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Addiction: Why It Happens And How To Help Addicts Back From The Edge
Jan 12 • 14 min
Millions of Americans are addicted to alcohol and drugs, and many of them 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…
Spreading Word Of The 2020 U.S. Census
Jan 12 • 9 min
The 2020 census is just around the corner. We speak with an employee from the U.S. Census Bureau about the importance of taking part in the nationwide survey and how the government is reaching students and their families through new in-school programs.
Culture Crash: The WWI Epic, “1917”
Jan 12 • 3 min
We explore the new release, 1917 now playing in theaters. The new film, which is filmed acclaimed cinematographer, Roger Deakins, has an action-packed storyline that does not disappoint.
Culture Crash: The 2020 Blockbuster Lineup
Jan 5 • 3 min
A new year means a new lineup of highly anticipated movie releases. We cover some of the biggest films for 2020 from the new Top Gun sequel featuring Tom Cruise to Christopher Nolan’s new action movie, Tenet.
Inside Look: Football and Social Media
Jan 5 • 2 min
The Pitfalls of Social Media as an Athlete
Jan 5 • 11 min
Being a college or professional athlete is hard enough. Throw on top of that the constant commentary online and it can sometimes be hard to look away from what people are saying. Two football players offer up their thoughts on the pros and cons of social…
A Brief History Of Skin Marking
Jan 5 • 13 min
Humans have always practiced various forms of self-expression, whether that’s through written word, music, art or some other outlet. The art of tattooing is one such form that dates back to thousands of years ago. We speak with a history expert, Craig…
Harry Potter: More Than Just A Wizarding Tale
Dec 29, 2019 • 12 min
The Harry Potter series is one of the most beloved stories of all time, unlocking a world of wizarding magic, adventure and intrigue to millions of young readers. We discuss how its unconventional storyline and character development can shift thinking and…
Culture Crash: Does Disney Plus Stack Up To The Hype?
Dec 29, 2019 • 2 min
Disney+ debuted this past fall to a lot of speculation about what another streaming platform could really add to the already crowded marketplace. We discuss its offerings and who might really benefit from its niche selection.
Aging In America: The Senior Care Industry
Dec 29, 2019 • 12 min
Each day, 10,000 Americans will hit retirement age. With millions of people aging, 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…
Inside Look: Feminism and Hermione Granger
Dec 29, 2019 • 3 min
Inside Look: Holiday Baking Championship
Dec 26, 2019 • 3 min
A quick look into Viewpoints producer, Annie Krall’s festive conversations with Holiday Baking Championship judge Lorraine Pascale, Season 4 champion Jen Barney and Season 1 champion Erin Campbell.
The Annual Holiday Shopping Frenzy
Dec 22, 2019 • 9 min
Christmas is just a few days away. By now, most people have bought all of their presents and have tucked their worn-in credit cards away until the new year. Viewpoints’ speaks with Colin Morris, director of product management at Adobe Analytics, about…
Holiday Baking Cheer And Chaos: Inside Competitive Reality TV
Dec 22, 2019 • 14 min
There’s nothing quite like watching reality TV – and holiday-themed reality TV may be even better if you’re trying to de-stress during the month of December. We delve into the world of Food Network’s popular show, Holiday Baking Championship to get the…
Culture Crash: Uncovering Some Of The Decade’s Best Forgotten Films
Dec 22, 2019 • 3 min
We delve into two great true crime miniseries, “When They See Us” and “Unbelievable” that are now streaming on Netflix. The two shows take a deeper look into past crimes to uncover how the justice system failed the people behind these stories.
The Implications of A Shifting Climate
Dec 15, 2019 • 14 min
Extreme forest fires in California; increased flooding throughout the Midwest; rising sea levels threatening much of the coastal United States. Viewpoints speaks with author Avanti Centrae and ecologist Alejandro Frid about some of these extreme…
Tips And Tricks For Holiday Cooking Success
Dec 15, 2019 • 16 min
Cooking during the holidays can be a major source of stress – but it doesn’t have to be. Viewpoints speaks with cookbook author Julia Turshen to get some insider tips & tricks on how to quickly pull together a successful holiday meal with…
Culture Crash: Netflix Miniseries Based On True Stories
Dec 15, 2019 • 2 min
We delve into two great true crime miniseries, “When They See Us” and “Unbelievable” that are now streaming on Netflix. The two shows take a deeper look into past crimes to uncover how the justice system failed the people behind these stories.
Top Dog: Helping Senior Dogs Find New Homes
Dec 8, 2019 • 13 min
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…
Saving The Bully: Why We So Quickly Condemn ‘Troubled Children’
Dec 8, 2019 • 11 min
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…
Culture Crash: Diving Into The New Movie “Waves”
Dec 8, 2019 • 2 min
What it’s like to be a teenager in today’s hyper-competitive, tech-driven world? Trey Edward Shults’ new movie follows the dizzying lives of two teenagers as they navigate the sometimes-insurmountable pressures of youth-hood.
Inside Look: The Double Lives of Doctors
Dec 5, 2019 • 4 min
Producer Annie Krall spoke with Dr. Thomas Oden and Dr. James Webb who have both made side careers for themselves outside of medicine and in the recording booth.
The Panama Canal: An Engineering Mammoth & Its Implications On Workers
Dec 1, 2019 • 12 min
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…
What Can We Learn From How Other Cultures Approach Education?
Dec 1, 2019 • 11 min
Have you other wondered how children in other countries are taught? What are classrooms like? How are teachers educated? Class sizes? Teru Clavel, education expert and author, lived abroad and enrolled her three children in local schools to see the…
Culture Crash: Exploring HBO’s “Watchmen”
Dec 1, 2019 • 3 min
The new series stands apart from other superhero shows while also staying true to the original “Watchmen” graphic novel written by Alan Moore. We discuss the first season that’s now streaming on HBO.
Then & Now: Fashion Guru Carolyn Becker
Nov 26, 2019 • 12 min
This is Then & Now with Amirah Zaveri & Annie Krall. We talk to a new guest each episode about what’s changed in the industry they’re in. This week we speak with Carolyn Becker, a thrift influence who goes by the name Petite Punk online. Becker talks…
A Life Undone: Falling Victim To Identity Theft
Nov 24, 2019 • 13 min
What would it be like to feel crippled by identity theft for most of your young adult life? Axton Betz-Hamilton shares her surprising identity theft story and how she’s now helping others in a similar boat.
The Double Lives Of Doctors
Nov 24, 2019 • 11 min
Everyone needs some kind of creative outlet. For two practicing doctors, they’ve turned their respective interests into separate and successful side careers. Viewpoints’ speaks with each about the stressors of working in the medical field and how they…
Culture Crash: Exploring Hulu’s “Castle Rock”
Nov 24, 2019 • 2 min
Season two of “Castle Rock” is now streaming on Hulu. The Stephen King-inspired show is full of spooky plotlines and a diverse mix of characters – but is it worth the watch?
Young Adults & Animals: The Similarities They Share In Development
Nov 17, 2019 • 15 min
Being a teenager is tough these days – but being a parent to a teenager can be even be tougher sometimes. Over the last five years, two researchers, who are parents themselves, traveled across the world to observe several different animal species and…
Documenting A Presidency: Insights From An Obama White House Photographer
Nov 17, 2019 • 11 min
What would it be like to photograph a sitting president? Viewpoints Radio speaks with Lawrence Jackson who was an official White House photographer during the eight-year Obama administration. Through his unique position, he intimately witnessed every…
Culture Crash: The Joys of ‘Junk Food TV’
Nov 17, 2019 • 2 min
Sometimes you want to watch an expertly written and produced hour of television with central themes and a commentary on modern life - and sometimes, you just want to shut your brain off and watch something easy. This is about those latter experiences.
Getting a Grip on Personal Finance in a One-Click World
Nov 10, 2019 • 27 min
It’s almost too easy to purchase items these days. Need dinner? A ride? Groceries? A last-minute outfit? All of these items are just a click away with a credit card that’s saved online or in a mobile app. We speak with money expert, Ashley Feinstein…
Colors: A Vivid History
Nov 10, 2019 • 11 min
Have you ever wondered how to create the color purple using only natural ingredients? Or why, amongst completely different languages, the third color term that’s identified after black and white is always red? Viewpoints’ speaks with two color…
Culture Crash: How Technology Has Changed Sports-Watching
Nov 10, 2019 • 3 min
It used to be that you’d tune into a basketball game or tennis match with whoever was in the room. Now, social media and the internet allow us to watch, analyze data and connect in real-time commentary with people from around the world.
The Undiscovered Photos Of WWII
Nov 3, 2019 • 12 min
It’s been almost 75 years since the end of World War II. With Veterans Day around the corner on Monday, November 11, we uncover some of the photographs taken from 1945, the final year of the conflict. These images show the sheer destruction caused by a…
Why Are People Still Dumping Their Cigarettes On The Ground?
Nov 3, 2019 • 12 min
It’s almost 2020. While many Americans have grown to be more eco-conscious, some things still remain the same. It seems like almost everyday a smoker is seen stomping on a cigarette and leaving it on the pavement or chucking a lighted butt out the car…
Culture Crash: The World of Foreign Language Films
Nov 3, 2019 • 2 min
Why do Americans tend to sway away from foreign language films? We discuss some of the best of this genre in recent years and what’s on our radar right now.
Culture Crash: A Review of “Gemini Man”
Oct 27, 2019 • 2 min
Directed by Ang Lee and starring Will Smith, Gemini Man employs new filming technology aimed at immersing audiences deeper into the film. We discuss if the new release lived up to all the hype.
The Complicated Role of Caregiving
Oct 27, 2019 • 13 min
People place such a heavy emphasis on finding and arranging care for loved ones, whether that’s hiring professional care or becoming the caretakers themselves. And if people take on the role themselves, it can be easy to quickly lose sight of personal…
A Shift in Sweden: Similarities and Differences to the U.S.
