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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

300 Episodes | 2018 - 2020

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

March 29th, 2020


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

Falling Through A Cloud: Living With Cognitive Decline

March 29th, 2020


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

Cannabis: A Complicated History

March 29th, 2020


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

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

March 22nd, 2020


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

The Wonders Of Removing Clothing Clutter

March 22nd, 2020


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

The Resurgence Of Hand Embroidery: Craftivism Through Cross-Stitching

March 22nd, 2020


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

Culture Crash: The Appeal Of Mystery Movies

March 15th, 2020


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


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

Getting Things Done: Hints On How To Do It Better

March 15th, 2020


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

Culture Crash: The Beauty Of “Better Call Saul”

March 8th, 2020


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


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


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


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

The Role Of Companies In Protecting The Planet’s Biodiversity

March 1st, 2020


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


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

Culture Crash: The Joy Of TV Comedy Specials

February 23rd, 2020


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


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

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

February 23rd, 2020


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

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

February 16th, 2020


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

Coloring Outside The Lines

February 16th, 2020


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


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

Culture Crash: Remembering The Legend: Kobe Bryant

February 9th, 2020


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


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


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

Culture Crash: Scary Winter Reads

February 2nd, 2020


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

World War II: The Women Of The OSS

February 2nd, 2020


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

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

February 2nd, 2020


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

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

January 26th, 2020


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


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

Culture Crash: Oscar Season

January 26th, 2020


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

Culture Crash: Dave Eggers and his boundary-pushing writing

January 19th, 2020


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 ride. …

Arctic Exploration: The Demise Of The 1881 Greely Expedition

January 19th, 2020


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


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

Spreading Word Of The 2020 U.S. Census

January 12th, 2020


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


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


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

Culture Crash: The 2020 Blockbuster Lineup

January 5th, 2020


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

The Pitfalls of Social Media as an Athlete

January 5th, 2020


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

A Brief History Of Skin Marking

January 5th, 2020


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

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

December 29th, 2019


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


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

Harry Potter: More Than Just A Wizarding Tale

December 29th, 2019


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

Inside Look: Holiday Baking Championship

December 26th, 2019


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

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

December 22nd, 2019


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


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

The Annual Holiday Shopping Frenzy

December 22nd, 2019


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

The Implications of A Shifting Climate

December 15th, 2019


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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

December 1st, 2019


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


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


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

Then & Now: Fashion Guru Carolyn Becker

November 26th, 2019


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

Why Are People Still Dumping Their Cigarettes On The Ground?

November 3rd, 2019


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


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

The Complicated Role of Caregiving

October 27th, 2019


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

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

October 27th, 2019


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

Culture Crash: Joaquin Phoenix’s “Joker”

October 20th, 2019


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


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


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

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

October 13th, 2019


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

Disposable Fashion No More: Is The Industry Really Changing?

October 13th, 2019


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

Discovering Death: A Mortician's Guide To Life

October 13th, 2019


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

Culture Crash: The New Space Drama “Ad Astra”

October 6th, 2019


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

The Summer of Spiked Seltzer

October 6th, 2019


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

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

October 6th, 2019


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

Inside Look: The Summer of Spiked Seltzer

October 6th, 2019


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

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

September 29th, 2019


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

Friends of the Children

September 29th, 2019


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


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


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

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

September 22nd, 2019


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

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

September 22nd, 2019


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

American Rodeo Today

September 22nd, 2019


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

Culture Crash: Unlocking The Popularity of Netflix's Mindhunter

September 15th, 2019


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

The Lasting Prevalence of Skin Whitening

September 15th, 2019


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


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

Inside Look - The Lasting Practice of Skin Whitening

September 15th, 2019


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

Culture Crash: Fall Film Lineup

September 8th, 2019


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

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

September 8th, 2019


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


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


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

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

September 1st, 2019


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

Inside Look: One Scrub Does Not Fit All

September 1st, 2019


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

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

September 1st, 2019


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

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

September 1st, 2019


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

Culture Crash: The Countdown To Football Season

August 25th, 2019


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

The Price of News: Challenges Female Arab Journalists Face

August 25th, 2019


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

Plastic: Where Does It All Ultimately End Up

August 25th, 2019


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

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

August 18th, 2019


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

How New Concepts Are Opening Up Access To Nutritious Food

August 18th, 2019


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


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

Inside Look - Human Trafficking in Nepal

August 18th, 2019


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

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

August 11th, 2019


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

The Woes and Pros of Living Life in a Digital Landscape

August 11th, 2019


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

The Complexities of Implicit Bias

August 11th, 2019


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

Culture Crash: The Beginnings of "Spider-Man"

