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The Moral Is presents contemporary issues and opinion in a thought provoking context, through commentaries written and read by faculty members from California State University Fresno. The Moral Is airs Sundays (at 3:55 pm) and Wednesdays (at 7:55 pm).

The Moral Is presents contemporary issues and opinion in a thought provoking context, through commentaries written and read by faculty members from California State University Fresno. The Moral Is airs Sundays (at 3:55 pm) and Wednesdays (at 7:55 pm).
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The Moral Is presents contemporary issues and opinion in a thought provoking context, through commentaries written and read by faculty members from California State University Fresno. The Moral Is airs Sundays (at 3:55 pm) and Wednesdays (at 7:55 pm).

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ProPublica Editor: Transparency, Forthrightness Are Key To Regaining Trust In Media

2/20/2019
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In 2018, a Gallup poll reported that 45 percent of Americans trusted mass media to report the news accurately and fairly . That’s up from an all-time low of 32 percent in 2016, but still far lower than the levels of trust in the 1990s. Healing this relationship is one reason why Fresno State created the Institute for Media and Public Trust last summer. Next week, the institute will hold its biggest symposium to date, called “ Putting Fake News in the Rear View Mirror: How the Media Can Win...

Duration:00:08:18

Commentary: As Madera Grows, Could Fresno Area One Day Rival Austin?

2/20/2018
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Could the San Joaquin River, long a dividing line in the heart of California, unite the state in pursuit a more metropolitan future for the Central Valley? Whether that happens will be determined in Madera County, on the north side of the river from Fresno. There, a new city, consisting of multiple large planned communities, is finally under construction after decades of planning and litigation. The city has no name and incorporation could be decades away. But within a generation, its...

Duration:00:11:10

If You Care About California, Then You Should Care About Salinas

7/28/2015
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Editor's note: Zocalo Public Square is publishing a series of articles this week about the Monterey County community of Salinas and the challenges residents there face. You can find the series online here. Do you worry about the future of California? Then you should worry about Salinas. Because if this Monterey County town of 155,000 can’t build itself a brighter future, it’s hard to imagine other struggling places doing the same. “Rich in Land. Rich in Values. Ripe With Opportunity,”...

Duration:00:10:22

Commentary: Sexism In Science Is No Funny Joke

7/27/2015
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A controversy has erupted over an attempted joke by a Nobel prize winning scientist at the 2015 World Conference of Science Journalists held in South Korea last June. It turns out that Science, like the rest of society, has a problem of sexism. In this segment of The Moral Is, Fresno State biology professor Dr. Madhusudan Katti confronts the pervasive everyday sexism in science and challenges the institutions of science to address the structural barriers and cultural climate that keep...

Duration:00:04:13

Fresno Firefighter Speaks For First Time Since Accident

7/10/2015
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For the first time since his dramatic fall through the roof of a burning garage, a Fresno firefighter is speaking publicly. Fire captain Pete Dern walked out of the hospital Friday to speak to a crowd of press and supporters. “Hi. I’m am Pete Dern,” That’s the voice of the Fresno Fire Department captain who in March was caught on cell phone video falling through a garage roof into a blazing inferno below. It took crews nearly two minutes to rescue him. Dern’s head and hands are still...

Duration:00:01:59

Commentary: Weigh Free Speech Against Other Moral Concerns

6/9/2015
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The horrific killings in January at the offices of the Charlie Hebdo magazine inspired commentators to defend speech and press freedoms as absolutes. But in this edition of FM89's commentary series The Moral Is, CSU Bakersfield philosophy professor Christopher Meyers says free speech needs to be balanced against other moral concerns. ----- In the wake of January’s shocking murders at Charlie Hebdo’s Paris offices, CBS anchor Scott Pelley departed from his reporter’s stance to provide a...

Duration:00:03:15

Commentary: Let's Celebrate American Skepticism

5/26/2015
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Should we trust the government and the other institutions of social and political life? Most of us don’t. And distrust seems to be growing, especially...

Commentary: Let's Celebrate American Skepticism

5/26/2015
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Should we trust the government and the other institutions of social and political life? Most of us don’t. And distrust seems to be growing, especially among young people. In this commentary, Andrew Fiala—a philosopher at Fresno State—argues that trust has to be earned. Fiala argues that skepticism is a central feature of democracy and that recent events make give us good reason to be skeptical. According to a recent Pew Center poll, only 23% of Americans trust the government to do the...

Duration:00:02:51

Commentary: Too Many "Firsts" When Talking About Women Running For President

5/12/2015
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Is America ready to elect a woman to the Presidency? In this edition of The Moral Is, Communication Professor Diane Blair argues that how we talk about women’s presidential candidacies emphasizes their novelty in the presidential political arena and belittles the long legacy of the women’s political leadership and accomplishments. In 1872 Victoria Woodhull was the first woman to run for the U.S. presidency. She declared her candidacy even though women didn’t even have the right to vote at...

