11th, 2022

11:27

From the Mississippi River’s historic low water levels to Pakistan’s non-stop flooding, the effects of extreme weather are being felt across the globe. Experts explain the common denominator between these seemingly …

Culture Crash: A Review Of “The Fabelmans”

December 11th, 2022

3:10

We discuss Steven Spielberg’s latest film “The Fabelmans” which gives an inside look at the director’s journey into moviemaking.

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Culture Crash: Feeling Festive With Some Classic Tunes

December 4th, 2022

3:16

We highlight some of our favorite odes to Christmas that never get old.

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Learning To Bake For The Holidays

December 4th, 2022

8:53
Boozy Pecan, French Silk, Key Lime Pie. The many pie flavors out there are endless – and just because Thanksgiving and all-things pumpkin have …

The Rise & Fall Of General Electric

December 4th, 2022

12:20
General Electric was once valued at 650 billion dollars. For decades, it was globally recognized for its innovation in electric, aviation, …

The 2024 Presidential Election

November 27th, 2022

8:44

President Donald J. Trump announced his intentions earlier this month to run in the 2024 Presidential Election. With this news making headlines, we go back in American history to uncover some of the stories of previous …

Culture Crash: A Review Of “Don't Worry Darling”

November 27th, 2022

3:04

We review the new film “Don’t Worry Darling” which boasts an all-star cast starring Florence Pugh, Harry Styles, Olivia Wilde and more.

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The Military’s Most Challenging Recruiting Year Yet

November 27th, 2022

12:36

Recruiting across the military’s branches has hit record lows. With the pandemic and overall slowing interest, the military desperately needs to up its numbers as members at its higher rungs begin to retire from …

Culture Crash: An Irish Drama

November 20th, 2022

2:55

We review the new movie, “The Banshees of Inisheerin” by acclaimed writer and director Martin McDonaugh.

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Celebrity Gossip: Its Evolution Into A Multi-Billion Dollar Industry

November 20th, 2022

10:19

Millions of people follow celebrity culture sites, social accounts, and outlets. How did this industry of celebrity news become the billion-dollar …

In Pursuit Of Better Sleep

November 20th, 2022

11:06

About 70 million people in the U.S. struggle with sleep. We speak with sleep expert and psychologist Aric Prather about how to fix your sleep …

The Higher Education Cost Crisis: Part 2

November 13th, 2022

10:01

The average cost of attending a four-year, public college has ballooned to $27,800 per year. This equates to more than $110,000 spent to have an …

Exploring the Questions That Have No Right Answer

November 13th, 2022

10:44

We all want answers to the complicated questions in life, but sometimes just asking the questions are enough to make us think deeply about our lives and our world. We talk to bioethicist Dr. Gregory Stock who’s made a …

Culture Crash: A Perfect Post-Meal Holiday Movie

November 13th, 2022

2:55

Last month, more than 150 people died after extreme crowding trapped hundreds of people celebrating Halloween in a popular neighborhood in Seoul, …

The Higher Education Cost Crisis: Part 1

November 6th, 2022

10:11

Student loan debt in the U.S. has burgeoned to 1.7 trillion dollars. And over the past two years, many borrowers have paused on paying these loans …

New York: A People’s History

November 6th, 2022

11:05

New York is America’s largest metropolis with a population of more than eight million people. Longtime resident and New York Times journalist, Sam …

Culture Crash: A Return to T-Swift

November 6th, 2022

2:55

Taylor Swift’s new collection titled, Midnights, has created a global frenzy over the last couple of weeks. We dive into this new release and what we …

African Americans in WWII

October 30th, 2022

10:19

More than 1.3 million African Americans served as part of the U.S. military and helped with war efforts during WWII. Yet rarely is this population …

The Future of Remote Work

October 30th, 2022

10:45

Of all job holders in America, 58 percent – or 92 million people – say they have the option to work their positions remotely at least part of the …

Culture Crash: An Overflow of Legacy Sequels

October 30th, 2022

3:01

Starting to feel like there’s an overflow of superhero releases? Or a constantly new extension to the Star Wars world? We touch on a few picks that, in our opinion, have been overdone.

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Feeding More Mouths More Sustainably

October 23rd, 2022

10:00

Scientists are thinking big to voyage to Mars and one day possibly inhabit the far away planet. One big challenge is building a food production model from the ground up. We speak with one food scientist about how these …

Getting Organized: Finding the Time

October 23rd, 2022

11:32

Constantly crossing off items from your daily or weekly ‘To-Do List’ but feel like you never actually have time to do the things you really want to do? Acclaimed time management expert Laura Vanderkam joins us this week …

Culture Crash: Three Halloween Horror Picks

October 23rd, 2022

3:02

We highlight three spooky (and very scary) Halloween films that will leave you needing to keep the bedroom light on at night.

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Electric Vehicles: Reducing Sky High Costs & a Lack of Accessibility

October 16th, 2022

8:51

The electric vehicle market is booming. Nearly every automaker is pledging to invest in this technology and is rolling out sleek new models with all …

Discovering Death: Answers From a Mortician

October 16th, 2022

12:46

What happens if you pass away in the Arctic, or in outer space? How do people in Thailand or India mourn their dead differently than people in the U.S.? We answer these questions and more with the help of mortician …

Culture Crash: A New Look at Dahmer

October 16th, 2022

2:51

The recent Netflix series, "Dahmer – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story" has been met with mixed reviews. We discuss some of the differing opinions on this new true crime series.

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The State of Journalism: A New, Expanding Format

October 9th, 2022

10:21

Americans are increasingly busy, and there’s more content than ever before vying for a piece of their time. In this new landscape, many media are outlets shifting their formats to better compete with social media and …

Phone Guidelines for Kids

October 9th, 2022

10:15

It seems like every preteen has their own cellphone these days. Just last week, I saw a kid (possible 9 or 10 years old) walking down the street …

Culture Crash: The Decline of America’s Favorite Pastime

October 9th, 2022

3:22

More Americans are watching less baseball these days. What changed? We discuss some theories as to why the sport is seeing a downturn.

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Workers Are Fed Up: The Continuing Strikes & Unionizations in the U.S.

October 2nd, 2022

11:22

Just last month, the railway industry narrowly averted a strike that would’ve resulted in more than 100,000 railway workers walking off the job. This …

The Power of Photography

October 2nd, 2022

9:59

The beauty of a photo is that it freezes a specific moment in history forever. A single snapshot has the power to convey a scene better than words …

Culture Crash: A Review of "The Patient"

October 2nd, 2022

2:52

The new Hulu drama series, “The Patient” stars Steve Carell and Domhnall Gleeson. We review the first few episodes of Season 1.

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The Increasing Occurrence of Weather Calamities

September 25th, 2022

11:27

Record-breaking flooding hit Pakistan this summer resulting in 1,500 lives lost and an estimated 10 billion dollars in damages. Around the world, …

The Rise of YouTube

September 25th, 2022

9:55

YouTube was created by three friends in 2005 and, shortly after, was sold to Google in 2006 for 1.65 billion dollars. Since then, it’s become the …

Culture Crash: A Light Fright for Fall

September 25th, 2022

3:00

We review the new Netflix series, “Devil in Ohio” which offers a less-scary take than your typical gore-filled, killer-at-every-corner horror show.

 

Breaking Gendered Roles in the Household

September 18th, 2022

9:45

More men and women these days are both working full-time, yet household tasks are still unevenly handled predominantly by women. We sit down with …

The Lost World of Shipwrecks

September 18th, 2022

11:35

There are an estimated three million shipwrecks lying under the ocean and underground. We speak with author Daniel Stone this week about these fascinating structures that give us a fascinating look into a past era.

Culture Crash: A True Viewing Experience

September 18th, 2022

3:38

We cover the dilemma of cropping full screen shows and films to fit our modern, widescreen TV’s. Many who are against this edit argue that changing …

Conversations About Loss and Death

September 11th, 2022

11:49

Death is a natural part of life, yet we avoid talking about it in American society. We speak with a psychiatrist and expert in grief and trauma about …

The Mental Health Epidemic Plaguing Collegiate Sports

September 11th, 2022

9:33

35 percent of collegiate athletes have experienced a mental illness at some point in their lives. We speak with a sports psychologist this week about …

Culture Crash: Fall Movie Releases

September 11th, 2022

3:11

We cover some of the blockbuster films making their debut this fall at a theatre near you.

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The Invisible Power of Privilege

September 4th, 2022

10:56

How often do you think about the privileges you have in life? What life experiences may have looked a bit different if you had darker skin or lighter …

Public Transportation: Seeing a Resurgence or Running on Empty?

September 4th, 2022

10:47

Public transportation – from trains to buses to trams – took a big hit in ridership and profits during the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, as more people are back and relying on these community systems once again, the future is …

Culture Crash: Nathan Fielder Is Back

September 4th, 2022

2:45

We explore the new docu-comedy series, "The Rehearsal" produced and directed by Canadian comedian Nathan Fielder who’s best known for his parody …

One Man, Two Paths: Building a Career in the NFL and Applied Mathematics

August 28th, 2022

11:23

John Urschel is not your typical mathematician. Before earning his PhD in applied mathematics from MIT, Urschel played college football at Penn State …

Have Americans Stopped Keeping Up With The News?

August 28th, 2022

9:50

If you were to guess what the fastest growing news source for adults is what would you say? If you jokingly said TikTok...you’re right. More …

Culture Crash: A Review of "The Bear”

August 28th, 2022

3:08

We discuss the new Hulu series “The Bear” which takes places in Chicago, Illinois.

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The Rise of BookTok

August 21st, 2022

11:26

More young people are reading these days thanks to one community on Tik Tok. We discuss the rise of BookTok and how publishers and authors are using this platform to better engage with consumers.

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Decisions, Decisions: Understanding Conformity Bias

August 21st, 2022

9:55

Ever agree in the moment, but then look back and wish you spoke up and said something? This action of wanting to go with the flow is a very real phenomenon. We sit down with two experts to uncover how people’s actions …

Culture Crash: The End of "Better Call Saul"

August 21st, 2022

3:02

We discuss the series finale of the six-season show “Better Call Saul” featuring actor Bob Odenkirk as attorney, Saul Goodman.

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Elevating Solar Energy

August 14th, 2022

10:30

In the first quarter of 2022, solar power made up 50% of all new electricity-generating capacity in the country. On top of this, residential solar …

The Worsening Teacher Shortage

August 14th, 2022

10:54

Over the last two years, 10 percent of teachers have left the field. That equates to 300,000 teachers gone. There are many reasons for this exodus, …

Culture Crash: Saying Yes To Jordan Peele’s "Nope"

August 14th, 2022

3:12

We cover the release of "Nope" – a new film written, directed and produced by Jordan Peele.

