19-01 Segment 1: Women in the United States Military

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Women have served in the US military dating all the way back to the Revolutionary War. Back then, they had to lie about their sex and their names in order to get enlist, but some did. Now, combat positions are open to women. We discuss the vital role women have played in America’s military might.

Guest:

  • Eileen Rivers, army veteran and author of Beyond the Call: Three women on the front lines in Afghanistan 

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18-51 Segment 2: The Pearl Harbor Christmas

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Christmas 1941 came just weeks after the devastating attack on Pearl Harbor dragged America into World War II. We talk to historian Stanley Weintraub about how America was getting ready for war while trying to celebrate the holiday season.

Guest:

  • Stanley Weintraub, historian, author of Pearl Harbor Christmas: A World at War, December 1941

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18-33 Segment 1: Modern American Immigration

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When people discuss “the immigrant narrative,” you may picture Ellis Island. But what is that process like today? We talk to two writers about the more modern immigrant journey.

Guests:

  • Daniel Connolly, journalist and author, The Book of Isaias: A Child of Immigrants Seeks His Own America
  • Shilpi Somaya Gowda, author, The Golden Son

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16-25 Segment 1: Juveniles Sent To Adult Prison

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Synopsis: There are millions of people incarcerated in American prisons – many of them juveniles sentenced to long terms alongside adults. Should children be tried as adults and sent to adult prisons? Are they mature enough to understand the consequences of their actions? Or should they be treated differently than adults who commit serious offenses? Our guests discuss why we have so many people incarcerated and how juveniles – even those who commit murder – should be given another chance.

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16-25 Segment 2: Pushed Out of School

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Many school-aged children in the U.S. end up in juvenile detention or expelled from school for offenses ranging from arriving late to breaking the dress code to fighting in the hallway. Once “pushed out” from school, these children are often headed down the road to a life of poverty and more serious crimes. A good portion of these kids are African-American girls who, our guest says, are unfairly targeted for discipline because of a misunderstanding of their behavior. We discuss this phenomenon and also talk to a professor who has studied the effect that extremely strict school rules have on the students and the teachers who are made to enforce them.

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16-13 Segment 2: The Future of Work

 

Synopsis: Economists are saying that American workers’ wages are stagnant and have been for quite a few years now despite working longer hours and being “on call” all the time through technology. That doesn’t mean that business is lagging though, since corporations, their CEOs and other high-level managers are doing quite well in that department. Our guest says that work and the way we compensate the rank-and-file workers needs to change to bring up wages and add benefits to make the work environment more equitable. We discuss why this inequality exists, look at some companies who are bucking that tide and find out ways that the system can change through education, government action and community empowerment

Host: Marty Peterson. Guest: Thomas A. Kochan, Professor at the MIT Sloan School of Management, and author of the book, Shaping the Future of Work.

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