Up Next Week on Viewpoints

Sex and labor trafficking are big business in the U.S. and around the world. Often it’s young people and immigrants who are forced to work in the sex industry or in sweatshops, restaurants and hotels with little pay, horrible hours and horrible living conditions. We talk to an author who is experienced dealing with young people caught in this web, and a university lecturer who is an advocate for trafficked victims, about the extent of the problem, how desperate people become ensnared in the trafficker’s trap, and how law enforcement and communities can help the victims escape from a life of slavery and abuse.

About this time of year, New Year’s resolutions begin to wane — and most die. How do you keep them going? And how can you make better ones that you’re more likely to keep in the future? Our guests give advice on crafting a goal and setting up a process that will help you attain it.

 

16-06 Segment 1: Wage Inequality: Why we have it and how to narrow it

Synopsis: It’s campaign season, and we’re hearing from politicians about the wage gap between the top 1% of earners in this country and the rest of us. What is the gap? When did it begin to develop and why? And what can we do to narrow it? Our guests offer their opinions on the subject and some solutions.

Host: Gary Price. Guests: Les Leopold, Director of the Labor Institute in New York, and author of Runaway Inequality: An activist’s guide to economic justice; David Lewin, Neal H. Jacoby Chaired Professor Emeritus in the Anderson School of Management at UCLA, and an expert on executive compensation.

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16-06 Segment 2: Biohackers: Searching for the Sixth Sense

Synopsis: Do humans have more than five senses? Can we detect more in our environment than what we normally perceive through sight, sound, smell, touch and taste? Our guest wanted to know, so she spoke to scientists, engineers, and biohackers about learning more from our five senses and perhaps even finding a 6th sense.

Host: Marty Peterson. Guest: Kara Platoni, lecturer in the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California-Berkeley and author of the book, We Have the Technology: How biohackers, foodies, physicians, and scientists are transforming human perception one sense at a time.

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16-05 Segment 1: Super Bowl 50: A look back

Synopsis: Super Sunday is coming up, and football fans are planning their viewing parties. The first game between the Packers and the Chiefs was barely attended, but interest grew through the decades and now it’s the biggest American sporting event of the year. We take a look back at the game and some of its stars, coaches and dynasties.

Host: Gary Price. Guests: Kostya Kennedy, editor of the Sports Illustrated book, Super Bowl Gold: 50 Years of the Big Game.

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16-05 Segment 2: Selling the Super Bowl

Synopsis: The Super Bowl is the big game for the NFL, but it’s also the biggest game for advertisers. Many people who don’t even like football, tune into the game just to see the ads. But what makes a really good Super Bowl ad? We talk to three marketing specialists about how to craft a good ad, how ads are effectively measured and what makes an ad memorable.

Host: Marty Peterson. Guests: Aaron Goldman, Chief Marketing Officer for 4C Insights; David Stewart, President’s Professor of Marketing at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles; Richard Krevolin, branding consultant and author of the book, The Hook: How to share your brand’s unique story to engage customers, boost sales, and achieve heartfelt success.

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16-04 Segment 1: Lessons Learned from the Horace Mann School Scandal

Synopsis: Many stories of child sexual abuse in schools by trusted teachers, coaches and clergy have come to light in the past decade or so. One of the latest is the abuse suffered by some students at the Horace Mann School in New York City. We talk to a former student of the school about how the story of abuse came to light, how teachers and coaches lured children into sexual situations and how the draconian statute of limitations on child sex abuse in New York and other states hurts victims who wait until adulthood to reveal their horror.

Host: Gary Price. Guest: Amos Kamil, author, with Sean Elder, of Great is the Truth: Secrecy, scandal, and the quest for justice at the Horace Mann School.

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16-04 Segment 2: Lab-Grown Diamonds and Gems: Are they real?

Synopsis: Mined diamonds and gemstones can cause a great deal of environmental damage getting them out of the ground, not to mention the horrible working conditions of miners – some just children – have to endure in some of the world’s diamond mines. Lab-grown diamonds and gemstones don’t require dangerous working conditions, and they’re made with just a fraction of the environmental impact of mined gems. But are those stones grown in laboratory really diamonds? Do they look the same as the mined versions? We talk to a spokesperson for lab-grown diamonds and to a geologist about the issue.

Host: Marty Peterson. Guests: T.J. Walker, spokesperson for Pure Grown Diamonds, manufacturers of lab-grown diamonds; Marcia Bjornerud, Professor of Geology, Lawrence University, Appleton, WI.

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