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The Early History of the NBA

August 7th, 2022

10:33

The NBA was founded in 1946 in New York City. For many years, the organization was predominantly white. Today, more than 75 percent of its players are black. We speak with basketball expert and former NBA player and …

The Styles That Persist Time & Fast-Fashion Trends

August 7th, 2022

10:07

There are some items of clothing that truly never go out of style. Whether it’s a pair of crisp blue jeans or a classic little black dress, these …

Culture Crash: The Race to Stay Present for Social Media Sites

August 7th, 2022

3:43

With TikTok continuously adding new users, many platforms like Instagram and Facebook are fighting to stay current with new updates mimicking TikTok. But, what if some of us like these OG platforms the way they are?

Supporting Refugee Resettlement

July 31st, 2022

10:11

There are more than 27 million refugees in the world. This population has lost their homes, their culture and their identities as a result of …

An Untold Narrative of Africa & the Modern World

July 31st, 2022

10:58

Are you familiar with the African leader, Mansa Musa? Most people have never heard this name. However, he was an instrumental figure in early Europe’s expansion. This week – we highlight a lesser-known narrative about …

Culture Crash: This Year’s Summer Anthem

July 31st, 2022

3:13

This 1980’s hit by artist Kate Bush is making a resurgence thanks to a recent Stranger Things episode.

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Left in the Dust: Forgotten Blue-Collar U.S. Cities & Towns

July 24th, 2022

11:28

Orick, California; Lawrence, Kansas; Detroit, Michigan. These are just a few of the towns and cities across the U.S. that have fallen off the map. Stanford University law professor and author Michelle Wilde Anderson …

Progress in Policing Initiatives Since George Floyd’s Death

July 24th, 2022

10:29

What’s changed in policing since May of 2020 when George Floyd was murdered by Minneapolis police? Two experts in law and police policy join us this …

Culture Crash: Our Favorite Sci-Fi Film Picks

July 24th, 2022

2:46

We highlight some of our favorite movies, new and old, in the sci-fi genre.

 

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Reimagining Beach Tourism Culture

July 17th, 2022

11:40

Almost two-thirds of all Americans will be jetting away this summer. For some, this means traveling to a tropical paradise filled with relaxation. While the all-inclusive resort is an easy pick, it might be worth …

Learning About Wine

July 17th, 2022

11:17

Finding the right wine can be extremely intimidating if you don’t know what you’re looking for. Strolling through the wine aisle, it can sometimes be …

Culture Crash: The World of Harry Potter

July 17th, 2022

4:00

Are you more of a Harry Potter book fan or film fan? We discuss this expansive wizarding world this week on Culture Crash.

 

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The Cost of More Frequent Weather-Related Disasters

July 10th, 2022

12:27

In 2021, climate disasters cost the U.S. more than 145 billion dollars and led to the deaths of 688 people. Each year, these extreme weather events …

The Gift Economy

July 10th, 2022

11:01

There’s more spots to find secondhand items apart from Goodwill or a local antique store. Next time you’re in the market for something specific, go online and search if your area has a Buy Nothing group. This week – we …

Culture Crash: The Box Office Boom

July 10th, 2022

2:27

We explore some of our favorite films at the box office that have struck gold so far this summer.

 

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Gaining a Greater Understanding of the Military Experience

July 3rd, 2022

10:47

here are close to two million Americans serving in the U.S. Armed Forces, according to 2021 data from the Department of Defense. The U.S. is considered to have the world’s strongest military, yet many Americans are …

A Parent’s Plight

July 3rd, 2022

11:59

With the Child Tax Credit coming to an end, many U.S. parents are finding it hard to make ends meet with little help from the government – especially amid rising inflation. We speak with Dr. Dana Suskind about how this …

Culture Crash: The Newest Offerings Out to Stream Now

July 3rd, 2022

3:23

We explore some of the latest TV shows and movies now available on streaming platforms from Netflix to HBO Max.

 

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Working In Childcare: The Heavy Cost of Raising Someone Else’s Kids

June 26th, 2022

12:59

There are more than 438,000 employees working in childcare, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. As of May 2021, the media hourly wage in this sector is around $13/hour. With rising costs and many other …

Barely Surviving: Making A Living As A Garment Worker

June 26th, 2022

9:22

The average garment worker in Bangladesh is paid about $86/month. A livable wage in the country is around $200/month. Even in the U.S., it’s not much better. Most employees in U.S. garment factories work 60-70 hour per …

Culture Crash: The True Viewing Experience

June 26th, 2022

3:37

We discuss the dilemma of cropping full screen shows and films to fit our modern, widescreen TV’s. Many who are against this edit argue that changing …

Food, Fine Dining & More: A Conversation With Iliana Regan

June 19th, 2022

11:05

Iliana Regan has worked in the restaurant biz in almost every position imaginable. From mid-tier service to high-end fine dining, she’s a self-taught, Michelin-starred chef that’s known for her ability to create …

The Art Of Detecting A Lie

June 19th, 2022

11:59

How do professionals question people in a way that uncovers the truth? What are some body gestures that show someone’s lying? This week – we speak with one interrogation expert about the subtle signs that give people …

Culture Crash: The Evolution Of Harry Styles

June 19th, 2022

2:55

British superstar Harry Styles is out with a new album that’s getting rave reviews. We discuss his evolution from boy band hunk to a respected solo …

Finding Calm Through Coloring

June 12th, 2022

11:59

Remember how much fun it was to crack open a new coloring book and crayons when you were a kid? These days, adults are reliving that thrill in …

The Environmental Damage Caused By Millions Of Littered Cigarettes

June 12th, 2022

10:48

While many Americans have grown to be increasingly eco-conscious, some things remain the same. It seems like all too often it’s common to see a driver chuck a cigarette butt out the window or throw one on the sidewalk. …

Culture Crash: Pow! HBO Max Battles Superhero Fatigue

June 12th, 2022

3:14

Yearning for shows with that classic, comic book feeling? HBO Max is here to save the day. With its new additions of Batman Beyond and Batman: The Animated Series, you can get back to your superhero roots.

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How To: Getting Into Gardening This Summer

June 5th, 2022

12:13

Getting started in gardening can seem overwhelming - especially if you have trouble keeping a solo houseplant alive. But with some research and a …

Post-Pandemic Travel

June 5th, 2022

10:58

From long lines at the airport to hard-to-find reservations, people are traveling in full force this summer. Acclaimed TV host and European tour …

Culture Crash: The New Florence + The Machine Album

June 5th, 2022

2:50

We highlight the long-awaited album “Dance Fever” by Florence + the Machine.

 

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Jumping Jobs In 2022

May 29th, 2022

11:20

In 2021, more than 40 million Americans left their jobs. Many of these people left their current roles for greener pastures. We analyze how the …

Supporting U.S. Farmers

May 29th, 2022

10:59

The pandemic exposed the fragility of our global food system and just how much rely on the many components that make up the food supply chain. At the height of the pandemic, when there were numerous food production and …

Culture Crash: The Final Chapter Of “This Is Us”

May 29th, 2022

3:34

We discuss the final season of the hit NBC primetime series, “This Is Us."

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Masking Up Past COVID

May 22nd, 2022

12:38

Wondering what to do with all those face masks you’ve accumulated over the past two years? Well, these face coverings are good for more than just …

America’s Cultural Ties With Fast Food

May 22nd, 2022

10:45

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

Culture Crash: A Long-Awaited Sequel to "Top Gun"

May 22nd, 2022

2:37

Almost 40 years later, there’s a sequel to the popular classic, “Top Gun”. This time it’s “Top Gun: Maverick” and still features Tom Cruise, but he’s …

The Higher Education Conundrum

May 15th, 2022

14:15

Regretting that bachelor’s degree in archaeology? Or still chipping away at $50,000 in student loans from that private university? This week – we …

The Future of Ethanol

May 15th, 2022

8:54

Each year, more than 91 million acres of corn are planted across the country. Currently, 40 percent of this harvest is refined into ethanol. This …

Culture Crash: Proud of Pop

May 15th, 2022

28:41

Ashamed to blare pop music while driving? Us too. Why does the genre often get such a bad rep? We highlight some of the musicians that are prominent …

The Adolescent Mental Health Crisis

May 8th, 2022

12:37

Between 2001 and 2019, suicide rates for young people ages 10 to 19 jumped 40 percent. Between the same period, emergency room visits for self-harm increased 88 percent, according to the CDC. The pandemic has only …

The Continued Global Intake of Russia’s Diamonds

May 8th, 2022

9:27

Russia is a major exporter of diamonds, with the country supplying one-third of the world’s diamonds. This is a notable amount as the large Russian diamond company, Alrosa has direct ties to the Russian government. This …

Culture Crash: Revisiting Old Video Games

May 8th, 2022

3:50

The Last of Us and The Last of Us Part II both have intricate storylines set in a post-zombie apocalypse world that makes for adventurous and exciting game play. We dive into the creative development that sets this game …

The Importance of Seeking Out Mentors

May 1st, 2022

9:16
There’s truth in the saying that the people you surround yourself with heavily impact your life. It alters the decisions you make and the goals and aspirations you set. That’s why it’s so important to find people who …

The Post-Pandemic Push To Unionize

May 1st, 2022

13:49

What does Amazon, Apple, Kellogg and Starbucks all have in common? Workers at locations within these brands have unionized or are in the process of voting whether to form a union. Across the board, in various sectors, …

Culture Crash: The Mid-Tier Movies

May 1st, 2022

2:40

We highlight some of the movies that aren’t quite worthy of an Oscar nomination but are still entertaining and worth the watch.

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Saving Coral Reefs

April 24th, 2022

12:35

Coral reefs are home to 25 percent of all marine life – approximately 800,000 species. But these vibrant, colorful landscapes are more than just a …

New York City: A National Treasure

April 24th, 2022

10:07

New York City is home to more than 8.4 million people. For many, the Big Apple is seen as the center of the universe; it’s the most populous city in …

Culture Crash: The Many Multiverses

April 24th, 2022

2:55

This week on Culture Crash: we break down the new release from A24 in theaters now, titled Everything Everywhere All At Once.

