Politics/Law

Designing Strategies for Cleaner Air - Ep. 602

Tracey Holloway, the director of the Center for Sustainability and the Global Environment; and associate professor, Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies at UW-Madison, shares her research, which examines air pollution chemistry and transport at regional and global scales, including links between air quality and climate, energy, land use, health, and public policy.

Japan's Nuclear Disaster: An Update - Ep. 586

Michael Corridini, a professor in the Department of Engineering Physics at UW-Madison, gives an update of the situation at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear reactor in Japan, and discusses the future of nuclear power in the United States. Corridini emphasizes the areas of reactor operation, reactor safety, reprocessing, and recycle and risk assessment.

Neuroscience And Public Policy - Ep. 585

Ronald Kalil, Director of Neuroscience and Public Policy, WM Keck Laboratory for Biological Imaging, UW Madison, David Weimer, Professor of Public Affairs and Political Science, UW Madison, Kimberly Farbota, Student, Neuroscience and Public Policy Program, UW Madison.

Ronald Kalil, David Weimer and Kimberly Farbota discuss the Neuroscience and Public Policy program at UW Madison.

The Changing Nature of Television News - Ep. 593

James L. Baughman, School of Journalism & Mass Communication, UW- Madison, Jeff Greenfield, Senior Political Correspondent, CBS News, David Tabacoff , Senior Executive Producer, Fox News, Jill Geisler, Senior Faculty, Poynter Institute for Media Studies, Peter Greenberg, Travel Editor, CBS News, Chris Bury, National Correspondent, ABC News. A panel of experts discusses the future of TV news.

Personhood & Near-Personhood - Ep. 576

Gary Varner, a professor in the Department of Philosophy at Texas A&M University, discusses the basis of moral status, personhood, and near-personhood, in relation to animal research.

The Cotton-Top Tamarin - Ep. 573

Charles Snowdon, a professor in the Psychology Dept. at UW-Madison discusses the habits of the cotton-top tamarin, a South American primate. Snowdon explains his research techniques which include a non-invasive study of the animals.

Ethics and Efficacy of Experimentation on Animals - Ep. 556

Lawrence Hansen, a professor at the University of California-San Diego, focuses on the ethics of using animals for research. Hansen questions whether experimentation produces the desired results and whether the end justifies the means.

Nativist Propaganda in American History - Ep. 553

Mike Jacobs, a professor at UW-Baraboo/Sauk Co., focuses on the propaganda employed by the nativist faction--xenophobes who believe any new Americans should resemble the macro-culture in appearance, customs and ambition. Jacobs demonstrates that fears have neither changed nor diminished over the course of American history.

Sweatshops or Fair Trade - Ep. 546

Dennis Dresang, professor emeritus at LaFollette School of Public Affairs, UW-Madison, discusses the process the university went through in deciding which company will produce sports and fan apparel. One aspect they take into consideration is the working conditions of the manufacturing facilities where the clothing and sportswear are made.

Rampant Abuses in Russia - Ep. 542

Tanya Lokshina, a Russia researcher at Human Rights Watch, examines modernization and discusses human rights defenders in Russia. Russia appeared to improve its standing on the international arena by expanding its cooperation on human rights issues with international institutions and delegations. However, the human rights climate in the country remains hostile.

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