Coming Up On Viewpoints Show 17-36

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Bobby Kennedy’s Legacy

Although he never became president, Bobby Kennedy spearheaded a great deal of change in America with his work in civil rights, crime fighting and by combatting corruption. Our guest remembers this icon and talks about his more personal side, how he helped his brother John become president, and how his legacy inspires liberals and conservatives to this day.

The Perils of Over-parenting

Parents want what’s best for their kids. But sometimes, they can take it too far. We talk to two experts about “over-parenting,” the tendency to demand your child earn straight A’s, work to be a sports star, and find the time to work a part-time job and how to fix it.

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17-35 Segment 1: Mate Choice in Fish and Humans

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Sexual behavior has confused and confounded humans for centuries. Gil Rosenthal, a Texas A&M biology instructor and author, says we can learn a lot about ourselves by looking to other species in the natural world, and considering the sexual lives of fish.

Guest:

  • Gil Rosenthal, professor of biology at Texas A&M University, co-director of the Cichaz Field Station, and author of Mate Choice: The evolution of sexual decision making from microbes to humans

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17-35 Segment 2: First Impressions and Their Pitfalls

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We all get gut instincts when we walk into a room of strangers. Do we fit in here? Do these people seem friendly? Snap judgments are simply a part of how we function. But Princton University psychology professor Alexander Todorov says that though these impressions are natural, we should try to resist them.

Guest:

  • Alexander Todorov, professor of psychology at Princeton University and author of Face Value: The irresistible influence of first impressions

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Culture Crash 17-35: Breaking Bad and the Shortcoming of Binge-watching

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Breaking Bad is a modern classic of TV, and insanely compelling. But is binge-watching such shows really the best idea or do the best plots take time?

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Coming Up On Viewpoints Show 17-35

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Mate Choice in Fish and Humans

Sexual behavior has confused and confounded humans for centuries. Gil Rosenthal, a Texas A&M biology instructor and author, says we can learn a lot about ourselves by looking to other species in the natural world, and considering the sexual lives of fish.

First Impressions and Their Pitfalls

We all get gut instincts when we walk into a room of strangers. Do we fit in here? Do these people seem friendly? Snap judgments are simply a part of how we function. But Princton University psychology professor Alexander Todorov says that though these impressions are natural, we should try to resist them.

17-34 Segment 1: The Demise of Cash

 

Most of us rely on our debit cards, finding it easier to not use cash for transactions, however, the United States Treasury still printed up to 80 billion dollars of paper money last year. Where is all this money going? What is it being used for?

In his book The Curse of Cash, Harvard economics professor Kenneth Rogoff describes that printed cash often causes citizens to be poorer and less safe. He claims that printed cash is used for evading tax and committing crimes like buying and selling drugs. He believes that cash needs to provide value to citizens rather than authorizing crime. He believes that if society used less cash, then perhaps crime could be reduced.

One solution Rogoff proposes is “financial inclusion”, a system where people on welfare receive debit cards. In countries like India, the fast majority of the population receive a debit account through welfare. This saves the government money because they no longer have to print checks, and those receiving welfare do not have to transfer checks into their account. With the debit system, the money from welfare goes directly into a debit account which the recipients then can spend. This would make transactions easier for people and could lead to less reliance on cash.

Rogoff predicts the termination of cash bills in the next 10-20 years.

Guests:

  • Kenneth Rogoff, professor of economics at Harvard University and author of The Curse of Cash

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17-34 Segment 2: The Overlooked Importance of College Professors

 

When choosing which college to attend, we often consider things like the school’s graduation rate or how successful its graduates are at landing jobs. Georgetown University Professor Jacques Berlinerblau says it’s even more important to examine professors — what their roles are, how they interact with students, and the involvement in their curriculum.

Berlinerblau notes that professors can make or break a student’s college experience. Many professors do not give their undergraduate students enough attention. Berlinerblau describes this situation as a ‘nationwide crisis’ because he feels too many people spend too much money on uninterested professors. He believes that only 10-25% of professors truly value undergraduate teaching.

Berlinerblau suggests finding colleges with smaller class sizes. This allows for more student-professor interaction and can improve students’ grades tremendously. Additionally, he suggests browsing college websites for concrete evidence of professor-undergraduate pairing to make sure your incoming college student can receive proper attention for the next four years.

Guests:

  • Jacques Berlinerblau, Georgetown University professor and author of Campus Confidential: How college works, or doesn’t, for professors, parents, and students

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