Synopsis: Films like The Sting, Oceans’ 11, and American Hustle show con artists as charismatic heroes out to help the little guy get his due. Well, our guest says that they are charismatic, but they’re hardly heroes. She’ll explain the personalities of the con man and woman, tell us some of the techniques they use to trick their victims, and warn us that anyone – including the con artists themselves – is vulnerable to their scams.
Host: Gary Price. Guest: Maria Konnikova, psychologist, author of The Confidence Game: Why we fall for it…every time.
Synopsis: Cheetahs are the fastest of all land animals – they can reach speeds of up to 70 mph in short bursts. Despite their speed and hunting ability, cheetahs are endangered in Africa and Asia, and don’t breed especially well in captivity. In Africa, they can attack livestock herds for food, and that puts them in danger from the subsistence farmers who need to protect their flocks. We talk to a wildlife expert who lives in Namibia, Africa and who has studied cheetahs for decades, and a wildlife photographer who spent three years documenting the lives of a family of cheetahs and other animals, about this amazing cat and why it’s important to protect it for future generations.
Host: Marty Peterson. Guests: Dr. Laurie Marker, cheetah researcher, founder and executive director of the Cheetah Conservation Fund, author of A Future for Cheetahs. Suzi Eszterhas, award-winning wildlife photographer, who created photographs for A Future for Cheetahs.
Synopsis: At the beginning of the 20th century, the study of sociology was dominated by the University of Chicago and other, historically white universities. Scholars at these schools conducted “armchair” theorizing – developing theories without actually going into cities and towns to talk to the people they were studying. One man – an African-American scholar and author – changed all that with his groundbreaking research and writing about Black people, their culture, and economic and social situations in urban areas. We talk to a sociologist about W.E.B. Du Bois and his work, and why he was denied the accolades he deserved for developing a new way to research and study various populations in the United States.
Host: Gary Price. Guest: Aldon D. Morris, professor of sociology and African-American studies at Northwestern University, author of the book, The Scholar Denied: W.E.B. Du Bois and the birth of modern sociology.
Synopsis: A great many books and films these days deal with a dark, forbidding world where young people are warring with the villainous adults to save civilization. Teens are drawn to these stories, but why? What is it about dystopian fiction that fascinates young people? We talk to two successful authors of these stories about how kids are working out some of the issues in their own lives through these post-apocalyptic novels and learning valuable lessons about hope, trust, friendship, good and evil.
Host: Marty Peterson. Guests: Marie Lu, author of The Young Elites series of books, including The Rose Society; Tom Isbell, professor at the University of Minnesota-Duluth, author of The Prey and The Capture books for young readers.
Synopsis: Sex and labor trafficking are big business in the U.S. and around the world. Often it’s young people and immigrants who are forced to work in the sex industry or in sweatshops, restaurants and hotels with little pay, horrible hours and horrible living conditions. We talk to an author who’s experienced dealing with young people caught in this web, and a university lecturer who’s an advocate for trafficked victims, about the extent of the problem, how desperate people become ensnared in the trafficker’s trap, and how law enforcement and communities can help the victims escape from a life of slavery and abuse.
Host: Gary Price. Guests: Ellen Hopkins, author of the young adult verse-novels, Tricks, and Traffick; Tony Talbott, director of Anti-Human Trafficking Initiatives at the University of Dayton.
Synopsis: About this time of year, New Year’s resolutions begin to wane — and most die. How do you keep them going? And how can you make better ones that you’re more likely to keep in the future? Our guests give advice on crafting a goal and setting up a process that will help you attain it.
Host: Marty Peterson. Guests: Brett Blumenthal, author of the book, 52 Small Changes for the Mind; Achim Nowak, author of the book, The Moment: A practical guide to creating a mindful life in a distracted world.
Synopsis: It’s campaign season, and we’re hearing from politicians about the wage gap between the top 1% of earners in this country and the rest of us. What is the gap? When did it begin to develop and why? And what can we do to narrow it? Our guests offer their opinions on the subject and some solutions.
Host: Gary Price. Guests: Les Leopold, Director of the Labor Institute in New York, and author of Runaway Inequality: An activist’s guide to economic justice; David Lewin, Neal H. Jacoby Chaired Professor Emeritus in the Anderson School of Management at UCLA, and an expert on executive compensation.