August 4th, 2019


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

The California Norco Shootout

August 4th, 2019


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

The Technology And Training of Non-Lethal Weapons

August 4th, 2019


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

Inside Look - Bridesmaids

July 28th, 2019


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

Culture Crash: Ensuring The Accessibility of Independent films

July 28th, 2019


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

A Shifting Landscape: The Challenges Facing Suburbia Today

July 28th, 2019


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

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

July 28th, 2019


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

Inside Look - Toxic Masculinity

July 21st, 2019


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

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

July 21st, 2019


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

The Dark Side of Masculinity

July 21st, 2019


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


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


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

Casting A Wide Net: Why Generalism Matters

July 14th, 2019


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


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

Culture Crash: The Continuation of Veronica Mars

July 14th, 2019


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


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

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

July 10th, 2019


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

Culture Crash: The Year of Repetitive Sequels and Reboots

July 7th, 2019


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

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

July 7th, 2019


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

The Alluring Mystery of Oak Island

July 7th, 2019


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 …

The Rise of Writer and Actress Phoebe Waller Bridge

June 30th, 2019


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


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


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

Culture Crash: Our Connection to TV Theme Songs

June 23rd, 2019


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


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

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

June 23rd, 2019


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

No Happy Endings: Moving Forward After A Monumental Loss

June 16th, 2019


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

Uncovering The Underbelly of Domestic Violence

June 16th, 2019


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

Inside Look: Domestic Violence

June 16th, 2019


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

Culture Crash: The Rise of The Supervillain in Brightburn

June 16th, 2019


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

The Art of Illustration

June 9th, 2019


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


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


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


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

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

June 2nd, 2019


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

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

June 2nd, 2019


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

Inside Look - Reviving the School Lunch System

June 2nd, 2019


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

Culture Crash: The New Album by Judah & The Lion

May 26th, 2019


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

Appreciating the Beauty of Calculus

May 26th, 2019


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

The Color of Law

May 26th, 2019


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


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


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


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 …

Up This Week: The Boys in the Bunkhouse: Intellectually Challenged Men in Servitude | First Impressions & Their Pitfalls

May 13th, 2019


A look at what is coming up on Viewpoints for the week of May 12, 2019 including: If you came upon a rundown, roach-infested bunkhouse in the …

First Impressions & their Pitfalls

May 12th, 2019


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


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


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


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


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 …

Up This Week: Diversity in Sci-Fi | The Honey Bus

May 6th, 2019


A look at what is coming up on Viewpoints for the week of May 5, 2019 including: For decades, science fiction was a genre written almost exclusively by white males. Now, the genre is flourishing with diverse voices, …

Diversity In Sci-Fi

May 5th, 2019


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


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

The Psychology of Fashion

May 1st, 2019


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 …

Up This Week: Teaching Youth About Consent And Abuse | The Psychology of Fashion

April 29th, 2019


A look at what is coming up on Viewpoints for the week of April 28, 2019 including: In the 20 years since writing the young adult novel Speak, based …

Teaching Youth About Consent And Abuse

April 28th, 2019


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


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


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 …

Up This Week: The Gatekeeper: Missy LeHand and FDR | The Lady From The Black Lagoon

April 22nd, 2019


A look at what is coming up on Viewpoints for the week of April 21, 2019 including: Everyone knows about the presidency of Franklin D. Roosevelt, but …

The Gatekeeper: Missy LeHand and FDR

April 21st, 2019


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


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


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 …

Up This Week: Removal of Confederate Statues | The Importance of Recess

April 15th, 2019


A look at what is coming up on Viewpoints for the week of April 14, 2019 including: Statues commemorating the Confederacy remain in some towns in the US South, though its principles promoting slavery and oppression of …

