Documentary Special

Sunday 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

A different documentary special is featured each week.

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Documentary Special
1:46 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Climate One special - Global Cleanup

06/19/2014 - Today we are talking about our green future – green energy and greenbacks. The news for business is good: When companies use less energy, they save money and create more jobs. Our guests include an eminent economist and a U.S. climate negotiator, both looking for ways to protect the planet while keeping the world economy on track. We will also look at how Walmart is going green to boost to boost their bottom line.

http://www.climate-one.org/

Documentary Special
9:38 am
Wed June 4, 2014

The Really Big Questions - part 5 of 5

06/12/2014 - What's Your Story?

Research confirms that our minds depend on story as the main roadmap for comprehending, deciphering, recalling and organizing our lives. Why do stories have such power over our beliefs and our behaviors? Why did we evolve to be storytelling animals?

http://www2.pri.org/infosite/networknews/trbq.cfm

Documentary Special
8:36 am
Wed June 4, 2014

An Intelligence Squared Debate on the motion – “Is the future of the university online?”

06/05/2014 - Is the college of the future online? With the popularity of MOOCs (massive open online courses) and the availability of online degree programs at a fraction of their on-campus price, we are experiencing an exciting experiment in higher education. Does the traditional classroom stand a chance? Will online education be the great equalizer, or is a campus-based college experience still necessary? The debaters are Anant Agarwal, Jonathan Cole, Ben Nelson, and Rebecca Schuman.

Documentary Special
2:00 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

The Really Big Questions - part 4 of 5

05/22/2014 - What is a good death?

Most people hope to die quickly, or go quietly at home, surrounded by family. But most of us won’t die that way. More often, we die in intensive care. Perhaps fear keeps us from the good death we wish for. In this program, we hear from people seeking to bring engagement with death back into our culture, through death salons, green funerals, and meaningful end-of-life care.

http://www2.pri.org/infosite/networknews/trbq.cfm

Documentary Special
2:00 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

The Really Big Questions - part 3 of 5

05/15/2014 - Why Does Music Move Us? Music exists in every culture. Does that mean it offers an evolutionary advantage? What drives humans to make music? And why does music get so deeply embedded into our lives? We’ll delve deeper into what music can teach us about the human brain – with musicians and researchers including:

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Documentary Special
2:00 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

The Really Big Questions - part 2 of 5

05/08/2014 - Why Do We Share?

Are humans basically selfish, or basically giving? There’s a widespread assumption that you have to offer people incentives to do good deeds and threaten punishment to stop them from doing evil deeds. But the way people act in the real world contradicts that idea. Humans may actually have been shaped by evolution to care about each other, to share, and to cooperate. In this program, we hear from a fascinating cast of characters:

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Documentary Special
8:58 am
Mon April 28, 2014

The Really Big Questions - part 1 of 5

05/01/2014 - What is this thing called love?

This program ponders the “why” behind humans’ drive to pair up. Why do human beings feel romantic love? What happens to the brains of people who are in love? How can scientifically studying love help us navigate our relationships? A fascinating cast of characters tackles these questions head-on: 

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Documentary Special
8:49 am
Mon April 28, 2014

Affirmative Action on Campus - Does More Than Good

04/24/2014 - Affirmative action, when used as a factor in college admissions, is meant to foster diversity and provide equal opportunities in education for under represented minorities. But is it achieving its stated goals and helping the population it was created to support? Its critics point to students struggling to keep up in schools mismatched to their abilities and to the fact that the policy can be manipulated to benefit affluent and middle class students who already possess many educational advantages. Is it time to overhaul or abolish affirmative action?  

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Documentary Special
2:00 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Adapting to Climate Change

04/17/2014 -No matter what you believe about climate change, we can all agree that extreme weather events -- tornadoes, hurri canes, fires, droughts -- are occurring more frequently. These massive natural disasters upset lives and devastate property.  The costs of clean-up and reconstruction are enormous. 

 

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Documentary Special
12:13 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

the Story Corps 10th Anniversary Special

04/10/2014 - There are questions we would answer, if only we were asked.  How did we grow up?  What do we remember about home?  What about our family?

celebrate the first decade of StoryCorps, with a special retrospective hosted by NPR’s Scott Simon and StoryCorps founder Dave Isay.

http://storycorps.org/

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