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23 minutes | Jun 8, 2021
Cyberattacks: Your Data in Danger
Recently, hackers successfully targeted the country’s largest fuel pipeline, the world’s largest meat processor and the New York City transit system. One company even paid the hackers nearly $5 million to recover its stolen data. In the wake of these cyberattacks, the White house warned companies to increase their cybersecurity and formed a Department of Justice task force, which was able to recapture that ransom money. DU cybersecurity professor Nate Evans discusses what makes a company vulnerable to an attack, how companies weigh the decision to pay ransom and why we are seeing a spike in cyberattacks now.
29 minutes | May 25, 2021
Political Division: Is a Third Party Possible?
Infighting in the Republican party intensified this month: Those skeptical of the 2020 presidential election results removed Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney from her leadership post, while a group of more than 100 Republicans have organized a movement to reform their party or splinter off and start something new. Nearly two-thirds of Americans say they have had it with the two party system, according to a Gallup poll from earlier this year. But even though there’s a will to create a third party, is there a realistic way? Seth Masket, political science professor and director of DU's Center on American Politics, evaluates the possibility and what it might look like for each side of the political spectrum.
19 minutes | May 11, 2021
The “Motherhood Penalty”: COVID’s Impact on Working Women
Over the last year, working moms have experienced serious burnout. Between the pandemic, closed daycare centers and schools, work from home and isolation from support systems, they have had countless challenges to negotiate and too few resources to draw on. We are just starting to understand the toll the pandemic has taken and the long-term implications for women, their families and society as a whole. Recent U.S. census numbers show that 3.5 million mothers with school-age children left work last spring. In this episode, we talk with Lindsey Feitz, director of the University of Denver’s Gender and Women’s Studies program and a mom herself, about what this means for gender roles, which mothers are the most vulnerable and postpandemic concerns.
29 minutes | Apr 27, 2021
The Plastics Problem: Why Recycling Is Not Enough
With plastics overtaking every corner of the planet, from Mount Everest to ocean habitats, consumers have started seeking solutions — everything from recycling and plastic bag bans to antistraw campaigns. But are these solutions moving us closer to a cleaner planet, or is the plastics problem much bigger than we know? Assistant professor Jack Buffington, whose work in supply chain management has driven him to explore solutions to our plastics problem, joins this week’s episode of RadioEd to explain.
29 minutes | Apr 13, 2021
Derek Chauvin Trial: Jury Spotlight
Across the U.S., all eyes are on the Derek Chauvin trial, which will decide whether the former police officer is guilty of murdering George Floyd last May. But no one will be listening as intently as the jurors tasked with delivering a verdict. Over two weeks, 12 jurors and three alternates were chosen from a pool of more than 300, and these individuals will hear one of the most high-profile cases in recent memory. Law professor John Campbell joins RadioEd in a conversation about the ethics of jury selection, the impact it can have on a case and how this trial might play out.
55 minutes | Mar 30, 2021
Pandemic Reflections: Struggle, Adapt, Overcome
In the year since COVID-19 shut down the United States, businesses have closed their doors, students and teachers have created virtual classrooms, employees created home offices, and friends and families were separated for months. While the virus spread rapidly across the country, another crisis was growing alongside it: a mental health crisis. A special episode of RadioEd explores the ways we’ve struggled, adapted and overcome — whether through adopting crucial telehealth technology, leaning on our four-legged friends or turning to the arts as an outlet.
22 minutes | Mar 16, 2021
Fake News? The Rise of Misinformation
Trust in U.S. news media has been in free fall for years. That statement is problematic enough on its face, much less when consumers are in need of accurate information to stave off a global pandemic or choose a president to lead them through. Misinformation has sewn seeds of doubt, grown conspiracy theories and undermined the efforts of public health officials. Kareem El Damanhoury, a professor in the University of Denver's Department of Media, Film and Journalism Studies, discusses the roots of this distrust and offers solutions to news organizations and consumers alike.
28 minutes | Mar 2, 2021
Harvey Weinstein and #MeToo: One Year Later
Last February, a jury found movie mogul Harvey Weinstein guilty of rape and sexual abuse, and ultimately sentenced him to 23 years in prison. The conviction of such a powerful figure marked a watershed moment for the #MeToo movement and left many hopeful that a major move toward justice was on the horizon. But in the 12 months since, how much has truly changed? And how did 2020 alter the outlook? Content warning: This episode includes conversations related to sexual assault, sexual harassment and domestic violence.
17 minutes | Feb 16, 2021
Minimum Wage: Time for a Raise?
Some things change. Some stay the same. Since 2009, the cost of living has risen 20%. But the federal minimum wage hasn't budged — it has sat at $7.25 an hour. After taking control of the White House and Congress, President Joe Biden and Democrats are pushing to more than double the rate to $15. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office reports it will lift nearly 1 million people out of poverty and give another 26 million a raise. However, it could cause businesses to lay off about 1.4 million workers. University of Denver economist Jack Strauss explains the potential impact of an increase, explores alternatives and assesses the future of the U.S. workforce.
