Finding Joy Again Through Small Changes

20-04 Segment 1: Finding Joy Again Through Small Changes

When life gets tough, or busy, or just complicated, it can be hard to find gratitude in the little things. We speak with two authors about the importance of taking small steps each day to bring back positivity and refocus in your life. This could mean something as simple as taking 15 minutes to do some deep-breathing, reading or catch up with a friend by phone.

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20-04 Segment 2: A New Mindset On Exercise: Taking Small Steps to Make A Big Difference

20-04 Segment 2: A New Mindset On Exercise: Taking Small Steps to Make A Big Difference

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 walk during lunch. Each little bit of movement matters. We uncover how taking on a different mindset to activity can lead to better habits and a happier life.

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Culture Crash: Oscar Season

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

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20-03 Segment 2: Why Are Young People Struggling More Than Previous Generations?

20-03 Segment 2: Why Are Young People Struggling More Than Previous Generations?

Roughly 15 percent of 25 to 35-year-old’s are back living with their parents, according to a 2018 study by Pew Research Center – and this number is only on the rise. Higher rent, cost of living and student debt are all contributing factors, however, there are some young adults stuck in an unmotivated, directionless state often labeled as “failure to launch.” We break down the term and what parents can do to nudge their young adults along.

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20-03 Segment 1: Arctic Exploration: The Demise Of The 1881 Greely Expedition

20-03 Segment 1: Arctic Exploration: The Demise Of The 1881 Greely Expedition

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 collect vast amounts of scientific data of the unknown region and hopefully reach the North Pole. But the expedition soon went awry when no resupply made it to the camp for two years and the men were left to fend for themselves. Starvation, frostbite and even tales of cannibalism soon followed in this historic tale of exploration and survival.

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Culture Crash: Dave Eggers: A Leader In Literary Writing

Culture Crash: Dave Eggers: A Leader In Literary Writing

Throughout his career, Eggers has pushed the boundaries of writing, and no book better illustrates his desire to innovate than his 2014 novel, Your Fathers, Where Are They? And the Prophets, Do They Live Forever? It’s a book that consists only of dialogue. Each line is introduced with a single dash, and while it sounds complicated, the form actually makes it very straight-forward and easy to follow. It’s a revenge fantasy ethical debate featuring an unreliable main character who keeps kidnapping people.

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20-02 Segment 1: Spreading Word Of The 2020 U.S. Census

20-02 Segment 1: Spreading Word Of The 2020 U.S. Census

Did you know that the census count each decade helps decide where 675 billion dollars in federal funding is spent each year? The 2020 census is just around the corner, officially starting in March. To help spread the word, Viewpoints’ sits down with a Victoria Glasier from the U.S. Census Bureau to find out the just how easy it is to fill out your census form this year and new ways that the government is reaching K-12 students and their families.

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20-02 Segment 2: Addiction: Why It Happens And How To Help Addicts Back From The Edge

Millions of Americans are addicted to alcohol and drugs – and many eventually end up unemployed, broken, separated from their families and homeless. We talk to an author who’s battled alcohol and drug addiction for many years and finally found help through treatment. We also speak with a psychologist about the root causes of addiction and why some people are more prone than others.

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20-01 Segment 1: A Brief History Of Skin Marking

Humans have always practiced various forms of self-expression, whether it’s through written word, music, art or some other outlet. The art of tattooing is one such form that dates back thousands of years. We speak with a history expert, author and professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Craig Koslofsky about some of the earliest tattoo designs and how they were achieved, as well as other skin alteration methods including scarification and branding.

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19-52 Segment 1: Aging In America: The Senior Care Industry

19-52 Segment 1: Aging In America: The Senior Care Industry

Each day, 10,000 Americans will hit retirement age. With millions of people growing older every day, 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 – what are the best senior care options out there? How much does it cost per year? What’s it like working in home health aide industry?

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19-51 Segment 1: Holiday Baking Cheer And Chaos: Inside Competitive Reality TV

19-51 Segment 1: Holiday Baking Cheer And Chaos: Inside Competitive Reality TV

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 December. We delve into the world of Food Network’s popular show, Holiday Baking Championship to get the inside scoop on what it’s really like to compete and judge a competitive baking series.