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The Refugee Crisis: Finding Help Amidst Conflict

April 17th, 2022

10:53

As of early April, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has displaced more than 4.2 million refugees, according to UNICEF. And the residents of Ukraine are not the only people who’ve become refugees due to war, persecution and …

A History of Fabric

April 17th, 2022

12:02

These days, it seems like the blouse or sweater that was bought last season has already disintegrated. When did quality-made clothes disappear, and …

Culture Crash: The Sci-Fi Film Genre

April 17th, 2022

2:46

From “Interstellar” to “Solaris”, we love a good sci-fi movie that transports us to a new dimension and time. We highlight some of our favorites and …

Exploring Innovations in Addiction Treatment

April 10th, 2022

12:11
In the U.S., current overdose deaths of heroin, fentanyl and prescription opioids have increased over six times from rates seen in 1999, according to the CDC. With the opioid epidemic raging on into 2022, what’s on the …

The Early History of the Kennedy’s

April 10th, 2022

11:18
Many would argue that the Kennedy family is an American cultural and political dynasty. From former President John F. Kennedy to past Kennedy’s that …

Culture Crash: The Return of Vinyl Records

April 10th, 2022

2:29
In recent years, vinyl’s have been making a big comeback. We discuss how old and new music alike is being played on this old musical medium. Learn …

Rethinking Work

April 3rd, 2022

12:34
As the pandemic winds down and millions get back to a more normal routine, some employers are mandating for workers to return to the traditional office environment. But – some are pushing back, wondering why it’s …

The Communication Signals We Send

April 3rd, 2022

10:38
All the signals we send, from the words we use to the gestures we make, form an impression on the people we interact with every day. Human behavior research Vanessa Van Edwards joins us this week to share some insight …

Culture Crash: The End of Better Call Saul

April 3rd, 2022

2:45
Better Call Saul starring actor Bob Odenkirk is coming to an end after six seasons. We discuss how the spinoff of Breaking Bad carved out a name for …

Caring For an Aging Population

March 27th, 2022

11:18

More than 54 million Americans ages 65 or older are living in the U.S. today. This accounts for almost 17 percent of the total population. This …

When the Guilty Are Marked As Innocent

March 27th, 2022

11:48

Why do we believe one person but believe another is lying? This week, author Sarah Weinman joins us as we discuss the story of one American man in the 1950’s who was able to dupe millions and get released from prison. 

Culture Crash: “Heat Waves” A Song That Seems To Never Go Out Of Style

March 27th, 2022

2:51

The song, “Heat Waves” by the British indie pop rock band, Glass Animals continues to be a hit track almost two years after its release. We discuss …

The Expanding Landfill in Space

March 20th, 2022

10:31
From weather forecasting to cellular coverage to global imaging, we heavily rely on space satellites in our day to day lives. The growing amount of …

Paving a New Future For Classical Music

March 20th, 2022

12:50
Less than 2 percent of all classical musicians are African American. Despite a push for more diversity and inclusion in recent years, the industry largely remains the same in makeup. Two classical music experts join us …

Culture Crash: The Darker "Batman"

March 19th, 2022

2:43
"The Batman" starring Robert Pattinson has dominated box office charts the last couple of weeks. We discuss if the new take on the classic franchise …

A More Supportive Mental Health System

March 13th, 2022

11:21

In President Biden’s State of the Union speech earlier this month, he addressed the many pitfalls of the current mental health care system. Millions of Americans are falling through the cracks and failing to get the …

The Economic Squeeze of Inflation

March 13th, 2022

11:47

Inflation just seems to keep on rising month after month. Between January 2021 and January 2022, prices across the board went up by 7.5 percent. …

Culture Crash: Getting Back to the 90s

March 13th, 2022

2:55
We travel back in time to the 1990’s as author Chuck Klosterman joins Culture Crash to highlight the iconic culture, media and politics of this …

An Influx of New Neighbors

March 6th, 2022

12:48

Eagles. Sea lions. Black bears. What do all these animals have in common? A surprising number of each of these species are now calling cities home. Countless different species of wildlife were driven out of cities …

The Pang of Regret

March 6th, 2022

10:36

Ever wish that you could turn back time and do something differently?

  • Everyone’s been there at one point or another. Regret is an all-too-common …

Culture Crash: Never Getting Tired of the Film, "The Prestige"

March 6th, 2022

2:54

"The Prestige" was released in 2006 and features some of Hollywood’s biggest names, including Christian Bale, Hugh Jackman and Michael Caine. We …

The Coaches That Changed the Game

February 27th, 2022

12:02

Millions have heard of 23-time Olympic gold medalist swimmer, Michael Phelps. But how about Bob Bowman? Most likely not. Bowman was Phelps’ longtime …

The Larger Appeal of "Harry Potter"

February 27th, 2022

11:16

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 …

Culture Crash: Nostalgia of Music in the Super Bowl Halftime Show

February 27th, 2022

2:44

This year’s Super Bowl halftime show featuring Eminem, Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg and Mary J. Blige was an instant hit. It was a blast to the past and reinvigorated that the nostalgic music of our younger years will always …

Fostering Curiosity and a Greater Passion For Learning Early On

February 20th, 2022

11:08
Most parents know that reading is vital to a child or teen’s development and learning. But reading isn’t everything. To fully understand many topics, …

The Interesting Legacies of Past U.S. Presidents

February 20th, 2022

12:10
Ahead of Presidents Day on Monday, February 21, we highlight some of our past presidents and their accomplishments and failures. What’s a common …

Culture Crash: This Year’s ‘Best Picture’ Nominees

February 20th, 2022

2:43

From Belfast to King Richard, we breakdown this year’s highly anticipated list of Academy Award ‘Best Picture’ nominees. The Oscar’s will be held on March 27, 2022.

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The Journey of Addiction

February 13th, 2022

11:27
More than 101,000 Americans died from a drug overdose between April 2020 and April 2021, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. …

The Many Modes of Transportation

February 13th, 2022

11:23
You can love biking, but if your city or town isn’t bike friendly, it can be difficult to get around safely. Dr. Susan Shaheen, a professor of civil …

Culture Crash: A Fresh Take on “Nightmare Alley”

February 13th, 2022

3:15
We discuss the new film, “Nightmare Alley” which is a remake of the 1947 film of the same title. It’s filled with a star-studded cast and does not disappoint. Hear why this movie makes our ‘Best of 2021 Films’ list.

Spin, Sweat, Repeat: The Ever-Evolving Fitness Landscape

February 6th, 2022

11:28
It feels like the fitness market has more options than ever before. Between the rise of at-home fitness, traditional gyms and focused classes, consumers can pick and choose to workout whichever way they like. This week …

The History of Timekeeping

February 6th, 2022

11:53
From sundials to mechanical clocks to atomic clocks, humans – throughout the centuries – have kept track of time using many different methods. Physics and astronomy professor Chad Orzel joins us this week to highlight …

Culture Crash: A New Take on a Popular Series

February 6th, 2022

2:46
The hit sitcom, “How I Met Your Mother” ran for nine seasons between 2005 and 2014. Now, producers are creating a new take on the original show with the launch of the series, “How I Met Your Father”. We discuss if the …

Living Life in a 24/7 Society

January 30th, 2022

10:57
We play many roles in life: coworker, manager, partner, parent, caregiver. The list is seemingly endless. It can be all too easy to get wrapped in …

A Comprehensive Guide to Fandom

January 30th, 2022

12:19
What was your favorite comic book series, video game or card game growing up? Depending on your age, it could have been Magic: The Gathering, Batman …

Culture Crash: The Debut of “Shiva Baby

January 30th, 2022

2:49
New writer & director Emma Seligman is generating a lot of buzz across Hollywood. This week, we discuss her debut film, “Shiva Baby” that’s now …

Advancements in Anti-Aging

January 23rd, 2022

12:15
By 2030, 74 million Baby Boomers in the U.S. will be 65 or older. As people age, this means bigger burdens on the healthcare system, senior housing …

A New Perspective on Cooking at Home

January 23rd, 2022

10:21
Ever find yourself staring at a recipe and feeling completely lost or overwhelmed? Us too. Cooking doesn’t have to be this big production, but can instead be a time to unwind, experiment and not always aim for …

Culture Crash: Binging the Rom-Com Series “Love Life”

January 23rd, 2022

3:33
The series, “Love Life” is a whimsical ride through the ups and downs of modern dating, relationships and finding love. Seasons 1 and 2 are now out on HBO Max.

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Getting Your $$$ In Order

January 16th, 2022

12:22
If an unexpected $400 charge came up, it’s estimated that 40% of Americans would struggle to pay this amount, according to data published in 2019 by …

An Illustrator’s Art

January 16th, 2022

9:30

Before photography, the most commonly used medium to capture a single moment in time was painting and illustration. Though photos and video have …

Culture Crash: Catching Up On Recent Releases

January 16th, 2022

4:07
We binge and review some of the new movies we’ve missed in recent months, including a critique of “The Novice” and “Mass."

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Our Resilient Food System

January 9th, 2022

10:57

20 million people work within the food production industry in the U.S. The pandemic has altered this sector and resulted in many pressures placed on …

Starry Night

January 9th, 2022

11:05

More than 80 percent of the world’s population lives under light-polluted skies, according to a 2016 study published in the journal “Science …

Culture Crash: “Spider-Man” Nostalgia

January 9th, 2022

4:11
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.

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Finding Employment After Incarceration

January 2nd, 2022

12:55
In the U.S., there are roughly 19 million people with felony convictions. For this population, finding stable work can be a tumultuous and draining …

A Season of Sadness

January 2nd, 2022

9:08
Researchers estimate that around 10 million Americans suffer from seasonal affective disorder each year. The milder version of this diagnosis is commonly referred to as the winter blues and is estimated to affect 10 to …

Culture Crash: Spider-Man’s Back Once Again

January 2nd, 2022

3:52
The new film release, “Spider-Man: No Way Home” is a massive blockbuster hit. We discuss what makes these crossover movies such a success and what’s coming up next in the Marvel universe

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The Consequences Of Voter Error

December 26th, 2021

12:41

In 2006, Filipino immigrant Elizabeth Keathley mistakenly registered to vote while at a DMV in Illinois. After receiving her Voter ID in the mail, …

Managing Your Pet’s Health Heading Into 2022

December 26th, 2021

10:33

Thinking about adding a new furry member to the family to ring in the new year? Before saying yes, make sure you have enough time to dedicate to a …

Culture Crash: The Intrigue of “Yellowjackets”

December 26th, 2021

2:55

We discuss Showtime’s new TV series, “Yellowjackets” which has a similar feel to the hit show, “Lost” and “Lord of the Flies."

