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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...

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.

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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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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Global Food Problems – November 12, 2018

11/12/2018
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There have been various warnings of a global food crisis for almost 10 years. In fact, many believe that by 2050, worldwide production of food will have to increase by 70 percent. However, one expert feels that is not accurate, and that the food crisis could arrive as soon as 2027. Guest: Sara Menker, founder and CEO of Gro Intelligence, a company that pulls and consolidates data from around the world as it pertains to agriculture. She is also a trustee of the Mandela Institute for...

Duration:00:26:52

Voting Impact of Diverse Americans – November 5, 2018

11/5/2018
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Despite the fact that whites, both male and female, comprise only 63 percent of the U.S. population, 81 percent of Congressional members are white males. Those numbers are also closely mirrored in elected officials in state and local offices. However, one activist feels that could very well change in this year’s elections. Guest: Sayu Bhojwani, founder and president of New American Leaders, the only national organization focused on preparing immigrant leaders to run for public...

Duration:00:26:52

Freedom to Vote – October 29, 2018

10/29/2018
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The freedom to vote in the United States is under attack, and according to one advocate, many Americans – young and old alike—are already finding it harder to enter a voting booth. She says not only do we need to begin to take our civic responsibilities seriously, we also have to do a much better job of teaching civics in our public schools. Guest: Carolyn DeWitt, president and executive director of Rock the Vote. Perspective is a weekly public affairs program hosted by Richard Baker,...

Duration:00:26:52

Real American History - Oct. 22, 2018

10/22/2018
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Real American History On this week’s Perspective program a bestselling and award-winning author examines American history … what we know and what we don’t know … what is right and what is wrong … and why. My guest today is the author of “Lies My Teacher Told Me: What Your American History Textbook Got Wrong,” a book he first wrote as a critical survey of the 12 leading American history textbooks, a number he later expanded to 18. On this week’s Perspective program, a look at American...

Duration:00:26:52

Physics and Race – October 15, 2018

10/12/2018
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Today’s program was originally to be about string theory and the teaching of physics in the United States. Instead, a well-known physicist and newly-elected American Physical Society vice president, leads us from string theory to how America stands in the study of physics worldwide, and then into American racial problems. Guest: S. James Gates Jr., an American theoretical physicist and Ford Foundation professor of physics and affiliate professor of mathematics at Brown...

Duration:00:26:52

Feeding a Growing World Population – October 8, 2018

10/8/2018
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The world’s population currently stands at somewhere around seven-and-a-half billion people – a number we often struggle to feed adequately. Experts say the population will double to about 15 billion by 2050. The question then becomes, if we struggle to provide adequate food now, what will we do in 32 years? A four million dollar grant from the National Science Foundation has been awarded to a team led by Kansas State University to address that question. Guest: Stephen Welch, a professor of...

Duration:00:26:52

Proactive Policing – October 1, 2018

10/2/2018
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For more than 40 years, there has been a call from certain sectors for police departments in the United States to become more proactive. However, along with that call comes some questions. First, what is meant by proactive policing? And secondly, does it work? On today’s Perspective, one national expert says there is evidence that a number of proactive policing practices are successful in reducing crime and disorder, at least in the short term, and that most of these strategies do not harm...

Duration:00:26:52

Hidden Memories of World War II – September 24, 2018

9/24/2018
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The memories of World War II lead us down lots of different paths, some of which many would rather forget, while in others we find unsung heroes…some of which will never be remembered. But thanks to three Kansas high school students and their teacher, one of those unsung heroes has been immortalized. Guest: Marzanna Pogorzelska, an assistant professor at the University of Opole in Poland and the European director for the Lowell Milken Center for Unsung Heroes Project, which is headquartered...

Duration:00:26:52

The Role of Short Line Railroads – September 17, 2018

9/17/2018
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Most of us have absolutely no idea what a short line railroad is – or its importance to the economy. According to an economist at Kansas State University, short line railroads have historically played an important role in the transportation of agricultural products. A study he conducted examined who the short lines are, where they are, the current state of the short line industry, its role in the grain logistics system, which agricultural products they ship, and in what amounts. Guest: Dr....

Duration:00:26:52

Race in the Schoolyard – September 10, 2018

9/10/2018
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A professor of African-American Studies at the University of Illinois-Chicago says something happens in schools – especially elementary schools – that forms and changes people in racial terms. And those changes lead to some interesting questions, such as “why are there racial gaps in achievement, despite the fact that racist theories of genetic inferiority have been disproven?” Additionally, a growing body of literature shows minorities value education as much, if not more, than their...