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19-51 Segment 2: The Annual Holiday Shopping Frenzy

19-51 Segment 2: The Annual Holiday Shopping Frenzy

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 new year. Viewpoints’ speaks with Colin Morris, director of product management at Adobe Analytics, about some of the hottest items and shopping trends this year, as well as the estimated 143 billion dollars that Americans are set to spend just online during the 2019 holiday shopping season.

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19-50 Segment 1: The Implications of A Shifting Climate

Extreme forest fires in California; increased flooding throughout the Midwest; rising sea levels threatening much of the coastal United States. Viewpoints speaks with author Avanti Centrae and ecologist Alejandro Frid about some of these extreme weather patterns and how people across the world are changing the way they live in order to adapt to this new landscape.

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19-49 Segment 1: Top Dog: Helping Senior Dogs Find New Homes

19-49 Segment 1: Top Dog: Helping Senior Dogs Find New Homes

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 programs. We speak with the founder of the organization, Jean Stelten-Beuning about the current need and how owners can plan ahead to ensure the long-term welfare of their pet.

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19-49 Segment 2: Saving The Bully: Why We So Quickly Condemn ‘Troubled Children’

19-49 Segment 2: Saving The Bully: Why We So Quickly Condemn ‘Troubled Children’

While many schools have put in place comprehensive anti-bullying campaigns, we still seldom focus on ensuring that the child bullies get the help they need. We routinely punish troubled kids with harsh detentions, suspensions and from there it escalates onward. Because of this, many bullies seem to never get the proper support and get stuck in a perpetual cycle of trouble throughout their adult life. How can we shift our systems so these kids don’t fall through the cracks?

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19-48 Segment 1: The Panama Canal: An Engineering Mammoth & Its Implications On Workers

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 waterway spanning 51 miles took more than a decade to complete and resulted in the deaths of thousands of workers. Why did so many thousands die? What challenges did engineers and laborers face? We answer these questions and more.

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19-48 Segment 2: What Can We Learn From How Other Cultures Approach Education?

19-48 Segment 2: What Can We Learn From How Other Cultures Approach Education?

Have you other wondered how children in other countries are taught? What are classrooms like? How are teachers educated? Class sizes? Teru Clavel, education expert and author, lived abroad and enrolled her three children in local schools to see the differences firsthand in learning. We speak with her about the major contrasts between Asia and U.S. school systems and the varying cultures.

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19-47 Segment 2: The Double Lives Of Doctors

19-47 Segment 2: The Double Lives Of Doctors

Everyone needs some kind of creative outlet. For two practicing doctors, they’ve turned their respective interests into separate and successful side careers. Viewpoints’ speaks with each about the stressors of working in the medical field and how they de-compress and give back through their musical talents.

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19-46 Segment 1: Young Adults & Animals: The Similarities They Share In Development

19-46 Segment 1: Young Adults & Animals: The Similarities They Share In Development

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 several different animal species and their socialization out in the wild. The focus? To possibly better understand our own adolescence and evolutionary needs.

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19-45 Segment 1: Getting a Grip on Personal Finance in a One-Click World

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 money expert, Ashley Feinstein Gerstley from The Fiscal Femme to find out why most Americans – at any age – barely have any savings in the bank and how to start becoming more fiscally responsible through small, simple steps.

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19-45 Segment 2: Colors: A Vivid History

19-45 Segment 2: Colors: A Vivid History

Have you ever wondered how to create the color purple using only natural pigments? Or why, amongst completely different languages, the third color term that’s identified after black and white is always red? Viewpoints’ speaks with two color experts about the theorized meanings behind certain hues and their natural origins.

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19-44 Segment 1: The Undiscovered Photos Of WWII

19-44 Segment 1: The Undiscovered Photos Of WWII

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 the sheer destruction caused by a war that lasted six years and cost millions and millions of lives. What was it like to be a U.S. Army Signal Corps photographer? What did they see? How do you move on after war?