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Our Deep Reliance on Scent

December 19th, 2021

10:36

A familiar aroma has the ability to transport us back to a different time in life or remind us of a specific place or person. Smell is deeply …

The Broken School Lunch System

December 19th, 2021

12:14

Frozen carrots. Bruised apples. Sad-looking slices of pizza. For too long, school lunches in the U.S. have been overlooked. Highly processed foods …

Culture Crash: Tis’ The Season For X-Mas Music

December 19th, 2021

3:16

We discuss some of our favorite festive tunes from over the years, including Frank Sinatra’s, “Let It Snow” and Nat King Cole’s classic, “Joy to the …

The Mounting Student Loan Crisis

December 12th, 2021

12:00
Federal student loan debt has ballooned in recent years. In 2007, debt totaled $642 billion dollars. 14 years later, this number has risen to close …

Decoding the Rosetta Stone

December 12th, 2021

11:09
The Rosetta Stone is an intriguing slab of rock. In short, it’s a vital key to understanding the unique Egyptian language of illustrated text …

Culture Crash: A New Perspective on the Fab Four

December 12th, 2021

3:00

Exclusive to Disney+, the new documentary, “Get Back” follows The Beatles in their natural element as they record the album “Let It Be".

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Tis’ the Season to Take Care of Your Mental Health

December 5th, 2021

10:21

Last minute emails. Gift buying. Traveling. Sometimes the holiday to-do list can feel never-ending. It can be a stressful period – especially after …

Culture Crash: A Review Of “Tick, Tick…Boom!”

December 5th, 2021

3:10

We share why we think the new Netflix release, “Tick, Tick…Boom” is perhaps the best musical movie of 2021.

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Giving Back as Cash Transactions Become Less Common

December 5th, 2021

12:45

Do you find yourself carrying less and less cash in recent years? You’re not alone. Last year, cash payments made up about 18 percent of all transactions, according to a national study conducted by the Federal Reserve …

The Mental Effects of Solitary Confinement & Imprisonment

November 28th, 2021

11:51

The U.S. still has the highest number of inmates in the world, with more than 2 million people behind bars. For a segment of this population, …

The Rich History of Comics

November 28th, 2021

12:25

There’s nothing quite like comics. The art of illustration mixed with text takes on many forms, including comic strips, books, graphic novels and …

Culture Crash: Exploring the Wonder of Science Fiction

November 28th, 2021

3:18

The Forward is a science fiction series comprising of six short novellas written by prominent authors in the genre. We discuss what we like about this unique format.

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A Breakdown In Housing

November 21st, 2021

10:59

Rental and home prices across the country are skyrocketing. On average, rental prices have risen by 16 percent this year. In some cities, people are seeing as high as 30 percent increases on monthly rent. For middle and …

Regaining Digital Privacy

November 21st, 2021

11:19

Tech companies make billions of dollars each year selling personal information from users’ online activity. While it may seem like people have some …

Culture Crash: A New Portrayal of Princess Diana

November 21st, 2021

3:55

Actress Kristen Stewart plays Princess Diana in the highly anticipated release, “Spencer”. We highlight Stewart’s performance and what we loved about this new take on the late royal.

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‘The Great Resignation’ As Labor Shortages Continue

November 14th, 2021

13:14

Today, there are close to 11 million vacant jobs in the U.S. – a record-breaking number. Why are more Americans not filling these positions? How is this affecting businesses? What will eventually happen if these jobs go …

The Vast Expanse of Space

November 14th, 2021

12:55

We’ve barely just scratched the surface of space exploration. Many scientists at NASA and in the private sector have set their sights on the eventual human mission to Mars – but what lies past the red planet? Will …

Culture Crash: The Thanksgiving Sitcom Classics

November 14th, 2021

3:48

We explore some of our favorite Thanksgiving-themed episodes to get you in the holiday spirit. We touch on multiple “Friends” features to classic …

The Landscape of Food Insecurity as Food Prices Continue to Soar

November 7th, 2021

12:05

In 2020, nearly 40 million Americans lived in food-insecure households. With food prices rising across the country, food insecurity is only set to …

Crafting Korean Fare

November 7th, 2021

14:35

Sharing a meal and trying something new is not only a way to expand your palate, but to learn about foreign cultures, customs and traditions. We …

Culture Crash: The Release of “Dune”

November 7th, 2021

3:38

The popular book, “Dune” is now hitting screens in theatres and on streaming platform, HBO Max. We discuss the highly anticipated blockbuster release …

The Mental Toll of Teaching

October 31st, 2021

11:33

Across the U.S., many teachers are simply overwhelmed. In their careers, they’re not only an educator, but a leader, listener and mentor. They play …

Living in Poverty in the Rural U.S.

October 31st, 2021

12:58

Poverty exists, but it’s hard to grasp what it’s really like if you’ve never experienced it firsthand. Journalist Sarah Smarsh joins Viewpoints this week to share her story of growing up poor in rural America. She …

Culture Crash: The Never-Ending Movie Franchises

October 31st, 2021

3:40

We explore the long list of film franchises the seem to go on forever. Among these are the Star Wars franchise and the most recent installment in the Bond series, No Time to Die.

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The Rise of ‘Influence’ In This World

October 24th, 2021

12:30

Today, many young people look up to the influencers they habitually watch online, whether that’s through TikTok, Instagram or YouTube. This pastime …

The 150th Anniversary of The Great Chicago Fire

October 24th, 2021

12:14

It’s been a century and a half since the fire that reshaped the Chicago landscape took hold across the city. Chicago History museum curator Julius L. …

Culture Crash: The Sensational “Squid Game”

October 24th, 2021

3:36

Netflix’s new release, “Squid Game” has become an overnight sensation, garnering more than 111 million views from accounts in just its first few weeks on the platform. What makes the show just so good?

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The Modern Pet: A Much-Adored Family Member

October 17th, 2021

15:38

You may have held out on getting a pet for years and years, but when the pandemic hit, it seemed like an opportune time to add a new furry member to the family. Today, more than 70 percent of Americans own one pet or …

The Hiccups in Food Messaging & Nutrition at the FDA

October 17th, 2021

10:45

The FDA is a massive organization that handles a wide variety of regulations and responsibilities. However, some critics argue that the FDA has …

Culture Crash: The Viewing Experience

October 17th, 2021

3:38

We discuss the dilemma of cropping full screen shows and films to fit our modern, widescreen TV’s. Many who are against this edit argue that changing …

Fancy a Beer?

October 10th, 2021

13:24

How long do you think beer has been around for? Well, archaeologists have recently discovered proof of beer-making in the Middle East dating back …

The Modern Library

October 10th, 2021

12:52

When’s the last time you visited your community library? If it’s been awhile, there’s a large chance a lot has changed in recent years. Many …

Culture Crash: The Staggered Rise to Stardom

October 10th, 2021

3:45

Dominic Fike, a popular, up-and-coming musician, performed recently at the Firefly Music Festival in Delaware. We discuss his performance at the …

Staying Healthy Through the End of 2021 with Delta in the Background

October 3rd, 2021

11:10

I don’t know if it’s just us, but this year really has flown by. It’s odd to think that 2022 is only three months away. Unfortunately, the Delta variant is causing the COVID-19 pandemic to still linger on this year, but …

The Mysteries of Alzheimer’s Disease

October 3rd, 2021

11:29

Alzheimer’s was first described in a female patient back in 1906. For many decades, scientists have been trying to decode this disease with no avail. Instead, more questions keep popping up as we learn more about this …

Culture Crash: Halloween Horror

October 3rd, 2021

3:19

We explore one of our favorite horror franchises, Scream, now streaming on HBO Max.

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Culture Crash: Pivoting Back To Theatre Movie Releases

September 26th, 2021

3:40

Many film lovers have gotten accustomed to watching new movies at home during the pandemic, but is it for the better? Film creators are pushing for a return back to theaters, but only time will tell what’s next.

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Diversity Dilemmas In Opera

September 26th, 2021

12:53

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 …

A Deeper Explanation of OCD

September 26th, 2021

13:46

Like many other mental illnesses, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is often misunderstood and clumped into a stereotypical category. Many people …

Designing A Greener Building Landscape

September 19th, 2021

12:28

Constructing a new building requires many resources, from hundreds of hours of labor to thousands of pounds of steel, cement, glass and other …

Working In Intensifying Heat

September 19th, 2021

12:17

Many Americans stay home and crank up the air conditioning once temperatures reach 80 degrees. Imagine working for hours on end outside in temperatures exceeding 90 or 100 degrees. On top of this, there’s little shade, …

Culture Crash: Netflix’s “Untold” Series

September 19th, 2021

3:13

We explore the different focuses of the sports documentary series that highlight the stories of different sports superstars.

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The 20 Year Anniversary of 9/11

September 12th, 2021

9:47

Today, there are many young adults who were mere babies when 9/11 happened. They learn about the terrorist attacks from history books, television …

Candid Conversations With Kids: Getting Back To School

September 12th, 2021

11:54

The 2021-2022 school year is officially in full swing. But, it’s not the return that many were hoping for as COVID-19 cases spread, and outbreaks pop …

Is the "Donda" Hype Real?

September 12th, 2021

4:21

Kanye West just released his latest album, “Donda” late last month. We sift through the hype and offer our take on the new creative release.

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The Many Sides of Ballerino, James Whiteside

September 5th, 2021

10:52

Ballet requires athleticism, artistry and decades of grueling practice. It’s an extremely competitive field and few dancers manage to become principal dancers at major theatres. This week on Viewpoints – James …

Culture Crash: Artists’ Shared Inspiration

September 5th, 2021

4:23

How do artists find inspiration for a new song on an album, or a new idea for a movie? We discuss how great art is more interconnected than you may think.

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Are You Addicted To Your Phone?

September 5th, 2021

12:57

The average American checks their phone about 90 times a day, according to a 2019 survey from tech research firm, Asurion. How often would you say …

Revisiting the Demise of the Dinosaurs

August 29th, 2021

12:28
There’s something special about dinosaurs. These majestic creatures walked the Earth more than 230 million years ago, yet, even today, they capture our wildest imaginations. Most us have heard the familiar narrative …

Culture Crash: Fall Reads

August 29th, 2021

3:14

We discuss some of our favorite non-fiction reads as the weather turns cooler and the season of pumpkin everything is soon upon us.

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The Taliban Takeover: What Does It Mean?

