21-14 Segment 2: Alphabetical Arrangement

Organizing people or items by A to Z is a common method all over the world. It’s used in schools, businesses, libraries and more. But why is this the predominant method today? What are some other systems that people of the past used? Historian Judith Flanders joins us this week to shed some light on the fascinating study of alphabetization.

The Fascinating Science Behind Black Holes

21-01 Segment 2: The Fascinating Science Behind Black Holes

Black holes have always intrigued and captured the imagination of millions since they were first theorized and coined by German physicist Karl Schwarzschild in 1916. For decades, scientists have worked to learn more about these mysterious objects in space. However, even today, there’s still much we have yet to learn.

Culture Crash 20-49: When To Quit The Book You’re Reading

Culture Crash 20-49: When To Quit The Book You’re Reading

When do you call it quits on a book that you just can’t get into? We discuss a few picks that are popular reads but just didn’t hook us enough to continue on.

20-48 Segment 2: I Spy Delicious Pie

20-48 Segment 2: I Spy Delicious Pie

Boozy Pecan, Cranberry-Pear, Banana Crème. The many flavors and textures of pie are endless. Just because Thanksgiving and all-things pumpkin have passed, doesn’t mean an end to sugary holiday sweets. Viewpoints speaks with cookbook author Ken Haedrich about the prevalence of pie in American culture and how anyone – at any skill level – can bake a delicious pie in no time.

Culture Crash 20-48: Our Favorite Page-Turners

Culture Crash 20-48: Our Favorite Page-Turners

The colder months are a great time to tuck into a new novel. We recommend a few of our favorite books that are easy to get through and will keep you hooked from start to finish.

Culture Crash 20-45: The Life And Career Of Christopher Nolan

Culture Crash 20-45: The Life And Career Of Christopher Nolan

Tom Shone has released a new book, The Nolan Variations highlighting some of the lesser-known details about director Christopher Nolan and his films.

Culture Crash 20-39: Revisiting Our Favorite Films & Books

Culture Crash 20-39: Revisiting Our Favorite Films & Books

2020 has not been as full of new releases as in previous years due to the pandemic, so we’re rewinding back to some of our favorite selections from a few writers and directors.

20-35 Segment 2: Sleeping Soundly: The Interconnected Benefits Of Getting Good Rest

20-35 Segment 2: Sleeping Soundly: The Interconnected Benefits of Getting Good Rest

All humans need some amount of rest – whether that’s five hours or eight. But how we sleep and the quality of that slumber can vary widely. We speak with sleep expert, Matthew Walker, a professor at California-Berkeley, who says getting restful sleep is the single biggest thing we can do to vastly improve our mental and physical health.

How To Travel Once We Can All Travel Again

20-34 Segment 1: How To Travel Once We Can All Travel Again

For most people this year, traveling seems like a distant memory. Getting on a plane, taking a train or even using public transport on a daily basis has been largely abandoned with COVID-19. But once it is safe to travel again – where’s the first place you’d like to go? Acclaimed travel guide, writer and TV host, Rick Steves joins Viewpoints this week to share how you can get the most out of your travels and fully immerse yourself in the local culture, people and history.

20-33 Segment 2: Dot Con: Pranking The Authors Of Spam Emails

20-33 Segment 2: Dot Con: Pranking The Authors Of Spam Emails

We’ve all received spam calls and fishy-looking emails that promise us a free vacation or a great bargain that’s too good to pass up. Sometimes they even come from a phone contact or your boss asking for help or to download an attachment. Author and comedian, James Veitch has made a name for himself by replying to these scams and continuing the conversation, effectively wasting the scammers time as much as they waste ours. We speak with him about his trade and the major telltale signs to look out for in a scam.

Culture Crash 20-33: A Collection of Science Fiction

The Forward is a new science fiction series of six short novellas written by prominent authors in the genre. We discuss the appeal and if the new release is worth the purchase.

20-32 Segment 2: The Invention Of Instant Photography

20-32 Segment 2: The Invention Of Instant Photography

In the early to mid 1900’s, capturing a picture was cumbersome and complicated and took weeks to process the film. Then, Edwin Land, the creator of the Polaroid camera, came along and revolutionized the industry. Viewpoints speaks with author Ron Fierstein who profiles Land in his book, A Triumph of Genius: Edwin Land, Polaroid, and the Kodak Patent War.

Culture Crash 20-32: A Father-Son Horror Novella

Culture Crash 20-32: A Father-Son Horror Novella

Viewpoints speaks with father-son duo, Richard and Billy Chizmar about the combined process of writing the popular horror story, Widow’s Point.

20-30 Segment 2: The Church Of Scientology

20-30 Segment 2: The Church Of Scientology

Scientology – is it a religion, spiritual group, business organization? The group was created in the 1950’s and is headquartered in Los Angeles. There’s been much mixed media coverage about Scientology, but, still, most people know little about the claimed religion. We speak with a former member about her involvement and the people who commit their faith, time and money to Scientology.

20-25 Segment 2: Exploring The World Of Wine One Glass At A Time

20-25 Segment 2: Exploring The World Of Wine One Glass At A Time

Finding the right wine is intimidating. Strolling through the wine aisle, it can sometimes be easier to give up and choose a bottle based off whether you like the label or not. Wine is complex. However, if you’re interested in finding out more about the refreshment, you have to start somewhere. Sommelier Elizabeth Schneider joins Viewpoints this week to give us an introduction to all things wine.