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4/27/2014 IQ2: DOES AFFIRMATIVE ACTION ON CAMPUSES DO MORE HARM THAN GOOD?
Affirmative action, when used as a factor in college admissions, is meant to foster diversity and provide equal opportunities in education for underrepresented minorities. But is it achieving its stated goals and helping the population it was created to support? Its critics point to students struggling to keep up in schools mismatched to their abilities. Is it time to overhaul or abolish affirmative action? Read more
4/20/2014 CLIMATE ONE: CARBON CURVES
Talking about the twists and turns of the climate debate. While scientists have growing certainty that burning fossil fuels is driving severe weather, acceptance by the American public of that science waxes and wanes. Debate over the most basic facts often takes us in circles. How can we move forward? Read more
4/13/2014 STATE OF THE REUNION: WHEN WORDS MATTER
We explore all facets of poetry and its influence in a person's life. We talk to poets from all over the country about the craft, the lifestyle, the resurgence of poems, and of course, hear some incredible poetry. Read more
4/6/2014 AMERICA ABROAD: HOW GOVERNMENT HELPS AND HARMS ENTREPRENEURS
Governments around the world are trying to figure out if and how they can help promote entrepreneurship, which is considered critical to global competitiveness. But in the United States, there's nothing more politically contentious than the role of government in the economy. We look at how government intervention helps and hurts entrepreneurs, and we examine what the U.S. can learn from the success and failures of other countries. Read more
3/30/2014 IQ2- DOES THE PRESIDENT HAVE THE CONSTITUTIONAL POWER TO TARGET AND KILL U.S. CITIZENS?
With the drone strike on accused terrorist and New Mexico-born Anwar al-Awlaki in Yemen, President Obama has tested the limits of the executive branch’s powers. Does the president have constitutional authority under the due process clause to kill U.S. citizens abroad, or is it a violation of this clause to unilaterally decide to target and kill Americans? The debaters are: Alan Dershowitz, Noah Feldman, Michael Lewis, and Hina Shamsi. Read more
3/23/2014 IQ2- IS RUSSIA A MARGINAL POWER?
Disarming Syria. Asylum for Edward Snowden. Arming Iran. Deploying troops to Crimea. Is Vladimir Putin flexing his muscles while our own president fades into the background of world politics, or is it all a global game of smoke and mirrors? Is our toxic relationship something to worry about, or is Putin’s Russia fading in importance? Read more
3/16/2014 STATE OF THE RE:UNION: COMICS-WITH GREAT POWER COMES GREAT RESPONSIBILTY
In this episode we explore a community where when evil rears its head, someone finds a way to set things right, even if they have to make sacrifices and defy the laws of our universe to do it. In this hour we tell the stories of real-life battles between good and evil in the world of comic books, where underdogs often come out on top and fantasy merges with reality. From creators and whistleblowers to real-life superheroes who have brought comics to life, putting on their own capes and costumes to fight for justice in their cities. Read more
3/9/2014 CLIMATE ONE: MELTDOWN
Today we explore how mountains and forests are being impacted by climate change and, in turn, affecting our health. An economist and a doctor connect a rise in Dengue fever and a rise in the temperature of the Earth. A corporate consultant and an environmental advocate explain how planting trees is good for business. And a professional snowboarder says the demise of ski slopes is motivating skiers to launch into action on climate volatility. Read more
3/2/2014 IQ2- WAS SNOWDEN JUSTIFIED?
Has Edward Snowden done the U.S. a great service? There is no doubt that his release of highly classified stolen documents has sparked an important public debate, even forcing what could be a major presidential overhaul of the NSA’s surveillance programs. But have his actions, which include the downloading of an estimated 1.7 million files, tipped off our enemies and endangered national security? Is Snowden a whistleblower, or is he a criminal? Read more
2/23/2014 BBC's THE WITNESS
African American history as told by the people who were there. Selections on the theme of Black History as taken from the BBC World Service program "Witness." Voices include the Scottsboro Boys; the first time awhite woman touched a black man on US TV; golfer Lee Elder; the white journalist who tried to go "undercover" as a black man; Rodney King recalls the LA riots; Vogue cover model Beverly Johnson.
