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Perspective is a weekly public affairs program hosted by Richard Baker, communications professor at Kansas State University. Perspective has been continuously produced for public radio stations by K-State since the mid-1970s and has included interviews with dignitaries, authors and thought leaders from around the world. Send comments, questions or requests for copies of past programs to ksrenews@ksu.edu.

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English

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785-532-5806


Episodes

Can We Teach Citizenship? - Aug. 21, 2017

8/21/2017
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In many of this nation’s schools, teachers work had to prepare students for tests … standardized tests that will query them over a narrow set of academic subjects. That effort concerns one professor and author who thinks public education needs to not only transmit knowledge, but also prepare its students to utilize that knowledge in their role as citizens – something he feels is not happening. Guest: Joel Westheimer, professor and university research chair in democracy and education at the...

Duration: 00:26:52


Interpreting the U.S. Constitution - Aug. 14, 2017

8/14/2017
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Putting together the Constitution of the United States was not exactly what many of us would like to think of as unique and extraordinary. In writing the Constitution, the framers were trying to do a couple of things: fix the Articles of Confederation, which was a lack of federal power, specifically to raise adequate taxes, and they wanted to do it in such a way as to get the fix enacted into law. On this week’s Perspective program a look at how the framers went about it. Guest: Jeffrey...

Duration: 00:26:59


Human Smart vs. Machine Smart - Aug. 7, 2017

8/7/2017
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Machines … robots … are most assuredly taking over jobs, not only in the United States, but worldwide. A recent study says that over the course of the next 20 years, technological advances have a high probability of displacing as many as 80 million jobs in the U.S. – or 47 percent of the workforce. A professor of business administration says we are not prepared. Guest: Edward Hess, professor of business administration and the Batten Executive-in-Residence at the University of Virginia...

Duration: 00:26:52


Antibiotic Issues in Ag - July 31, 2017

7/31/2017
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The concern over antibiotic usage in animal production has increased as consumers are asking for more and more information. They want to know where the meat that goes on their table originated, and they want to know how the animal that produced that steak or chop was raised. On this week’s Perspective program, a look at the controversy over antibiotic usage and the role of agriculture in addressing the issue. Guest: Dr. Mike Apley, professor of production medicine and clinical...

Duration: 00:26:52


Fighting Insurance Fraud - July 24, 2017

7/24/2017
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When you pay your home owner’s insurance, car insurance, life insurance, or health insurance, you pay extra because of fraud. In fact, insurance fraud is the second largest economic crime in the United States, costing the country over $80 billion a year. On this week’s Perspective, a look at insurance fraud, its impact and what you can do to protect yourself. Guests: Ken Selzer, Kansas Insurance Commissioner, Steven Lehwald, attorney with the Legal Division of the Kansas Insurance...

Duration: 00:27:00


The Expanding Universe - July 17, 2017

7/17/2017
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The U.S. space program seems, at times, to be a shadow of its former self. It is almost as if the effort to reach beyond our grasp no longer excites us. The idea that the distances are so vast and the dollars needed are so many that cutbacks in our efforts are inevitable. On this week’s Perspective program a look at an expanding universe and something called “dark energy” and why one Nobel Prize winning scientist says understanding them both presents one of the greatest remaining...

Duration: 00:26:56


Higher Education Today - July 10, 2017

7/10/2017
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The price of a college degree continues to rise, and along with it, the concern about that degree’s value. One professor and author feels the value of a college education has little to do with the name at the top of one’s diploma. Instead, the real value comes from the student’s interaction with professors. And that can be a problem because right from the get-go many freshmen are insulated from the best and brightest professors. Instead, many will face off with underpaid adjunct professors...

Duration: 00:26:52


Healthcare and Incarceration - July 3, 2017

7/3/2017
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Good healthcare is a problem for many Americans, especially if you are poor … and especially if you are in jail. And, of course, it becomes even more complicated if you are a woman and pregnant. One doctor spent six years caring for female inmates at the San Francisco jail. During that time she learned first-hand about the complexities and contradictions of care in a punitive institution. On this week's Perspective program, she makes the point that jail healthcare is often a symptom of...

Duration: 00:26:56


Capitalism and Democracy - June 26, 2017

6/26/2017
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Many American citizens seem to have given up on certain things, things like a good public education or safe food and safe streets, and at times, even in democracy. One scholar and author feels the blame lies with capitalism’s triumph over democracy. That we often seem to go with our gut feeling instead of the facts … or science. On Perspective this week, a look at what has been lost in America today, and one man’s thoughts on the responsibility we, as citizens, need to recognize to bring...