Removal Of Confederate Statues

April 14th, 2019


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


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

Greener Gardening During Climate Change

April 10th, 2019


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, …

Up This Week: The Role of a Literary Editor | Greener Gardening During Climate Change

April 8th, 2019


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 …

The Role of a Literary Editor

April 7th, 2019


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


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


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 …

Up This Week: Using YA fiction to help young people process the big issues | Using the 'voices in your head'

April 1st, 2019


A look at what is coming up on Viewpoints for the week of March 31, 2019 including: For a few decades now, teens have flocked to YA novels like The …

Using YA fiction to help young people process the big issues

March 31st, 2019


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


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


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 …

Up This Week: Life in the Shadow of the Columbine High School Shooting | Raising Financially-minded Children

March 25th, 2019


A look at what is coming up on Viewpoints for the week of March 24, 2019 including: On April 20, 1999, Sue Klebold’s son and his friend went into …

Life in the Shadow of the Columbine High School Shooting

March 24th, 2019


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


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

Harry Potter Therapy

March 20th, 2019


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

Up This Week: Mindfulness in life, leadership and collaboration | Harry Potter Therapy

March 18th, 2019


A look at what is coming up on Viewpoints for the week of March 17, 2019 including: 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 in life, leadership and collaboration

March 17th, 2019


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


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


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 …

Up This Week: A more ethical garden | A fantasy series that aims at teaching children to consider some big questions

March 11th, 2019


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 …

A more ethical garden

March 10th, 2019


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


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


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 …

Up This Week: What big data can teach us about ourselves | Exploring what it means for women to be ‘Brave, Not Perfect’

March 4th, 2019


A look at what is coming up on Viewpoints for the week of March 3, 2019 including: a including: These days, there is data on just about everything. Our social media presence, our careers, our web search history- it’s …

What big data can teach us about ourselves

March 3rd, 2019


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


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


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 …

Up This Week: Pregnant and Incarcerated: Childbirth behind bars | Education for Students With Autism

February 25th, 2019


A look at what is coming up on Viewpoints for the week of February 24, 2019 including: After working for years as an OB/GYN for inmates at San …

Pregnant and Incarcerated: Childbirth behind bars

February 24th, 2019


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


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


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

Up This Week: Facing Our Own Mortality: How to plan for a more peaceful death for yourself and loved ones | Considering the Precarious Future of AI

February 18th, 2019


A look at what is coming up on Viewpoints for the week of February 17, 2019 including: 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 …

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

February 17th, 2019


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


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

The Written Word: A history of storytelling

February 13th, 2019


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

Up This Week: The History of Pirates | The Written Word: A history of storytelling

February 11th, 2019


A look at what is coming up on Viewpoints for the week of February 10, 2019 including: From Pirates of the Caribbean and Captain Hook to the …

The History of Pirates

February 10th, 2019


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


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

Parenting a Transgender Child

February 6th, 2019


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 …

Up This Week: The Unexpected Utility of a Well-Held Grudge | Parenting a Transgender Child

February 4th, 2019


A look at what is coming up on Viewpoints for the week of February 3, 2019 including: Grudges are something most of us think of as a negative feeling. They’re petty or vindictive or unforgiving. But we talk to author …

The Unexpected Utility of a Well-Held Grudge

February 3rd, 2019


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


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


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 …

Up This Week: The Truth Behind Faith-Based Prison Ministry | Tips on Entrepreneurship

January 28th, 2019


A look at what is coming up on Viewpoints for the week of January 27, 2019 including: Since the beginning of the US prison system, religion has been suggested as a way to help rehabilitate criminals. We talk to Tanya …

The Truth Behind Faith-Based Prison Ministry

January 27th, 2019


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


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

Processing Unimaginable Grief

January 23rd, 2019


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. …

Up This Week: China’s Family Policies & Their Impact on America | Processing Unimaginable Grief

January 21st, 2019


A look at what is coming up on Viewpoints for the week of January 20, 2019 including: In America, we may have an idea of how China’s one-child and …

China's Family Policies And Their Impact on America

January 20th, 2019


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


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

Marriage Maintenance

January 16th, 2019


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 …

Up This Week: Cybercrime in Real Life | Marriage Maintenance

January 14th, 2019


A look at what is coming up on Viewpoints for the week of January 13, 2019 including: We’ve all seen how our fiction portrays cybercrime, but what does it really look like? Jonathan Lusthaus, the director of the Human …

