Culture Crash 17-46: Chicago’s Own Chance the Rapper

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Coming Up On Viewpoints Show 17-46

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Making Math Simpler

It’s no secret: American students are way down the international list when it comes to math scores. Why is this? Is there something we could be doing to make learning math a simpler task? Our guests say yes, and have suggestions for kids- and adults- struggling to master mathematics.

Sleeping Soundly: How getting quality sleep can enhance our health

We all sleep, it’s human evolution. But the amount of sleep we get and the quality of that sleep can vary greatly. We talk to Matthew Walker, a professor at California-Berkeley, who says sleep in the single biggest thing we can do to help our physical and mental health both in the short-term and long-term.

17-45 Segment 1: Bumper Sticker Philosophy

 

We’ve all been amused or annoyed by someone’s bumper sticker, but have you ever stopped to think that these strips of adhesive paper with the pithy statements on them could actually mean something

Guest:

  • Jack Bowen, philosopher and teacher at Menlo School in Atherton, CA and author, If You Can Read This: The philosophy of bumper stickers

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17-45 Segment 2: Gardening Differently

 

Benjamin Vogt’s new book, A New Garden Ethic: Cultivating Defiant Compassion for an Uncertain Future, is not your typical gardening book. It doesn’t teach you how to grow the best cilantro or tips for keeping plants alive during the cold, instead it focuses on how we can positively impact the environment and wildlife around us. Vogt explains, that with climate change and so many species extinct or endangered, we have to completely reimagine our connection with nature.

“Your garden is a protest. It is a place of defiant compassion. It is a space to help sustain wildlife and ecosystem function while providing an aesthetic response that moves you,” writes Vogt. He sees gardening as a way of saying I disagree with how we’ve chosen to interact with nature so far. Furthermore, I’m going to garden, not just a symbol of my protest, but as a way of actively changing that relationship with nature and positively impacting the ecosystems around me. Vogt also explains that gardening can improve us as humans. A greener urban setting can help us to be more productive, creative, focused, and even help cool our environment by combating climate change, giving off water through its leaves and, of course, providing shade. More importantly, Vogt says, humans are supposed to interact with and enjoy nature. It’s only recently, through urban communities, that we’ve become so separated from it.

Guest:

  • Benjamin Vogt, Garden Designer with Monarch Gardens and author, A New Garden Ethic: Cultivating Defiant Compassion for an Uncertain Future

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Culture Crash 17-45: The Stretch Run of 2017 in Film

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Bumper Sticker Philosophy

We’ve all been amused or annoyed by someone’s bumper sticker, but have you ever stopped to think that these strips of adhesive paper with the pithy statements on them could actually mean something

Gardening Differently

Typically, we think of gardens as a place meant to look nice or grow some vegetables. But gardener and author Benjamin Vogt says he believes gardens can be about cultivating a better environment and reconnecting humans with the nature around us.

17-44 Segment 1: Stutters, Stammers, and Vocal Blunders

 

If you’ve had to speak in public, you know the nerves that come with public speaking. So you probably also know the pain of umming, uhhing, or misspeaking. We explore where these vocal blunders come from and what they might mean.

Guest:

  • Michael Erard, author of Um: Slips, Stumbles and Verbal Blunders and What They Mean

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