A recent poll found that despite all the uncensored comments on the internet, people are less comfortable having controversial conversations on social media than in person. We’ll learn more about the “spiral of silence” this hour. We’ll also discuss Todd Park’s plans now that he’s stepping down as Chief Tech Officer, and get the latest in gadgets.
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September 2, 2014
For two centuries, the U.S. balanced its expansionist ideologies with restraint born of realism. But that balance has tipped. This hour we’ll look at the foreign policy that helped the country emerge as a world power, and the costs of abandoning realist roots. Plus we’ll look at the future of American power in a world requiring adaptable leadership
August 29, 2014
Though it’s still plenty hot out, fall is fast approaching, but not before some excellent music festivals wrap up the season. This hour we’ll talk about the best late summer music festivals in the area, including Ohiolina, a celebration of the tunes of the I-77 corridor, and this year’s East Franklinton Independents’ Day celebration.
Spend some time in an elementary school classroom, and you’ll meet easygoing kids, and kids who lose control. Some aspects of temperament are established in infancy, but self-control problems can signal abuse, neglect or trauma. This hour we’ll look at how early experiences change brain chemistry, and how science is informing behavioral therapy.
August 28, 2014
Earlier this week, an Al Qaeda affiliate released American journalist Theo Curtis. This news comes just after the tragic death of reporter James Foley. We’ll look at how the current global climate has changed foreign reporting, and we’ll talk to a veteran journalist who’s reported from the killing fields of Cambodia to the mountains of Afghanistan
Dinner can seem like a private affair, but we dine at every meal with a host of politicians and policy-makers. This hour we’ll explore the laws and labels that determine the health of our nation. We’ll take a look at Michelle Obama’s advocacy for nutritious school lunches, and those who say the government’s food policy hand is too heavy.
August 27, 2014
There’s been a lot of shivering on social media lately as thousands of people have taken the ice bucket challenge to raise money for ALS. We’ll learn the latest on the disease behind the headlines. We’ll also discuss the dangers of youth sports specialization; and we’ll look at when it’s time for a sleep study, and what to expect during the process
As area teachers fight continue to battle with the school board over changes to benefits and pay, we’ll take a close look at how teaching in the U.S. became so controversial. We’ll get an update on local tensions, and examine how we got from genteel 19th century common schools to one-room frontier schools to the Teach for America program and beyond
August 26, 2014
The Internet is almost everywhere, but there are still a few places that are truly Web-free: National parks, for example. But soon you may be able to check Facebook in the Tetons. We’ll learn more this hour. We’ll also find out why cell phone companies are selling our data to foreign governments, and get the best back-to-school apps for kids.
Last week a judge ruled that a Cincinnati area women’s clinic would have to stop providing access to surgical abortions. This leaves the Cincinnati area with one abortion provider; a total of 10 remain in the state. This hour we’ll hear from both sides on the practical implications of the latest restrictions to abortion in Ohio.
August 25, 2014
Drug policy reform is about a lot more than legalizing marijuana. It has implications for our prison system, national security and the spread of HIV. It’s been over 40 years since the US declared a war on drugs, but it’s not clear that we’re winning. We’ll discuss the current state of drug policy and how some changes could save money and lives.
Four states in the U.S. now permit physician assisted suicide; a handful of other countries have legalized the practice without much debate. But the question simmers, and as baby boomers age, some worry they may want that option. We’ll look at the pros and cons of physician-assisted suicide and the legislation surrounding the issue.
August 22, 2014
The new world of e-readers has been great for those who want quick, inexpensive literature, but it’s been a mixed bag for small publishers. This hour we’ll talk to the CEO of a local publishing company about that, and about the benefits of books you can flip through. We’ll also get the latest late summer recommendations from our critics.
August 21, 2014
Despite the struggles over education in the US, most people agree teachers can have an enormous impact; the harder question is what makes them great. This hour we’ll examine practical steps that can build trust among teachers and students, and how collaboration and peer-observations might be the key to improving the quality of education.