Up Next Week on Viewpoints

 

Comedy and Comedians: Everyone likes a good comedy show, and these days there seems to be a comedian around every corner. Comedy club comics, television shows, movies and plays that try to make us laugh at the absurdities of life are very popular, but did you ever wonder just how they come up with their material? We talk to a veteran comedy writer about the process of writing funny stuff and the successes and failures that make a comedian a star.

Over-involved Parents and Kid’s Creativity: Kids are little bundles of imagination and they can amuse themselves with the simplest of household goods: a pot and a spoon becomes a drum; a cardboard box turns into a fort, and a towel can transform them into a caped crusader! However, some parents tend to micromanage their kids’ time with structured activities and there’s little left for the child to explore the world. We talk to a self-proclaimed “odd child” and imaginative artist, and also to a psychotherapist about the pitfalls of over-involved parenting and the benefits of letting kids be on their own to use their imaginations and test their independence.

 

15-27 SEGMENT 1: Comedy and Comedians, How do they get so funny?

 

Synopsis: Everyone likes a good comedy show, and these days there seems to be a comedian around every corner. Comedy club comics, television shows, movies and plays that try to make us laugh at the absurdities of life are very popular, but did you ever wonder just how they come up with their material? We talk to a veteran comedy writer about the process of writing funny stuff and the successes and failures that make a comedian a star.

 

Host: Gary Price. Guests: Joe Randazzo, head writer for @Midnight on Comedy Central, former editor of The Onion, former creative editor of Adultswim.com, author of the book Funny on Purpose: The definitive guide to an unpredictable career in comedy.

 

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15-27 SEGMENT 2: Over-involved Parents

 

 

Synopsis: Kids are little bundles of imagination and they can amuse themselves with the simplest of household goods: a pot and a spoon, becomes a drum; a cardboard box turns into a fort, and a towel can transform them into a caped crusader! However, some parents tend to micromanage their kids’ time with structured activities and there’s little left for the child to explore the world. We talk to a self-proclaimed “odd child” and imaginative artist and also to a psychotherapist about the pitfalls of over-involved parenting and the benefits of letting kids be on their own to use their imaginations and test their independence.

Host: Marty Peterson. Guests: William Joyce, Oscar-winning filmmaker, author of the children’s book, Billy’s Booger: A memoir, sort of. Mary Jo Rapini, psychotherapist who deals with issues of family, relationships and intimacy.

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15-26 Segment 1: Domestic Violence: Why it happens and how it affects the family

 

Synopsis: Domestic abuse is something many women and men will experience in their lives. We talk to two psychologists familiar with the subject about what kind of person perpetrates partner and domestic violence, what victims can do to remove themselves from the abuse, and how being a witness to or a victim of abuse affects the intimate relationship, children and the family dynamic.

Host: Gary Price. Guests: Dr. Shannon Karl, Associate Professor in School of Psychology at Nova Southeastern University, Ft. Lauderdale, FL; Dr. Jay Richards, forensic psychologist on the faculty of Washington University and Seattle University, author of the novel, Silhouette of Virtue.

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15-26 Segment 2: Paternity and Family Leave: Good for families, workers and the economy

 

Synopsis: Bringing a new baby into the home is a wonderful – and chaotic – experience, and it’s often made more chaotic when mom and dad have to rush back to work shortly after the child is born. Financial reasons and the stigma of staying home if you’re a man, keep parents away from their children at a time in their lives when they’re needed the most. We talk to an author – and a dad who fought for his rights – about why it’s important for employees to receive paid family leave to take care of new babies, sick relatives and elderly parents. He also explains why paid leave is good for business and the economy.

Host: Marty Peterson. Guest: Josh Levs, journalist, father of 3, author of the book, All In: How our work-first culture fails dads, families, and businesses – and how we can fix it together.

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15-25 Segment 2 The Great Fire: An unsung hero who saved thousands

 

Synopsis: After World War I there was a great conflict in Turkey and many Christians and others were killed. The city of Smyrna was set ablaze and even more people had to run to the beaches just to escape the flames. Refugees poured into the city from towns and rural areas and soon there were tens of thousands stranded on the shore with nowhere to go. We’ll hear how governments and diplomats in the West all but ignored their plight, and how the efforts of one brave relief worker and a Navy commander finally brought the victims to safety.

Host: Marty Peterson. Guests: Lou Ureneck, Professor of Journalism at Boston University, author of The Great Fire: One American’s mission to rescue victims of the 20th century’s first genocide.

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15-25 Segment 1: A New Look at Invasive Species

 

Synopsis: Many ecologists, farmers and members of the public are worried that non-native plants and animals are invading the U.S. and preventing native species from thriving. Much money and time is spent trying to rid the land of these aliens – often to no avail. But are these species present because they’re the only ones that can thrive in an area? Are they multiplying because of something bad we’re injecting into their environment? Are these aliens actually helping nature create a diverse and robust environment? And are those so-called native species of plants and animals really native? Our guests have some surprising answers to those questions.

Host: Gary Price. Guests: Fred Pearce, science journalist, researcher, and author of The New Wild: Why invasive species will be nature’s salvation. Tao Orion, permaculture educator, author of Beyond the War on Invasive Species: A permaculture approach to ecosystem restoration.

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