August 29th, 2021

12:33

The news of the Taliban regaining control of Afghanistan has swept news headlines this month. Hundreds of thousands of Afghan citizens have already …

Fighting For The Future Of Clean Water

August 22nd, 2021

14:58

Gold mining has been a lucrative business for many generations. Today, it’s still a booming industry with global mining companies expanding into new …

Slumbering In Space

August 22nd, 2021

13:19

Have you ever had trouble falling or staying asleep? If you have, you’ll know that not getting good rest can have a big impact on how you feel physically and mentally. For astronauts in space, sleeping in a zero-gravity …

Culture Crash: The Poetry Behind The Tunes

August 22nd, 2021

3:41

We highlight the podcast, Dissect, which takes a look at the poetic lyrics behind some of the biggest songs in rap and hip-hop.

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Why Does Keto Continue To Persist

August 15th, 2021

12:27

Every year it seems like there’s a new diet or health trend that captures people’s attention. The keto diet, which mainly cuts out carbohydrates, has …

Culture Crash: Our Favorite Films of 2011

August 15th, 2021

3:53

What were some of the best movies if we rewind back one decade? We highlight some of our top picks from the year 2011, including the documentary, Jiro Dreams of Sushi and the baseball sports hit, Moneyball.

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Lessons Learned About Education During The Pandemic

August 15th, 2021

13:56

It’s that time of year already: back to school. After eighteen months of kids and teens learning remotely or on a hybrid schedule between in-person …

The Women of the Old West

August 8th, 2021

15:14

When most people imagine the early West, they picture wide open landscapes, lawlessness and sweaty men working away in mines and on farms. While this is part of the narrative, the other lesser known side is the unique …

The Private Sector Space Race

August 8th, 2021

12:06

Jeff Bezos and Richard Branson both made history last month as they rocketed out of Earth’s atmosphere and successfully reached space. This trip was …

Culture Crash: Binge-Watching The TV Drama, “Elite”

August 8th, 2021

2:49

“Elite” is a foreign language teenage drama series that does not disappoint. It’s edgy, entertaining and fast-paced. The show is now streaming on Netflix with four seasons out and another one on the way.

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The Items That Symbolize The COVID-19 Pandemic

August 1st, 2021

14:59

Wondering what to do with the dozens of face masks and all of those unused yeast packets? Us too. There are several items that Americans sought after during the height of the Covid-19 pandemic that help to showcase what …

Forever Fashion: The History Of Timeless Trends

August 1st, 2021

12:14

There are some items of clothing that truly never go out of style. Whether it’s a pair of jeans or a classic black dress, these pieces transform with …

Culture Crash: Pig – Starring Nicholas Cage

August 1st, 2021

2:53

We had mixed feelings heading to see the new film, Pig, featuring actor Nicholas Cage. Listen to why this feature film ended up blowing our …

Publishing 101: Behind Every Writer Is A Great Editor

July 25th, 2021

13:05

Millions of Americans put off going to a doctor or hospital because they’re afraid of the high cost of care. Depending on your insurance, one MRI …

The Entrepreneur Inside The Musician

July 25th, 2021

11:26

There’s much more to being a professional musician than the practice and performance aspect of the career. For independent artists, there’s an entire side of entrepreneurship to handle, including money management, …

Culture Crash: The Apple TV Sports Comedy, “Ted Lasso”

July 25th, 2021

3:33

Funny man Jason Sudeikis plays Ted Lasso in Apple’s TV’s new series. The show follows Lasso, a small-time coach, as he moves to England to lead a …

Culture Crash: The Beauty Of TikTok

July 18th, 2021

3:38

The social media platform, TikTok started in September 2016. There have been many critics over the years that have doubted the lasting popularity of …

Negotiating The High Cost Of Healthcare

July 18th, 2021

15:54

Millions of Americans put off going to a doctor or hospital because they’re afraid of the high cost of care. Depending on your insurance, one MRI …

The Dated Tradition of Daylight Saving Time

July 18th, 2021

11:39

Each year, as the flowers bloom and the days turn warmer, we spring forward and adjust our clocks one hour forward. The routine of ‘springing forward’ can feel like a nuisance and for some, it can severely throw off …

A Better Way To Get Away

July 11th, 2021

14:41

It seems like lately almost everyone is heading to the airport. Whether you’re flying, driving or taking a train, vacations are a highly anticipated time to get away from everyday life. Everyone deserves relaxation, but …

Long-Term Youth Incarceration

July 11th, 2021

13:04

The U.S. prison population has decreased during the pandemic, but the number of people behind bars is still close to two million. Some of these …

Culture Crash: Accessing Film Classics

July 11th, 2021

3:03

The Criterion Channel makes it easy to watch older movies that are often forgotten on mainstream streaming platforms like Netflix. We discuss some of …

How To Make Your Kid Money-Savvy

July 4th, 2021

12:50

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. It’s …

Culture Crash: What’s So Funny About Dave?

July 4th, 2021

2:41

The Hulu comedy, Dave, is a fictional story about the sensationalized rapper, Lil Dicky. The show look like many other comedies at first but is …

Fair Labor: The Importance Of Worker Centers

July 4th, 2021

15:38

Unions, which are organized labor groups, are prevalent across the U.S. You’ve probably heard of the term in the media or may know someone who’s part of a union. But, have you ever heard of a worker center? It operates …

Culture Crash: The Evolution of Comedian Bo Burnham

June 27th, 2021

3:23

Bo Burnham has taken on many roles throughout his career. We discuss his latest project, Inside, now streaming on Netflix.

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The Top One Percent and the Accrual of Billions in Wealth

June 27th, 2021

13:02

The 50 richest families in the world have a combined net worth of $1.2 trillion dollars. The Koch family, the second richest name on the list, is …

The Caregiver Crisis

June 27th, 2021

13:56

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that employee turnover at nursing homes in an average year is 74 percent. With high rates of turnover and not enough new workers entering the caregiving field, the U.S. is deep in …

The Endless Drought: Dwindling Water In The West

June 20th, 2021

15:58

Lake Mead, the reservoir created by the Hoover Dam, is at its lowest levels ever recorded. Drought is not a new problem in the West, but it is getting worse as the years go by. What’s being done to curb water …

The Toll of Excess Clothes Production

June 20th, 2021

12:40

The average clothing item today is worn anywhere from seven to ten times before it’s discarded on donated. Why is this number so low, and what happens once the garment leaves a person’s closet? Maxine Bedat, a prominent …

Culture Crash: Stephen King: The Master of Storytelling

June 20th, 2021

3:26

Stephen King is globally recognized as the master of horror – but how does he create each masterpiece? We break down what sets his works of literature apart from all of the other authors across several genres.

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The Environmental Effects of Staggering Palm Oil Production

June 13th, 2021

13:42

In the U.S., most Americans commonly use vegetable or olive oil when cooking. While we don’t often here about palm oil, it’s in many of the products …

The Highs of Running

June 13th, 2021

12:15

Imagine running 50 miles – almost double the distance of a typical marathon. Do you think you could ever do it? Dean Karnazes, an ultra-runner, joins …

Culture Crash: The Perfect Album

June 13th, 2021

4:00

This week, we discuss the importance of an album’s length. All too often it can feel like some of the songs on the album are just there to fill time, so people feel like they’re getting more music for their money.

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The Return of Baseball at the Ballpark

June 6th, 2021

14:15

Baseball is back, and fans can once again revel in the experience of heading to a ballpark, grabbing some peanuts and cheering on their team as they …

The Wedding Pages

June 6th, 2021

12:26

The first New York Times wedding announcement was published in 1851. It was one sentence long and covered a young, white couple who had just married in New York. Today, the wedding and engagements section at the paper …

Culture Crash: The Latest Release By Acclaimed Author John Green

June 6th, 2021

3:11

Author John Green is best known for young adult novels like The Fault in Our Stars, but his latest release heads in a completely different direction. …

Sweaty Palms, Racing Heart: Facing The Fear Of Public Speaking

May 30th, 2021

13:42

Why are people so afraid to give speeches in public? For many, it can be the cause of much anxiety and dread. We speak with a psychologist and a …

The Debate On Invasive Species

May 30th, 2021

11:30

Many people are worried that non-native plants and animals are invading the U.S. and preventing native species from thriving. Each year, a lot of money and time is spent trying to rid the land of these aliens - often to …

Culture Crash: The Beauty of HBO Max

May 30th, 2021

3:59

The streaming platform, HBO Max has gained a lot of ground since its launch in May of last year. We dive into the wide variety of shows and films available and why it’s become our favorite place to search for something …

The 40th Anniversary of The NASA Space Shuttle

May 23rd, 2021

12:53

The birth of the space shuttle in 1981 marked a new era of space travel. For the first time ever, NASA had a spacecraft that could launch into space …

Culture Crash: The Love Story of “Little Fish”

May 23rd, 2021

3:08

The movie, “Little Fish” is an intriguing story of a world ravaged by a virus that erases people’s memories. It’s a gripping film that hooks your attention from the get-go and is worth the watch.

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The Cycle Of Food Waste

May 23rd, 2021

12:15

The average person ends up trashing 25 percent of the food they buy from the grocery store. This can mean fresh produce, expired dairy, stale bread – …

Culture Crash: Reviewing HBO’s “Mare Of Easttown”

May 16th, 2021

3:19

A modern take on the classic detective/thriller genre is exactly what we need right now and the “Mare of Easttown” does not disappoint. We explore this new series starring Kate Winslet.

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The Rise Of Cryptocurrency

May 16th, 2021

11:23

The cryptocurrency that started it all, Bitcoin, is now valued at around 1.6 trillion dollars. And in just the last month, another, newer form of …

Why Aren’t More Women Financially Independent?

May 16th, 2021

11:28

The U.S. workforce is now more than 50 percent female, yet many women today still have little knowledge on financial planning and how to make their income work for them rather than the other way around. Executive and …

The Mind-Bending Migration Of The Monarch Butterfly

May 9th, 2021

9:42

In 2017, Sara Dykman biked more than 10,000 miles, following the path of the annual Monarch migration. Along her route, she stopped to educate and …

The Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Conundrum

May 9th, 2021

14:47

How often do you buy an item from the store that’s packaged in a plastic container or wrapped in plastic? Daily decisions like these add up and are feeding into the global plastic crisis. Scientists estimate that …

Culture Crash: Back To The Theater

May 9th, 2021

3:38

As more Americans get vaccinated, the light at the end of the tunnel shines a little bit brighter each day. We discuss the slow return of theater-released movies and some of the future films we’re most excited for.

