Synopsis: Sometimes talking about serious subjects, even with friends and family, can cause arguments and bad feelings. But just as Mary Poppins said, “…a spoonful of sugar makes the medicine go down,” humor can make the discussion of serious subjects go down easier. Our guests are two very talented and funny people who use humor, satire and irony to make their points about women in science, and the immigrants’ experience.
Host: Gary Price. Guests: Aasif Mandvi, actor, award-winning playwright, cast member on Comedy Central’s The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, and author of the book, No Land’s Man.Megan Amram, comedian, writer on NBC’s comedy Parks and Recreation, and author of Science…for Her!
Synopsis: Kids are always on their phones, tablets or computers – even when they’re sitting across from one another at the lunch table! Does communicating via screens hurt kids? We talk to two researchers who found that too much screen time at the cost of face-to-face communication could decrease our ability to recognize emotions, and possibly even shorten our lives.
Host: Marty Peterson. Guests: Patricia Greenfield, Distinguished Professor of Psychology, UCLA, Director of the Children’s Digital Media Center, Los Angeles, CA. Susan Pinker, psychologist, journalist, author of The Village Effect: How face-to-face contact can make us healthier, happier and smarter
Synopsis: We’ve all heard stories about people who overcome tremendous odds and end up becoming a success. Or they’re faced with a serious illness, but they manage to come through it healthier and happier. How do they do it? We talk to two people who have experience with adversity about what it takes to make it through the dark, and seemingly hopeless times in life.
Host: Gary Price. Guests: Trent Angers, Co-editor with Coach Dale Brown, of Getting Over the Four Hurdles of Life, Kim Kircher, member of ski patrol at Crystal Mountain resort, WA, author of the book, The Next 15 Minutes: Strength from the top of the mountain
Synopsis: Late night television has changed dramatically during the past year with younger hosts such as Jimmy Fallon, Seth Meyers, Stephen Colbert and James Corden taking over the helms of popular shows. Are these new hosts going to change late night in a substantial way? And if so, will they be changes for the better? We talk with a media professor and a former late night talk show star and author about the issue.
Host: Marty Peterson. Guests: Robert Thompson, Robert Thompson, Professor of Television and Popular Culture, the Newhouse School, Syracuse University; Dick Cavett, talk show host, actor, author of the book, Brief Encounters: Conversations, Magic Moments, and Assorted Hijinks.
Synopsis: Super Storm Sandy was a devastating event that caused death, destruction and billions of dollars in property damage in its wake. One fact that was brought out during the onslaught of that huge hurricane was the need to update our nation’s weather forecasting and emergency management systems. We talk to a journalist and author who conducted research on the storm, the systems that tracked it and found out how our weather forecasting, tracking and evacuation protocols and equipment need to be modernized to deal with the extreme weather that climate change will bring us in the future.
Host: Gary Price. Guest: Kathryn Miles, journalist and author of Super Storm: Nine days inside Hurricane Sandy
Synopsis: We all want answers to the complicated questions in life, but sometimes just asking the questions are enough to make us think deeply about our lives and our world. We talk to a man who has made a living asking questions that sometimes have no hard and fast answers, or where the resolution changes depending upon our age or circumstances. He tells us how the process of coming to an answer is often more important than any one answer itself.
Host: Marty Peterson. Guest: Dr. Gregory Stock, bioethicist, author of The Book of Questions
Synopsis: The PBS series, Downton Abbey premieres this week, and it’s one in a long line of very popular programs that the network has produced. How do they find shows like Downton Abbey, Sherlock, Brideshead Revisited, and Poldark? What goes into choosing which programs make it on the air? And how has the format for “Masterpiece” affected commercial network programming through the years? We talk to the producer of the series and also to a TV expert about these issues.
Host: Gary Price. Guests: Rebecca Eaton, Executive Producer, the “Masterpiece” series for PBS out of WGBH, Boston, author of the book, Making Masterpiece; Robert Thompson, Professor of Television and Popular Culture, the Newhouse School, Syracuse University