Viewpoints Radio

Viewpoints Radio

Sit down with Viewpoints each week as we report on social issues, the environment, history, food – you name it. What’s it like to give birth in prison? Could the plague resurface with climate change? How has politics been permanently reshaped by the Trump era? Candid stories on topics you should know, plus Culture Crash – a three-minute recap on a timely topic in media to keep you up-to-date on all things music, TV and film. Hosted by Marty Peterson, Gary Price, Evan Rook and produced by Amirah Zaveri. New shows posted each Sunday by 5 a.m. EST. Subscribe and listen, and find out more info at viewpointsradio.org. Also, follow us on Twitter & Instagram at ViewpointsRadio.

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July 3, 2022 10 min

here are close to two million Americans serving in the U.S. Armed Forces, according to 2021 data from the Department of Defense. The U.S. is considered to have the world’s strongest military, yet many Americans are disconnected from this subsect of American culture. We speak with two experts about why this is and how the gap can be bridged between civilians and those who serve.

 

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With the Child Tax Credit coming to an end, many U.S. parents are finding it hard to make ends meet with little help from the government – especially amid rising inflation. We speak with Dr. Dana Suskind about how this lack of support severely impacts children during critical development years.

 

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We explore some of the latest TV shows and movies now available on streaming platforms from Netflix to HBO Max.

 

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There are more than 438,000 employees working in childcare, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. As of May 2021, the media hourly wage in this sector is around $13/hour. With rising costs and many other open jobs, many are leaving their positions in childcare. We speak with two experts about the growing early childcare gap in the U.S. and why bettering the sector starts with valuing these workers more.

 

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The average garment worker in Bangladesh is paid about $86/month. A livable wage in the country is around $200/month. Even in the U.S., it’s not much better. Most employees in U.S. garment factories work 60-70 hour per week and are paid $300/week, totaling $1,200/month, according to the Garment Worker Center. Longtime fashion writer and industry expert Dana Thomas joins us to help us understand the labor and environmental crisis pl...

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We discuss the dilemma of cropping full screen shows and films to fit our modern, widescreen TV’s. Many who are against this edit argue that changing the format ruins the originality and nostalgia of the media.

 

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Iliana Regan has worked in the restaurant biz in almost every position imaginable. From mid-tier service to high-end fine dining, she’s a self-taught, Michelin-starred chef that’s known for her ability to create masterful dishes using naturally sourced and foraged ingredients. However, as she’s risen the ranks over the years and made a name for herself, she’s also had several low points in her life that have shaped who she is today...

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June 19, 2022 11 min

How do professionals question people in a way that uncovers the truth? What are some body gestures that show someone’s lying? This week – we speak with one interrogation expert about the subtle signs that give people away and how the average person can use these tactics in day-to-day interactions.

 

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British superstar Harry Styles is out with a new album that’s getting rave reviews. We discuss his evolution from boy band hunk to a respected solo artist and actor.

 

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June 12, 2022 11 min

Remember how much fun it was to crack open a new coloring book and crayons when you were a kid? These days, adults are reliving that thrill in massive numbers. We talk to two of the most popular artists of these books about why and how they put them together, what the attraction is for adults and how it can benefit everyone to sit down, unwind and focus on the page in front of them.

 

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While many Americans have grown to be increasingly eco-conscious, some things remain the same. It seems like all too often it’s common to see a driver chuck a cigarette butt out the window or throw one on the sidewalk. We speak with expert Thomas Novotny about how this type of littering affects the environment and the wildlife within it.

 

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Yearning for shows with that classic, comic book feeling? HBO Max is here to save the day. With its new additions of Batman Beyond and Batman: The Animated Series, you can get back to your superhero roots.

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Getting started in gardening can seem overwhelming - especially if you have trouble keeping a solo houseplant alive. But with some research and a small investment, the rewards of tending to a garden are life-long. We speak with two gardening experts about how to get started and be successful this season.

 

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June 5, 2022 10 min

From long lines at the airport to hard-to-find reservations, people are traveling in full force this summer. Acclaimed TV host and European tour guide Rick Steves joins us this week on Viewpoints to share several traveling tips, including how to get around crowds and stay safe this season.

 

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We highlight the long-awaited album “Dance Fever” by Florence + the Machine.

 

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May 29, 2022 10 min

In 2021, more than 40 million Americans left their jobs. Many of these people left their current roles for greener pastures. We analyze how the pandemic changed mindsets on work and discuss some strategies that people who are looking to switch jobs can use.

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May 29, 2022 10 min

The pandemic exposed the fragility of our global food system and just how much rely on the many components that make up the food supply chain. At the height of the pandemic, when there were numerous food production and shipping delays, farmers across the U.S. stepped up and contributed to their local food supply. With domestic farms declining, America is extremely reliant on foreign shipments. We discuss the many challenges farmers...

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We discuss the final season of the hit NBC primetime series, “This Is Us."

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May 22, 2022 11 min

Wondering what to do with all those face masks you’ve accumulated over the past two years? Well, these face coverings are good for more than just protecting against COVID-19. Long before the pandemic, millions of people in countries across East Asia were accustomed to wearing a mask when they had a cold, it was peak flu season or just in a crowded space. We speak with two experts about the future of face masks in the U.S.

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    Most of us point to McDonald’s as the founding of fast food as we know it. But the American staple began nearly a hundred years ago with two chains, White Castle and A&W. We speak with Adam Chandler, journalist and author of Drive-Thru Dreams: A Journey Through the Heart of America’s Fast-Food Kingdom about the events that fed into the rapid rise of the fast-food industry and how different chains are fighting to stay present an...

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