20-41 Segment 2: Why Is English So Hard To Learn?

We all know the rule: “I before E, except after C,” but it’s not applicable in “weird” or “science” or many other words. The English language has many exceptions to its rules and these irregularities make it a difficult language to learn. Two language experts join Viewpoints this week to share the many frustrations of English and the rules at play today.

20-40 Segment 2: Inside U.S. College Admissions

20-40 Segment 2: Inside U.S. College Admissions

How will COVID-19 change the college admissions process? Will more students stay close to home? Will standardized tests be a thing of the past? Journalist, Jeffrey Selingo spent a year embedded in three college admissions offices and joins Viewpoints this week to share his insights and how this pandemic will alter higher education for good.

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.

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.

20-27 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.

20-22 Segment 2: Served Up: Poetry With A Side Of Dark Humor

20-22 Segment 2: Served Up: Poetry With A Side Of Dark Humor

The Epic of Gilgamesh is thought to be the oldest epic poem ever written, created in 2000 BCE. Throughout time, poetry has stayed constant, with greats like Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson and Henry Thoreau publishing cherished works still topical today. John Kenney is a modern poet whose work is frequently featured in the New Yorker. He’s best known for his collection of Love Poems for Married People and joins Viewpoints this week to share his many musings and provide some words of advice when it comes to writing.

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.

Culture Crash: Dave Eggers: A Leader In Literary Writing

Culture Crash: Dave Eggers: A Leader In Literary Writing

Throughout his career, Eggers has pushed the boundaries of writing, and no book better illustrates his desire to innovate than his 2014 novel, Your Fathers, Where Are They? And the Prophets, Do They Live Forever? It’s a book that consists only of dialogue. Each line is introduced with a single dash, and while it sounds complicated, the form actually makes it very straight-forward and easy to follow. It’s a revenge fantasy ethical debate featuring an unreliable main character who keeps kidnapping people.

19-49 Segment 2: Saving The Bully: Why We So Quickly Condemn ‘Troubled Children’

19-49 Segment 2: Saving The Bully: Why We So Quickly Condemn ‘Troubled Children’

While many schools have put in place comprehensive anti-bullying campaigns, we still seldom focus on ensuring that the child bullies get the help they need. We routinely punish troubled kids with harsh detentions, suspensions and from there it escalates onward. Because of this, many bullies seem to never get the proper support and get stuck in a perpetual cycle of trouble throughout their adult life. How can we shift our systems so these kids don't fall through the cracks?

19-35 Segment 2: Saving The Child Bully: Why We So Quickly Condemn ‘Troubled Children’

It's back-to-school season, and while schools have put in place comprehensive anti-bullying campaigns, we seldom focus on making sure child bullies themselves get the help they need to deal with the problems that are causing them to act out in the first place. We still punish troubled kids with detentions, suspensions and from there it escalates onward. Many seem to never get the proper help and get stuck in a perpetual cycle of trouble throughout life. Many end up in poverty, incarceration or even dead. How do we change our mindset and these systemic practices in order to stop these children from falling through the cracks?

19-22 Segment 1: The Storm on Our Shores: A Story of War, Loss & Forgiveness

  Pulitzer Prize-winning author and journalist Mark Obmascik shares the incredible story of two men fighting for opposing sides and tangled in the complexities of World War II in his book The Storm on Our Shores: One Island, Two Soldiers, and the Forgotten Battle of World War II. He exposes how our enemy isn’t as …

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Culture Crash 19-17: Adapting a Book Into a Movie: Annihilation

The sci-fi adventure movie, Annihilation, is based on a book but the adaptation is looser than what we typically expect. How director Alex Garland created something new.

19-14 Segment 1: The Role of a Literary Editor

You see authors thank their editors all the time in the acknowledgements section of a book. But exactly what does an editor do? We talk to an editor himself who explains to us what an editor does to get the book from a manuscript to the finished copy on store shelves.

19-06 Segment 2: The Written Word: A history of storytelling

Throughout history, stories have been told but sometimes preserving them for future generations has proven difficult. We examine the ways stories have been passed down, and the role the written word has played in shaping our civilizations.

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18-08 Segment 2: Processing Unimaginable Grief

Grief is apart of the human experience, but that doesn’t make it any easier. Author Tom Malmquist talks about how we processed his grief through writing, and the hope he finds in raising his daughter.

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Culture Crash 18-08: Culture Crash: A Father and Son Duo’s New Creepy Ghost Story

Authors Richard and Billy Chizmar aren’t just partners, they’re family. Their new horror novella, Widow’s Point, tells the story of a haunted lighthouse. Despite its scary plot, the father and son say writing it was a blast.

17-50 Segment 1: The Role of a Literary Editor

We talk to a literary editor who explains to us what an editor does to get the book from a manuscript to the finished copy on store shelves.

17-22 Segment 2: From Fan to Collaborator: How Richard Chizmar wrote a novella with Stephen King

Richard Chizmar discusses his career, his process, and his opportunity to write a novella with Stephen King.

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Culture Crash 17-22: Stephen King’s Mastery of Storytelling

Stephen King is known for his horror masterpieces, but he’s also written beloved dramas and fantasy novels. We explore what makes his novels click.