2/16/2014 AMERICAN RADIOWORKS: STATE OF SIEGE: MISSISSIPPI WHITES AND THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT
Mississippi occupies a distinct and dramatic place in the history of America’s civil rights movement. No state in the South was more resistant to the struggle for black equality. No place was more violent. Drawing on newly discovered archival audio and groundbreaking research on the civil rights era, State of Siege brings to light the extraordinary tactics whites in Mississippi used to battle integration and the lasting impact of that battle in American politics today. Read more
2/9/2014 STATE OF THE REUNION: PIKE COUNTY, OHIO: AS BLACK AS WE WISH TO BE
In this episode Al Letson and guest producer Lu Olkowski visit a tiny town in the Appalachian foothills of Ohio where, for a century, residents have shared the common bond of identifying as African-American despite the fact that they look white. Racial lines have been blurred to invisibility, and people inside the same family can vehemently disagree about whether they are black or white. It can be tense and confusing. As a result, everyone’s choosing: Am I black? Am I mixed race? Or, am I white? Adding to the confusion, there’s a movement afoot to recognize their Native-American heritage. Read more
2/2/2014 STATE OF THE REUNION: RE:WRITING BLACK HISTORY
During a month selected to celebrate “history,” we certainly are treated to a lot of the same familiar stories: the battles won for Civil Rights, the glory of Martin Luther King Jr.’s words, the hardships endured by slaves. And as important as those narratives are for us to collectively remember, many others get lost in trumpeting the same heroic tales. In this hour, State of the Re:Union zeroes in some of those alternate narratives, ones edited out of the mainstream imagining of Black History, deconstructing the popular perception of certain celebrated moments. From a more complicated understanding of the impact of the Civil Rights Act of ’64 on Jackson, Mississippi… to a city in Oklahoma still trying to figure out how to tell the history of one particular race riot… to one woman’s wrangling with her own personal racial history. Read more
1/26/2014 IQ2: IS THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT BEYOND RESCUE?
With the disastrous launch of the HealthCare.gov website, critics of the Affordable Care Act, or “Obamacare,” were given more fuel for the fire. Is this political hot potato's inevitability once again at stake? And is the medical community really on board with the law, or resisting (rewriting?) it from the sidelines? Read more
1/19/2014 IQ2: SHOULD YOU EAT ANYTHING WITH A FACE?
According to a 2009 poll, around 1% of American adults reported eating no animal products. In 2011 that number rose to 2.5%--more than double, but still dwarfed by the 48% who reported eating meat, fish or poultry at all of their meals. So taking into account our health, the environment and ethical concerns, which diet is best? Are we or aren’t we meant to be carnivores? Read more
1/12/2014 CLIMATE ONE: ENVIRONMENTAL DEBT
By focusing on developing the economy for decades, politicians and business leaders have done little to account for the environmental costs of growing industry. Now, economies worldwide are struggling to cover the increasing expenses of pollution and health care – But who is going to pay? Read more
1/5/2014 IQ2- THE CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT TO BEAR ARMS HAS OUTLIVED ITS USEFULNESS
Recent mass shooting tragedies have renewed the national debate over the 2nd Amendment. Gun ownership and homicide rates are higher in the U.S. than in any other developed nation, but gun violence has decreased over the last two decades even as gun ownership may be increasing. Over 200 years have passed since James Madison introduced the Bill of Rights, the country has changed, and so have its guns. Is the right to bear arms now at odds with the common good, or is it as necessary today as it was in 1789? Read more
12/29/2013 IQ2- DOES SPYING KEEP US SAFE?
The NSA collects data on billions of phone calls and internet communications per day. Are these surveillance programs legal? Do they keep us safe? If not for the former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, most Americans would be unaware of the vast amounts of information their government is secretly collecting, all in the name of national security. What tradeoffs are we willing to make between security and privacy? Read more
12/22/2013 MEXICO UNCOVERED
The U.S. and Mexico share deep personal, economic, geographic and cultural connections, but our understanding of Mexico is often limited by stereotype and media exaggeration. Mexico Uncovered is out to change that. Mexico Uncovered is produced by award-winning public radio veterans Beverley Abel, Leda Hartman and Mary Stucky. In a groundbreaking collaboration with Mexican reporters and top-tier media outlets in Mexico, these untold stories were also published in Spanish in Mexico. Read more
12/15/2013 AMERICA ABROAD: GLOBAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP
The U.S. is often thought of as the land of innovation – a great habitat for entrepreneurs. And, this is still the case. But, why are other regions of the world producing entrepreneurs at a faster rate than the United States? Read more
12/8/2013 IQ2: FOR A BETTER FUTURE, LIVE IN A RED STATE
While gridlock and division in Washington make it difficult for either party or ideology to set the policy agenda, single-party government prevails in three-quarters of the states. In 24 states, Republicans control the governorship and both houses of the legislature, and in 13 states Democrats enjoy one-party control. Comparing economic growth, education, health care, quality of life and environment, and the strength of civil society, do red or blue states win out? Read more
12/1/2013 THIRD COAST INTERNATIONAL AUDIO FESTIVAL- HOUR TWO
The Third Coast International Audio Festival brings the best new documentaries produced worldwide to the national airwaves in a special two-hour program hosted by award-winning writer, producer and humorist, Gwen Macsai. Read more
11/24/2013 A WAR CORRESPONDENT'S DILEMMA
In early 2011, NPR's Kelly McEvers started to see things in slow motion. She cried unpredictably. She was a correspondent in the turbulent Middle East, in the time of the Arab uprisings. Colleagues and friends were being kidnapped. Some were getting killed, but still, she went toward the story. The next year, 2012, was the deadliest year on record for journalists. It was a huge hit to the "tribe" of war correspondents of which Kelly is a part. Twenty months later, the result is a documentary radio hour. Read more
11/17/2013 WE KNEW JFK: UNHEARD STORIES FROM THE KENNEDY ARCHIVES
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy on November 22 in Dallas. Never-before-broadcast memories from JFK's confidantes recorded just after the the assassination. We'll hear from JFK colleagues who were with him during his first political race in 1946, until his last days in office. The special is hosted by legendary journalist Robert MacNeil. Read more
11/10/2013 IQ2 SHOULD THE U.S. BREAK UP THE BIG BANKS?
