Up Next Week On Viewpoints

There are movies about a lot of sports and athletic competitions, but for some reason baseball outnumbers them all. Why is that? And what are the hallmarks of a good baseball movie? We talk to an author and professor of communications, and to a baseball player, novelist, and screenwriter about these issues. We’ll also hear about a novel way one guest is seeking to “crowdfund” and cast his upcoming baseball film.

When we learn about the Bill of Rights in school, we often look at it as ten separate amendments to our Constitution instead of as a single, well-structured work, like a poem or symphony. Our guest didn’t see this either, until he needed a document to type while practicing his word processing program. We’ll hear about his realization that the Bill of Rights is, indeed, a cohesive and carefully plotted document.  We’ll hear his thoughts on how it captures the essence of democracy that our forefathers fought for, and how, in modern cases, he thinks some Supreme Court decisions undermine the founders’ intentions.

15-17 Story 1: Astrotwins: An astronaut motivates kids to study science, math and engineering

Synopsis: As a kid, did you ever dream of becoming an astronaut and flying a rocket ship into space, but figured you weren’t good enough in science and math to do it? Our guest, a former U.S. astronaut admits he wasn’t the best young student in school in those subjects, but later on he grew fascinated by them and turned his new-found interest into becoming a Navy pilot and then a member of NASA’s Space Shuttle team. He talks about his new young readers’ book, and how he hopes it will encourage boys and girls to go into science, math and engineering.

Host: Gary Price. Guest: Mark Kelly, retired astronaut, author of the novel, “Astrotwins: Project Blastoff,” a young reader book.

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15-17 Story 2: Creativity in Art, Business and Life

We hear a lot about creativity these days, but can you be creative and artistic if you work in any kind of occupation? We talk to two creative people – one an artist and the other a business consultant – about the essence of creativity, how they foster creativity in their work and how anyone can be creative – even under very constrained conditions — if they just take the time to look at their life and work in a different way.

Host: Marty Peterson. Guests: Miranda July, filmmaker, actor, screenwriter, author of the novel, The First Bad Man; Mark Barden, partner in the consulting firm, eatbigfish, and co-author with Adam Morgan of the book, A Beautiful Constraint: How to transform your limitations into advantages, and why it’s everyone’s business.

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15-16 Story 1: Spring and Summer Travel Tips and Tricks

 

Synopsis: The spring and summer travel seasons are here and Americans are planning their vacation trips both online and through travel agents. We’ll talk to two travel experts about where the action is this season, how to get more for your travel dollars, and hear some tips and tricks for making your travel less aggravating and more fun.

Host: Gary Price. Guests: Chris McGinnis, business and leisure travel guru, blogger and contributor to Best Western’s travel website, Youmustbetrippin.com; Mark Murphy, travel expert, CEO of Travelpulse.com.

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15-16 Story 2: The Joy of Missing Out: Getting off the Internet

 

Synopsis: 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.

Host: Marty Peterson. Guest: Christina Crook, communications professional and author of the book, The Joy of Missing Out: Finding balance in a wired world.

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15-15 STORY 1: Future Crimes: Privacy, Law and Criminal Activity

 

Synopsis: We’ve all learned how to become more careful about protecting our credit card and financial information from hackers. However, there are new ways that criminals can invade our privacy and, often, there’s little the police can do about it. We talk to a cyber-security expert and a technology attorney about the new threats to privacy – and even personal safety – and how we can protect ourselves from intrusions into our homes and lives.

Host: Gary Price. Guests: Marc Goodman, author of “Future Crimes: Everything is connected, everyone is vulnerable and what we can do about it”; Adam Rouse, Legal Fellow for the Institute for Science, Law and Technology, IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law.

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15-15 Story 2: Roadmap: Learning to let go and follow your dreams

 

Synopsis: Not everyone is able to follow their dream into a career that they truly love. People have debt, family obligations and are possibly just not talented enough to make a living working at what they’ve always dreamed of doing. Our guest says that he’s talked to people who have found ways of incorporating their dreams into their lives in very creative – and lucrative — ways, and he’ll pass along some advice on just how to do it.

Host: Marty Peterson. Guest: Nathan Gebhard, co-creator of the PBS documentary series “Roadtrip Nation,” and co-author of the book, “Roadmap: The get-it-together guide for figuring out what to do with your life.”

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