Back To School 2020: Learning Through Tech

20-38 Segment 1: Back To School 2020: Learning Through Tech

Navigating back to school this year has been challenging to say the least. With switching policies and protocols, everyone is just trying to get through the fall one day at a time. Viewpoints speaks with two education experts about the biggest barriers to learning and what online education technology can really offer students.

20-38 Segment 2: The Hidden Gems Across Chicago & In Every U.S. Town

Suffering from a travel bug that can’t be quenched this year? Chicago writer, Jessica Mlinaric believes that if you look hard enough you don’t have to leave your town or city to experience something new. We cover some of the interesting, historical sights around Chicago and how you can explore your own area.

20-37 Segment 2: Fueling Creativity: Funding Modern, Independent Invention

Without inventors like Benjamin Franklin or visionaries like Elon Musk, the world would look a bit different. Both of these people and countless others followed their passion, but sometimes it can be hard to slow down and take a risk. Do you enjoy writing? Tinkering with tech? Creating music? Art? It’s never too late to forge a different career path or side hobby. We speak with Kickstarter co-founder, Yancey Strickler about some of the barriers to entry creatives face today and how to find support within a community.

20-36 Segment 2: The Current Scope Of Surveillance In The U.S.

20-36 Segment 2: The Current Scope Of Surveillance In The U.S.

Today, ex-government employee, Edward Snowden is recognized around the world for his role in leaking highly classified information about government mass surveillance. We explore the benefits and consequences of modern surveillance and how both private business entities and governments are acquiring information from millions of Americans.

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.

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.

20-30 Segment 1: A Shift Towards Sustainable Construction & Design

20-30 Segment 1: A Shift Towards Sustainable Construction & Design

Glass, wood, stone. These are some of the natural materials that are on the forefront of construction. Today, a greater number of architects and developers are not only thinking about profit and supply, but the additional - sometimes invisible - factors at play when it comes to new buildouts. These include the true benefits to humans, the environmental toll and the most practical designs that are symbiotic with nature. We uncover the modern perspective of ‘conscious construction’ this week on Viewpoints.

20-28 Segment 2: The Business Of Lab-Grown Meat

Millions of Americans have embraced plant-based meat like the Impossible Burger, but how do you feel about real meat that’s grown in a petri dish in a lab? If the taste, texture and smell exactly resembled meat that was traditionally farmed outside, would you eat it? Lab-grown, cell-cultured chicken, beef and pork is set to hit the mass market in just a few years. What’s the science and process behind this new technology?

20-27 Segment 2: Is Instagram The New Online Diary For Generation Z?

20-27 Segment 2: Is Instagram The New Online Diary For Generation Z?

While some of us still prefer pen and paper, many younger people are shifting to everything digital. And it’s not just for to-do lists or communication, but also using platforms like Instagram, Twitter or Facebook as a daily, reflective ‘online diary’. However, sometimes this vulnerability in such a public setting can lead down a slippery slope. We discuss the pros and cons of candidly sharing your life on social media.

20-24 Segment 2: Navigating Peak Wedding Season During A Pandemic

20-24 Segment 2: Navigating Peak Wedding Season During A Pandemic

In April, May and June of this year, 550,000 weddings across the U.S. were set to take place. As the threat of COVID-19 swept much of the U.S., many of these pre-planned weddings had to be rescheduled. Viewpoints speaks with Erika Hernandez-Fullerton, a recent bride herself and owner of a wedding planning company, to find out how couples in this predicament are making the best of this unusual situation.

20-22 Segment 2: The Story of Apollo 8

20-21 Segment 2: The Story of Apollo 8

When we think back to the biggest space accomplishments in history, many of us instantly remember Apollo 11 – the mission that landed humans on the moon. However, we seldom talk about Apollo 8 when astronauts successfully orbited the moon. Author and historian, Jeffrey Kluger joins Viewpoints to discuss why Apollo 8 was a vital foundational mission for space travel and what it meant to the future of NASA.

The Slow-Looming, Invisible Crisis Of Climate Change

20-17 Segment 1: The Slow-Looming, Invisible Crisis of Climate Change

With billions across the world staying home right now due to coronavirus, air pollution in many major cities has cleared making way for blue skies and new views of nature. This week, Viewpoints speaks with journalist and author Thomas Kostigen about the role of geoengineering in tackling another approaching global crisis: climate change.

20-16 Segment 1: Modern-Day Drones And The Implementation Of Remote Identification

20-16 Segment 1: Modern-Day Drones And The Implementation Of Remote Identification

Drones are already a multi-billion-dollar business and only set to grow in revenue over the next five years, reaching an estimated 63 billion by 2025. The unmanned aircraft systems can be applied to a wide breadth of tasks and are an essential resource during war, rescue and public health crises, including the COVID-19 pandemic. Viewpoints speaks with two drone experts about innovation and security challenges facing the industry.

20-09 Segment 1: Body-Worn Cameras: Is Fast-Changing Tech Leading To Better Policing?

20-09 Segment 1: Body-Worn Cameras: Is Fast-Changing Tech Leading To Better Policing?

Today, body-worn cameras are a mainstay in many police departments across the country. While the new technology increases transparency, is it leading to better relationships between the public and police? How are innovations in the field - including the incorporation of artificial intelligence - changing officers’ day-to-day duties?

Finding Joy Again Through Small Changes

20-04 Segment 1: Finding Joy Again Through Small Changes

When life gets tough, or busy, or just complicated, it can be hard to find gratitude in the little things. We speak with two authors about the importance of taking small steps each day to bring back positivity and refocus in your life. This could mean something as simple as taking 15 minutes to do some deep-breathing, reading or catch up with a friend by phone.