Oct 27, 2019 • 11 min
International influence is increasingly pervasive in today’s interconnected, social media-driven world. Swedish author Elisabeth Åsbrink joins Viewpoints to discuss how Sweden has changed in recent years and the perception of the country versus the…
Disease Detecting Dogs
Oct 20, 2019 • 11 min
Did you know that dogs can smell up to 100,000 times better than the average person? Most of us are familiar with service or police dogs using their nose to sniff out a particular scent, but now researchers are harnessing the power of a dogs nose to find…
The Plight Of The Strawberries
Oct 20, 2019 • 12 min
Strawberries are ubiquitous in the U.S. Supermarkets in every town stock cartons of fresh strawberries year round at an affordable price. But this widespread availability may come to a halt in the near future as the industry faces several big challenges.…
Culture Crash: Joaquin Phoenix’s “Joker”
Oct 20, 2019 • 3 min
Directed by Todd Phillips, the newest installment in the “Joker” franchise was released earlier this month to mixed reviews. We cover the evolution of the classic villain and how this movie portrays a different side of the character and society itself.
Discovering Death: A Mortician’s Guide To Life
Oct 13, 2019 • 14 min
What happens if you pass away on an airplane or in outer space? Why do bugs only eat certain parts of your body? These are some of the questions Caitlin Doughty answers everyday and in her new book “Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs?” Viewpoints spoke with…
Disposable Fashion No More: Is The Industry Really Changing?
Oct 13, 2019 • 14 min
The retail giant, Forever 21 was once a prominent leader in the trendy style category for teens and young adults, boasting the latest fashions at bare bone prices. We speak with journalist and author Dana Thomas about the fast fashion industry, its…
Culture Crash: Taking A Look At The Flurry Of Oscar Contenders
Oct 13, 2019 • 3 min
Awards season is quickly approaching as we countdown the last few months of 2019. We discuss this year’s biggest blockbusters, new releases and what movies have high hopes for an Oscar win.
Raising A Reader: The Importance of Books in Today’s Digital Age
Oct 6, 2019 • 12 min
These days physical books have a lot of competition. From TV to smartphone use, it can be hard to switch it all off and dive into a new book. That’s why it’s so important to start a routine of reading and storytime from the get-go with your child. We…
Culture Crash: The New Space Drama “Ad Astra”
Oct 6, 2019 • 2 min
We discuss the new movie “Ad Astra” starring Brad Pitt as an interstellar astronaut, and why it’s more than your typical ‘on a mission to save the world’ space drama.
The Summer of Spiked Seltzer
Oct 6, 2019 • 12 min
If you were at a beach or barbecue this summer, there was probably a box of spiked seltzers somewhere in the vicinity. These canned, around 100-calorie alcoholic beverages have been the latest craze in 2019 and beverage industry experts predict that the…
Inside Look: The Summer of Spiked Seltzer
Oct 6, 2019 • 2 min
Viewpoints producer Annie Krall interviewed the founder of Samuel Adams, Jim Koch to learn about his Boston Beer Company’s mindset for the spiked seltzer TRULY. She also spoke with Anheuser Busch’s Vice President of their Beyond Beer portfolio to…
Friends of the Children
Sep 29, 2019 • 13 min
The nonprofit, Friends of the Children, understands the importance of getting to a child early on and setting a permanent mentor-child relationship that they can rely on while everything else in their life may be up in the air. We learn about the…
Culture Crash: Stephen King’s latest novel, The Institute
Sep 29, 2019 • 2 min
Stephen King’s latest novel, The Institute, sees the famed storyteller excelling at something he has done better than other writers for decades: telling a story from the perspective of a child.
Think Before You Ink: The Strenuous Process of Tattoo Removal
Sep 29, 2019 • 13 min
Dr. Eric Bernstein is a board-certified laser surgeon with more than 25 years of experience in laser tattoo removal. Throughout the years, he’s seen just about everything and heard almost every reason out there for why patient wants their ink gone for…
Inside Look - American Rodeo Today
Sep 25, 2019 • 2 min
Viewpoints producer Annie Krall interviewed the 2019-2020 National High School Rodeo Queen McKardy Kelly about her love of rodeo. and spoke to the executive director of the National High School Rodeo Association, James Higginbotham, about how rodeo is…
Culture Crash: Noah Hawley’s Novel “Before the Fall”
Sep 22, 2019 • 2 min
Noah Hawley is the man behind the TV shows “Fargo” and “Legion.” He also writes novels and his latest, “Before the Fall,” is a mystery thriller that has been winning awards and demands to be read.
American Rodeo Today
Sep 22, 2019 • 14 min
When most of us think of rodeo, we travel back in time to the Wild Wild West where cowboys roamed the streets. These days, the sport is still alive and thriving but is evolving with the times. We speak with three rodeo experts about everything from bull…
The Boom of Fast-Food & It’s Deep-Rooted Ties to American Culture
Sep 22, 2019 • 11 min
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…
Inside Look - The Lasting Practice of Skin Whitening
Sep 15, 2019 • 3 min
Viewpoints producer Amirah Zaveri spoke with Dr. Carlos Charles a dermatologist who started Derma Di Colore in New York City - a dermatology practice catering to women with darker skin tones. In this clip, Dr. Charles talks about the role large companies…
The Lasting Prevalence of Skin Whitening
Sep 15, 2019 • 13 min
In the U.S., most women look to achieve that summery glow or bronzed tan. To achieve this look, millions of women use whitening creams, pills and even IV drips filled with a myriad of ingredients. We speak with three experts about the prevalence of skin…
One Woman’s Account of Sexual Assault in the U.S. Army
Sep 15, 2019 • 11 min
Ryan Leigh Dostie, author of Formation: A Woman’s Memoir of Stepping Out of Line, enlisted in the Army after graduating from high school and was deployed to Iraq shortly after finishing her training. In 2002, while abroad, she was raped while sleeping in…
Culture Crash: Unlocking The Popularity of Netflix’s Mindhunter
Sep 15, 2019 • 2 min
The Netflix original “Mindhunter” is finally back for season two, and to celebrate its return we talk about what sets this true crime and thriller series apart from all of the others.
Gender & Sports: How Do These Distinctions Shape Who We Become?
Sep 8, 2019 • 14 min
When we think of a typical high school football player, most of us imagine a muscled teenage boy in a uniform. We speak with K-Lani Nava, the first female football player to score and win in a Texas high school championship game, about the importance of…
Culture Crash: Fall Film Lineup
Sep 8, 2019 • 2 min
Autumn is right around the corner, and with the changing of seasons comes several new movie releases that seem promising.
The Wonders Of Cave Diving
Sep 8, 2019 • 9 min
What it’s like to swim inside of an iceberg the size of a small country? World-renowned cave diver Jill Heinerth led a team of divers inside the massive B-15 iceberg in Antarctica, and throughout her career has completed hundreds of other underwater dives…
Inside Look: Gender & Sports: How Do These Distinctions Shape Who We Become?
Sep 8, 2019 • 3 min
Viewpoints producer Annie Krall interviewed the first female high school football player in Texas to play, score, and win a state championship game: K-Lani Nava. Nava is also a huge women’s soccer fan. The U.S. Women’s World Cup victory this summer was…
Culture Crash: Diving Into The New Indie Band And Album “Red Hearse”
Sep 1, 2019 • 2 min
We discuss the new debut album and band both called “Red Hearse”. The band is made up of musicians Jack Antonoff, Sam Dew and Mark Spears a.k.a. better known as Sounwave.
Inside Look: One Scrub Does Not Fit All
Sep 1, 2019 • 2 min
Viewpoints producer Annie Krall interviewed the President of the American Association for Men in Nursing Blake Smith to get a better understanding of the role male nurses play in the healthcare field. One of those nurses in particular, Brian Underwood…
One Scrub Does Not Fit All: Male Nurses & The Future Of The Profession
Sep 1, 2019 • 13 min
About 10 percent of nurses today are men. As aging Americans place a greater strain on healthcare, the nursing industry faces a rising demand and is already responding by finding ways to recruit early on. We dispel some of the myths around the field and…
Saving The Bully: Why We So Quickly Condemn ‘Troubled Children’
Sep 1, 2019 • 11 min
While schools have put in place comprehensive anti-bullying campaigns, we seldom focus on ensuring the child bully gets the help they need to succeed. We still punish troubled kids with detentions, suspensions and from there it escalates onward. Many seem…
Culture Crash: The Countdown To Football Season
Aug 25, 2019 • 2 min
The NFL turns 100 this year. We discuss the American tradition of football and why the sport is so near and dear to our hearts.
The Price of News: Challenges Female Arab Journalists Face
Aug 25, 2019 • 12 min
Diversity in reporting is vital to news that conveys differing perspectives. We speak with Zahra Hankir, journalist and author of Our Women on the Ground to learn more about this issue and some of the stories of these courageous female journalists who’ve…
Plastic: Where Does It All Ultimately End Up
Aug 25, 2019 • 12 min
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 islands of floating garbage. The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is now more than twice the…
Culture Crash: The Newest Release From Sci-Fi Author Blake Crouch
Aug 18, 2019 • 2 min
We review the new science fiction book, “Recursion” written by American author Blake Crouch who’s widely known for the “Wayward Pines” trilogy.
How New Concepts Are Opening Up Access To Nutritious Food
Aug 18, 2019 • 10 min
You want to eat healthy, but sometimes that’s not always possible. There’s nothing around that’s quick, affordable and above all, hits the spot. We cover how new models are creating a greater number of nutritious options and the challenges that comes with…
The Role of Non-Profits in Ending Human Trafficking
Aug 18, 2019 • 13 min
It’s estimated that worldwide there are currently between 20 and 40 million people who are exploited through forced labor, marriage and prostitution, according to the International Labor Organization. We take a look at the South Asian country of Nepal…
Inside Look - Human Trafficking in Nepal
Aug 18, 2019 • 2 min
Viewpoints producer Amirah Zaveri chats with Sarah Bakker, director of operations at the American Himalayan Foundation, about the prevalence of human trafficking from Nepal into the brothels of India. So far, the AHA’s STOP Girl Trafficking Initiative has…
The Complexities of Implicit Bias
Aug 11, 2019 • 13 min
What exactly is implicit bias and how does it form? We break it down and talk about why it’s so important for parents to address this issue with kids through discussions and diverse environments early on.
