17-05 Segment 1: The State of American Cities

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Cities, from New York and Chicago to New Orleans and San Francisco, are a vital piece of our country. First, we talk to author Joshua Jelly-Schapiro about the role these cities have come to play in our culture and out lives. Then, we talk to author and former professor William Goldsmith about the problems facing our cities and his ideas on how we can fix them.

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17-05 Segment 2: The Stories Behind Nursery Rhymes

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Have you ever stopped to think about where those cute little nursery rhymes you read to your children came from? You might be surprised to know that many were actually protests against religious persecution, corrupt politicians and even sexual conduct. We talk to a librarian and author about where nursery rhymes came from and how they were used before they ended up in Mother Goose books.

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17-04 Segment 1: The Art of Quitting

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Many people remain in bad situations because they are afraid to quit, but they shouldn’t. Our guest says that if you take the time to carefully plan just how and when you’ll walk out the door, it’s easier to deal with the anxiety, fear and depression that can follow such a big decision. We’ll hear about steps anyone can take – and those they shouldn’t – when it’s time to quit and move on.

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17-04 Segment 2: Unleashing Your Creativity

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It’s a common goal to get back to the creative passions of your youth and write that novel but something always seems to be holding us back. We talk to two experts about the roadblocks on the way to finishing your masterpiece and how to overcome them.

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17-03 Segment 1: The Precarious Position of African-American Republicans

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Later this week, President-elect Donald Trump will become President Donald Trump. With his inauguration looming, the Republican party must feel pretty good about their position moving forward. But how are they doing with minority voters, specifically African Americans? We talk to expert and author Corey Fields about what motivates black Republicans, how they’re treated both at home and within their party, and what the future may hold for the direction of minorities within the Republican voting block.

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17-03 Segment 2: Digital Independence

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With emails, spam, texts and instant messaging it’s a wonder we ever have time anymore to just sit and relax with family and friends. At the office, we spend so much time online, how do we get anything done…or done well? That’s what worried our guest who took a 31-day vacation from the Internet to reconnect with her loved-ones and learn about how online life needs to be balanced with face-to-face communications and relaxation.

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17-02 Segment 1: Uniquely Jazz: Sheila Jordan

 

With “La La Land” tapping into theaters around the country and a strong contender for this year’s Oscars, we wanted to re-visit one of the quintessential American art forms: jazz. And nobody sings jazz better, or more distinctly, than Sheila Jordan. We talk to Jordan and her biographer about Jordan’s rise, the racism that jazz musicians – both black and white – experienced, and the need to preserve from poverty to her career singing with some of the most famous jazz musicians of the 20th century this music for future generations.

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