Duration: 00:26:56


Confronting Cancer - June 19, 2017

6/19/2017
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The American Cancer Society estimates that some 1-point-7 million new cases of cancer will be diagnosed in 2017. The chances for an American male developing cancer is almost 41 percent, while the chances for an American woman to develop cancer is over 37 percent. The good news is that the survival rates for all forms of cancer have jumped from 49 percent in 1975 to 69 percent by 2012. Guests: Dr. Vicki Jackson, chief of palliative care at Massachusetts General Hospital and Dr. David Ryan,...

Duration: 00:27:01


Health Inequity vs Health Disparity - June 12, 2017

6/12/2017
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Believe it or not, much of our health outcomes have little to do with health care. In fact, one expert says they have more to do with how we live our lives, the people around us, our family culture, whether we exercise and spend time outside, and do we spend time with and talk to our friends and family? All of that – and more – go into what the U.S. Extension Service says are healthy people living in healthful environments in healthful communities. Guest: Bradford Wiles, assistant...

Duration: 00:26:56


K-State President Myers - Bonus Episode - June 7, 2017

6/8/2017
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In this bonus episode, Perspective host Richard Baker speaks with Kansas State University President Richard Myers about the university's budget, the value of the College of Agriculture to the state of Kansas, and a recent tour of western Kansas agricultural resources that the President took with the Deans of K-State's Colleges of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine as well as Kansas Department of Agriculture officials. Perspective is a weekly public affairs program hosted by Richard...

Duration: 00:11:08


The U.S. and Australia - June 5, 2017

6/5/2017
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The United States and Australia have for a long time seen each other as valued allies. However, one scholar and historian says there is change in the wind, and many Australians want to take a more measured and independent look at where the United States might take Australia. Guest: Chris Dixon is a Professor in the Department of Modern History, Politics and International Relations at Macquarie University. He is also a Fulbright Professional Scholar in Australian-US Alliance...

Duration: 00:26:56


Social Media in a War Zone - May 29, 2017

5/29/2017
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There is an ongoing debate over how technology, and social media especially, have changed our lives. And one author and academic has explored how Facebook and YouTube have transformed soldiers’ experiences when on the front lines of war. She says, “For most of us, clicking ‘like’ on social media has become fairly routine, but now for the first time in the history of modern warfare U.S. troops have direct, instantaneous connection to civilian life back home.” On this week’s Perspective...

Duration: 00:26:56


Thoughts on Race, Part III - May 22, 2017

5/22/2017
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When it comes to race relations, the election of Barack Obama as president of the United States did little to make things better for America’s black community. One black educator and researcher says it was a great moment for people of color, and it was a moment he never thought he’d see in his lifetime, but the growth of white supremacy groups continued, racial inequalities continued, and the problems between police and blacks continued. On this week’s Perspective program, the conclusion...

Duration: 00:26:59


Thoughts on Race, Part II - May 15, 2017

5/15/2017
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Despite years of effort and the widespread belief that the United States is making great strides in race relations and desegregation, we still find ourselves mired in problems that are centered around race. However, one researcher and philosopher believes the fundamental cause of racial problems and injustice lies in segregation, and it does so in three ways: it blocks blacks’ access to economic opportunities, it causes racial stigmatization and discrimination, and it undermines democracy....

Duration: 00:27:00


Thoughts on Race, Part I - May 8, 2017

5/8/2017
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The United States has a racial problem … and it’s a problem that is not going away anytime soon. The election of Barack Obama as president was seen by many as a turning point in dealing with the situation. Instead, the election seemed to merely exacerbate the problem in many ways. On this week’s Perspective program, the first of a three-part series with the thoughts, experiences and research of three academics who deal with race relations on a daily basis. Guest: Dr. Adia Harvey Wingfield...

Duration: 00:26:56


The Impact of Oral Health - May 1, 2017

5/1/2017
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A multi-year investigation of the dental health in America has come up with some interesting questions. For example, why is oral health separate from overall health, despite a century of research that says the two ought to be connected? Why do more than half of all dentists not participate in public insurance programs? And why the dramatic increase in emergency visits because of dental problems? On this week’s Perspective program a look at the background of these and many other puzzling...

Duration: 00:27:00


K-State President Myers - Bonus Episode

4/28/2017
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In this bonus episode, Perspective host Richard Baker speaks with Kansas State University President Richard Myers. Kansas legislators have yet to give the Kansas Board of Regents institutions their 2018 budgets, and the president of Kansas State University says he is not quite sure whether he should be worried.

Duration: 00:12:16


What is DARPA?

4/24/2017
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Washington is full of acronyms, one of which is DARPA, an agency few of us recognize. DARPA stands for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, an independent agency of the Pentagon, under the office of the Secretary of Defense. The agency is responsible for funding science and technology projects. On today’s Perspective program, a look at the efforts of DARPA and what those efforts mean to the defense of the United States. Guest: Sharon Weinberger, executive editor of Foreign...

Duration: 00:27:00

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