Culture Crash 21-24: The Perfect Album

Culture Crash 21-24: The Perfect Album

This week, we discuss the importance of an album’s length. All too often it can feel like some of the songs on the album are just there to fill time, so people feel like they’re getting more music for their money.

The Return Of Baseball At The Ballpark

21-23 Segment 1: The Return Of Baseball At The Ballpark

Baseball is back, and fans can once again revel in the experience of heading to a ballpark, grabbing some peanuts and cheering on their team as they score a homerun. Longtime baseball writer and faithful Phillies fan Timothy Malcolm joins Viewpoints this week to break down some of his favorite stadiums in the U.S. and some tips you should keep in mind before buying a ticket.

21-23 Segment 2: The Wedding Pages

21-23 Segment 2: The Wedding Pages

The first New York Times wedding announcement was published in 1851. It was one sentence long and covered a young, white couple who had just married in New York. Today, the wedding and engagements section at the paper and other media outlets across the country look a lot different. We explore how this unique page has evolved over the years and the rat race some couples go through to get an announcement published at a prominent paper like The New York Times.

The Latest Release By Acclaimed Author John Green

Culture Crash 21-23: The Latest Release By Acclaimed Author John Green

Author John Green is best known for young adult novels like The Fault in Our Stars, but his latest release heads in a completely different direction. It’s called The Anthropocene Reviewed and it’s hooked our attention.

21-22 Segment 1: The Debate On Invasive Species

21-22 Segment 1: The Debate On Invasive Species

Many people are worried that non-native plants and animals are invading the U.S. and preventing native species from thriving. Each year, a lot of money and time is spent trying to rid the land of these aliens - often to no avail. But, are these species present because they’re the only ones that can exist in that environment? Are some plants and animals actually helping to create a more diverse and robust ecosystem? And are some native species really native to the U.S.? Our guests offer up a different perspective on the invasive species debate.

Culture Crash 21-22: The Beauty Of HBO Max

Culture Crash 21-22: The Beauty Of HBO Max

The streaming platform, HBO Max has gained a lot of ground since its launch in May of last year. We dive into the wide variety of shows and films available and why it’s become our favorite place to search for something to watch.

21-21 Segment 1: The Cycle Of Food Waste

The average person ends up trashing 25 percent of the food they buy from the grocery store. This can mean fresh produce, expired dairy, stale bread – the list goes on and on. This cycle of food waste across households, grocery stores and restaurants adds up, resulting in more than 81 billion pounds of fresh, edible food being thrown away each year. What’s the solution? Two food experts join us this week to offer some answers.

21-21 Segment 2: The 40th Anniversary of The NASA Space Shuttle

21-21 Segment 2: The 40th Anniversary of The NASA Space Shuttle

The birth of the space shuttle in 1981 marked a new era of space travel. For the first time ever, NASA had a spacecraft that could launch into space and come back to earth and land like an airplane. While the shuttle had many successful flights, there were also some big catastrophes that ultimately led the program to cease operations in 2011. Former chief historian of NASA Roger Launius joins Viewpoints this week to tell the story of this era of American space history.

The Love Story Of “Little Fish”

Culture Crash 21-21: The Love Story Of “Little Fish”

A modern take on the classic detective/thriller genre is exactly what we need right now and the “Mare of Easttown” does not disappoint. We explore this new series starring Kate Winslet.

21-20 Segment 1: The Rise Of Cryptocurrency

21-20 Segment 1: The Rise Of Cryptocurrency

The cryptocurrency that started it all, Bitcoin, is now valued at around 1.6 trillion dollars. And in just the last month, another, newer form of crypto, Dogecoin has skyrocketed in popularity across the Internet, sharply driving up the price per token. We explore the fascinating and fast-evolving world of cryptocurrency and the future of traditional financial systems as digital currency gains ground across the globe.

21-20 Segment 2: Why Aren’t More Women Financially Independent?

21-20 Segment 2: Why Aren’t More Women Financially Independent?

The U.S. workforce is now more than 50 percent female, yet many women today still have little knowledge on financial planning and how to make their income work for them rather than the other way around. Executive and financial expert Jennifer Barrett joins us this week to shed some light on the importance of becoming financially autonomous and advocating for yourself in your career, relationships and beyond.

Culture Crash 21-20: Reviewing HBO’s “Mare Of Easttown”

Culture Crash 21-20: Reviewing HBO’s “Mare Of Easttown”

The movie, “Little Fish” is an intriguing story of a world ravaged by a virus that erases people’s memories. It’s a gripping film that hooks your attention from the get-go and is worth the watch.

The Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Conundrum

21-19 Segment 1: The Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Conundrum

How often do you buy an item from the store that’s packaged in a plastic container or wrapped in plastic? Daily decisions like these add up and are feeding into the global plastic crisis. Scientists estimate that there’s anywhere between nine to 16 million tons of plastic on the sea floor, polluting the environment, harming species and releasing harmful microplastics into every corner of the planet. Two experts on plastic join us this week to shed some light on the problem and how we can each make a difference by changing our consumption habits and calling on leaders to craft stricter laws on waste management and manufacturing.

The Mind-Bending Migration Of The Monarch Butterfly

21-19 Segment 2: The Mind-Bending Migration Of The Monarch Butterfly

In 2017, Sara Dykman biked more than 10,000 miles, following the path of the annual Monarch migration. Along her route, she stopped to educate and raise awareness about the beauty and fragility of the butterfly. Dykman joins us this week to teach us about the insect’s unique migration patterns across North America and how individuals can help this dwindling species.

Back To The Theater

Culture Crash 21-19: Back To The Theater

As more Americans get vaccinated, the light at the end of the tunnel shines a little bit brighter each day. We discuss the slow return of theater-released movies and some of the future films we’re most excited for.

21-18 Segment 1: Jimmy Stewart: The Hollywood Actor & Fighter Pilot

21-18 Segment 1: Jimmy Stewart: The Hollywood Actor & Fighter Pilot

The late actor, Jimmy Stewart, gave us some very memorable characters during his time in Hollywood – many very funny; others endearing; and some dark and villainous. Perhaps Stewart’s most dramatic role was the one that not many people know about, but that molded his life and his psyche – not to mention his acting – for most of his career: serving as a fighter pilot in World War II. We talk to an author who delved into Stewart’s war service about how flying missions over Europe and seeing his comrades die affected the actor and the types of roles he chose to play post-war.

Easy Switches For A More Earth-Friendly Diet

21-18 Segment 2: Easy Switches For A More Earth-Friendly Diet

As more Americans look to decrease their carbon footprints, what’s one way to make a big difference? Flipping the narrative on the traditional American diet. Beef is more carbon-intensive to produce than chicken, but did you know that cheese is also worse than chicken? It’s this knowledge that can change people’s dietary decisions and decrease greenhouse gas emissions, slowing global warming. Paul Greenberg, a food and science writer, joins Viewpoints this week to share how people can adjust their daily eating habits to make a difference.

Literature Tackling Race & Inequality

Culture Crash 21-18: Literature Tackling Race & Inequality (2021 update)

The perspectives of black authors are vital in understanding why racial bias still plagues our country. We offer up some timely recommendations to add to your 2021 reading list.

What Happens To The Human Body In Space?

21-17 Segment 1: What Happens To The Human Body In Space?

From abrupt changes in gravity to galactic cosmic radiation, astronauts face numerous challenges as they push to explore further into the unknown. Dr. Emmanuel Urquieta, from the Center for Space Medicine at the Baylor College of Medicine, joins Viewpoints this week to help us understand some of the health impacts of spending time in space and the hurdles that come with longer missions like sending humans to Mars.