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19-44 Segment 2: Why Are People Still Dumping Their Cigarettes On The Ground?

19-44 Segment 2: Why Are People Still Dumping Their Cigarettes On The Ground?

It’s almost 2020. While many more Americans have grown to be increasingly eco-conscious, some things still remain the same. It seems like almost everyday a smoker can be seen stomping on a cigarette on the pavement or chucking a lighted butt out their car window. Did you know that more than one-third of all collected litter is cigarette butts? We speak with an expert about how this type of litter permanently affects the environment and its ecosystems.

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19-43 Segment 1: The Complicated Role of Caregiving

19-43 Segment 1: The Complicated Role of Caregiving

Many Americans place a heavy emphasis on finding and arranging care for their loved ones. This can mean shifting to a nursing home, hiring in-home professional care or even becoming the caretakers themselves. And if people take on this role of caregiver, it can be easy to quickly lose sight of one’s own personal health, wellness and relationships. We discuss the ups and downs of caregiving in a world that’s not always so straightforward and forgiving.

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The Plight Of The Strawberries

19-42 Segment 1: The Plight of the Strawberries

Strawberries are ubiquitous across the U.S. Supermarkets in every town stock cartons of fresh strawberries year round at a reasonable price. But this widespread availability may come to a halt in the near future as the industry faces several big challenges: labor shortages, climate change, sustainable farming legislation, etc. We discuss the history of the fickle fruit and how its evolved over time.

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19-42 Segment 2: Disease Detecting Dogs

19-42 Segment 2: Disease Detecting Dogs

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 nose to sniff out a particular scent, but researchers have been recently harnessing the power of a dogs nose to find malaria, diabetes and even some of the hardest-to-detect cancers.

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19-41 Segment 1: Discovering Death: A Mortician’s Guide To Life

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 Eyeballs?” Viewpoints spoke with Doughty about why discussing death is still such a taboo topic in the U.S. and how our burial and funeral practices vary widely from other cultures.

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19-41 Segment 2: Disposable Fashion No More: Is The Industry Really Changing?

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 bare bone prices. But earlier this month, the company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy citing decreased sales and increased online competition. For many industry analysts and experts, the recent news has also signaled a shift in consumer shopping habits and the potential decline of fast fashion. We speak with journalist and author Dana Thomas about the fast fashion industry, its negative effects and if consumers are really starting to change the way they shop.

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19-40 Segment 1: The Summer of Spiked Seltzer

19-40 Segment 1: The Summer of Spiked Seltzer

If you were at a beach or barbecue this summer, there was probably a box of White Claw, Truly or Bon & Viv spiked seltzers somewhere in the vicinity. These canned, around 100-calorie alcoholic beverages have been the hottest drink craze of 2019 and beverage industry experts predict that the hype isn’t going to end anytime soon. Viewpoints spoke with Jim Koch, the founder of Samuel Adams and Boston Beer Company (which produces Truly Spiked Seltzer), along with two other industry experts to get the inside scoop on why hard seltzers are just so popular among all types of consumers.

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19-40 Segment 2: Raising A Reader: The Importance of Books in Today’s Digital Age

19-40 Segment 2: Raising A Reader: The Importance of Books in Today’s Digital Age

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 the get-go with your child. We discuss how children’s books have changed over the years and how to go about finding the best books for each age and interest.

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Inside Look: The Summer of Spiked Seltzer

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 their Beyond Beer portfolio to understand the marketing that goes into a spiked seltzer like Bon Viv. Natasha Swords, Editor in Chief of DrinkMe Magazine and Bonfort’s Wine and Spirit Journal also weighed in on why the spiked seltzer craze is here to stay.

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19-39 Segment 1: Friends of the Children

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 and lead them down a dangerous path. The nonprofit, Friends of the Children, understands the importance of getting to a child early on and setting a permanent mentor-child relationship that they can rely on while everything else in their life may be up in the air. We learn about the organization and how they’re helping thousands of children move past these struggles to thrive.

