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Divided US Politics, Condors, Frigelato

Top of Mind with Julie Rose
  • May 16, 2016 9:00 pm
  • 1:42:55

Divided Politics in America Guests: Grant Madsen, PhD, BYU 20th Century US History Professor; Chris Karpowitz, PhD, BYU Political Science Professor When Donald Trump met with House Speaker Paul Ryan at Republican Headquarters in DC last week, the cable news outlets covered it like a mix of a major boxing match and a meeting between heads of state. Wall-to-wall coverage of Trump’s arrival to meet with members of his own party and the colorful protests raging outside the building, underscore just how bizarre this election feels at times. Now that wealthy businessman Donald Trump is the last candidate standing and apparent Republican nominee, the ongoing thread in media coverage is that the Republican Party is a house divided. Speaker Ryan has yet to officially endorse Trump. The two former Republican Presidents still living – George H.W. and George W. Bush – have declined to endorse Trump. You can find tallies in the political press of who’s backing him and who’s not.  It’s worth noting that Democrats are divided too, though, perhaps to a lesser extent. Senator Bernie Sanders is pressing forward with his race, despite lagging significantly behind former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in the all-important delegate count.  How Homeless Youth Live Guest: Melissa Welch-Lazoritz, Project Director for REACH at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln While local, state and federal efforts to address chronic homelessness have made big improvements in how they coordinate and communicate over the last decade, services aimed at homeless young people have not. Some of that stems from lack of information about what drives teenagers to the streets and what they need in order to find housing and stability.  Endangered Condors Lay Egg in Zion National Park Guest: Chris Parish, Condor Program Director for The Peregrine Fund The California Condor is dangerously close to completely disappearing from the planet. It’s the largest land bird in North America, with a wingspan nearly ten feet across. And thirty years ago, poaching, lead poisoning and habitat destruction made it extinct in the wild. Since then, biologists have worked to raise California condors in captivity and a few have been released into the wild, with mixed success. One pair settled in Zion National Park and now appears to have a chick on the way.   Marketing to Smokers at the Cash Register Guest: Mohammad Siahpush, PhD, Professor in the University of Nebraska’s College of Public Health All those candy bars and gum packs and random sale items on the checkout counter at the convenience store can be so hard to resist when you’re hungry or tired or craving sugar. The temptation is even more intense for smokers confronted with that floor-to-ceiling display of cigarettes behind the cashier. Tobacco companies have increasingly focused on what’s called “point-of-sale” marketing as other forms of cigarette advertising have been restricted. Research done at the University of Nebraska Medical Center’s College of Public Health concludes push to sell cigarettes at the register not only facilitates smoking, but also may result in people spending money on cigarettes, instead of necessities, like food.  Summer Movie Preview Guest: Rod Gustafson, Film Reviewer at Rod Gustafson discusses you can expect the kids to e begging you to see this summer including “The Secret Life of Pets,” “Finding Dory,” and “X-Men: Apocalypse.”  Frigelato Melts in Your Mouth, Not in Your Bowl Guests: Mike Alder, Director of BYU’s Technology Transfer Office; Michael Dunn, PhD, Professor of Nutrition and Food Science at BYU When I was a kid in the 80s, frozen yogurt was all the rage, but my parents were not about to fork over 4 bucks per kid for our large family to go to the yogurt shop and get a cup of the stuff topped with candy and cookie pieces. So we tried to make it ourselves, which meant putting regular yogurt cups in the freezer. And it was a disaster. Straight from the freezer, the yogurt was hard as a rock, and then as it melted, it separated into liquid and goo and curd and was just awful. We tried controlling the thaw by zapping it for a few seconds in the microwave. We tried the slow melt where we thawed it in the fridge. Nothing worked. And since Mom wouldn’t let us waste food, we had to eat the stuff anyway. Eventually we just quit trying.  It's pretty rare to find a product that works just as well frozen as it does thawed, with an appealing taste and texture either way, but a new product called Frigelato could fit the bill.