16-11 Segment 1: Character Education For Kids

  Synopsis: Character in a person is something we admire, and something we all would like to think that our kids grow up to achieve. But how do you teach them character? What are some of the virtues that go hand-in-hand with character and how can we instill them in our kids? We talk to …

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16-11 Segment 2: How to Really Have a Good Day

  Synopsis: People tell us all the time to “have a good day,” but what does that really mean? How do you work on having a really good day? Our guest has researched the topic and has come up with some very interesting and helpful information from neuroscience and psychology that anyone can use to …

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16-10 Segment 1: David Axelrod: A political guru looks back & ahead

  Synopsis: The presidential election season is in full swing, and candidates are doing their best to make themselves attractive to the primary voters and to the general public for the November election. Our guest was in the thick of things during the last two election cycles and talks about how Barack Obama got elected …

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16-10 Segment 2: Wasteful Eating: Decreasing food waste

  Synopsis: Americans throw away hundreds of dollars per household on discarded and spoiled food, not to mention wasting the water and energy needed to grow it. Why is that? And how can we decrease waste, save money help the environment and eat better? Our guest has some advice on buying, storing and cooking food …

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16-09 Segment 1: The Confidence Game: Why no one is immune

  Synopsis: Films like The Sting, Oceans’ 11, and American Hustle show con artists as charismatic heroes out to help the little guy get his due. Well, our guest says that they are charismatic, but they’re hardly heroes. She’ll explain the personalities of the con man and woman, tell us some of the techniques they use …

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16-09 Segment 2: Saving the Cheetahs

  Synopsis: Cheetahs are the fastest of all land animals – they can reach speeds of up to 70 mph in short bursts. Despite their speed and hunting ability, cheetahs are endangered in Africa and Asia, and don’t breed especially well in captivity. In Africa, they can attack livestock herds for food, and that puts them …

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16-08 Segment 1: W.E.B. Du Bois: The scholar denied

  Synopsis: At the beginning of the 20th century, the study of sociology was dominated by the University of Chicago and other, historically white universities. Scholars at these schools conducted “armchair” theorizing – developing theories without actually going into cities and towns to talk to the people they were studying. One man – an African-American …

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16-08 Segment 2: Teens and Dystopian Literature

  Synopsis: A great many books and films these days deal with a dark, forbidding world where young people are warring with the villainous adults to save civilization. Teens are drawn to these stories, but why? What is it about dystopian fiction that fascinates young people? We talk to two successful authors of these stories …

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16-07 Segment 1: Human Trafficking: The problem and some solutions

  Synopsis: Sex and labor trafficking are big business in the U.S. and around the world. Often it’s young people and immigrants who are forced to work in the sex industry or in sweatshops, restaurants and hotels with little pay, horrible hours and horrible living conditions. We talk to an author who’s experienced dealing with …

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16-07 Segment 2: Keeping Those Resolutions: The key is low and slow

  Synopsis: About this time of year, New Year’s resolutions begin to wane -- and most die. How do you keep them going? And how can you make better ones that you’re more likely to keep in the future? Our guests give advice on crafting a goal and setting up a process that will help …

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16-06 Segment 1: Wage Inequality: Why we have it and how to narrow it

  Synopsis: It’s campaign season, and we’re hearing from politicians about the wage gap between the top 1% of earners in this country and the rest of us. What is the gap? When did it begin to develop and why? And what can we do to narrow it? Our guests offer their opinions on the …

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16-06 Segment 2: Biohackers: Searching for the Sixth Sense

  Synopsis: Do humans have more than five senses? Can we detect more in our environment than what we normally perceive through sight, sound, smell, touch and taste? Our guest wanted to know, so she spoke to scientists, engineers, and biohackers about learning more from our five senses and perhaps even finding a 6th sense. …

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16-05 Segment 1: Super Bowl 50: A look back

  Synopsis: Super Sunday is coming up, and football fans are planning their viewing parties. The first game between the Packers and the Chiefs was barely attended, but interest grew through the decades and now it’s the biggest American sporting event of the year. We take a look back at the game and some of …

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16-05 Segment 2: Selling the Super Bowl

  Synopsis: The Super Bowl is the big game for the NFL, but it’s also the biggest game for advertisers. Many people who don’t even like football, tune into the game just to see the ads. But what makes a really good Super Bowl ad? We talk to three marketing specialists about how to craft …

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16-04 Segment 1: Lessons Learned from the Horace Mann School Scandal

  Synopsis: Many stories of child sexual abuse in schools by trusted teachers, coaches and clergy have come to light in the past decade or so. One of the latest is the abuse suffered by some students at the Horace Mann School in New York City. We talk to a former student of the school …

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16-04 Segment 2: Lab-Grown Diamonds and Gems: Are they real?

  Synopsis: Mined diamonds and gemstones can cause a great deal of environmental damage getting them out of the ground, not to mention the horrible working conditions of miners – some just children – have to endure in some of the world’s diamond mines. Lab-grown diamonds and gemstones don’t require dangerous working conditions, and they’re …

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16-03 Segment 1: Immigrants: Why we need them in the U.S.

  Synopsis: There is a lot of talk by politicians and others about immigration policy in the United States. Many Americans are all for open immigration for those fleeing poverty and oppression. Others think that we need to stem the tide of refugees and undocumented immigrants to our shores. Our guests talk about what immigrants …

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16-03 Segment 2: Little Victories: Taking joy in the little things in life

  In our fast-paced world, people get stressed out about things that aren’t that important, such as traffic jams, their fantasy football team and if they’re wearing the latest fashions when they take the kids to school. By worrying about those things, they often ignore those everyday events that make life joyful. Our guest shows …

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16-02 Segment 1: How Humor Helps Us Deal With Serious Topics

  Synopsis: Sometimes talking about serious subjects - even with friends and family - can cause arguments and bad feelings. But just as Mary Poppins said, “…a spoonful of sugar makes the medicine go down,” humor can make the discussion of serious subjects go down easier. Our guests are two very talented and funny people …

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16-02 Segment 2: Drew Barrymore Talks About Life, Love and Family

  Synopsis: Everyone remembers little Gertie from the movie E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial and the actress who played the part – Drew Barrymore. It’s been a long time since she made that film and she’s had her ups and downs since then. Now, as a 40-year-old mother of two, Barrymore talks about her growing up, the …

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