The Woes and Pros of Living Life in a Digital Landscape
Aug 11, 2019 • 13 min
Parenting in the online era can be quite confusing. At what age should you let your kid have a Facebook or Snapchat account? How closely should you monitor what they view on the internet? We speak with Julianna Miner, author of Raising a Screen Smart Kid:…
Culture Crash: The Return of HBO’s “Succession”
Aug 11, 2019 • 2 min
Season two of the HBO show, “Succession” returns August 11. We discuss the basic premise of the ruthless family drama and the success of its first season.
The Technology And Training of Non-Lethal Weapons
Aug 4, 2019 • 12 min
In an ideal situation, a taser – an electrical weapon – allow law enforcement to subdue a subject without having to pull out their gun. But why do tasers sometimes fail? We discuss possible factors at play when a taser is deployed and new technology in…
The California Norco Shootout
Aug 4, 2019 • 12 min
We cover the Norco shootout of 1980 – an extravagant bank robbery by five heavily armed criminals ending in multiple lives lost, several wounded and a police helicopter shot down from the sky. We speak with author, Peter Houlahan about that fateful day…
Culture Crash: The Beginnings of “Spider-Man”
Aug 4, 2019 • 3 min
We travel back in time to discuss the nostalgia of the very first “Spider-Man” movie and how it kicked off a series of sequels and superhero reboots produced by Marvel Studios.
Inside Look - Bridesmaids
Jul 28, 2019 • 2 min
Viewpoints producer, Annie Krall, speaks with professional “Bridesmaid For Hire” Jen Glantz about the difficulties that can come with being a bridesmaid. Then, wedding planner Ashley Smith discusses an unusual take where one wedding option calls for…
Culture Crash: Ensuring The Accessibility of Independent films
Jul 28, 2019 • 2 min
We discuss how the rise in streaming technology has impacted the availability of classic, foreign and indie films.
Should You Really Say, “I Do” to Attending The Wedding?
Jul 28, 2019 • 12 min
Summertime is prime wedding season, and if you have several weddings to attend or be involved in, the costs can quickly start to add up. We speak with two women who are shaking up the wedding industry with their nontraditional viewpoints.
A Shifting Landscape: The Challenges Facing Suburbia Today
Jul 28, 2019 • 13 min
Cookie cutter houses, large backyards and shopping centers took hold during the rapid rise of suburbia during the second half of the 20th century. Now, towns across the U.S. are facing a new set of challenges from climate change to shifting demographics…
The Dark Side of Masculinity
Jul 21, 2019 • 14 min
Author Jared Yates Sexton shares memories from his own turbulent childhood and accounts as a journalist and connects it to the larger discussion around the phenomenon of toxic masculinity in the U.S. What exactly is toxic masculinity and how is it…
What To Do When You Don’t Really Like the Book You’re Reading
Jul 21, 2019 • 2 min
It happens to everyone. Despite your perseverance, you just can’t get into the book you’re reading. Do you push yourself to keep on going or give up and raise a white flag?
Navigating Collegiate Financial Aid
Jul 21, 2019 • 10 min
Student loan debt is set to skyrocket to two trillion dollars by 2022. We talk two students about their differing perspectives on financial aid and debt. We also speak with Mike Bartini, the director of student aid at Bowdoin College, about how important…
Inside Look - Toxic Masculinity
Jul 21, 2019 • 1 min
Annie Krall speaks to Jared Yates Sexton about toxic masculinity.
Inside Look - Financial Aid
Jul 21, 2019 • 1 min
Viewpoints producer, Annie Krall, speaks with student Mev Becoja, who’s aid was cut during for her junior and senior years of college.
Casting A Wide Net: Why Generalism Matters
Jul 14, 2019 • 12 min
Viewpoints Radio producer Amirah Zaveri chats with NYT bestselling author David Epstein who recently released his new book “Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World”. Listen in for a short clip from the interview.
The Fall Of Theranos
Jul 14, 2019 • 12 min
The rise and fall of the now defunct blood-testing company Theranos has captivated the attention of millions and exposed the dark side of the startup culture in Silicon Valley. Elizabeth Holmes, founder and CEO of Theranos, is awaiting trial next summer,…
Culture Crash: The Continuation of Veronica Mars
Jul 14, 2019 • 2 min
Season four of the TV show, ‘Veronica Mars’ premieres on Hulu July 24. We take a look back at the evolution of the series and its surprising survival through low ratings and network TV changes.
Inside Look - Why Generalism Matters
Jul 14, 2019 • 2 min
Amirah Zaveri, the producer of Viewpoints Radio, asks New York Times bestselling author David Epstein about his unique career path and what he learned along the way.
Inside Look - The Rise of Emojis: Why We Just Can’t Stay Away
Jul 10, 2019 • 2 min
Viewpoints Radio intern Annie Krall spoke with linguistic experts and psychologists about the prevalence of emojis today. How do they help us communicate what we really mean? Why do we use them so much? Listen in for a short clip from her interview.
The Rise of Emojis: Why We Just Can’t Stay Away
Jul 7, 2019 • 10 min
Many of us throw an emoji or two in a text or social media message to help get our point across. But do you ever wonder how emojis came about and why we pick certain ones over others? We speak with three experts about their rise in popularity and…
Culture Crash: The Year of Repetitive Sequels and Reboots
Jul 7, 2019 • 2 min
2019 is flying by. From the good to the bad to the so-so, we discuss movie trends so far this year and what we hope is coming in the second half of 2019.
The Alluring Mystery of Oak Island
Jul 7, 2019 • 12 min
Canada’s Oak Island has mystified explorers for hundred of years, drawing many to its shores with the hope of finding buried pirate’s treasure under its oak trees. We speak with Randall Sullivan, the author of The Curse of Oak Island: The Story of the…
The Cost of Beauty: How Social Media is Changing Our Perceptrion
Jun 30, 2019 • 13 min
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…
Stories from 9/11 And Its Effects Today
Jun 30, 2019 • 9 min
Fall and Rise: The Story of 9/11 written by Mitchell Zuckoff shares numerous accounts from September 11, 2001. We highlight a few of the stories from the book and talk about modern implications today, including the political upheaval over medical and…
The Rise of Writer and Actress Phoebe Waller Bridge
Jun 30, 2019 • 2 min
Phoebe Waller Bridge has produced and starred in several hits ranging from “Killing Eve” to “Solo: A Star Wars Story”. Now, she’s working on the script for the fourth James Bond movie and has created a new season of the show “Fleabag”. We discuss her…
The First U.S. Case of the Plague and Its Modern Implications
Jun 23, 2019 • 13 min
The first U.S. case of the plague presented in the early 1900’s in San Francisco. We speak with author, David Randall about the outbreak and how it changed sanitation practices and government response. Fast forward to today where the plague is still…
Mind and Matter: One Man, Two Paths
Jun 23, 2019 • 11 min
John Urschel is not your typical doctoral candidate. Before studying mathematics at MIT, Urschel played college football for Penn State and then in the NFL for three seasons with the Baltimore Ravens. Mathematics and football have always been central…
Culture Crash: Our Connection to TV Theme Songs
Jun 23, 2019 • 2 min
The opening credits of a beloved television show evoke a certain sense of nostalgia for many. We hear the tune and we instantly connect it to a certain series. How have theme songs changed throughout the years and why do they mean so much to us?
Uncovering The Underbelly of Domestic Violence
Jun 16, 2019 • 13 min
In the U.S., one in four women are victims of domestic violence. Between 2014 and 2017, the number of victims killed by their partners rose by 20 percent. Two survivors share their firsthand stories and struggles. We also speak with author, Rachel Louise…
No Happy Endings: Moving Forward After A Monumental Loss
Jun 16, 2019 • 12 min
We speak with Nora McInerny, the author of No Happy Endings: A Memoir about enduring the loss of her husband and accidentally finding love again. McInerny discusses the grief and despair she felt and how she learned to embrace those feelings rather than…
Inside Look: Domestic Violence
Jun 16, 2019 • 2 min
Amirah Zaveri asks Rachel Louise Snyder, journalist and author of the new book “No Visible Bruises: What We Don’t Know About Domestic Violence Can Kill Us” about the portrayal of domestic violence in the media and how women are rallying around this issue.
Culture Crash: The Rise of The Supervillain in Brightburn
Jun 16, 2019 • 2 min
We discuss the new movie produced by Sony Pictures titled “Brightburn”. The film is different than the typical storyline in that it chronicles the rise of a superhero that uses his power for evil rather than good.
Not Your Grandma’s Co-op
Jun 9, 2019 • 12 min
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…
Culture Crash: Chronicling The Nuclear Disaster At Chernobyl
Jun 9, 2019 • 2 min
We discuss the new HBO miniseries, co-produced with Sky UK, titled “Chernobyl”. The show follows the chronological events of the 1986 nuclear disaster in the Soviet Union and captures the confusion and terror in the days, months and years following the…
The Art of Illustration
Jun 9, 2019 • 10 min
We speak with the Tim O’Brien who has illustrated numerous magazine covers throughout the years. O’Brien discusses his career, the history of illustration and how the art form is used to convey a specific, singular moment or feeling that other mediums may…
The Storm On Our Shores: A Story of War, Loss, and Forgiveness
Jun 2, 2019 • 10 min
Mark Obmascik shares the incredible story of two men fighting for opposing sides and tangled in the complexities of World War II. He exposes how our enemy isn’t as different as we think, the lasting effects of war and the process of finding forgiveness…
One Meal At A Time: Reviving The American School Lunch System
Jun 2, 2019 • 14 min
School lunches in the U.S. have long been overlooked. Dan Giusti, the former head chef of Noma and founder of Brigaid, is gaining ground in his efforts to overhaul the school lunch system and bring scratch cooking back into cafeterias. We speak with…
Culture Crash: To Binge or Not to Binge
Jun 2, 2019 • 2 min
Binge-watching several seasons of a TV show all at once might not be the best idea after all. For some lighter shows like “Stranger Things” it may make sense, but it can be cumbersome and brain draining to get through all eight seasons of “Game of…
Inside Look - Reviving the School Lunch System
Jun 2, 2019 • 5 min
Amirah Zaveri speaks with Dan Giusti, chef and founder of Brigaid who’s working to fix the American school lunch system.
