Thursday, September 18, 2014
U.S. Environment: Our History with the Land
North American attitudes toward nature have shifted over time, almost as much as our natural landscape has. Donald Worster of the University of Kansas helped develop the intriguing new field of environmental history to track the intense relationship we've had with nature. He describes the patterns he's seen and how America's history has been shaped by its natural resources. Karen Saupe hosts.
Sunday, September 21, 2014
X Prize: Spurring Scientific Innovation
There's nothing like some prize money to get things moving. Ask Charles Lindbergh and his Spirit of St. Louis, or Peter Diamandis, Chairman and CEO of the X Prize Foundation. Author of Abundance: The Future Is Better Than You Think, Diamandis believes human innovation can overcome any hurdle- -especially when the competitive spirit gets involved. He describes scientific breakthroughs of the past and future, incentivized by the 10 million dollar X Prize for the benefit of humanity. Karen Saupe hosts.
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Understanding The Refugee
It's easy to think that refugees have won a golden ticket of opportunity if they can make it to the U.S. But their challenges are far from over as they learn a new language, search for work, and sustain their families. Dana Doll of Lutheran Social Services of Michigan describes the stereotypes and the hurdles they face, and how volunteers can make all the difference for these resilient newcomers. Shirley Hoogstra hosts.
Thursday, September 25, 2014
Ready for Robots?
As people have fewer phone conversations, choosing instead to use texts and on-line social networking, anthropologist Sherry Turkle has noticed something. Director of the MIT Initiative on Technology and the Self, she researches how people interact with experimental sociable robots. People are growing more receptive to robots taking the place of some human relationships as we become more accustomed to our narrowing human interactions. Hear this and other observations from her book Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other. Karen Saupe hosts.
Sunday, September 28, 2014
Rock & Roll Women
As roles for women in contemporary music expand, everyone benefits. Punk rocker turned music critic Jessica Hopper, author of The Girls' Guide to Rocking: How to Start a Band, Book Gigs, and Get Rolling to Rock Stardom, takes us on tour with the women of rock & roll, including a stop at the new phenomenon of girls' rock camps. Karen Saupe hosts.
Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Child Sex Trafficking: In Your Town Too?
The most common form of slavery today is sex trafficking, with victims numbering in the millions. Although we may prefer to imagine it's mostly happening overseas, too many young victims are walking the streets of U.S. cities and towns. When youth worker Andy Soper found himself suddenly facing this ugly truth, he started The Manasseh Project to highlight the tragedy and what can be done to help. Shirley Hoogstra hosts.