Easy Switches For A More Earth-Friendly Diet

May 2nd, 2021

12:00

As more Americans look to decrease their carbon footprints, what’s one way to make a big difference? Flipping the narrative on the traditional American diet. Beef is more carbon-intensive to produce than chicken, but …

Jimmy Stewart: The Hollywood Actor & Fighter Pilot

May 2nd, 2021

13:42

The late actor, Jimmy Stewart, gave us some very memorable characters during his time in Hollywood – many very funny; others endearing; and some dark …

Culture Crash: Literature Tackling Race & Inequality

May 2nd, 2021

3:04

The perspectives of black authors are vital in understanding why racial bias still plagues our country. We offer up some timely recommendations to add to your 2021 reading list.

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The Sky-high Cost of College

April 25th, 2021

12:11

Today, the average student graduating from a four-year, public university leaves with $28,600 in student loans. On top of this, students owe interest once payments kick in, and this can range from 3 to 5 percent for …

What Happens To The Human Body In Space?

April 25th, 2021

14:49

From abrupt changes in gravity to galactic cosmic radiation, astronauts face numerous challenges as they push to explore further into the unknown. Dr. Emmanuel Urquieta, from the Center for Space Medicine at the Baylor …

Culture Crash: The Second Debut of Taylor Swift’s “Fearless”

April 25th, 2021

3:13

Taylor Swift recently re-recorded and released her hit 2008 album “Fearless”. We discuss the nostalgic vibes we felt while listening to these old …

The Growing Wealth Of The Billionaire Class

April 18th, 2021

12:26

Facebook founder and CEO, Mark Zuckerberg added 41 billion dollars to his wealth over the past year. And that’s nothing compared to what Tesla CEO, …

The Role We Each Play In Slowing Climate Change

April 18th, 2021

12:20

Despite the pandemic, carbon emissions are at an all-time high, topping records over the past 3.6 million years. For years, scientists have warned of humans approaching a critical tipping point of global warming – and …

Culture Crash: Oscar-Worthy Foreign Language Films

April 18th, 2021

3:25

In recent years, foreign language films have started to be taken more seriously in the top awards categories. Take Parasite winning Best Picture at the Oscars last year. We discuss some of the best international films …

End-Of-Life Planning: Have You Gotten Your Affairs In Order?

April 11th, 2021

11:17

About 60 percent of Americans don’t yet have a written will in place. People spend a lifetime working hard, saving money, building assets, but often …

Culture Crash: The Latest Album By Band, AJR

April 11th, 2021

3:23

The newest musical release by AJR is titled, “OK ORCHESTRA 5”. It’s an energetic, unique collection that you won’t be able to get out of your head …

Managing Mental Health In The Medical Field During A Pandemic

April 11th, 2021

13:43

Physician burnout is still a very real problem in the U.S. – and the pandemic has only exacerbated these feelings in some of the hardest hit hospitals across the country. We speak with Dr. Greg Hammer at Stanford …

Entrepreneurship in the Adult-Use Cannabis Market

April 4th, 2021

13:16

New York is the latest to legalize recreational marijuana. This move will create thousands of new jobs and is expected to generate billions of …

Culture Crash: Zack Snyder’s “Justice League”

April 4th, 2021

3:52

The new director’s cut of “Justice League” is now out on HBO Max. The action movie clocks in at a whopping four hours. Is it just another overhyped streaming release or something more?

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Alphabetical Arrangement

April 4th, 2021

12:58

Organizing people or items by A to Z is a common method all over the world. It’s used in schools, businesses, libraries and more. But why is this the …

Siri, Self-Driving Cars and Disinformation on Social Media: The Ups & Downs of Artificial Intelligence

March 28th, 2021

13:21

AI software is everywhere these days. It’s built into cars, tech, robotics and used in numerous fields from stock portfolio management to …

Modern Adulthood

March 28th, 2021

13:09

Whatever age you are, there’s always certain pressures to hit life milestones by set periods. It can mean moving out, getting married, having a family or even retiring by a ‘normal’ age. We discuss why these external …

Culture Crash: A Unique Oscar Year

March 28th, 2021

3:45

This year’s awards season looks a bit different due to the pandemic stalling new releases. But, as those in showbiz say, the show must go on.

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The Deadly Texas Freeze: Does It Point To Larger Problems?

March 21st, 2021

11:52

The wintry storm that crippled the entire state of Texas last month is estimated to cost 195 billion dollars in damages and has already been linked …

The Mental Toll of a Full Work Inbox

March 21st, 2021

13:47

On average, its estimated that the typical worker receives one email every six minutes. This constant stream of emails and instant messages …

Culture Crash: Does Wandavision Live Up To The Hype?

March 21st, 2021

4:37

WandaVision started off with a bang, differentiating itself from other shows. But what started off as an original and unique series quickly transformed into every other Marvel blockbuster. We discuss what went wrong.

Culture Crash: Are You Team “Harry Potter” Books or Films?

March 14th, 2021

4:00

It’s been almost 25 years since the first Harry Potter book was released. Today, the wizarding franchise is worth billions of dollars and has …

Dealing with Conflict

March 14th, 2021

14:13

Conflict is part of life, but it doesn’t have to be a completely negative experience; it can be an opportunity for personal growth and forging deeper relationships. We speak with two experts who specializing in studying …

The Power Of Persevering Through Life’s Challenges

March 14th, 2021

12:24

Life has many challenges – but it’s how you respond to these obstacles that truly matter. Characteristics like passion, perseverance and grit can all …

Working Within The Oil Sector

March 7th, 2021

13:03

The oil and gas industry employs millions of workers. In 2018, 6.7 million Americans worked within the traditional energy sector. Yet, when we often …

Culture Crash: The Many Documentaries On Demand

March 7th, 2021

4:39

It seems like every day there’s a new documentary released on a streaming platform that hooks viewers. The content ranges from true crime, sports and many other subjects. But with this constant cycle of releases, is …

What May Lie Ahead: The Pandemic’s Effect On The Economy

March 7th, 2021

12:36

How has a year-long pandemic affected the U.S. economy? Will it bounce back as more people get vaccinated or will there be long-term ramifications? Economist James Rickards joins Viewpoints this week to share his …

Culture Crash: Watching Performance Art From Your Sofa

February 28th, 2021

3:58

Before the pandemic there weren’t so many concerts, theatre performances and other arts available to watch from your living room TV. While the last eleven months have been tough on the industry, it’s allowed more people …

The Arctic Then vs. Now

February 28th, 2021

11:40

Over the last two decades, Arctic melt has increased by about 60 percent. It’s estimated that if all of the glaciers and ice caps were to disappear …

A Shifting Suburbia: The Impact Of Covid-19

February 28th, 2021

10:30

Congested roads. Crumbling parking lots. Vacant strip malls. These are some of the challenges that suburbs across the country are facing today. What to do with the vacant retail and office space? How do you make people …

The Tulsa Race Massacre

February 21st, 2021

13:14

In the early 1900’s, the Greenwood District in Tulsa, Oklahoma was commonly referred to as the ‘Black Wall Street’. It was a predominantly African …

Culture Crash: Framing Britney Spears

February 21st, 2021

3:38

We discuss the new Hulu release, Framing Britney Spears, which follows Spears’ rise to pop stardom, the ups and downs of her life in the spotlight …

A Newsfeed Overload

February 21st, 2021

11:24

How often do you skim a headline and feel like that’s all you need to know? Or gather your daily news from a Twitter or Facebook feed? Economist & journalist Tim Harford joins Viewpoints this week to share the …

The Joys Of Being Back In The Classroom

February 14th, 2021

11:08

As some schools return back to in-person learning, we take a look at a few of the ways teaching has changed this year, including new safety …

The Path To Europa

February 14th, 2021

11:49

The Jupiter moon, Europa is 390 million miles away from Earth. In 2025, the NASA Europa Clipper mission launches and is estimated to arrive in Jupiter’s orbit by 2031. Why Europa? Underneath its radiated surface, the …

Culture Crash: Easy-to-Watch TV

February 14th, 2021

3:03

Sometimes a tense, high stakes show isn’t the relaxing break we all need. We discuss our favorite lighthearted, easy-to-consume series that are entertaining and great to watch time and time again.

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Forced Behavioral Treatment Programs

February 7th, 2021

11:48

Each year, thousands of troubled young adults are sent to long-term, in-patient behavioral centers that are seen as the last resort. Their parents …

The Birth Of Criminal Science In The U.S.

February 7th, 2021

12:28

Today, the field of forensic science is one of the most important tools that investigators have in cracking a case. From forensic geology to DNA and …

Culture Crash: The Tumultuous Legacy of Tiger Woods

February 7th, 2021

3:43

HBO’s new release, Tiger chronicles the ups and downs of Tiger Wood’s golf career and personal life. We discuss if the new documentary is overhyped …

What Is Attribution Science?

January 31st, 2021

10:24

The field of attribution science studies extreme weather events in order to uncover what role man-made climate change plays in the severity or …

The Importance of Making Your Money Work For You

January 31st, 2021

12:23

Between the internet, radio, podcasts and books, there’s a wide breadth of information out there on how to get your finances in order. But sometimes the mixed advice and confusing explanations can lead to complete …

Culture Crash: A Simpler Era of Superheroes

January 31st, 2021

3:14

Today’s superhero storylines can sometimes feel a bit too involved if you’re looking for something more laid-back to watch. We rewind back to the …

The Competitive Nature of Today's Youth Sports

January 24th, 2021

12:06

The world of youth sports can be incredibly stressful. Long practices, hefty investments and increasingly selective teams can add up to parents …

A Pandemic Education: It Continues On Into 2021

January 24th, 2021

12:42

It’s been ten months since many schools across the nation shifted to online learning. Students, parents and everyone working within education have …

Culture Crash: The Abundance Of Mediocre Media On Streaming Platforms

January 24th, 2021

3:12

When scrolling through streaming sites like Netflix, Disney+ Amazon Prime or Hulu, the number of movies and shows can feel endless. But, how many of …

The Pandemic’s Push On E-Commerce

January 17th, 2021

10:09

While many small, neighborhood stores are fighting to keep their doors open, e-commerce giants like Amazon are seeing staggering growth. In fact, …

Spies & Soldiers: The Women of the Civil War

January 17th, 2021

12:34

We know so much about the men of the Civil War, but the courageous women of this time and their contributions are seldom shown in history books. Historian Karen Abbott decided to change that. She tells the story of …

Culture Crash: Is HBO’s Show “Euphoria” Euphoric?