Appreciating the Beauty of Calculus
May 26, 2019 • 10 min
For many, learning about mathematics can be a terrifying and daunting task. Steven Strogatz discusses the importance of learning the basics of calculus and not only the math itself, but also understanding its historical prevalence and everyday use in our…
The Color of Law
May 26, 2019 • 12 min
Racial segregation still persists throughout the U.S. One factor contributing to this inequality is the structure of our town and cities. Richard Rothstein and Tonika Johnson talk about how past laws and our government created a divided demographic and…
Culture Crash: The New Album by Judah & The Lion
May 26, 2019 • 2 min
We discuss the new album Pep Talks from the band Judah & The Lion, most known for their 2016 single “Take It All Back”. The album features a funky, electronic vibe coupled with old time folk and bluegrass instruments, offering a refreshing perspective in…
The End of Ice
May 19, 2019 • 11 min
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…
Louisa Adams - The Extraordinary First Lady You’ve Never Heard Of
May 19, 2019 • 12 min
We all know the names of famous First Ladies – Martha Washington, Mary Todd Lincoln, Eleanor Roosevelt, Nancy Reagan – and they all left their marks on our country in one way or another. One of these ladies that you probably don’t know much about is…
Culture Crash: A Greater Diversity Within Television
May 19, 2019 • 2 min
We examine how television series have grown to be more diverse and inclusive in the Peak TV era. One such show is Ramy, a new Hulu original, which candidly follows the life of a young, first-generation Muslim man and the challenges that arise with the…
Up This Week: The Boys in the Bunkhouse: Intellectually Challenged Men in Servitude | First Impressions & Their Pitfalls
May 13, 2019 • 0 min
A look at what is coming up on Viewpoints for the week of May 12, 2019 including: We talk to an author who writes about this very situation where mentally challenged men were pressed into servitude in 1974 and remained there until 2009 when some…
First Impressions & their Pitfalls
May 12, 2019 • 8 min
We all get gut instincts when we walk into a room of strangers. Do we fit in here? Do these people seem friendly? Snap judgments are simply a part of how we function. But Princeton University psychology professor Alexander Todorov says that while these…
Culture Crash: A Review of Elisabeth Moss in “Her Smell”
May 12, 2019 • 2 min
Elisabeth Moss stars in the new indie movie, “Her Smell” directed by Alex Ross Perry. The film follows Moss as she plays the chaotic role of fictional punk rocker, Becky Something, who is mentally unstable, addicted to drugs and clawing to get her life…
The Boys in the Bunkhouse: Intellectually Challenged Men in Servitude
May 12, 2019 • 13 min
If you came upon a rundown, roach-infested bunkhouse in the heartland of America, full of middle- aged and elderly men in poor health who worked all day at a job for little pay and had been for decades, you might think you had time traveled back to the…
Culture Crash: Beyonce’s Dominance in Pop Culture
May 10, 2019 • 3 min
We examine Beyonce’s consistent influence throughout all sectors of media. The visionary artist is known for her fierce demeanor and powerhouse concert performances, rewriting traditional female and black stereotypes in media.
The Honey Bus
May 8, 2019 • 12 min
In Meredith May’s new book, she examines the parallels between the inner workings of beehives and our society, and how beekeeping taught her numerous life lessons as a child. She also discusses the threat to bees with commercialized beekeeping and what we…
Up This Week: Diversity in Sci-Fi | The Honey Bus
May 6, 2019 • 0 min
A look at what is coming up on Viewpoints for the week of May 5, 2019 including: For decades, science fiction was a genre written almost exclusively by white males. Now, the genre is flourishing with diverse voices, thanks in part to the trailblazing…
Diversity In Sci-Fi
May 5, 2019 • 8 min
For decades, science fiction was a genre written almost exclusively by white males. Now, the genre is flourishing with diverse voices, thanks in part to the trailblazing writer Octavia E. Butler. Historian Gerry Canavan discusses the obstacles Butler…
Culture Crash: Adapting A Book Into A Movie
May 3, 2019 • 2 min
The new 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.
The Psychology of Fashion
May 1, 2019 • 12 min
Fashion advertising raises issues about confidence, self esteem and body image. Our guest discusses why it’s important to look beyond the advertisements and find the fashions that are right for you, how cheap clothing is hurting developing countries and…
Up This Week: Teaching Youth About Consent And Abuse | The Psychology of Fashion
Apr 29, 2019 • 0 min
A look at what is coming up on Viewpoints for the week of April 28, 2019 including: Laurie Halse Anderson discusses the issue. Then, Dr Carolyn Mair discusses why it’s important to look beyond the advertisements and find the fashions that are right for…
Teaching Youth About Consent And Abuse
Apr 28, 2019 • 12 min
In the 20 years since writing the young adult novel Speak, based on her own rape, author Laurie Halse Anderson has met with numerous audiences of adolescents. She has found a huge gap in the ways girls and boys perceive what constitutes sexual consent,…
Culture Crash: The End Of Game Of Thrones
Apr 26, 2019 • 2 min
The wildly popular TV show Game of Thrones is set to wrap up its story with six episodes this season, yet its fans may be unsatisfied. The TV show has departed the path of the books.
The Lady From The Black Lagoon
Apr 24, 2019 • 11 min
Horror movies are major box office. Some experts see the film “The Creature from the Black Lagoon” as a turning point. One reason is the Gill Man character, created by an often overlooked female trailblazer in monster design, Millicent Patrick. An author…
Up This Week: The Gatekeeper: Missy LeHand and FDR | The Lady From The Black Lagoon
Apr 22, 2019 • 0 min
A look at what is coming up on Viewpoints for the week of April 21, 2019 including: Everyone knows about the presidency of Franklin D. Roosevelt, but not many know about the powerful and loyal confidant FDR relied on, Marguerite “Missy” LeHand. Our guest…
The Gatekeeper: Missy LeHand and FDR
Apr 21, 2019 • 12 min
Everyone knows about the presidency of Franklin D. Roosevelt, but not many know about the powerful and loyal confidant FDR relied on, Marguerite “Missy” LeHand. Our guest discusses the life and work of this remarkable woman and how she helped and…
Culture Crash: The Increasing Cost of Cutting The Cord
Apr 19, 2019 • 2 min
Streaming services are multiplying, and none of them carry everything. Many people are finding that satisfying their TV viewing desires through streaming services is getting as expensive as cable.
The Importance of Recess
Apr 17, 2019 • 11 min
Recess helps kids unwind during the school day, but it’s much more than just a time to exercise. We talk to two recess “specialists” about the mental as well as the physical benefits of recess, and learn about some recess activities that help a child be…
Up This Week: Removal of Confederate Statues | The Importance of Recess
Apr 15, 2019 • 0 min
A look at what is coming up on Viewpoints for the week of April 14, 2019 including: A former Mayor of New Orleans describes how his thinking evolved toward a decision to remove the statues in his city, and the issues it brought forth. Then, we talk to two…
Removal Of Confederate Statues
Apr 14, 2019 • 12 min
Statues commemorating the Confederacy remain in some towns in the US South, though its principles promoting slavery and oppression of blacks are in disrepute. Some towns have removed these statues in the face of heavy opposition. A former Mayor of New…
Culture Crash: Sketch comic becomes movies’ hottest horror director
Apr 12, 2019 • 2 min
Jordan Peele used to be best known as a sketch comic, but his second film as a director, “Us,” is showing that the success of his first, “Get Out,” was no fluke.
Greener Gardening During Climate Change
Apr 10, 2019 • 11 min
Gardeners always seek to get the most out of their plants, but some are finding that their plot of land doesn’t produce the way it used to because of wildly changing, extreme conditions torrential rain, then draught, heat then cold. We talk to two experts…
Up This Week: The Role of a Literary Editor | Greener Gardening During Climate Change
Apr 8, 2019 • 0 min
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. Then, Gardeners always seek to get the most out of their plants, but some are finding that their plot of land…
The Role of a Literary Editor
Apr 7, 2019 • 12 min
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…
Culture Crash: Summer Concerts
Apr 5, 2019 • 2 min
Summer is almost here, which means the concert and music festival season in almost in full swing. We talk a look at why a day at an amphitheater can stick with you for life.
Using the ‘voices in your head’
Apr 3, 2019 • 12 min
Hearing voices in your head comes with an unfortunate stereotype that you must be mentally ill. However, experts tell us the “voices in your head” can be used to talk to, and about, yourself in a healthy, productive way. In fact, most people hear voices…
Up This Week: Using YA fiction to help young people process the big issues | Using the ‘voices in your head’
Apr 1, 2019 • 0 min
A look at what is coming up on Viewpoints for the week of March 31, 2019 including: We talk to two novelists who say young adult fiction can help teens consider big issues and life and ‘practice’ their responses to real-world problems like violence and…
Using YA fiction to help young people process the big issues
Mar 31, 2019 • 12 min
For a few decades now, teens have flocked to YA novels like The Hunger Games or The Fault in Our Stars. Why are they so popular? We talk to two novelists who say young adult fiction can help teens consider big issues and life and ‘practice’ their…
Junk Food TV
Mar 29, 2019 • 2 min
Sometimes you want to watch an expertly written and produced hour of television with central themes and a commentary on modern life… and sometimes, you just want to shut your brain off and watch something easy. This is about those latter experiences.
