18-10 Segment 1: Education For Students With Autism

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Due to federal law, all kids are guaranteed the right to an education. But, this education has proven to be limited for students with special needs, especially students with autism. With the increased number of autism diagnoses, it is becoming more important to provide these children with an education that will benefit their future.

With special education, not all students require the same curriculum. Mark Claypool, CEO of ChanceLight Behavioral Health and co-author of How Autism is Reshaping Special Education, explains that students with autism would benefit from much more intensive services that are often applied in behavioral therapy, as well as other services, like speech and language therapy. He further explains that studies show that if you begin working with an autistic child early in their life that it can help the child grow into an independent adult. However, the current structure of school days do not allow for these services to easily fit into a regular school day.

Yet, this should not hinder the education system from working to change their special needs programs. Claypool believes that pursuing a better system is a worthwhile endeavor because special needs education already benefits from teachers who truly want to be there and the inclusivity of these programs. In order to aid autistic children in reaching their full potential, it is important that they are given the opportunity to receive a beneficial education.


  • Mark Claypool, CEO of ChanceLight Behavioral Health and co-author of How Autism is Reshaping Special Education

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18-10 Segment 2: The Spanish Flu of 1918

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Often times, events that affect an entire population are not easily forgotten. But, the Spanish Flu is one of those that has not received as much attention as other events of similar merit. Susan Meissner, author of As Bright As Heaven, explains that 100 years ago in 1918, the Spanish Flu travelled around the world killing around 50 million people. Despite its death toll,  it is one of the few diseases that many people know very little about.

How did a disease with such a massive death toll garner so little attention? Meissner believes that the lack of media attention at the time when the Spanish Flu occurred is part of the reason why it was forgotten. However, she also explains that the Spanish Flu began during World War I and ended around the same time, and people dealt with the combined death toll of both of these events by disregarding the pain entirely. Due to the immense feeling of loss during the 1920s, the Spanish Flu became almost absent in history.
In her novel, Meissner gives details about the flu by contextualizing it in the midst of a modern day story. With her novel, Meissner explains that her main goal is to acknowledge the emotions embedded within the Spanish Flu that affected the entire world. Check out her novel As Bright as Heaven, and listen to her explain more about the Spanish Flu in this week’s show.


  • Susan Meissner, author of As Bright As Heaven

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Culture Crash 18-10: Hulu’s Big Push

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For years, Netflix has been the top destination for streaming TV. The service dominates conversation and the culture, thanks in large part to hit shows like Stranger Things and Narcos.

But lately Hulu has been making more and more noise in the streaming space, and has the results to back it up. While Netflix has popularity, Hulu has accolades. Netflix’s blockbusters have never made much noise at awards shows and while they may be well-reviewed, the hype always seems to fade.

Hulu, on the other hand, is the exclusive owner of The Handmaid’s Tale, the drama that has swept every awards show in the past year and picked up rave reviews along the way. Now, Hulu has launched the ambitious show The Looming Tower, based on the non-fiction Puiltizer Prize-winning book of the same name by Lawrence Wright about the rise of Al Qaeda and the events leading up to 9/11 . And soon, Hulu will premier Castle Rock, their answer to Stranger Things that takes an episodic look at the Stephen King universe.

But the appeal of Hulu goes far beyond just their original series. Over the course of a few years, Hulu has amassed by far the best catalogue of older shows. This used to be Netflix’s bread-and-butter but over time, Netflix has lost shows and Hulu has gained them. Hulu now offers the ability to binge-watch game-changers of yesteryear like Seinfeld, Buffy the Vampie Slayer, Lost, ER, and many other primetime classics. Plus, Hulu is still the only streamer that has the option to watch current seasons of TV shows-like This is Us-as they air week-to-week.

It used to be that Netflix was the premiere choice for streaming TV. Now, though, things aren’t so simple. If you’re looking for a way to watch your old favorites and critically lauded current shows, the numbers suggest that Hulu’s may actually be your best option. But, take it from me, pay the extra $4 for the commercial-free plan. While paying extra money is a pain, Hulu’s so-called “limited commercials” plan is an even bigger one.

I’m Evan Rook.