January 17th, 2021

3:24

Whether you’re a young adult or not, the teen-focused show, “Euphoria” is a refreshing take on this period of life and all the struggles that come …

The Sketch That Solves the Crime

January 10th, 2021

12:50

You’ve probably seen a black and white portrait of a suspect displayed online, broadcasted on TV or even printed in a newspaper back in the day. But how exactly does a forensic sketch artist create such a detailed and …

The Law of Treason: Its Modern Use

January 10th, 2021

9:42

To call someone a traitor or label an act as treasonous is a big claim. But what exactly does treason mean? What does it entail? We speak with constitutional law expert, Professor Carlton Larson about its limited use in …

Culture Crash: A Review Of The “Small Axe” Anthology

January 10th, 2021

3:32

We discuss Steve McQueen’s five-part series, “Small Axe” that originally aired in the UK but is now available to stream in full on Amazon Prime.

The Psychopath Inside

January 3rd, 2021

11:40

Who do you think of when you read or hear the word, psychopath? Rarely does anyone think of the mild-mannered neuroscientist next door. We speak to two experts about what the term actually means in the medical world, …

The Fascinating Science Behind Black Holes

January 3rd, 2021

9:55

Black holes have always intrigued and captured the imagination of millions since they were first theorized and coined by German physicist Karl …

Culture Crash: A Look Back At What Got Us Through 2020

January 3rd, 2021

3:28

There’s no doubt it’s been a long and frankly, weird year. We highlight some of the books, shows and movies that kept us entertained in 2020.

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Game Show History

December 27th, 2020

10:43

Before the game shows of today, there were countless series of the past that defied our notion of showmanship. Full of grandiose props, charismatic …

The On- And Off-Stage Benefits Of Practicing Improv

December 27th, 2020

14:22

Getting on a stage in front of a crowd can be extremely daunting. But, taking a risk and trying something new may not only lead you to a new hobby but a renewed perspective on life. Improv comedy forces you to connect …

Culture Crash: A Film Homage to “The Twilight Zone”

December 27th, 2020

3:09

We recommend the new movie, “The Vast of Night” now available to stream on Amazon Prime. It has the same vibes as “The Twilight Zone”, transporting viewers back to an entirely different time period.

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What Are You Grateful For?

December 20th, 2020

11:48

Thank goodness 2020 is just about over. While this year has been full of many challenges, it’s also made more Americans realize what truly matters …

The Toll Of Unending Discrimination

December 20th, 2020

12:30

Segregation not only divides cities but leads to divided people as well. It fuels biases against people who may look or act different than us, leading to generations of inequity and discrimination. Viewpoints speaks …

Revisiting The Video Game “The Last of Us”

December 20th, 2020

3:50

“The Last of Us” and “The Last of Us Part Two” both have intricate storylines set in a post-zombie apocalypse world that makes for adventurous and exciting game play. We dive into the creative development that sets this …

The Modern Diamond Business

December 13th, 2020

11:57

The northwestern coast of South Africa & Namibia has been a mining hub for diamonds since the 1900’s. Local workers labor through long shifts and hazardous working conditions in order to feed their families. The …

The Lasting Legacy of Alex Trebek & Jeopardy!

December 13th, 2020

15:20

Alex Trebek hosted Jeopardy! for 37 seasons until his passing last month from pancreatic cancer. The trivia quiz series is unlike any other show on …

Culture Crash: The Queen’s Gambit

December 13th, 2020

3:00

You don’t need to be a chess whiz to enjoy The Queen’s Gambit. Viewpoints explores the Netflix breakout hit featuring actress Anya Taylor-Joy.

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Culture Crash: When To Quit the Book You’re Reading

December 11th, 2020

3:01

When do you call it quits on a book that you just can’t get into? We discuss a few picks that are popular reads but just didn’t hook us enough to …

Becoming Steve Jobs

December 6th, 2020

12:04

Apple co-founder, Steve Jobs, was hailed as a genius and master innovator during his lifetime, but his career wasn’t always a smooth, upward trajectory. He failed many times and was eventually sidelined at Apple. We …

Liar, Liar: How To Get To The Truth (2020)

December 6th, 2020

13:03

How do professionals question people to get the information they want? We talk to an expert in interrogation and lying on this subject, and how law enforcement and job interviewers use the same tactics to find out if …

The Early American Diet

November 29th, 2020

14:39

Throughout history - war, famine, economic instability has affected what we choose to buy at the grocery store. Even today, the pandemic has shifted our grocery shopping and eating habits. This week, we rewind back to …

I Spy Delicious Pie

November 29th, 2020

10:04

Boozy Pecan, Cranberry-Pear, Banana Crème. The many flavors and textures of pie are endless. Just because Thanksgiving and all-things pumpkin have …

Culture Crash: Our Favorite Page-Turners

November 29th, 2020

3:30

The colder months are a great time to tuck into a new novel. We recommend a few of our favorite books that are easy to get through and will keep you …

Surviving Parkland: The Perspective Of One Teacher

November 22nd, 2020

12:48

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 …

Relationships: The Human Experience In 2020

November 22nd, 2020

12:05

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 …

Culture Crash: The Life of Alex Trebek

November 22nd, 2020

3:18

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

The State of Science

November 15th, 2020

13:16

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 …

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

November 15th, 2020

13:46

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 …

Culture Crash: Re-Exploring Old Sitcoms

November 15th, 2020

3:17

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.

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Culture Crash: The Life And Career Of Christopher Nolan

November 8th, 2020

3:21

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

12:52

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

13:42

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 …

Culture Crash: Watching Film Festivals From Home

November 1st, 2020

2:56

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

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Good Morning Zoom

November 1st, 2020

10:52

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 …

The Native American Vote: A Group Plagued By Voter Marginalization

November 1st, 2020

14:25

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 …

Examining The Death-Care Industry

October 25th, 2020

10:12

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 …

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

October 25th, 2020

14:22

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 …

Culture Crash: The Haunting Of Hill House & Bly Manor

October 25th, 2020

3:25

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 …

White Collar Crime: The Players & Its Economic Consequences

October 18th, 2020

14:16

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

The 12 Million Undocumented Immigrants In The U.S.

October 18th, 2020

10:16

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 …

Culture Crash: Halloween 2020

October 18th, 2020

3:50

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

14:20

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

17:38

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

3:36

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

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Inside U.S. College Admissions

October 4th, 2020

16:04

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

10:49

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

3:22

Seasons one, two and three of “Dark” are now streaming on Netflix. The highly rated show has an intricate plot that’s sometimes hard to follow but …

Inside The Grocery Industry

September 27th, 2020

13:07

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

Young Learners & Their Development During Covid

September 27th, 2020

8:54

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 …

Culture Crash: Revisiting Our Favorite Films & Books

September 27th, 2020

3:01

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 …

Back to School 2020: Learning Through Tech

September 20th, 2020

11:28

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

9:35

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 …

Culture Crash: The Theatre Release of “Tenet”

September 20th, 2020

3:52

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

Fueling Creativity: Funding Modern, Independent Invention

September 13th, 2020

10:14

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

Peak Hurricane Season 2020

September 13th, 2020

14:02

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 …

Culture Crash: The Lasting Legacy Of Actor Chadwick Boseman

September 13th, 2020

3:54

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

10:46

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

10:49

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

3:19

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.

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Sleeping Soundly: The Interconnected Benefits Of Getting Good Rest

August 30th, 2020

16:22

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, …

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

August 30th, 2020

10:33

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 …

Culture Crash: Exploring the Works of Charlie Kaufman

August 30th, 2020

4:09

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 …

Murder on the Herbert Fuller

August 23rd, 2020

12:23

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 …

How To Travel Once We Can All Travel Again

August 23rd, 2020

12:25

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 …

Culture Crash: Taylor Swift’s Surprise Album

August 23rd, 2020

3:23

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

Dot Con: Pranking the Authors of Spam Emails

August 16th, 2020

11:43

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 …

Culture Crash: A Collection of Science Fiction

August 16th, 2020

3:18

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.

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The Holocaust: Surviving The German Occupation Of The Netherlands

August 16th, 2020

13:02

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 …

The Invention of Instant Photography

August 9th, 2020

11:30

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 …

Culture Crash: A Father-Son Horror Novella

August 9th, 2020

2:51

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

Learn …

Modern Contracts For NonTraditional Relationships

August 9th, 2020

13:46

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 …

Better Understanding Trauma

August 2nd, 2020

14:12

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

12:53

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

August 2nd, 2020

3:04

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.

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A Shift Towards Sustainable Construction & Design

July 26th, 2020

14:34

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 …

Culture Crash: Film Highlights So Far In 2020

July 26th, 2020

3:53

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 …

The Church of Scientology

July 26th, 2020

11:46

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

The World of Cults

July 19th, 2020

12:17

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 Latest Blockbuster From Christopher Nolan

July 19th, 2020

3:47

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

9:46

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 Business of Lab-Grown Meat

July 12th, 2020

10:17

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 …

Poker: A Game of Skill & Luck

July 12th, 2020

12:12

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 …

Culture Crash: The Passing Of Director Joel Schumacher

July 12th, 2020

3:23

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 …

Culture Crash: Rewinding Back To Our Highschool Selves

July 5th, 2020

4:08

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

11:48

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

10:11

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 …

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

June 28th, 2020

10:44

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 …

The Calming Nature of Tending to a Garden

June 28th, 2020

11:29

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

Culture Crash: The Difficulty of Placing Media & Literature Into Distinct Genres (2020 version)

June 28th, 2020

2:52

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 …

Shakeups in the Salon & Skincare Industry

June 21st, 2020

11:58

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

10:37

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 …

Culture Crash: The Rollout Of HBO Max

June 21st, 2020

3:32

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.

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The Murder Of George Floyd: A Deepening Public Health Crisis

June 14th, 2020

11:25

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

10:21

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

3:04

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.

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

June 7th, 2020

12:29

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

10:09

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

3:22

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

13:30

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

9:04

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

3:14

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

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Culture Crash: Parks And Recreation: Quarantine Edition

May 24th, 2020

3:20

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 …

The Story of Apollo 8

May 24th, 2020

13:30

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 …

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

May 24th, 2020

11:14

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 …

Millennial Money: Leveraging Your Worth

May 17th, 2020

12:20

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

12:37

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 Athlete, The Legend: Michael Jordan

May 17th, 2020

3:17

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.

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An Essential Industry: Construction in the U.S.

May 10th, 2020

12:40

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

Culture Crash: The Fate Of The Oscars

May 10th, 2020

3:23

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 …

The Rise of Coffee Capitalism

May 10th, 2020

10:03

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 …

From Luxury Ingredients to Food Styling: The Quirky Inner Workings of the Food Biz

May 3rd, 2020

11:19

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

11:25

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: Exploring The Tech Show “Halt And Catch Fire”

May 3rd, 2020

3:19

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 …

The Slow-Looming, Invisible Crisis Of Climate Change

April 26th, 2020

11:04

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 …

Culture Crash: Ensuring The Accessibility of Independent films

April 26th, 2020

3:22

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

11:25

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 …

A Dormant Family Secret Uncovered Through DNA Testing

April 19th, 2020

11:12

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

13:29

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

3:14

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.

