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Perspective is a 27-minute weekly public affairs program hosted by Richard Baker and distributed to radio stations throughout the state. Below are recordings of recent programs.

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 12-08-17IMPACT OF INTELLECTUAL AND DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES– For parents the birth if a child is a wonderful and miraculous thing. However, for a few, that birth brings with it fear, anger, and tremendous life changes when they learn their child was born with disabilities. Even though their lives have changed, Dr. Briana Nelson Goff, director of the Institute for the Health and Security of Military Families at Kansas State University, says the vast majority of parents in this circumstance gather their strength, face the difficulties, and forge a new life of promise and happiness. PER 12-08
 12-01-17EDUCATIONAL CHANGE (Part 3)– Researchers refer to our brain capacity as mental “bandwidth – which is simply the amount of available cognitive resources. Dr. Cia Versheldon, executive director of Institutional Assessment at the University of Central Oklahoma, says scarcity can result from a number of things, such as poverty, racism, and social-psychological underminers.PER 12-01
 11-24-17EDUCATIONAL CHANGE (Part 2)– Many of today’s university campuses are the scene of political turmoil, turmoil that is simply a reflection of the rest of society. It is the same anger, name-calling, refusal to listen, but Jonathon Zimmerman, a professor of education and history at the University of Pennsylvania, says it doesn’t have to be that way. He says we need to reject the ignorance enjoined by racism and sexism, and take the time to learn something new.PER 11-24
 11-17-17EDUCATION CHANGE – (Part 1)– Americans like to think the education we provide is the best, but concern is growing over just how good it really is. Cathy Rubin, an educational researcher says her experience leads her to believe that most educational systems around the world have more in common than one would think.PER 11-17 
 11-10-17BLACK COWBOYS IN THE OLE WEST– When we think of the ole west, we often entertain images of cattle drives, Native Americans, Wyatt Earp, shoot-outs, Billy the Kid, huge herds of bison, wagon trains, and much more…but seldom do Black cowboys come to mind. And while there is little mention of them in history books, there were a lot of them. On today’s Perspective program, civil rights movement veteran, editor, and writer, Michael Searles, shares his thoughts on Black cowboys and the Black west. PER 11-10
 11-03-17SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY INITIATIVES– Immigration and its implications is just one of the areas of focus for an expert who works around the globe in international development. Summer Lewis, an international development consultant and educator, has taken these and other concerns from the field, to the classroom, to her own consulting firm. PER 11-03
 10-27-17THE NEED FOR A CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION– Maybe it’s time to overhaul the U.S. Constitution – at least that’s the view of one legal scholar. Sanford Levinson says we are used to falling back on the Constitution to save us, and find it disturbing when it fails to do that. But what if, instead of a panacea, the Constitution itself is the root of many of our problems.PER 10-27 
 10-20-17THE IMPORTANCE OF HUMOR– Most of us at some point in life try our hand at humor. And I think we have often done so without realizing just how important humor really is. Al Gini, a professor at the Quinlan School of Business at Loyola University, author and Chicago radio personality, says humor and the laughter it elicits is a natural reaction to the breakdown of rationality and reason – and it is a sign of hope when are faced with life’s pain.PER 10-20
 10-13-17FEEDING THE WORLD– Jason Clay, senior vice president for markets and food at the World Wildlife Fund, believes that if nothing is done differently we will need to produce as much food as we do today to meet the increased demand by 2050. He says food production has always been the biggest human impact on the planet, but going forward with more people, more per capita income, and increased per capita consumption, the impact will only increase.PER 10-13
 10-06-17ENDING RAPE ON COLLEGE CAMPUSES– According to numbers compiled by the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network, women on college campuses between the ages of 18 and 24 are at an elevated risk of sexual violence. In fact, the organization says they are at three times the risk of women in general, and non-college women of the same age are at four times the risk of women in general of confronting sexual violence. However, many of these college-age women do not report the violence to police or campus authorities.PER 10-06
 09-29-17POVERTY IN KANSAS– According to numbers from the State of Kansas report, over 18% of Kansas kids live in poverty, which the report says is over a 24% increase in the last 10 years. In addition, a report from Kansas Action for Children says childhood poverty in Kansas increased 22% over the last five years, and 98 of the state’s 105 counties saw an increase in the number of children receiving food assistance. When those numbers are combined with a reduction in publicly-funded safety net programs, it means Kansas families are struggling with day-to-day life. Dr. Elaine Johannes, an associate professor in the department of Family Studies and Human Services at Kansas State University, discusses one effort that works to reduce poverty in the state.  PER 09-29
 09-22-17ETHNIC CLEANSING OF THE CHINESE-AMERICANS– One of the darkest and perhaps least known episodes of America’s history took place in the second half of the 19th century. During this time, there were forced round-ups and expulsions of over 200 Chinese communities from towns in the Pacific Northwest. Thousands of Chinese were marched out of towns, even killed, as their homes and communities were burned. Guest: Jean Pfaelzer, professor of English, East Asian Studies, and Women’s Studies at the University of Delaware.PER 09-22
 09-15-17SCIENCE, NUMERACY AND REPRESENTATIONS  – Think of all the numbers we confront every day…and how many of them we accept without even thinking. That is just one of many factors that caused Dr. Michael Ranney, head of the Reasoning Research Group at the University of California-Berkley to consider the proper relationships between science, numeracy and representations.PER 09-15 
 09-08-17KEEPING KIDS OUT OF THE JUSTICE SYSTEM– According to the Vera Institute of Justice, most of us think skipping school, violating curfew, and even running away is just normal adolescent acting out. But, far too many, in fact thousands of kids a year – some as young as 11 – find themselves in court and jail for those misbehaviors. According to Mahsa Jafarian, a program associate with the Institute, a new report  says sometimes these behaviors are rational coping strategies, and that rather than punishment, these cases call for more intensive individual and family services that address the unique needs of the kids and families.PER 09-08
 09-01-17DEALING WITH THE IMPACT OF WAR– The Institute for the Health and Security of Military Families at Kansas State University is working to address the health and resiliency of military personnel, veterans and their families. Dr. Briana Nelson Goff, professor in the School of Family Studies and Human Services and director of the Institute, discusses efforts to identify and address the complex effects of wartime service.PER 09-01
 08-25-17THE FUTURE OF WORK– There has been a continual growth in the income gap between rich and poor, and that increasing gap has been accompanied by deep social and political divisions. Thomas Kochan, co-director of the MIT Institute for Work and Employment Research, feels the United States is paying a severe price for its failure to update policies, institutions, and practices governing employment relations.PER 08-25
 08-18-17CAN WE TEACH CITIZENSHIP?– 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 Joel Westheimer, a professor and author, who feels 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.PER 08-18
 08-11-17INTERPRETING THE U.S. CONSTITUTION– 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. Jeffrey Jackson, a professor of law at Washburn University, looks at how the framers went about it.PER 08-11
 08-04-17HUMAN SMART VERSUS MACHINE SMART– 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% of the workforce. Edward Hess, professor of business administration at the University of Virginia Darden School of Business, says we are not prepared.PER 08-04