Coming Up On Viewpoints

 

Using tactical performance as protest: We all love a good theater performance. It can make us laugh, move us to tears and convey important messages about life and culture. But are theater and performance good strategies to affect social change? To advocate for a better society? Our guest thinks so. He’s a performer, writer and educator who uses serious play and theater to help change people’s minds and change society for the better.

A veteran reporter talks about his life at Life magazine: News magazines have fallen on hard times. The big, photo-heavy publications such as Look and Life used to be part of the American landscape as they chronicled the important world events of the day. Our guest was a reporter and editor for one of these publications and talks about what it was like to work there, recalls some of the stories he covered and tells us why the magazines were pushed off the newsstands by modern technology and what we miss with their demise.

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16-30 Segment 1: Financial Anxiety: What it is and how to alleviate it

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A new survey shows that many Americans are suffering from “financial anxiety” and it’s affecting their health and happiness. What’s causing this anxiety and how can people alleviate it? Our guests address the issue, discuss the survey and offer ways to bring more financial security – and happiness – into our lives.

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16-30 Segment 2: Measuring Animal Intelligence: How smart are they?

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How smart are animals? That’s a question that scientists – and pet owners – have been asking for decades. Our guest is a scientist who has studied animal intelligence and he discusses how neuroscience and biology are coming up with new definitions of what it means to be an intelligent animal, and using medical technology and unique experiments to better understand intelligence in non-humans.
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16-29 Segment 1: Making water safe to drink

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Much of the world is without clean, potable water on a consistent basis, and even in developed countries where water is available, cleaning it for drinking and bathing and treating the wastewater is expensive and uses a lot of energy. We talk to a scientist who is working on new technology that will make filtering and sanitizing water more efficient, use less resources and provide clean drinking water to countries where water-borne diseases negatively affect the population at alarming rates.

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16-29 Segment 2: Getting What You Want From Others

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How do you get what you want from others? Our guests say that developing good “people skills” such as listening carefully and being authentic in your communications can go a long way toward persuading the other person that you’re sincere. We discuss how to engage the person you want something from, how to “mirror” their behavior and how to prevent “vertigo” – that is being sucked into destructive, emotionally charged situations – to resolve conflicts and come to a mutual understanding.
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16-28 Segment 1: The Power of Introverts

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Wallflower, shy, anti-social. All negative words we’ve used to describe people who are “introverts.” Our guest – an introvert herself — talks about just what an introvert is, and how they are actually very sociable in the right settings. She also discusses ways in which teachers and others can encourage introverts’ participation in school and in other groups, and how “quiet ones” complement the more gregarious and outgoing extroverts in their lives.

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16-28 Segment 2: Men, Women and Equality

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Women have made great strides in our society, but they still lag behind men in pay and promotions to the corner office at work. Many young men, on the other hand, are finding that women are getting a lot of support from employers and advocacy groups while they’re left out in the cold – and sometimes even ridiculed in the media. Our guests talk about these issues and offer suggestions for why they happen and how we can level the playing field for both women and men.

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