Politics/Law

Just How Much Energy is Out There?

Alan Carroll, Professor, Department of Geoscience, UW-Madison, discusses how long our fossil fuel energy supplies will last, how much it costs to secure the energy, and the consequences of burning fossil fuels.

Understanding Your Energy Bill

Cara Lee Mahany Braithwait, Director, Wisconsin Public Utility Institute and Bruce Chapman, Senior Economist, Christensen Associates Energy Consulting, explain the charges on a line by line basis on electric bills. Braithwait and Chapman discuss the differences between electric co-ops and electric companies and how each arrives at their fees.

Madison and the New Left in the Sixties

Matt Levin, Author and High School Teacher, McFarland, discusses his book, “Cold War University.” Levin explores the relationship between higher education and the Cold War, focusing on how the University of Wisconsin-Madison became a hub of student political activism in the 1950s and 1960s.

Juvenile Justice, Neuroscience and Legal Policy

BJ Casey, Sackler Professor, Developmental Psychobiology, Weill Cornell Medical College, presents the latest findings on brain and behavior, which may explain increased risk taking and experimentation during adolescence. Casey discusses treatments used to promote rehabilitation and to reduce recidivism of juveniles in the justice system.

The Shame of College Sports

Taylor Branch, Pulitzer Prize-winning Author and Historian, critiques the NCAA and the business of college sports. Walter Dickey, Professor Emeritus, University of Wisconsin Law School, defends the existence of athletics at first rank universities, such as the UW.

Horatio Alger on Entrepreneurial Individualism

Booth Fowler, Professor Emeritus, Department of Political Science, UW-Madison, channels Horatio Alger and explores Alger’s 19th Century philosophy about how to go from rags to riches.

Thomas Carlyle on Heroes in Service of the Truth

Booth Fowler, Professor Emeritus, Department of Political Science, UW-Madison, channels Thomas Carlyle. Fowler discusses Carlyle’s 19th Century philosophy of truth. Fowler, as Carlyle, discusses the qualities that a hero must embrace.

Ethical Issues in Sports Medicine

Greg Landry, Professor of Pediatric Sports Medicine, UW School of Medicine, reviews six challenging medical ethics cases from his 30 years as a team physician, with the University of Wisconsin Athletic Teams and the 1992 U.S. Olympic Committee.

Doping and Sports

Travis T. Tygart, C.E.O., U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, best known for his agency's investigation of Lance Armstrong, advocates for the integrity of sports and clean athletes. Norman Fost, UW School of Medicine Professor of Pediatrics and Bioethics, presents arguments against doping rules in sports.

Gender Verification and Sports

Katrina Karkazis, Medical Anthropologist, Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics, examines gender verification of female athletes and the latest Olympic policies. David Allen, Professor of Pediatric Endocrinology, UW School of Medicine, argues the importance of hormones in determining gender.

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