Raising Financially-minded Children
Mar 27, 2019 • 10 min
All parents want their kids to succeed and live good lives, and part of accomplishing that is raising them to understand the value of a dollar. We talk to Beth Kobliner, a financial expert and author of the book Make Your Kid A Money Genius (Even if…
Up This Week: Life in the Shadow of the Columbine High School Shooting | Raising Financially-minded Children
Mar 25, 2019 • 0 min
A look at what is coming up on Viewpoints for the week of March 24, 2019 including: On April 20, 1999, Sue Klebold’s son and his friend went into Columbine High School and committed one of the largest mass shootings in US history. Klebold talks about her…
Life in the Shadow of the Columbine High School Shooting
Mar 24, 2019 • 13 min
On April 20, 1999, Sue Klebold’s son and his friend went into Columbine High School and committed one of the largest mass shootings in US history. Over the last 18 years, Klebold has been forced to cope with this horrible tragedy while managing anxiety…
Culture Crash: Do we all have the cultural taste of our 15 year-old selves?
Mar 22, 2019 • 3 min
Anecdotal evidence and some real data science both suggest that we never grow out of the things we loved at 15.
Harry Potter Therapy
Mar 20, 2019 • 11 min
The Harry Potter series is full of creatures and storylines that parallel real-life adversities like depression, PTSD and grief in a heightened reality. Dr. Janina Scarlet says these stories are so powerful that she uses them to help people cope in…
Up This Week: Mindfulness in life, leadership and collaboration | Harry Potter Therapy
Mar 18, 2019 • 0 min
A look at what is coming up on Viewpoints for the week of March 17, 2019 including: Expert Marc Lesser talks about how we can embrace mindfulness to relieve anxiety, enhance our empathy and become better collaborators and leaders in our lives. Then, Dr.…
Mindfulness in life, leadership and collaboration
Mar 17, 2019 • 12 min
The hustle and bustle of the world can overwhelm us all from time to time. Expert Marc Lesser talks about how we can embrace mindfulness to relieve anxiety, enhance our empathy and become better collaborators and leaders in our lives.
Culture Crash: Netflix’s Russian Doll
Mar 15, 2019 • 2 min
Netflix’s new show, Russian Doll is an ethical, mysterious, funny drama modeled after the Groundhog Day “waking up in the same moment” plot. It’s an especially great binge-watch.
A fantasy series that aims at teaching children to consider some big questions
Mar 13, 2019 • 11 min
We grow up hearing nursery rhymes and fairy tales that deal with good and evil. All of us fondly remember the cartoons of our youth and the stories we grew up with. We talk to Soman Chainani about authoring a new entry into the catalogue of mythology and…
Up This Week: A more ethical garden | A fantasy series that aims at teaching children to consider some big questions
Mar 11, 2019 • 0 min
Spring is almost here! That means it’s time to start thinking about gardens and landscaping. Expert Benjamin Vogt has a new way to garden, so that your property can be a place that looks nice, and also contributes to a healthy ecosystem that helps animal…
A more ethical garden
Mar 10, 2019 • 12 min
Spring is almost here! That means it’s time to start thinking about gardens and landscaping. Expert Benjamin Vogt has a new way to garden, so that your property can be a place that looks nice, and also contributes to a healthy ecosystem that helps animal…
Culture Crash: Audiobooks
Mar 8, 2019 • 3 min
Audiobooks used to be big, cumbersome collections of tapes. Now, they’re simply files on our phones, and their portability and convenience make them a great option for commute-time listening.
Exploring what it means for women to be ‘Brave, Not Perfect’
Mar 6, 2019 • 13 min
Reshma Saujani is a lawyer, a former political candidate, an author and the founder of Girls Who Code. She says our society puts too much pressure on women to be perfect, which means girls are afraid to explore their true passions for fear of failure.…
Up This Week: What big data can teach us about ourselves | Exploring what it means for women to be ‘Brave, Not Perfect’
Mar 4, 2019 • 0 min
A look at what is coming up on Viewpoints for the week of March 3, 2019 including: a including: Author Seth Stephens Davidowitz says all that data can shed plenty of light on the truth about who we really are underneath all of our social formalities.…
What big data can teach us about ourselves
Mar 3, 2019 • 10 min
These days, there is data on just about everything. Our social media presence, our careers, our web search history- it’s all crunched into data points. And author Seth Stephens Davidowitz says all that data can shed plenty of light on the truth about who…
Culture Crash: Television Shows Creating “Expanded Universes” Of Their Own
Mar 1, 2019 • 3 min
Superhero franchises have spent a decade carefully laying plans for big, expanded universes. But we look at “Veronica Mars” and “Breaking Bad,” two TV shows that have broadened their universes in their own ways.
Education for Students With Autism
Feb 27, 2019 • 13 min
The right to an education is guaranteed to all students, regardless of disability, by federal law. But experts and parents are now wondering if we are doing enough to help autistic students maximize their abilities to live their best possible lives. We…
Up This Week: Pregnant and Incarcerated: Childbirth behind bars | Education for Students With Autism
Feb 25, 2019 • 0 min
A look at what is coming up on Viewpoints for the week of February 24, 2019 including: After working for years as an OB/GYN for inmates at San Francisco Jail, author Carolyn Sufrin wanted to tell the story of the women she helped. Then, The right to an…
Pregnant and Incarcerated: Childbirth behind bars
Feb 24, 2019 • 9 min
After working for years as an OB/GYN for inmates at San Francisco Jail, author Carolyn Sufrin wanted to tell the story of the women she helped. She talks about what health care for pregnant women in jails and prisons looks like, and the changes she hopes…
Culture Crash: The Academy’s Unforced Errors
Feb 22, 2019 • 2 min
This year’s Academy Awards have been a series of mistakes, from suggesting a Best Popular Film award to the plan to award from of the evening’s awards during commercial breaks.
Considering the Precarious Future of AI
Feb 20, 2019 • 10 min
Between Alexa, Google and Siri, artificial intelligence is here. But looking forward, AI will only get more and more intelligent. Author and researcher James Rollins discusses why AI has long scared scientists and storytellers, and what the future of our…
Up This Week: Facing Our Own Mortality: How to plan for a more peaceful death for yourself and loved ones | Considering the Precarious Future of AI
Feb 18, 2019 • 0 min
A look at what is coming up on Viewpoints for the week of February 17, 2019 including: We talk to two experts about how people can get their affairs in order both personally and medically to ensure their wishes are respected and their loved ones can…
Facing Our Own Mortality: How to plan for a more peaceful death for yourself and loved ones.
Feb 17, 2019 • 13 min
Facing the prospect of death isn’t pleasant, but it is the reality of being human. We talk to two experts about how people can get their affairs in order both personally and medically to ensure their wishes are respected and their loved ones can properly…
Culture Crash: Missing gems in the deluge of ‘Peak TV’
Feb 15, 2019 • 2 min
There is so much new TV content being made that it can be easy to fall behind or forget to check out a show you meant to watch. We look at a few of these overlooked gems, like Showtime’s “Escape at Dannemora”
The Written Word: A history of storytelling
Feb 13, 2019 • 10 min
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.
Up This Week: The History of Pirates | The Written Word: A history of storytelling
Feb 11, 2019 • 0 min
A look at what is coming up on Viewpoints for the week of February 10, 2019 including: Historian Eric Jay Dolin joins the show to discuss some of the most notorious real-life pirates to ever life. Then, throughout history, stories have been told but…
The History of Pirates
Feb 10, 2019 • 12 min
From Pirates of the Caribbean and Captain Hook to the Pittsburgh Pirates and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, pirates have a real foothold in our culture. But their history is anything but a fair tale. Historian Eric Jay Dolin joins the show to discuss some of the…
Culture Crash: On Ethan Hawke and Oscar Snubs
Feb 8, 2019 • 3 min
Every year, there is some outrage over Oscar snubs. This year, many of us wish Ethan Hawke had been nominated for First Reformed. We look at why.
Parenting a Transgender Child
Feb 6, 2019 • 11 min
We talk to the parent and the doctor of a transgender child to discover what science says about gender transitions and how one family navigated the issues associated with having a child you suddenly don’t fully understand.
Up This Week: The Unexpected Utility of a Well-Held Grudge | Parenting a Transgender Child
Feb 4, 2019 • 0 min
A look at what is coming up on Viewpoints for the week of February 3, 2019 including: Author Sophie Hannah, who says grudges can be a really positive thing in our lives if we just know how to hold them properly. Then, We talk to the parent and the doctor…
The Unexpected Utility of a Well-Held Grudge
Feb 3, 2019 • 12 min
Grudges are something most of us think of as a negative feeling. They’re petty or vindictive or unforgiving. But we talk to author Sophie Hannah, who says grudges can be a really positive thing in our lives if we just know how to hold them properly. She…
Culture Crash: A New Future for Comic Book Movies
Feb 1, 2019 • 2 min
For a decade now, it seemed like comic book movies had settled in to an existence based on these larger cinematic universes. Now, Spider-Man and The Joker are proving comic stories can have their cake and eat it, too.
Tips on Entrepreneurship
Jan 30, 2019 • 12 min
Brian Scudamore founded 1-800-GOT JUNK when he was just 18. Now, it’s one of the biggest companies in the world. He talks about the lessons he learned and what advice he has for young entrepreneurs dreaming of creating the next big startup.
Up This Week: The Truth Behind Faith-Based Prison Ministry | Tips on Entrepreneurship
Jan 28, 2019 • 0 min
A look at what is coming up on Viewpoints for the week of January 27, 2019 including: We talk to Tanya Erzen, a professor of religion, about why that is and what role prison ministries play in the lives on inmates. Then, Brian Scudamore founded 1-800-GOT…
The Truth Behind Faith-Based Prison Ministry
Jan 27, 2019 • 11 min
Since the beginning of the US prison system, religion has been suggested as a way to help rehabilitate criminals. We talk to Tanya Erzen, a professor of religion, about why that is and what role prison ministries play in the lives on inmates.
