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When Experts Attack!
24 minutes | Jul 1, 2021
Video games are history teachers
Increasingly, people are learning about historical events via video games. Guest Andrew Denning looks at just what versions of history are depicted in video games and considers how historians should react.
22 minutes | May 11, 2021
Talk to students about anti-Asian bias and violence
People might think it’s inappropriate to discuss recent anti-Asian and anti-Asian American discrimination and violence in the classroom. In this episode, researcher Hyesun Cho explains why school is one of the best places to talk about the topic.
27 minutes | Feb 22, 2021
Your politics might help you get the job — or not
The next time you go for a job interview, you might want to ditch the Che Guevara shirt or the MAGA hat — because what you reveal about your political leanings could determine if you land the gig.
32 minutes | Jan 15, 2021
The US just elected the first woman vice president. But media coverage is still sexist.
Teri Finneman, associate professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communications at the University of Kansas, recounts the problematic history of media covering women in U.S. politics, from Victoria Woodhull, a.k.a “Mrs. Satan,” in 1872 to recent coverage of Kamala Harris’ shoes.
38 minutes | Dec 19, 2020
The COVID-19 vaccines are revolutionary
Molecular biologist and coronavirus researcher Anthony Fehr discuss the rollout of the new vaccines and what’s understood about COVID transmission at this point. He also says the coronavirus variant that’s prevalent in the U.S. might be more easily spread, accounting for at least some of our higher rates of infection and death than has been seen in other countries.
32 minutes | Dec 15, 2020
Antarctica was lush
We might think of it today as a wasteland of ice and penguins, but Antarctica once was covered in greenery. Paleobotanist Brian Atkinson explains how to look for ancient plant fossils in Antarctica — and how those fossils could forecast the fate of plants on our rapidly warming planet.
26 minutes | Dec 10, 2020
Are 'essential workers’ treated like performers in the porn industry?
Could the social and economic pressures faced by essential workers during the current pandemic be similar to those faced by women in the porn industry? Akiko Takeyama, author and associate professor of women, gender and sexuality studies, says in both the pandemic and porn, economic and structural issues make it hard for workers to say no.
33 minutes | Nov 17, 2020
Libraries are better than search engines
The pandemic has changed how we use libraries. So has the internet. So what? Libraries have been evolving for 4,000 years in how they store and create knowledge. And libraries aren’t just the place where you find information — they lead the drive for creating and sharing knowledge with people all over the world.
27 minutes | Oct 21, 2020
Trumpism Isn’t Populism
Thomas Frank, author of “What’s the Matter with Kansas” and more recently “The People, No: A Brief History of Anti-Populism,” explains that populism — a term invented in Kansas — has been commandeered by political opportunists in the U.S. and Europe.
36 minutes | Oct 14, 2020
Witches are dangerous because they don’t need men
For Jane Barnette, Halloween is a thrilling time of year. In this episode, the associate professor of theatre talks about her research into the portrayal of witches on stage and screen, and she challenges widespread notions that gave rise to fictional witches such as the Wicked Witch of the West. In part, Barnette’s perspective is based on her own practice of witchcraft.
15 minutes | Oct 5, 2020
Gun owners don’t really want to use their guns
It’s not just the fear of violence or a belief in constitutional rights that provides Americans with reasons to own guns. Concerns about Armageddon and “supernatural evil” also enter into people’s decision-making. Margaret Kelley’s research is part of a larger book project about “normal people using normal guns,” specifically focusing on the average woman gun owner in Middle America.
30 minutes | Sep 23, 2020
U.S. emergency rooms aren’t ready
When you’re racing to a hospital emergency room, you’re not thinking about all of the steps it took to make that ER available in a moment of need. But for the past two decades, Frank Zilm has been doing just that. He chats with “When Experts Attack!” correspondent Rick Hellman and dispels the notion that our health systems are prepared for surge events like the current pandemic. To the contrary, Zilm claims hospitals should be rebuilt from scratch to avoid disaster upon disaster.
22 minutes | Sep 10, 2020
A ‘realistic’ war movie would be just 10 minutes long
Of all the depictions of the military on screen — large or small — “Generation Kill” is the best portrayal of day-to-day life, according to Steve Leonard. The retired senior U.S. Army strategist knows a thing or two about the military and pop culture. He’s provided chapters to the books “Strategy Strikes Back: How ‘Star Wars’ Explains Modern Military Conflict” and “Winning Westeros: How ‘Game of Thrones’ Explains Modern Military Conflict.” In this episode, he explains what Hollywood so often gets wrong about military culture.
37 minutes | Aug 11, 2020
LGBTQ rights won’t lead to frivolous lawsuits
The United States Supreme Court deemed it illegal for employers to discriminate against employees for sexual orientation or transgender status. In this episode, Kyle Velte, associate professor of law, explains why the SCOTUS ruling is a “landmark case that will transform the American workplace.” She also recounts her own experiences at the Supreme Court and tells us how the highest court in the land conducts its business in the age of COVID-19.
32 minutes | Jul 8, 2020
The president doesn’t sound 'presidential'
Bragging, complaining, criticizing. Donald Trump’s rhetoric is a drastic departure from that of past U.S. presidents. Robert Rowland discusses Trump’s rhetorical departure and what it means for the 2020 election cycle. Rowland — a professor specializing in the rhetorical legacies of presidents Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama — is author of “Analyzing Rhetoric: A Handbook for the Informed Citizen in a New Millennium.”
36 minutes | Jun 26, 2020
Overpolicing creates crime
For individuals and families of color, carceral contact has long-lasting effects well after a traffic stop, arrest, conviction or prison sentence ends. Guest expert Brandon Davis explains that one of the most sinister outcomes of overpolicing is the resulting suppression of political power in communities of color.
18 minutes | Jun 16, 2020
We might be stuck with the Electoral College
Even though two of the last three U.S. presidents were elected without earning the popular vote, the Electoral College remains the method used for picking our national leader. Political scientist Paul Schumaker has written a book that details a strategy for replacing what he calls an antiquated system.
39 minutes | Apr 21, 2020
What we can learn from school closures caused by coronavirus
What are people getting wrong about school closures? Several things. Don't assume you can put a child in front of a computer and they will learn. Some students who don’t normally do well in school may actually do better in a new environment. Students' social and socioeconomic backgrounds have always been important, but they are especially crucial now.
41 minutes | Apr 13, 2020
Coronavirus was not engineered in a lab
The last time we spoke with Anthony Fehr, it was before human-to-human transmission was confirmed, before the World Health Organization declared a global pandemic, before we all started living under stay-at-home orders. We wanted to talk again with the coronavirus researcher to find out what he’s thinking.
28 minutes | Apr 9, 2020
You can avoid depression in a pandemic, Part 2
In the second part of our discussion with KU associate professor of psychology Stephen Ilardi, he advises how we can continue therapy remotely, maintain healthy relationships under distancing and look to help other people so that we uphold our own psychological health in the era of COVID-19.
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