15-44 Segment 2: Jack London: Adventure author and social activist

Synopsis: Author Jack London is known for his stories of adventure in the Klondike, the Yukon and other far-away places. Our guest, however, says these stories also reflect his desire to bring the plight of poor and exploited workers to the public’s attention. We’ll hear how London’s hardscrabble youth and physically demanding jobs informed his …

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15-43 Segment 1: Halloween Traditions, Costumes and Why We Love to be Scared

  Synopsis: It’s the time of year when all the ghosts and goblins, witches and monsters, superheroes and villains don their Halloween best and head off to trick-or-treat, party or walk through a haunted house. Why do we dress up for the holiday? What do our costumes say about us? Why do we love to …

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15-43 Segment 2: Scary Critters

  Synopsis: Two of the scariest symbols of Halloween are spiders and bats. They have bad reputations for not just being creepy, but dangerous. We get the straight scoop in these creepy critters from two experts in the fields of entomology and bats, and hear how both of these creatures are not as scary as …

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15-42 Segment 1: Dealing with climate change around the world

  Synopsis: We’re all familiar with the various ages such as the Jurassic and the Paleozoic, but have you ever heard of the Anthropocene? We meet a woman who has traveled around the world looking at how climate change caused by humans has transformed areas of our planet and how people are looking for creative ways …

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15-42 Segment 2: Slang, Jargon and Colorful Expressions

  Synopsis: Slang is often thought of as a lower-class way of speaking, although we use it all the time and it does make our language more colorful and vibrant. But how does it come into being? We talk to a linguist and to an author about why slang and jargon are part of our …

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15-41 Segment 1: Teaching Kids to Read: It starts before they even begin to speak!

Every parent wants their child to excel in school, and a big part of succeeding is learning to read well. Some parents try to teach their children to read when they’re toddlers, but is that too early? When should children be taught to read and how? Our two guests, one a professor specializing in early …

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15-41 Segment 2: The Pawpaw: America’s forgotten fruit

Synopsis: You can find almost any fruit – domestic and exotic – in the produce section of grocery stores across the country these days. There’s one fruit, though, that’s both domestic and exotic that you will have a hard time locating: the pawpaw. The once-common fruit has all but disappeared from stores except for a …

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15-40 Segment 1: Starting a Business: Making the right decisions and creating community

What does it take to be a successful entrepreneur? A hot idea? Venture capital money? A lot of internet buzz? Those things help, but our two guests, who are both successful entrepreneurs and businessmen, say there is a lot more to it, especially if you do business solely or mostly on the internet. They’ll give …

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15-40 Segment 2: Helping Non-Traditional Students Succeed

A college education is usually a ticket to a better job, better health and overall life satisfaction – that is if you can get one. Non-traditional students -- those who are older, who work fulltime or who have families – can have a tough time just figuring out how to apply to college, talk to …

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15-39 Segment 1: Foster Care: How can we make the system better for all?

Synopsis: When a child is placed in foster care, she’s already been through the traumatic experience of being removed from her family’s care, and now faces an uncertain future in a new home – sometimes worse than the one she left. We discuss the successes and failures of the system and hear about what can …

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15-39 Segment 2: Co-Parenting: Raising kids in two homes

Synopsis: Separations and divorces are common in the U.S., and out of those split-ups come children living in two households. These kids often experience situations and conflicts that their friends living in an intact household don’t .We talk to a co-parenting specialist about how the parents’ behavior, ability to compromise, and desire to put the …

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15-38 Segment 1: Making It in an Unfair Economy

Synopsis: Although unemployment is down across the nation, there are still pockets of workers who have been unemployed for years, with no hope of ever finding a good job. Our guest researched the sociological effects of long-term unemployment on out-of-work autoworkers in Michigan, and found out that the hurt, humiliation and family problems that unemployment …

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15-38 Segment 2: Unconventional Women: Two trailblazers who forged their own ways in the world

Synopsis: Many women today take for granted their independence and the rights they have socially and legally. It wasn’t always that way, and we’ll hear about two women – one a socialite and the other a bandit – who felt constrained by the codes of behavior imposed on women in the early part of the …

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15-37 Segment 1: How to get more of what you want in negotiations

Many American workers don’t get raises or promotions because they don’t know how to negotiate for them. We talk to two negotiation specialists about how to approach a salary increase request, get some psychological advice on how to gain the upper hand and find out why women are good at negotiating for others, but not …

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15-37 Segment 2: Belonging: Why it’s important to be from somewhere

When you ask an American, “where are you from?” most of them will say it’s where they live now or where they were born. We talk to one man who thought long and hard about that question and went on a journey around the Midwest and Plains States to try to answer it. He learned a …

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15-36 Segment 1: Hunting and Poaching Big Game: Is it ever justified?

When an American trophy hunter killed Cecil the Lion, a protected animal in an African game preserve, the internet was packed with Tweets and Facebook diatribes condemning the man who did it and big game hunting in general. Why are we so concerned about one animal when there are millions of them killed around the …

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15-36 Segment 2: The New Look and Sound of Resumes and Job Interviews

These days, a phone or digital interview often precedes the face-to-face meeting for job hunters. If you think that all you have to do is sit in front of your computer or cell phone camera and talk, think again. Resumes are also changing, with online services such as Linkedin and CareerBuilder the first places an …

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15-35 Segment 1: Families Today: New contracts for new types of relationships

Synopsis: There are millions of Americans who live together as husband and wife, but they never become formally “married.” What are their rights? Who gets the house, the car the bank accounts if they break up or one of them dies? We talk to a noted contract and family law attorney who has written extensively …

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15-35 Segment 2: Intelligent Disobedience: When it’s okay to say “no”

  We’re taught from a young age that we should obey authority and do what adults tell us to do. Those lessons usually work in our favor, however there are times when a child – and an adult – should say "no" to the ones in charge. Our guest has studied this issue and has …

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15-34 Segment 1: A Triumph of Genius: Edwin Land and Polaroid

These days “instant photography” means digital pictures that can be cropped, enhanced, captioned and uploaded to the Internet in a matter of minutes. It wasn’t that long ago, however, that “instant” photography was a lot more cumbersome and complex, and as novel as the latest tech gadgets are today. We’ll hear about the genius who made the first instant …

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