Duration:00:26:52

White Kids Growing Up – September 3, 2018

9/3/2018
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Have you ever wondered how we learn about race or where our perceptions and understandings about race, racial differences, and racial problems come from? More specifically, what do white parents teach, or not teach, their children about race? And just how all of that goes into how white kids come to see black and brown people as different? On today’s Perspective, some thoughts and answers from a study of white children in upper-middle-class white families in a medium-sized mid-western...

Duration:00:26:52

White Supremacy – August 27, 2018

8/27/2018
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In 1846, James McCune Smith, an African-American physician, abolitionist and author, told a white friend what had to be done to convince Americans of, as he put it, “the eternal equality of the Human race.” He said, “the hearts of the whites must be changed…thoroughly, entirely, permanently…changed!” In other words, whites had to understand what it was like to be Black…they had to attain a Black heart! However, an assistant professor of history says that simply hasn’t happened. On today’s...

Duration:00:26:52

A Look Back at Chernobyl – August 20, 2018

8/17/2018
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In April of 1986, a devastating explosion at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant laid the groundwork for many problems that continue to haunt us today. According to Harvard professor Serhii Plokhii, the immediate cause of the Chernobyl accident was a turbine test gone wrong. But he says the roots of that disaster lay in the interaction between major flaws in the Soviet political system, as well as in the nuclear power industry. Guest: Serhii Plokhii, professor of Ukrainian History and...

Duration:00:26:52

The Use of Artificial Intelligence – August 13, 2018

8/13/2018
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Every day, countless numbers of us use devices incorporating artificial intelligence, or A-I, such as Siri. Often times when thinking of artificial intelligence, such things as the Terminator, I Robot, Blade Runner, 2001: A Space Odyssey, or Robot and Frank come to mind. On today’s Perspective, a look at artificial intelligence from a vantage point few considered. One expert says we need to realize that more and more we are immersing ourselves in technologies that are changing how we live,...

Duration:00:26:52

Kids Count Data Book (Part 2) – August 6, 2018

8/6/2018
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Education is one of four areas covered in the 2017 Kids Count Data Book. And even though Kansas ranks 13th nationally in the overall well-being of kids, it ranked 21st in educational outcomes, and 23rd in family and community. The advocacy group, Kansas Action for Kids, says it is a good news-bad news scenario for the state. In the second of a two-part series on the results presented by the Kids Count Data Book, a look at what put Kansas at 13th nationally. Guest: John Wilson, vice...

Duration:00:26:52

Kids Count Data Book, part 1 - July 30, 2018

7/30/2018
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The Annie E. Casey Foundation tracks how well the United States takes care of its kids, using its "Kids Count" data book, in which it annually ranks states on overall child wellbeing. The Kids Count index does that by using four domains to capture what children need most to thrive: economic wellbeing, education, health, and family and community. Now, each of those domains includes four indicators that represent the best available data to measure the status of child wellbeing at the state and...

Duration:00:26:52

Shifting Demographics in the U.S. - July 23, 2018

7/23/2018
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According to the Pew Research Center, the United States is undergoing some major changes. Not only is the country growing in numbers, it is also becoming more diverse, both ethnically and racially. In addition, we are also becoming older. And a new analysis by the Center says these trends are playing out differently across community types … urban, suburban, and rural. On this week’s Perspective program a look at not only the trends, but also what they may portend for our country. Guests:...

Duration:00:26:52

Power, Race and Higher Education – July 16, 2018

7/16/2018
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For far too long the subject of race has been a thorn in the side of mankind…and even today, it seems little closer to being solved. One of the difficulties surrounding race is that it carries with it privilege and power. And keep in mind, there is only one race…the human race. A Kansas State University professor, who earlier this year was honored by Diverse Magazine as one of the 25 influential women in higher education, offers some thoughts on race. Guest: Kakali Bhattacharya, a professor...

Duration:00:26:52

The Farm Bill – July 9, 2018

7/9/2018
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The Senate passed its version of the Farm Bill June 28th. That follows the House effort which passed earlier in the month. The end result is that Congress appears headed for fights over farm subsidies, food stamps, and conservation. Despite appearances, a Kansas State University agricultural economist says he feels Congress will be forced into getting the next Farm Bill passed…and passed on time. Guest: Art Barnaby, professor of agricultural economics at Kansas State...

Duration:00:26:52

Is Government Broken? – July 2, 2018

7/2/2018
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The Electoral College is one of a litany of problems many see confronting a United States government that is floundering. The two main political parties, grassroots institutions and special interest groups, along with the media are also viewed as potential problems which have led to confrontations between conservatives and liberals, legislative gridlock, threats of government shutdowns, and a mistrust of those running the country. On today’s Perspective, the thoughts and insights of one man...

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