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

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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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

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

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

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

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

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

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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Culture Crash: Uncovering Some Of The Decade’s Best Forgotten Films

Thousands of movies have been released over the last ten years. With the mind-boggling amount of films available, it can be easy to forget about a fantastic movie you may have watched years ago. We take a look at some of the best picks of the decade that might not be getting as much attention as other films on your typical end-of-year/end-of-decade lists.

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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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