27 minutes | Feb 2, 2021
Violent Extremism: Who Joins and Why
The U.S. faces a growing threat of domestic extremism, embodied by the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. We wanted to know what it actually means to be an extremist. Is a certain type of person drawn to extremism? What convinces someone to join an extremist group? And how might our own friends or neighbors go down that path? Rachel Nielsen is the director of the Colorado Resilience Collaborative, which focuses on combating violent extremism. She sheds some light on these questions and more.
27 minutes | Jan 19, 2021
Inauguration Day: Looking Back to Look Ahead
President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration on Wednesday, Jan. 20, will mark the last stop on the transition of power, which has been marked by distrust, misinformation and riots. As he becomes the nation's 46th president, Biden not only faces a deeply divided country but one facing an economic crisis, as well as the deadly coronavirus pandemic. But he’s not the first president to walk such a treacherous path. Noted University of Denver historian Susan Schulten shares some tales from inaugurations past that help us frame and add context to the first days of a new presidency.
1 minutes | Jan 14, 2021
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26 minutes | Nov 16, 2020
Paid Family Leave: Life Happens
On election night, as voters watching the presidential race tensed up, Jennifer Greenfield breathed a sigh of relief. Colorado voters resoundingly passed Proposition 118, which provides at least 12 weeks of paid family and medical leave to most employees in the state. Though a federal leave law has been on the books since 1993, Colorado joined a list of states pushing the envelope to expand the scope of benefits. An expert in social policy, DU's Jennifer Greenfield, explains how the system works, how it compares to systems in other states and why the United States lags behind the rest of the world in family leave policy.
27 minutes | Oct 26, 2020
Election 2020: The Final Week and Beyond
In just seven days, voters will cast their final ballots in the 2020 presidential election, and we’ll finally — fingers crossed — learn whether Joe Biden or Donald Trump will be the country's next president. Seth Masket, political science professor and director of DU's Center on American Politics, joins RadioEd to chart all the twists and turns, and explore what post-2020 politics might look like.
23 minutes | Oct 12, 2020
COVID-19 Vaccine: The Race for Relief
As we approach the one-year mark of the coronavirus outbreak, the race for a vaccine is in full swing. Researchers around the world are rushing to find a solution in record time, raising serious ethical questions about distributing a vaccine fairly across the globe. Law professor Govind Persad breaks down the major ethical concerns, the legality of a vaccine mandate and consequences the U.S. may face by not joining the World Health Organization’s global vaccine agreement.
22 minutes | Sep 28, 2020
Mail-in Ballots: Can USPS deliver?
On Nov. 3, experts predict the presidential election will produce the highest voter turnout in at least a century — but a significant chunk of those voters won't be casting their ballot at a physical polling place. Safety concerns during the COVID-19 pandemic have shined the spotlight on the United States Postal Service and its financial struggles, raising questions about whether it can handle an increased load of mail-in ballots. Will it be able to deliver results on time, free of fraud? Management professor Michael Nalick, an expert in the intersection of business and politics, shares his greatest concerns and explains how the post office became a political issue in the first place.
24 minutes | Sep 15, 2020
The Death Penalty: Who Dies and Why
The U.S. criminal justice system is under scrutiny as calls for reform grow. In this episode, we take a closer look at the death penalty. We talk its evolution and how the U.S. compares to the rest of the world on capital punishment. University of Denver criminology and sociology professor Scott Phillips shares insights from his latest research on the subject and reveals what his team found about the death penalty as it relates to race and gender.
25 minutes | Aug 31, 2020
Political Polls: Can We Trust Them?
Since Donald Trump's upset victory in the 2016 election, skepticism of political polls has grown steadily. After all, the numbers showed Hillary Clinton in the lead from start to finish. Pollster and political analyst Floyd Ciruli talks to us about what happened four years ago, the likelihood of the president eking out a similar victory on Nov. 3, and what it all says about the state of the country and democracy worldwide.
30 minutes | Aug 17, 2020
Women’s Suffrage: A ‘Crooked’ Path
This month (August 2020) marks 100 years since the ratification of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote. While we like to think of this event as a clear turning point in history, the truth is a lot more complicated. Historian Susan Schulten illuminates the complex and often hidden history behind the amendment’s passage — from the crooked path to ratification, to unsung heroes and troubling racial inequality.
22 minutes | Aug 3, 2020
Summer Slide: How COVID is Impacting Education
Coronavirus is forcing K-12 educators to reimagine school as students face more uncertainty this fall. What big lessons did we learn from the sudden school shutdown in the spring? How are schools going to address summer learning loss in this new environment? Erin Anderson, a professor in educational leadership, shares how the pandemic is impacting our schools, teachers and students.
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