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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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 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
 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