Culture Crash: Movies to Look Forward to in 2019
Jan 25, 2019 • 3 min
With a new year comes new things to look forward to, and this year will offer an enormous slate of hotly anticipated new films, like Toy Story 4, It: Chapter 2, and a plethora of superhero offerings.
Processing Unimaginable Grief
Jan 23, 2019 • 11 min
Grief is an innate part of human life, but how we process that grief varies from person to person. Tom Malmquist knows too much about grief after he lost his partner shortly after the birth of their first child. Malmquist put his experiences into his…
Up This Week: China’s Family Policies & Their Impact on America | Processing Unimaginable Grief
Jan 21, 2019 • 0 min
A look at what is coming up on Viewpoints for the week of January 20, 2019 including: In America, we may have an idea of how China’s one-child and two-child policies work, but the truth is more complicated than many of us imagine. Then, grief is an innate…
China’s Family Policies And Their Impact on America
Jan 20, 2019 • 11 min
In America, we may have an idea of how China’s one-child and two-child policies work, but the truth is more complicated than many of us imagine. We talk to journalist and author Vanessa Hua about how these policies have rippled all the way into America.
Culture Crash: True Detective
Jan 18, 2019 • 2 min
In 2014, True Detective was a cultural juggernaut. In 2015, it was a laughing stock. Can the new season recapture the magic for HBO?
Marriage Maintenance
Jan 16, 2019 • 10 min
Maintaining a relationship or a marriage is a wonderful thing, but sometimes it can be tricky. We hear tips from an expert clinical psychologist on how couples can communicate better, understand each other more deeply, and work through some of the issues…
Up This Week: Cybercrime in Real Life | Marriage Maintenance
Jan 14, 2019 • 0 min
A look at what is coming up on Viewpoints for the week of January 13, 2019 including: We’ve all seen how our fiction portrays cybercrime, but what does it really look like? Then, maintaining a relationship or a marriage is a wonderful thing, but sometimes…
Cybercrime in Real Life
Jan 13, 2019 • 13 min
We’ve all seen how our fiction portrays cybercrime, but what does it really look like? Jonathan Lusthaus, the director of the Human Cybercriminal Project at the University of Oxford, joins the show to talk about the real crimes committed online and what,…
Culture Crash: Minding the Gap
Jan 11, 2019 • 2 min
In a crowded field of great films from 2018, Bing Liu’s Minding the Gap, a documentary available on Hulu, stands above the pack.
Overcoming Anxiety and Feeling Joy
Jan 9, 2019 • 11 min
Early January has long been a time for people to hit the re-set button and try to refocus their energy and attention for the year ahead. We talk to two experts about how to overcome anxiety to feel happier and more at ease, despite the chaos of our…
Up This Week: Women in the United States Military | Overcoming Anxiety and Feeling Joy
Jan 7, 2019 • 0 min
A look at what is coming up on Viewpoints for the week of January 06, 2019 including: Women have served in the US military dating all the way back to the Revolutionary War. Then, Early January has long been a time for people to hit the re-set button and…
Women in the United States Military
Jan 6, 2019 • 12 min
Women have served in the US military dating all the way back to the Revolutionary War. Back then, they had to lie about their sex and their names in order to get enlist, but some did. Now, combat positions are open to women. We discuss the vital role…
Culture Crash: Anthony Bourdain
Jan 4, 2019 • 3 min
This year saw the passing of Anthony Bourdain, a chef, writer, and travel documentarian. We take a look at the impact and legacy of this cultural giant.
Celebrating New Year’s as a Night In
Jan 2, 2019 • 8 min
New Year’s Eve is a huge night for bars, but what if you’d rather not brave the elements and pay big cover charges? We discuss ways to ring in the new year on your couch with festive drinks, snacks, and maybe a movie.
Unlocking Creativity: Tips for sticking to your artistic New Year’s resolutions in 2019
Dec 30, 2018 • 13 min
We’re about to enter the season of New Year’s resolutions. Maybe you want to write a book, make a short film, or paint your masterpiece. We talk to two published authors about silencing your inner critic, breaking through any artistic funks, and finally…
Culture Crash: Roma
Dec 28, 2018 • 2 min
You may have noticed a new movie on your Netflix homepage called Roma. It’s Oscar-winning director Alfonso Cuarón’s most personal film yet and an absolute masterpiece.
The Pearl Harbor Christmas
Dec 26, 2018 • 9 min
Christmas 1941 came just weeks after the devastating attack on Pearl Harbor dragged America into World War II. We talk to historian Stanley Weintraub about how America was getting ready for war while trying to celebrate the holiday season.
Letters to Max: Two friends confront their mortality through letters
Dec 23, 2018 • 14 min
Sarah Ruhl is a MacArthur Fellowship recipient and a famed playwright. As a professor, she met Max Ritvo, who went on to become a published poet. She recounts the story of their friendship and how they used letters to make a connection and comfort one…
Culture Crash: A look ahead at the movies set to dominate awards season
Dec 21, 2018 • 2 min
The Golden Globe nominations are already out, and the next few months will be chalk full of top 10 lists and award nominees. We look at what movies you should keep an eye out for.
Tips and Tricks for Holiday Cooking Success
Dec 19, 2018 • 10 min
Cooking for holiday parties can be a major source of stress. We have big groups at our house for hours at a time, and you want to impress them with your culinary skills. But some of us don’t really have many culinary skills. We talk to Julia Turshen for…
The Many Planets Outside Our Galaxy And The Search for Extraterrestrial Life
Dec 16, 2018 • 13 min
We know about the planets within the Milky way galaxy, but what about planets outside of our neighborhood? We talk to Dr. Donald Goldsmith about “exoplanets” and where science stands on the issue of life thriving somewhere else in the universe.
Culture Crash: The Disappointing Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald
Dec 14, 2018 • 3 min
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald has been mystifying and disappointing fans around the globe. We take a look at why the movie simply does not work.
Winter Reads for 2018
Dec 12, 2018 • 11 min
It’s getting cold outside, which means it’s time to cuddle up with some good books to pass the time. Or maybe you’re just on the prowl for some holiday gifts for the reader in your life. Either way, we have some options for what to read this winter.
The Need for Investigative Journalism
Dec 9, 2018 • 9 min
Investigative journalism is a necessity in a democracy. Independent journalists putting in long hours to serve as watch-dogs for our government can have long-lasting ramifications, just look at the impact Woodward and Bernstein made with their Watergate…
Culture Crash: Watching Sports With a Second Screen
Dec 7, 2018 • 3 min
It used to be that you’d watch sports with whoever was in the room. Now, our phones and tablets allow us to watch sports with the entire internet, and look up statistics and names in an instant.
Sleeping Soundly: How getting quality sleep can enhance our health
Dec 5, 2018 • 10 min
We all sleep, it’s human evolution. But the amount of sleep we get and the quality of that sleep can vary greatly. We talk to Matthew Walker, a professor at California-Berkeley, who says sleep in the single biggest thing we can do to help our physical and…
Learning Math Simpler
Dec 2, 2018 • 10 min
It’s no secret: American students are way down the international list when it comes to math scores. Why is this? Is there something we could be doing to make learning math a simpler task? Our guests say yes, and have suggestions for kids- and adults-…
Culture Crash: Amazon Prime’s “Homecoming”
Nov 30, 2018 • 2 min
Director Sam Esmail has taken Gimlet’s hit podcast “Homecoming” and infused it with a whole lot of cinematic flair in his new Amazon Prime series that serves as a throwback to classic thrillers and a trailblazer for the brave new world of 30 minute dramas.
Intrinsic Hope
Nov 28, 2018 • 12 min
It can easy to get the blues, especially with all of the division and turmoil in the world. But author Kate Davies has a different way of look at the world: one that can make us more hopeful, positive, and willing to pitch in and help. She calls it…
Shame and Bullying
Nov 25, 2018 • 13 min
Bullying is nothing new, but that doesn’t make it any easier to deal with. Plus, in the social media era, the techniques are getting more public and crueler. We look at bullying, the shame it can cause, and how it can stick with us for life.
Culture Crash: Filling the Thanksgiving movie void with Stuck in Love
Nov 23, 2018 • 2 min
Halloween and Christmas both have a plethora of holiday classics to create a mood, but Thanksgiving doesn’t have those. We offer a modest proposal to give Stuck In Love a try.
How Pre-Kindergarten Can Prepare Our Children
Nov 21, 2018 • 11 min
From the moment a child is born, parents are working to get them off on the best possible foot in everything from sports to academics. We look into how families can best evaluate good pre-kindergarten programs for children, and how those programs can set…
How Craft Beer Became King
Nov 18, 2018 • 13 min
For decades, choosing what beer to drink was really just a decision between a few big players. Now, there are thousands of breweries across the country. We talk to two experts about how and why craft beer came to the forefront and how they recommend…
Culture Crash: Dave Eggers and his boundary-pushing writing
Nov 16, 2018 • 2 min
Author Dave Eggers has been a cult hero since his 2000 memoir took readers on a wild ride. Now, almost two decades later, he’s still finding new ways to tell his stories.
One Woman’s Life in Beatlemania, From Youthful Innocence to Personal Tragedy and Beyond
Nov 14, 2018 • 12 min
Ann Hood was a Beatles fan all her life. Then, tragedy struck and she found herself unable to listen to the band at all. She tells the true story of how she re-gained her love for the iconic group, and how she channeled her story into a work of fiction…
Terrorism in America, 1920
Nov 11, 2018 • 11 min
Over 95 years ago, New York City was the target of a terrorist attack that has yet to be solved. No suspects have ever been named in the attack that killed or injured over 400 Wall Street bystanders. In contrast to the attacks of September 11th, which…
Culture Crash: Serial, the podcast that captivated America, returns for its most important season yet
Nov 9, 2018 • 2 min
The podcast that captured the minds of countless Americans back in 2014 is back with an in-depth look at the criminal justice system in Cleveland, offering a detailed look at such a vital American system.
