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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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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...

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...

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...

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...

Duration:00:26:52

The Dilemma of Gender (Part 2) – June 25, 2018

6/26/2018
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Few of us can imagine the stress involved in being a transgender child. Think for a moment about what it is like to be asked again and again, “Are you a boy or a girl?” Or think about what it means to have your deepest sense of self questioned by many of the adults in your life. That is the focus for the conclusion of a two-part series on what it means to be transgender. Guest: Ann Travers, associate professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Simon Fraser University in...

Duration:00:26:52

The Dilemma of Gender (Part 1) – June 18, 2018

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At one time, gender structure was a stable fact of life. Boys were boys and girls were girls. No questions asked. Each sex was raised differently, depending on their gender, and they were expected to live their lives differently, depending on that gender. Now, for the first time, many young people are pushing the boundaries of what is appropriate behavior for females and for males. Some are even asking to be identified without gender at all. One sociologist says the very meaning of gender...

Duration:00:27:00

The Dangers of Summer Pests - June 11, 2018

6/11/2018
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The heat of summer is upon us and with that the drabness of winter has given way to the green lushness of summer. It has also given way to many of the pests of summer. Pests like fleas, mosquitoes, ticks, and mites, which are not only aggravating, but also can present some very real dangers. On this week’s Perspective program a look at the dangers and some common sense things to do to protect yourself … along with some common sense things not to do. Guest: Kansas State University...

Duration:00:26:52

Robert Kennedy (Part 2) - June 4, 2018

6/4/2018
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Robert F. Kennedy started his public life as counsel to red-baiting Sen. Joseph McCarthy, but ended that life as a liberal icon. Kennedy was assassinated during a campaign to unite working-class whites with poor blacks and Latinos in an electoral coalition that looked to change presidential politics. In the second of a two-part series on Perspective today, we conclude our look at some of what drove Senator Kennedy to evolve from a hard-driving conservative to a fiery liberal. Guest: Larry...

Duration:00:26:52

Robert Kennedy (Part 1) – May 28, 2018

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About a year before he was shot and killed, U.S. Senator Robert Kennedy traveled to the Mississippi Delta to confront the face of hunger. During that trip, he saw children so malnourished that most would have thought such a thing was not possible in the United States. In the first of a two-part series on Robert Kennedy, we begin a journey through some of the changes he went through…from counsel to Senator Joseph McCarthy to fiery liberal presidential candidate. Guest: Ellen Meacham, an...

Duration:00:26:52

Preserving Local News – May 21, 2018

5/21/2018
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A former media executive says this country faces the growing threat of news deserts – areas that are not served by any kind of news outlet. On today’s Perspective program, the impact that loss would have on the community, news availability and media literacy. Guest: Penelope Abernathy, a former executive at the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times. She is also the Knight chair in journalism and digital media economics at the University of North Carolina. Perspective is a weekly...

Duration:00:26:52

The Legacy of Dinosaurs – May 14, 2018

5/14/2018
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Countless dinosaur movies have been made over the years. Movies where dinosaurs were roped by cowboys, lived side-by-side with humans, and where dinosaurs lunched on humans. Beyond the movies, there are natural history museums to awe the young and old. But after all that, what is really known about dinosaurs and their place in history? Even though most scientists know quite a bit, one author and paleontologist says the average person is not that knowledgeable. Guest: Steve Brusatte, a...

Duration:00:26:52

Kansas Water Concerns – May 7, 2018

5/7/2018
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In early April, over 200 people gathered in Garden City to examine some of the concerns about the Ogallala Aquifer, a source of groundwater that underlies some 112 million acres in parts of eight states, including Kansas. The Ogallala supports around 30% of all U.S. crop and livestock production – an estimated $35 billion in agricultural products every year. On this edition of the program, a look at the future of the Ogallala Aquifer and water in general in the state of Kansas. Guest: Dan...

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