18-31 Segment 2: Racial Diversity in Opera

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Opera is a beloved art form, but its racial history is as flawed as the rest of our culture. We talk to Naomi Andre, a professor at the University of Michigan, about the history of race in opera and how this traditional art form is hopefully getting with the times.

Guest:

  • Naomi Andre, Associate Professor of Afro-American and African Studies at the University of Michigan and author, “Black Opera: History, Power, Engagement”

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17-51 Segment 2: Creating Great Teams with Diverse Thought

 

It may seem like the best way to create a business is to only include the best and the brightest. But limiting your group to any standard, even Ivy League-education, can lead to groupthink. We talk to one expert about how cognitive diversity can improve the results for a school, business, or even an entire society.

Guest:

  • Scott E. Page, Leonid Hurwicz Collegiate Professor at the University of Michigan and author, The Difference: How the power of diversity creates better groups, firms, schools and societies

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17-38 Segment 1: The Voices in Our Heads

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Dr. Charles Fernhough author of The Voices Within: The History and Science of How We Talk to Ourselves says that hearing voices is part of the human experience, and needs to be understood better. One thing Dr. Fernhough is trying to do is educate the public about the difference between thoughts and talking to yourself. There is also no real right way to talk to yourself, and some people do it more often than others. Dr. Ethan Kross, a professor of Psychology at the University of Michigan, is studying how people talk themselves through problems, which he calls self-talk.

A study showed that people who use their name while talking themselves through a problem have a higher rate of success. Although third person self-talk is proven to be more effective, you might get some strange looks if you talk out loud in the third person.

Guest:

  • Dr. Charles Fernyhough, author of The Voices Within: The History and Science of How We Talk to Ourselves
  • Dr. Ethan Kross, Professor of Psychology at the University of Michigan

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16-51 Segment 2: Using The Voices in Your Head

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Hearing voices in your head comes with an unfortunate stereotype that you must be mentally ill. However, experts tell us the “voices in your head” can be used to talk to, and about, yourself in a healthy, productive way. In fact, most people hear voices in their head and already use inner speech on a daily basis. We discuss tips and techniques to use “self-talk” as a way to get yourself through tough decisions and lower stress.

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