Body Image and Weight Problems
Nov 7, 2018 • 12 min
Body image, food addition, societal pressure and obesity can be tricky problems to talk about. Author Kristan Higgins tries to do just that in her novel Good Luck With That. She talks about her experiences, her research, and how we can approach discussing…
Looking Into Our Minds: How our brains perceive the world
Nov 4, 2018 • 11 min
There are all sorts of myths about how we can avoid dementia or how to best brainstorm a new idea. We talk to a psychologist and author to get the inside scoop on how our minds really work, and why we just can’t resist the urge to watch cute animal videos…
Netflix’s Binge-worth Horror Drama, The Haunting of Hill House
Nov 2, 2018 • 1 min
With Halloween this week, many of us are looking for something spooky to watch. Well look no further than Netflix’s The Haunting of Hill House, a show that’s like This Is Us meets The Shining.
Halloween Frights & Traditions
Oct 31, 2018 • 12 min
It’s the time of year when we dress up in costumes, head to haunted houses, and shell out candy to trick-or-treaters. But why do we do those things? We take a look at the traditions of Halloween and what makes being scared so fun.
Spiders & Bats: The truth behind the Halloween icons of fear
Oct 28, 2018 • 12 min
Spiders and bats are two of the most indelible symbols of Halloween fear across the country. We talk to experts to get the truth behind these traditionally scary creatures, and hear why neither of them are nearly as scary as we’ve been made to believe.
Culture Crash: The Old Man & The Gun Allows Robert Redford to Age Gracefully
Oct 26, 2018 • 2 min
The Old Man & The Gun is a movie about bank robberies, so it may come as a surprise that it’s a touching drama and may be the perfect way for Robert Redford to bid farewell to film fans.
What We Can Learn From Lists
Oct 24, 2018 • 12 min
Lists are a part of our everyday. Often, they are a forgotten part of our everyday. But Shaun Usher read through countless lists to compile a stunning collection of lists throughout time that shed light on the times, our collective history, and the list…
The Art of Video Games
Oct 21, 2018 • 11 min
Video games are often considered child’s play, or at least something below “real” art. Author Andrew Ervin argues that’s not true, and that video games are now big-business for TV networks and advertisers, as well as a source of true artfulness.
Culture Crash: Better Call Saul’s unique pacing and why it works so well.
Oct 19, 2018 • 2 min
Television shows often rely on a fast pace to keep audiences engaged. AMC’s Better Call Saul takes the opposite approach to rousing success.
Growing Up Poor in Rural America
Oct 17, 2018 • 12 min
Sarah Smarsh is a journalist and author who grew up poor on a farm in Kansas. She discusses life in rural America, how our culture treats people living in poverty, and the causes she attributes to America’s wage gap.
Stutters, Stammers, and Vocal Fillers
Oct 14, 2018 • 11 min
If you’ve had to speak in public, you know the nerves that come with public speaking. So you probably also know the pain of umming, uhhing, or misspeaking. We explore where these vocal blunders come from and what they might mean.
Culture Crash: An Absolutely Remarkable Thing and the difficulty of classifying art
Oct 12, 2018 • 2 min
Sometimes, art doesn’t fit neatly in one box. Such is the case with Hank Green’s novel, An Absolutely Remarkable Thing. We explore its story and categorization.
When a Young Person Gets Sent to Adult Prison
Oct 10, 2018 • 12 min
There are millions incarcerated in American prisons, even many juveniles who were sentences to long terms alongside adults. We talk to guests about how and why this happens, whether it should continue, and what life is like for young people behind bars.
The Joy of Retirement
Oct 7, 2018 • 13 min
Retirement can be bittersweet. On one hand, it’s something you build toward your whole life, but it can also be intimidated to lose your purpose in the workplace. We talk to Helen Wilkes about how she found a new passion in her retirement, and how she’s…
Culture Crash: 2018 Fall Films
Oct 5, 2018 • 2 min
This is the time of year film buffs look forward to: the fall season is when the movies hoping to vie for accolades are released. We look at a few of the titles garnering early awards buzz.
Spies and Soldiers: The roles women held during the Civil War
Oct 3, 2018 • 12 min
We know so much about the men of the Civil War, but the women from the war are all but forgotten in our history. Historian Karen Abbott decided to change that. She tells the story of several women who helped their sides during the Civil War.
Hank Green on The Internet, Fame, and Our Reaction Culture
Sep 30, 2018 • 10 min
Hank Green has a massive internet presence as a podcaster, vlogger, tweeter, and more. Now, he’s become an author. His new book, An Absolutely Remarkable Thing, deals with internet fame and our reactionary culture head-on. He joins the show to discuss…
Culture Crash: The funny and philosophical TV comedy, The Good Place
Sep 28, 2018 • 2 min
This week marks the return of one of the best shows on TV. With a high-concept and a stellar cast, The Good Place has become a critical darling and a bold step forward for the genre as a whole
Losing it all: The Collapse of the Stroh Brewing Company
Sep 26, 2018 • 11 min
Frances Stroh grew up in the family that owned America’s third biggest brewer, Stroh Brewing Company. As she aged into adulthood, she watched as both the brewery and her family life fell apart. She talks about the struggles the company faced, how her…
The Uncertain Future of Cash
Sep 23, 2018 • 10 min
For generations, cash was the way Americans paid for things. But in the age of debit cards, credit cards, Venmo, and Bit Coin, cash is becoming less and less necessary for most of us. We explore why that is, and who is still using cash in this new economy.
Culture Crash: Fall Sports
Sep 21, 2018 • 2 min
With summer behind us, for many Americans, it’s the time to really focus on sports. The NFL season is underway, the MLB Playoffs are about to begin, and the drama is intensifying.
The Sex Offender Reintegration Crisis
Sep 19, 2018 • 10 min
Sexual offenders have to live by a very particular set of rules. They can’t live near playgrounds, they’re on a registry for life. These rules exist to make everyone safer. But they also can limit a reformed criminal’s ability to reintegrate into everyday…
Learning Happiness
Sep 16, 2018 • 11 min
With social media streams dominating our time, sometimes our self-esteem can plummet. We talk to two experts on what we can do to get in touch with ourselves and learn to have a happier, more positive disposition throughout our lives.
Culture Crash: American Animals
Sep 14, 2018 • 1 min
We have found a perfectly 2018 movie: American Animals. It’s a stylish heist film with a stellar young cast and a catchy soundtrack that is interspersed with a true-crime documentary.
Privacy Online
Sep 12, 2018 • 13 min
Thanks to online shopping, internet banks and social media, our information has never been more vulnerable to theft. We explore what exactly is in all of those privacy agreements we often agree to without reading, and how we can try to re-claim our…
Soldier Poetry
Sep 9, 2018 • 10 min
There’s a long history of soldiers processing their experiences through poetry. We talk to Adam Gilbert, a war history and author of A Shadow on Our Hearts: Soldier-poetry, morality, and the American war in Vietnam about the history and future of these…
Culture Crash: TV Revivals
Sep 7, 2018 • 1 min
Reviving old TV shows has been all the rage lately, and more are on the way with Murphy Brown and Veronica Mars in the works. We look at how writers can make their revivals stand out.
How One Couple Confronted a Mental Health Crisis
Sep 5, 2018 • 12 min
One morning without warning, Giulia Lukach experienced a psychotic break. We talk to her husband Mark about Gulia’s journey, his own experience as a caregiver, and how they overcame three stints in a psych ward.
The Use of Polygraph Machines
Sep 2, 2018 • 10 min
We have all heard of polygraph machines or ‘lie detectors.’ But are they truly reliable? Their results are inadmissible in court and yet some investigation agencies still use them. We talk to historian and author John Philipp Baesler about the polygraph’s…
Culture Crash 18-34: The Joys of ‘Junk Food TV’
Aug 31, 2018 • 2 min
While we often celebrate the prestigious TV shows that win awards, we rarely reflect on our appreciation for ‘junk food TV,’ the purely entertaining shows that can help get us through our weeks.
Racial Segregation in ‘Sundown Towns’
Aug 29, 2018 • 9 min
James W. Loewen explains ‘sundown towns,’ towns where minorities were not welcomed after sun down, and he says some of them are still unofficially ‘sundown’ due to their lasting reputations.
Orbiting the Moon: The Mission of Apollo 8
Aug 27, 2018 • 14 min
Though Apollo 11 gets all the fame and Apollo 13 was made into a thrilling Ron Howard movie, author and historian Jeffrey Kluger says the Apollo 8 mission was a foundational trip for American space exploration. He takes us through the mission and examines…
Culture Crash: The Academy’s ‘Best Popular Film’ Snafu
Aug 24, 2018 • 2 min
In a wild moment, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences announced its intention to honor popular films at the Oscars. We explore why that’s a really bad idea.
Seeking the Origins of Creativity
Aug 22, 2018 • 9 min
We grow up with visions of creative genius: the divine power to create stories from whole cloth and write symphonic masterpieces. But is that how it really works? We look at the creative process, and why it may not be as romantic as some of us imagine.
Modern American Immigration
Aug 19, 2018 • 9 min
When people discuss “the immigrant narrative,” you may picture Ellis Island. But what is that process like today? We talk to two writers about the more modern immigrant journey.
Culture Crash 18-32: Blindspotting
Aug 17, 2018 • 2 min
One of this year’s gems at the cinema is in theaters now. It’s called Blindspotting, and it explores racial dynamics and gentrification in American cities.
Overcoming The Fear of Speaking in Public
Aug 15, 2018 • 9 min
We’ve all been in the position at some time in another where we have to give a presentation at school or at work, and often times, it can make us incredibly nervous. We discuss this fear and tips for overcoming it and delivering the best speech possible.
