Tuesday, September 2, 2014
The New Monasticism
A new kind of contemplative life is gaining traction among Christians who want to live simply and thoughtfully. Sometimes called the New Monasticism, this lifestyle looks for ways to expand community into neighborhood streets & homes. Shane Claiborne, co-founder of The Simple Way community in Philadelphia, and author of The Irresistible Revolution: Living as an Ordinary Radical, describes this mindset and how it works. Karen Saupe hosts.
Thursday, September 4, 2014
Starting A Free African School
Thousands of children in Uganda don't go to school because their parents can't afford books, a uniform, or sometimes, just a pencil. The orphans there have even less of a chance. When Twesigye Jackson Kaguri was confronted with this picture, he and his wife decided to use their savings to establish a free school for orphans. Hear his adventures, also described in his book, The Price of Stones: Building a School for My Village. Shirley Hoogstra hosts.
Sunday, September 7, 2014
A Bolder Approach to Education
Stories of failing schools are all too common--schools that look and feel like prisons, with teachers who fear losing their jobs if they don't stay focused on test scores. But there are also many public schools that have learned how to help any student succeed, no matter how poor or disadvantaged. New York University urban sociologist Pedro Noguera, co-chair of the public policy group Broader Bolder Approach to Education, shares what we can learn from schools that have excelled in dire circumstances. Karen Saupe hosts.
Tuesday, September 9, 2014
Thousands of women in Juarez, Mexico have been tortured and murdered because they are women. Yet the authorities have been more inclined to call these killings imaginary than emergency. When installation artist Mandy Cano Villalobos of the Calvin College art department learned of this mass femicide, she looked for a way to honor the individual victims. See what she created to give these silenced women a voice. Shirley Hoogstra hosts.
Thursday, September 11, 2014
"Look at Me!" Narcissism Or Self-Esteem?
Are teens posting risque photos on the internet because they are starved for attention, or because they are convinced they're HOT? Should EVERYONE on the team get a trophy? Jean Twenge of the San Diego State University psychology department, and author of The Narcissism Epidemic: Living in the Age of Entitlement, warns that our culture of extreme encouragement may have gone too far. Shirley Hoogstra hosts.
Sunday, September 14, 2014
Comprehensive Immigration Reform
Since the U.S. economy relies on immigrant workers, not to mention the $12 billion they pay in taxes, many argue there should be more avenues for them to legally come and go as needed. Jenny Yang, Vice President of Advocacy at World Relief, describes what comprehensive reform should include, as laid out in her book Welcoming the Stranger: Justice, Compassion & Truth in the Immigration Debate. Shirley Hoogstra hosts.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
It is illegal to steal from your workplace; yet across the nation, employers are stealing from their employees every day. Practices such as withholding tips, bouncing paychecks, hiring employees as "independent contractors," and refusing a final paycheck are surprisingly common. Kim Bobo, executive director of Interfaith Worker Justice and author of Wage Theft in America: Why Millions of Americans are Not Getting Paid-and What We Can Do About It, describes the scene. Shirley Hoogstra hosts.
Thursday, September 18, 2014
U.S. Environment: Our History with the Land
North American attitudes toward nature have shifted over time, almost as much as our natural landscape has. Donald Worster of the University of Kansas helped develop the intriguing new field of environmental history to track the intense relationship we've had with nature. He describes the patterns he's seen and how America's history has been shaped by its natural resources. Karen Saupe hosts.
Sunday, September 21, 2014
X Prize: Spurring Scientific Innovation
There's nothing like some prize money to get things moving. Ask Charles Lindbergh and his Spirit of St. Louis, or Peter Diamandis, Chairman and CEO of the X Prize Foundation. Author of Abundance: The Future Is Better Than You Think, Diamandis believes human innovation can overcome any hurdle- -especially when the competitive spirit gets involved. He describes scientific breakthroughs of the past and future, incentivized by the 10 million dollar X Prize for the benefit of humanity. Karen Saupe hosts.
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Understanding The Refugee
It's easy to think that refugees have won a golden ticket of opportunity if they can make it to the U.S. But their challenges are far from over as they learn a new language, search for work, and sustain their families. Dana Doll of Lutheran Social Services of Michigan describes the stereotypes and the hurdles they face, and how volunteers can make all the difference for these resilient newcomers. Shirley Hoogstra hosts.
Thursday, September 25, 2014
Ready for Robots?
As people have fewer phone conversations, choosing instead to use texts and on-line social networking, anthropologist Sherry Turkle has noticed something. Director of the MIT Initiative on Technology and the Self, she researches how people interact with experimental sociable robots. People are growing more receptive to robots taking the place of some human relationships as we become more accustomed to our narrowing human interactions. Hear this and other observations from her book Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other. Karen Saupe hosts.
Sunday, September 28, 2014
Rock & Roll Women
As roles for women in contemporary music expand, everyone benefits. Punk rocker turned music critic Jessica Hopper, author of The Girls' Guide to Rocking: How to Start a Band, Book Gigs, and Get Rolling to Rock Stardom, takes us on tour with the women of rock & roll, including a stop at the new phenomenon of girls' rock camps. Karen Saupe hosts.
Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Child Sex Trafficking: In Your Town Too?
The most common form of slavery today is sex trafficking, with victims numbering in the millions. Although we may prefer to imagine it's mostly happening overseas, too many young victims are walking the streets of U.S. cities and towns. When youth worker Andy Soper found himself suddenly facing this ugly truth, he started The Manasseh Project to highlight the tragedy and what can be done to help. Shirley Hoogstra hosts.