18-34 Segment 1: Orbiting the Moon: The Mission of Apollo 8

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 mission was a foundational trip for American space exploration. He takes us through the mission and examines what it meant for NASA moving forward.

18-34 Segment 2: Racial Segregation in ‘Sundown Towns’

We’ve all heard stories of segregated America circa the 1950’s, but historian and author James W. Loewen says not all of those racist institutions have been completely eliminated, even now. Loewen explains ‘sundown towns,’ towns where minorities were not welcomed after sundown, and he says some of them are still unofficially ‘sundown’ due to their lasting reputations.

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

There’s another brand of TV that’s easy to overlook, what I call junk food TV. In this comparison, those prestige shows are your nice dinners out: they’re prepared with care by professionals. This junk food TV is what you reach for when you just need something easy and fast and delicious.

18-33 Segment 1: Modern American Immigration

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.

18-33 Segment 2: Seeking the Origins of Creativity

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 really works? We look at the creative process, and why it may not be as romantic as some of us imagine.

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Culture Crash 18-33: The Academy’s ‘Best Popular Film’ Snafu

In a wild moment, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences announced its intention to honor popular films at the Oscars. We explore why that’s a really bad idea.

18-32 Segment 1: Maximizing Your Charity Donation’s Impact

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.

18-32 Segment 2: Overcoming The Fear of Speaking in Public

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 incredibly nervous. We discuss this fear and tips for overcoming it and delivering the best speech possible.

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Culture Crash 18-32: Blindspotting

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.

Coming Up on Viewpoints Show 18-32

In segment 1, we talk to a philanthropy specialist about how to ensure that when we donate to a cause our contribution makes the biggest impact possible. Then in segment 2, we discuss the fear of public speaking and tips for overcoming it and delivering the best speech possible. And in Culture Crash, 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.

18-31 Segment 2: Racial Diversity in Opera

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 Michigan, about the history of race in opera and how this traditional art form is hopefully getting with the times.

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Culture Crash 18-31: TV Episode Bloat: Too much of a good thing

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 – namely, staying interesting.