Synopsis: When a child is placed in foster care, she’s already been through the traumatic experience of being removed from her family’s care, and now faces an uncertain future in a new home – sometimes worse than the one she left. We discuss the successes and failures of the system and hear about what can be done to strengthen it so that children receive the best care available, foster families get the support they need to help a child with the transition, and caseworkers receive the support they need to do their jobs.
Host: Gary Price. Guests: Howard Talenfeld, President of Florida’s Children First, the state’s leading child advocacy organization; Christina Spudeas, Executive Director of Florida’s Children First; Ashley Rhodes-Courter, former foster child and now a foster mother, author of the book Three More Words.
Synopsis: Separations and divorces are common in the U.S., and out of those split-ups come children living in two households. These kids often experience situations and conflicts that their friends living in an intact household don’t .We talk to a co-parenting specialist about how the parents’ behavior, ability to compromise, and desire to put the child’s needs above their own, can lead to successful parenting and well-adjusted, happy kids.
Host: Marty Peterson. Guest: Karen Bonnell, Co-parent Coach, author of “The Co-Parents’ Handbook: Raising well-adjusted, resilient and resourceful kids in a two-home family from little ones to young adults.”
Synopsis: Although unemployment is down across the nation, there are still pockets of workers who have been unemployed for years, with no hope of ever finding a good job. Our guest researched the sociological effects of long-term unemployment on out-of-work autoworkers in Michigan, and found out that the hurt, humiliation and family problems that unemployment brings aren’t just about the financial losses. He also discusses how the global economy is making employment more difficult in the U.S., and suggests some ways to alleviate the burden of the unemployed and help all workers gain good, secure employment.
Host: Gary Price. Guest: Victor Tan Chen, Asst. Prof. of Sociology, Virginia Commonwealth University, founding editor of In the Fray magazine, author of Cut Loose: Jobless and Hopeless in an Unfair Economy.
Synopsis: Many women today take for granted their independence and the rights they have socially and legally. It wasn’t always that way, and we’ll hear about two women – one a socialite and the other a bandit – who felt constrained by the codes of behavior imposed on women in the early part of the 20th century, so they decided to live their lives in non-traditional ways. You probably have never heard of them, but our guests say that there are thousands of unknown women like them who, in their own small ways, made modern women’s lives much more free. We’ll also hear how one author was inspired to open girls’ schools to create more female leaders in the future.
Host: Marty Peterson. Guests: Emily Bingham, author of Irrepressible: The jazz age life of Henrietta Bingham. Victoria Shorr, author of the historical novel, Backlands.
Many American workers don’t get raises or promotions because they don’t know how to negotiate for them. We talk to two negotiation specialists about how to approach a salary increase request, get some psychological advice on how to gain the upper hand and find out why women are good at negotiating for others, but not for themselves.
Host: Gary Price. Guests: Margaret Neale, Adams Dist. Prof. of Management at the Graduate School of Business, Stanford University. Thomas Lys, Eric L. Kohler Chair in Accounting at the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University. Both are co-authors of the book, Getting More of What You Want: How the secrets of economics and psychology can help you negotiate anything, in business and in life.
When you ask an American, “where are you from?” most of them will say it’s where they live now or where they were born. We talk to one man who thought long and hard about that question and went on a journey around the Midwest and Plains States to try to answer it. He learned a lot about his family’s heritage and the cost in lives, land and culture that indigenous peoples paid so European settlers could call themselves Americans.
Host: Marty Peterson. Guest: Allan Johnson, author of “Not From Here: A memoir.”
When an American trophy hunter killed Cecil the Lion, a protected animal in an African game preserve, the internet was packed with Tweets and Facebook diatribes condemning the man who did it and big game hunting in general. Why are we so concerned about one animal when there are millions of them killed around the world every year? Is there a good reason to shoot large game for sport, or is it always wrong? We talk to several wildlife specialists about the Cecil incident, find out how this is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to hunting and poaching wild animals, and hear about the good things that controlled and monitored trophy hunting can provide.
Host: Gary Price. Guests: Dr. Samuel Richards, a senior lecturer in sociology at Penn State University; Keith Norris, director of government affairs & partnerships at the Wildlife Society; Mike Hoffmann, senior scientist for the International Union for Conservation of Nature, Species Survival Commission, IUCN.