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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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 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
 07-28-17ANTIBIOTIC ISSUES IN AGRICULTURE– The concern over antibiotic usage in animal production is increasing as consumers ask for more and more information. Dr. Mike Apley, professor of production medicine and clinical pharmacology in the Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine looks at the controversy over antibiotic usage and the role of agriculture in addressing the issue.PER 07-28
 07-21-17FIGHTING INSURANCE FRAUDInsurance fraud is the second largest economic crime in the United States, costing the country over $80 billion a year. Kansas Insurance Commissioner Ken Selzer and two insurance experts discuss the impact of insurance fraud and what we can do to protect ourselves.  PER 07-21
 07-14-17THE EXPANDING UNIVERSE – Adam Riess, a professor of astronomy and physics at Johns Hopkins University, discusses the expanding universe and something called "dark energy."PER 07-14
 07-07-17THOUGHTS ON HIGHER EDUCATION TODAY Jacques Berlinerbau, professor and director of the Center for Jewish Civilization at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, says the real value of higher education comes from the student's interaction with professors.PER 07-07
 06-30-17HEALTHCARE AND INCARCERATIONDr. Carolyn Sufrin, a medical anthropologist and an obstetrician-gynecologist at Johns-Hopkins University School of Medicine, discusses what she learned firsthand about the complexities and contradictions of care in a punitive institution.   PER 06-30
 06-23-17CAPITALISM AND DEMOCRACYCorey Dolgon, professor of sociology and director of Community based Learning at Stonehill College in Maryland, thinks we often go with our gut feeling instead of facts or science. PER 06-23
 06-16-17CONFRONTING CANCERDr. Vicki Jackson and Dr. David Ryan with Massachusetts General Hospital discuss the increase in survival rates for all forms of cancer.PER 06-16
 06-09-17HEALTH INEQUITY VERSUS HEALTH DISPARITYKansas State University assistant professor and Extension specialist in the School of Family Studies and Human Services, Bradford Wiles, discusses the factors that influence our health outcomes the most.PER 06-09
 06-02-17THE UNITED STATES AND AUSTRALIA – Chris Dixon, professor in the Department of Modern History, Politics and International Relations at Macquarie University, says many Australians want to take a more measured and independent look at its relationship with the United States.PER 06-02
 05-26-17SOCIAL MEDIA IN A WAR ZONEDr. Lisa Silvestri, professor of communication studies at Gonzaga University, has explored how Facebook and YouTube have transformed soldiers' experiences on the front lines of war. PER 05-26
 05-19-17THOUGHTS ON RACE – (PART 2) Christopher Brown, associate professor of communication studies at Minnesota State University, discusses race relations in the United States. PER 05-19
 05-12-17THOUGHTS ON RACE – (PART 2) – Elizabeth Anderson, the Arthur F. Thurnau Professor and John Dewey Distinguished University Professor of Philosophy and Women's Studies at the University of Michigan, discusses race relations in the United States.PER 05-12
 5-05-17THOUGHTS ON RACE – (PART 1)Dr. Adia Harvey Wingfield, professor of sociology at Washington University in St. Louis, discusses race relations in the United States.PER 05-05
 4-28-17THE IMPACT OF ORAL HEALTH - Mary Otto, oral health topic leader for the Association of Health Care Journalists discusses some of the puzzling questions concerning American dental health. PER-04-28
 4-21-17WHAT IS DARPA?– Sharon Weinberger, executive director of Foreign Policy, looks at the efforts of DARPA and what those efforts mean to the defense of the United States.PER-04-21 
 4-14-17PRESS UNDER ATTACK– In a recent Landon Lecture at Kansas State University, the executive editor of the Washington Post, Martin Baron, discussed the current state of the media and its relations with both the president and the public.PER-04-14 
 4-07-17ELECTRONIC DEVICES AND STRESS - A clinical assistant professor at the University of Kansas Medical Center discusses the higher stress levels associated with the constant use of technology.PER-04-07