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 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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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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19-49 Segment 1: Top Dog: Helping Senior Dogs Find New Homes

Did you know that only one out of every five dogs will finish their life with the family who originally took them home? Top Dog Foundation, specifically helps find new homes for senior dogs through a variety of programs. We speak with the founder of the organization, Jean Stelten-Beuning about the current need and how owners can plan ahead to ensure the long-term welfare of their pet.

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19-48 Segment 1: The Panama Canal: An Engineering Mammoth & Its Implications On Workers

The Panama Canal was one of the most treacherous builds in modern history. In the late 1800’s, the French took on the project and failed. Then, the U.S. took over its construction with a new plan in 1904. The man-made waterway spanning 51 miles took more than a decade to complete and resulted in the deaths of thousands of workers. Why did so many thousands die? What challenges did engineers and laborers face? We answer these questions and more.

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19-44 Segment 2: Why Are People Still Dumping Their Cigarettes On The Ground?

It’s almost 2020. While many more Americans have grown to be increasingly eco-conscious, some things still remain the same. It seems like almost everyday a smoker can be seen stomping on a cigarette on the pavement or chucking a lighted butt out their car window. Did you know that more than one-third of all collected litter is cigarette butts? We speak with an expert about how this type of litter permanently affects the environment and its ecosystems.

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19-43 Segment 1: The Complicated Role of Caregiving

Many Americans place a heavy emphasis on finding and arranging care for their loved ones. This can mean shifting to a nursing home, hiring in-home professional care or even becoming the caretakers themselves. And if people take on this role of caregiver, it can be easy to quickly lose sight of one’s own personal health, wellness and relationships. We discuss the ups and downs of caregiving in a world that’s not always so straightforward and forgiving.

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19-42 Segment 1: The Plight of the Strawberries

Strawberries are ubiquitous across the U.S. Supermarkets in every town stock cartons of fresh strawberries year round at a reasonable price. But this widespread availability may come to a halt in the near future as the industry faces several big challenges: labor shortages, climate change, sustainable farming legislation, etc. We discuss the history of the fickle fruit and how its evolved over time.

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19-38 Segment 2: The Boom of Fast-Food & It’s Deep-Rooted Ties to American Culture

Most of us point to McDonald’s as the founding of fast food as we know it. But the American staple actually began nearly a hundred years ago with two chains, White Castle and A&W. We speak with Adam Chandler, journalist and author of Drive-Thru Dreams: A Journey Through the Heart of America’s Fast-Food Kingdom about the events that fed into the rapid rise of the fast-food industry and how different chains are fighting to stay present and on-trend in today’s competitive restaurant landscape.

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19-37 Segment 1: The Lasting Prevalence of Skin Whitening

In the U.S., most women are always hoping to achieve a healthy glow or bronzed tan. But in much of the world and in many ethnic cultures, having lighter skin is widely preferred and is viewed as a status symbol of beauty and wealth. To achieve this look, millions of women use black-market whitening creams, pills and even IV drips filled with a myriad of ingredients. We speak with three experts about why the beauty regimen of skin whitening is still so widely upheld and some of the harmful side effects caused by these beauty products.

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19-36 Segment 1: Gender & Sports: How Do These Distinctions Shape Who We Become?

When we think of a typical high school football player, most of us imagine a sweaty, muscled teenage boy in a uniform. One of our guests this week is K-Lani Nava, the first female football player to play, score and win in a Texas high school state championship game. She, along with Dr. Christia Spears Brown, both discuss the importance of breaking gender stereotypes to play the sport you love.

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19-34 Segment 2: Plastic, Where Does It All Ultimately End Up?

Around 90 percent of the plastic we use is left unrecycled and dumped in a landfill. Over time, this waste seeps into our oceans, harming its ecosystems and creating massive islands of floating garbage. The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is now more than twice the size of Texas. What small steps can we each take to reduce plastic consumption and get manufacturers to adopt more eco-friendly practices? We discuss the plastic crisis and what will happen if we don’t change our ways.

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19-26 Segment 1: The Cost of Beauty: How Social is Changing Our Perception

Social media has become an all-consuming way of life for many. It’s hard to get away from unconsciously opening Facebook or Instagram throughout the day and scrolling through your feed. While social media can be positive, the unrealistic posts can also lead to damaging outcomes. We discuss its negative effects and the rise in the number of plastic surgery procedures among younger generations.

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