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Deploying School Meals To Those Who Need Them Most Right Now

April 12th, 2020

15:30

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

11:36

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

3:05

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

3:45

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 and Family

April 5th, 2020

14:34

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

11:57

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 …

Cannabis: A Complicated History

March 29th, 2020

13:00

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. …

Falling Through A Cloud: Living With Cognitive Decline

March 29th, 2020

11:52

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

March 29th, 2020

3:22

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

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The Resurgence Of Hand Embroidery: Craftivism Through Cross-Stitching

March 22nd, 2020

14:26

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 …

The Wonders Of Removing Clothing Clutter

March 22nd, 2020

12:32

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 …

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

March 22nd, 2020

3:04

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 …

Getting Things Done: Hints On How To Do It Better (2020)

March 15th, 2020

16:56

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 Appeal Of Mystery Movies

March 15th, 2020

3:07

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

10:23

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? …

Culture Crash: The Beauty Of “Better Call Saul”

March 8th, 2020

3:35

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

12:10

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

12:19

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

3:33

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?

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The Role Of Companies In Protecting The Planet’s Biodiversity

March 1st, 2020

11:58

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

14:31

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

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

February 23rd, 2020

10:50

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 Joy Of TV Comedy Specials

February 23rd, 2020

3:14

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

15:49

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. …

Coloring Outside the Lines

February 16th, 2020

12:11

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

10:43

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: The Broadway Hit “Hamilton” Comes Alive Again

February 16th, 2020

3:15

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?

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Culture Crash: Remembering The Legend: Kobe Bryant

February 9th, 2020

3:28

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

14:07

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

10:24

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, …

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

February 2nd, 2020

12:53

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

Culture Crash: Scary Winter Reads

February 2nd, 2020

3:21

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.

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World War II: The Women Of The OSS

February 2nd, 2020

11:52

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 …

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

January 26th, 2020

12:20

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

15:11

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.

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Culture Crash: Oscar Season

January 26th, 2020

3:27

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 …

Arctic Exploration: The Demise Of The 1881 Greely Expedition

January 19th, 2020

15:46

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

11:26

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 …

Culture Crash: Dave Eggers and his boundary-pushing writing

January 19th, 2020

2:58

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 …

Spreading Word of the 2020 U.S. Census

January 12th, 2020

10:35

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

15:31

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

4:06

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.

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The Pitfalls of Social Media as an Athlete

January 5th, 2020

12:20

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 …

Culture Crash: The 2020 Blockbuster Lineup

January 5th, 2020

3:45

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 …

A Brief History of Skin Marking

January 5th, 2020

14:12

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 …

Harry Potter: More Than Just A Wizarding Tale

December 29th, 2019

13:29

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 …

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

December 29th, 2019

3:13
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

13:25

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, …

Inside Look: Holiday Baking Championship

December 26th, 2019

4:28

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

The Annual Holiday Shopping Frenzy

December 22nd, 2019

10:38

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 …

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

December 22nd, 2019

4:05

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

15:24

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 Implications of A Shifting Climate

December 15th, 2019

14:50

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

17:08

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

3:26

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

14:30

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

12:38

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

3:13

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

4:57
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.

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

December 1st, 2019

13:21

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

12:41

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

3:52

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.

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Then & Now: Fashion Guru Carolyn Becker

November 26th, 2019

12:50

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

14:18

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

12:41

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

2:55

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

16:18

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

12:38

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

3:03

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

28:42

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

12:29

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

3:45

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

12:50

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

3:39

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.

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Why Are People Still Dumping Their Cigarettes On The Ground?

November 3rd, 2019

13:44

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

3:30

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

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

October 27th, 2019

12:20

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 …

The Complicated Role of Caregiving

October 27th, 2019

14:25

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

Culture Crash: Joaquin Phoenix’s “Joker”

October 20th, 2019

4:01

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

12:29

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

13:28

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 …

Discovering Death: A Mortician's Guide To Life

October 13th, 2019

14:58

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 …

Disposable Fashion No More: Is The Industry Really Changing?

October 13th, 2019

15:13

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 …

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

October 13th, 2019

3:57

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.

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The Summer of Spiked Seltzer

October 6th, 2019

13:20

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 …

Culture Crash: The New Space Drama “Ad Astra”

October 6th, 2019

3:38

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.

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Inside Look: The Summer of Spiked Seltzer

October 6th, 2019

3:28

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 …

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

October 6th, 2019

13:21

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 …

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

September 29th, 2019

3:14

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.

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Friends of the Children

September 29th, 2019

14:13

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

13:46

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

3:35

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

American Rodeo Today

September 22nd, 2019

14:51

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: Noah Hawley's Novel "Before the Fall"

September 22nd, 2019

2:51

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.

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

September 22nd, 2019

12:38

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, …

Culture Crash: Unlocking The Popularity of Netflix's Mindhunter

September 15th, 2019

3:33

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.

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Inside Look - The Lasting Practice of Skin Whitening

September 15th, 2019

3:58

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

The Lasting Prevalence of Skin Whitening

September 15th, 2019

14:11

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

12:29

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 …

Culture Crash: Fall Film Lineup

September 8th, 2019

3:12

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

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

September 8th, 2019

14:53

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

9:54

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

4:05

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

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

September 1st, 2019

12:42

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

Inside Look: One Scrub Does Not Fit All

September 1st, 2019

3:10

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

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

September 1st, 2019

14:34

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

September 1st, 2019

3:04

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.

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Plastic: Where Does It All Ultimately End Up

August 25th, 2019

13:12

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 …

The Price of News: Challenges Female Arab Journalists Face

August 25th, 2019

13:24

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 …

Culture Crash: The Countdown To Football Season

August 25th, 2019

3:27

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.

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Inside Look - Human Trafficking in Nepal

August 18th, 2019

3:32

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 …

How New Concepts Are Opening Up Access To Nutritious Food

August 18th, 2019

11:39
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

14:04

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 …

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

August 18th, 2019

3:05

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

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The Woes and Pros of Living Life in a Digital Landscape

August 11th, 2019

14:23

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 …

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

August 11th, 2019

2:57

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.

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The Complexities of Implicit Bias

August 11th, 2019

14:33

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.

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The Technology and Training of Non-Lethal Weapons

August 4th, 2019

13:14

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 …

The California Norco Shootout

August 4th, 2019

12:45

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

Culture Crash: The Beginnings of "Spider-Man"

August 4th, 2019

4:11

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.

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

July 28th, 2019

13:26

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 - Bridesmaids

July 28th, 2019

3:21

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

A Shifting Landscape: The Challenges Facing Suburbia Today

July 28th, 2019

13:47

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

Culture Crash: Ensuring The Accessibility of Independent films

July 28th, 2019

3:22

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

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Inside Look - Toxic Masculinity

July 21st, 2019

2:03

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

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The Dark Side of Masculinity

July 21st, 2019

15:15

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

11:42

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

2:36

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

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

July 21st, 2019

3:00

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?

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Culture Crash: The Continuation of Veronica Mars

July 14th, 2019

3:08

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

3:13

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.

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Casting A Wide Net: Why Generalism Matters

July 14th, 2019

13:40

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

13:17

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 …

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

July 10th, 2019

3:26

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

The Alluring Mystery of Oak Island

July 7th, 2019

13:04

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 Year of Repetitive Sequels and Reboots

July 7th, 2019

3:39

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.

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

July 7th, 2019

11:20

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 …

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

June 30th, 2019

3:27

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

14:22

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

10:10

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 …

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

June 23rd, 2019

14:33

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 …

Culture Crash: Our Connection to TV Theme Songs

June 23rd, 2019

3:35

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

12:30

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

No Happy Endings: Moving Forward After A Monumental Loss

June 16th, 2019

13:01

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 …

Inside Look: Domestic Violence

June 16th, 2019

3:39

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 …

Uncovering The Underbelly of Domestic Violence

June 16th, 2019

14:24

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 …

Culture Crash: The Rise of The Supervillain in Brightburn

June 16th, 2019

3:08

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.

Learn …

The Art of Illustration

June 9th, 2019

11:39

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

13:01

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

3:04

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

2:56

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 …

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

June 2nd, 2019

15:15

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 …

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

June 2nd, 2019

11:40

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 …

Inside Look - Reviving the School Lunch System

June 2nd, 2019

5:45

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

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Appreciating the Beauty of Calculus

May 26th, 2019

11:36

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

Culture Crash: The New Album by Judah & The Lion

May 26th, 2019

3:10

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 …

The Color of Law

May 26th, 2019

12:54

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

3:24

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

13:09

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

12:08

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

9:27

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

2:53

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

14:16

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

4:17

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

12:47

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

9:32

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

3:03

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.

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The Psychology of Fashion

May 1st, 2019

12:49

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

12:50

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

3:30

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

11:55

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

13:20

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

3:18

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

12:28

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

13:04

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

3:09

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.

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Greener Gardening During Climate Change

April 10th, 2019

12:27

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

13:14

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

3:15

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

12:49

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

13:45

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

3:03

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

11:36

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

14:07

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

4:08

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

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Harry Potter Therapy

March 20th, 2019

11:49

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

13:00

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

3:38

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

11:57

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

13:08

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

3:50

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

14:14

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

10:47

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

3:45

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

14:35

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

10:35

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

3:21

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

11:16

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

14:11

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

3:35

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”

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The Written Word: A history of storytelling

February 13th, 2019

11:24

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

13:42

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

3:58

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.

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Parenting a Transgender Child

February 6th, 2019

11:47

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

13:06

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

3:27

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

13:11

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

12:09

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

4:02

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.

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Processing Unimaginable Grief

January 23rd, 2019

12:41

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

12:04

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

3:28

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

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Marriage Maintenance

January 16th, 2019

11:21

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

13:52

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

2:59

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

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Overcoming Anxiety and Feeling Joy

January 9th, 2019

12:08

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

13:32

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

4:30

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

9:16

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

14:10

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

3:11

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 (2018)

December 26th, 2018

10:39

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

15:01

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

3:42

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 (2018)

December 19th, 2018

11:19

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

13:46

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

3:51

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.

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Winter Reads for 2018

December 12th, 2018

12:02

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 …