16-16 Segment 1: Encouraging Young People To Vote

  Synopsis:  Young people love political campaigns but, unfortunately, they don’t have the same enthusiasm about voting in elections. Why is this? And how can we encourage more young people to cast their votes on election day? We talk to two political specialists about the phenomenon and how we can make it easier for America’s … Continue reading 16-16 Segment 1: Encouraging Young People To Vote

16-16 Segment 2: Louisa Adams: The extraordinary life of the First Lady you didn’t know

  Synopsis:  We all know the names of famous First Ladies – Martha Washington, Mary Todd Lincoln, Eleanor Roosevelt, Nancy Reagan – and they all left their marks on our country in one way or another. One of these ladies that you probably don’t know much about is Louisa Adams, wife of President John Quincy … Continue reading 16-16 Segment 2: Louisa Adams: The extraordinary life of the First Lady you didn’t know

16-15 Segment 1: Getting it Right: The art of writing historical fiction

  Synopsis: Historical fiction is very popular these days, but why? And how do authors weave a fictional story around actual people, places and events? We talk to three best-selling authors of the genre about how they write their books and why. Host: Gary Price. Guests: Ruta Sepetys, author of Salt to the Sea; Kristina … Continue reading 16-15 Segment 1: Getting it Right: The art of writing historical fiction

16-15 Segment 2: The Importance of Recess

  Synopsis: Recess helps kids unwind during the school day, but it’s much more than just a time to exercise. We talk to two recess “specialists” about the mental as well as the physical benefits of recess, and learn about some recess activities that help a child be more creative, more social as well as … Continue reading 16-15 Segment 2: The Importance of Recess

16-14 Segment 1: Astronomical Wonders: What’s coming up this year?

  Synopsis: There’s a lot going on in the sky for the remainder of this year and our guests discuss the upcoming astronomical events and how you can watch them with the naked eye or with inexpensive binoculars and telescopes. We also discuss the importance and the fun of stargazing, where the best places are … Continue reading 16-14 Segment 1: Astronomical Wonders: What’s coming up this year?

16-14 Segment 2: The Whole Truth: How do you know if someone is lying?

  Synopsis: How do professionals question people to get the information they want? We talk to a specialist on interrogation and lying about this topic, and how law enforcement and job interviewers use the same tactics to get to the truth and find out if someone might be lying to them. Host: Marty Peterson. Guests: … Continue reading 16-14 Segment 2: The Whole Truth: How do you know if someone is lying?

16-13 Segment 1: The Political Classroom: Teaching Civics

  Synopsis: Civics classes in many grade schools and high schools aren’t the same as they were 20 years ago, when teachers lectured on “how a bill becomes a law” to a roomful of bored students. These days, kids are more likely to discuss and debate some of the most pressing issues of the day. … Continue reading 16-13 Segment 1: The Political Classroom: Teaching Civics

16-13 Segment 2: The Future of Work

  Synopsis: Economists are saying that American workers’ wages are stagnant and have been for quite a few years now despite working longer hours and being “on call” all the time through technology. That doesn’t mean that business is lagging though, since corporations, their CEOs and other high-level managers are doing quite well in that … Continue reading 16-13 Segment 2: The Future of Work

16-12 Segment 1: Everyone’s a Critic! Why it’s important that you should be

  You’ve no doubt heard the line “everyone’s a critic!” Our guest is one and thinks we should all be critics of the films, fine art, literature and other pleasures we indulge in. He will talk about why it’s good to be a discerning viewer of the arts, how to be a better critic, how … Continue reading 16-12 Segment 1: Everyone’s a Critic! Why it’s important that you should be

16-12 Segment 2: Mastering Fear at Work and in Life

  Synopsis: We all get stressed now and then, but did you ever consider that this “stress” is actually fear? Our guests discuss why that is, how it can sabotage our lives and work, how to handle fear when it comes along, and how to do a better job on the job of recognizing fear … Continue reading 16-12 Segment 2: Mastering Fear at Work and in Life

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 … Continue reading 16-11 Segment 1: Character Education For Kids

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

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

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 … Continue reading 16-10 Segment 2: Wasteful Eating: Decreasing food waste

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

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 … Continue reading 16-09 Segment 2: Saving the Cheetahs

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

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 … Continue reading 16-08 Segment 2: Teens and Dystopian Literature

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

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