Synopsis: Super Sunday is coming up, and football fans are planning their viewing parties. The first game between the Packers and the Chiefs was barely attended, but interest grew through the decades and now it’s the biggest American sporting event of the year. We take a look back at the game and some of its stars, coaches and dynasties.
Host: Gary Price. Guests: Kostya Kennedy, editor of the Sports Illustrated book, Super Bowl Gold: 50 Years of the Big Game.
Synopsis: The Super Bowl is the big game for the NFL, but it’s also the biggest game for advertisers. Many people who don’t even like football, tune into the game just to see the ads. But what makes a really good Super Bowl ad? We talk to three marketing specialists about how to craft a good ad, how ads are effectively measured and what makes an ad memorable.
Host: Marty Peterson. Guests: Aaron Goldman, Chief Marketing Officer for 4C Insights; David Stewart, President’s Professor of Marketing at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles; Richard Krevolin, branding consultant and author of the book, The Hook: How to share your brand’s unique story to engage customers, boost sales, and achieve heartfelt success.
Synopsis: Many stories of child sexual abuse in schools by trusted teachers, coaches and clergy have come to light in the past decade or so. One of the latest is the abuse suffered by some students at the Horace Mann School in New York City. We talk to a former student of the school about how the story of abuse came to light, how teachers and coaches lured children into sexual situations and how the draconian statute of limitations on child sex abuse in New York and other states hurts victims who wait until adulthood to reveal their horror.
Host: Gary Price. Guest: Amos Kamil, author, with Sean Elder, of Great is the Truth: Secrecy, scandal, and the quest for justice at the Horace Mann School.
Synopsis: Mined diamonds and gemstones can cause a great deal of environmental damage getting them out of the ground, not to mention the horrible working conditions of miners – some just children – have to endure in some of the world’s diamond mines. Lab-grown diamonds and gemstones don’t require dangerous working conditions, and they’re made with just a fraction of the environmental impact of mined gems. But are those stones grown in laboratory really diamonds? Do they look the same as the mined versions? We talk to a spokesperson for lab-grown diamonds and to a geologist about the issue.
Host: Marty Peterson. Guests: T.J. Walker, spokesperson for Pure Grown Diamonds, manufacturers of lab-grown diamonds; Marcia Bjornerud, Professor of Geology, Lawrence University, Appleton, WI.
Synopsis: There is a lot of talk by politicians and others about immigration policy in the United States. Many Americans are all for open immigration for those fleeing poverty and oppression. Others think that we need to stem the tide of refugees and undocumented immigrants to our shores. Our guests talk about what immigrants to this country offer to all of us and our economy, and how we should create a plan to allow them to become full members of the community and receive the education and training they need to succeed in their adopted home.
Host: Gary Price. Guests: Jamie Merisotis, CEO of the Lumina Foundation, author of America Needs Talent; Deepa Iyer, Sr. Fellow, Center for Social Inclusion, author of We Too Sing America.
In our fast-paced world, people get stressed out about things that aren’t that important, such as traffic jams, their fantasy football team and if they’re wearing the latest fashions when they take the kids to school. By worrying about those things, they often ignore those everyday events that make life joyful. Our guest shows us through stories from his own life that we should take joy in the little victories that make life happy and fulfilling.
Host: Marty Peterson. Guests: Jason Gay, sports columnist for The Wall Street Journal, author of Little Victories: Perfect rules for imperfect living.
Synopsis: Sometimes talking about serious subjects – even with friends and family – can cause arguments and bad feelings. But just as Mary Poppins said, “…a spoonful of sugar makes the medicine go down,” humor can make the discussion of serious subjects go down easier. Our guests are two very talented and funny people who use humor, satire and irony to make their points about women in science and technology, and the immigrant experience.
Host: Gary Price. Guests: Aasif Mandvi, actor, award-winning playwright, correspondent on Comedy Central’s The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, and author of the book, No Land’s Man; Megan Amram, comedian, television writer and author of Science…for Her!.