Up Next Week on Viewpoints


What makes a great CEO? A number of high-profile companies have appointed new CEOs lately. What is it that makes one candidate better than another to lead a corporation and make it innovative and profitable? We talk to two management specialists about the characteristics of a good leader, what the CEO is responsible for, and what sets great CEOs apart from other business leaders.

The Most Human Human: Man vs. Computer: The Academy Award-nominated film, “The Imitation Game” brought to light the contributions of Alan Turing in breaking the Enigma code during WWII. Throughout his career, he thought that maybe we could build a computer that could think like a human. But could even the best tech whizzes of today build a machine that could not only think but also converse like a human? We talk to a man who researched that issue and even competed in a contest to prove he was human, and find out what it takes for chatbots to beat humans at their own games.

15-09 Story 1: The History of Physics: Why it’s important to look back


Synopsis: The history of physics is a long and extremely interesting one, littered with the names of some of the most famous scientists in the world, like Galileo, Newton, Copernicus, Einstein, Curie, and others. It is also the story of great discoveries that changed cultures, religious beliefs and politics over the centuries. We talk to a science historian about a few of the highlights throughout the long history of physics and astronomy.

Host: Gary Price. Guest: Tom Jackson, author of “Physics: An illustrated history of the foundations of science” – a Ponderables book.

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15-09 Story 2: Addiction: Why it happens and how to help addicts back from the edge


Synopsis: Millions of Americans are addicted to alcohol and drugs, and many of them end up unemployed, broken away from their families and homeless. We talk to a psychologist about the causes of addiction, and why some people are more likely to fall to it than others, and find out how an author who is battling alcohol and drug addiction made his journey to sobriety, and the lessons he learned on the way.

Host: Marty Peterson.  Guests: Ryan LaLumiere, psychologist, Assistant Prof. in the Psychology Dept., University of Iowa, and a specialist on addiction; Bob Allison, recovering addict, author of “Saved by the Prince of Peace: Dungeon to Sky.”

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15-08 Story 1: Changing the Conversation – Dealing with Conflict


Conflict is part of life, but it doesn’t have to be a negative experience. We talk to two experts on conflict about how to make disagreements with a spouse or other family member, or with colleagues at work a positive and productive learning experience.

Host: Gary Price. Guests: Dana Caspersen, mediator, teacher and author of, “Changing the Conversation: The 17 principles of conflict resolution.” Dr. Judith Wright, author, coach, corporate consultant and founder of the Wright Graduate University for the Realization of Human Potential, where she also teaches.

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15-08 Story 2: Increasing Creativity through Drawing


Synopsis: We all drew pictures as children, but as we grew older, we saw that we either did or did not have real talent. Those of us who were not skilled gave it up and went on to do other things. Our guest says that we shouldn’t have dropped the pencil or paintbrush, and he’ll tell us how we can all benefit from drawing on a daily basis – both in developing skill in art, and creativity and confidence in other parts of our lives.

Host: Marty Peterson. Guest: Danny Gregory, artist, teacher, founder of the Sketchbook Skool, and author of “Art Before Breakfast: A zillion ways to be more creative no matter how busy you are.”

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15-07 Story 1: Tomlinson Hill – The story of two families: one white, one black


Synopsis: Researching your ancestors is popular these days. It can be exciting if your ancestors were famous or if they had some connection to a historical event. However, it can be painful if your family played a part in one of the darker periods in our history, such as slavery. We talk to a man whose family held slaves and hear how he went back in history and to his family’s home town to confront his past, to meet the relatives of those slaves, and to find out what life was like then and now for the two Tomlinson families.

Host: Gary Price. Guest: Chris Tomlinson, journalist, author of “Tomlinson Hill: The remarkable story of two families who share the Tomlinson name – one white, one black,”

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15-07 Story 2: Presidential Sidekicks


The next presidential campaigns are gearing up and GOP and Democratic hopefuls are already testing the waters more than 18 months before the elections. The people you see in front of the cameras and in the headlines are only part of the story, though. Behind the scenes are men and women who support the candidates in very important ways. We’ll hear about a few of these hardworking “sidekicks” who served some of our modern presidents, and even about one who made George Washington smile!


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