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The Third Wave: An internet pioneer talks technology: Technology has been moving at break-neck speed during the past 30 years, with the invention and adoption of the personal computer and the internet in the first wave, and more sophisticated hardware, software, cell phones and apps in the second wave. Our guest, an internet pioneer himself, discusses the third wave of technology that will take all of these innovations one step further – integrating them into our world in ways that will bring them more fully into our educational systems, healthcare, work and our every day lives.

Math Class: Why is it so hard? How can we make it easier? It’s no secret: American students are way down the international list when it comes to math scores. Why is this? What makes math so hard for U.S. kids to learn, and how can we help make math easier? Our two guests have answers to both of those questions along with some innovative ideas on how to help kids – and adults – become better at math.

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16-18 Segment 1: The Business of Legalized Marijuana

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Synopsis: Marijuana is being legalized for medical use – and in fewer cases recreational use – in states across the country. This is creating new business opportunities for growers, processors, sellers and other entrepreneurs who want to get in on the action. It’s become a multi-billion dollar business and now investors, corporations and Wall Street are looking at how they can gain from the new “cannabusiness” models on the horizon. We talk to a journalist who is researching and watching the economic, regulatory and legal aspects of legalized marijuana to find out just how extensive the industry is now, and how it could grow in the future.

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16-18 Segment 2: Having the money talk with family

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Synopsis: Family members are notorious for getting into each other’s business – marriages, jobs, child rearing, romantic relationships – it seems like nothing is off the table! That’s not entirely true, according to our guest. She says that families are very reluctant to discuss money matters with aging parents, spouses or children. She tells us why it’s so important to have the “money talk” with your significant others and even your boss in order to make sure that there are no conflicts during a marriage, in employment and unemployment, in eldercare situations and before a parent or loved-one dies.

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16-17 Segment 1: Too Many Lawyers…Not Enough Law Jobs

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Synopsis: Students graduating from law school are having an increasingly difficult time finding work in their field these days. To make matters worse, many of them are burdened by six-figure student loan debt. For those who do find jobs at law firms, their rise to partner can be a very long and arduous one – if they get there at all. We talk to two legal specialists about what’s causing these problems, and what law schools and law firms can do to help alleviate them.

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16-17 Segment 2: What African Americans Think of the First Black President

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Synopsis: President Obama’s term in office is almost over, and everyone has an opinion on how he’s done as our Commander in Chief. African Americans have their own opinions and they’re not always as glowing as you might think. We talk to an African American journalist and author about what Black Americans think about the president as a leader, a symbol, and as a man as he finishes his tenure as our first African American president.

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16-16 Segment 1: Encouraging Young People To Vote

 

Synopsis:  Young people love political campaigns but, unfortunately, they don’t have the same enthusiasm about voting in elections. Why is this? And how can we encourage more young people to cast their votes on election day? We talk to two political specialists about the phenomenon and how we can make it easier for America’s youth to vote.

Host:  Gary Price.  Guests: David Johnson, CEO of Strategic Vision PR Group, Atlanta, GA; Kei Kawashima-Ginsberg, Director at the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE), at the Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service, Tufts University.
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16-16 Segment 2: Louisa Adams: The extraordinary life of the First Lady you didn’t know

 

Synopsis:  We all know the names of famous First Ladies – Martha Washington, Mary Todd Lincoln, Eleanor Roosevelt, Nancy Reagan – and they all left their marks on our country in one way or another. One of these ladies that you probably don’t know much about is Louisa Adams, wife of President John Quincy Adams. Our guest has researched this extraordinary woman and discusses the strength, political savvy and resilience of America’s only foreign-born First Lady.

Host:  Marty Peterson.  Guests: Louisa Thomas, author of Louisa: The extraordinary life of Mrs. Adams
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