Synopsis: High school graduates who plan to go on with their education are making plans to head off to college this fall. Not all of them were accepted to the college that was their first choice, and many are disappointed about it. Some young people didn’t get into college at all because they weren’t offered the help they needed to find a college that suited them financially and culturally. We talk to an author and to a high school counselor about the myths surrounding acceptance to an “elite” college, why a small or state school can be a better fit, and how high school counselors can better serve diverse and often financially strapped students.
Host: Gary Price. Guests: Frank Bruni, columnist for The New York Times, author of the book, Where You Go Is Not Who’ll You’ll Be: An antidote to the college admissions mania; Joshua Steckel, counselor at a high school in Brooklyn, NY, co-author of the book, Hold Fast to Dreams.
Synopsis: Every spring, millions of gardeners head outside to spruce up their flower beds, trees, shrubs and vegetable patches, without thinking much about the history – and sometimes toxicity – of some of their plantings. We talk to a man who has researched the unusual side of gardening and find out about some very interesting plants, and how they were cultivated and used in the past as hallucinogens, medicines and tourist attractions.
Host: Marty Peterson. Guest: Michael Largo, author of the book, The Big, Bad Book of Botany: The world’s most fascinating flora.
Synopsis: Does it ever seem like the more you try to get stuff done, the less you accomplish? It may be that you’re expending too much energy on doing and not enough planning ahead of time. We talk to two experts in the field about some simple strategies you can use to make more of the time you have to get things done.
Host: Gary Price. Guests: David Allen, productivity consultant and author of Getting Things Done: The art of stress-free productivity; Steve McClatchy, founder of Alleer Training and Consulting, author of Decide: Work smarter, reduce your stress and lead by example.
Synopsis: With the baby boomers transitioning into retirement in record numbers, and their parents living longer, we’re facing an eldercare challenge that’s bigger than we’ve ever seen before in this country. Who will take care of all of the older Americans who will need medical and end-of-life assistance in the coming decades? And how will we ensure that elder citizens will be able to live in comfort and dignity during their senior years? We talk to an activist about her own experiences with the system, and learn about strategies for dealing with the eldercare challenges that face us.
Host: Marty Peterson. Guests: Ai-Jen Poo, co-director of Caring Across Generations, author of the book, The Age of Dignity: Preparing for the elder boom in a changing America.
Synopsis: When was the last time you wrote or received a real, handwritten letter in the mail? It’s sad that there are young people today who will never experience the joy of getting or writing a personal letter during their lives. We talk to a writer and editor about the importance of letter writing, and what we can learn from reading letters from notables and unknowns of the past.
Host: Gary Price. Guest: Shaun Usher, writer, editor of the book, Letters of Note: An eclectic collection of correspondence deserving of a wider audience.
Synopsis: America is a melting pot of many nationalities, races and religions, each with its own traditions and cuisines. Some of the food that is so loved by families across the country isn’t the healthiest, however, and can cause obesity, blood sugar problems and heart issues. We talk to two experienced cooks and an award-winning baker about how they are trying to make ethnic dishes and baked goods a bit healthier while maintaining the flavors and textures of the traditional dishes.
Host: Marty Peterson. Guests: Caroline Randall Williams, co-author of Soul Food Love: Healthy recipes inspired by one hundred years of cooking in a Black family; Leah Koenig, author of Modern Jewish Cooking: Recipes & customs for today’s kitchen; Joanne Chang, owner of Flour Bakery + Café, Boston and Cambridge, MA, author of Baking with Less Sugar: Recipes for desserts using natural sweeteners and little-to-no white sugar.
Synopsis: Apple co-founder, Steve Jobs, was hailed as a genius during his lifetime for the success he and his partner made of the fledgling computer company. However, Jobs was also accused of being a divisive manager who burnt out his employees, and was eventually sidelined at his own company. We talk to one of his biographers about how Jobs changed his ways after he left Apple, and how his experiences with NeXt Computer, Pixar, and becoming a husband and father helped him develop into a savvier, more understanding innovator and leader.
Host: Gary Price. Guest: Rick Tetzeli, co-author with Brent Schlender, of the book, “Becoming Steve Jobs: The evolution of a reckless upstart into a visionary leader.”