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

    October 13, 2019 by

    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?

    October 13, 2019 by

    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

    October 6, 2019 by

    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

    October 6, 2019 by

    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

    October 6, 2019 by

    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

    September 29, 2019 by

    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

    September 22, 2019 by

    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

    September 22, 2019 by

    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

    September 22, 2019 by

    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

    September 17, 2019 by

    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

    September 15, 2019 by

    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

    September 15, 2019 by

    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

    September 8, 2019 by

    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?

    September 8, 2019 by

    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

    September 8, 2019 by

    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

    September 1, 2019 by

    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… Read more

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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

    September 1, 2019 by

    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’

    September 1, 2019 by

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

    August 25, 2019 by

    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?

    August 25, 2019 by

    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

    August 18, 2019 by

    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

    August 11, 2019 by

    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 1: The Technology & Training Behind Nonlethal Weapons

    August 4, 2019 by

    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 tasers sometimes fail? We discuss possible factors at play when a taser is deployed and new technology in development at Axon Enterprise, the main supplier of tasers and body cameras to law enforcement.

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  • 19-31 Segment 2: The California Norco Shootout

    August 4, 2019 by

    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

    July 29, 2019 by

    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

    July 28, 2019 by

    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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  • 19-29 Segment 1: Navigating Collegiate Financial Aid

    July 21, 2019 by

    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 debt. We also speak with Mike Bartini, the director of student aid at Bowdoin College, about how important it is that students and families take time to focus on the… Read more

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  • 19-29 Segment 2: The Dark Side of Masculinity

    July 21, 2019 by

    Author Jared Yates Sexton shares memories from his own turbulent childhood and accounts as a journalist and connects it to the larger discussion around the phenomenon of toxic masculinity in the U.S. What exactly is toxic masculinity and how is it affecting men and youth?

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  • 19-28 Segment 1: The Fall of Theranos

    July 14, 2019 by

    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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