Maximizing Your Charity Donation’s Impact
Aug 12, 2018 • 9 min
Everyone has different causes that are close to their hearts. We talk to a philanthropy specialist about how we can donate to those causes and ensure that our contribution makes the biggest impact possible.
Culture Crash 18-32: TV Episode Bloat
Aug 10, 2018 • 3 min
Streaming networks have opened up the length an episode of television can run. Gone are the days when writers needed to accommodate advertisements. But episodes that run long often present a new slate of problems – namely, staying interesting.
Racial Diversity in Opera
Aug 8, 2018 • 10 min
Opera is a beloved art form, but its racial history is as flawed as the rest of our culture. We talk to Naomi Andre, a professor at the University of Michigan, about the history of race in opera and how this traditional art form is hopefully getting with…
The Shocking Truth Of Who We Really Are
Aug 5, 2018 • 7 min
Have you ever lied on a survey or a social media post? Stephens-Davidowitz says that almost all of us do. He researched the data of big websites like Google and Facebook to discover that what people say or post about themselves often seems contradictory…
Culture Crash 18-30: The Life of Funnyman Robin Williams
Aug 3, 2018 • 1 min
A new documentary from HBO, Come Inside My Mind, explores the life of actor Robin Williams as told by his friends and family. The documentary is cleverly narrated by the actor himself using audio from earlier interviews.
The Power of Picture Books
Aug 1, 2018 • 13 min
Picture books can teach children valuable lessons that will stick with them for life. Our guests discuss the importance of producing books about social issues like race, gender, and disability. And how as a combination of text and images picture books…
Serious Play: Using tactical performance as protest
Jul 29, 2018 • 10 min
We all love a good theater performance. But are theater and performance good strategies to affect social change? Our guest thinks so. He’s a performer, writer and educator who uses serious play and theater to help change people’s minds and change society…
Bo Burnham’s Brilliant New Film, Eighth Grade
Jul 27, 2018 • 2 min
Bo Burnham has followed in the footsteps of Jordan Peele and Greta Gerwig, transforming from a performer to the director of a terrific debut film. His movie, Eighth Grade is out now.
Learning How To Identify and De-bunk Actual Fake News
Jul 25, 2018 • 9 min
Fake news’ has remained a headline mainstay for years now…but politicians seem to be skewing its meaning. We talk to two teachers about what is and isn’t fake news, and how they’re teaching students (and their parents!) how to see through the fiction.
Coming Up on Viewpoints Show 18-30
Jul 23, 2018 • 0 min
This week on Viewpoints: the value in using performance as protest, the power of pictures books to teach the importance of diversity to children, and in Culture Crash a look at a new HBO documentary about the life of funnyman Robin Williams.
The Italian Mothers Who Stood Up To The Mafia
Jul 22, 2018 • 9 min
Most of us have heard of the Cosa Nostra, but there’s another powerful mafia in Italy: the ‘Ndrangheta. We talk to an expert about this lesser-known mafia and the brave mothers who stood up to the crime organization.
Culture Crash 18-28: The Dark Knight 10 Years Later
Jul 20, 2018 • 4 min
Christopher Nolan’s landmark superhero epic, The Dark Knight was released a decade ago this week, but its effects on our culture are still being felt.
Breaking Down the Pesky English Language
Jul 18, 2018 • 8 min
The English language can be hard to spell since it often follows conflicting rules. We trace the origins of this tricky language, and explain how these difficulties came to be.
Coming up on Viewpoints Radio episode 18-29
Jul 16, 2018 • 0 min
In segment one, an expert talks about this lesser-known mafia, the‘Ndrangheta, and the brave mothers who stood up to the crime organization, then in segment two, we talked to two teachers about what is and isn’t fake news, and how they’re teaching…
Appreciating the Introvert
Jul 15, 2018 • 8 min
When you’re at a party, you may notice how people are always drawn to the extroverts. But what about the introverts? We talk to experts about the qualities that make more introverted people great, too.
Culture Crash 18-27: What to do when you don’t really like the book you’re reading
Jul 13, 2018 • 2 min
It’s a dilemma many of us face from time to time: Should you keep reading a book even if you don’t like it very much, or should you set it down?
Catholicism and the LGBT Community: One Priest’s Mission to ‘build a bridge’
Jul 11, 2018 • 9 min
For centuries, the Catholic Church and the LGBT community have been at odds. Now, the Rev. James Martin, a Jesuit priest, is trying to usher in a new era and welcome LGBT individuals to the church.
Coming up on Viewpoints Radio episode 18-28
Jul 9, 2018 • 1 min
In segment one, experts talk about how introverts are often misunderstood and the common traits that make them great, then in segment two, we trace the origins of some tricky spelling rules in the English language
American Literacy
Jul 8, 2018 • 9 min
America is facing a literacy problem: according to surveys, fewer than 50% of American schoolchildren are highly proficient readers. We talk to several experts who suggest that we may simply be teaching the skill incorrectly.
Culture Crash 18-26: Music in a streaming world
Jul 6, 2018 • 1 min
As apps like Spotify and Pandora have taken over, musicians have been forced to make their new albums into an event. We look at how they do that, and how streaming music impacts us as listeners.
Maximizing Your Experience Traveling Internationally
Jul 4, 2018 • 10 min
Many of us have spent years dreaming of traveling the globe… but what should we do when we book the trip and are preparing to make the dream a reality? Journalist and author Andrew Solomon gives tips on how to get the most out of your trips, from…
Coming up on Viewpoints Radio episode 18-27
Jul 2, 2018 • 0 min
In segment one, we talk to several experts who suggest that we may simply be teaching children how to read incorrectly, then in segment two, we talk to a priest with the mission of ‘building a bridge’ between the Catholic church and the LGBT community
American Detainment: Lessons to Learn From America’s Internment Camp Shame
Jul 1, 2018 • 8 min
It’s a topic that has been in the news lately: how our government detains groups of people. We look back at history to see what really happened in World War II Japanese internment camps, and how we can avoid similar shame now and in the future.
Culture Crash 18-25: A new Spider-Man movie worth getting excited for
Jun 29, 2018 • 3 min
Spider-Man movies have been done and redone several times now, but a new animated movie about the web-slinger is coming out in December, and it will finally tell the story from a fresh perspective.
How Comedy Became King
Jun 27, 2018 • 9 min
Comedy is all around us: all over social media, in advertisements, even on church signs. Former Jeopardy champion Ken Jennings says that while it can be fun, it does come at a cost when jokes are made in arenas where they’re inappropriate. We discuss the…
Coming up on Viewpoints Radio episode 18-26
Jun 25, 2018 • 0 min
In segment one, lessons to learn from the internment of Americans during World War II, then in segment two, how to maximize your experience traveling internationally
Domestic Violence: How It Happens and How to Stop It
Jun 24, 2018 • 8 min
Domestic abuse is something many women and men will experience in their lives. We talk to two psychologists familiar with the subject about what victims can do to remove themselves from the abuse and how being a witness to or a victim of abuse affects the…
Culture Crash 18-24: What’s a comedy award to do when no books are funny?
Jun 22, 2018 • 1 min
The Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize is given annually to what a panel of judges deem to be the funniest book of the year. But this year, the judges hit a snag: they didn’t think any of them were funny.
The Value of Our Public Libraries
Jun 20, 2018 • 9 min
Public libraries have existed for generations and have long been one of our most cherished community services. But with budget cuts has come a pinch on library staff and technology centers. Our guests discuss the value libraries still bring and why we…
Coming up on Viewpoints Radio episode 18-25
Jun 18, 2018 • 1 min
In segment one, two psychologists discuss the prevalence of domestic violence, the impact on families, and how to stop it, then in segment two, former Jeopardy champion Ken Jennings talks about the evolution of comedy in society
Creating Better Teams
Jun 17, 2018 • 9 min
Teamwork is seen as a premium in our culture. We believe that two is better than one. But entrepreneur and author Shane Snow says that we often don’t use our groups and teams to their fullest potential. He gives us the science behind why, and how we can…
Culture Crash 18-23: 4 Books to Read This Summer
Jun 15, 2018 • 2 min
It’s summer, which is a great time to do some reading. We discuss four books that will keep you turning those pages all summer long.
Weather: Past and Future
Jun 13, 2018 • 8 min
Most of us have been caught in a bad storm or seen some big hail. We talk to a weather expert and historian about some of the notable weather of the past and a look into the climate of the future.
Coming up on Viewpoints Radio episode 18-24
Jun 11, 2018 • 0 min
In segment one, Entrepreneur and author Shane Snow talks about the science behind teamwork and how to get the most from groups, then in segment two, we delve into the importance of libraries and why we should support these institutions of our citizenry.
Farming in Cities
Jun 10, 2018 • 9 min
Tending to crops is typically something that brings the rolling fields of rural America to mind. We talk to two experts about the growing trend of urban farming, and how cities have implemented programs that not only help feed their communities, but can…
Culture Crash 18-22: Watching Film Classics in a Streaming World
Jun 6, 2018 • 2 min
Netflix and Amazon are go-tos for many Americans looking for a movie to watch. But how can people watch classics like The Maltese Falcon or Singin’ in the Rain in this new world?
Is Cursive Still Worth Teaching?
Jun 3, 2018 • 9 min
With all of our technology and reliance on computers, many schools are phasing out some handwriting lessons. Specifically, schools have stopped teaching cursive. We talk to two experts about whether that’s a good idea.
The Fight for Paternity Leave
Jun 3, 2018 • 8 min
Bringing a new baby home is exciting and chaotic. The last thing parents want to worry about is their work life. But for many dads, the stigma and financial burdens of trying to stay home means they have little time to bond at home. We talk to Josh Levs,…
Culture Crash 18-21: The End of New Girl
May 30, 2018 • 2 min
Fox’s hit sitcom New Girl ended this month after 7 seasons. We take a look back at the show’s run and what makes sitcoms so special to us.