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Inside Look: American Rodeo Today

Viewpoints producer Annie Krall interviewed the 2019-2020 National High School Rodeo Queen McKardy Kelly about her love of rodeo. and spoke to the executive director of the National High School Rodeo Association, James Higginbotham, about how rodeo is more than just a sport. It brings people together in the hectic pace of life today. The World #6 Professional Bull Rider Cody Teel also shares his passion for the dangerous sport and all the body parts he’s broken while on the job.

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19-38 Segment 1: Generations of Rodeo

19-38 Segment 1: American Rodeo Today

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 and thriving but is evolving with the times. We speak with three rodeo experts about everything from bull riding to rodeo clowns and queens.

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19-38 Segment 2: The Boom of Fast Food & It's Deep-Rooted Ties to American Culture

19-38 Segment 2: The Boom of Fast-Food & It’s Deep-Rooted Ties to American Culture

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, journalist and author of Drive-Thru Dreams: A Journey Through the Heart of America’s Fast-Food Kingdom about the events that fed into the rapid rise of the fast-food industry and how different chains are fighting to stay present and on-trend in today’s competitive restaurant landscape.

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Inside Look: Skin Whitening

Viewpoints producer Amirah Zaveri spoke with Dr. Carlos Charles a dermatologist who started Derma Di Colore in New York City – a dermatology practice catering to women with darker skin tones. In this clip, Dr. Charles talks about the role large companies play in marketing to women with a darker complexion and the deep-rooted cultural issues that feed into the practice of skin lightening.

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19-37 Segment 1: The Lasting Prevalence of Skin Whitening

In the U.S., most women are always hoping to achieve a healthy glow or bronzed tan. But in much of the world and in many ethnic cultures, having lighter skin is widely preferred and is viewed as a status symbol of beauty and wealth. To achieve this look, millions of women use black-market whitening creams, pills and even IV drips filled with a myriad of ingredients. We speak with three experts about why the beauty regimen of skin whitening is still so widely upheld and some of the harmful side effects caused by these beauty products.

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19-37 Segment 2: One Woman's Account of Sexual Assault in the U.S. Army

19-37 Segment 2: One Woman’s Account of Sexual Assault in the U.S. Army

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 deployed to Iraq shortly after finishing her training. In 2002, while abroad, she was raped while sleeping in her Army barracks. What followed was a series of victim-blaming tactics and unfair bias directed towards her by those in charge. Dostie spoke with Viewpoints Radio about her experience and how she found the strength to move on.

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

Viewpoints producer Annie Krall interviewed the first female high school football player in Texas to play, score, and win a state championship game: K-Lani Nava. Nava is also a huge women’s soccer fan. The U.S. Women’s World Cup victory this summer was monumental and potentially the catalyst for lasting change according to developmental psychologist Dr. Christia Spears Brown. Brown studies gender identity in young kids and she is excited to see what comes of gender barriers in sports.

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19-36 Segment 1: Gender & Sports: How Do These Distinctions Shape Who We Become?

19-36 Segment 1: Gender & Sports: How Do These Distinctions Shape Who We Become?

When we think of a typical high school football player, most of us imagine a sweaty, muscled teenage boy in a uniform. One of our guests this week is K-Lani Nava, the first female football player to play, score and win in a Texas high school state championship game. She, along with Dr. Christia Spears Brown, both discuss the importance of breaking gender stereotypes to play the sport you love.

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19-36 Segment 2: The Wonders Of Cave Diving

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 completed hundreds of other underwater dives across the globe. We speak with Heinerth about the beauty and dangers of cave diving and the importance of her work in helping scientists, biologists and researchers uncover more about the Earth’s oceans and ecosystems.