To prevent the collapse of the global financial system in 2008, The Treasury committed 245 billion in taxpayer dollars to stabilize America’s banking institutions. Today, banks that were once “too big to fail” have only grown bigger. Were size and complexity at the root of the financial crisis, or do calls to break up the big banks ignore real benefits that only economies of scale can pass on to customers and investors? The debaters are Richard Fisher, Simon Johnson, Douglas Elliott, and Paul Salzman. Read more
11/03/2013 GROKKING DEMOCRACY
From social media campaigns to e-voting, technology has changed dramatically and will now change the way politics and campaigns are run. This special from IEEE Spectrum and hosted by Lisa Mullins and Jonathan Alter examines how elections and governing has changed in today’s digital world, and where they’re headed. Read more
10/27/2013 WAR OF THE WELLES
This new documentary by R.H. Greene reveals the back-story behind the production of War of the Worlds, correcting many myths and explaining why it works as a radio broadcast. Sci-fi icon and Star Trek star George Takei provides a special introduction. Read more
10/20/2013 STATE OF THE RE:UNION - THE HOSPITAL ALWAYS WINS
In 2004, staff producer Laura Starecheski visited a state mental hospital in Queens, New York, called Creedmoor and stumbled upon a mystery that would take nearly ten years to unravel: why was artist Issa Ibrahim stuck in this hospital with little hope of release. Read more
10/13/2013 STATE OF THE RE:UNION - PORTLAND: A TALE OF TWO CITIES
There’s the city some residents praise as a kind of Eden, with bike paths, independently-owned small businesses and ready access to public transportation, microbreweries and coffee shops. Then there’s the city where stretches of busy roads are missing sidewalks and people using wheelchairs have to share the road with oncoming traffic. This special examines the Eden and Purgatory of Portland, Oregon. Read more
10/06/2013 CLIMATE ONE: GAME CHANGER
Forest fires, floods, droughts and other extreme weather events have a direct affect on the global economy. Examine the power and politics of climate disruptions at home and abroad. Read more
09/29/2013 AMERICAN GRADUATE: CROSSING THE STAGE
Examine the ways educators are trying to reduce high school drop out rates by making school more meaningful for students and whether a GED is a reasonable alternative to a high school diploma? Read more
09/22/2013 IQ2: IS THE U.S DRONE PROGRAM FATALLY FLAWED?
Drones have become the centerpiece of America’s counterterrorism toolkit. Proponents say that their use has significantly weakened al Qaeda and the Taliban while keeping American troops out of harm’s way. Critics argue that the short-term gains don't outweigh the long-term consequences, especially the radicalization of a public outraged by civilian deaths. Join in the debate: Is our drone program hurting or helping in the fight against terrorism? Read more
09/15/2013 AMERICAN RADIOWORKS: SECOND CHANCE DIPLOMA- EXAMINING THE GED
Each year, more than 700,000 people take the General Educational Development test-- but critics argue a GED diploma encourages some students to drop out and the credential is of little value to most people who get one. Examine the history, purpose and value of a GED diploma on this addition of American RadioWorks. Read more
09/08/2013 AMERICAN RADIOWORKS: ONE CHILD AT A TIME - CUSTOM LEARNING IN THE DIGITAL AGE
Working with a personal tutor is one of the oldest and best ways to enhance learning. While its impossible to provide a tutor for every student, new computer programs are giving educators the means to customize lessons-- if they're willing to use them. Read more
09/01/2013 CLIMATE ONE: PETROPOLY
Three experts talk about America’s energy security paradigm. Among the issues discussed are how gasoline is priced, whether consumers should have more fuel choices, how we can transition to a cleaner economy while we tackle climate change and the benefits and pitfalls of the Keystone XL pipeline. Read more