Cybercrime in Real Life

January 13th, 2019


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


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

Overcoming Anxiety and Feeling Joy

January 9th, 2019


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 …

Up This Week: Women in the United States Military | Overcoming Anxiety and Feeling Joy

January 7th, 2019


A look at what is coming up on Viewpoints for the week of January 06, 2019 including: Women have served in the US military dating all the way back to …

Women in the United States Military

January 6th, 2019


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


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


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


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


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

The Pearl Harbor Christmas

December 26th, 2018


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


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


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

Tips and Tricks for Holiday Cooking Success

December 19th, 2018


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


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


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

Winter Reads for 2018

December 12th, 2018


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

The Need for Investigative Journalism

December 9th, 2018


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

Culture Crash: Watching Sports With a Second Screen

December 7th, 2018


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

Sleeping Soundly: How getting quality sleep can enhance our health

December 5th, 2018


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

Learning Math Simpler

December 2nd, 2018


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

Culture Crash: Amazon Prime’s "Homecoming"

November 30th, 2018


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

Intrinsic Hope

November 28th, 2018


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

Shame and Bullying

November 25th, 2018


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

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

November 23rd, 2018


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

How Pre-Kindergarten Can Prepare Our Children

November 21st, 2018


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

How Craft Beer Became King

November 18th, 2018


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

Culture Crash: Dave Eggers and his boundary-pushing writing

November 16th, 2018


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

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

November 14th, 2018


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

Terrorism in America, 1920

November 11th, 2018


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

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

November 9th, 2018


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

Body Image and Weight Problems

November 7th, 2018


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

Looking Into Our Minds: How our brains perceive the world

November 4th, 2018


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

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

November 2nd, 2018


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

Halloween Frights & Traditions

October 31st, 2018


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

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

October 28th, 2018


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

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

October 26th, 2018


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

What We Can Learn From Lists

October 24th, 2018


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

The Art of Video Games

October 21st, 2018


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

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

October 19th, 2018


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

Growing Up Poor in Rural America

October 17th, 2018


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

Stutters, Stammers, and Vocal Fillers

October 14th, 2018


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

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

October 12th, 2018


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

When a Young Person Gets Sent to Adult Prison

October 10th, 2018


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

The Joy of Retirement

October 7th, 2018


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

Culture Crash: 2018 Fall Films

October 5th, 2018


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

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

October 3rd, 2018


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

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

September 30th, 2018


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

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

September 28th, 2018


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

Losing it all: The Collapse of the Stroh Brewing Company

September 26th, 2018


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

The Uncertain Future of Cash

September 23rd, 2018


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

Culture Crash: Fall Sports

September 21st, 2018


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

The Sex Offender Reintegration Crisis

September 19th, 2018


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

Learning Happiness

September 16th, 2018


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

Culture Crash: American Animals

September 14th, 2018


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

Privacy Online

September 12th, 2018


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

Soldier Poetry

September 9th, 2018


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

Culture Crash: TV Revivals

September 7th, 2018


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

How One Couple Confronted a Mental Health Crisis

September 5th, 2018


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

The Use of Polygraph Machines

September 2nd, 2018


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

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

August 31st, 2018


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

Racial Segregation in ‘Sundown Towns’

August 29th, 2018


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

Orbiting the Moon: The Mission of Apollo 8

August 27th, 2018


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

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

August 24th, 2018


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

Seeking the Origins of Creativity

August 22nd, 2018


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

Modern American Immigration

August 19th, 2018


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

Culture Crash 18-32: Blindspotting

August 17th, 2018


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

Overcoming The Fear of Speaking in Public

August 15th, 2018


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

Maximizing Your Charity Donation’s Impact

August 12th, 2018


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

Culture Crash 18-32: TV Episode Bloat

August 10th, 2018


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

Racial Diversity in Opera

August 8th, 2018


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

The Shocking Truth Of Who We Really Are

August 5th, 2018


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

Culture Crash 18-30: The Life of Funnyman Robin Williams

August 3rd, 2018


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

The Power of Picture Books

August 1st, 2018


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

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