Synopsis: It’s the time of year when all the ghosts and goblins, witches and monsters, superheroes and villains don their Halloween best and head off to trick-or-treat, party or walk through a haunted house. Why do we dress up for the holiday? What do our costumes say about us? Why do we love to … Continue reading 15-43 Segment 1: Halloween Traditions, Costumes and Why We Love to be Scared
Synopsis: Two of the scariest symbols of Halloween are spiders and bats. They have bad reputations for not just being creepy, but dangerous. We get the straight scoop in these creepy critters from two experts in the fields of entomology and bats, and hear how both of these creatures are not as scary as … Continue reading 15-43 Segment 2: Scary Critters
Synopsis: We’re all familiar with the various ages such as the Jurassic and the Paleozoic, but have you ever heard of the Anthropocene? We meet a woman who has traveled around the world looking at how climate change caused by humans has transformed areas of our planet and how people are looking for creative ways … Continue reading 15-42 Segment 1: Dealing with climate change around the world
Synopsis: Slang is often thought of as a lower-class way of speaking, although we use it all the time and it does make our language more colorful and vibrant. But how does it come into being? We talk to a linguist and to an author about why slang and jargon are part of our … Continue reading 15-42 Segment 2: Slang, Jargon and Colorful Expressions
Every parent wants their child to excel in school, and a big part of succeeding is learning to read well. Some parents try to teach their children to read when they’re toddlers, but is that too early? When should children be taught to read and how? Our two guests, one a professor specializing in early … Continue reading 15-41 Segment 1: Teaching Kids to Read: It starts before they even begin to speak!
Synopsis: You can find almost any fruit – domestic and exotic – in the produce section of grocery stores across the country these days. There’s one fruit, though, that’s both domestic and exotic that you will have a hard time locating: the pawpaw. The once-common fruit has all but disappeared from stores except for a … Continue reading 15-41 Segment 2: The Pawpaw: America’s forgotten fruit
What does it take to be a successful entrepreneur? A hot idea? Venture capital money? A lot of internet buzz? Those things help, but our two guests, who are both successful entrepreneurs and businessmen, say there is a lot more to it, especially if you do business solely or mostly on the internet. They’ll give … Continue reading 15-40 Segment 1: Starting a Business: Making the right decisions and creating community
A college education is usually a ticket to a better job, better health and overall life satisfaction – that is if you can get one. Non-traditional students -- those who are older, who work fulltime or who have families – can have a tough time just figuring out how to apply to college, talk to … Continue reading 15-40 Segment 2: Helping Non-Traditional Students Succeed