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Inside Look: One Scrub Does Not Fit All

Viewpoints producer Annie Krall interviewed the President of the American Association for Men in Nursing Blake Smith to get a better understanding of the role male nurses play in the healthcare field. One of those nurses in particular, Brian Underwood a.k.a “The IV Guy” uses Instagram to help educate fellow nurses on the best technique…

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19-35 Segment 1: One Scrub Does Not Fit All: Male Nurses & The Future Of The Profession

19-35 Segment 1: One Scrub Does Not Fit All: Male Nurses & The Future of the Profession

Around 10 percent of nurses today are men. As aging Americans place a greater strain on the healthcare system, the nursing industry faces a growing shortage and is responding by finding new ways to recruit nurses early on. We dispel some of the myths around the profession and some of the new medical technology in the works aimed at improving efficiency and patient care.

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19-35 Segment 2: Saving The Child Bully: Why We So Quickly Condemn ‘Troubled Children’

It’s back-to-school season, and while schools have put in place comprehensive anti-bullying campaigns, we seldom focus on making sure child bullies themselves get the help they need to deal with the problems that are causing them to act out in the first place. We still punish troubled kids with detentions, suspensions and from there it escalates onward. Many seem to never get the proper help and get stuck in a perpetual cycle of trouble throughout life. Many end up in poverty, incarceration or even dead. How do we change our mindset and these systemic practices in order to stop these children from falling through the cracks?

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VP 19-34A - Female Arab Journalists WP

19-34 Segment 1: The Price of News: The Challenges Female Arab Journalists Face

Diversity in reporting is vital to news that showcases differing perspectives. We speak with Zahra Hankir, journalist and author of the new book, Our Women on the Ground, to learn more about some of the courageous female journalists who’ve risked their lives to report from within the Middle East during tumultuous periods. These women defy terrorists, the government and break traditional norms to share what they’re seeing, hearing and experiencing from the ground.

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19-34 Segment 2: Plastic, Where Does It All Ultimately End Up?

19-34 Segment 2: Plastic, Where Does It All Ultimately End Up?

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 massive islands of floating garbage. The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is now more than twice the size of Texas. What small steps can we each take to reduce plastic consumption and get manufacturers to adopt more eco-friendly practices? We discuss the plastic crisis and what will happen if we don’t change our ways.

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19-33 Segment 1: The Role of Non-Profits in Ending Human Trafficking

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 the South Asian country of Nepal where as many as 20,000 girls each year fall victim to human trafficking. We discuss solutions and what more needs to be done to end this global human rights crisis.

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19-32 Segment 1: The Woes & Pros of Living Life in a Digital Landscape

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 monitor what they view on the internet? We speak with Julianna Miner, author of Raising a Screen Smart Kid: Embrace the Good and Avoid the Bad in the Digital Age, to get the inside scoop on teaching kids how to responsibly navigate the digital world.

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19-31 Segment 2: The California Norco Shootout

We cover the Norco shootout of 1980 – an extravagant bank robbery by five heavily armed criminals ending in multiple lives lost, several wounded and a police helicopter shot down from the sky. We speak with author, Peter Houlahan about that fateful day and how it forever changed police response to organized crime.

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Inside Look: Bridesmaids

Viewpoints producer, Annie Krall, speaks with professional “Bridesmaid For Hire” Jen Glantz about the difficulties that can come with being a bridesmaid. Then, wedding planner Ashley Smith discusses an unusual take where one wedding option calls for removing the institution of bridesmaids and groomsmen entirely.

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19-30 Segment 1: A Shifting Landscape: The Challenges Facing Suburbia Today

Cookie cutter houses, large backyards and shopping centers took hold during the rapid rise of suburbia during the second half of the 20th century. Now, towns across the U.S. are facing a new set of challenges from climate change to shifting demographics that require a different landscape than what was first constructed. We speak with two experts about the current state of suburbia and potential solutions.

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19-28 Segment 1: The Fall of Theranos

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 in Silicon Valley. Elizabeth Holmes, founder and CEO of Theranos, is awaiting trial next summer, facing 11 felony charges for allegedly defrauding the public. We speak with Stanford professor Dr. Phyllis Gardner who doubted Holmes from the very beginning.

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Inside Look: Emojis

Viewpoints Radio intern Annie Krall spoke with linguistic experts and psychologists about the prevalence of emojis today. How do emojis help us communicate what we really mean? Why do we use them so much? Listen in for a short clip from her interview.

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