21-09 Segment 1: A Shifting Suburbia: The Impact Of Covid-19

21-09 Segment 1: A Shifting Suburbia: The Impact Of Covid-19

Congested roads. Crumbling parking lots. Vacant strip malls. These are some of the challenges that suburbs across the country are facing today. What to do with the vacant retail and office space? How do you make people less dependent on cars and more active? Architect June Williamson is a proponent of mixed-use developments that create more efficient suburbia. This vision creates a 15-minute suburb where basic amenities and activities are walkable, and spaces bring people together rather than dividing them with large, empty lawns, lots and physical structures.

20-51 Segment 1: The Unending Toll Of Discrimination

Segregation not only divides cities but leads to divided people as well. It fuels biases against people who may look or act different than us, leading to generations of inequity and discrimination. Viewpoints speaks with social justice activist, Tonika Johnson about the many impacts’ segregation has had on the city of Chicago.

20-12 Segment 2: The Resurgence Of Hand Embroidery: Craftivism Through Cross-Stitching

In a moment where many are practicing ‘social distancing’ it can be a good opportunity to put down your phones and pick up a stress-relieving solo hobby. We speak with Shannon Downey, creator of Badass Cross Stitch, about the simplicity and art of cross-stitching as well as how she’s used it to channel local and national social issues.

20-05 Segment 1: World War II: The Women Of The OSS

More than 75 years ago, a diverse set of men and women making up the Office of Strategic Services were united together in their determination to win World War II. Some served as government spies or propagandists and others gathered intelligence for army invasions. Whatever role they played, the OSS staff worked tirelessly for years and rose to the challenge wherever they were needed.

20-05 Segment 2: Frustrated By The 24/7 Political News Machine? Get Involved Instead.

20-05 Segment 2: Frustrated By The 24/7 Political News Machine? Get Involved Instead.

It seems like lately political news has hit an all-time high with all of the continuous impeachment coverage and campaign trail updates, including the start of the Iowa caucuses this week. While it’s important to be an informed citizen, are you putting all of this knowledge to use? Is it leading to change? Could you do something better with your time? We delve into these questions and more this week on Viewpoints.

19-23 Segment 1: Not Your Grandma’s Co-op

How we buy our food has drastically changed throughout the decades. We discuss the evolution of the grocery marketplace from local grocers to big-box retailers and how this has affected the production chain. More so, how food co-ops operate and aim to help support local farmers and communities.

19-20 Segment 1: The End of Ice

Journalist and author Dahr Jamail exposes how climate change is affecting our ecosystems and natural landscape, including the melting and disappearance of massive ice glaciers. We discuss the long-term consequences of global warming and what we can do as a society to reverse the damage.

18-02 Segment 2: Finding Inspiration in Our Communities

Sarah Van Gelder, co-founder of Yes! Magazine, travelled across America to see how change is being made at the local level and found examples of community involvement solving big problems.

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17-07 Segment 2: Empowering Your Community to Create Change

Sarah Van Gelder, co-founder of Yes! Magazine, crossed America to see how change is being made at the local level and found examples of community involvement solving big problems

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16-26 Segment 2: Elizabeth Marshall Thomas: Lessons in survival and equality from the Bushmen

Our guest discusses how she learned a lot about how to raise children, find food and water, and community cooperation from the Bushmen of southwestern Africa.