Coming Up On Viewpoints Show 17-22

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The Lost Art of Writing Letters: Everyday, we send and receive emails, but when’s the last time you wrote or received a handwritten letter? We talk to a writer and editor about the more romantic, considered communication style of abandoning modern technology and writing physical letters.

From Fan to Collaborator: How Richard Chizmar wrote a novella with Stephen King: Richard Chizmar is an author, publisher, and Stephen King fan. He joins the show to discuss his career, his process, and his opportunity to write a novella with one of the world’s biggest authors.

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17-21 Segment 1: Video Game Evolution

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Video games have long been seen as child’s play, but now they are the source of massive TV ratings and legitimate artistic expression. We talk to author Andrew Ervin about the transformation.

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17-21 Segment 2: The Gift of Numbers

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As hard as it is to imagine, before an Italian mathematician we know as Fibonacci came to the scene, most people didn’t use numbers. We talk to mathematician and author Keith Devlin about Fibonacci’s mammoth contribution to mathematics and our daily lives.

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Culture Crash 17-21: Rap with a Message

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Welcome to Culture Crash, where we examine American culture, what’s new and old in books, film, and entertainment.

Suicide and depression are hard topics for anyone to discuss. But the rapper Logic recently wrote a song about it called 1-800-273-8255. The unconventional title is for a good reason. That’s the number of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

Logic recently explained the genesis behind writing a suicide prevention anthem to the lyrics analysis site genius.com, He says he was inspired by conversations he’s had with his fans.

The song, which features Alessia Cara and Khalid, is a single off of Logic’s album titled, Everybody, and has a structure designed to confront suicide and depression as frankly as possible.

In the first verse, Logic raps the thoughts of someone who has called the lifeline with suicidal thinking . In the second, he speaks from the point of view of the lifeline worker explaining some of the reasons why suicide is not the answer, and at the end, he returns to the caller, suddenly with a new perspective on life and no longer in crisis.

The song is raw and emotional and, Logic hopes, it could help save some listener’s lives.

1-800-273-8255 is on Spotify and Apple Music. Logic’s album Everybody is available now.

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available 24/7 to anyone considering suicide at 1-800-273-8255. That’s 1-800-273-TALK.

I’m Evan Rook.

Coming Up On Viewpoints Show 17-21

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Video Games Evolution: From frivolous entertainment to bonafide art: Video games have long been seen as child’s play, but now they are the source of massive TV ratings and legitimate artistic expression. We talk to author Andrew Ervin about the transformation.

The Gift of Numbers: The impact of Fibonacci: As hard as it is to imagine, before an Italian mathematician we know as Fibonacci came to the scene, most people didn’t use numbers. We talk to mathematician and author Keith Devlin about Fibonacci’s mammoth contribution to mathematics and our daily lives.

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17-20 Segment 1: The Most Wanted Man on Wall Street: The Fed’s pursuit of SAC Capital

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The financial world was shocked when the FBI began investigating Wall Street big shot Steve Cohen and his company SAC Capital. We discuss what they were looking for, what they found, and what it all means going forward.

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17-20 Segment 2: A look inside this year’s biggest books

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With summer around the corner, many of us are looking for some fresh books to read on the beach or on the porch. We talk to three authors about the themes and messages written into their latest novels.

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