Duration:00:03:22

Commentary: Educators Need To Do Better

5/1/2015
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We expect professionals who serve our community to exhibit not only high standards of technical expertise, but also to treat their clientele with respect. Such minimal expectations were contradicted by recent violations of professional behavior in our local schools. In this edition of The Moral Is, Jacques Benninga , professor of Education at Fresno State, decries a low standard of educator ethics in recent headline-making news stories. March 13 was a special day for teacher education in...

Duration:00:03:13

Commentary: Is Tort Reform Really Necessary?

4/14/2015
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Many business groups across the country routinely call for changes to the legal system to reduce what they call frivolous lawsuits – something called...

Commentary: Is Tort Reform Really Necessary?

4/14/2015
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Many business groups across the country routinely call for changes to the legal system to reduce what they call frivolous lawsuits – something called tort reform. But in this edition of FM89’s commentary series The Moral Is, Fresno State Business Law Professor Ida Jones says the current system, despite some well publicized exceptions, is working just fine. Have you heard about the man who sued Applebee’s because he bent over and was burned by a sizzling skillet of fajitas which he then...

Duration:00:03:20

Commentary: Measles In The Magic Kingdom

3/25/2015
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Amid growing fears of epidemics from new and emerging infectious diseases, the US is also seeing old diseases like measles and whooping cough make a...

Duration:00:02:57

Commentary: Measles In The Magic Kingdom

3/25/2015
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Amid growing fears of epidemics from new and emerging infectious diseases, the US is also seeing old diseases like measles and whooping cough make a comeback. In this segment of FM89's commentary series The Moral Is, Fresno State biology professor Madhusudan Katti discusses the difficult moral choices facing parents worried about their children, and how science and public policy can help them. “Have you traveled to West Africa in the past three months?” If you’ve seen your doctor in recent...

Duration:00:02:57

Commentary: Good Moral Hygine Is The Remedy For Rotten Ideas

3/10/2015
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Do bad ideas and evil ideology spread like a disease? In this edition of The Moral Is, Fresno State philosophy professor Andrew Fiala argues that rotten...

Duration:00:03:09

Commentary: Good Moral Hygine Is The Remedy For Rotten Ideas

3/10/2015
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Do bad ideas and evil ideology spread like a disease? In this edition of The Moral Is, Fresno State philosophy professor Andrew Fiala argues that rotten ideas and pernicious ideologies will die out and that good ideas will eventually succeed, so long as we engage in moral and mental hygiene. We tend to fear that immoral behavior is contagious. Some fear that terrorism and radical ideology spread like a disease. But is this really true? Are evil ideas really contagious? Some idiots do commit...

Duration:00:03:09

Commentary: Music Is Important For Every Age And Generation

2/10/2015
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Music connects people with the deepest part of their being, both for the young and the old, bringing joy, and many other benefits. In this edition of The Moral Is, Kaye Bonner Cummings of the Bonner Family Foundation of Fresno champions music for every age and generation. The famous cellist, Pablo Casals, once wrote: “Music is the divine way to tell beautiful, poetic things to the heart.” And nowhere is the power of music more important than in our schools. A recent Wall Street Journal essay...

Duration:00:03:37

Commentary: After Charlie Hebdo Killings, Stick To Democratic Ideals

1/27/2015
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The world’s faith in democratic ideals has been shaken by recent events in Paris and other locations throughout the world. A commitment to democratic ideals and precautionary measures were simultaneously debated. In this edition of the commentary series The Moral Is , Jacques Benninga, professor of Education at Fresno State, argues that short-term constrictive reactions, though perhaps necessary, will not be as effective in curbing reactionary behaviors as will be well planned long-term...

Duration:00:04:37

Commentary: When Grand Juries Fail, Civil Courts Should Hold Cops Liable

1/21/2015
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In this edition of Valley Public Radio’s commentary series The Moral Is Ida Jones, a professor of Business Law at Fresno State, argues that civil...

Commentary: When Grand Juries Fail, Civil Courts Should Hold Cops Liable

1/21/2015
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In this edition of Valley Public Radio’s commentary series The Moral Is Ida Jones, a professor of Business Law at Fresno State, argues that civil remedies may be the only recourse to reduce the number of police killings of young African American males when criminal indictments fail to do so. ---- Grand juries decided that no one was criminally responsible for the deaths of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri and Eric Garner in New York City. Their deaths are all too common examples of law...

Duration:00:03:07